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

Canterbury's Martha Mataele scores one of her side's second half tries in their win over Counties Manukau Heat.

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Canterbury’s Martha Mataele scores one of her side’s second half tries in their win over Counties Manukau Heat.

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

ME: 21-10.

Yellow card: Stacey Niao (Canterbury)

Canterbury came back after losing 21-10 at half-time to beat Manukau Counties 36-31 in the Farah Palmer Cup at Navigation Homes Stadium on Saturday.

Top of the table Canterbury were dominated in the first half, making mistakes and not cherishing the ball enough.

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They were more clinical in the second half, however, as Counties appeared to run out of gas as Canterbury won the second half 26-10..

Canterbury’s loose forwards were impressive on the breakdown, while their more mobile tight five gradually took over.

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Ruby Tui capped a great first half with a try for the Heat, but was benched for the second period.

But it didn’t start like that. In the 14th minute, Counties were awarded a penalty try when lock Stacey Niao pulled out of play a Ruby Tui chip kick that went in goal, which not only cost Canterbury seven points, but Niao was also sent to the trash.

Canterbury fought back quickly, center Amy Du Plessis punching a hole in the Counties defense near the halfway line and she ran home untouched to score.

In the 25th minute, the counties scored again. The initial hard work was done by Leilani Perese, Joanna Fanene Lolo and the other strikers, smashing the ball down the right, the ball was then turned to the other flank and Hazel Tubic, celebrating his 50th game for the province, s escaped from a tackle to score.

With six minutes remaining in the first half, Kendra Cocksedge kicked in a penalty to move within four points of Counties.

However, before the switch ends, Tubic delivered a wonderful cross kick to Tui, who caught him on pace and ran for the counties third down.

Canterbury were on fire for the start of the second half, with Lucy Jenkins and Grace Steinmetz both scoring tries in the opening six minutes.

Langi Veainu, who came on for Tui at half-time, intercepted a pass on Canterbury’s 22m line in an attempt to put Counties back in front but the lead didn’t last with winger Martha Mataele taking a goes under the posts for a relative. range try.

When Rosie Kelly scored Canterbury’s sixth try 12 minutes from time, she gave her side some breathing room, which Tubic closed five points out with a penalty three minutes from time to secure a point of bonuses.

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