World Cup netball tournament: Proteas storm on

Henry

The Proteas continued with a clinical performance in the World Cup netball tournament in Cape Town on Saturday when they swept Sri Lanka 87-32 out of their way.

South Africa, who kicked off with a victory over Wales on Friday night, had the great standouts Elmeré van der Berg and Nichole Taljaard who kept the scoreboard rolling, as well as Jeante Strydom who was named player of the match with her six interceptions.

The Proteas won the first quarter 24-9 and were already 45-18 ahead at half-time.

After the break, coach Norman Plummer replaced Bongi Msomi and Shadine van der Merwe with Karla Pretorius, who played her 100th game, and Khanyisa Chawari, respectively.

The Proteas ended the third quarter with a lead of 68-24.

Nicola Smith was then replaced with Phumza Maweni, while Ine-Marí Venter replaced Taljaard.

South Africa continued to build in the last quarter and passed the 80 point mark with five minutes left.

The Proteas’ great standouts were Van der Berg who succeeded with 50 of her 57 attempts.

Taljaard was also on fire and succeeded with 24 of her 27 attempts.

South Africa’s first big test is Sunday’s showdown with Jamaica, who overcame Sri Lanka 105-25 in its first game.

Yesterday’s other results: New Zealand 53, Uganda 40; Fiji 52, Zimbabwe 48, Australia 85, Tonga 38; Jamaica 75, Wales 40.

Sunday’s fixtures: Australia v Fiji, New Zealand v Singapore; Malawi t Barbados, Wales t Sri Lanka, England t Scotland, Uganda t Trinidad and Tobao; South Africa t Jamaica; Tonga t Zimbabwe.