Rugby World Cup: Black Ferns aim to make statement in quarter-final match against Wales

The Black Ferns are chasing a more complete performance, as they look to book a spot in the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

By their own admission, there's been no shortage of edge this week, still craving perfection against a Welsh side they should have little trouble beating at the Northland Events Centre.

The Black Ferns might be unbeaten heading into the quarter final, but co-captains Ruahei Demant and Kennedy Simon have still been putting the hard word on their teammates.

"There's been an edge all week," said Demant. "I think the word used was 'friction', and there's been friction all week, but what a week to have it."

The Black Ferns hope that friction will help them get the best out of each other.

While the score lines have flattered the Ferns during pool play, they feel there's plenty left to prove in Whangārei.

"All of us have had the opportunity to play in this tournament, and individually we know we haven't had a perfect game," added Demant. 

"For us, it's about stringing those moments together. We've learned a lot about the opposition, but more so about ourselves."

Coach Wayne Smith has learned their quarter-final opponents have no shortage of strengths.

While the Black Ferns comfortably dispatched Wales a fortnight ago, Smith has identified plenty of areas where the Ferns fell flat.

"To be fair, they pumped us physically in that first game, so we've got quite a bit of ground to make up," he said.

 And this group knows what can happen if they don't.

Despite their dominance in pool play, complacency isn't something you're likely to find with the Black Ferns.

Portia Woodman is well versed in the perils of that kind of mindset.

"We've kind of been through that a few times with the sevens environment," she noted.  

"You've done really well against USA in pool play, then met them in a quarter-final and suddenly you're pushed out to play fifth."

Rest assured the Black Ferns have their sights set much higher than that.

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