Wolves back with a vengeance while the Mozzies trundle on
This weekend saw all three games played on the Saturday, with a double header in Wolverhampton seeing the Wolves return from a week off to take on the Saints, followed by the Rams facing off against league leaders the Mozzies. Meanwhile, Nottingham travelled to Sheffield to take on a Thunder side of growing confidence.
Wolves went out in the early game looking to show that their bye week hadn’t dulled their premiership ambitions after they cruised to a big victory against Sheffield in the first game. And they didn’t disappoint, with a thumping 274-23 victory against a travelling Saints side. Although Merseyside will be disappointed with the defeat, their first three goals of the season point to some early improvement, and given that their first two games have been against the early season’s form teams, they can be confident that their percentage will be improved as the season chugs on.
Following on from this, Manchester took to the field against a Rams side that picked up its first win last week. Keen to keep their foot on the gas, the Mozzies will be delighted with the 214-24 victory, a particularly pleasing a result against a Rams side that have traditionally been a tough squad to break down. The result puts them as good as level with Wolves on percentage, although having played the extra game the Mozzies are sitting pretty with a 4 point gap – whether it’s still there after the Mozzie’s bye next week is another question.
After two big wins in Wolverhampton, the action moved to Sheffield, with last year’s finalists Nottingham Scorpions taking on a Sheffield Thunder team that managed to find some promising form against Huddersfield last week. Neither team disappointed, with the hard fought game ending 81-62. Although the Scorps walk away with their unbeaten streak intact, the Thunder will undoubtedly be happy with a strong performance that saw them come within a hair’s breadth of taking the game.
Overall, two big wins saw Wolves and Manchester race ahead in terms of percentage, but a Nottingham Scorpions victory puts them firmly in the second finals spot, one below where they’ll hope to be at the end of the season.
- Wolverhampton Wolverines 41.28.274 d. Merseyside Saints 3.5.23
- Manchester Mosquitoes 30.34.214 d. Huddersfield Rams 2.12.24
- Nottingham Scorpions 11.15.81 d. Sheffield Thunder 8.14.62