Ferns preparing for challenge

Steel coach Noeline Taurua displays a  range of emotions during a training session at the Edgar...
Silver Ferns head coach Noeline Taurua. Photo; ODT files
You can never count us out.

That is Noeline Taurua’s warning as the Silver Ferns prepare for their biggest challenge of the Constellation Cup.

Fresh off a 56-53 win against the Australian Diamonds, the Silver Ferns are chasing down a 17-goal margin to level the series in Auckland on Monday.

"I don’t think you can write us off, let’s put it this way, but nor can you write off the Australians," the head coach said.

"Once again, this is a learning space for us. It’s our ability to [go] back to back.

"Irrelevant of the [goal difference] ... we come out with a win, that’s bloody good for us as well and we get our product out on court better.

"Whatever that looks like, if it’s one or 100 — I’m happy with that."

The Silver Ferns narrowed the series to 2-1 in Invercargill on Thursday, after the Diamonds won the first two games on home soil, and the game was a good platform for the Silver Ferns to build off.

They were gritty on defence, smothering the Diamonds outside the circle, and looked strong when they played with more width on attack and letting the ball go into the circle.

Taurua was pleased her team was able to withstand the Diamonds physicality, but the game ebbed and flowed, and the Silver Ferns needed to be better at controlling their possession and sustaining their leads on Monday.

"I still believe there’s moments where we need to take control.

"I still believe our skill sets, at times, whether its not taking your feet to the ball, or the level or urgency, or lines ... these are the things I think we can control.

"I just think our error rate is unnecessary and the ability ... to put each other under the pump is unnecessary."

Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich refused to accept a goal differential to find the series’ winner and her side needed to bring their "absolutely best" to test four to avoid that scenario.

"Certainly not even looking at a goal for and against," Marinkovich said.

"I think that’s, one, full respect to New Zealand. They came out firing when you see the ebbs and flows of one quarter dominance to another, you certainly don’t want to give them a whiff of multiple quarters of doing that.

"We want to be able to walk away from this Constellation Cup knowing that our brand of netball can be played in New Zealand and in front of the home crowds here and that we can absorb the surrounds."