International Quad Series: England lose 48-45 to South Africa in London

Anxious impact as South Africa beat England

Commonwealth Video games champions England lost forty eight-forty five to South Africa of their 2d Quad Series match at London’s Copper Field Arena.

The Roses led early on however South Africa dominated the 2d and Zero.33 quarters.

England edged forward all over again in the fourth length however South Africa, ranked fifth in the field, clung on for victory.

“We’ve bought to sharpen up, we agree with bought to be more scientific,” acknowledged England head coach Tracey Neville on Sky Sports.

“We had alternatives – it is pretty disappointing no longer to push on after we would basically like to elevate them.

“If we don’t elevate them, South Africa are able to swallow them up.

“They (England) merely seemed as if it would swap off on occasion and that would maybe be a shrimp disappointing.

“I mediate the first quarter after we bought forward, the sport turned into no longer tight ample.

“The model going from Contemporary Zealand to South Africa turned into fully different.”

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England were out of kinds in the first 1/2, taking half in with hesitancy and misplaced a preference of passes, while South Africa played with self belief, aptitude and guile.

Neville’s resolution to swap captain Serena Guthrie and Jade Clarke’s positions for the 2d 1/2 made a disagreement, as Clarke produced a flurry of interceptions at centre and Guthrie seemed more wise at flit defence.

In an are trying and disrupt South Africa’s marauding attacking duo of Maryka Holtzhausen and Lenize Potgieter, Neville triggered Layla Guscoth in tempo of an ineffective Eboni Usoro-Brown.

The goal defence made an instantaneous impact with a flying intercept as England edged in front in the leisure quarter, however they’d maybe no longer hang on to the lead as a relentless South Africa, buoyed by a stable centre-court docket trio of Shadene van der Merwe, Erin Burger and Bongi Msomi, came storming again.

An unforced error from England handed the Proteas the initiative in the closing minutes and they frivolously ran the clock down to file a significant take, their first over the Roses since September 2017.


Ragged England participant Tamsin Greenway. speaking on BBC Radio 5 live sports additional, acknowledged England will seemingly be “so annoyed”.

“There are a form of unlucky gamers, South Africa are so pleased with that efficiency. They bought stuck in, they weren’t timorous,” Greenway acknowledged.

“I make no longer mediate it is miles a unfavorable defeat, it is an global-class team we’re searching at.”

Australia lend a hand off Contemporary Zealand fight-again

Australia’s Jamie-Lee Note turned into named participant of the match against Contemporary Zealand

Earlier on Saturday, Contemporary Zealand were left ruing their sluggish launch that seen Australia birth up an eight-goal lead at 14-6.

However the Diamonds might maybe no longer retain their early intensity and rigidity as Contemporary Zealand incessantly chipped away on the lead.

A resurgent and wise Silver Ferns closed the hole to inner two in the leisure length, however Australia held on for a Fifty three-50 take.

What’s next?

England face Australia at 18:00 GMT Sunday, 20 January, in a rematch of the Commonwealth Video games remaining.

Contemporary Zealand will stare to cease their assortment with victory against South Africa at 15:30 on Sunday.

Each suits will seemingly be survive BBC Radio 5 live sports additional.

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