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AUCKLAND - The Spar Proteas netball team suffered a painful 52-49 loss to Malawi in the play-off for fifth and sixth place at the World Championships in Auckland on Saturday.
Unlike most of their games here this week, the Proteas hit the ground running and were ahead early in the match. By the end of the first quarter, they were 16-10 ahead.
In the second quarter the Malawians stepped up and a slim 25-29 lead going in to half-time was not the cushion the Proteas were hoping for by that stage of the game.
Coach Burta de Kock then took captain Bronwyn Bock-Jonathan off at centre and replaced her with Simnikiwe Malusi, as well as Karin Venter in favour of Adele Niemand at goal-keep.
But Malusi made far too many errors at centre and cost the team some vital passes.
Malawi took a 42-37 lead into the final break and were firmly in the driving seat. De Kock brought Venter and Bock-Jonathan back on in the final quarter, but it was a case of too little, too late.
The final five minutes saw the Proteas close the gap somewhat and they threatened to pull it back, but Malawi got the ball back and played their excessive passing game to beat the clock.
The teams have now played each other seven times in the past year-and-a-half, with South Africa losing five of those matches.
Malawi knocked the Proteas out of the Commonwealth Games in March last year and beat them in the Cosana Games final as well. - Sapa