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16th May 2022 | KO 17:30 | EIS Sheffield | Vitality Netball Superleague

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Leeds Rhinos Netball return to Sheffield’s EIS centre to take on Severn Stars on Monday 16th May, centre pass is at 5:30pm.

Tickets for the match are available now starting at £15 for adults and £10 for Juniors for unreserved seating.  There is also a group booking discount of 15% available for anyone who buys 10 or more tickets and this will automatically be added in the basket when buying online.

Tickets can be bought either online via tickets.rhinosnetball.co.uk or over the phone on 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 3:30pm excluding Bank Holidays).

Tickets will be sent via email as a PDF ticket attached to the confirmation. PDF tickets can be used either on a smartphone or printed on A4 paper, these will then be scanned at the venue entrance to allow access. Fans who do not have access to a smartphone or printer must email [email protected] to organise an alternative arrangement.

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It was another dramatic end for the Rhinos as they secured a win by one goal for the third time this season.  Tracey Robinson’s side led throughout the game against Severn Stars, but the visitors fought back in the final quarter to level the game at 55-55 before Sienna Rushton stepped up to net the last minute winning goal, spurred on by a vocal Sheffield crowd.

Tracey Robinson was without Rebekah Airey who was ruled out after picking up an injury in the last fixture against Manchester Thunder and she brought in U21s player Amelia Veevers onto the bench and Tuiane Keenan started at Goal Keeper.

Stars had the first centre pass but great defensive play from Brie Grierson saw her intercept the ball and Sigi Burger got the Rhinos off the mark with the first goal of the game.  The South African then scored three more on the bounce to put them 4-0 up before Paige Reed got the visitors off the mark.

The Rhinos played with a lot of speed to get the ball out to their attackers and the impressive partnership between Amelia Hall and Burger helped the hosts say in command. At 5-2 Leeds looked in control and when a stray pass from Hall to Grierson was intercepted, Jade Clarke stepped up to recover the ball in midcourt and get her team back on the attacking foot and Burger edged her team to a four goal lead once again.

Burger continued to benefit from some great feeds from Hall and on the seven minute mark the pair had the post to thank with a rebound perfectly placed for Burger to take the shot.  In defence Leeds also worked hard with Vicki Oyesola coming up with some key intercepts to frustrate Melissa Bessell’s side and get plenty of turnover ball for the attackers to build on.

With two minutes left of the quarter the Rhinos led by seven goals at 14-7 and Brie Grierson extended the lead with her first goal of the match.  Clarke regaining possession for Leeds when she intercepted a Dee Bolakoro pass and got the ball back into the circle for Grierson to cooly net the goal before she added two more to see her team end the quarter with a 16-10 lead.

Stars made a positive start to the second quarter and Reed and Cat Tuivaiti brought them back to within four points of the Rhinos.  From the next first centre pass it looked like Stars would convert but Keenan outjumped to collect the pass from Tuivaiti and send her team back up court where Grierson netted another goal to make it 19-14.  Oyesola and Keenan were both then called for contact and Tuivaiti took advantage to get another goal for her team.  Grierson settled the nerves when she landed a brilliant shot to put her team 23-17 ahead.

Stars never allowed the Rhinos to pull away too far, but they also were unable to build momentum to really push their opponents and when they had the chance to bring the game to within three points it was the persistence from the Rhinos that won through and two goals from Burger restored their six goal advantage after ten minutes of the quarter.  With two minutes to go from the Rhinos centre pass, Clarke got the ball to Magee who put a long pass into the circle for Burger to net another goal.  Tuivaiti responded with Stars 25th goal of the game, but in the final second of the half, after Stars were penalised for contact through Herdman, Burger added a goal to ensure her team went in at the break with a six goal lead at 31-25.

The third quarter started with Tuivaiti landing a simple goal and Burger replicating that from the next centre pass.  Once again though when Stars had the chance to bring the game to within three points after two consecutive goals, they missed the opportunity when they penalised for holding on after their first centre pass and Grierson made them pay with a perfectly placed pass to Burger who made it 33-28.

