The Southern Steel have kept in touch with the play-off contenders in the trans-Tasman netball championship after scoring a 64-40 victory over bottom placed Central Pulse in Wellington.
The Southerns gave the Pulse a lesson in basic no-frills netball, leading by 9 after the first quarter and 15 at half time before coach Robyn Broughton made a number of changes which saw their lead grow.
The Pulse committed 30 turnovers and never looked like ending their winless run this season.
The Steel are up to sixth in the standings after six rounds, two points out of a semi-final position.
Meanwhile the Adelaide Thunderbirds have moved up to third after a 57-37 victory over the West Coast Fever in Perth.
Adelaide have now won four straight games to remain firmly in the top-four at four-two while West Coast have lost four in a row to now be eighth with a one and five record.
New South Wales and Melbourne top the standings.