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15th February 2021 | KO 19:15 | Studio 001, Wakefield | Vitality Netball Superleague

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Leeds Rhinos Netball 39 Saracens Mavericks 43

WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: X during the Vitality Netball Superleague match between Leeds Rhinos and Saracens Mavericks at Studio 001 on February 15, 2021 in Wakefield, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Vitality Netball Superleague)

In round 2 Leeds Rhinos faced a ferocious Saracens Mavericks side. Both teams were fighting for their second consecutive win. Rhinos remained resilient despite picking up a trio of injuries.

The first quarter saw a lot of hustle and bustle where both teams were trying to find their feet. Rhinos made a turnover on the first centre pass whilst Mavericks took two minutes to put themselves onto the scoreboard. Vicki Oyesola started very strong for Rhinos gaining two intercepts within the first three minutes.

Within the first quarter, Rhinos utilised their strong attacking unit with the telepathic combination of Grierson and Wallam being very evident, as the quarter progressed the feeds from the mid-court became more confident and accurate, putting Wallam in prime shooting position. With two minutes remaining Tuaine Keenan went down with an ankle injury, Paige Kindred entered the court at Gk forming instant combinations with Gd Vicki Oyesola. Rhinos ended the first quarter 1 goal down, 10-11.

Quarter two started goal for goal and the Grierson, Wallam connection for Rhinos became even more concrete. Midcourt combinations remained confident allowing feeds to remain consecutive. After a caution to Saracens Mavericks Jo Trip, Rhinos continued to turnover ball. Rushton entered the court for Rhinos with four minutes left of the quarter after an injury to Wallam, Sienna Rushton entered the court and confidently sank her first shot. Rushton quickly formed connections with Rhea Dixon at Ga and Rhinos levelled the score to 20-20. After an attacking contact against Rhinos, Saracens converted and at half time Mavericks took the lead 20-22.

At half time Co-Captain Jade Clarke explained how Rhinos needed to regroup after the two injuries that had occurred. However, was pleased with how the squad had continued to play with heart and fight despite these disruptions.

After half time the game was back and forth as both sides were cautious as they were looking to settle into the second half of the fixture. After a goal from Rushton, Rhinos turned over the ball and after another goal from Rushton, the score was back level at 22-22. After a frantic start to the third quarter, both teams started to settle however, Rhinos then lost Fionnuala Toner to an injury. This saw Emily Hollingworth enter the court at Wing Defence. Despite three injuries the youth of Leeds Rhinos stayed composed and ended the quarter just 2 goals behind Saracens Mavericks.

Entering the final quarter all players were still hustling for every ball as both teams fought for their second win of the season. A partnership between Clarke and Rushton developed despite the dominant defensive pressure by Saracens Mavericks Razia Quashie. Paige Kindred took a flying intercept which the team took to goal, increasing momentum within the squad. With a few minutes remaining, Amelia Hall entered the court at Centre with Jade Clarke moving to Wing Defence. Despite strong drives, multiple intercepts and pure Yorkshire grit Saracens Mavericks took the win with the final score being 43-39.

Tonight’s fixture saw the end of an exhilarating opening weekend of the Vitality Netball Superleague, after a tight competitive schedule teams will return to training to prepare for the rest of the competition. Leeds Rhinos will return to Wakefield ready to charge against the Storm heading their way at noon on Sunday 21st February for the inaugural game of round 3.

TEAMS

Leeds Rhinos: Tuiane Keenan, Vicki Oyesola, Fi Toner, Jade Clarke, Brie Grierson, Rhea Dixon, Donnell Wallam
Replacements: Amelia Hall, Rosie Harris, Emily Hollingworth, Sienna Rushton, Paige Kindred

Saracens: Razia Quashie, Jo Trip, Beth Ecuyer-Dale, Sasha Corbin, Georgia Lees, Chloe Essam, Kadeen Corbin
Replacements: Britney Clarke, Bella Baylis, Steph Collard, Danielle McFarlane, Aliyah Zaranyika

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WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: X during the Vitality Netball Superleague match between Leeds Rhinos and Saracens Mavericks at Studio 001 on February 15, 2021 in Wakefield, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Vitality Netball Superleague)

In round 2 Leeds Rhinos faced a ferocious Saracens Mavericks side. Both teams were fighting for their second consecutive win. Rhinos remained resilient despite picking up a trio of injuries.

