Severn Stars shooter Paige Reed says that the team is “completely different” and "stronger" than the one that faced Leeds Rhinos earlier in the season as they prepare for the rematch this weekend.

Stars take on Rhinos on Sunday in the Vitality Netball Superleague at London’s Copperbox Arena. Though Rhinos won the previous encounter earlier in the campaign by just four goals, Reed said the players would be using the close nature of the result as motivation to reverse it this time around.

“This weekend's match against Rhinos is an important one for us for different reasons,” said Reed.

“It gives us a chance to improve our performances from the last time we played them, but to also ensure we go for the win. Having had a strong performance last week, we are looking to continue this into the Rhinos game and the remaining matches.

"We are a completely different team to when we last played Rhinos and we are absolutely looking to get that win this time round. We’re different in terms of our attitude and application and we're a lot more connected on and off the court and are continuing to play to our individual strengths as well as sticking to our team targets.

"We have faced a lot of ups and downs during this season, however we have used this as a motivation to become better and stronger together.”

Newcomers to the league this year, Rhinos have impressed hugely and a win against Stars would take them fifth in the table.

“Rhinos are a strong and dynamic team,” said Reed.

“They hold many strengths, however, so do we. We won't focus solely on the Rhinos team as we need to ensure we keep to our processes and our goals however we have done our homework and have been implementing that into training sessions."

Stars were beaten by Loughborough Lightning in the last round but, against one of the best sides in the country, Stars were more than a match and only lost by nine goals in the end,

Reed said the team had taken plenty of positives from it.

“The Stars camp at the moment is a positive one,” she said.

“It is never easy to leave the court with a loss however we are really proud of our team's performances and it has allowed us to showcase what we can bring to the League and that we can actually push those teams sitting higher in the League. We are still pushing each other in training sessions as the work is far from done.

“In the second half of the season we need to continue to build and push each other mentally."