Toronto, Ont. – The New Zealand Maori All Blacks scored twice late to secure a 40-15 defeat of Canada in front of a packed crowd of 22,566 at BMO Field in Toronto Sunday, but the game was a lot closer than that.
Canada refused to back down from the opening whistle, scoring an opening try thanks to Jeff Hassler, but ultimately fell to the Maori All Blacks.
The Maori All Blacks utilized their whole roster in the game with reserve Jamison Gibson-Park scoring two tries in the victory.
Canada started the game off with a bang. After a powerful haka from the Maori All Blacks, Hassler shocked everyone in attendance as the winger as he scored the opening try of the game.
Liam Underwood would miss the conversion attempt, but Canada put themselves in the lead just moments after the opening whistle.
From there, the Maori All Blacks took over, scoring 19 unanswered points to end the half. The Maori side received their first try from Zac Guildford. However, Andre Taylor missed his opening kick to tie the score at five a piece.
From there, Gibson-Park and Robbie Robinson added tries while Taylor found his footing to put the Maoris up by 14 points heading into the half.
The second half opened with Canada putting on more pressure, looking to capitalize just like the first half but it was the Maoris scoring first.
Following a converted try from Gibson-Park, Liam Underwood responded with a penalty in the fifty-fifth minute.
Just moments later, Canada came together collectively to force the Maoris back deep into their own zone before captain Aaron Carpenter took matters into his own hands.
The No. 8 ended up under a pile of bodies in the try zone as Canada momentarily pulled themselves within 11 points of the New Zealand side.
That would be all the scoring Canada would receive on Sunday as the Maori All Blacks added two more converted tries towards the end of the game to
Canada will now set off on a European tour where they will face Georgia, Romania, and Portugal.
Tries: Hassler, Carpenter
Maori All Blacks 40
Tries: Guildford, Gibson-Park 2, Robinson, Proctor, Barrett
Conversion: Taylor 2, Robinson 2, West
Canada’s Roster for New Zealand Maori All Blacks Game
1- Hubert Buydens, (Saskatoon Wild Oats/Manawatu Turbos) Saskatoon, SK
2- Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3- Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
4- Jon Phelan, (Lille Métropole Rugby/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
5- Tyler Ardron, (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
6- Nanyak Dala, (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
7- John Moonlight, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
8- Aaron Carpenter, Captain, (Cornish Pirates) Brantford, ON
9- Phil Mack, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10- Liam Underwood, (Queens University/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
11- Conor Trainor, (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
12- Harry Jones, (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) West Vancouver, BC
13- Ciaran Hearn, (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
14- Jeff Hassler, (Ospreys/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB
15- Matt Evans, (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16- Jake Ilnicki, (Williams Lake Rustlers/Auckland Colts) Williams Lake, BC
17- Ryan March, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
18- Aaron Flagg, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
19- Kyle Gilmour, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) Edmonton, AB
20- Adam Kleeberger, (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
21- Jamie Mackenzie, (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
22- Pat Parfrey, (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
23- Connor Braid, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Senior Men’s Team Staff:
Kieran Crowley – Head Coach
Gareth Rees – National Program Manager
Neil Barnes – Assistant Coach
Mike Shelley – Assistant Coach
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Andy Evans – Strength and Conditioning
Danielle Mah – Physiotherapist
Carrie Smith – Physiotherapist
Dr. Joseph Lemoine – Team Doctor
Bryan Kelly – Media Coordinator
Maori All Blacks Roster to face Canada
1. Kane Hames* Ngai Tuhoe/Ngati Porou Bay of Plenty
2. Hikawera Elliot Ngati Awa Counties Manukau
3. Ben Afeaki Ngati Awa North Harbour
4. Jarrad Hoeata Ngati Kahungunu / Ngai Tuhoe Taranaki
5. Joe Wheeler* Ngai Tahu Tasman
6. Liam Squire* Ngai Tahu Tasman
7. Luke Braid* Ngati Tumutumu Auckland
8. Elliot Dixon Ngapuhi Southland
9. Piri Weepu Te Whakatohea / Ngai Tahu Auckland
10. Tim Bateman Ngai Tahu Wellington
11. Zac Guildford* Ngati Kahunganu/Ngai Tahu Hawke's Bay
12. Jackson Willison Ngati Mahuta Waikato
13. Charlie Ngatai Ngati Porou/Te Whanau-a-Apanui Wellington
14. Andre Taylor Ngati Tuwharetoa/Ngati Kahungunu Taranaki
15. Robbie Robinson Ngati Tuwharetoa/ Ngati Tahinga Southland??Reserves
16. Chris Eves* Tainui Manawatu
17. Nick Barrett* Ngati Kahungunu Southland
18. Ash Dixon* Ngati Tahinga Hawke's Bay
19. Blade Thomson* Ngapuhi Taranaki
20. Shane Christie Te Atihaunui A Paparangi Tasman
21. Jamison Gibson-Park Ngati Porou/Ngai Tai Taranaki
22. Ihaia West* Ngati Kahungunu /Ngati Porou Hawke's Bay
23. Matt Proctor* Ngai te Rangi/Ngapuhi Wellington