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Wasps Netball veteran star Rachel Dunn says the team will draw on their experience as they aim to return to winning ways.

The table-toppers will look to bounce back from back-to-back Vitality Netball Superleague defeats with a win against Celtic Dragons on Saturday, June 9, in Cardiff (4pm centre-pass).

Dunn has been ever-present this year alongside George Fisher in attack – but goals have been harder to come by in the last two fixtures, with Wasps scoring nearly 20 below their season average.

The 35-year-old – who made her league debut in 2003 – has won three successive Superleague titles and knows the importance of closing the regular season with winning momentum.

“We haven’t been scoring enough goals. It’s important we remember what we did well at the start of the season and get the momentum back,” she said.

“You don’t suddenly become a bad team overnight. We don’t need to revolutionise everything. Focusing on fixing the small things can make a big difference.

“We’re not happy with how we have performed in these last two games but hopefully it is just a blip.

“We’re not doing the basics well enough. The two losses have been learning games and we need to put things right.

“Our experience will really help now. We’ve got a lot of players who have won leagues before and hopefully we can draw on our experience to put in the performances we need to get back on track.”

Wasps are locked at the top of the Superleague with Loughborough Lightning, with one game in hand over their Midlands-rivals.

Their hosts are bottom of the table and were soundly beat at the Ricoh Arena earlier this season 74-32 – but Dunn says Dragons shouldn’t be underestimated.

“You can’t underestimate any team and there have been plenty of shocks this season,” she added.

“Dragons might not be sitting near the top of the table but it will still be a challenge. We’ve got to go out there and perform.

“There aren’t many teams in any sport that can go unbeaten for a whole season, you have to put it in perspective.

“The way we started the season shows the talent we have in this group but netball is not about individuals it is how you work together as a team.

“We have a few tough games coming up but that’s what you want. You want to be tested and that’s what we need to be at the top of our game and peak at the right time.”

Wasps’ next home fixture sees them face benecosMavericks on Monday, June 18 (7.00pm centre-pass) and tickets are available for www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets

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