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  1. New Zealand Maori v England: LIVE

    New Zealand Maori v England: LIVE

    All the action from England's final tour match of the summer as they take on New Zealand Maori in Napier. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • New Zealand Maori
    • England
    • 80' Ashton tries to go through middle as Eng continue attack. Foden makes more yards. Ward-Smith makes great burst for the line. Geraghty smashed in tackle and Maori kick for touch to win 32-28. A third series win for the Maori and brave effort from Eng at the end, but there was only one team in it in the second half. Thanks for joining us.
    • 80' Foden takes ball on full at real speed and makes yards into Maori half but his kick ahead is long and goes dead. Nice effort but too much adrenalin from the replacement. Eng keep ball alive in one last attack.
    • 78' Parling claims restart superbly and Eng move ball wide. But there's no incision in the backs. Eng retain possession and earn penalty which Geraghty makes a complete horlicks of as his kick goes long. Poor from Eng and gilt edge chance goes begging.
    • 76' Ripia chips, McAlister takes on full and kicks ahead again. Strettle back but concedes penalty for holding on after being forced into touch. Daft from the wing and Ripia extends lead to 35-28.
    • 73' Ripia drop goal attempt way off but Maori launch another attack from restart and Eng under severe pressure. Robshaw offside and Ripia has chance to extend lead. Simple kick makes it 32-28 and Eng have it all to do.
    • 69 Great box kick from Smith and Maitland catches Ashton in possession. Eng do well to retain possession by Dowson knocks on and scrum Maori midway in Eng half.
    • 68' Parling wins Eng lineout and forward try to pick and drive. Geraghty grubber under pressure and finds touch in Maori 22. Better from Eng but they need top challenge Maori throw.
    • 65' Murray and Bourke on for Maori, Newland and Lowe off.
    • 64' Maori drop scrum and chance for Delon to reclaim lead from just inside Maori half. Distance but not direction. Why did they not go for corner?
    • 63' Tait up quickly and forces Maori knock on. That could help his confidence.
    • 61' Eng looking shabby at the moment and things just not happening for Tait. Eng too loose and need to get some territory and possession back. Great scrum may help.
    • 60' Youngs on for Care, Haskell for Steffon and Ward-Smith for Attwood.
    • 60' Sweeney makes good ground through midfield and Maori continue attack. Great tackle from Webber halts them in their tracks but they retain possession. McAlister hauled down a metre short and Eng do well to claim possession and Care finds touch in Eng 22. Eng let off the hook there and poor missed tackle from Care.
    • 58' Coles on for Flynn.
    • 58' Eng try to pick and drive on their 22 but Maori keep ball off ground and win put in at scrum. Another atttacking position for home side.
    • 55' Care makes mess of another scrum but Maori offside amd Geraghty finds touch in Maori 22. Chance for Eng here as they win throw and lauch attacks. But Tait is smashed in tackle and concedes possession. Not a good evening for the Sale centre.
    • 52' Eng come in from the side and penalty to Maori. McAlister to touch and another attacking position for home side. Eng need to regroup here and get back into game or it could slip away from them - and fast!
    • 50' McAllister again makes ground but Stettle back well to clear danger and launches Eng counter. But Eng concede penalty and Maori now on the attack.
    • 47' Chance for Geraghty to show what he can do as he replaces Hodgson. Webber also on for Chuter.
    • 47' Pressure on Eng but Delon does well to claim Maori kick and Eng try to settle. But Messam pinches ball and launches another attack. Maori go wide and Gear goes over for his hat-trick Disaster for Eng as Maori take 29-28 lead. Fantastic pass from lock Triggs sets up try.
    • 45' McAlister conversion makes it 28-24.
    • 44' McAlister makes burst in midfield and Maori continue attack through Gear whose pace and power too much for Eng and he goes over for his second try. 28-22. Poor start for Eng and Tait look vulnerable in defence again.
    • 43' Eng win lineout after Maori kick straight out but concede penalty for going over top. Maori coutner from their 22 and Eng concede another penalty near halfway which Brett kicks for touch midway in Eng half.
    • 41' Hodgson gets second half under way. More from Eng please - control required up front first of all.
    • 40' Hodgson misses conversion from out wide and ref blows for half-time. Great half of rugby. After good start Eng under huge pressure but do well to bounce back with sensible play up front before taking their chances. Maori still very, very dangerous but Eng can be pleased with the first 40 minutes. Cracking game.
    • 40' Maori launch attack but Hodgson intercepts McAlister pass. Robinson cuts him off but fly-half finds Ashton in support and the wing goes over for Eng's third try. Great stuff. 28-17.
    • 38' Hodgson makes it 23-17 and good finish to the half from the visitors.
    • 37' Attacking lineout for Eng taken by Parling. Maori defence is good but Eng win penalty. Care takes quick tap and this time the scrum-half avoids tacklers and scampers over under the posts. Great stuff from the Harelquin. 21-17 Eng.
    • 35' Maori scrum breaks up and penalty for Eng. Hodgson on target and Maori lead now just 17-16.
    • 33' Another decent kick off and again Eng force penalty. Care takes quick tap and launches attack. Eng pick and drive into Maori 22. Barritt straightens attack but defence is good and scrum to Eng. Better from Eng.
    • 30' Ashton tries to counter but is tackled well and Maori drive over ball to force turnover and continue pressure on Eng. Basics not going well for visitors as they concede penalty for going over the top and chance McAlister to extend lead. Wrong option from Ashton. McAlsiter kick drifts wide.
    • 28' Rubbish lineout from Eng - it's not working well - allows Maori to launch another attack. Fortunately for Eng they're pinged for holding on and Hosdgson finds touch on halfway.
    • 27' Big scrum from Eng and Maori concede penalty. Eng need to keep ball tight for a while and try to suck some of the energy from Maori legs.
    • 26' Brett chips in behind and Gear wins race for ball but spills it on in process of touching down. Lucky for England as Maori looking deadly.
    • 25' Eng under huge pressure again and almost work Gear into scoring position in corner. Maori dangerous every time they have possession.
    • 24' Strettle hauled down out wide, Eng forwards continue attack but ball eventually spilled. Better from Eng but Care again unable to produce clean ball and scrum to Maori and Robinson kicks long forcing Delon to concede touch.
    • 22' Maori offside and chance for Hodgson from just inside their half. Hodgson this time goes for corner and finds touch 15m from Maori line. Eng need to bounce back here and inch their way closer to Maori line through their forwards.
    • 18' McAlister again from touchline and Maori lead 17-13.
    • 17' Mistake from Maori as kick goes over dead ball line and Eng have attacking scrum midway back in their half. Eng need to reclaim momentum after conceding try but Smith pinches ball from Care and counter tfrom Brett finishes with Messam scoring in corner. 15-13 Maori.
    • 15' Terrific conversion by McAlister from out wide and England lead now just 13-10.
    • 14' Great restart by Hodgson and Eng win penalty. Hodgson hits postr and Maori counter superbly through Robinson from under his posts. McAlister continues attack, Strettle and Steffon miss tackle on Gear and the Wellington wing crashes over for fantastic try. Rubbish defence asnd Maori cut lead to 13-8.
    • 12' Steffon takes wrong option going down short side and concedes touch. Maori win penalty at lineout and McAlister cuts England lead to 13-3. Nice kick.
    • 9' Another penalty for England and another chance for Hodgson and another great strike from the fly-half. England lead 13-0.
    • 7' Maori pinch England throw and kick downfield. Delon gathers and returns with nice touch back in Maori half. The full-back has started well after a difficult time for England in last 12 months.
    • 6' Terrific touchline conversion from Hodgson makes it 10-0.
    • 6' Nice grubber from Hodgson and Ashton wins chase for ball and hacks ahead for Steffon to dive on ball and score well-worked try. Great stuff. England lead 8-0. Tight call on Ashton but wing takes chance really well.
    • 4' Lovely take of high ball from Hodgson. The fly-half has started well as Delon again makes good ground down the left wing.
    • 3' Hodgson on target and England lead 3-0.
    • 2' Nice first touch from Barritt as he makes holes in the Maori midfield. Delon continues the attack down the left wing as England make a terrific start. Maori eventuallty concede penalty under huge pressure and chance for England to take an early lead. Good stuff for visitors.
    • 1' 100 years of Maori rugby being marked and England will hope to spoil their celebrations as the home side get the game underway.
    • - It's a pleasant looking evening in Napier so hopefully we can look forward to a decent, open game.
    • - The Maori, who downed Ireland last week, are skippered by number eight Liam Messam, one of several All Blacks in the side. Luke McAlister starts in the centres in a side showing two changes to last week's.
    • - Up front, great things are expected of lock Dave Attwood in an England pack that will be looking to get an edge in the tight. Dnny Care and Chris Hodgson at are half-back and Care will be crucial to maintaining the quick ball approach from Sydney. The Harlequin is crucial today and must step up!
    • - A win is clearly crucial for Johnson but he has continued his policy of testing new talent at this level and as a result tour replacements Phil Dowson and Bard Barritt have been handed starting places. Dowson packs down at number eight in a back row of skipper Chris Robshaw and Steffon Armitage, while Barritt partners Matthew Tait in the centres, with Sydney try-scorer Chris Ashton and David Strettle on the wings.
    • - A loss, and the pressure and criticism will return for Johnson and his under-fire coaching team. Terrific as England's victory over the Wallabies was, it will soon be forgotten if they slip back into their old habits and fail to reproduce the up tempo, high-intensity performance from Sydney.
    • - It is vital that England back up their Syndey victory and show that it was not just a one off. If they do down the Maori then they will return with a very credible record of played five, won three, drawn one, lost one, which is genuine evidence that they have made progress on this trip.
    • - A chance for England to lay down another marker in what is a Test match in all but name, and a chance to complete the tour on a real high note. The Maori could well be their toughest opponents this summer and victory over Jamie Joseph's side will maintain the feel good factor from their impressive second Test win over the Wallabies last week.
    • - Good morning and welcome to live text coverage of the final match of England's summer tour as they take on the mighty New Zealand Maori in Napier.
  • Summary

    New Zealand Maori versus England
    Gear 14’, 44’, 47’, Messam 17’ Tries Armitage 5’, Care 38’, Ashton 40’
    McAlister 15’, 18’, 45’ Conversions Hodgson 6’, 39’
    McAlister 12’, Ripia 73’, 76’ Penalties Hodgson 3’, 10’, 35’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • New Zealand Maori

    Manager: Jamie Joseph

    On the Field

    • Flynn Substitution Out (58′)
    • Afeaki
    • Triggs Substitution Out (67′)
    • Hoeata
    • Lowe Substitution Out (65′)
    • Latimer
    • Messam Try
    • Smith
    • Brett
    • Gear Tries×3
    • McAlister
    • Sweeney
    • Maitland
    • Newland Substitution Out (65′)
    • Robinson

    Subs

    • Bourke Substitution In (65′)
    • Ross Substitution In (67′)
    • Coles Substitution In (58′)
    • Murray Substitution In (65′)
    • Tipuna
    • Ripia
    • Jackson

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • England

    Manager: Martin Johnson

    On the Field

    • Flatman
    • Chuter Substitution Out (47′)
    • Doran-Jones Substitution Out (66′)
    • Attwood Substitution Out (60′)
    • Parling
    • Robshaw
    • Armitage Try Substitution Out (60′)
    • Dowson
    • Care Try Substitution Out (60′)
    • Hodgson Substitution Out (47′)
    • Ashton Try
    • Barritt
    • Tait
    • Strettle
    • Armitage

    Subs

    • Foden
    • Haskell Substitution In (60′)
    • Geraghty Substitution In (47′)
    • Webber Substitution In (47′)
    • Youngs Substitution In (60′)
    • Ward-Smith Substitution In (60′)
    • Cole Substitution In (66′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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