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Australia v South Africa Preview

Via Netball Australia

MATCH FACTS

  • Australia has an average winning margin of 21 goals against South Africa.
  • Courtney Bruce made her Australian debut against England in the opening Netball Quad Series Test, named player of the match.
  • Should Emily Mannix take to court, she will become the 173rd athlete to represent Australia.
  • Australia has played South Africa in Canberra once, on 13 June 2001 in a Tri-Nations Tour. Australia won 78 – 22 at AIS Arena.
  • Australia’s last test match at AIS Arena was 22 October 2014, where the Diamonds defeated the England Roses 54-47.

AUSTRALIAN TEST MATCH RECORDS

ALL-TIME INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Played: 426; Win: 353; Loss: 64; Draw: 9

ALL-TIME INTERNATIONAL RESULTS v SOUTH AFRICA
Played: 34; Win: 34; Loss: 0; Draw: 0

ALL-TIME INTERNATIONAL RESULTS played in AUSTRALIA
Played: 159; Win: 127; Loss: 27; Draw: 5

ALL-TIME INTERNATIONAL RESULTS played in CANBERRA
Played: 4; Win: 4; Loss: 0; Draw: 0

ALL-TIME INTERNATIONAL RESULTS played in AUSTRALIA v SOUTH AFRICA
Played: 19; Win: 19; Loss: 0; Draw: 0

HEAD TO HEAD AUSTRALIA v SOUTH AFRICA
AUSTRALIA v SOUTH AFRICA
89 goals, 25 Jun 99 Highest Score 50 goals, 22 Feb 95
35 goals, 17 Aug 67 Lowest Score 22 goals, 13 Jun 01
61 goals, 25 Jun 99 Biggest Win N/A


PREVIOUS FIVE MEETINGS:

31 Jan 17, Netball Quad Series, AUS (62) def RSA (46)
27 Aug 16, Netball Quad Series, AUS (68) def RSA (43)
12 Aug 15, Netball World Cup, AUS (66) def RSA (31)
30 Jul 14, Commonwealth Games, AUS (64) def RSA (40)
25 Oct 12, Quad Series, AUS (68) def RSA (36)

INJURY UPDATE:
Nil

WORDS FROM THE COACH:

On their opponent…
South Africa has taken big strides in the past few years and we are certainly not going into this test underestimating them. They are a skilful and dangerous opponent who are emerging as a force to be reckoned with; you saw this in their first test against New Zealand. No doubt about it, this will be a fair dinkum test match, with both teams giving it a red-hot crack.

On what they have learnt from their first test…
There certainly were good patches against England, but we have room for improvement. We need to reduce the number of unforced errors, and apply more pressure over the ball to cause errors for our opponent. It’s not just about striving for consistency; we need to continue to build upon our performance in each and every quarter.

On combinations…
We put out different combinations in both the attacking and defensive ends against England. This is something you’ll see more and more from the Diamonds. Each and every member of our team knows that they can be called upon at any moment and must be ready to play their role.