6 Jul 2011

Sport: Samoa keep netball playoff hopes alive, Fiji out

8:05 am on 6 July 2011

Samoa have edged Sri Lanka 57-53 to keep their playoff hopes alive at the World Netball Championships in Singapore.

After a first-up loss to Australia, Samoa simply need to beat Northern Ireland to achieve their pre-tournament aim of making the quarter-finals.

Coach Linda Vagana says despite the win the team was still guilty of simple errors and a lot of lost ball, which they'll have to tidy up ahead of today's final pool match.

"Got a bit hesitant on the ball and didn't let it go into space and we were unable to really capitalise off our turnovers - we got a bit too excited and wanted to rush the ball down court. But I think we've got a little bit more to work on and hopefully come out with, Northern Ireland's our game tomorrow and we'll both be wanting to win after winning one game each so it's going to be a tough one tomorrow."

Fiji's playoff hopes are over however after they were well beaten, 58-40, by Trinidad and Tobago to remain winless after two rounds.

They'll finish the pool stage against Wales today, who were thrashed 91-21 by New Zealand.

Other winners on day two were England, Jamaica, Australia, South Africa and Malawi.