Roses commence Nations Cup with loss

Watch the two matches back on the Sky Sports YouTube channel and enjoy the second day of the competition on January 22

Last Updated: 19/01/20 6:47pm

Jade Clarke and the Vitality Roses fell short in their first match of the competition
Jade Clarke and the Vitality Roses fell short in their first match of the competition

England’s Vitality Roses commenced their Nations Cup campaign with a 64-48 loss to New Zealand at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on Sunday.

The Roses’ first match on home soil since last year’s Netball World Cup saw them combine moments of excellence with more frustrating passages during the 60-minute match.

New Zealand, the world champions who broke English hearts last year in Liverpool, mixed up their combinations in attack throughout and showed the strength of their shooting options.

At the other end of the court, they also overcame being shorter on numbers after Michaela Sokolich-Beatson was sent home after rupturing her Achilles tendon in a warm-up match.

For the first half, the Roses kept New Zealand in their sights and only trailed by 28-25 at the half-time pause.

From the start, Kate Shimmin was sparky in defence and the introduction of George Fisher settled the Roses’ attack-end and shooting circle.

However, the world champions pushed their foot down on the accelerator in the final two quarters and highlighted just how impressive their player pool is, and how ingrained their style of netball is.

In the earlier contest, Jamaica put their Netball World Cup woes behind them and sent a message of intent out to the rest of the world.

Connie Francis’ outfit dominated the SPAR Proteas and their five-goal margin of victory (59-54) didn’t fully reflect their prowess on court.

The competition now moves to Birmingham for the second match-day before the final weekend takes place at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Sky Sports is your home of netball – every moment of the Vitality Nations Cup is being shown on air and streamed on YouTube. The second match-day is on January 22, with England versus South Africa and New Zealand against Jamaica.

Source : Sky Sports