After two spectacular war dances, the teams fought until the end of the challenge that closes the New Zealand rugby season
The latest finding in New Zealand rugby is Maori All Blacks-Moana Pasifika, an interesting challenge that puts on the field for the first time the new peaceful selection, which should become part of Super Rugby in the coming years. It is played in a Hamilton which is currently the capital of New Zealand sport, given that a few hundred meters from the Chiefs stadium, the cricket test is underway between the Blacks Caps and the West Indies. Even before kick-off, the show is already at its peak with the two war dances. Here they are proposed again, with the challenge launched by the Moana Pasifika and the response of the Maori All Blacks with their Te Tīmatanga.
Ready-to-go, and there is now the possibility of placing for the Pasifika, who with Ioane mark the first points of their history. At the eighth then a try is removed from the TMO to Liam Messam (who should be at the last race of his career) for double movement, so it is still Ioane who stretches from the pitch. Balanced and hard-fought match, with the Maori All Blacks who manage to move their scoresheet to 23rd, when after a touchdown won in the 22 opponents they create a nice set up that allows Trask to easily get over the line. At the end of the first half, however, it is still Ioane who kicks towards the posts, and the fraction ends with Moana Pasifika ahead 9 to 7.
In the second half, however, the Maori All Blacks manage to immediately place the decisive extension. Already after two minutes, a series of fouls leads them with a touch close to the Pasifika goal, and after the advancing maul it is Dixon who dunks for the 14 to 9. A few turns of hands after a good action by Stevenson on the left wing, unloading inside for Proctor who flies over the line and stretches to +12. The Moana Pasifika are not there and react, finding with Motuga diving the marking that reopens the games, and that comes after a long and advancing action in the 22 opponents. The whirlwind of changes starts and for a few minutes not much happens, but at the 68th the games are closed: long pressure of the Maori in the 22 opponents, good management of Hall’s ball that flies on the right for Karpik who in diving marks the fourth goal of the his. It therefore goes on 28 to 14, and only in the final the start of Polataivao (collection from melee and escape to the end) seems to rekindle the race, but now it’s too late. It ends 28 to 21, a well-deserved victory for the Maori All Blacks who prove to be a selection of the highest technical profile.
The scoreboard of Maori All Blacks – Moana Pasifika 28–21:
Māori All Blacks: 1.Josh Hohneck, 2.Ash Dixon (captain), 3.Marcel Renata, 4.Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5.Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 6.Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7.Billy Harmon, 8.Liam Messam, 9.Bryn Hall, 10.Otere Black, 11.Sean Wainui, 12.Quinn Tupaea, 13.Billy Proctor, 14.Shaun Stevenson, 15.Kaleb Trask.
Available: 16.Kurt Eklund, 17.Dark Racket-Stones, 18.Children Williams, 19.Ethan Roots, 20.Mitchell Karpik, 21.Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22.Rameka Poihipi, 23.Jonah Lowe.
Marcatori Maori All Blacks:
Mete: Trask (23 ‘) Dixon (42’), Proctor (49 ‘), Karpik (68’)
Transformations: Trask (24 ‘, 43’, 50 ‘, 69’)
Pacific Ocean: 1.Daniel Lienert-Brown, 2.Leni Apisai, 3.Michael Alaalatoa (captain), 4.Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5.Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 6.Peseta Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7.Alamanda Motuga, 8. Peter-Gus Sowakula, 9.Folau Fakatava, 10.Josh John, 11.Salesi Rayasi, 12.Vince Aso, 13.Fetuli Paea, 14.Leicester Fainga’anuku, 15.Stephen Nabi.
Available: 16.Samisoni Taukie’aho, 17.Jordan Lay, 18.Sione Mafileo, 19.Samipeni Finau, 20.Tavake Nasi Manu, 21.Dwayne Polataivao, 22.Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 23.Taimalelagi Etene Nanai-Seturo.
Pacific Ocean Markers:
Weather: Motuga (52 ‘), Polataivao (76’)
Transformation: Ioane (77 ‘)
Set pieces: Josh Ioane (2 ‘, 12’, 32 ‘)
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