11 Nov 2018

Maori All Blacks work hard for Brazilian victory

3:58 pm on 11 November 2018

The Maori All Blacks have had to work harder than the scoreline suggests to claim a 35-3 victory over Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Ash Dixon

Ash Dixon Photo: Photosport

Heavy rain meant it wasn't a night for free-flowing back play and world No.26 Brazil's busy home pack revelled in the close-quarter exchanges.

But, ultimately, the ability to take their chances proved the difference as the Maori scored five unanswered tries.

Lock Isaia Walker-Leawere opened the scoring after just three minutes from a lineout drive, with the second try coming in the 27th minute via skipper Ash Dixon, who emerged from a maul to force the ball down.

Ahead 14-0 at half-time, the Maori All Blacks extended their lead when Dixon crossed in the 57th minute for his second try from another lineout drive off the take of lock Pari Pari Parkinson.

More power play from the pack resulted in continuity from pick and goes, with Jackson Hemopo finishing the move in dotting down between the posts.

Wing Jonah Lowe wrapped up the scoring, going over in the corner three minutes from the final whistle, set up after Josh Ioane and Matt Proctor combined in a rare demonstration of flowing back play.