The All Black wing Cory Jane injured his ankle as the New Zealand Barbarians ended the Maori All Blacks' 19-match unbeaten record that stretched back to 2003.
The two teams met on Saturday night at Eden Park in Auckland where the Barbarians dominated their rivals to take a 34-17 win.
The Maori had the advantage of having been together for a fortnight, which included a 27-26 win over Fiji in Suva.
But the Barbarians were stacked full of All Blacks hopefuls undaunted by having only been in camp for four days.
The match was marred by the injury to Jane, who was playing for the Barbarians in his return from a torn hamstring.
The extent of his injury is not yet known, but All Blacks selectors will be scratching their heads after the winger Waisake Naholo fractured a leg bone during his All Blacks debut in the win over Argentina in Christchurch on Friday.
The Barbarians scored five tries through Blake Gibson, Mitchell Drummond, Seta Tamanivalu, Patrick Osborne, Tom Taylor.
They led 15-3 at half-time and continued to out-muscle their opponents at the breakdown throughout the second spell.
The Maori scored twice after the break through Damian McKenzie and Codey Rey, but the match always looked out of their grasp.
On the bright side for the the All Blacks' World Cup prospects, halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow had a strong game after missing the Super Rugby season through injury.
It was the third time a New Zealand Barbarians team has been formed to play the Maori, and the first time they ended the contest as victors.
In 2010, the Maori began their centenary celebrations by beating the Barbarians 37-31 in Whangarei.
In 1981, the Barbarians drew with a New Zealand Maori Invitation XV, 20-20, at the club's Eden Park home.