Regardless of charging to a dominant victory over Scotland on Tuesday, Proteas netball coach Norma Plummer admitted they’d loads of work to do with simply eight months to organize for the 2023 World Cup in Cape City.
The SA staff turned out of their first match underneath the returning head coach, coasting to a 61-42 win over the Scottish Thistles within the opening recreation of the Spar Diamond Problem collection in Pretoria, however Plummer was not happy with their consistency by means of the match.
“We’ve obtained a protracted option to go,” stated Plummer, who changed former Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst in a shock resolution by Netball South Africa earlier this month.
“That was our first hit-out since I’ve been again and it was a bit patchy. We have been within the recreation on some events, after which we dropped it and let Scotland again in.”
Whereas the hosts took early management, the unfancied Scotland aspect – ranked 5 locations under world No 5 South Africa – managed to remain in contact and have been simply 4 factors behind (14-10) on the finish of the primary quarter.
And although the Thistles continued to place up a combat, they struggled to take their possibilities up entrance and paid for his or her missed alternatives, with the Proteas taking a 27-18 lead into the half-time break.
Displaying their class within the third interval, South Africa ran rampant, dominating on assault and defence to take a 47-26 benefit into the ultimate quarter.
Scotland combat again
Displaying great grit within the final quarter-hour, Scotland prevented any additional harm and scored two factors greater than their opponents, however the Proteas had performed sufficient to wrap up a convincing victory.
“We’re beginning one thing particular with this group and I’m actually happy with how we went at South Africa for the entire recreation,” stated Scotland coach Tamsin Greenway.
“We didn’t fade. We may simply have dropped off a cliff at half-time, however we received that final quarter.”
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The Proteas will face neighbours Zimbabwe – ranked thirteenth on the earth – on Wednesday afternoon and they’ll prove once more on Friday in a conflict with the SA Presidents XII.
The Diamond Problem ultimate might be held on Saturday.