24 Oct 2012

Sport: Samoa coach praises composure in comeback win

12:18 pm on 24 October 2012

Samoa netball coach Marcia Hardcastle has praised her team for keeping a cool head in Tuesday night's nail-biting 30-29 victory over Scotland in Apia.

The match, which had been postponed from Monday due to rain, levelled the series at one game a piece.

Samoa trailed by two goals at the end of the first quarter, four at halftime, and five at three quarter time but Marcia Hardcastle says the players never panicked.

"It was about making sure we had a high energy level for each quarter and changing the timing of the Scottish team and I think that was a contribution to it. I think the girls took ownership of the goals they set - one of them was trust and to stay composed really. We trained under pressure game situations right throughout the week and that was evident last night that they stayed composed."

The third and deciding test is on Wednesday night.