Wasps take on Northumbria as Round Six continues
Four matches on Friday and Saturday after Loughborough kick off the round with victory over Storm on Monday.
By Paul Prenderville
Last Updated: 12/03/18 11:32am
Wasps take their perfect Vitality Superleague record back to the Ricoh Arena when they host winless Team Northumbria on Saturday night.
The Sky Sports cameras are in Bath for a repeat of last year's third-place play-off when Manchester Thunder emerged victoriously and both teams find themselves among the early pacesetters at the top of this year's table.
We will have a full preview ahead of Friday's Sky Live action but in the other matches, it is defending champions Wasps who have a chance to underline that dominant start with two games in three days.
Tamsin Greenway's team set the pace at the top of the table with five wins from their opening five games and they also play on Monday night with their Round 10 fixture against Severn Stars brought forward.
First up it's Northumbria, who were hammered on Monday night by a rampant benecos Mavericks and it's the toughest possible ask for TeAroha Keenan's players who are rock bottom after five successive defeats.
However Greenway is not underestimating the task in hand: "As I have always said, every team in this league has the quality to beat you on any given night.
"We have to make sure we are on the top of our game because both Northumbria and Stars will be coming here to beat us.
"We have the Commonwealth Games break coming up in a couple of weeks too, that will be an interesting time for us to regroup, recover and look at how we can keep improving."
Mavericks are back in action on Saturday when they take on Sirens while Severn Stars are another side in search of a first victory, they face a Celtic Dragons team who beat Storm in their last match before the weather saw their trip to Thunder called off
Vitality Superleague Round Six - Results & Fixtures
|Friday||Team Bath||v||Manchester Thunder|
|Saturday||Celtic Dragons||v||Severn Stars|
|benecos Mavericks||v||UWS Sirens|
On Monday night when Loughborough Lightning returned to winning ways with a narrow victory over Surrey Storm who have now lost each of their opening five games.
Lightning, beaten by Wasps on Saturday, were back in action at the David Wallace Sports Centre just 48 hours later and edged out Storm in the final seconds of the game.
Player of the Match Shamera Sterling inspired the victory after a sparkling display, while head coach Anna Carter was full of praise for the players after an arduous spell of four matches in 10 days.
"We knew it wasn't going to be pretty tonight but we knew we needed the win and got over the line so that's great," said Carter.
"The girls worked their socks off tonight, we had a lot of tired legs and it showed a true test of character that they were able to work through it and secure the win."
Vitality Superleague is back on your screens on Friday night when Team Bath host Manchester Thunder, with live coverage on Sky Sports Mix, which you can find on channel 287, and is free for all Sky customers, from 7.15pm.
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