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England set up Australia meeting

11 August 2015
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SYDNEY, (BBC SPORT) - England beat Samoa 85-34 to finish top of Pool B at the Netball World Cup.

The world number three side eased to their third win of the group stage on Sunday to set up a meeting with holders and hosts Australia in the next round.

England were expected to avoid the Commonwealth champions but the Diamonds fell to a shock 52-47 defeat by New Zealand to finish second in Pool A.

Meanwhile, Wales made it two wins from two games with a 71-44 victory over Zambia in Pool D.

Elsewhere, Malawi beat Singapore 75-31 to finish top of Pool C, while Trinidad and Tobago won 55-39 against Barbados in Pool A.

Wales' final group match is on Monday night against Uganda - a game which will decide the pool winner.

Scotland, currently third in England's pool, will face second-placed Jamaica on Monday. 

Round two of the competition in Sydney starts on Tuesday, when the 16 nations split into four pools of four teams.

The first two pools are made up of the teams who finished in the top two of their preliminary-round groups, and a round-robin format will decide who progresses to the semi-finals.

The other two pools will filter into the play-offs for the placing matches.

England's win over Samoa was a routine affair compared to Saturday's hard-fought 54-50 victory over Jamaica .

But the Roses will now face their biggest test of the tournament in world number ones Australia, who are 10-time winners of the competition.

However, the Diamonds will have to recover quickly from their unexpected defeat by four-time champions New Zealand, which ended their run of 21 consecutive wins.



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