Wales head coach Julie Hoornweg talks to her players.

South Africa Win Wendy White Trophy – Now Wales Ready For Malawi Challenge In Cardiff Bay

Wales 44, South Africa 79

South Africa won the Wendy White Trophy by beating Wales twice in two days at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay.

Captain Bongi Msomi and her SA team followed their 84-32 win against Wales on Thursday with another convincing netball success.

This was, though, a much improved Welsh team display. Head coach Julie Hoornweg and her players will take great heart from their performance.

South Africa, ranked fifth in the World, are a powerful team and have produced outstanding form over the two matches against Wales.

Next up for the Welsh players is a home fixture against Malawi on Saturday (5pm). That will be the third of six matches for Wales over the seven days of their Summer Test Series in Cardiff.

South Africa now head to Liverpool where they play in pool C at the World Cup. They take on Trinidad & Tobago, Fiji and Jamaica.

There are two games at the Viola Arena on Saturday.Northern Ireland play Trinidad and Tobago with a 3pm start followed by Wales v Malawi (5pm).

Trinidad’s team includes Celtic Dragons shooter Kalifa McCollin.

Quarter scores in second Test v South Africa (Wales first): Q1 9-19; Q2 14-36 (5-17); Q3 31-55 (17-19); Q4 44-79 (13-24)
South Africa starting seven: GS Lenize Potgieter, GA Renske Stoltz, WA Bongi Msomi (C), C Khanyisa Chawane, WD Shadine van der Merwe, GD Karla Pretorius, GK Zanele Vimbela. Reps: Sigi Burger, Maryka Holtzhausen, Izette Griesel, Erin Burger, Phumza Maweni.

Wales starting seven: GS Georgia Rowe, GA Betsy Creak, WA Suzy Drane (Co-capt), C Bethan Dyke, WD Nia Jones (Capt), GD Leila Thomas, GK Chantelle Walker-Jones. Replacements: Cathy Bastian, Catrin Bowen,  Lydia Hitchings, Eleanor Roberts, Lucy Howells.

CenturionVAT player of the series: Shadine van der Merwe 

Full Wales squad Wales: Cathy Bastian (Dinas), Sara Bell (Central), Catrin Bowen (Cowbridge), Betsy Creak (Bristol Romans), Brooke Collett (Ystrad Mynach), Suzy Drane (Celtic Dragons), Bethan Dyke (Celtic Dragons), Kyra Jones (Celtic Dragons), Nia Jones (Celtic Dragons), Lydia Hitchings (Celtic Dragons), Lucy Howells (Celtic Dragons), Eleanor Roberts (Celtic Dragons), Georgia Rowe  (Severn Stars), Leila Thomas (Team Bath), Chantelle Walker Jones (Central).

Summer test series in Cardiff

July 

Thursday 4 Wales 32, South Africa 84

Friday 5 Wales 44, South Africa 79

Saturday 6 Northern Ireland v Trinidad and Tobago (Viola Arena, Cardiff Bay, 3pm)

Saturday 6 Wales v Malawi (Viola Arena, Cardiff Bay, 5pm – being broadcast live on S4C)

Sunday 7 Malawi v Northern Ireland (Viola Arena, Cardiff Bay, 3pm)

Sunday 7 Wales v Trinidad and Tobago (Viola Arena, Cardiff Bay, 5pm (being broadcast live on S4C)

Monday 8 Malawi v Trinidad and Tobago (Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff)

Tuesday 9 Wales v Grenada (Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff, 7.30pm)

Wednesday 10 Wales v Grenada (Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff, 7.30pm)

Tickets for the Summer Test Series are available from welshnetball.ticketline.co.uk Tickets for each day’s match can be purchased up until 10am on the day of the game. Tickets are available on the door, but will cost slightly more.

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