Tracey Neville insists England will show no complacency ahead of Quad Series meeting with South Africa

Tracey Neville insists England will show no complacency ahead of Quad Series meeting with South Africa

On all evidence it should be their easiest game of the tournament, but England are adamant they will show no complacency in their second Quad Series match against South Africa on Saturday.

Sandwiched between tough encounters against New Zealand and Australia, the match against a side who have finished last in all five editions of the Quad Series should pose few problems to the Commonwealth champions.

But the South Africans threatened a huge upset when taking a five-goal lead into the second quarter against Australia last Sunday and, although they eventually lost that match 62-45, England coach Tracey Neville is not anticipating an easy victory in London.

“I think South Africa will be a really tough cookie,” said Neville. “They have always had a good run against us and seem to get better as the tournament goes on. They usually give us one of the toughest runs for our money.”

Unlike Australia, who used every squad member in their opening match, and New Zealand, who used all but one, Neville opted for just one late substitution in her side’s victory over the Silver Ferns last weekend and will likely use this opportunity to give her fringe players game time in these final international matches before this summer’s World Cup.

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