Silver Ferns on song to beat England
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:12p.m.
By Ashlee Tulloch
In netball's quad series the Silver Ferns flogged South Africa on Sunday, could England, despite missing a couple of key players, put up a better show against New Zealand?
The world number two side got off to a clean and clinical start, but England quickly showed they weren't there just to show face, although Katrina Grant had other ideas.
The Ferns were on song, starving the English of the ball and taking a 12-5 lead after the first quarter.
Maria Tutaia was having no trouble putting up shots, shooting long and wide, while down the other end Grant was a menace.
With the Ferns 26-17 up, Waimarama Taumaunu made several changes at the half time, bringing Irene van Dyk and Casey Williams off the bench, and pushing Laura Langman out to wing attack, seeing Kayla Cullen in the centre.
But the ladies in red were just about to give the Ferns a real wake up call, as they began closing the closing the gap in the third.
Although the long arms of Anna Harrison were still causing the English some trouble with the English falling away as the Kiwis ran away with an 18 point 61 - 43 victory.
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