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Maori All Blacks beat Canada

2012-11-24 09:33

Oxford - The Maori All Blacks overcame a sin-binned player in each half to defeat Canada 32-19 at Oxford University on Friday.

In a lacklustre but testy match, the Maori scored two tries to one plus 22 points from the boot of flyhalf Willie Ripia.

The match closed the British tours for both teams.

The Maori began with a loss, their first in five years, to English club Leicester, then beat an English Championship XV. Canada rebounded from a 42-12 loss to Samoa by dismantling Russia 35-3. But the Canadians couldn't stop their fourth straight loss to the Maori.

The Maori practically began the match with 14 men, with lock Romana Graham yellow-carded for a high tackle. They still led 9-0 within 15 minutes from three Ripia penalties. The referee had to be replaced after hurting his leg, and by half-time wing Andre Taylor dotted down and the Maori led 19-9.

Another high tackle cost midfielder Tim Bateman time in the sin-bin, but once again Canada failed to capitalise. Ripia extended the Maori lead to 25-9 before Canada finally crossed through replacement prop Ray Barkwill to close within six points. But in the last minute the Maori gave centre Charlie Ngatai an overlap to score.

AP

Comments
  • simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-24 10:56

    i cant watch this team, it is selected based purely on race

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 11:04

      Exactly. They don't get it.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-24 11:50

      Exactly like the springboks for most part of the last 100 years!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 11:56

      But not any more Jimmy. Pity the Maori team is racist even today.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-24 12:37

      It's not really racist, more of a cultural thing... kinda like the kings I guess!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 13:00

      Kings? You are confused. You can call it cultural if you like, but it's a racist policy. Lipstick on a pig mate.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-24 13:15

      Bro, I'm being very sarcastic! The kings are a joke! Good luck against the Poms today :)

      wessel.duplessis.94 - 2012-11-24 13:21

      So let's just pick a black springbok team and a seperate springbok team.Imagine the outcry!!!!!Once again one rule 4 NZ and another 4 the rest.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 13:58

      Jimmy, thanks, but right now the Boks should be called the proteas. Not good rugby at all and a very limited coach.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-24 14:49

      @wessel, what a stupid comment! The big difference between south africa and NZ is the fact there is no quota's or a racial agenda. All players are picked on merit. PS, Maori is a culture not a colour!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 15:19

      Maori is very much a race dude. Try go and collect shellfish as a Pakeha and say you are 'culturally' Maori. See how far that gets you. That of course is another thing about NZ... Maori have more rights than anyone else... from fishing to land claims. Hmmm sounds like another country I remember reading about once. :-)

      wessel.duplessis.94 - 2012-11-24 15:26

      @jimmy,culture is micro-biotic health drink,mate.and unless you're South-African don't comment on any race issues!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-24 15:55

      You're quite wrong there. I live in SA so I have quite a good idea of the race issues this country has. My point is that the Maori All Blacks is a cultural team it's not a 'black' or 'coloured' team, well not in the eyes on New Zealanders!

      wessel.duplessis.94 - 2012-11-24 16:20

      @jimmy,there you said it yourself:not in the eyes of New Zealand.should actually call yourself jimmy SA!!!hehehehe

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 16:40

      Jimmy, mate, it's lipstick on a pig as I have said. You have to be biologically Maori to be selected for the team, among other things in New Zealand, so it's a race thing. What about the Maori benefit allowance -

  • glen.keesing - 2012-11-25 10:59

    Im a europrean New Zealander, And fully support the Maori team. Proportionally to the overall population the Maori provide N.Z and the All blacks with an abundance of world class Rugby talent They fully deserve their own team on merit , its not some white do gooding thing. Check the stats they are only second to the All Blacks for win rate in International Rugby, Better than the Boks, and are making them look even more average currently in the UK. If Given international status, they would be the only team around to offer the AB's a serious challenge for the NO. 1 ranking... Think about it

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-26 04:10

    What is the reason for existence of this apartheid-style team? Imagine the Afrikaner Springboks. Same concept.

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