The Proteas netball team started with a bang but finished with a whimper as they suffered a 62-45 defeat to Australia in the Quad Series in Liverpool on Sunday.
South African got a sniff of an upset as they looked for their first victory over Australia in 39 matches.
The Proteas were in stunning form both in attack and on defence with the country’s shooters making no mistakes in the circle.
While goal shooter Lenize Potgieter and goal attack Maryke Holtzhausen
The duo were aggressive in the circle frustrating the Australian shooters and forcing a few of turnovers.
South Africa took a 16-11 going into the second quarter but allowed the Australians back into the match with the world champions levelling the scores towards the end of the first half.
The Australia Diamonds bounced back with aplomb taking a
The Proteas managed to erase the two-point deficit in the first five minutes of the third quarter but manage to let it slip again.
Australia found their groove in the final 25 minutes of the match as they extended their lead to 43-38 going into the final quarter.
It went from bad to worse for South Africa as the Diamonds found the going easier in the circle adding 19 points to the scoreboard.