The Spar Proteas eased to a 69-28 victory in their Netball World Cup Group C match against Trinidad & Tobago on Monday.

The Spar Proteas came into the match after a 67-49 loss to Jamaica on Sunday. They also came from a devastating blow with goal shooter Lenize Potgieter ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to injury.

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She was replaced by Owethu Ngubane who also travelled with the team to Cape Town as one of the reserves.

Potgieter had an operation on her right knee in July last year and underwent intense rehabilitation. She also missed the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where South Africa had to settle for sixth position.

Spar Proteas against Trinidad & Tobago

Coach Norma Plummer stuck with the same seven for the first two-quarters of the game as the Proteas took a commanding 33-15 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Nichole Taljaard moved from goal attack to goal shooter while Elmeré van der Bergh came on as goal attack.

With seven minutes to go, Ngubane earned only her second cap for South Africa when she replaced Taljaard. She scored her first goal at a World Cup in the last 30 seconds of the match.


Most Valuable Player: Nichole Taljaard
Goal Shooting Percentage: 82.1 per cent / 90.3 per cent
Penalty Count (Contact and Obstruction): South Africa 47 / Trinidad & Tobago 55
Quarter scores: 18-12 / 33-15 / 51-21 / 69-28

The Spar Proteas are back in action against New Zealand on Wednesday. 


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