The Coastline Mariners lost their first representative fixture of the season, but coach Jock Nicholson has taken plenty of positives from the defeat.
Coastline were beaten 36-24 by Waikato South on Saturday, ending a one-year hiatus from representative competition.
Coastline, which includes players from Ōtūmoetai Eels and Pāpāmoa Bulldogs, were removed from representative competition last season after defaults in 2017.
But, after proving they could field a team in two exhibition games last year, Coastline returned to action with the game against Waikato South at Ōtūmoetai's Mitchell Park on Saturday.
Coastline's next fixture will be against Waikato North on July