Lightning and Storm up next for Rhinos Netball in double header weekend

Rosie Harris of Leeds Rhinos during the Vitality Super League match between Leeds Rhinos and Loughborough Lightning at Studio 001, Wakefield, England on 28th February 2021.

Leeds Rhinos Netball face Loughborough Lightning and Surrey Storm this weekend in a double header of Vitality Netball Superleague at the Copper Box Arena.

First up is Sara Bayman’s Lightning, who have already secured their play off spot and are second in the league behind Team Bath. In the last game between the sides the Rhinos suffered their biggest defeat of the season, losing 70-41 at Studio 001 in only their fourth ever game. Sienna Rushton, Brie Grierson and Rhea Dixon got the goals for the Rhinos, but Mary Cholhok was in top for for Lightning with 51 goals.

Alongside Beth Cobden and Natalie Panagarry, long serving player Hannah Joseph was recently recalled back to the Vitality Roses squad this year. She made her England debut in 2016 against Australia and earned two more caps that year and after coming back from injury this season has secured a spot in the national squad.

A number of Rhinos players will come up against their former club on Sunday – Rhinos captain Jade Clarke started her career at Lightning and Vicki Oyesola joined the Rhinos from Lightning this year. Brie Grierson, Britt Coleman, Tuaine Keenan and Rosie Harris are also former players.

Fans can watch the game live on Sky Sport YouTube from 2pm.

On Monday Rhinos Netball are live on Sky Sports when they take on Surrey Storm in their second game of the weekend. Storm are second from bottom, having only secured two wins so far this season. Last time out the Rhinos edged Storm to a 50-44 win – their second victory of the season.

With two Superleague titles from five Grand Final appearances, Surrey Storm have written their name into history. With titles coming in 2015 and 2016, Storm are one of only three sides who have won back-to-back championships. Rhea Dixon is a former Storm player and left her home town club to join the Rhinos this season.

Fans can watch Rhinos take on Surrey Storm live on Sky Sports Arena and free on their YouTube channel, CP 5.15pm.