Taini Jamison Trophy: Tamsin Greenway says England need to ‘learn quickly’ ahead of New Zealand decider
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England will go into Saturday’s Taini Jamison Trophy decider as the underdogs after a heavy defeat to New Zealand; Watch the decisive Test between New Zealand and England this Saturday on Sky Sports Mix and YouTube from 7.10am
Last updated: 27/09/23 11:23 am
Former England international Tamsin Greenway says the Vitality Roses need to learn lessons quickly after their heavy defeat to New Zealand in the Taini Jamison Trophy.
New Zealand’s 57-36 win in the second Test means Saturday’s final match – live Sky Sportsmix and YouTube at 7.10am – will decide the series, with England seen as the underdogs going into the match in Hamilton.
England brought an inexperienced team to New Zealand after last month’s World Cup, where they took second place.
“England played fearless netball in the first match. New Zealand went away saying, ‘No, you’re not going to do this to us. We’re a much more experienced team’. They exposed England in many ways. You can only learn during the work,” Greenway said Sky Sports News.
“Berri Neil, she will get better with her shooting percentages. The introduction of Alicia Scholes and Ellie Rattu, there are so many things they can take into Game 3. But they have to learn quickly because that game will come.
“It’s important to learn when you’re winning. Game 1 was brilliant from England, but New Zealand were out of form. What they have to go away and look at is how New Zealand could get so much of a hand on the ball.
“When you play against New Zealand you have to be clinical on the ball. That’s what they’re going to look at to get the attack right. The shooting percentages were poor, but it’s also about how confident you are and how easy you are to get to the ball.” ball is coming.”
England trailed for the entire match on Wednesday, although they did fight back in the second quarter to trail by just four goals.
However, the Silver Ferns were comfortably on top in the second half and the home side’s narrow defeat in the first game was a blip according to Greenway.
“It was very clear that New Zealand probably hadn’t done their homework on the young and experienced group we brought there and they really went with it in Game 1,” she said.
“But the second game showed the strength of the New Zealand culture – the way they can attack the game and change things quickly. So lessons have been learned for this England group, but there are many positives to take away Game 3.”
Watch the decisive Test between England and New Zealand this Saturday at 7.10am, live on Sky Sports Mix and YouTube. You can watch the second match again here.