Ferns pay­ing the penalty

Herald on Sunday - - IN OTHER NEWS - By Cathy Wal­she

There’s no ar­gu­ment from as­sis­tant coach Yvette McCaus­land-Durie — the Sil­ver Ferns con­ceded far too many penal­ties in the first Con­stel­la­tion Cup de­feat against Aus­tralia.

The New Zealan­ders were pinged 76 times on the way to the 57-54 loss in Auck­land but McCaus­land-Durie isn’t point­ing the fin­ger at English um­pires Kate Stephen­son and Jackie Mi­zon, who also pe­nalised the Di­a­monds 70 times.

McCaus­land-Durie is clear the rem­edy lies with the Ki­wis, who must win the sec­ond test in Christchurch to­day to hold any hope of win­ning the tro­phy for only the sec­ond time in its seven-year his­tory.

“We need to be bet­ter in get­ting our penalty rate down. It was rea­son­ably even from both sides, but there’s plenty we can tidy up,” she said yes­ter­day.

“We have to play with a lot more clar­ity, lis­ten to the um­pires and ad­just quickly.

“Um­pires make calls, we just have to take them on board and move on. Some calls don’t go your way, but they’re gone.

“We can’t dwell on it.” McCaus­land-Durie says if the Sil­ver Ferns can re­duce their penalty count down to around 50 for the sec­ond test, they’ll have a much bet­ter chance of cut­ting back the turnovers which plagued them on Thurs­day in Auck­land.

The loss was par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing given their 10-goal win over Aus­tralia last time the teams met in the Quad Se­ries fi­nale early last month in In­ver­cargill.

That win was even more note­wor­thy given it was achieved with­out play­mak­ing goal at­tack Maria Tu­taia, ab­sent on be­reave­ment leave.

McCaus­land-Durie says while the lat­est loss is dis­ap­point­ing, it’s clear where things went wrong.

“We did a lot of it to our­selves — it was just poor ex­e­cu­tion. We tended to play long, rather than ac­cu­rately, and pass place­ment at times wasn’t a strength for us,” she said.

“We were choos­ing the right peo­ple but putting space.”

The Sil­ver Ferns travel to Aus­tralia for the fi­nal two Con­stel­la­tion Cup tests next week, in Ade­laide and Syd­ney. it in the wrong

Getty Im­ages

Aussie de­fender Court­ney Bruce (right) makes life dif­fi­cult for Sil­ver Fern Te Paea Selby-Pickit.

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