England have Tchine on at GS, good idea to try although Housby was 8/10. She’s very young and inexperienced at this level, not really knowing how to milk penalties or control her body against Maweni and Pretorius. At first she isn’t keeping her head and using her massive height advantage and strength for a good hold, but then she shows a few varied moves (sometimes to front space) and pots the midrange shots with confidence. It’s 17-all in a very low scoring quarter (10 goals in total, in 10 mins).
With an error from Potgieter England are now ahead. New player on court Elle MacDonald is simply better-drilled than Allison (she replaced her at C, Allison was playing C but trying to hard to also be WA), and Tchine moves faster and has less predictable choices than a typical tall shooter, which is nice to see – hehe until she fails to get a rebound (Maweni pushes her, of course, who wouldn’t?) and dissents with the Kiwi umpire.
SA is back ahead 21-20. Once again you see the experience of their line, they all have 50+ caps (many of them 80+) except GA Taljaard who’s the rookie. They know how to grapple for the ball and to make the move to space at the right time.
Okay it’s drawn at half time. I think we’re seeing the experience SA players expose the weaknesses of the newer England players, and we just don’t know how this will work out overall.