Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
8 Nov 2014
2:38 pm

SA netball team struggle in Auckland

Wesley Botton

South Africa got off to a poor start on Saturday, losing all three of their matches on day one of the Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland.

Shadine van der Merwe of South Africa secures posession during the Fast5 Netball Series pool match between New Zealand and South Africa at Vector Arena on November 9, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

South Africa got off to a poor start on Saturday, losing all three of their matches on day one of the Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland.

The South African squad went down 44-22 in their opening match against England, before being hammered in crushing defeats to Australia (30-8) and Jamaica (45-20).

Phumza Maweni of South Africa dances prior to the Fast5 Netball Series pool match between New Zealand and South Africa at Vector Arena on November 9, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Phumza Maweni of South Africa dances prior to the Fast5 Netball Series pool match between New Zealand and South Africa at Vector Arena on November 9, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

New Zealand, four-time champions at the annual five-a-side tournament, were the only unbeaten team after the opening day.

In Sunday’s final round-robin matches, South Africa will play the fancied hosts and perennial rivals Malawi, who were also without a win after day one, ahead of the playoffs.

“Tomorrow we need to shoot more in the one and two point zones,” said SA captain Maryka Holtzhausen.

“We need to stick with our opposition, so we don’t need to risk the six-pointers to catch up.”