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As it happened: NZ Maori v Canada

By Grant Chapman

Published: 7:40AM Saturday November 24, 2012 Source: ONE sport

Catch the action live as the Maori wind up their northern tour against the Canadians at Oxford University.

FULLTIME

NZ Maori 32 (Andre Taylor, Charlie Ngatai tries; Willie Ripia two conversions and six penalties) Canada 19 (Ray Barkwill try; Connor Baird conversion; James Pritchard four penalties); HT: 19-9

So the NZ Maori claim another internatinal scalp in a scrappy display that was marred by some interesting referee interpretations that saw them reduced to 14 players for a quarter of the game. Canada were scrappy and had a chance to win in the final 10 minutes, but just couldn't find the spark on a cold, damp night at Oxford.

 

SECOND HALF

80th minute: Maori 32-19 Canada

TRY! Ripia finds Bateman with a nice inside ball and the Wellington second-five is dragged down just before the line. The ref is playing advantage for an offence by Carpenter, but as the ball is freed, it's thrown wide and Ngatai dives over in the corner. Ripia converts from near the sideline to give the scoreline some air of authority.

75th minute: Maori 25-19 Canada

Referee Campbell hands a penalty to the Maori, but from a long way out, Ripia is short for his first miss of the night.

70th minute: Maori 25-19 Canada

TRY! From a five-metre scrum, the Canadian forwards power towards the line and Carpenter is dragged down just short. But hooker Barkwill is following up to gather and plunge over. Baird converts and we have a game on our hands for the last eight minutes.

Willison is on for Taylor.

62nd minute: Maori 25-12 Canada

Needing points, Canada throw all their players into a lineout, but most of them don't really know what to do and they end up knocking the ball on.

Bateman returns from his speall on the sideline.

57th minute: Maori 25-12 Canada

Canada are yet again pinged for offside - surely they must be close to something more serious than a penalty by now. Ripia has his sixth successful kick on goal.

More Maori subtitutions - Ellison, Crosswell and Gibson-Park are on for May, Dixon and Wilson. Sadly, Chancey O'Toole has also departed.

Latimer and Sinclair go nose-to-nose after a breakdown, but the Maori skipper is escorted from danger by opposite Carpenter.

52th minute: Maori 22-12 Canada

Bateman is on his way to the sin bin for taking a player out in mid-air. Again, he seemed to be playing the ball, but the result was spectacular enough to sway the officials.

49th minute: Maori 22-12 Canada

Canada fail to release a tackle and from directly in front, Ripia converts his fifth penalty.

Elliot has come on to replace Macdonald and Hoeata for Eaton.

47th minute: Maori 19-12 Canada

May is called for diving over a ruck, although he seems to have been driven over from behind. From directly in front, Pritchard kicks his fourth penalty and Canada are lurking within a converted try again.

41st minute: Maori 19-9 Canada

Ben Afeaki is on at prop for the Maori - he's replaced Bronson Murray.

Halftime stats how Canada have had ample possession and 73% territory advantage to be competitive, so if they can maintain some continuity, they're not out of this game by any means.

 

FIRST HALF

40th minute: Maori 19-9 Canada

Eaton is whistled for obstruction in a lineout and Pritchard lines up a penalty attempt from just outside the 22. It's good to narrow the deficit heading into the sheds.

37th minute: Maori 19-6 Canada

A bit of tension on the far side of the field and referee Campbell calls out the captains to cool things down. One of the offenders seems to be Graham, who has already served 10 minutes on the sideline - another yellow card would see him exit permanently.

32nd minute: Maori 19-6 Canada

Carpenter is penalised for not releasing Bateman in a tackle and Ripia maintains his perfect kicking record for the night.

28th minute: Maori 16-6 Canada

From the kickoff, May is penalised inside the Maori 22 and Pritchard gets three points back immediately.

26th minute: Maori 16-3 Canada

TRY! Taylor bounces out of a tackle in midfield and a path opens up for him to the line. He goes over under the posts in a tackle and Ripia converts - good response from the Maori.

24th minute: Maori 9-3 Canada

Flanker Tyler Ardron puts Canada hot on attack and the final pass goes amiss. But as the move continues, the Maori are penalised for being offisde and Pritchard get Canada on the board.

21st minute: Maori 9-0 Canada

We have an injury - the ref (whose name I've missed) has pulled a hamstring on a coldish night, so assistant referee Ross Campbell is being primed to take over.

