Megan Wallam leads Leeds Rhinos to biggest win of season against Mavericks

Leeds Rhinos maintained their chances of a play-off position after beating Saracens Mavericks 63-48 at London’s Copper Box arena.

Donnell Wallam impressed in Leeds Rhinos’ victory over Saracens Mavericks. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Vitality Netball Superleague)

Rhinos lost by four goals to the Mavericks earlier in the season after a tightly fought contest, however this game started significantly more positive for the Rhinos.

Dan Ryan kept his famous starting seven, with Donnell Wallam once again scoring some comfortable lay ups and turning over some important balls using her height and timing to her advantage, as she is still getting used to her goal shooter position after returning to the court a few games prior.

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Some clinical improvement from the Rhinos saw their attacking end working hard to maintain their four-goal lead while Nicki Oyesola and Tuaine Keenen forced the Mavericks’ attacking end wide, avoiding entry through the middle channel.

Rhinos continued to look comfortable throughout the second quarter keeping their flawless partnerships intact, leading by 11 goals at half time, 22-33.

Feeling threatened by the Rhinos’ lead, Mavericks made a few changes at half-time putting Sasha Corbin (England roses defender) out of her usual position and into goalkeeper to cause some disruption to the player of the match, Wallam, from consistently delivering goal after goal with her 98 per cent shooting average for the Rhinos. Dan Ryan kept his adaptable side the same.

Helping the Rhinos run away with the game, Brie Grierson strong off the mark, popped some long balls into Wallam and Rhea Dixon who patiently waited under the post.

Ryan made a few changes, switching cautioned Emily Hollingsworth for Rhinos captain, Fi Toner to ensure the Mavericks did not penetrate their defensive wall. As Rhinos continued to drive to an exceptional win, Ryan made changes, introducing Sienna Rushton as goal attack, Paige Kindred as goal defensive and Amelia hall as wing attack to help solidify the Rhinos’ biggest win of the season.

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