Severn Stars and UWS Sirens record victories in Vitality Superleague

Sam Bird was delighted as Severn Stars chalked up back-to-back victories over Surrey

Severn Stars completed a Bank Holiday weekend double over Surrey Storm by running out 51-42 winners on Monday evening.

Stars had chalked up victory in front of their own fans on Friday evening with a 55-43 win over Storm and they followed up with a second win in four days over their more established rivals to open up a six-point gap over Surrey in the table.

As the the curtain came down on a busy weekend, the increased competitive nature of the division saw UWS Sirens pick up a third victory of the season, beating Celtic Dragons 65-43 in their rearranged Round 8 fixture.

Sirens win moves them off the bottom of the table and follows up their hugely impressive victory over Team Bath on Saturday.

Vitality Superleague – Round 14 Results Celtic Dragons 38-78 Manchester Thunder UWS Sirens 51-43 Team Bath benecos Mavericks 59-40 Team Northumbria Wasps 47-60 Loughborough Lightning Surrey Storm 42-51 Severn Stars Other Results Severn Stars 55-43 Surrey Storm Round 5 UWS Sirens 65-43 Celtic Dragons Round 8

In the live Sky Sports action, Stars continued their upwardly mobile trend, overcoming a slow start to beat Storm and strengthening their hold on sixth place.

Sam Bird’s team have set themselves the target of improving on last season’s five wins and eighth-placed finish and with four games left to go they look good value to do that, while Storm’s disappointing season continues.

After three successive titles, Storm finished just three points outside the play-offs last year but this year are seventh and have no chance of making the end of season semi-finals.

Tania Hoffman felt consistency was the main reason for Storm’s loss to Severn Stars

However Tania Hoffman’s team started fast, racing into an early 6-1 lead at Surrey Sports Park thanks to the attacking combination of Sigi Burger and Katie Harris.

But that was as good as it got for the hosts as Stars, boosted by a run of three wins from their previous four games, fought back to edge the opening 15 minutes by a single goal.

Severn Stars continue to forge ahead and the game was shaped by a decisive second quarter where the visitors were able lead 27-18 at the break 27-18.

That nine-goal advantage became 11 by the end of the third quarter and despite a dogged display by Storm that saw them edge the final 15 minutes, it was Stars who held on for victory.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday when Surrey face an in-form Sirens side as they look to end a run of four consecutive defeats, while Severn Stars take their winning run to Loughborough.

Player of the match Phumza Maweni felt the improved connection between the team is the reason for the Severn Stars victory over Surrey Storm

Our live coverage continues next week when Manchester Thunder host Wasps on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Arena from 2pm.

Vitality Superleague – Round 15 Fixtures Friday Team Bath v benecos Mavericks 7.30pm Saturday Manchester Thunder v Wasps 2.15pm – live on Sky Sports Team Northumbria v Celtic Dragons 6pm Surrey Storm v UWS Sirens 6pm Loughborough Lightning v Severn Stars 7pm

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