LIVERPOOL – South Africa moved closer to a place in the last four of the Netball World Cup with a comfortable 66-38 victory over Scotland in Group G in Liverpool on Monday.
The result, coupled with England’s earlier win over Jamaica, means that the Roses and Proteas are locked on six points each at the top of the group, ahead of Thursday’s potential group decider.
Scotland more than held their own against their higher-ranked opponents in the early stages, capitalising on the fumble in South Africa’s attack to open up a 5-3 lead.
South Africa’s threat was never far away though, and good interplay between Bongiwe Msomi, Izette Griesel and Renske Stoltz saw them claw their way back, and eventually establish a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
They extended that lead in the second quarter, as their composure and quality began to tell, and to force mistakes from the Thistles.