Severn Stars head coach Jo Trip has said she is well aware that her side will have to be at their best to bounce back from defeat ahead of their clash with league leaders Manchester Thunder.

After a loss to Netball Super League reigning champions Loughborough Lightning last weekend, the Severn Stars are now preparing for a rematch with current league leaders Manchester Thunder.

Coach Trip said: "Maintaining possession and scoring off our turnover is critical to matching up with these top teams.



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"We must work harder for longer to shift the ball and open up their defence and we must work the ball safely down the court."

She added: “We know we will have to be at our best on Friday and are excited to be training this week.

"We will bounce back from this loss as we look to put our stamp on our position in the top four.”

Stars will face Thunder away at the Belle Vue Sports Village in Manchester at 7.30pm tonight (April 19).

During the previous match against the Thunder, Stars were defeated 50-65.

However, the Stars will be buoyed up by their showing against the Lightning at the University of Worcester Arena last weekend..

Though Lightning had a strong start, Stars were able to pull the lead back, showing off some grit despite the ultimate defeat.

Coach Trip said: "Another nearly sold-out crowd at home is always a pleasure to perform in front of.

"A fantastic first half saw us neck and neck with the reigning champions Loughborough Lightning.

"Our second quarter saw us with a very low error rate and therefore able to take the quarter off Lightning."

For Stars, the game against Thunder will provide another opportunity to demonstrate their resilience and spirit on the court.

"We take the learnings and remind ourselves of the things we are good at in a tough training week before taking on Manchester Thunder," Trip said.

"The camp is positive as we look to the week ahead.

"We know we will have to be at our best on Friday and are excited to be training this week."