23rd Mar, 2019

Wasps sound out the Sirens to make it seven wins from seven

Ben Tyler 4th Mar, 2019 Updated: 4th Mar, 2019

WASPS Netball made it seven victories from seven, and went six points clear at the top of the Vitality Superleague, after storming to a 61-34 victory over Strathclyde Sirens.

The second-quarter proved to be a period of dominance where Wasps pulled away from the visitors and seized a strong position to take the points.

Mel Mansfield was insistent on the importance of squad rotation and making sure that all of her players are kept fresh, but remain match sharp.

“I put the players under some pressure that we had to score more goals, we knew we needed to start faster and we did exactly that.

“We got everyone out on court tonight. Every player got significant game time and exposure, which will be key ahead of two more big games against Thunder and Stars at Ricoh Arena.

“It’s important that our changes make an impact and that was the case again.

“We are taking it game by game but if we keep winning in this fashion we’ll be right up there come the end of the season.

After a close start where both sides exchanged goals, Wasps taking a 14-7 advantage from the first-quarter, it was a far more straightforward task in the second.

Rachel Dunn in particular was on-form and netted numerous times to help her side build a double-figures lead, in a quarter that was filled with turnovers by Wasps.

At half-time, the Black and Golds were 16 goals ahead, which allowed Mansfield to bring on Sophia Candappa, Tamsin Moala and Fran Williams as fresh legs to maintain their dominance.

Williams was effective in forcing turnovers of possession, whilst Moala opened up the space and sent Dunn through into the shooting circle on numerous occasions.

Chloe Essam replaced Moala for the final-quarter, who helped Wasps see out victory.

Last Saturday’s victory was a successful start to a three-game run of home fixtures, ahead of welcoming Manchester Thunder to the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday night, followed by Severn Stars on Sunday (4pm).

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