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Pearls Outshine By Proteas

Pearls Outshine By Proteas
September 07
14:29 2017

South Africa 72-31 Fijian Pearls

What happened: The world fifth ranked South African ‘Spar Proteas’ walloped the Fijian Pearls  72-31 at Suva’s Vodafone Arena in the first match of the Digice/Punjas netball series.

The South Africans, who have just finished a series with Australia, England and New Zealand, were match hardened and last night it showed.

But Fijian Pearls head coach Vicky Wilson commended defender Episake Kahatoka.

“Episake was best player on court, she was explosive, she came outside the circle and played good attacking game,” Wilson said.

The visitors had a strong start in the first quarter with quick movement in their attacking area and with the leadership of Bongiwe Msomi in the mid court.

Kahatoka played a good defensive role but was not enough to stop the Africans as they led 18-9 in the first quarter.

South Africa shooting circle was boosted by goal attack and former captain Maryka Holtzhausen. South Africa continues to outplay the Fijians who only had themselves to blame for making basic errors. The visitors led 38-16 at halftime.

South Africans continue its dominance in the third quarter. Being the fittest team the Proteas enjoyed possession and scored extra 19 goals while the Pearls only managed to score six. The Africans extended their lead to 57-22 in the third quarter.

The visitors stuck to their game plan and finished off with a 72-31 win at fulltime.

Big Play: South Africa put outplayed the Fijians in all facets of play.

Star Turn; Kahatoka put up a great show.

Comments: South Africa head coach Norma Plummer;

“I was pleased with the win, it was a good tussle, good physical game.”

The second game will be held tomorrow at the Vodafone Arena.

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