While Israel Folau took on the All Blacks, his fiancee Maria Tutaia made her loyalties clear by guiding New Zealand to victory over another side in green and gold in the Netball Quad Series opening round in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Vice-captain Tutaia stood tall as the Silver Ferns held out a plucky South Africa 63-56, notching 28 goals at 82 per cent.
At the same time Folau tried to inspire the Wallabies in their Dunedin Bledisloe Cup clash, Tutaia lifted world No.2 New Zealand against the Proteas.
Silver Ferns superstar Tutaia admitted the clash of matches made for an awkward pre-match phone call.
"Before the game was so funny. We both wished each other luck but I just wished him luck not his team -- go the ABs," Tutaia said.
"He's got no choice with me though. He has to go for the Silver Ferns too."
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