REPORT: Celtic Dragons 46 - 58 Wasps Netball

Updated: Feb 20, 2019



Wasps Netball continued their 100 per cent winning record for the season with a 58-46 win against a resilient Celtic Dragons side in Cardiff.

The Black and Golds are now the only team remaining with a perfect record in the Vitality Netball Superleague this season, after securing five successive victories.

Mel Mansfield’s team controlled the game from the second-quarter to the final whistle - after being matched by their hosts for the first 15 minutes.

Mansfield said: “This was a big three points tonight and to not lose a single quarter was really pleasing.

“It was a physical game but the second-half is always strong for us and we were able to make some changes to give our players a rest ahead of Friday’s trip to Bath.

“We managed to get all of our squad out on the court tonight and it was fantastic to see Chloe Essam out there and get the chance to show the talent she has.

“There is a great vibe in this team at the moment. The strength of this team is the depth of our squad, so I think we’re using that strength brilliantly.”

The game saw a composed start for both sides, with six goals scored with no turnovers.

It was Wasps who made the first mistake. Dragons Wing Defence Nia Jones picked off a pass and sparked a run to give the home side a three-goal lead.

Dragons were unlucky not to have the lead at the close of the third-quarter, as the visitors fought back with a string of impressive goals from Katie Harris to bring her side level.

South Africa captain Bongi Msomi exerted her influence early in the second-quarter, feeding the shooting circle well and unlocking the opposition’s defence.

Wasps’ defence then clicked into action by forcing a couple of turnovers, including a well-timed interception by Fran Wiliams to push out to a four-goal advantage.

Dragons turned to aggressive defensive play in an attempt to reduce the deficit, but the Black and Golds played around the pressure and led by seven at half-time

Mansfield made three changes at the break and Josie Huckle made an immediate impact, disrupting the home side’s shooters.

Sophia Candappa picked up where she left off with her Player of the Match performance in the last fixture and linked up well with Rachel Dunn to bring Wasps’ lead to double-figure