Rhinos rocket up to fifth as NSL enters final month

THE completion of Round 14 of the Netball Super League (NSL) means that there is only one month left of the season, and the post-season picture is starting to come to light.

  • The Leeds Rhinos have rocketed up to fifth on the table after comprehensively beating Bath to the tune of 15 goals.

Although the Rhinos had a six-goal lead at half-time, it was not until the third quarter that things really opened up for the home side, with the Rhinos winning the quarter 18 goals to nine.

Joyce Mvula had a strong game under the ring for the Rhinos, and was well fed by Celyn Emanuel. On the flipside of the equation, Tash Pavelin impressed for Bath.

  • The Manchester Thunder have continued on their winning ways, this time downing the Saracens Mavericks by 10 goals.

The Thunder opened up the game in the third term, winning it 16 goals to nine, and when the Mavericks mounted a bit of a comeback in the final term it was a case of too little too late.

  • The London Pulse have kept in touch with the top two after an 18 goal win over the Sirens.

A 15 goals to seven first term in the Pulse’s favour had the Sirens on the back foot from the get-go, and the Pulse just kept growing their lead.

Funmi Fadoju pulled in a whopping 10 gains for the Pulse, while Alicia Scholes also had an industrious game in mid court. Unsurprisingly among the Sirens’ best players were defenders Emily Nicholl and Cerys Finn.

  • The Loughborough Lightning also maintained their spot in the top three with a 21 goal win over the Cardiff Dragons.

The Lightning were already five goals ahead at the first break, and their lead continued to grow from there.

Nicola Smith picked up a massive seven gains for the Lightning in the win, while Hannah Joseph recorded a whopping 40 feeds. Jacqui Newton was industrious for the Dragons in defence.

  • The Severn Stars maintained their spot in the top four after a big win over the Surrey Storm.

The Storm were competitive in the second term, but lost the other quarters by seven, nine and seven goals respectively.

Sigrid Burger and Jessica Shaw had massive games for the Stars, while Bethany Dix and Rosie Harris both impressed for the Storm.

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