Canterbury avoid shock Farah Palmer Cup loss to Counties with second half comeback

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Canterbury's Martha Mataele scores 1  of her team's 2nd  fractional  tries successful  their triumph   implicit    Counties Manukau Heat.

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Canterbury's Martha Mataele scores 1 of her team's 2nd fractional tries successful their triumph implicit Counties Manukau Heat.

At Navigation Homes Stadium, Pukekohe: Counties Manukau 31 (Penalty effort 14 min, Hazel Tubic 25 min, Ruby Tui 38 min, Langi Veainu 50 min tries; Tubic 3 cons, pen)

Canterbury 36 (Amy Du Plessis 18 min, Lucy Jenkins 43 min, Grace Steinmetz 46 min, Martha Mataele 61 min, Rosie Kelly 68 min tries; Kendra Cocksedge 3 cons, pen, Kelly con)

HT: 21-10.

Yellow card: Stacey Niao (Canterbury)

Canterbury came backmost from being down 21-10 astatine halftime to decision Counties Manukau 36-31 successful the Farah Palmer Cup astatine Navigation Homes Stadium connected Saturday.

The apical of the array Canterbury broadside were outplayed implicit the archetypal half, making mistakes and not treasuring the shot enough.

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However, they were much objective implicit the 2nd period, portion Counties looked to tally retired of state arsenic Canterbury won the 2nd fractional 26-10.

Canterbury’s escaped forwards were awesome astatine the breakdown, portion their much mobile choky 5 gradually got connected top.

Ruby Tui capped a large  archetypal  fractional  with a effort   for the Heat, but was benched for the 2nd  period.

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Ruby Tui capped a large archetypal fractional with a effort for the Heat, but was benched for the 2nd period.

But it didn’t commencement that way. In the 14th infinitesimal Counties were awarded a punishment effort erstwhile fastener Stacey Niao tapped retired of play a spot footwear from Ruby Tui that went successful goal, thing that not lone outgo Canterbury 7 points, but Niao was besides sent to the bin.

Canterbury struck backmost quickly, with centre Amy Du Plessis hitting a spread successful the Counties' defence adjacent the halfway enactment and she ran each the mode location untouched to score.

In the 25th infinitesimal Counties scored again. The archetypal hard enactment was done by Leilani Perese, Joanna Fanene Lolo and the different forwards, crashing the shot up connected the right, the shot was past spun to the different flank and Hazel Tubic, celebrating her 50th crippled for the province, squirmed retired of a tackle to score.

With six minutes successful the opening fractional to go, Kendra Cocksedge kicked a punishment to determination wrong 4 points of Counties.

However, earlier the alteration of ends Tubic enactment up a fantastic transverse tract footwear to Tui, who caught it astatine gait and ran successful for Counties’ 3rd try.

Canterbury were connected occurrence for the commencement of the 2nd half, with Lucy Jenkins and Grace Steinmetz some scoring tries successful the archetypal six minutes.

Langi Veainu, who replaced Tui astatine halftime, intercepted a walk connected the Canterbury 22m enactment to tally successful for a effort to enactment Counties backmost successful front, but the pb didn’t past with winger Martha Mataele taking a walk nether the posts for a adjacent scope try.

When Rosie Kelly scored Canterbury’s sixth effort with 12 minutes to go, she gave her squad immoderate breathing space, which Tubic closed to 5 points with a punishment 3 minutes from clip to unafraid a bonus point.

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