WATCH: Thunder 53-42 Wasps

Manchester Thunder got the better of Wasps in a top of the table clash – hit play on the video for the highlights

Manchester Thunder produced a superb performance to beat leaders and defending champions Wasps 53-42 at Manchester Arena on Saturday.

It’s all to play for at the top of the Vitality Superleague and after Bath beat Mavericks on Friday night, third-placed Thunder followed up by beating Wasps, with the weekend’s results now meaning the top five are separated by just six points.

Wasps had beaten Thunder in the semi-finals last year and edged the first meeting between the pair early this season at the Ricoh Arena.

However Karen Greig’s Thunder, roared on by a raucous home crowd, were too strong for the visitors and having got off to a fast start kept the champions at bay to record an impressive victory.

2018 Vitality Superleague – Current Standings P Pts 1. Wasps 13 36 2. Loughborough Lightning 14 33 3. Manchester Thunder 13 30 4. benecos Mavericks 13 30 5. Team Bath 13 27

It’s now back-to-back defeats for Wasps who had won each of their opening 12 games before losing to Loughborough last week and another defeat to a top-four rival means they still have work to do at the top of the table.

Thunder are finding form at the right time as they seek a home semi-final as well as a top-four place.

Hit play on the video at the top of the page to check out the highlights from Saturday’s action.

Vitality Superleague – Round 15 Fixtures Friday Team Bath 54-45 benecos Mavericks Saturday Manchester Thunder 53-42 Wasps Team Northumbria v Celtic Dragons Surrey Storm v UWS Sirens Loughborough Lightning v Severn Stars

Our live coverage continues on Monday June 11 when Severn Stars host Sirens live on Sky Sports Mix, Main Event and Action from 6.30pm.

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