South Africa v Australia



South Africa had a sluggish start in their final pool round against Australia, running out of time to put things right, losing 27-59.

Losing the third quarter by only a single point, the Baby Proteas staged a potential comeback, but Australia's persistent marking and closing off passing options gave South Africa little chance of winning.

The title defenders played a fantastic team effort, with some notable individual stand outs - Kimberley Ravaillion controlling the tempo at C, and Paige Hadley's nifty footwork and hard passing meaning the shooters were well serviced.

"We came out and started really well allowing us to really get an edge on the game which was really helpful." said Carol Byers, Australia's Coach. 

"South Africa are very good netball nation so we knew it would be a difficult game. Every game we expect something harder."

Australia knew that South Africa would present a tall barrier across all thirds, so their previous match against Israel in which they banned any overhead long passes, came in very useful.

"We kept the ball a lot shorter and worked it onto the circle." added Byers.

South Africa will want to look at the areas which broke down before they face England in the quarter finals. 

"We need to keep our possession." said coach Dorette Badenhorst. "They [Australia] go in physically very strong. We waited for the umpires to blow the whistle and it didn't happen so we need to adapt and we need to be a little bit more physical in the game."

Vice captain Rochelle Lawson is upbeat. "We are fighting our hearts out, playing our hearts out. We are seeing the negatives and making them positives."

Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball.

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