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Monday, June 14, 2010

New Zealand Maori vs New Zealand Barbarians thriller

New Zealand Maori vs New Zealand Barbarians thriller

New Zealand Maori played against a New Zealand Barbarians side this weekend ahead of their upcoming internationals. It was an open game with plenty of running and an exciting finish so if you dont know the result yet, skip to the video now to avoid the spoiler.

The Maori side were wearing a specially designed centenary celebration jersey that encompasses their history and culture and started the game with a rousing rendition of their haka.

The Barbarians side comprised of up-and-coming fringe New Zealand players, as well as touring Ireland squad member Damien Varley.

While the match was scrappy at times, with little intensity up front, the running rugby was at times breathtaking, right up till the last minute when winger Hosea Gear crossed for what was the match winning try. It ended 37-31 to the New Zealand Maori.

Keep a lookout for two classic tries in particular from Colin Slade and then the great team effort that was eventually finished by Hayden Triggs.

Luke McAlister kicked three conversions and a penalty for the Maori, showing good form leading up to their games against Ireland on June 18th, and England on June 23rd.


Time: 05:04

Posted at 10:53 am | 32 comments

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 9:54 am

good game

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Laz June 14, 2010 9:55 am

Sweet tries. Colin Slade seems to be a real talent, even if he does look 12.

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 10:38 am

i reckon the maoris will pobably beat ireland...shame

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dr June 14, 2010 10:43 am

why do folk always say "he looks 12" why not "13" or "11" or some age closer to is actual age ... that cultural evolution for you. It just got into the minds of people and thats just what you say. Im pretty sure Richard Dawkins would say its a meme. A self replicating unit spread by communication, instead of reproduction (like genes) It is useful in society for teaching new things and for learning but in this case its a pretty useless but nontheless powerfull meme.

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 10:54 am

An odd tangent

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 10:56 am

Where was this played?

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Chris Boy June 14, 2010 10:57 am

hosea gear is awesome.

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bd June 14, 2010 11:01 am

praying for another McAllister v O Gara situation like back in 06 was it? steamrolled :)

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 11:43 am

Just a note, Tom Court wasn't on this team - he was brought into the Irish set up on the bench after John Hayes pulled out.

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Conor June 14, 2010 1:28 pm

So who where the Irish players in the Baa Baas team??

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Mike June 14, 2010 1:31 pm

Damien Varley, if he was allowed to turn out with all the injuries in the squad.

Who was number 10 for the Ba-Bas? He looks pretty handy.

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Wolfman June 14, 2010 2:03 pm

Mike - it was Colin Slade. He normally plays fullback for the Crusaders. Very handy player, but will never get game time at 10 ahead of Carter or the new kid on the block - Cruden, and will never play for the All Blacks at 15 ahead of Mils or Dagg.

A lot of talent in New Zealand.

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Les Bleus June 14, 2010 3:54 pm

Mils is rubbish. He should try his chances at 12. Benson Stanley really looks like a solid backup to Nonu though, he doesn't make the stupid errors Nonu does and compliments Carter and Smith perfectly, really allowing the both of them to attack. Where as Nonu limits the both of them attacking.

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Les Bleus June 14, 2010 3:54 pm

I was meaning Colin Slade should try his chances at 12, Mils has passed it and with Jane being a backup fullback to Israel Dagg, he will never wear an All Black jersey again.

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Dan June 14, 2010 3:59 pm

i think ranger should get an all black cap. stepped wrong once the entire s14, and he makes teams defend him opening up the game for those around him.

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Luc June 14, 2010 5:32 pm

so are the maori like the new zealand A team?
and are the nz barbabians old stars?

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 5:57 pm

hum? i've got a question. Is this blondy fullback robinson a real maori?
no offense... just asking...

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 6:49 pm

Slade should be the understudy to DC, not Cruden. His boot is much better and doesn't have the defensive problems that Cruden does. Ranger should be in the ABs, one of the world's best line-breakers at the moment. I would put him in for Guildford, I just don't think Guildford scares anyone with ball in hand at test level.

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 11:08 pm

Gear doesnt score at the end, his hand is blocking the middle of the ball from touching down and he gets up before the back of the ball can cross the line.

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Anarchangel June 14, 2010 11:13 pm

Anon: "Where was this played?"

It says at the start: Toll Stadium in Whangarei.

Slade is great, yeah. He could well play utility off the bench to cover fullback and 10.

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Jamie June 14, 2010 11:38 pm

Anon, clearly Gear scored.

SHUT UP YOU TROLL

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Oli June 14, 2010 11:49 pm

King McAlister showing some good form... A bit of match time before the tri-nations and it will be goodbye Bensen Stanley.

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Anonymous June 14, 2010 11:51 pm

Jamie, I'm not "trolling" lol just callin it as I see it. It was a fantastic game though

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secondfive June 15, 2010 1:54 am

Anonymous said... hum? i've got a question. Is this blondy fullback robinson a real maori?
no offense... just asking...

Fair question Anon. In the past the eligibility was interpreted a bit loosely at times but ironically as the number of 100% Maoris has dwindled to pretty well none due to intermarriage, the qualification process has got stricter. According to the NZRFU website: "in the event a player is considered for selection, the teams kaumatua, or cultural advisor, will trace the players whakapapa, or genealogy, to confirm his heritage and eligibility." And yes there are plenty of fair-headed maori.

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Prof. June 15, 2010 2:07 am

dr said...why do folk always say "he looks 12" why not "13" or "11" or some age closer to is actual age ... that cultural evolution for you. It just got into the minds of people and thats just what you say. Im pretty sure Richard Dawkins would say its a meme. A self replicating unit spread by communication, instead of reproduction (like genes) It is useful in society for teaching new things and for learning but in this case its a pretty useless but nontheless powerfull meme.

I agree ... except for the missed out question mark and the misspelling of "that's" in the first sentence. The missed apostrophes in "that's", "I'm" and "it's". Also the missed full stop after "(like genes)" and the incorrect spelling of "nonetheless" and "powerful".
Mark: C+.

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Anarchangel June 15, 2010 2:26 am

You're a generous grader, Prof!

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Ned2or3 June 15, 2010 5:53 am

The Irish must be running scared of playing the Maori..


Also, anyone else think that the Moari could get to the Q final in the 2011 world cup??

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Prof. June 15, 2010 6:18 am

Anarchangel said... You're a generous grader, Prof!

Just trying to be encouraging, Anarch. But next time it's no more Prof. Nice Guy.

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Jeremy June 15, 2010 8:43 am

I wouldn't mind seeing the NZ Maori play as an independent team in the world cup, but I doubt NZ could financially support two national teams.

In other words, it'll probably never happen.

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boomer June 15, 2010 1:35 pm

lol does the NZ Barbarians have a sheep as their logo??

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Anarchangel June 15, 2010 2:39 pm

Boomer: It's a lamb, but yeah.

Jeremy: I think the IRB might have something to say about that as well!

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secondfive June 16, 2010 6:20 am

boomer said... lol does the NZ Barbarians have a sheep as their logo??

Probably a combination of the fact that their knick-name is the Baa-baas, and that NZ has about 40 million sheep. At least it's jumping in the air so it's a lively little critter.

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