The Southern Steel may have come up short in its final game yesterday but coach Reinga Bloxham was more than satisfied with the workout over the weekend.
A strong second half enabled the Southern Steel to make a winning start at the pre-season tournament in Otaki yesterday.
The next three days ought to give Steel coach Reinga Bloxham a firm indication of just how much work is left to do before the ANZ Premiership starts later this month.
They did it the hard way but the Silver Ferns eventually delivered clinical composure to down South Africa in extra time of their final Quad Series match.
Laura Langman's milestone test could not inspire the Silver Ferns as they dropped successive matches in the northern Quad Series.
Dani Gray's recovery from knee surgery is coming along well - timing just did not align quite right.
Southern Steel shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit was among the big omissions in yesterday’s Silver Ferns squad.