England Roses suffer final Test defeat to South Africa in Cape Town

England Roses were unable to secure a clean sweep of victories over South Africa, suffering a 54-48 defeat in the final Test in Cape Town.

With the knowledge that the series already belonged to them, head coach Jess Thirlby took the opportunity to make personnel changes at both ends of the court.

A new shooting partnership of George Fisher and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis arrived in one circle and Kate Shimmin was handed her first England cap in the defensive end.


In contrast to the first Tests, the Roses were unable to settle and found themselves 27-21 down after the first 30 minutes.

Thirlby reverted to a more familiar line-up for the second half, re-introducing Kadeen Corbin and Fran Williams, and a strong comeback to 35-35 was the result.

However, South Africa were fiercely determined not to end their home series without a victory.

In their defensive circle, Phumza Maweni was inspired and Lenize Potgieter’s experience paid dividends in attack to re-establish a lead and secure the coveted win.

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