20th minute: Maori 9-0 Canada

Canada squander a tryscoring chance, as Braid slices through the defence and his attempted pass is deflected back over the line by the Maori. But in the scramble to touch down, the Canucks knock on and the Kiwis clear.

14th minute: Maori 9-0 Canada

Canadian flanker Chauncey O'Toole - a great Canadian name - is pinged for obstruction as his team tries to break out of their own territory. From 43m out, Ripia is on target.

The Canadians have made no advantage of Graham's absence and now he's back in the fray - no real harm done.

11th minute: Maori 6-0 Canada

Maori hot on attack after a run down the left touchline by Renata, but when the move breaks down, the referee calls everyone back for offisde by Canada. Ripia left-foots it over from directly in front.

Sixth minute: Maori 3-0 Canada

The referee is playing advantage for offside against Latimer, but as play continues, Graham catches Canadian first-five Connor Braid with a high tackle and is dispatched to the sin bin for 10 minutes. Replays show it was marginal - nothing malicious - so perhaps a little unlucky.

Second minute: Maori 3-0 Canada

The Maori get first opportunity to score, with Canada penalised for not rolling away from the tackled ball. Ripia lines up a shot from just outside the 22 and to the right of the posts, and slots it.

First minute: Maori 0-0 Canada

Weather is fine, but heavy rain over the last couple of days has made under-foot conditions pretty soft.

Great haka, led by Elliot - it's always exciting to see a new haka performed and you'd expect the NZ Maori side to have something special.

Ripia to kick off for the Maori.

 

PRE-GAME

Coach Jamie Joseph hasn't had many choices to make for his side's tour finale, with injuries basically reducing his squad to the bare 23 needed for match day.

Forwards Ross Filipo and Karl Lowe, and wing Kade Poki were all ruled out early, so there's a predictable look to the starting unit, led by flanker Tanerau Latimer.

If there's an eyebrow-raising selection there, it may come at hooker, where Hika Elliott - regarded as a candidate for the All Blacks' northern jaunt - has been relegated to the reserves, behind Tasman's Quentin Macdonald.

After dropping their opening game against Leicester, the Maori side bounced back with a vengance against the Championship Selection last week and will now be keen to add another full international scalp to their record.

Coached by former All Black Kerian Crowley, lost to Samoa in Wales two weeks ago, but scored a convincing 35-3 win over Russia seven days ago. Winger Jeff Hassler grabbed a try double and fullback James Pritchard had 15 points with the boot.

"The Maori are obviously a very good side going forward," assesses Canadian manager Gareth Rees. "They offload the ball exceptionally well, as you would expected.

"Any mistakes you give them, they will punish you. They are a very good attacking side - that is obviously their strength."

Crowley has called in some of Canada's national sevens squad to bolster his selection options.

 

Maori All Blacks: 1 - Bronson Murray, 2 - Quentin Macdonald, 3 - Ben May, 4 - Jason Eaton, 5 - Romana Graham, 6 - Shane Christie, 7 - Tanerau Latimer (c), 8 - Elliot Dixon, 9 - Frae Wilson, 10 - Willie Ripia, 11 - Andre Taylor, 12 - Tim Bateman, 13 - Charlie Ngatai, 14 - Kurt Baker, 15 - Trent Renata.

Reserves: 16 - Hika Elliot, 17 - Jacob Ellison, 18 - Ben Afeaki, 19 - Jarrad Hoeata, 20 - Nick Crosswell, 21 - Jamieson Gibson-Park, 22 - Jackson Willison, 23 - Declan O'Donnell.

Canada: 1 - Hubert Buydens, 2 - Ryan Hamilton, 3 - Jason Marshall, 4 - Jebb Sinclair, 5 - Tyler Hotson, 6 - Tyler Ardron, 7 - Chauncey O'Toole, 8 - Aaron Carpenter (c), 9 - Phil Mack, 10 - Connor Braid, 11 - Taylor Paris, 12 - Phil Mackenzie, 13 - Ciaran Hearn, 14 - Jeff Hassler, 15 - James Pritchard

Reserves: 16 - Andrew Tiedemann, 17 - Ray Barkwill, 18 - Doug Wooldridge, 19 - Brett Beukeboom, 20 - John Moonlight, 21 - Eric Wilson, 22 - Nathan Hirayama, 23 - Sean Duke

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