The Central Pulse may have been the pre-season favourites, but no one could have predicted their astonishing start to this year's ANZ Premiership.

Winning 18 of 20 quarters so far this season, the Pulse have more than proved their worth and dominance on the Premiership stage.

And decisively extending their unbeaten record-run on Wednesday night - smashing the Southern Steel 71-40 - the Pulse somehow lifted their already impressive standards.

However, Pulse captain Katrina Grant said although the win was definitely a confidence boost, she wasn't surprised by her side's hefty victory.

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The Central Pulse smashed the Southern Steel 71-40. Photo / Getty Images
The Central Pulse smashed the Southern Steel 71-40. Photo / Getty Images

"I'm definitely not surprised by our performance, 31 is a big winning margin, but this team has got great potential and we train very hard against each other," said Grant.

"We have really high expectations of each other so I think that really shows out on the court."

"Everyone stepped up more consistently across the whole court ... no matter who we put on we have absolute faith in everybody and everyone just had each other's backs."

Grant said she was pleased with her team's "all-rounded performance" across the court during the round four clash, praising both her attack and defence sides.

But the Silver Ferns captain said there was still more work to do and said she didn't believe that the Pulse had yet reached their full potential.

The Central Pulse are the youngest team in the league with an average age of 22.8 years. Photo / Getty Images
The Central Pulse are the youngest team in the league with an average age of 22.8 years. Photo / Getty Images

"I think it was a full-rounded team effort, links from attack to defence came together and didn't look split, I think we all came together and were on the same page," she said.

"But there's always things to work on ... we want to win and we want to keep building and lifting and if we keep doing that we're going to be better."

"I think we've really set the standard at the moment and that means that we always have to lift. Every team from now on is going to come up against us and want to beat us and really put their best performance forward, so we have to keep lifting."

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The Pulse currently lead the ANZ Premiership ladder, three points ahead of the Mainland Tactix and will play the Northern Mystics at Auckland's Trusts Arena on Sunday.