Netball World Cup 2015: England beat Wales in Sydney

Tamsin Greenway
Tamsin Greenway was recalled to the starting line-up for England's win over Wales
Netball World Cup
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park, Australia Dates: 7-16 August
Coverage: Live updates, reports and reaction on BBC Sport website
Results and fixtures

England kept alive their medal hopes - and all but ended Wales' chances - with a 78-33 win at the Netball World Cup.

The Roses, ranked third in the world, lost to holders and hosts Australia in the first match of the second group stage on Tuesday.

But they recovered to earn a comfortable victory over Wales, who remain bottom of Pool F after two successive defeats in Sydney.

England face South Africa on Friday, with a semi-final place at stake.

Meanwhile, Wales take on 10-time champions Australia - who beat South Africa 66-31 on Wednesday - in their third and final group game.

The top two teams from each second-round pool progress to the semi-finals, which will be held on Saturday, before Sunday's grand final.

Qualification table - as it stands
Pool EGamesPointsPool FGamesPoints
*top two from each pool reach semi-finals
1. New Zealand 241. Australia24
2. Malawi222. England22
3. Uganda103. South Africa22
4. Jamaica104. Wales20

England got off to a rapid start and took a dominating 42-16 lead by half-time.

Although Wales failed to recover, they produced the best netball of the third quarter with 20-year-old shooter Georgia Rowe impressing under the posts.

Head coach Tracey Neville was able to make several changes to her England side in the final 15 minutes, with one eye on their next contest against South Africa, who are ranked fifth in the world.

Unbeaten New Zealand remain on course to reach the semi-finals from Pool E, following their 57-49 win over Malawi.

Meanwhile, Scotland picked up their third win of the tournament with a 59-27 success against Sri Lanka and will meet Fiji on Thursday.

Top Stories