The Counties Energy Heat have lost a close game against Canterbury 36-31 at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe on Saturday.
In an impressive showing, JP Faamausili’s side dominated the first half and held a lead at the break.
They conceded back-to-back tries mid-way through the second half to cough up the lead and were forced to chase the game late and couldn’t quite come up with the match-winner.
“The team realised today that we can match it with the best teams in the competition and we will take a lot from this,” Faamausili said.
“It was disappointing that we couldn’t quite get the result especially for Hazel.”
Hazel Tubic, in her 50th game for the Union, scored a try and had a significant influence on the game from fullback.
“The players really wanted to play for Hazel and I think we saw that in the performance,” Faamausili added.
“We are so proud of her and I can’t congratulate her enough.”
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