Maryka Holtzhausen brought up her 100th Proteas cap in style as SA beat Namibia on Tuesday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

South Africa treated Namibia as cannon fodder in their opening Diamond Challenge match as they romped to a 78-28 victory in Seshego, Limpopo on Tuesday.

The runaway victory was the perfect gift for centurion Maryka Holtzhausen and Lenize Potgieter, who played in her 50th Test for the Proteas.

The opening quarter showed ominous signs of a one-sided affair as the home side raced to a 17-6 lead over the Namibians. 

The Proteas more than doubled their score in the second period, while limiting the Namibians to three goals, with South Africa going into the halftime break with a dominant 38-9 lead.

South African coach Norma Plummer made wholesale changes for the second half, with Sigi Burger, Renske Stoltz, Khanyisa Chawane and Zanele Vimbela getting a run.

The bleeding continued unabated in the second half, with the Proteas scoring an impressive 23 goals in the third quarter, with Namibia adding five.

The Proteas could not have asked for a better way to bounce back from the winless Quad Series, which involved Australia, New Zealand and England. 

They suffered two heavy defeats against Australia and New Zealand before bouncing back with a strong showing against England in their final match of the series. 

They lost by 17 points to the Australian Diamonds before suffering a 24-goal defeat to New Zealand.

The Proteas will next face Botswana, who lost to Zimbabwe 43-30, on Wednesday evening.

The tournament also includes Zambia and a South African President’s team, with the latter beating Zambia 48-46 on Tuesday evening.


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