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South Africa Spar Proteas captain Bongi Msomi (left)and Fiji Pearls Captain Vaiti Waqatabu . The two sides will face each other during Digicel Punjas test series at Vodafone Arena on September 06, 2017 . Photo: Ronald Kumar.
September 06
11:00 2017

South African netball captain Bongiwe Msomi and her Fiji Pearls counterpart Vaiti Waqatabu anticipate an exciting encounter in the first match of the Digicel/Punjas International test series 6:30pm today.

Msomi is aware of the challenge and their target is to produce a positive result.

“We are here to play and I’m pleased to see how the girls have progressed so far.

“We are looking forward to a great attacking game and give our best,” Msomi said.

Waqatabu believes it’s a special moment for the Pearls playing South Africa at home and the Ra native calls on the public for support.

“This is special and we know the expectations are high. I’m pleading for fans to turn up and be there for us.

“The girls are excited and we look forward to a great game,” Waqatabu said.

Fijian Pearls coach Vicki Wilson believes playing as a team against a world 5th ranked team  is important.

“We understand fans have high expectations. But the most important thing is we are hosting an international team who are ranked 5th in the world.

“This is exciting for our players and the fact that we are drawn in the same pool at the  2018 Commonwealth Games. This is a good practice game for us playing at this level,” Wilson said.

She said playing test matches was something Netball Fiji needs.

“It is vital to have competition, you can train and train but unless you are experienced you won’t know your strengths,” Wilson said.

“Fiji hasn’t played test matches for quite a long time now so this is what players want.”

 

Plummer wary of Fijian style

South African netball coach Norma Plummer looks forward to an intense game against the Fijian Pearls.

The match will start at 6:30pm at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

“It’s important for all international teams to meet and not just for the ranking but for competition.

“We are really looking forward to this intense series we are looking forward to Fiji’s style of game,” Plummer said.

Discipline is one area the South Africans are wary of.

“We are aware of the Fijian flair, the way they take the ball but it’s about discipline.

“I’m pleased with how my girls have recovered and we look forward to an exciting match.”

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