South Africa v Fiji


Day three began with a Group A game between two potential Quarter Final contenders; South Africa and Fiji, and it was the South Africans who came away with the win. 
The 'Baby Proteas' were quick to get going and despite a boisterous support crew for their opponents, South Africa stormed ahead to take a vast first quarter lead of 17 goals to 7.

The second quarter saw a Fijian side (also known as the 'Baby Pearls') suddenly burst with energy. 

Under the leadership and example of captain Raijieli Daveua, who's relentless work rate earned her multiple interceptions and tips, Fiji looked energised.

However they struggled to take the ball into their attacking third as South Africa's mid court defence closed down their options. 

South Africa speedily sent the ball into GS Danielle Willemse who skilfully landed close to the post. Willemse went on to score 39 of South Africa's goals. 

Unfortunately for Fiji, they lacked some communication in their shooting circle, and a dummy pass from Afa Rusivakila which caught Unouna Rauluni off guard, was snapped up by the South Africans.

South Africa lead at half time by 24 goals allowing Coach Dorette Badenhorst to make five positional changes.

Despite having some of their best moments in the third and fourth quarters, Fiji had left themselves too much to do.

They lost the third quarter by just five goals and the fourth by three.

A disappointing loss for the team and their fans, who's cheering, flag waving and chanting lasted right up to the final whistle.

Final score: South Africa 64, Fiji 32.

Editorial by Harriet Millard, Planet Netball

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