After producing another gutsy fight, the Proteas netball team lost out in a narrow 62-60 defeat to a strong New Zealand team on Sunday night, in a thrilling Sanzea Quad Series clash in London which went to extra time.
The Silver Ferns got off to an explosive start, and while the Proteas were able to gather themselves quickly by adapting to the pace of the game, the New Zealanders held a 14-9 lead at the close of the opening quarter.
Spearheaded by a superb effort from goal shooter Lenize Potgieter (who managed to sink 45 of her 47 attempts in the match), the Proteas transferred some of the pressure in the second period and they were just two points behind (22-20) at the half-time interval, as they went in search of their first victory over the Silver Ferns in 24 years.
Keeping up the fight, South Africa managed to draw level at the end of the third quarter (34-34) and took the lead for the first time in the final stanza.
New Zealand clawed their way back, however, and they drew level again at 45-45 at the end of regulation time.
With the scores remaining square after 14 minutes of extra time, Australia pulled themselves two points clear in additional extra time to snatch the win.
The Proteas, however, enjoyed an impressive campaign at the English leg of the Quad Series.
They fell in a 62-45 defeat to world champions Australia, after leading the match in the third quarter, and edged out hosts England with a memorable 48-45 victory.