Another try to Walker-Leawere

Former Gisborne Boys’ High School first 16 player Isaac Walker-Leawere scored his third try in two matches as the Maori All Blacks sputtered their way to a 35-3 win over Brazil in Sao Paulo yesterday.

In what was a tactically poor and inaccurate performance by the Maori, the home side earned more kudos for their determined and unconventional play.

An early try within the first three minutes by lock Walker-Leawere looked to set the pace for New Zealand but the home side quickly proved their strength.

Successfully stopping the Maori All Blacks from scoring again until late in the first half — even with Brazil hooker Wilton Rebolo in the sin bin with a yellow card — Brazil put the pressure on the visitors.

The Maori All Blacks needed to step up in the second half but instead of significantly widening the lead in true New Zealand rugby fashion, it was Brazil who stood up to the challenges to the sound of 30,000 ecstatic fans.

Scoring a few late points in the final stages of the match, New Zealand managed to pull ahead with Otere Black converting the final try to finish a decent kicking performance — considering the testing weather conditions.

But it was too little too late to justify their second win of the tour as anything special.

The Maori All Blacks now head to Santiago to play their first-ever match against Chile in their final test of the tour. — NZ Herald

Former Gisborne Boys’ High School first 16 player Isaac Walker-Leawere scored his third try in two matches as the Maori All Blacks sputtered their way to a 35-3 win over Brazil in Sao Paulo yesterday.

In what was a tactically poor and inaccurate performance by the Maori, the home side earned more kudos for their determined and unconventional play.

An early try within the first three minutes by lock Walker-Leawere looked to set the pace for New Zealand but the home side quickly proved their strength.

Successfully stopping the Maori All Blacks from scoring again until late in the first half — even with Brazil hooker Wilton Rebolo in the sin bin with a yellow card — Brazil put the pressure on the visitors.

The Maori All Blacks needed to step up in the second half but instead of significantly widening the lead in true New Zealand rugby fashion, it was Brazil who stood up to the challenges to the sound of 30,000 ecstatic fans.

Scoring a few late points in the final stages of the match, New Zealand managed to pull ahead with Otere Black converting the final try to finish a decent kicking performance — considering the testing weather conditions.

But it was too little too late to justify their second win of the tour as anything special.

The Maori All Blacks now head to Santiago to play their first-ever match against Chile in their final test of the tour. — NZ Herald

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