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NZ Maori canter to Canada win

Published: 7:01AM Monday November 04, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

The Maori All Blacks have made a successful start to their two match North American tour with a six tries to two hammering of Canada in Toronto today.

Captain Piri Weepu was a game-time scratching from the side, and the Maori found themselves behind early, after a long distance breakout and try from Canada.

Thereafter, the Maori dominated, scoring three tries in each half.

Zac Guildford, later named man-of-the-match, was heavily involved, scoring the first in the left-hand corner and setting up the second with the last pass for halfback Jamison Gibson-Park.

Fullback Robbie Robinson stepped and then scuttled over close to the posts on the stroke of halftime for 19-5 lead to the Maori, who carried their dominance into the second half.

Gipson-Park's second stretching the lead to 19 before Canada hit back with a penalty and then a pushover try to captain Aaron Carpenter from a rolling maul off a lineout.

Any hopes of an upset win snuffed out by two late converted Maori tries

The Maori All Blacks now travel to Philadelphia for next weekend's clash with the USA Eagles.

Canada 15 (Hassler, Carpenter tries; Underwood pen, con)

Maori All Blacks 40 (Guildford 2, Gipson-Park 2 tries, Robinson, Barrett tries; Taylor 2, Robinson 2, West cons)

Fulltime: Canada 15 Maori All Blacks 40

And that's it. The Maori with a convincing win 40 points to 15 win, six tries to two and a great way to start their tour.

77 mins: Canada 15 Maori All Blacks 40

Canada has had a shocker and its another five-pointer to the Maori. Canadian star Conor Trainor throwing the intercept five out from his own line and big forward Barrett smashing over in the right-hand corner. Hawke's Bay's Ihaia West converts.

73 mins: Canada 15 Maori All Blacks 33

The Maori All Blacks are over again. Guildford notching his second and Taylor converting from wide out.

60 mins: Canada 15 Maori All Blacks 26

Liam Underwood kicks the penalty for Canada, then captain Aaron Carpenter drives over in a rolling maul from a lineout, straight through the middle of the Maori pack. Underwood kicks the conversion and it's an 11 point game.

52 mins: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 26

Gipson-Park is over for his second after a break down the left touchline from Robinson, who's having a strong game. Taylor converts from the sideline.

43 mins: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 19

We're back underway in the second spell, with Canada winning an early penalty and rushing onto attack.

Halftime: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 19

35 mins: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 19

The Maori starting to take control in this one but Canada not daunted. They're coached by former All Black Kieran Crowley and are a side on the improve.

But he won't be happy with them conceding a third try just before the break.

Robinson busting through and scoring to the left of the posts, in the tackle, which Taylor converts. And the lead now out to 14 points.

30mins: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 12

Jamison Gipson-Park scores the Maori's second, again Guildford was involved, delivering the last pass which was deflected by a Canadian defender and picked up by Gipson-Park to run over untouched near the posts. The try finally awarded after a long replay delay.

22mins: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 5

Andre Taylor has missed a very makeable penalty kick for the Maori. Canada continuing to run the ball from deep in their own half, as hooker Hika Elliot leaves the field very gingerly with some injury.

14 mins: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 5

Zac Guildford's hit back for the Maori. He scored four against them in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and he's over in the left-hand corner after a turnover for the Maori and then the quick shift. The conversion goes across the front.

9 mins: Canada 5 Maori All Blacks 0

Canada have gone the length of the field to score a stunning try after five minutes. Canada are trying to run at every chance. Maori coach Colin Cooper said his team would take time to gel and their defence is torn apart.

After busting through the middle, they go wide to score in the right-hand corner. A dominating start from Canada.

The conversion misses.

2 mins: Canada 0 Maori All Blacks 0

We're underway in Toronto with Chiefs fullback Robbie Robinson kicking off. Piri Weepu is a late scratching for the match with some suggestion he might be about to be called into the All Blacks.

It's close to freezing in Toronto but sunny and conditions are excellent for the mid-afternoon kick-off. Canada with an early scrum in their own territory. 

Pre Match

The Maori All Blacks look to open their North American tour with a win over Canada at the BMO Field in Toronto today.

These two sides last met at Oxford University 12 months ago, with the Maori winning 32-19.

The Maori haven't lost an international match in nearly 10 years.

Teams for today's match:


H. Buydens, R. Barkwill, D. Wooldridge, J. Phelan, T. Ardron, N. Dala, J. Moonlight, Aaron Carpenter (C), P. Mack, L. Underwood, C. Trainor, H. Jones, C. Hearn, J. Hassler, M. Evans,


J. Ilnicki, R. March, A. Flagg, K. Gilmour, A. Kleeberger, J. Mackenzie, P. Parfrey C. Braid

New Zealand Maori:

Kane Hames, Hikawera Elliot, Ben Afeaki, Jarrad Hoeata, Joe Wheeler, Liam Squire, Luke Braid, Elliot Dixon, Jamison Gipson-Park, Tim Batman (c), Zac Guildford, Jackson Willison, Charlie Ngatai, Andre Taylor, Robbie Robinson


Chris Eves, Nick Barrett, Ash Dixon, Blade Thomson, Shane Christie, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ihaia West, Matt Proctor