Netball Quad Series: England Vitality Roses produce stunning comeback to beat New Zealand

Emma Thurston

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The Vitality Roses were 16-10 down after the first quarter; Jade Clarke showed fruits of her 138 caps to inspire turnaround; in the earlier contest Australia beat South Africa by 20 goals; England face Australia next on Tuesday at 7.30pm after New Zealand have taken on South Africa

Last Updated: 16/01/22 5:51pm

England’s most-capped player was pivotal in turning the match against the world champions

England’s Vitality Roses produced a stunning comeback to beat New Zealand 49-46 in their second match of the Netball Quad Series.

The home side, who had trailed by eight goals at one point, never panicked and instead used the latter stages of the first half to reel New Zealand back in.

Jade Clarke’s arrival off the bench in the second quarter was the catalyst for the Roses’ revival. They went into the half-time interval level at 25 goals apiece and then held a three-goal cushion with 15 minutes to play.

The final quarter saw the world champions pile on the pressure, however England’s players remained calm and kept the scoreboard ticking to secure a second victory of the Netball Quad Series.

Historically, English victories over New Zealand have been hard to come by; the two outfits had met 103 times prior to this Test and the Silver Ferns had won 88 of those encounters.

However, the Roses’ latest win over the world champions marks a third victory in their last four encounters and continues their winning momentum going into a fascinating contest with Australia on Tuesday.

More to follow…

Watch every match of the Netball Quad Series live on Sky Sports and streamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel. England’s meeting Australia is live on Tuesday from 7.30pm on Sky Sports Arena; New Zealand versus South Africa starts at 5.30pm.

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