AFTER their impressive showing in their friendly matches in New Zealand last week, coach Carin Strauss is confident the Spar national netball team will triumph in next week's two Test matches in Samoa.
The Proteas won two of their three friendly matches in New Zealand. They hammered Baytex Panthers 63-35 and went on to defeat Waitakere 70-42, but succumbed 51-56 to the mighty Mystics, who are campaigning in the competitive Australia-New Zealand league.
The South Africans are using the matches as part of their preparations for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in October.
Strauss is excited and encouraged by the way her charges have been playing in their preparatory matches.
"They have showed a great deal of composure and eagerness to win," Strauss said from New Zealand yesterday.
"I'm also happy with the way they adapt to new environments and they want to play and beat strong opponents. We played against quality opponents from top netball leagues in New Zealand.
"We were able to provide opportunities to all the players to prove their ability and this will give me enough options for the Commonwealth Games. The presence of former New Zealand national coach Yvonne Willering, who conducted clinics with our players, has also motivated us."
Team manager Marchelle Maroun is also happy with the team's preparations for the series in Samoa.
The South Africans will leave for Samoa on Tuesday after playing their last match in New Zealand on Saturday.
The first Test is on Wednesday next week and the final one two days later.
Samoa are ranked eight in the world, two places behind the Proteas.