Leeds Rhinos 42 Severn Stars 38 - Vicki Oyesola shines as Rhinos fend off Stars
However, this week saw the welcome return of Tuaine Keenan after suffering an injury earlier in the season.
In a lively start to the game, Rhinos’ Sienna Rushton once again worked her magic in the circle alongside Rhea Dixon, keeping the game level in the opening quarter.
The superior height advantage enjoyed by Georgia Row, the goal shoot for the Stars, which she used to capitalise the circle didn’t seem to intimidate Paige Kindred, pictured above, with the keeper partnering Vicki Oyesola to form a gritty defensive unit for Leeds.
The Rhinos led by four goals at half-time and Oyesola continued to put on a class display in second half, dominating Leeds’ defensive end, despite struggling last week with some respiratory issues. She continued to make a massive impact on court for the Rhinos with her strong marking.
Dixon, used her work rate and impeccable timing to help guide the Rhinos in the right direction, working hand in hand with England’s most capped player, Jade Clarke, around the circle edge.
Due to a few cautions, the Stars began to catch up in a thrilling final few minutes, but they could not close the gap fully, as Rhinos held on to win.
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