Match Report – England Roses v Silver Ferns (Quad Series Match 2, 20 January 2018)
By Rona Hunnisett
English supporters raised the roof of London’s Copper Box this evening, after the home side came from behind to take a thrilling 64-57 victory over New Zealand in their Quad Series encounter.
Trailing by six goals going into the final period of regular time, Tracey Neville’s side dug deep to force errors from the Silver Ferns, and won the final quarter 12 goals to six to take the game into extra time.
Throughout the match, England refused to bow to pressure, which in previous games would have seen them buckle and lose focus. At the heart of the victory was a dogged and dynamic defensive performance, led by Geva Mentor. Mentor once again showed world class form to restrict Bailey Mes to only two goals for the final quarter and create numerous turnovers during extra time to restart the England attack.