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Storm 48 – 57 Bath

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Team Bath earned a sixth-consecutive Superleague victory and revenge for January’s defeat by Storm with a commanding performance at the Sports Park arena.

Bath started the first and third quarters in domineering style – particularly with eight unanswered goals straight after half-time – but Storm’s fighting spirit ensured they battled until the final seconds.

Superb defending from Shadine van der Merwe provided the solid base on which Storm were resurgent and when Burger put Storm ahead for the first time, with 80 seconds remaining in the half, the home crowd were exultant. It had been a tumultuous, enthralling half of netball and, perhaps appropriately, it ended all even at 24-goals apiece.

Thereafter, though, came the decisive period of the game. One way traffic saw Bath race into an eight-goal advantage and even though Storm fought to halve that deficit, the visitors still led by seven at the end of Q3.

Rhea Dixon replaced Yas Hodge-England at GA for the final 15 minutes, and her renewed energy briefly galvanised Storm as they pulled back to within five goals. Yet in the blink of an eye Bath were 11 ahead and this time there was no way back.

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