Wasps pre-season picks up where they left off

Saturday (17th November) saw another great day of pre-season Superleague friendlies, with Wasps, Team Bath and new side London Pulse battling it out in the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps taking on Team Bath in last season's Superleague clash

The Tri-Tournament marked the first time Mel Mansfield has stepped out as Head Coach of Wasps, and also saw new side London Pulse make their debut ahead of the 2019 season which gets underway in January.

The first game of the afternoon saw Wasps take on London Pulse, and the reigning Champions rushed ahead to a six goal lead after the first fifteen, which quickly grew to a double digit lead by half time.

Wasps continued to dominate in the second half, and Pulse suffered a hefty defeat in their first outing, being beaten 41-26 by the home side.

The second match saw Team Bath meet London Pulse. Pulse again struggled to get into their rhythm as Bath took the lead early. By half-time the game was all but decided, with Bath leading 27-13. The impressive display from Bath continued in the final two quarters, winning 44-29. Pulse will have learned a lot of lessons from the day, and will now have time to let new combinations gel ahead of the new season.

The final game of the afternoon saw a rematch of last season’s Superleague semi-final with Wasps against Team Bath. Bath took the lead early, but were pegged back by sharpshooter Rachel Dunn. It was end-to-end throughout the first quarter, with Wasps edging it 9-6.

The visitors fought back and by half-time had reduced the deficit to just one goal. Wasps took control after the break, with two quick-fire goals giving them the momentum. The home side had built a ten goal lead mid-way through the final quarter. Bath attempted to mount a comeback, but the home side stood strong, winning 36-28.

The weekend also saw Manchester Thunder netting two victories against the Knights Men 85-69 and Loughborough Lightning 64-52 at their Season Launch Day on Saturday.

Whoever you're supporting, the 2019 Superleague season looks set to be one of the most competitive and exciting competitions yet!

By Kate Lightfoot


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