Tippett steps up in Diamonds win
Gretel Tippett stood tallest in the absence of captain Caitlin Bassett as a rusty Australia beat South Africa 62-45 in the opening Quad Series Test in Liverpool.
The world champions trailed the fifth-ranked Proteas 16-11 after a haphazard first quarter but gradually found their feet at Echo Arena, the venue for this year’s World Cup.
They did it without worldclass goal shooter Bassett, who suffered a fractured forearm during a warm-up match in Manchester on Thursday.
Tippett was an important constant throughout at goal attack, and named player of the match after landing 30 of 32 shots.