The Spar Proteas overcame a charging England in the dying minutes of the game to salvage a 46 all draw on day two of the Quad Series at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
South Africa made two changes to the side that lost against New Zealand yesterday (Saturday), Izette Griesel started on wing attack and captain Bongiwe Msomi moved to centre.
Meanwhile, England were also hoping to redeem themselves following their defeat against Australia in their opening game.
The tone was set from the first quarter when only one goal separated the two sides as both teams were seemingly well in control in their own halves.
The second quarter was more of a defensive battle, however England capitalised on Nichole Taljaard’s two missed opportunities underneath the pole and levelled matters at halftime.
The injection of Khanyisa Chawane added more firepower and South Africa were imperious on attack.
England responded well with Olivia Tchine and Helen Housby conducting play expertly in the shooting circle, leaving Proteas goalkeeper Phumza Maweni to feel the heat and be cautioned in the process.
Bongi Msomi took an opportunity to have a word with the umpires after the championship quarter to get clarity on some of the calls that were made as it was all to play for in the final 15.
England rejigged their defence line in the fourth quarter in an attempt to reclaim the lead and brought the score to 45-all with just one minute remaining.
The situation got worse for South Africa who now had to fight without Maweni after she was sent off for persistent contact.
Defence partner Karla Pretorius proved how prodigious she can be and won a vital intercept which Potgieter converted to register the first draw of the tournament.
Now don’t say you didn’t love that. What. A. Game ?? Played until the very last second. Thank you SPAR Proteas for never giving up ??
Thanks for the contest @EnglandNetball ??
SA face the Diamonds next - 24 Jan. at 18:00 ??????????#QuadSeries | #SPARProteas | #WeAreAllIn pic.twitter.com/gVY9Gnp7aK— Netball South Africa (@Netball_SA) January 22, 2023
SA coach Norma Plummer commented on her side being one player down at a crucial point, ‘’I was very disappointed when that happened. I actually had a chat with the umpires, we want consistency. There was a scoring end, and on the other end, it wasn’t. I would like to see umpires all have the same idea on what a contact, obstruction or some sort of penalty is but they all seem to be different. We might be from different countries but not enough is done to unify the base of those umpires being on the same page (sic)’’.
Australia and New Zealand revived their rivalry following the Constellation cup as both teams faced off in the last match.
The Diamonds remained victorious once again with a narrow 59-57 win after recovering from losing the first quarter.
Stephanie Wood was named the player of the match, finishing on an eighty-eight goal per centage from scoring 21 of the 24 attempts.
Teams will have an opportunity to rest tomorrow but action will resume on Tuesday afternoon at the CTICC.
24 JANUARY FIXTURES
4pm England v New Zealand
6pm | South Africa v Australia