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Steel crush hapless Tactix by 49 goals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/04/2017

Southern Steel and Mainland Tactix have highlighted the gap between first and last in the national netball premiership with a lop-sided fixture in Christchurch.

The competition-leading Steel crushed the winless hosts 90-41, overwhelming them at both ends of the court.

Goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid poured in 70 of her 75 shots in a personal best haul, enjoying the effortless flow of ball through the midcourt from her team-mates.

It boosted the title favourite Steel's goal-scoring average this season to 78 per game, having outclassed all four opponents in the inaugural competition.

The Tactix have likewise sunk to four heavy defeats, averaging just over 40 goals per game.

They could only net seven goals in the first quarter and trailled 46-17 at halftime before revealing their best netball in the third quarter, which they lost 19-12.

The hosts were guilty of 41 turnovers to 16, struggling to break open a Steel defence once again marshalled by Jane Watson. The Silver Ferns goal keep pulled off 11 intercepts and deflections before being rested for the final quarter.

The Tactix put up just 50 shots compared to the visitors' 103, with Brooke Leaver at least having her radar attuned, nailing 28 from 32 attempts.

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