24th Jul, 2019

Wasps prepare for first game at Ricoh Arena in 2019 against the Mavericks

Ben Tyler 8th Feb, 2019

WASPS Netball’s biggest challenge of the Vitality Superleague so far sees them go head-to-head with Saracens Mavericks on Monday – the first time the respective names have met on a netball court, away from their associated rugby sides.

The unbeaten Wasps face third placed Saracens – who have only tasted defeat once this season to undefeated the Manchester Thunder, but the visitors are in for a tough test against the champions, appearing at their Ricoh Arena home for the first time this campaign.

Wasps head coach Mel Mansfield has spoken at length about the task that awaits her side against the Mavericks, acknowledging the need for maximum effort despite their perfect start.

“The players are feeling really good after the win against (Surrey) Storm, our error count was right down and we showed great character to come away winners in that fixture.

“We might have won three games, but we know there is a lot to work on too. We need to tidy up our play and be more clinical in key situations.

“What we’re seeing this year already is that you can’t afford to have an off-day in this league and the reality is that to beat Mavericks we have to be at our best.

“When we get an opportunity to press on, we need to take it.”

Mansfield also appreciates the wealth of international talent in Saracens’ ranks, and has been preparing for ways to stunt their star players.

“Mavericks have got four England players and have one of the strongest squads in the league,” she said.

“But we know we have a very strong squad too and we will be looking for match-ups that help us combat their strengths.

“It’s been a long time since we played at Ricoh Arena and we can’t wait to be back in front of our home fans. With so many top players on display across both teams it should be a fantastic showcase of netball.”

Tickets for Monday’s nights game are available at www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets, centre-pass taking place at 7pm.

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