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Celtic Dragons

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Leeds Rhinos

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19th February 2022
Round 4
Sport Wales National Centre
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Clare Jones
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Celtic Dragons v Leeds Rhinos (Gareth Everett)

Lefebre Rademan is one of a host of new faces at Celtic Dragons (Gareth Everett)

A strong fourth quarter saw Celtic Dragons reduce Leeds Rhinos lead, but it wasn’t enough to take the win as Rhinos ran out 57-52 winners in the v vitality Netball Superleague at Sport Wales in Cardiff.

The match started with the teams trading turnovers, as an early intercept from Tuaine Keenan was closely followed superb work from Annabel Roddy.

Rhinos were able to forge an early three-goal just over five minutes into the first quarter. Amy Clinton helping to capitalise on turnover ball before Dragons hit back.

A ball over the back line, and a held ball for Rhinos, saw Dragons level the scores once again in an enthralling match but it was the team from Yorkshire who finished stronger to take a six-goal advantage into the second quarter.

With neither team taking their foot off the gas it was Leeds who began to pull away. Jade Clarke was unstoppable at centre for Rhinos, getting tips and intercepts and Clinton was relentless under the post forcing Dragons Head Coach Dannii Titmuss-Morris into a couple of early changes.

Leila Thomas and Laura Rudland were brought on to stem the Rhinos flow and a late Dragons surge saw them reduce the visitors lead to 12 at half-time.

Going into the third quarter, Leeds coach Tracey Robinson changed their shooting circle, with Sigi Burger taking to the court at goal shooter for her debut and Sienna Rushton putting on the goal attack bib.

There was no ball uncontested by either side and the feeds into Georgia Rowe and Sigi Burger were inch perfect.

The individual battle between Amelia Hall and Nia Jones was one you couldn’t take your eyes off as they contested at every chance they had and both teams turned up the heat.

Towards the end of the quarter there was a surge of goals that came from defensive intercepts and finished with great attacking play from Celtic Dragons - but it was the Rhinos who had extended their lead to 48-34.

More changes came in the fourth quarter, as Michelle Macgee replaced Emily Hollingworth at wing defence for Rhinos, while Dragons brought Shona O’Dwyer and Shaquanda Greene-Noel back onto the court.

Dragons stepped up the defensive pressure and huge intercepts from Greene-Noel, Roddy and Nia Jones began to turn the tide.

Rhinos brought Amy Clinton back into the action with six minutes to go as Dragons chipped away at the lead, but with time running - and despite the best efforts of the home crowd - Dragons ran out of time and Rhinos claimed a second win of the season.

Match report provided by Celtic Dragons.

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