Silver Ferns continue flawless run in Netball World Cup after Northern Ireland win

Netball 17/07/2019

The Silver Ferns have rounded out their preparations for more pressing challenges with a 77-28 win over Northern Ireland at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

With five games - and five wins - in five days under their belt, New Zealand now have a day off, before meeting Australia in their last stage-two preliminary match on Thursday at 9.30pm (NZT), which will determine seedings for the semi-finals.

With one eye on the game against Australia, the Silver Ferns were left with plenty to ponder, after a clinical opening half was undone by a messy finish, Northern Ireland competing gamely and leaving coach Noeline Taurua not entirely happy with the outing.

"I was happy for three-quarters of the game," she said. "We were in control and I could see what we were wanting to do, but that last quarter I’m not happy with.

"It was a bit sloppy and the basic skills were not at the level I expect. Every time you take the court, there’s an expectation and we didn’t meet it in that quarter."

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