Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett dominated in the attacking circle for Australia. (AAP: David Rowland)
Australia have kicked off their quad series challenge with a comprehensive 61-44 victory over South Africa in Auckland.
The Diamonds led by two points at the quarter time break, and by four at the mid-point of the game in a tight opening half.
However the Australians stretched out their lead in the third quarter, scoring 18 goals to eight to take control of the contest.
The Diamonds shot at 88 per cent, while the South Africans managed 83 per cent.
Coach Lisa Alexander was able to blood some new players in the second half, including Sunshine Coast wing attack Kelsey Browne.
Captain Caitlin Bassett was pleased with both the victory and the fact the Diamonds were able to test some different combinations during the game.
“Yeah, it’s balancing that with winning. ” Bassett said after the match.
“We’d love to get as many players out there as possible.”
Australia were competing for the first time since their shock defeat against England in the Commonwealth Games final in April.
England take on hosts New Zealand in their opening clash later in the afternoon.
Australia will meet England in Newcastle on September 19 on match day two of the quad series, before taking on New Zealand in Melbourne next weekend.
More to come.