NZ Maori beat Canada in final tour match
Saturday 24 Nov 2012 11:01 a.m.
The New Zealand Maori team finished their rugby tour of England on a winning note with a muscular 32-19 defeat of Canada in Oxford.
The tourists survived the sin-binning of lock Romana Graham in the sixth minute and second five-eighth Tim Bateman midway through the second half to prevail in a willing contest and end the tour with two wins and a loss.
They lost the opener 32-24 to Leicester before beating a second-tier RFU selection 52-21.
Penalty kicks dominated the scoring, with Maori first five-eighth Willie Ripia landing six in a 22-point haul while Canada fullback James Pritchard slotted four for his side.
Canada's only try was scored by reserve hooker Ray Barkwill to pull his side within six points entering the final 10min but the Maori side responded with a fine team try to Wellington centre Charlie Ngatai in the final minute.
Ripia landed the sideline conversion to complete a fine night of goalkicking in which he landed eight from nine shots.
The only other Maori try was a spectacular solo effort from Taranaki winger Andre Taylor, who beat a host of defenders in a weaving run that began near the halfway line.
That 26th-minute score lit up a game dominated by the forwards, with the Maori not winning enough clean possession at the Iffley Road ground to regularly unleash a talented backline.
Canada, coached by New Zealander Kieran Crowley, lost to Samoa earlier this month before bouncing back to beat Russia 35-3 last week.