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Despite being on the wrong side of the scoreboard, England seem much happier with their performance, but they were just over the moon to be back on court. "We've been waiting for any netball for over seven months and to play that in front of a crowd was amazing," says Roses co-captain Laura Malcolm. "It's a real pride to play that, not only for netball, but women in sport. "I can't believe we're here. There were so many questions behind the scenes and it's all pulled together, and that's a huge credit to NZ and England netball, along with the Government.
"This is way bigger than netball. Everyone is proud to be here." Victory in Friday's second test, also in Hamilton, would see the Silver Ferns reclaim the Taini Jamison Trophy, after losing to Jamaica as part of their 2018 Commonwealth Games preparation. The Silver Ferns take on England in the second of three tests in Hamilton. Phil Walter/Getty Images Silver Ferns centre Shannon Saunders, right, takes a pass under pressure from England's Laura Malcolm in Hamilton.