Netball: Silver Ferns beat England to set up Quad Series final against Australia

The Silver Ferns will play rivals Australia in the Quad Series final after beating a tenacious England side at Cape Town.

New Zealand withstood a determined fightback in the third quarter from the Roses, before responding in the final stanza to seal a 55-45 victory.

England led by one goal early in the fourth quarter, but the Silver Ferns dominated the rest of the proceedings to take the double-digit win.

Silver Ferns celebrate their win over England
Silver Ferns celebrate their win over England. Photo credit: Getty Images

Captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio led from the front with an impressive all-around performance, while shooter Grace Nweke was clinical underneath the net.

Phoenix Karaka's defensive work ensured a Silver Ferns turnaround, laying the platform for Nweke and Ekenasio to capitalise on.

Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua made just two changes from the side that beat South Africa and lost to Australia in the opening two matches.

Te Paea Selby-Rickit played her first game of the series, while Jane Watson started at goalkeeper for New Zealand.

Ekenasio's introduction from the bench made an immediate impact, with both sides relentless physically on defence.

New Zealand's superior shooting paid dividends to help pull away in the fourth quarter and book their spot in the series final against the Diamonds.

Taurua was pleased with her team's defensive performance and the fight they showed late to come away with the win.

"Firstly, I'm really rapt that we're in the final, we haven't been here for a couple of years and it shows the promise in this current group,'' she said.

"Defensively we turned over a lot of ball but unfortunately, we weren't always able to take it through to the other end. That's the tightest we've been defensively and that's really pleasing.

"To come back in that last five minutes and win by 10 is a real credit to the workload they carried and the ethic shown by the girls out there.''

Silver Ferns 55 (Nweke 44/48, Ekenasio 7/9, Selby-Rickit 4/4) England 45 (Cardwell 35/38, Housby 10/13)