Bassett claims win for Giants after starting from bench again

The Giants have started their climb towards the finals with a 66-65 win over the Queensland Firebirds on Tuesday night.

But the biggest talking point of the night was found off-court on an exercise bike, with Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett once overlooked for the Giants starting side.

With the Kiera Austin and Jo Harten showing their prowess with the game's new super shot, the Australian captain was benched by coach Julie Fitzgerald for the second game in a row.

The sight of Bassett left pedalling on the sidelines had netball fans flooding to social media in anger, concerned about the impacts the super shot rule may have on the national squad.

Bassett ended up being the hero of the night, securing a final point in the dying seconds of the game to secure her team the win.

With the teams' last meeting ending in a 61-61 draw, the round seven matchup at Nissan arena was always likely to produce another nailbiter.

Both sides were desperate for a win, with the Giants and Firebirds walking on court in 6th and 7th on the ladder respectively.

The national captain was only brought on midway through the second quarter, with Austin shuffling to wing attack to allow the pairing of Harten and Bassett to develop a connection.

The Giants looked shaken in their first quarter, letting the Firebirds get away from them 13-17. But with the entrance of Bassett, the Giants were able to win the second quarter and lock up the half time score at 32-32.

The Firebirds took back their starting lead to push the third quarter 47-49 in their favour, but Bassett was too cool at the end to ensure the Giants grabbed a much-needed victory despite a fast finish from the Queensland side.

Romelda Aiken built on a stellar performance from the Firebirds' victory over the Fever on Saturday, managing two super shots in the final minutes of the game.

The Giants were unable to utilise the super shot as well as they have managed in previous rounds, with skipper Jo Harten looking apprehensive due to a number of missed shots during the Giants' loss against the Lightning.

The Giants will now be looking to gain four easy points during their round eight match up on Saturday night against the Magpies.

Collingwood have lost their last four straight games and sit at the bottom of the ladder.

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