The Silver Ferns convincingly beat Zimbabwe in their latest World Cup match but they admit they were soundly beaten before the game in another contest.
The Silver Ferns beat Zimbabwe 79-36 last night to continue their unbeaten start in Liverpool.
However, they were made to work early on with Zimbabwe even keeping the scores even in the opening minutes.
Captain Laura Langman told 1 NEWS she may know why Zimbabwe were so fired up.
"I really wish you guys could've seen them in the tunnel prior to going out," Langman said.
"They were singing up a storm and we had nothing, absolutely nothing."
Langman said that translated into their first quarter performance as Zimbabwe, who is competing at their first World Cup, were "up for the occasion".
The veteran midcourter was also pleased with her side, though - both in that win and their previous three.
"Our big challenge is coming out of the blocks and our ability to weather the storm," Langman said.
"It was great to have a go at it today. I like it when we settle into our business and it's great to see set-piece actually coming together.
"When we're in-form with each other, it's just beautiful so more of that so more of that now as we start heading into the business end."
The Silver Ferns will get to test their early game performance against Northern Ireland at 2.30am NZT tomorrow before facing off with old rivals Australia later in the week.