Three yellow cards can't stop New Zealand Māori thumping USA

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Three yellow cards can't stop New Zealand Māori thumping USA

Three yellow cards can't stop New Zealand Māori thumping USA

SKY SPORTNew Zealand Māori play with 13 men as Ash Dixon, Pari Pari Parkinson and Robbie Abel cop yellow cards in victory over USA.

A period of playing with 13 men hasn't been enough to stop New Zealand Māori ambushing the USA Eagles on Soldier Field.

A physical Māori side thumped an under-strength USA team - due to the match falling outside the international window - by 59-22 in Chicago on Sunday (NZT).

But the win was tainted by three yellow cards that would have hurt the Māori side against a better calibre of opposition.

Replacement hooker Robbie Abel spent 10 minutes in the naughty chair in the second half after New Zealand Māori captain Ash Dixon and Pari Pari Parkinson were both sent to the bin late in the first half, forcing the Māori side to play with 13 men.

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With Dixon already off with a knee injury, halfback Brad Weber was forced to throw the ball into the lineout when Abel was off the field for repeated infringing.

Dixon went to the sin bin nine minutes before halftime for collapsing a maul.

New Zealand Māori flanker Mitch Karpik breaks out of a tackle.
GETTY IMAGESNew Zealand Māori flanker Mitch Ka rpik breaks out of a tackle.

Five minutes later New Zealand Māori were reduced to 13 when Parkinson joined him for a hip-throw type tackle on USA halfback Shaun Davies.

Parkinson was seemingly only saved from a red card because Davies landed on his back.

Davies left the field for an HIA assessment and did not return.

At that stage, New Zealand Māori were in front 26-3 - thanks to first half tries from Regan Ware, Mitch Karpik, Ash Dixon and Ben May - but the weight of numbers eventually told when USA winger Ryan Matyas crossed untouched to score the home side's first try right on halftime to close the gap to 26-8 at the break.

Remarkably, the possession (65-35) and territory (60-40) stakes were both in favour of the USA at the break.

The easiest way to run the clock down when you're playing with 13 men is to score tries and New Zealand Māori did just that with a classic five-pointer 18 seconds into the first half.

Otere Black leads the New Zealand Māori haka.
GETTY IMAGESOtere Black leads the New Zealand Māori haka.

Right winger Jonah Lowe made a break from the re-start and he set lock Isaia Walker-Leawere galloping free on a 50 metre run to score his side's fifth try.

Walker-Leawere wasn't content with one try and six minutes later he was in for his second.

Jonah Lowe, Rob Thompson and Shaun Stevenson also crossed for New Zealand Māori in the second half.

New Zealand Māori coach Clayton McMillan could rightly be disappointed with his side's discipline but the aggressive intent would have been pleasing.

The physical presence of the New Zealand Māori side at the breakdown and on defence was far superior to that of the Eagles.

Locks Parkinson and Walker-Leawere were both dominant figures on defence as was blindside flanker Reed Prinsep.

As the home of the Chicago Bears, Soldier Field has seen plenty of big humans bumping off would-be defenders and Akira Ioane added a slightly different chapter to that narrative.

The big No.8 took less than two minutes to stamp his mark on the match with his first powerful run and he also provided a steady stream of lineout ball.

USA had their moments in the match and didn't disgrace themselves given they were missing a handful of their regular starters.

New Zealand born Tony Lamborn - who played for Southland in this year's Mitre 10 Cup - was one of USA's best.

The openside flanker, who was promoted to captain following the late scratching of Nate Augspurger, gave his all in a beaten pack.

Tim Maupin, who only came into the side late to replace Augspurger scored one of the USA's second-half tries with t he other going to No.8 Cam Dolan.

New Zealand Māori, who will head to South America to play against Chile and Brazil, are now at minuscule odds to finish the tour unbeaten.

New Zealand Māori 59 (Regan Ware, Mitch Karpik, Ash Dixon, Ben May, Isaia Walker-Leawere 2, Rob Thompson, Jonah Lowe, Shaun Stevenson tries; Otere Black 5 con, Josh Ioane 2 cons) beat USA Eagles 22 (Ryan Matyas, Tim Maupin, Cam Dolan tries; Will Hooley 1 pen, 2 con). HT: 26-8.

USA halfback Shaun Davies holds his head after being slammed to the ground by Pari Pari Parkinson.
GETTY IMAGESUSA halfback Shaun Davies holds his head after being slammed to the ground by Pari Pari Parkinson.

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Source: Google News New Zealand | Netizen 24 New Zealand

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