England vs. South Africa Netball: 2nd Test Score and Results

Ethan GrantAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2013

BATH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  The England team lineup ahead of the England v Australia International Netball Series match at the University of Bath on January 20, 2013 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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In the second game of a three-Test netball series with South Africa, England emerged victorious at London's Wembley Arena on Wednesday evening.

With the 51-33 victory, England is now assured of a series win, regardless of Friday's score. 

Shooter Jo Harten and attacker Pamela Cookey had their way with the South Africa defence for most of the game, playing off each other nicely to create passing lanes and scoring opportunities for each other. 

England turned up their effort on defence during the second half, allowing just 14 points over the final two quarters to pull away down the stretch. England Netball on Twitter had some analysis as the score went final:

South Africa's netball Twitter account had a different view:

After grinding out a 49-38 win in the first Test, England wanted to use Test No. 2 to work out some of the kinks. As BBC Sport's Paul Glynn reported on Monday, England head coach Anna Mayes was looking for her side to produce more consistently on Wednesday. 

Photo via Natalie Morris (@ENeditor_Nat) on Twitter
Photo via Natalie Morris (@ENeditor_Nat) on Twitter

South Africa was poised to give the home side more trouble after the opening centre pass, jumping out to a 2-0 lead and forcing an early turnover.

England turned things around from there. 

The home side took control shortly after South Africa's hot start, responding well to early adversity by pushing the pace and finding favourable passing lanes in the middle of the court. By the end of the first period, England held a 13-9 lead. 

The team's Twitter account had a few positives to share with fans after the opening frame:

Unable to cut into the lead in the second quarter, South Africa was down by nine heading into the half. England did a nice job of forcing the ball away from the hoop, a strategy that played to their favour as South Africa chose unsuccessfully to launch the outside shot. 

As noted by BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton, the defence picked up the slack for England en route to a comfortable lead:

Olympic sprinter Jeanette Kwakye was loving the overall intensity England brought to the table:

Mayes' side further increased their lead over the final two quarters. England led by 16 (41-25) at the end of the third quarte, and added two more digits to that point spread by the end of the game. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Serena Guthrie of England celebrates their victory during the International Netball Series between England and Australia at Wembley Arena on January 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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With the second Test now in the books, England have still lost only one game—at Netball Europe Open Championships to Wales—this year.

With England clearly one of the best teams in the world right now, it will be tough for South Africa to salvage a little pride by taking down England in the third Test.  

The third and final Test in the series will take place in Worcester on Friday. 


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