IT was a weekend of progress for Severn Stars as they ended their Easter Vitality Netball Superleague double-header with a win and a defeat.

They pushed high-flying Saracens Mavericks hard in the first-half of their encounter on Saturday before failing to keep pace after the break, eventually going down 58-44.

The Stars would bounce right back in the best possible way on the Sunday as they overcame rivals Wasps 56-47.

It was just Sars' second win of the season and ended what was a long losing run that had stretched to eleven games since their win on the opening day against Surrey Storm.

Stars remain bottom of the table but are level on points with Celtic Dragons and have played a game less.

Having been eaten rather convincingly on the Saturday by Saracens, Stars were keen to set the record straight on Sunday.

They fell two points down half-way through the first quarter but ended strongly to lead 13-11 at the end of one.

Stars continued where they left off with the mid-court linking well together.

A Liana Leota special no look pass found Katie Harris alone under the post. Wasps made a flurry of changes to respond to a flowing Stars side and began to fight back, but Stars ended the quarter on a high, 25-20.

In the second half, both teams were forcing errors and turnovers from each other, but the link up of Stars shooters Cat Tuivaiti and Paige Reed worked well in the circle despite pressure from Wasps defenders.

Stars maintained their lead after the quarter 40-35. It was goal for goal in the final quarter opening minutes, but Stars’ defence continued to work hard in the circle forcing errors for the Wasps side, securing the win 56-47.