The NSW Swifts came away from their New Zealand road trip with the perfect scorecard, two wins from two edging out the Waikato/BOP Magic 48-43 in Tauranga.

Right from the opening whistle both sides started the game at a frenetic pace that managed to last almost the full 60 minutes.

After the devastating injury to Courtney Tairi in last weekend’s win over the Thunderbirds, Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald was forced to make changes to her midcourt line-up and opted to start Sam Sinclair in at C where she finished the game last weekend.

The Magic held their nerve and went into the first quarter with a slim one goal lead, but the Swifts came back leading by 3 goal at the main break.

Swifts captain Kim Green and young Jamie-Lee Price were both willing the contest on throughout the first half, with Price at times guilty of getting a bit too involved, distracting her from her tasks on transition.

After her debut last weekend Kristiana Manu’a started strongly again for the Magic and was causing havoc for the Swifts shooting combination alongside Leana de Bruin.

Only 4 minutes into the 2nd quarter a strong collision between Magic teammates Jo Harten and Grace Rasmussen saw Harten receive medical treatment after appearing to receive an elbow to the sternum area, but remained on court.

The Swifts took hold of the break in momentum coming out of the time out and snuck out to a 2-goal lead.

Harten lasted until the 5-minute mark and then was forced from the court to receive further treatment for her injury. She was not seen for the remainder of the match and has now been confirmed with a sprained rib.

Swifts coach Rob Wright opted to swing the change at halftime, taking Susan Pettitt off and bringing on Stephanie Wood in her ANZ debut at GA, to change up the pace and try to throw the Magic defenders.

Sharni Layton and Julie Corletto continue to show they are one of the competition’s strongest defensive duo and a scary prospect for the Silver Ferns come international season.

The strong one-on-one pressure both applied to Halpenny and Paseka as the match continued wore down both players, and it gave the Swifts the opportunity to grab hold of the lead early in the 4th quarter and never look like losing it.

Without Tairi in the midcourt the combination of Rasmussen and Price became laboured with the Magic guilty up and down the court of one option to the ball, something coach Fitzgerald will be working to rectify moving forward no doubt.

Despite the scoreboard blowing out to 5 goals at the end of the match, the Magic should be pleased with the way they stuck with the Swifts, and it will be a valuable experience for their youngsters out on court.

Finishing the match with Manu’a, Sinclair, Price and Paseka all aged 21 and under it will be nothing but good for their future development as the competition will continue to amp up a few gears in the coming weeks.

The Swifts return to their first home game of the season next weekend hosting the Queensland Firebirds, while for the Magic it doesn’t get any easier, hosting reigning champions the Melbourne Vixens on Sunday.