The Proteas went into this match in danger of suffering the embarrassment of being whitewashed at home‚ but they recovered in style from two successive defeats to England to end the series on a high note.
The England Roses will return home as 2-1 series winners, but SA coach Dorette Badenhorst will take positives going into their next assignment in the Netball Nations Cup against Jamaica‚ New Zealand and hosts England next month in Birmingham.
Badenhorst said they did not keep possession and lacked cohesion in the two defeats‚ but she was happy that inexperienced Lefebre Rademan and Monique Reyneke got opportunities against strong opposition.
Maweni is back to full fitness and captain Bongi Msomi‚ Shadine van der Merwe‚ Khanyisa Chawane‚ Lenize Potgieter and Zanele Vimbela got valuable minutes on the court.
They were tested to their limits by this industrious
England side led by Natalie Haythornthwaite‚ which ompletely dominated the opening two matches as they wrapped up the series.
With this victory SA managed their second win over England after six matches this year and they will travel to the Netball Nations Cup in January with confidence that they can beat some of these top-ranked sides.
At the end of the series SA’s Van der Merwe was named most valuable player and Lenize Potgieter accurate shooter of the tournament. England’s Stacey Francis was named the best defender. England captain Natalie Haythornthwaite was named the centre play player of the tournament.
At the end of first quarter SA enjoyed a six-goal lead (16-10) after creating most of the chances‚ but England did not make it easier with attacks from George Fisher and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis.