Vitality Superleague Week Three preview

Five teams head into Vitality Superleague Week Three aiming to preserve their perfect starts to the season, and all four could emerge with 100 per cent records in tact.

Five games across three days begin on Thursday and finish on Saturday, before a quick turnaround for Week Four.

All 10 teams are back in action on Monday, including the Sky Live clash between Lighting and Thunder. Both teams will hope to start the campaign with three wins, depending on their endeavours over the next coupe of days.

Defending champions Wasps get the action underway on Thursday when they play host to Sirens after back-to-back victories against Surrey Storm and Severn Stars.

Both teams are embarking on their second years in the Superleague and, in contrast to Wasps, the Sirens are playing catch-up having lost their opening two matches this year.

But Wasps’ Natalie Haythornthwaite is all too aware of the threat posed by the Sirens, who boast a strong line-up that will be a threat once they have gelled.

UWS Sirens suffered defeat on Sky Sports last time out

“The first game for Wasps against Sirens was so exciting last season. It was the day Wasps made history, it was the start of a new team and the beginning of a brilliant season,” Haythornthwaite said.

“If we think back to where we were a year ago and to where we are now, we have come so far and are still building as a team.

“A lot of the Sirens girls are heading to the Commonwealth Games to represent Scotland. They have the added players like Sara Bayman, who is a top player and will provide a big challenge in the mid-court.”

Team Bath are currently top of the pile after big wins over last year’s bottom two (Celtic Dragons, Team Northumbria) and Friday’s test against Storm might give them a sterner examination with Surrey narrowly beaten by Mavericks last time out.

A new-look benecos Mavericks have started well and, having missed out on the top four last year, have ideas on making July’s semi-finals.

Seeking a third successive win, Mavs take on Severn Stars on Saturday, the same day Loughborough put their winning record on the line against a Dragons team that have lost each of their opening three games.

Manchester Thunder warm up for their Sky Live encounter with a game against Team Northumbria on Friday evening.

Vitality Superleague is back on your screens on Monday night when Loughborough Lighting host Manchester Thunder, coverage is underway on Sky Sports Action, Mix and Main Event from 6.45pm

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