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Canterbury prevented the shock of a Farah Palmer Cup loss to Counties with a second-half comeback

At Navigation Houses Stadium, Pukekohe: County Manukau 31 (Penalty strive 14 minutes, Hazel Tubic 25 minutes, Ruby Tui 38 minutes, Langi Veainu 50 minutes tries; Tubic 3 minuses, pen)

Canterbury 36 (Amy Du Plessis 18 minutes, Lucy Jenkins 43 minutes, Grace Steinmetz 46 minutes, Martha Mataele 61 minutes, Rosie Kelly 68 minutes tries; Kendra Cocksedge 3 cons, pen, Kelly con). HT: 21-10. yellow card: Stacey Niao (Canterbury)

Canterbury got here again from 21-10 down at half-time to beat Counties Manukau 36-31 within the Farah Palmer Cup at Navigation Houses Stadium on Saturday.

Prime-of-the-table Canterbury aspect have been outplayed within the first half, making errors and missing respect for the ball.

Nevertheless, they have been extra medical within the second interval whereas Counties regarded to expire of fuel as Canterbury gained the second half 26-10..

Canterbury's Martha Mataele scored one of her team's second half tries in the win over County Manukau Heat.

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Canterbury’s Martha Mataele scored one in all her group’s second half tries within the win over County Manukau Warmth.

Canterbury’s unfastened forwards have been spectacular on the breakdown, whereas their extra cellular tight 5 steadily received on prime.

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Nevertheless it did not begin out that means. Counties have been awarded a penalty strive within the 14th minute when lock Stacey Niao knocked away a chip kick from Ruby Tui which went in, which not solely value Canterbury seven factors, however Niao was additionally despatched to the basket.

Canterbury shortly hit again, middle Amy Du Plessis hitting a niche within the County protection close to the midway line and operating all the best way dwelling untouched to attain.

Within the twenty fifth minute, the areas scored once more. Leilani Perese, Joanna Fanene Lolo and different forwards did the preliminary exhausting work, knocking the ball down the precise, the ball then turned to the opposite wing and Hazel Tubic, celebrating her fiftieth cap for the province, curled huge. run to attain.

With six minutes remaining within the opening half, Kendra Cocksedge kicked a penalty to maneuver inside 4 factors of the counties.

Earlier than the change of ends, nevertheless, Tubic produced an exquisite cross to Tui, who latched onto it at tempo and ran in for Counties’ third strive.

Canterbury have been on fireplace in the beginning of the second half, with Lucy Jenkins and Grace Steinmetz scoring within the first six minutes.

Langi Veainu, who changed Tui at half-time, intercepted a cross on the Canterbury 22m line to attempt to put Counties again in entrance, however the lead did not final when winger Martha Mataele crossed slightly below the posts. scope try.

Rosie Kelly gave her aspect some respiration area when she scored Canterbury’s sixth strive with 12 minutes remaining, which Tubic closed to 5 factors with a three-minute penalty to safe the bonus level.

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