Netball World Cup 2019: England thrash Samoa to top group D

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England ended the first preliminary stage of the Netball World Cup as Group D winners with a 90-24 win over Samoa.

The Roses were in charge throughout, leading by 32 goals at half-time and finishing with the biggest margin of victory so far in the competition.

At 14th in the rankings, Samoa are 11 places below England.

Although they showed quality in the third quarter of the match, they could not find consistency and finish bottom of the group without a point.

England have three wins from three games and progress to the second stage as one of six teams in Group G, which starts on Monday. The top two finishers will go through to the semi-final stage.

Samoa now go into the play-offs for 13th to 16th place.

The score in Sunday’s match at Liverpool Arena showed England’s dominance, especially in attack, as shooter Jo Harten scored all but one of her 41 attempts, her only miss coming three minutes before the final whistle.

“We joked afterwards that Jo knew she was on 100% when she missed that shot,” head coach Tracey Neville told Sky Sports. “She was outstanding today and we knew we needed that leadership in the circle.”

More to follow.

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