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Disappointing 58-5 Defeat for Hawkes Bay Tuis

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Although Coach Tom Blake felt The Tuis were in the best position possible to set themselves up for a win coming from a hard training session on Thursday, the women were unable to defeat Canterbury on Saturday. Blake said a lot of factors could have led to the 58-5 loss, including the 11am start time.

“We played a good team. One of the best teams this year” Blake said of the Canterbury side. “It’s a pity we didn’t put out a good performance for Amy” he said referring to Amy Williams who played her 50th first class match for the Tuis.

Williams was excited to play her 50th  match and happy to have support from her family and friends. She was also proud of her team “for playing well against one of the top teams in the country. I saw a lot of our training coming through in some parts (of the match).” Yesterday, she flew to Bologna to start a 10 month rugby contract ahead of the Tuis last match in Palmerston North on this weekend. Looking back on the year she is grateful to the Tuis coaches and management for “being behind us, staying positive and not giving up even though we lost every game so far.”

It was a hard fought game from Captain Laurae Blake who received notable support from Hooker Forne Burkin, Forward Hope Hakopa, who played her first starting match and halfback Gemma Woods. At half time Canterbury led 33 nil but Centre Jaimee Edwards scored a try in the second half leaving the full time score at 58-5.

Overall, Blake is very proud of the players for the hard work they did this season. “We had 16 girls playing at this level for the first time this season. Ten of them are under 19 years old and 5 are still in school. They’ve really grown in experience and it’s great to get them exposure to playing at a different level.”

The Tuis next game is against Manawatu on 26 September at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North with a 1pm kickoff. 

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