Rugby

NZ Maori in shock loss to French Barbarians

2017-11-11 16:11
Maori All Blacks (File)

Cape Town - Controversial yellow cards and repeat doses of argy-bargy is what many will remember in the aftermath of the New Zealand Maoris' ill-tempered 19-15 loss to the French Barbarians on Friday.

According to the Stuff website, having thrashed Canada 51-9 in Vancouver the previous weekend, the Maori, even when taking the jetlag and travel into account, would have fancied their chances of a victory in front of 30 000 vocal French fans at Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Instead the encounter, which involved multiple incidents involving of both sets of forwards engaging in the dare-you-to-throw-the-first-punch ritual, made for a tough watch until Japanese referee Shuhei Kubo livened things up in the final quarter with a couple of harsh cards.

Scorers:

French Barbarians

Tries: Baptiste Chouzenoux, Adrien Pelissie

Penalties: Romain N'tamack (2), Thomas Ramos

New Zealand Maori

Tries: Sean Wainui, penalty try

Penalty: Jackson Garden-Bachop





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