Fiji, Tonga progress at Netball World Cup

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The Fiji Pearls today suffered a heavy defeat of 28-89 against the England Roses in their fifth Netball World Cup match in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Pearls missed out on numerous opportunities as their opponents came out with a solid attack and lethal defence plan.

In the first quarter, they were already facing a losing battle as the Roses took a commanding lead of 26-8.

In the second quarter, the Pearls’ handling errors hindered their performance, resulting in a significant point difference of 50-15.

Throughout the match, the Pearls lost possession multiple times to the strong England side. Despite their efforts, the Pearls were unable to overcome the Roses’ precise attacking strategy in the third quarter.

The Roses maintained their lead with a score of 69-23.

Throughout all four quarters, the Roses were dominant and proved too strong for the Pearls resulting in their victory.

The Pearls will face Scotland next tomorrow at 9pm Fiji time.

Meanwhile, The Tonga Tala have got back on the winning trail in the Netball World Cup in South Africa by beating lower-ranked Scotland 55-47.

The Tala slumped to a 72-46 defeat to one of the title favourites England in their first match of the second stage of pool play.

Uneeq Palavi had another strong game, shooting 41 goals from 43 attempts.

She has 186 goals so far, two behind Australia’s Sophie Garbin.

Tonga’s next game will be against Malawi on Friday, 5am Tonga time.