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21 July 2019 | Uncategorized

England still desperate for podium finish – Guthrie

England captain Serena Guthrie says she will use her experience to lift her team ahead of this afternoon's bronze medal match against South Africa.

The Roses lost their semi-final against New Zealand yesterday, meaning that they will play-off against the Proteas – who lost to Australia in the other semi-final – for the bronze medal.

Guthrie said:

“Winning is quite additive, and when you don’t get over the line it sucks. I am hurting – it’s difficult to put it into words, but as a leader I have to stay strong and I will stray strong.

“World Cups come and go, games will come and go, but the world will keep spinning.”

England were again roared on by magnificent support inside the M&S Bank Arena yesterday, and Guthrie says that the backing they have received has only added to the experience, rather than put additional pressure on.

She added:

“Everybody alluded to the fact that there would be too much pressure for us to take, but we’ve actually really enjoyed it – we’ve been in a position we’ve never been in before.

“For us against New Zealand it wasn’t the pressure of where we were, it was the pressure of a semi-final. It’s all on the line. We were two teams going intent against each other and we didn’t execute well enough.”

Despite the disappointment of the semi-final defeat, there is still a medal up for grabs, and Guthrie is determined that the Roses end their tournament on a high.

She said:

“There is still a bronze medal up for grabs and we’d love to stand on the podium on home soil. That will still be a really proud moment for us in terms of this journey we’ve been on.

“We’ve got a game to play still, as and long as we go out today and put out a good performance, I’ll be proud of the girls.

“My experience lends itself to say ‘pick yourself up’, because we’ve got a game to go and we can end up on the podium, and that’s what we wanted.”