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Morris upbeat after narrow defeat to Russia

December 18, 2013 10:56 am

Captain Rosie Morris believes the new coaching team for Britain’s women’s water polo outfit is already working its magic after they nearly pulled off an upset against Russia.

Britain were only one goal down in the second and third quarters of their FINA World League qualifier with Russia before they secured a 12-9 victory in the closing stages.

But it marked a valiant effort for the women, who had just two days to prepare under new head coach Kostas Vamvakaris and assistant Theo Noussis.

Ciara Gibson-Byrne starred with five goals but Morris insists the defence can become the bedrock of the team ahead of the European Championship qualifiers next month.

“Obviously we’re really disappointed with the loss and we’ve all come out of the game knowing we could have won it,” she said.

“We made a few mistakes in the third and fourth quarter which cost us but overall we can take quite a few positives from the game.

“Our defence under our new coach is starting to become really organised which is great considering we’ve only had a couple of days to work on it.

“I think in a month we’ll be performing even better together and our defence will be really good and with nine goals scored tonight, our attack is looking pretty good as well.”

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