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South Africa maintain unbeaten streak over Scotland in Diamond Challenge opener

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South Africa got off to winning ways in the Diamond Challenge on Tuesday as they defeated Scotland in the opener at the University of Pretoria's Rembrandt Hall.The two nations met for the 11th time with the Proteas keeping their unbeaten streak against the Scottish Thistles.Norma Plummer who was unveiled by Netball South Africa as Proteas head coach took charge of her first match since 2019 and fielded a very strong starting seven.Lenize Potgieter made a welcomed return upfront paired with Elmere van der Berg as the Proteas dominated all four quarters.Scotland put up a good fight during the last one 16-14, but it was little too late as South Africa clinched the game 61-42.Proteas goalkeeper Phumza Maweni put up a stellar performance in defence to earn herself player of the match accolade on the day."The game was pretty useful for us today; we tried out a few moves and combinations.

I think it was a bit patchy at times but with quarter we got better especially after giving players feedback and they were putting it together nicely," said Plummer after Tuesday's win."I think the players did well, we gave all the twelve players a run especially in the last quarter when we were firmly in control of the game.

We still have a long way to go before we can be fully strapped up for the World Cup."South Africa will take on neighbours Zimbabwe on Wednesday for their second match of the series. Quarter score breakdown:Q1 - SA 14-10 ScotlandQ2 - SA 27-18 ScotlandQ3 - SA 47-26 ScotlandQ4 - SA 61-42 Scotland

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