South Africa came through a testing tie against Uganda with a 67-40 win in Liverpool, England on Wednesday night to confirm their 2019 Netball World Cup semifinal berth.
Their 67-40 win ensures that the Proteas and England join Australia and New Zealand in the last four.
A strong middle phase of the game from Uganda narrowed the early gap that South Africa had established, but the Proteas’ ability to snatch possession and punish errors ultimately resulted in a comfortable victory.
History was beckoning for South Africa, as despite their second-place finish in 1995, changes to the format of the tournament meant they had never actually played in a semifinal before.
They weren’t in the mood to let history slip away, and had stretched their lead to 16 within the opening minutes of the final quarter.
The Proteas will now face fellow unbeaten side England on Thursday evening in a clash to determine who will win the group and whether their opponents in the semi will be current holders Australia or New Zealand. – ANA