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Steel hammer Magic to remain unbeaten

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/04/2017

Steel goal keep Jane Watson was named player of the match. © Getty Images Steel goal keep Jane Watson was named player of the match. Southern Steel have issued a warning to the rest of the national netball premiership with a 72-59 demolition of Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in Invercargill.

Completing a clean sweep of the three northern-most Kiwi teams, the Steel climbed to the top of the standings after outplaying the previously-unbeaten Magic.

The two teams are regarded as the premier title prospects in the inaugural six-team competition but the Steel now stand alone as the team to beat following a powerhouse attacking display.

The Steel hammered the Northern Stars 75-57 and the Northern Mystics 74-67 before stepping up another notch in their first home game of the season.

As usual, Jamaican shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid was the focal point, sinking 45 from 50 shots. She was called to the bench in the closing minutes, depriving her the chance of reaching 50 goals for a third straight game.

Retired Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua and towering goal keep Kelly Jury struggled to stem the flow from outstanding wing attack Gina Crampton and centre Shannon Francois, who delivered 82 circle feeds between them.

At the other end, Steel goal keep Jane Watson was named player of the match, pulling off eight intercepts and deflections.

Lenize Potgieter (38/41) and Monica Falkner (19/21) were both accurate for the Magic but the rest of their game was shaded by the hosts.

The Magic trailed 32-27 at halftime but the scoring torrent increased in the second spell as they poured in 40 goals.

Round three concludes on Wednesday when the Stars host the Mystics in an Auckland derby.

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