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South Africa topple England Roses in netball Quad Series victory – Stuff.co.nz

South African goal attack Maryka Holtzhausen takes a pass from team mate Bongiwe Msomi against England.

South African goal attack Maryka Holtzhausen takes a pass from team mate Bongiwe Msomi against England.

South Africa showed they were not just making up numbers in the Quad Series with a 54-51 victory over England in Invercargill on Sunday.

The result in the last round of this year’s competition is South Africa’s first Quad Series win and 13th victory over England, and comes on the back of two narrow defeats against New Zealand and Australia.

South Africa opened the scoring against the England Roses through Lenize Potgieter and got an early break, before a flurry of turnovers resulted in England drawing level.

South Africa's Lenize Potgieter shoots despite the attention of England GK Geva Mentor and GD Ama Agbeze, while South ...

South Africa’s Lenize Potgieter shoots despite the attention of England GK Geva Mentor and GD Ama Agbeze, while South African goal attack GA Maryka Holtzhausen offers support.

England took the lead midway through the first quarter and extended their advantage to take an 8-4 lead after eight minutes as they built pressure on the South African defence.

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A late first quarter fightback by South Africa saw the midcourt of Erin Burger and Bongiwe Msomi find their shooters with some lovely feeds into the circle for South Africa to take the lead into the end of the first quarter. 

South Africa’s goal shoot Potgieter who plays in the New Zealand ANZ Premiership for the Magic scored 11 from 12 as South Africa took a 13-11 lead into the first break.

England started the second quarter with greater intensity and hit the lead four minutes into the second quarter 16-15.

South Africa responded and started to find their rhythm again with Burger finding Potgieter with some nice feeds into the circle.as South Africa took a two goal lead into the midway part of the second quarter.

The game started to open up towards the end of the second quarter as England drew level in the final minute before halftime with the scores locked at 26-26 at the end of the second quarter.

England brought the experienced Jo Harten off the bench in place of Kadeen Corbin in the third quarter.

South Africa started the third quarter strongly and pushed out to a five goal lead 34-29 after five minutes of the third quarter.

England made some substitutions with Jade Clarke and Stacey Francis entering the game and England closed the gap to two points as Harten found her radar.

South Africa held a four goal lead after three quarters 42-38.

Some determined defence by South African goal defence Karla Mostert got South Africa some final quarter turnovers as South Africa increased their lead in the final quarter to six goals at one stage, before England clawed the deficit back to three heading into the exciting final three minutes.

A crucial miss by England’s Helen Housby in the final two minutes meant South Africa gained possession and held on for a narrow victory.

At a glance

South Africa (Lenize Potgieter 43/45, Maryka Holtzhausen 11/15) England (Kadeen Corbin 10/13, Helen Housby 26/29, Jo Harten 15/18).

Q1: 13-11, HT: 26-26, Q3: 42-38.


 – Stuff

South Africa topple England Roses in netball Quad Series victory – Stuff.co.nz

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