Silver Ferns claim win over Uganda to sit two-for-two


The Silver Ferns went two from two to start the Commonwealth Games, although their latest victory against Uganda was harder to come by on Sunday morning.

The Silver Ferns beat a feisty Ugandan side 53-40 in a game that featured a different style and attitude to their opening 79-20 win over Northern Ireland the day before.

“I thought it was a fantastic match, they (Uganda) played very well,” coach Dame Noeline Taurua said.

“There were a few starters for us, but it’s only when you’re actually there that you understand the unorthodox way they play and I’m actually quite happy. We learned a lot of lessons there. “

Uganda, with plenty of size and stature in their squad, sparked a comeback attempt with the injection of high shooter Mary Cholhok into their lineup and managed to limit New Zealand to just eight goals in the third quarter .

“These are experiences they have to be able to take on, so to face that and have that pressure was really good for us at the start of the tournament,” Taurua added.

“Overall, there are huge benefits for us from what this game and a good Ugandan team have provided.”

As she did against Northern Ireland, Taurua was unafraid to test a variety of combinations throughout the game, even forcing regular shot-stopper Bailey Mes to play some wing attack time. in the contest.

In critical time, the reintroduction of Grace Nweke, who went from 32 to 37 in three shifts, as well as the defensive height of Kate Heffernan and Kelly Jury saw the team close out the game comfortably. .

New Zealand take on Malawi in their third pool match at 7am on Tuesday NZT.

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