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Netball World Cup: South Africa dominate Fiji to stay unbeaten

South Africa continued their strong start to the Netball World Cup with a massive win over 17th ranked Fiji in Liverpool on Saturday.

The South African ladies managed the biggest score of the Netball World Cup so far with a 90-35 win.

The Proteas rested their first choice attacking pair but still made a fast start to the match and raced out to a 24-9 lead in the first quarter. The Proteas impressive points tally in that period ranks as the second-highest in a quarter in the World Cup so far.

Lenize Potgieter netted 17 goals from 18 attempts in the first fifteen minutes ably assisted by Renska Stoltz who banked seven goals as well.

The Proteas kept it simple in the build-up with most of the attacks involving centre Izette Griesel and the heart of the team, skipper Bongi Msomi. The captain earned her 100th cap on a day that the Proteas would have enjoyed.

South Africa didn’t ease off in the second quarter and the game had all but slipped away from Fiji by halftime as the Proteas built a 47-19 lead over the Islanders. Potgieter sunk all 16 of her goal attempts in the second quarter.

At half-time, Potgieter and Msomi were withdrawn as Norma Plummer wrung the changes. Sigrid Burger picked up where Potgieter left off and South Africa continued to stretch their lead.

A stunning start to Netball World Cup

Fiji’s attacking threat dwindled in the second period and the side doesn’t look like they have the quality to upset Trinidad and Tobago in tomorrow’s Netball World Cup games.

Burger ended with 30 goals to her name as South Africa finished strongly just three behind the 33 Potgieter netted in the first half.

The Proteas kept the hammer down and scored another 23 goals in the final period to collect a big score.

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A general view of play during the Netball World Cup preliminaries stage one match between South Africa and Fiji at M&S Bank Arena on July 13, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Once again South Africa were able to leverage their ability to nab intercepts into another win, they achieved 12 interceptions against the six garnered by Fiji.

Plummer once again used all 12 players in the game, perfect preparation for what is expected to be a testing match against Jamaica on Sunday. Jamaica are ranked second in the world at the moment and are also unbeaten after beating Fiji in their opener and then seeing off Trinidad and Tobago today.

The Netball World Cup is being broadcast live on Supersport 10. South Africa face Jamaica at 19:00 SAST on Sunday 14 July.

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