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Steel pull clear late to beat Mystics

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017

Silver Ferns goal keep Jane Watson was a key figure, pulling off 15 deflections and harrying the Test shooting pair of Bailey Mes and Maria Tutaia. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Silver Ferns goal keep Jane Watson was a key figure, pulling off 15 deflections and harrying the Test shooting pair of Bailey Mes and Maria Tutaia. Southern Steel finally broke the shackles to beat Northern Mystics 74-67 in a free-scoring national premiership netball match in Auckland.

Neither side led by more than three points through the first three quarters, with the lead changing hands 10 times.

Some key late turnovers turned the match in favour of the visitors, who restricted the Mystics to 14 goals in the final stanza.

In a game dominated by scoring, Silver Ferns goal keep Jane Watson was a key figure, pulling off 15 deflections and harrying the Test shooting pair of Bailey Mes and Maria Tutaia.

Goal shoot Mes was largely unruffled, shooting 39 of 43 shots and rebounding strongly. Tutaia was off her game however, missing 11 of her 39 shots.

At the other end, prolific Steel goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid struggled early against some aggressive marking from veteran defender Anna Harrison.

However, Harrison was heavily penalised and the towering Jamaican shooter found her rhythm to finish with 59 from 68.

It was a second straight win for the Steel, who opened with a 75-57 defeat of the Northern Stars.

The Mystics have lost both of their games, having been pipped 56-55 by the Central Pulse last week.

Round two concludes when Waikato Bay of Plenty host the Pulse in Rotorua on Wednesday in a clash of two unbeaten teams.

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