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Netball - 11. August 2015.

England face Wales in must-win battle of home nations




A first loss of the tournament at the hands of Australia has left the England Roses facing a must-win encounter with Wales tomorrow morning.

South Africa impressive against Wales

The Dragons hard fought victory over 2015 World Cup surprise package, Uganda has seen them qualify for the first eight stage of the competition and set up this crucial clash.

Wales reached the top of Pool D with victories over Fiji, Zambia and the She Cranes. This has guaranteed them a top eight finish at the 2015 tournament, although this round robin stage has started with a 68-40 loss to South Africa for our neighbours.

It is a sharp step up in class for Wales and in the Roses they face a side that defeated them 69-32 at the Netball Europe Open earlier in the year.

England will be keen to bounce back from today’s defeat and mid-courter Serena Guthrie is pleased the opportunity comes around quickly; she said “I think the beauty of this format is that you get to meet a top two team and get a check in before you get to the business end of the competition.

“I think ten goals was the difference today because we threw too much ball away the good thing is that’s an easy fix moving forward and to the semi-final

Although seen as outsiders, Guthrie knows that Wales will pose a threat; she added: “They’ve had a successful competition so far as well and they will be feeling pretty good about themselves.

“We will have a look at the video tonight and I think we just need to look at ourselves for tomorrow and fix what we want to do and play our own way.”

England versus Wales match will be shown live exclusively on Sky Sports 4 from 7:15am. Non-subscribers can also see matches without a contract through online streaming service NOW TV.

By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices.

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