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Sport in brief: March 1, 2024

NETBALL: Last year’s Grand Final runners-up London Pulse get an early chance for revenge when they take on Loughborough in the Super League tomorrow evening.

The Pulse topped the league table in 2023 but lost out on their home court to Loughborough in the Grand Final.

Tomorrow’s other fixtures see winless Surrey Storm against Saracens, unbeaten Manchester against bottom-of-the-pile Strathclyde and the Cardiff Dragons at Leeds.

MEN’S RUGBY UNION: United Rugby Championship action returns tomorrow afternoon with league leaders Leinster at Cardiff while their nearest challengers Glasgow visit Treviso to take on fourth-placed Benetton.

Connacht face the Scarlets, struggling Newport Dragons travel to Ulster and the South African clubs are up against each other when Pretoria’s Bulls play the Stormers and Johannesburg’s Lions meet bottom of the table Sharks.

MEN’S RUGBY LEAGUE: Las Vegas hosts the kick off for Australia’s new NRL season in the early hours of Sunday morning when the competition’s most successful club, South Sydney Roosters face Manly Warringah at the fully enclosed, climate-controlled Allegiant Stadium.

The opening day double-header is completed when last year’s runners-up Brisbane Broncos take on the Sydney Roosters.

Three-time champions Penrith do not begin their campaign until next weekend.

DARTS: Table-topping Michael van Gerwen lost 6-3 to current world champion Luke Humphries in the first round of Thursday’s Premier League of Darts in Exeter as Nathan Aspinall claimed his first success of the season, edging out Humphries 6-5 in the last four before beating Rob Cross 6-2 in the final.

Peter Wright is still yet to win a match as the 17 week tournament heads to Brighton for round six next Thursday.

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