The Southern Steel felt forced to play last week's ANZ netball Premiership game against the Mainland Tactix, just two days after half of its players were involved in a car crash.
Steel mid-courter Gina Crampton understands they would have lost all of their points from the season if they'd pulled out of the match.
Crampton said she knows rules are rules, but thought they had a good reason to not play the game.
"Obviously I understand why the rule is in place when you've just been winning all the time and you can't be bothered playing a game for example, but that wasn't the case for us."
"Without sounding really terrible we were playing the Tactix - it wasn't as if it was going to affect who was going to make the top three."
However, ANZ Premiership bosses insist the Southern Steel wouldn't have been stripped of all its competition points, if it had forfeited the game.
ANZ Premiership commissioner Kate Agnew said the competition rules do allow for such a penalty if a team wilfully refuses to play.
"There's very definitely a difference between any situation like that that might be manipulative, versus one such as this which is around exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the team."
The Steel beat the Tactix and then the Central Pulse last night to complete a perfect regular season.