Live updates: Māori All Blacks v Fiji in Suva

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Fiji 27 - 10 Māori All Blacks

80 min: Full time here in Suva - absolutely dominant from Fiji, their first win over the Māori All Blacks since 1957. 

76 min: A knock on from the Kiwis - sums up a pretty bad game for the Kiwis.

73 min: TRY - Fiji. Another very nice Fijian try - offload after offload and the Island nation go over - that's the winner. What a try - it's Waisea Nayacalevu again. Kick is wide. Fiji 27 - 10 Māori All Blacks

69 min: TRY - Māori All Blacks - Once again, Sean Wainui finishes well out wide to get the Kiwis back into it. Kick is wide. Fiji 22 - 10 Māori All Blacks.

62 min: Another penalty won by the Māori All Blacks and they kick for touch.

60 min: Penalty won by the Māori All Blacks - it seems the tide could be turning. 

58 min: The Māori All Blacks have found a different gear and are hot on the attack but Fiji win a penalty at the breakdown and clear down field. 

54 min: TRY - Māori All Blacks, Sean Wainui finishes it off, the Kiwis spin it wide and Wainui finishes it off. Kick is wide. Fiji 22 - 5 Māori All Blacks.

52 min: Māori All Blacks win a penalty - Fletcher Smith got smashed before a penalty was called at the breakdwon. 

51 min: It's absolutley dominance! Fiji can do anything and everything today. 

47 min: TRY - Fiji, wow! What a try from the hosts - Fiji rugby at it's finest, they go the length of the field and Waisea Nayacalevu finishes a try that saw a bit of everything, offloads, handling and flair. WOW. Kick is good. Fiji 22 - 0 Māori All Blacks.

44 min: Fiji win a penalty and opt to kick for the points. It's good. Fiji 15 - 0 Māori All Blacks.

44 min: A very timely turnover won by the Māori All Blacks and they clear upfield. 

42 min: Really good defensive work from Fiji who win a penalty and will clear.

41 min: Back underway here at ANZ Sadium. 

Half-time - complete dominance from the hosts. 

40 min: Levani Botia goes so close - Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi makes a try saving tackle as the Fijian midfielder knocks the ball on. 

38 min: Penalty and yellow card for Otere Black as he tries to slow the ball down 10 metres out - big passage here on defence for the Māori All Blacks.

35 min: Knock on from Fiji to set up a scrum for the Kiwis - need a try before half time. 

33 min: TRY - Fiji, just fantastic from Fiji - Vili Mata scores the try after bashing through the defence and brushing Akira Ioane aside. Kick is wide. Fiji 12 - 0 Māori All Blacks

32 min: Another incredible attack from Fiji that goes the length - they are 20m out. 

31 min: The Māori All Blacks win a penalty and clear - lucky to be only seven points down. 

29 min: But the ref calls an intentional knock on and Fiji win a penalty and have a lineout 5m out. 

28 min: A wayward pass from Sau goes out and the Māori All Blacks will have a lineout. 

26 min: The Māori All Blacks win a lienout in a really good place - good attacking position. 

24 min: A forward pass from Otere Black sees Fiji win a scrum.  

22 min: TRY - Fiji. Alifereti Veitokani goes over - great try from the hosts as the young fullback opens the scoring. Kick is good. Fiji 7 - 0 Māori All Blacks 19 min: Bad throw from Ash Dixon and Fiji kick it down field. 

18 min: Another penalty won from Karpik - very well done. 

16 min: Mitch Karpik with a much-needed penalty win for the Māori All Blacks 20 m out of their line. 

15 min: A bad throw sees the Kiwis gather the ball and clear. 

14 min: Fiji win another penalty following a high tackle - they kick for touch.

13 min: Fiji are all over the visitors here - the are building phases and look very likely to strike. 

11 min: The Māori All Blacks win a penalty and head down field. 

9 min: Classic Fiji style rugby down the left wing - free flowing running rugby. 

5 min: Fiji look good with ballin hand here - they win a penalty. It's wide. 

3 min: Very close for Fiji - fullback Alifereti Veitokani puts a chip in behind the Kiwis and nearly scores - but Stevenson gets the ball down. 

2 min: Good start from Fiji as they win a scrum and start an attack down the left wing. 

1 min: Kick off here in Suva. 


Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Māori All Blacks v Fiji match from Suva.

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Pre-match chat: Māori All Blacks offer lifeline to jilted World Cup contenders

Highlanders prop Tyrel Lomax understands his stint with the NZ Māori is another opportunity to push his claims at the next level, with the Rugby World Cup looming.

Lomax, 23, was called into the All Blacks squad late last year for a test against Japan and with many of the current pack heading overseas after the World Cup, he is regarded as a future front row contender.

But he is one of several fringe internationals heading to Fiji with the Māori side this week, after missing out on All Blacks selection for the opening two games of the Rugby Championship.

Hooker Nathan Harris, number eight Akira Ioane and halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi are probably the others with most to gain from upcoming encounters against the Fijians.

"My main thing about this year was a bit of consistency and that's what I'm hoping to get out of the next couple of weeks - some consistent good footy," Lomax told Newshub, as the team departed Auckland on Tuesday.

"These games are very important for the guys that missed out on that initial [All Blacks] squad. We'll be looking to put our best foot forward."

Harris has lost his place in the All Blacks pecking order with the return of Dane Coles from injury and the continued emergence of Hurricanes understudy Asafo Aumua.

Likewise, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi has slipped down the halfback rankings, behind Chiefs teammate Brad Weber.

Ioane will want to show All Blacks coach Steve Hansen that he can lift his workrate, after a scathing assessment at last week's squad announcement.

The Māori team to take on Fiji in Suva on Saturday is:

Māori:1-Ross Wright, 2-Ash Dixon, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 4-Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5-Tom Franklin, 6-Reed Prinsep, 7-Mitch Karpik, 8-Akira Ioane, 9-Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 10-Otere Black, 11-Sean Wainui, 12-Teihorangi Walden, 13-Rob Thompson, 14-Shaun Stevenson, 15-Fletcher Smith

Reserves: 16-Nathan Harris, 17-Haereiti Hetet, 18-Marcel Renata, 19-Pari Pari Parkinson, 20-Whetu Douglas, 21-Bryn Hall, 22-Alex Nakivell, 23-Jordan Hyland