The first quarter saw a lot of hustle and bustle where both teams were trying to find their feet. Rhinos made a turnover on the first centre pass whilst Mavericks took two minutes to put themselves onto the scoreboard. Vicki Oyesola started very strong for Rhinos gaining two intercepts within the first three minutes.

Within the first quarter, Rhinos utilised their strong attacking unit with the telepathic combination of Grierson and Wallam being very evident, as the quarter progressed the feeds from the mid-court became more confident and accurate, putting Wallam in prime shooting position. With two minutes remaining Tuaine Keenan went down with an ankle injury, Paige Kindred entered the court at Gk forming instant combinations with Gd Vicki Oyesola. Rhinos ended the first quarter 1 goal down, 10-11.

Quarter two started goal for goal and the Grierson, Wallam connection for Rhinos became even more concrete. Midcourt combinations remained confident allowing feeds to remain consecutive. After a caution to Saracens Mavericks Jo Trip, Rhinos continued to turnover ball. Rushton entered the court for Rhinos with four minutes left of the quarter after an injury to Wallam, Sienna Rushton entered the court and confidently sank her first shot. Rushton quickly formed connections with Rhea Dixon at Ga and Rhinos levelled the score to 20-20. After an attacking contact against Rhinos, Saracens converted and at half time Mavericks took the lead 20-22.

At half time Co-Captain Jade Clarke explained how Rhinos needed to regroup after the two injuries that had occurred. However, was pleased with how the squad had continued to play with heart and fight despite these disruptions.

After half time the game was back and forth as both sides were cautious as they were looking to settle into the second half of the fixture. After a goal from Rushton, Rhinos turned over the ball and after another goal from Rushton, the score was back level at 22-22. After a frantic start to the third quarter, both teams started to settle however, Rhinos then lost Fionnuala Toner to an injury. This saw Emily Hollingworth enter the court at Wing Defence. Despite three injuries the youth of Leeds Rhinos stayed composed and ended the quarter just 2 goals behind Saracens Mavericks.

Entering the final quarter all players were still hustling for every ball as both teams fought for their second win of the season. A partnership between Clarke and Rushton developed despite the dominant defensive pressure by Saracens Mavericks Razia Quashie. Paige Kindred took a flying intercept which the team took to goal, increasing momentum within the squad. With a few minutes remaining, Amelia Hall entered the court at Centre with Jade Clarke moving to Wing Defence. Despite strong drives, multiple intercepts and pure Yorkshire grit Saracens Mavericks took the win with the final score being 43-39.

Tonight’s fixture saw the end of an exhilarating opening weekend of the Vitality Netball Superleague, after a tight competitive schedule teams will return to training to prepare for the rest of the competition. Leeds Rhinos will return to Wakefield ready to charge against the Storm heading their way at noon on Sunday 21st February for the inaugural game of round 3.

TEAMS

Leeds Rhinos: Tuiane Keenan, Vicki Oyesola, Fi Toner, Jade Clarke, Brie Grierson, Rhea Dixon, Donnell Wallam
Replacements: Amelia Hall, Rosie Harris, Emily Hollingworth, Sienna Rushton, Paige Kindred

Saracens: Razia Quashie, Jo Trip, Beth Ecuyer-Dale, Sasha Corbin, Georgia Lees, Chloe Essam, Kadeen Corbin
Replacements: Britney Clarke, Bella Baylis, Steph Collard, Danielle McFarlane, Aliyah Zaranyika

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