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Guthrie's Roses ready to 'fight for final place'

Guthrie and England have a 100% record going into Saturday's semi-final. Credit: PA

Jersey star Serena Guthrie says England will "fight as hard as we can" to reach the final of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

The Roses beat South Africa 58-47 on Thursday night to top their group and confirm a semi-final meeting with four-times winners New Zealand on Saturday.

The Proteas, meanwhile, go on to face the holders - and 11-times champions - Australia in the other last-four clash.

England have been runners-up once before, in 1975, when the tournament was played in a round-robin format, but have yet to reach a showpiece final at the World Cup.

However, hopes have been high that the Roses could break new ground this year after they beat the Diamonds on home soil to win a maiden gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Guthrie - who began her career as a junior with Jersey's Team Jets - was named captain ahead of the tournament in Liverpool and has guided her side to the last four with a 100% record.

England face New Zealand at the M&S Bank Arena at 3:00pm BST on Saturday, while Australia and South Africa meet in the day's first semi-final at 11:15am.

  • Guthrie says England will "fight as hard as we can"

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