12 Aug 2015

Sport: Pacific teams looking to maintain momentum

11:10 am on 12 August 2015

Fiji are looking to maintain momentum at the Netball World Cup as they seek a third straight win against Barbados this afternoon.

After losing their first two matches, the Pearls have recorded back to back wins against Zambia and Sri Lanka.

Fiji in action at the Netball World Cup.

Fiji in action at the Netball World Cup. Photo: Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015

Fiji have already come up against teams from the UK, Africa and Asia and goal-shoot Taraima Mitchell is expecting another challenge against their Caribbean opponents.

"They play an aerial game and they're very physical as well so we're ready for that as well. We're concentrating more on our strength rather than theirs - I mean yes we do a little bit of theirs as well but concentrating more on ours actually, so just to let go of the ball, have more trust with each other and back each other up".

Samoa coach Marcia Hardcastle says their first win against Singapore was a relief, with the team hoping to go back to back against Zambia.

"I saw the game when they played Fiji so they've got high percentages so we've got to be cool, we need to deny the shooters the ball - they're pretty accurate. We've still got Zambia and Trinidad and Tobago and then the top two in our pool get the crossover and to have the opportunity to play off for ninth and tenth".

Samoa at the Netball World Cup.

Samoa at the Netball World Cup. Photo: Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015