#NWC2023: South Africa Heat Up in Blockbuster Encounter

Players during the Netball World Cup 2023, Pool G match between South Africa and New Zealand at Cape Town International Convention Centre on August 02, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023)

Fans who flocked in numbers to Cape Town International Convention Centre were left on the edge of their seats as South Africa’s #SPARProteas displayed an out-of-this-world performance against New Zealand on Wednesday, 2 August 2023.

From the onset, the Proteas put their best foot forward in what was a tight match against the Silver Ferns. In the first quarter, the visitors narrowly led 11-10.

After the halftime whistle, the battle continued in the fast and furious encounter, where New Zealand were ahead by 5 goals (26-21). 

South Africa went on to win the third quarter in what was a guns blazing affair. 

Finally, the fourth quarter was what many regarded as “insane” as every fan witnessed South Africa level the scoreboard 48-48 in the last minute. 

Speaking at the press conference afterwards, captain Bongi Msomi expressed, “We were very disappointed about our third quarter against Jamaica and I think as players as well, we spoke about how we can’t let the opposition go after that match. So, I have to say credit to the girls. We are starting to believe that we can put out great performances and this is great for netball in our country.”

Next, South Africa will face Uganda on Thursday at 16h00 CAT, where they will be aiming for an all-important victory. 

Photo 1 Caption: Players during the Netball World Cup 2023, Pool G match between South Africa and New Zealand at Cape Town International Convention Centre on August 02, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023)

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