The mere fact Noeline Taurua is prepared to be satisfied with two wins from three matches in the Northern Quad Series illustrates the nature of her rebuild job.

Not so long ago the Silver Ferns would walk into a series such as this — the three test examination against hosts England, Australia and South Africa in Liverpool and London over the next week — with the belief, if not expectation, they would emerge victorious.

Instead, after a year in which the Ferns won eight of 21 tests and fell to one of their lowest ebbs, expectations have swiftly been redefined.