The Crusaders number eight has been sidelined since going under the knife late last year to free nerve pressure from a disc bulge.
Read was back in action against a Tasman outfit as Counties stepped up their preparations for the Mitre Cup campaign at Mountfort Park, Manurewa.
– it is a bit tired,” he said.
“Today really was just to go out and get a bit of contact, take a few hits, make some tackles and really just enjoy the game.
“We got through all that with no adverse effects on the body. It is going to be a step up going back to Super Rugby. It was good to get that hit-out so now it is up to the coaches to decide how they want to use me.
“Maybe in a smaller way off the bench or something next week.”
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