31 Aug 2016

South Africa to provide new challenges for Silver Ferns

11:39 am on 31 August 2016

The result is expected to be the same but South Africa will provide the Silver Ferns a very different challenge to England, in the second test of the Four Nation series in Hamilton tonight.

The Silver Ferns comprehensively beat England 65-39 in their opening test despite fielding a string of untried combinations.

South Africa lost to Australia 68-43 in their opening match and while they aren't expected beat New Zealand Silver Ferns assistant coach Yvette McCausland-Durie said they will play a more mobile style of game than they are traditionally known for.

Silver Ferns mid-courter Grace Rasmussen.

Grace Rasmussen was part of a Silver Ferns side which enjoyed a comprehensive first up win over England. Photo: Photosport

"They've got really mobile defence, they're very active defensively....and they've got good speed and experience in the mid-court...and in the shooting end once they get the ball in there (the shooting circle) they are very accurate," she said.

Silver Ferns assistant coach Yvette McCausland-Durie

Silver Ferns assistant coach Yvette McCausland-Durie Photo: Photosport

McCausland-Durie said she was also impressed by the way the South African shooters remained unflustered despite some close attention from the Australian defence.

Despite the 26 point winning margin McCausland-Durie has pinpointed some areas for improvement - particularly passing wise.

"We thought some of those connections weren't as accurate and needed just a little more time so the past three days have been really good for that.

"What we have also worked really hard on is full court defensive pressure. We think if we can do that right from our goal shoot right through to our goal keep we put ourselves into a position to get gains (possession)," she said.