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Live Reporting

By Becky Grey

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye!

    So that was supposed to be the more predictable of today's two semi-finals.

    Just imagine what the next one is going to bring!

    We'll be back for England v New Zealand at 14:30 BST, you can follow that one here and watch on BBC Two.

    In the meantime, read the report from Australia's amazing win here.

    Gretel Tippett celebrates
  2. 'They're a bunch of fighters'

    FT: Australia 55-53 South Africa

    Australia coach Lisa Alexander said:

    "We are a team of 12 truly and there were a couple who didn't get on today but they were brave and courageous until the end.

    "It's important to tell everyone that those players that started were our starting seven and we chose them specifically to play South Africa.

    "It's a matter of matching up on what our opponents bring us. We certainly didn't take South Africa lightly.

    "I'm proud of them. They're a bunch of fighters. They played smart when we needed it and that's exactly what we have to do in pressure games."

  3. 'We are so pumped'

    FT: Australia 55-53 South Africa

    Australian player of the match Liz Watson: "It's amazing. It wasn't pretty but a win is a win. We go again and we are so excited.

    "I think it came down to heart and passion. We kept getting back into it and I guess the game against New Zealand was good practice for us. We are so pumped.

    "We'll go and watch the game later. Whoever we play will be a great match."

  4. 'After tomorrow I'm handing over the reigns'

    FT: Australia 55-53 South Africa

    South Africa coach Norma Plummer said:

    "I'm absolutely delighted for where we've taken the number one team in the world.

    "In the first quarter we weren't going to the post quick enough. Once Lenize Potgieter got going I thought she was outstanding with her shooting today.

    "We just didn't place the ball right in some pressure situations but it's a learning thing for them the whole time.

    "We could still get a medal. Tomorrow [the bronze medal match] is my 50th test match with South Africa and then I'm handing over the reigns.

    "I've done four years and shown them the way. It's up to them now."

  5. Post update

    FT: Australia 55-53 South Africa

    It's hugs all round for Australia.

    South Africa are in a huddle. They get down on their knees with their arms round each other. The Proteas should be so proud of themselves. I'm not crying, you're crying.

  6. Australia in the final

    Q4: Australia 55-53 South Africa

    Khanyisa Chawane gets an intercept to give South Africa one more goal, but it won't be enough.

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    Video caption: 'Australia march into Netball World Cup Final' - watch the winning moment
  7. Post update

    Q4: Australia 55-51 South Africa

    Lenize Potgieter has time for one more goal. She puts her head in her hands as she realises their World Cup is almost over.

  8. Post update

    Q4: Australia 55-51 South Africa

    Absolutely amazing composure for Maryka Holtzhausen as she scores from long range. There's less than a minute left. South Africa surely can't do this now.

  9. Noise levels rise

    Anna Thompson

    BBC Sport in Liverpool

    It is so loud inside the arena as the fans sense what could be an unbelievable upset. They are willing South Africa on but every time South Africa come at Australia, the Diamonds just seem to be able to put a bit of light between them.

  10. Post update

    Q4: Australia 54-50 South Africa

    This is going to be painfully close. With every second that goes by South Africa's chances look less and less likely.

    Caitlin Thwaites misses a shot and the crowd thinks it's a chance, but there was contact. The GS scores her penalty.

    One minute left.

  11. Post update

    Q4: Australia 53-49 South Africa

    The Diamonds are passing the ball around as they try to maintain their lead for another three minutes.

    Caitlin Thwaites sinks another.

  12. Post update

    Q4: Australia 52-49 South Africa

    Dan Ryan

    Northern Ireland coach in Liverpool

    This is a big three minutes. The Australians need to weather the storm.

  13. Post update

    Q4: Australia 52-49 South Africa

    Jo Weston gets a tip in defence and Caitlin Thwaites is as steady as ever to score the goal.

    Lead is back up to three.

  14. Post update

    Q4: Australia 50-49 South Africa

    Paige Hadley comes across the third line too quickly - she's breaking on the centre pass!

    Lenize Potgieter is wide open in the D and there are just two goals in it again. The South Africa subs are all up off their bench.

    Another from Potgieter and just one goal in it.


  15. Post update

    Q4: Australia 50-47 South Africa

    South Africa are struggling to get through on their centre and Australia get an intercept.

    It feels like the Proteas are running out of ideas a bit.

    But Phumza Maweni gets them the ball back! South Africa almost take too long feeding into the circle but get it to Lenize Potgieter eventually and she scores.

    Karla Pretorius
  16. Post update

    Q4: Australia 49-46 South Africa

    Lenize Potgieter can handle it too, though. She slots another one to get within three.

  17. Post update

    Q4: Australia 49-45 South Africa

    You don't get to number one in the world without being able to cope under pressure.

    Another pass to Caitlin Thwaites, another goal.

  18. Post update

    Q4: Australia 48-45 South Africa

    The Diamonds subs jump up off their bench as Liz Watson gets an intercept. She feeds a high ball into Caitlin Thwaites and Australia extend their lead again.

  19. Post update

    Q4: Australia 47-45 South Africa

    Australia have never lost a World Cup semi-final. If South Africa do this it will be a huge upset.

    Every single one of their players is stepping up. Maryka Holtzhausen scores.

  20. Post update

    Q4: Australia 46-44 South Africa

    Caitlin Thwaites is unaffected by the pressure. Nothing but net from the Australia GS.

    Caitlin Thwaites