Maori All Blacks too good for Championship XV

Last updated 06:15 18/11/2012
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MID AIR: Jamieson Gibson-Park in action for the Maori All Blacks against the Championship XV in Doncaster.

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The Maori All Blacks have found their form to blitz the Championship XV 52-21 in Doncaster.

The Maori side ran in eight tries in a flowing performance, with Waikato winger Declan O'Donnell was named man of the match.

O'Donnell scored the opening try and the Maori side never looked back.

The effort was a vast improvement on the 32-24 loss they suffered to club side Leicester earlier in the week.

Coach Jamie Joseph made seven changes for this match and got the lift in performance he was seeking.

The Maori team had far too much passion and cohesion for the scratch English side.

Winger Kurt Baker and hooker Hika Elliot scored tries as the Maori side led 21-14 at halftime.

But the Maori team hit their straps in the second half.

Fullback Trent Renata finished a good attack to score between the posts.

Locks Elliot Dixon and Romana Graham got on the score sheet too as the Maori forwards powered up.

Halfback Frae Wilson capped another good game with his second try of the tour and the Maori scoring was completed by centre Jackson Willison crashing through.

The Championship XV had the final say with a try to wing Rhys Crane.

The Maori All Blacks wrap up their short tour with a "test" against Canada in Oxford next Saturday (NZ time).

Maori All Blacks 52 Declan O'Donnell; Kurt Baker, Hika Elliot, Trent Renata, Elliot Dixon, Frae Wilson, Romana Graham, Jackson Willison tries; Willie Ripia 5 con; Renata con. Championship XV 21 Dante Mama; Rhys Cranetries; Tristan Roberts con, 3 pen; Jake Sharp con.


 

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