Netball: Silver Ferns acknowledge improvement needed fast for Quad Series decider against Australia

The Silver Ferns acknowledge they'll need to tidy up their errors if they're to topple Australia in Thursday's Quad Series final. 

A fierce final quarter saw New Zealand beat England 55-45 to secure a place in the tournament decider, and a rematch against the Diamonds.  

But their coach had a warning for her players as they prepare for another shot at their rivals.

Despite the winning margin, the two sides were goal for goal throughout most of the match. 

England proved they were just as determined to reach the final. But a stern talking to going into the last 15 minutes gave the Kiwis an edge - and off they went scoring 18 goals. 

"To come out winning by 10 goals, when we were going toe to toe for a lot of that third and most of the fourth [quarter], I think is really impressive," said captain Gina Crampton.

"It is really impressive, and shows that we have hunger in the side, which is what we need."

Needed, because their next opponent will be more than up for the fight. 

The Ferns were in control when they met Australia on Monday, but their mistakes were quickly punished in a 59-57 defeat

Dame Noeline Taurua knows in typical Australian style, the Diamonds will be even more ruthless on Thursday.

"Especially on individual errors," Taurua explained. "We have to minimise that, or cut it out.

"We know once we do, it's going to go down to the other end." 

After Thursday, the two sides won't meet again until July's Netball World Cup 

Meaning the Quad Series trophy - and bragging rights - will be on the line when the two rivals square off.