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Miserly Pulse shut out Stars to go second

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/04/2017

Central Pulse confirmed their status as the toughest defensive nut to crack in the national netball premiership with a 53-44 win over the Northern Stars.

The Pulse notched a third win from four games to climb to second behind the unbeaten Southern Steel.

Home advantage couldn't help the Stars, who lost their fourth match from five.

The newly-formed outfit struggled for flow against a Pulse side who have conceded just 47 goals per game this season, almost 10 goals more miserly than any other side.

The Stars tried numerous combinations to create midcourt fluency but the Wellington-based side's back three of Claire Kersten, Phoenix Karaka and Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant proved a formidable rearguard.

The Pulse struggled themselves at times on attack, looking at their most impressive when 16-year-old Tiana Metuarau was deployed at goal attack.

Metuarua, who shot 18 from 22, linked smoothly with seasoned goal shoot Cathrine Tuivaiti (31/34).

The Stars were heavily penalised, conceding 76 to 44, with their Silver Ferns wing defence Kayla Cullen pinged 21 times.

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