No easing off now, says Magic coach Taurua

AARON GOILE
Last updated 05:00 08/05/2012

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The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have turned in back-to-back winning performances, but coach Noeline Taurua says nothing is going to change at training this week.

The Magic were brilliant in wiping out the West Coast Fever 65-49 in Mt Maunganui on Sunday night, finally showing the potential everyone knows they have.

However, after four consecutive losses opening this season's ANZ Championship campaign, Taurua is not happy sitting in a mid-table logjam with seven regular season games left to play.

"Our philosophy has been just to take one week at a time, not get too carried away," she said. "This game [against the Fever] is going to be really good for our confidence and just bind us together tighter as a team. How we've been working at training is not going to change. [We're] still going to do a lot of repetition, still going to get stuck into each other and look for improvement from this week to next week."

In their two victories, the Magic have notched a whopping 126 goals, after their first four rounds yielded just 174.

And their latest flurry is their highest score since May 2010, with 28 matches since they netted 72 against the Canterbury Tactix in Hamilton.

Taurua felt her side were "mentally in tune and connected" in their latest outing and built well on the previous performance.

"Things are just starting to come and we're just starting to look like we actually know what we're doing. For us, we've always believed that it wasn't if, it was when. One of the things is that we just don't want to get carried away with it," she said of the results turnaround. "The good space that we're at is that we acknowledge things that we don't do well and we really celebrate the things that are working well."

Taurua said one of the proudest things for the team was seeing the way the more unheralded trio of Khao Watts, Julianna Naoupu and Elias Shadrock were standing up.

The Magic's next match is on Monday night against the Central Pulse in Porirua.

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