Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
19 Jun 2016
5:25 pm

Proteas earn 3-0 series win over Wales

Wesley Botton

Wales put up a tremendous fight in the early stages of the game.

Norma Plummer, coach of South Africa issuing instructions to her team. Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

The Proteas fought hard in the second half on Sunday, again stamping their authority on the touring Welsh outfit to earn a 64-50 victory as they wrapped up a 3-0 win in their three-match Spar Challenge netball series at the International Convention Centre in Durban.

Unlike the previous two games, which the hosts dominated throughout, Wales put up a tremendous fight in the early stages and led 15-14 after the first quarter.

The visitors continued to exert pressure and were one point behind (29-28) midway through the game, before the South Africans drew clear to prevent a shock defeat.

Proteas goal shooter Lenize Potgieter, the Player of the Series, said head coach Norma Plummer had motivated them at half-time, resulting in an improved performance when they returned to the court.

“Norma told us be motivated on court, stick to the game plan and strategy, and that worked,” said Potgieter, who was replaced by debutant Sigrid Burger in the third quarter after twisting her ankle.

“When I got hurt and Siggie went on, she picked up where I left off, and I was very impressed with how we ended the game.”