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London Pulse’s Sam Bird joins us to cast her eye over the first NZ v Eng test match…

General thoughts about the game

It looked like both teams were tentatively feeling each other out, which was to be expected given the circumstances – the pandemic, the limited amount of preparation they’d had, and the logistics of having players from both sides coming out of quarantine.

Both Jess Thirlby and Dame Noeline Taurua would have been looking at building combinations, as both teams had a number of either relatively new players out on court, or ones that hadn’t played international netball for some time.

For the Roses, Geva Mentor and Layla Gusgoth haven’t played internationally since the 2019 Netball World Cup, while Beth Cobden is also back in the red dress after a series of knee injuries. For the Silver Ferns, Tiana Metuarau made her debut, while Maddy Gordon is also relatively new to this level. Gina Crampton is the Silver Ferns newly appointed captain, and sometimes that can also impact on court performance.

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