Tutaia out of third test
Sat, 22 Sep 2012 7:36p.m.
By Cathy Walshe
Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander's target of preventing a Constellation Cup whitewash is a little more likely with the withdrawal of Silver Ferns goal attack Maria Tutaia from the third and final Test.
Tutaia injured a knee early in Thursday's 50-49 win in Auckland, and will now undergo rest and rehab in time to contest next month's quad series against Australia, England and South Africa.
She has played a key role in both New Zealand's wins over the last week, and Alexander acknowledged her influence.
"She's the litmus test at the moment and we need to shut her down."
Former Silver Fern Anna Thompson has been drafted into the squad for Sunday's match in Christchurch.
New Zealand coach Waimarama Taumaunu says Tutaia will be missed, but she is still confident the Silver Ferns can put together a full 60-minute effort to close out the series.
The New Zealanders have started both previous Tests in dynamic form only for the Diamonds to fight back ferociously in the second stanza of both games and come within a whisker of victory.
Both coaches are now looking at rejigged line-ups.
Silver Ferns captain Casey Williams is a chance for court time after injury kept her out of the first two Tests, while young defender Kayla Cullen also looks set to get a run.
Shooters Cathrine Latu and Jodi Brown are both likely to see some game time, although in which combination is still uncertain.
For the Diamonds, the loss of Julie Corletto is a blow, although not an unexpected one after she returned to Melbourne on Friday for scheduled knee surgery.
Bec Bulley should make the game-day 12, leaving Alexander some interesting choices at the defensive end as Laura Geitz, Bianca Chatfield and Mo'onia Gerrard all battle for a starting spot.
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