ANZ Premiership: Central Pulse recapture winning ways with return of championship coach Yvette McCausland-Durie

Last season, Central Pulse only managed to win four games in the ANZ Premiership season, finishing second last on the table.

Now, after three straight wins, they find themselves tied at the top of the competition ladder.

Surely, it's no coincidence that their surge comes after the return of their championship-winning coach. 

Yvette McCausland-Durie is the beating heart at the Pulse and now she is trying to revive a team that flatlined in her absence.

"I'm really impressed with what they've done to date," she said. "Each week, I feel like they're getting better and that's all you can ask."

She answered an SOS from the Pulse at the end of last season. 

"I'm grateful to be back," she said. 

After losing more than 200 caps of international experience in the past two seasons, their starting line-up's average age is just 23, so how does McCausland-Durie get the most out of her young side?

"For me, it's just about finding the strengths in each of them and making sure that our gameplan plays to our strengths," she said.

And her players have brought into that approach, over the moon to be back working with their championship coach.

"She has the ability to bring the best out of people," said goal attack Tiana Metuarau. "She's brought in a familiar, yet fresh energy to the team as well." 

Midcourt Maddy Gordon says: "She's got a serious side, but she's got a super fun side as well.

"We just have so much respect for her that we want to play well and do well for her."

But for this group, the job is only partly done. Despite their inexperience, getting to the Grand Final is a minimum.

"Yeah, we want to win, Yvette wants us to make it all the way and we all believe that we can too," said Metuarau. "I think it's just about fine-tuning a few things."

Says McCausland-Durie: "I truly believe in this group and i really believe that their potential is there.

"Whether they take it this year, who knows." 

The Pulse are already reunited with their winning coach and now hope to reunite with the championship trophy.