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Where to Watch: Round 16

We have a couple of crackers for you this weekend in the Netball Super League with two teams looking to cement their place in the semi-finals.

But in order to do this they’ll need to overcome a couple of teams on the rise who will be looking to thwart their top-four status for this week at least.

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Loughborough Lightning vs. Severn Stars

First up on Saturday night, we have Loughborough Lightning coming up against Severn Stars.

Last weekend Lightning edged closer to securing their place in the semi-finals with back-to-back wins in Round 15. A win in this encounter would guarantee their place in the top four.

Vic Burgess and her side have reasons to be confident. Since their defeat to London Pulse in Round 9 Lightning have won five consecutive games.

Whilst Fran Williams has been keeping things tight at the back, Mary Cholhok has been lethal under the post. Averaging six goals more per game than she accumulated last season, Cholhok is now top of the Gilbert Top Scorer leaderboard.

On the visiting bench, Jo Trip returns to her former side where she was a technical coach before taking the helm at Stars. She also spent two seasons at Loughborough as a player between 2016 and 2018.

Also coming back to familiar territory is Jess Shaw who is enjoying an outstanding season in the Midlands, sitting second currently for feeds.

Having won half of their games already – as Jo Trip targeted at the start of the season – Stars will be hoping their impressive form can help spur them to an inaugural win over the 2021 champions.

Watch Loughborough Lightning vs. Severn Stars live on Sky Sports YouTube (UK only) from 18:00.

Manchester Thunder vs. Leeds Rhinos

On Sunday, Manchester Thunder are hoping to break a record!

The reigning champions return to the AO Arena for a clash of the roses as they welcome Yorkshire-based Leeds Rhinos.

Last season the two sides played their first fixture at the city centre arena in front of just under 5,000 fans. This time around, they’re looking to surpass the domestic record set in 2015 between Surrey Storm and Saracens Mavericks at the Copper Box Arena which stands at 5,959.

With several players on the sidelines, Thunder have had to make a number of changes in their defensive end, including bringing back three-time NSL winner and captain, Emma Dovey. They’ll be looking to bounce back from a frustrating double-header weekend where they experienced back-to-back defeats for the first time since the beginning of 2021.

For Rhinos they come into this game with a shot of confidence after picking up their second win of the season at home to Strathclyde Sirens. Caroline O’Hanlon, Millie Sanders and head coach Liana Leota all return to face a familiar former foe and will be determined to shock many and claim their first victory over the four-time winners.

Watch what could be a record-breaking encounter in Manchester live on Sky Sports Arena and YouTube (UK only) at 18:00.

If you would like to go down to any of this weekend’s games, head over to our tickets page where you will find links to all of the team’s ticket pages.

See all the results as they come in on our fixtures & results page.

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