LIVERPOOL – The Proteas netball team claimed only their third victory over world number-two Jamaica with a 55-52 win to top their group at the World Cup in Liverpool on Sunday evening.
The match ended in a nail biter against the world despite South Africa enjoying a 32-21 lead going into the half-time break. South Africa dropped in intensity in the third quarter allowing Jamaicans a sniff in the final 15 minutes of the match.
The Proteas showed immense composure to prevail in the end and give themselves a shot in the arm and a chance at reaching the playoffs after winning all three of their group matches.
Both teams advance to the second stage of the competition where the top two sides progress to the semi-finals. Teams only go up against countries they have not played during the preliminary rounds while the previous results will be carried over. This meant South Africa would have a slight advantage in the next round where they will have Commonwealth Games champions England in their group.
South Africa made a stellar start to their crucial clash against Jamaica racing to a 16-9 lead over the world number two side.