England Roses lose to South Africa in Netball Quad Series
Last Updated: 20/01/19 6:16pm
England Roses were dealt a shock defeat by South Africa in the Quad Series on Saturday.
England lost 45-48 after Australia Diamonds beat New Zealand 53-50. Australia are perfect after two matches but England have only won once.
They collide on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, from 3.15pm in the final match of the tournament that has served as build-up to next summer's World Cup.
2019 Quad Series
|Sunday January 13||South Africa||45-62||Australia|
|Saturday January 19|
|Sunday January 20|
|Live from 3.15pm||South Africa||v||New Zealand||Sky Sports Mix & Arena|
|England||v||Australia||Sky Sports Mix & Arena|
Australia 53-50 New Zealand
Australia had a healthy 27-19 lead by half-time but New Zealand rallied valiantly, reducing the deficit to three goals briefly during the third quarter.
With eight minutes left it was 42-40 to Australia but, with Gretel Tippett now on the court, they extended their lead to five goals. New Zealand battled into the final seconds but Australia held on.
Player of the match Jamie Lee-Price said: "We stuck to the way that we play, and didn't let the pressure get to us."
England 45-48 South Africa
South Africa battled to be level at 13-13 after the first quarter and, despite Jo Harten finding her range, it was 22-22 midway through the second. South Africa then crept ahead 27-23 at half-time.
It took England a further 12 minutes to draw level at 33-33 with the very physical South Africa, who regained their lead heading into the last quarter.
Tracey Neville's side finally went ahead with 10 minutes remaining, with Harten the focal point, but South Africa made it 42-apiece.
England were then left chasing an equaliser in the final minute but Harten's effort missed.
What happened in the previous matches?
The Quad Series concludes with South Africa v New Zealand then England v Australia on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Mix and Arena from 3.15pm.