27 Oct 2011

Latu not the reason behind loss in Adelaide

8:00 am on 27 October 2011

The trans-Tasman Constellation Cup netball series is going to a decider after Australia made it 2-2 with a 51-44 win over New Zealand in Adelaide on Wednesday night.

The Diamonds trailed the Silver Ferns for most of the fourth Test but a poor fourth quarter cost the Ferns after they turned around at 36-36, the hosts winning the final quarter 15-8, scoring seven unanswered points as the score blew out.

But new coach Wai Taumaunu doesn't regret keeping rookie shooter Cathrine Latu on for the full game.

Taumaunu decided not to bring veteran Irene van Dyk off the bench and left Latu out there in her first Test against Australia.

Latu shot 27 from 31 although she slowed in the last period but Taumaunu's not pointing the finger at the former Samoa international for the loss.

Taumaunu says they probably didn't feed Latu as well as they should have and she's disappointed in herself for not practising that enough in the build-up, but Latu played well for three quarters and will be much better for that.

The Constellation Cup series decider is in Melbourne on Sunday.