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Netball Proteas on the rim of World cup semi-final

South Africa started their first game of the Vitality Netball World Cup preliminary stage two groups against Scotland where they wanted to continue their perfect winning record in this tournament.

The SPAR Proteas beat Scotland 66-38 on Monday evening at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool to move closer to a spot in the semi-finals.

SPAR Proteas Coach Norma Plummer made a number of changes to the team that upset Jamaica on Sunday.

South Africa drew first blood by scoring two quick goals however Scotland recovered quickly and claimed the lead which they retained for the better part of the first quarter. The SPAR Proteas took the game to Scotland and managed to regain their lead taking the game 14 -10 by the end of the first quarter.

The beginning of the second quarter was no different as South Africa continued to apply pressure and exert their authority on the Scottish. Substitute Khanyisa Chawane marshalled and controlled the middle of the court very well, she came off the bench at the start of the quarter and settled in very comfortably in that centre position.

Handling errors became a thing for Scotland as they gave away possession cheaply and the SPAR Proteas made sure that they get punished for such. South Africa went into the half time leading 32 -20. Scotland seemed to be stuck at the 10 point per quarter mark as they managed to only score 10 goals still as per the first quarter.

South Africa seemed to be running away with this game halfway through the third quarter. At the end of the quarter South Africa were leading 49 – 32.

They will take on fellow African counterparts in Uganda on Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 20:00 South African Time. If South Africa win their game against sixth world ranked Uganda they will earn themselves a semi final spot.

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