The England Roses defeated the SPAR Proteas 57-44 in their final Netball Quad Series match in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday.
It was a shooting masterclass from England as their star shooter Jo Harten led the way in a convincing victory.
However, the match wasn’t without its scares for England as South Africa again showed they are closing the gap on the world’s top teams.
South Africa made a good start and midway through the first quarter they led their third-ranked opponents 7-2.
With the momentum firmly in the hands of the Proteas, England coach Tracey Neville introduced Kadeen Corbin for Helen Housby.
The change had the desired impact and England started to find more cohesion in attack to cut the lead to 13-11 after 15 minutes.
England soon levelled the match at 14-14 and then a late surge gave them a four-goal lead heading into half time (25-21).
The goals continued to flow for England early in the third quarter and they extended their lead to 41-33.
Despite an energetic Proteas response, the Roses held firm and more accurate shot-making gave them the 57-44 result.
SPAR Proteas captain Bongi Msomi said they were happy with the way they had played.
“Our mission was to close the gap on world champions Australia, New Zealand and England. We did just that and have made a strong impression during the Quad Series leg in New Zealand and Australia.”