DESPITE their loss, the boys of Caumatalevu did the home crowd proud as they stacked up points in the second half against Northland.
The defeat of 21-32 never deterred the Macuata team from touching down more tries — even in the last few minutes of the match.
And Macuata's Meli Vula's perfect kicks to covert the three tries was an added bonus for the 4000 supporters at Subrail Park in Labasa.
However, the strong defence and consistency play by the boys of Northland remained supreme.
Northland's Tikilaci Veibau opened the match with a penalty kick followed by Vilimoni Malorua's first converted try putting them to a lead of 10-0.
Northland scored three unconverted tries and two converted tries with a penalty kick while Macuata touched down three converted tries.
Northland coach Watisoni Ratulevu said his team gave away opportunities in the second half.
"We could have had more scores in the second half but the boys gave away those chances. But they played very well and I am proud of the boys," he said.
"Macuata was not an easy team as well as they picked up in the second half. They are a good team and they should continue to keep up the good game."
But Macuata's coach Sireli Vesikuru had hoped for better results.
"We wanted to win this game but we lost. There are more games to play and we will not lose hope and continue to focus on the positive achievements," he said.
"Our boys need to work on their defence and that is something we will do this week before we take on Nadi."