Australian Diamonds captain Natalie von Bertouch is nursing a sore butt, but the injury-plagued centre won't be missing the final Quad Series test against the Silver Ferns in Hamilton on Thursday.
The 29-year-old took a nasty fall late in her side's 57-35 win over England in Mt Maunganui tonight, landing "right, smack, bang on my ass".
"It bloody hurt, it takes the win out of you," von Bertouch said of the tumble she took with four and a half minutes remaining in the contest at TECT Arena.
"But I'll be fine, I was right to keep going but I just needed some time to catch my breath.
The 75-test veteran missed the previous game against South Africa with an ankle injury sustained against the Silver Ferns last weekend, and has nursed a finger injury through the year.
"Unfortunately that's the way it goes and the game's pretty tough and hard out there and these things happen," she said.
The main concern for the veteran 75-test veteran is the short bus ride to Hamilton that the team face tomorrow, but whether she stands for the journey or softens the pain with some ice or cushions, von Bertouch will be delighted with what her side is producing on the court.
"There's a really good buzz in the team and I think you can see that out on court as well in how we're approaching the game and how well we're playing as a unit."
The Diamonds, like always during this series, were convincing tonight, racking up a their 57th win in 59 attempts against England.
The Diamonds got out to an early advantage but some average shooting stopped the Australians making the margin a large one.
Catherine Cox returned to the court after not featuring against South Africa in Wellington last Thursday, though she only converted half of her 10 chances in the first quarter.
Goal attack Susan Pratley hit seven from nine as the Aussies went to the first break ahead 12-7.
The English weren't able to stop the ball arriving in the Australian shooting circle with dangerous regularity and they were well outgunned in the second period.
Despite the impressive Jo Harten matching her first quarter numbers of six from seven, by halftime the English found themselves down 29-16.
The Aussies had put up 39 shots to 18 and Cox had got more accurate.
At halftime the Aussies made one change, with Mo'onia Gerrard coming on at wing defence in place of Renae Hallinan, while the English made several positional switches, including pushing Harten back to goal attack and Pamela Cookey to wing attack, with Rosalie Allison coming on under the hoop.
But the third quarter was vintage Australia - as the physicality was upped and the shooters on fire - Cox and Pratley both going 100 per cent for the quarter - while the English turned too much ball over and continued tinkering with their lineup.
Near the end of the quarter Cox (22/28) was taken off with a and big bird Caitlin Bassett introduced, and the Diamonds went to three-quarter-time with a massive 46-25 lead.
Rotation then came into play with Pratley (24/28) and goal defence Rebecca Bulley getting a spell, with Hallinan coming back and Erin Bell introduced.
The fourth quarter was a much more even affair, the Aussies taking it 11-10, with the normally dangerous Bassett only managing seven from 12.
Australian Diamonds 57 (12-17-17-11)
England 35 (7-9-9-10)
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