Stars did eventually narrow the gap to three points but Hall and Clarke linked up to feed Grierson, who remained calm under pressure to pop in another goal and then good work from Magee turned over possession to the Rhinos and Hall fed from the edge of the circle to Burger who was in a good position and netted the ball to bring the lead back to five goals.  She immediately made it six when she collected another great pass from Hall to make it 36-30.  A mistake from Tuivaiti was then punished with eight minutes left in the quarter and Burger gave Leeds an eight goal lead for the first time in the game.

Leeds allowed Stars to bring it back to six goals after they lost possession at their centre pass and the visitors scored two on the bounce and then when the Rhinos were punished for contact, Tuivaiti added another goal to make it 41-36 with six minutes to go.  Frustratingly for Stars though they were unable to build on this and once more let Leeds pull away to an eight goal lead before Reed missed a shot to hand Rhinos possession once more.  They were grateful to Humphrys for a timely intercept that eased the pressure and Tuivaiti landed the goal after Keenan was punished for obstruction to make it 44-37. Stars often were unable to make the most of their possession and with under two minutes to go they looked certain to score but another brilliant intercept ended their hopes.  Leeds were also guilty of not capitalising on their chances and in the final play of the game Reed gave her side a boost when she scored a goal after Keenan was penalised for contact to make it 47-41 heading into the final quarter.

It wasn’t the best of starts for the visitors with them unable to convert the first centre pass after a superb intercept from Grierson and they were then punished for obstruction in the circle and Burger added goal number 48.  After three minutes Burger had made it 50, but from there things started to turn.  Tuivaiti quickly scored from their next centre pass and then Leeds immediately lost possession after Clarke’s pass went straight out.  Stars were pushed back by strong Leeds defence as they prevented Stars getting the ball quickly into the centre circle.  With a niggling foot injury, Robinson was then forced to take off the influential Hall.  Grierson moved to Wing Attack and Rushton came on at Goal Attack.

Leeds maintained their six goal advantage with nine minutes to play but Stars grew in confidence and after Tuivaiti scored their 46th goal and Bolakoro intercepted the next Leeds attack momentum began to switch.  Magee was penalised fo.r contact and Leota and Reed worked well to get the ball to Tuivaiti who made it 51-47 and she then brought it to within three goals from the next centre pass.

Rushton got her first goal of the game with four minutes to go to make it 54-50 to the Rhinos but a missed shot from Burger after Reed had pulled one back for Stars looked like a turning points.  Reed missed her next shot, but the ball was collected by Tuivaiti who made no mistake before adding a second soon after to bring her team within a goal for the first time in the game.  Burger made it 55-53, but there was still plenty of drama to come in the final two minutes.  Oyesola was cautioned for intentional obstruction and Tuivaiti brought it back to one goal at 55-54.  Rushton then missed her shot with just over a minute left on the clock and Stars immediately responded. Leeds were punished twice for contact in their attempts to stop Stars and eventually Reed equalised.  With Stars having the next centre pass their was huge tension in the arena and just when Stars needed to keep calm they sent their next pass out of court and Leeds made them pay for the error with a goal from Rushton with ten seconds left to seal the 56-55 win.

Leeds play their final home game on Saturday at the Allam Sports Centre against Saracens Mavericks. Tickets are still available at tickets.rhinosnetball.co.uk

Leeds Rhinos:

GS: Sigi Burger

GA: Brie Grierson

WA: Amelia Hall

C: Jade Clarke

WD: Michelle Magee

GD: Vicki Oyesola

GK: Tuaine Keenan

Res: Amy Clinton, Sienna Rushton, Lydia Walker, Paige Kindred, Amelia Veevers

Severn Stars

GS: Cat Tuivaiti

GA: Paige Reed

WA: Liana Leota

C: Bethan Dyke

WD: Iman Thomas

GD: Dee Bolakoro

GK: Lucy Herdman

Res: Issy Eaton, Nicole Humphrys, ELisha New, Chloe Carchrie, Katie Harris