Cooper very proud of fightback

Date published: July 11 2015

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Maori All Blacks head coach Colin Cooper praised his side's drive and culture as they recovered from 10-26 down to beat Fiji 27-26 on Saturday.

The win in Suva was secured when flanker Elliot Dixon crossed with twelve minutes to play before Otere Black landed the vital extra two points off the tee.

Despite a lack of game-time together, the Maori All Blacks remain unbeaten since their 2012 defeat to Leicester Tigers, leaving boss Cooper pleased.

"We've got a core of good players who have been together for the last three years, and that competitiveness and discipline is in these players," he told sportal.co.nz

"We haven't got a lot of time to do a lot of content, so we're limited in what we can do during the week, but we really drive a lot of the culture side which helps bind us together and gives us that attitude.

"They're able to fight their way back like they did against Japan in that second test. I was very proud of them."

He added on their impressive streak: "We drive the legacy and what has gone before us, and that's what helps us dig deep. We don't talk a lot about [the streak]. It's just sitting there. But it adds more want and more attitude for the guys trying to protect that."

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