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).
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.”