Manchester also have one hand on the men’s trophy as they move to the finale weekend at Coventry on 21/22 March with a four-point lead over nearest rivals Sheffield. In truth, there is only the remotest of mathematical possibilities that they can be overhauled. In simple terms, one more point from remaining games against Sheffield and Solihull will ensure top spot.
Super 5s leading scorer Dan Paddon notched four in Manchester’s latest win, 14-5 against Lancaster.
With Jake Vincent scoring five and Ryan Padbury four, Solihull led Sheffield 10-6 early in the final quarter. Then Sheffield sprung to life, goals by Finlay Parnell, Stefano Cossutti and Chris Armstrong hauling them back into the game. Just 34 seconds remained when Joel Abbott converted the penalty that left the sides locked at 10-10.