England Netball

England face Malawi in their second Pool B fixture at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday morning (first centre-pass at 09:30am).

The Roses previously faced the Queens in a three-match Vitality Netball International Series in November 2017, when they sealed the Series 3-0.

So what are Tracey Neville’s side expecting from their next opponents?

Kadeen Corbin knows that the Roses will need to be on the top of their game from the first whistle: “We know that Malawi never back down on the court and we know that they go hard with everything that they do so it’s about how we start the game because that sets the tone.

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“Same as today, we just need to keep fighting for what we want.

“If there’s a margin or if it’s quite close, we know what we have to do and need to stick as a team and back each other up.

“Malawi are definitely going to come out hard and we’re ready for it.”

Roses captain Ama Agbeze stressed that the Malawi game will be a different test compared to the Scotland game due to the differing styles of play.

She said: “Malawi are a team that keep possession very well – they’re happy to play the ball around.

“So I think just making sure that we’re all on task with where we want to win ball and then trying to be clinical again when we have possession because when they have it, it’s quite difficult to get it off them.

“We want to make sure that we’re converting our possession and then the turnovers that we do get, we obviously want to try and get those to goal as well.

“It’s a different type of game that Scotland play – playing on your attacker for longer because they are very good at making you think they’re not passing to your person and then at the last second, they’ll use them.”

For details on BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games, check out their schedule.

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