The Southland Rams lost 36-14 to Canterbury Development in the South Island provincial rugby league final in Christchurch on Saturday.
The game wasn't without a touch of drama, with the Rams believing they paid a price for the the first half going well past the 40-minute mark.
Rams coach Greg Dawson was unsure why the first half went for an extra four or five minutes. In that extra time, the score went from 8-8 to 14-8 when Canterbury Development scored a try.
That converted try was a demoralising blow for the Rams as they headed into the second half.
"We had phases where we lost concentration and that enabled them [Canterbury Development] to score," Dawson said.
"We weren't thrashed and the boys gave 100 per cent. I'm proud of them."
Missing two games during the round robin because of transportation issues beyond their control cost the team match fitness, Dawson said.
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