Rusty, the gnarly, sixty-something coach of the Paihana Women’s Rugby picks up his nineteen year old star first-five Phoenix on the way to training. They have been inseparable rugby mates since Phoenix was a child but their friendship is threatened by a new mentor in Phoenix’s life – lesbian team captain, Mel.
Tensions boil over at training when Mel and Phoenix run a daring move against Rusty’s orders. He threatens to throw Mel out of the team unless they prove they can complete the play three times. Mel agrees on the condition that Rusty resigns if they are successful. Phoenix displays her awesome array of skills as they complete the first two plays. However, on the last play, she catches a glimpse of an old, sad Rusty and fumbles the ball.
As they drive home, Phoenix’s loyalty forces Rusty to reconsider what is really best for her future.
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