THE Silver Ferns have recorded a scratchy 61-43 win over England, ahead of Sunday’s clash with arch-rivals Australia.
In their opening Quad Series match, it took until the final quarter for New Zealand to increase their five-goal cushion.
The Ferns’ performance was littered by too many errors and a lack of patience on attack through the middle of the match, although coach Waimarama Taumaunu would have been more pleased with her side’s composure late in the match.
They won the final quarter 20-10.
England were missing several of their bigger-name players such as Geva Mentor, Sonia Mkoloma, and veteran midcourter Jade Clarke.
Defender Eboni Beckford-Chambers was a standout for England, while goal shoot Jo Harten was accurate in front of goal and operated well with Pamela Cookey.
They won the third quarter 16-15, showing more precision than during the first half.
Taumaunu rung the changes at halftime, bringing on Kayla Cullen and Irene van Dyk, while skipper Casey Williams joined the fray early in the third quarter.
The Ferns will have to significantly improve before the match with Australia in Sydney, who will be out for revenge after losing the Constellation Cup series 2-1.
Scores: New Zealand 61 England 43
Quarter scores (New Zealand first):13-5, 26-17, 41-33, 61-43,