Big World Cup test awaits Proteas

Henry

The Proteas play against the defending World Cup champion team, New Zealand, in an important Group G match in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The South Africans got back on the winning track on Monday evening after settling with Trinidad and Tobago on a trot. Still, the showdown against the Kiwis promises to be the team’s toughest test yet in the World Cup tournament.

New Zealand is unbeaten so far and the Silver Ferns have already scored 293 goals in four matches.

In addition, they also showed in January that they can easily deal with the Proteas in South Africa; as evidenced by their 61 – 41 victory in the quadrangular series.

The Proteas are not playing a game today, but they are by no means going to rest on their laurels.

“We are going to do video analysis and prepare for our duel with New Zealand – we are well aware of the fact that this is a very important game for us,” said Karla Pretorius.

Pretorius and Phumza Maweni will have to defend at their best: Maia Wilson sinks 93% of her goals.

In contrast, Ine-Marí Venter fares best among the South Africans in the goal circle. She is in the spot with 91 of her 106 field goal attempts (86%).

The Proteas will also have to do without the services of the experienced Lenize Potgieter for the remaining matches. The talented goalkeeper is struggling with a knee injury and Owethu Ngubane will have to make do with her shoes.

According to Dumisane Chauke, the victory against Trinidad and Tobago was a step in the right direction.

“We were now better prepared and we had to do well to boost our confidence again. It was a very important victory for us,” said the Protea assistant coach.

South Africa play New Zealand on Wednesday at 18:00.

South Africa’s World Cup results:

61 – 50 against Wales

87 – 32 against Sri Lanka

49 – 67 against Jamaica

69 – 28 against Trinidad and Tobago

New Zealand World Cup Results:

76 – 27 against Trinidad and Tobago

54 – 44 against Uganda

80 – 19 against Singapore