LIVERPOOL – South Africa stumbled over the final hurdle of an impressive run at the Netball World Cup with a 58-41 defeat to the England Roses in their bronze-medal match in Liverpool on Sunday.
The Proteas nevertheless achieved their second-best result in 24 years, bowing out of the global showpiece in fourth place overall. They made a promising run for silverware after reaching the semi-final where they lost to 11-time champions Australia by just two points.
It was a case of deja vu with the Proteas slow to get out of the blocks only to leave themselves a mountain to climb in the second half.
The sides went into the second quarter with only two points separating them, but England held the advantage throughout all four quarters.
They were clinical building scoreboard pressure as they opened daylight on the South Africans struggling to make inroads.