24 Nov 2012

Maori beat Canada at Oxford

10:51 am on 24 November 2012

The Maori All Blacks have beaten Canada 32-19 at Oxford University, scoring two tries to one with first five eighth Willie Ripia kicking 22 points.

Discipline was an issue on the muddy Oxford ground with Maori lock Romana Graham sinbinned for a high tackle early on.

But it was Canada's discipline proving more costly with Ripia slotting three penalties for a 9-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Then six minutes later Maori wing Andre Taylor sliced up the middle to score the opening try by the posts.

Canada added three penalties and Ripia one more, to have the Maori in front 19-9 at half-time.

The Canadians were first to score after the break with another penalty before Ripia restored the buffer again with his fifth penalty.

Another high tackle saw Tim Bateman cop the Maori's second yellow card though again it was Ripia's boot behind the next score.

A converted try to Ray Barkwell put Canada within six points in the 72nd minute, however wing Charlie Ngatai sealed the points at the death with the Maori's second try out wide.

Ripia converted from the sideline to wrap up the scoring.