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17 July 2019 | Uncategorized

This is where we wanted to be – Harten

Jo Harten believes that some of the pressure of being World Cup host nation is now off England after their semi-final place was confirmed.

The Roses defeated Trinidad and Tobago – their fifth win from five – earlier today, and their place in the last four was confirmed when South Africa beat Uganda in the day’s final match.

Afterwards, Harten said:

“We couldn’t be happier or more proud of ourselves to get to this point, but now there’s another step up tomorrow and into the weekend as well.

“It takes some of the pressure off your shoulders. When you’re at home, you have expectation to perform, and making that top four – making the semi-final – is where we wanted to be, and we’ve done it in style.”

England now face South Africa in their final Group G game tomorrow, with the winner topping the group. Australia and New Zealand play each other in the morning – a fixture which will confirm the winner of Group F.

Harten said of the challenge of South Africa:

“I reckon South Africa are going to bring it. I reckon they think they can probably beat us. They’ll have looked at that game today and probably seen a few weaknesses in our game which is fair, but we’ve been looking at them the whole way through.

“They pipped us in January in the Quad Series, so we’re not taking them lightly. We want to win every game we play in this World Cup and we know that’s what it takes to be world champions.

“We want to win every single game and beat every opposition we face. That’s the mentality of this team – that’s always been our aim coming through this season and into the World Cup, so bring it on.”