Big win for Maori All Blacks

Date published: November 5 2016

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The Maori All Blacks ran in eight tries as they opened their November campaign with an emphatic 54-7 victory over the USA in Chicago on Friday.

James Lowe (2), Akira Ioane (2), Ash Dixon, Kane Hames, Brad Weber and Joe Royal scored the tries while Ihaia West and Marty McKenzie kicked goals.

Colin Cooper's men were 28-0 ahead at the half-time break after Lowe's brace and one each from Ioane and Dixon got them on the move at Toyota Park.

Things didn't improve for the Eagles after the turnaround as Ioane went over before Todd Clever finally got USA on the board. It was their only crossing.

Hames, Weber and Royal then got over the whitewash before the end as the Maori All Blacks won to go into their meeting with Munster in good spirits.

The scorers:

For USA:
Try: Clever
Con: Holder

For Maori All Blacks:
Tries: Lowe 2, A Ioane 2, A Dixon, Hames, Weber, Royal
Cons: West 6, M McKenzie

USA: 15 Mike Te'o, 14 Martin Iosefo, 13 Bryce Campbell, 12 Folau Niua, 11 Matai Leuta, 10 Will Holder, 9 Nate Augspurger, 8 Danny Barrett, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Todd Clever (c), 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Nate Brakeley, 3 Chris Baumann, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Titi Lamositele
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete'e, 17 Angus MacLellan, 18 Alex Maughan 19 Matthew Jensen, 20 Al McFarland, 21 Stephen Tomasin, 22 Shalom Suniula, 23 Madison Hughes

Maori All Blacks: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 James Lowe, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jacob Skeen, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon (c), 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Joe Royal, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Leighton Price, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Sean Wainui

Referee: Matt Carley (England)

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