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Unbeaten Southern Steel outclass Stars

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/04/2017

Southern Steel have made it five effortless wins from five in the national netball premiership, outclassing the Northern Stars 73-51 in Auckland.

The newly-formed Stars had little answer to a side who have steamrolled all their opponents through the first month of the inaugural league, slumping to their fifth loss from six games.

After exploding to a 42-23 lead at halftime, the Steel eased off in the second spell as coach Reinga Bloxham rotated players and positions.

It didn't stop goal shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid finishing with another sackful of goals, the Jamaican landing 45 of her 46 shots.

Goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit slotted 20 of 26 while Shannon Francois was slick at both centre and wing attack in the fluid Steel midcourt.

Captain and wing defence Wendy Frew tasted success in her 150th combined national league match.

In typically pragmatic fashion, Frew was the only Steel player who didn't change position during the match.

Conceding 34 turnovers was costly for the Stars, who stopped the rot in the third quarter, winning it 15-12.

Teenage Shooter Maia Wilson did her best to match Fowler-Reid's output, missing just four of her 42 shots.

The Steel, who average 77 goals per game this season, face the Mystics on Sunday in Invercargill, which hosts all six teams in consecutive matches.

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