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Silver Ferns take England apart


In an outstanding display world number two New Zealand convincingly accounted for world number three England 67-35.

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England never recovered from a nervous start in which they took eight minutes to score their first goal, by which time New Zealand had already netted 10.

New Zealand goal-circle defenders Sheryl Clarke and Vilimaina Davu protected the zone close to the post, forcing England goal attack Abbey Teare and goal shooter Alex Astle into low percentage long-range shots.

The opening sapped the confidence from a tentative England and relegated the home side into catch-up mode for the remaining 52 minutes.

New Zealand led 18-6 at quarter-time with shooter Irene Van Dyk (14/14) in stunning form. Englandís Teare and Astle managed 4/10 and 2/4 respectively.

New Zealand, silver Commonwealth medallists from 1998, dominated all over the court to lead 16-34 at half-time and 54-23 at three quarter-time.

Van Dyk, in receipt of countless precise well-timed feeds from Jenny-May Coffin and centre Julie Seymour, attacked the post all game for 44/48.

A cramped calf forced Davu from the court in the second quarter and the New Zealand goal keeper Ė in a precautionary move - took no further part.

Davu, a critical part of New Zealandís gold-medal tilt, is available to play against Wales on Tuesday.

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