Uganda’s She Cranes failed to beat South Africa on Wednesday night and therefore missed a chance to reach the semi-final stage of the ongoing 2019 Netball World cup in London, UK.
Despite losing 67-40 to the Proteas, they earned respect from their opponents. South Africa is ranked fifth in the world while Uganda is just a place behind them in sixth.
The Proteas’ defender Karla Pretorius, who coincidentally plays alongside Uganda’s captain Peace Proscovia at Sunshine Coast Lightning, admits that Uganda were a hard nut to crack.
“We knew they were going to be a tough opponent,” Karla admitted after the match.
“They always bring their best game against us. They have a typical African style of play and it definitely wasn’t easy for us – it was hard work but a good start and a good finish got us through,” she added.
Uganda faces Jamaica on Thursday as they hope to end the preliminary group two stage on a high.
They will then advance to the placings or classification playoffs to determine their final position.
Q1 South Africa 19 – Uganda 10
Q2 South Africa 12 – Uganda 13
Q3 South Africa 15 – Uganda 10
Q4 South Africa 21 – Uganda 7
Full Time: South Africa 67-40 Uganda
Lenize Potgieter 46/49 (94%)
Maryka Holtzhausen 21/23 (91%)
Peace Proscovia 13/14 (93%)
Stella Oyella 27/30 (90%)