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2017 Vitality Netball Superleague: Wasps' Rachel Dunn not getting carried away

Wasps Netball and Team Northumbria in action at the Super Ten
Published: 25 Feb 2017

Wasps Netball made it two wins from two with a commanding 70-46 victory over Team Northumbria in the Vitality Superleague.

Tamsin Greenway's side grew in strength and confidence as the game progressed, accelerating in the final quarter to round off a fine performance.

Despite the convincing scoreline and promising start to the season, attacking ace Rachel Dunn is refusing to get carried away.

She said: "I think it was another building performance.

"We had a good run out and a good win on Tuesday. We were happy with the result but we knew there was a lot to work on.

"And I think it's the same again - another stepping stone."

Dunn moved to Wasps from defending champions Surrey Storm along with Sophia Candappa and Bongiwe Msomi and believes the familiarity of some combinations does help.

But she acknowledges that there is still plenty to work on to form a tight on-court unit and fulfil their potential.

She said: "It's just trying to gel combinations.

"It does help that some have played together before and I've played the sort of style that Tamsin wants to play.

"But there are a lot of people who haven't played together so we are a new team.

"The attacking unit haven't really played a lot together before and I think our defence are doing an awesome job."

One combination which has proved particularly successful so far is between Dunn and her attacking partner Georgina Fisher.

The pair have linked up almost effortlessly and flourished in the shooting circle in the opening two games.

And the experienced Dunn was both delighted with how they've worked together so far and full of praise for the England international.

She said: "I think we just know each other's strengths and we're both two big targets in there.

"I come from GS to GA so I know kind of what balls you want as a holding shooter so I'm hoping that helps.

"She's a really good young player. She's coming on in leaps and bounds and she's only 18 so it's good to help try and bring young players on as well.

"We're just learning from when we make mistakes and keeping on building."

Saturday's Super Ten was the biggest day in Superleague history with a crowd of over 6,000 at the Genting Arena treated to non-stop netball.

An impressed and enthusiastic Dunn said: "It's not often you get the ten top teams in the country under one roof and I think it's great for the fans that can come along and watch all the teams in one place.

"It's good for the players to see other teams out there too.

"This sort of thing doesn't really happen that often and I think it's a great spectacle.

"The crowd's amazing - I don't know how many thousand people are here but they're seeing great quality netball and I think it's an awesome event."

Wasps next face Hertfordshire Mavericks in their first home game at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 5th March.

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