Silver Ferns to address penalty count after gritty win over England




Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby's lengthy to-do list going into Sunday's second Test against England in Napier has received another addition following New Zealand's series-opening win in Wellington.

While there was much to please Southby in the 62-55 victory last night, there's little chance of complacency as the Kiwis look to wrap up the Taini Jamison Trophy ahead of the third and final Test in Hamilton on Wednesday.

There's the memory of England's 49-45 Quad Series upset win last week in Auckland for a start - just the fifth time the Roses have beaten New Zealand in 89 Tests.

But there's also a lop-sided penalty count which needs addressing, after Australian umpires Marc Henning and Joshua Bowring pinged the Silver Ferns with 70 penalties to England's 50 in Wellington.

Southby says adjusting quickly to umpiring interpretations is vital, not just for the England series and next month's four Constellation Cup Tests against Australia, but for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool.

"We're working really hard to understand the interpretations that all the umpires bring," she said.

"We know that, come all our international fixtures, we don't get New Zealand umpires. It's quite different from what our domestic league has to what we get internationally."

And although Southby is pleased with the way her players have been adapting, she says there's still plenty of room for improvement.

"I think the girls are doing a really good job of making sure they understand, seeing what it is and adjusting.

"But we also need to have a chat with the umpires to find out and get the interpretation and understanding of what they're seeing as well."

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