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Magic pip Pulse in southern thriller

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/04/2017

Malia Paseka of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Malia Paseka of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. Goal percentage proved the difference as Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic pipped Central Pulse 50-49 in a national netball premiership match in Invercargill.

The two teams battling it out for second place behind the unbeaten Southern Steel through the early weeks of the season were barely separated throughout a thrilling affair.

The Magic put their nose in the front at the death, having trailed 44-41 with nine minutes remaining.

The accuracy of Magic's South African goal shoot Lenize Potgeiter (33 from 38) and Monica Falkner (17/19) proved vital.

They had less total shots but a better strike rate than Pulse counterparts Cathrine Tuivaiti (25/28) and Tiana Metuarau (24/33).

Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant was among the game's better players, pulling off five clean intercepts for the Pulse.

However, it wasn't enough to stop them recording a second loss for the season, the same number as the Magic.

The match was the first of a "Super Sunday" triple header.

Steel were to meet the fourth-placed Northern Mystics while the Northern Stars and Mainland Tactix faced a cellar-dwelling clash.

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