Pulse claim big Rhinos road win

DOMINATING up one particular end, the London Pulse immediately put their name back on the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) winners list following a 14-goal victory over Leeds Rhinos. The Pulse came into the match after their first loss since Round 3, going down to title favourites Manchester Thunder in Round 9, whilst the Rhinos had strung together some good form of late to be pushing for a top four place. Though the home side had some competitive moments, the Pulse proved too good, running out 14-goal victors.

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London Pulse flew out of the blocks in the opening term to put the pressure on the Rhinos defence, courtesy of 16 goal to nine advantage. The second term was far closer, as the home side managed to stem the momentum, and even win the quarter to cut the deficit to six at the main break. Unfortunately the home fans would ultimately end up heading home unhappy as the Pulse had another huge quarter of 18 goals to nine to create a 15-goal buffer at the last change. Yet again the Rhinos hit back in what was clearly the scoring end, but could only make a one-goal inroad, for the Pulse to get up by 14 goals, 58-44.

Red-hot shooter Olivia Tchine continued her fabulous season with another Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, putting up 32 goals from 35 attempts, as well as two rebounds. She was well supported by Sacha McDonald (13 goals from 14 assists), five feeds) and Kira Rothwell (six from seven, and eight feeds). Up the defensive end, Funmi Fadoju was sensational again with her side’s total five intercepts, whilst she, Lindsay Keable and Zara Everitt combined for 16 deflections in the win.

In her first match against her former side, Rhinos shooter Sigrid Burger put up 17 goals from 18 attempts, the same amount as fellow shooter, Amy Clinton. Rotating between wing attack and goal attack, Brie Tyler Grierson had a match-high 21 deeds and put up five goals from seven attempts, as well as two deflections. Defensively, though they were beaten, Tuaine Keenan had the three deflections, five turnovers, an intercept and a rebound.

London Pulse open Round 11 with a clash against second placed Loughborough Lightning in a massive encounter on Saturday afternoon, whilst Leeds Rhinos also take on the Lightning in Round 11, but two days later on Monday, April 4.

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