November 3, 2013, TORONTO, ON (ISN) – The New Zealand Maori All Blacks showed their class on Sunday defeating Canada 40-15 in front of a packed crowd of 22,566 passionate rugby fans at BMO Field in Toronto. The afternoon contest would break records as the largest crowd in not only Canadian and North American rugby history, but also history for BMO Field.
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 Number 8 ended up under a pile of bodies in the try zone as Canada momentarily pulled themselves within eleven 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
- Conversion: Underwood
- Penalty: Underwood
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
CANADA vs. NEW ZEALAND MAORI ALL BLACKS
- Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
- Canada 15-40 Maori All Blacks
- BMO Field, Toronto, ON
- LIVE on TSN
CANADA vs. GEORGIA
- Saturday, November 9th, 2013
- Kick off 2pm local time – 5am ET/2am PT
- Tbilisi, Georgia
CANADA vs. ROMANIA
- Saturday, November 16th, 2013
- Kick off 4:30pm local time – 9:30am ET/6:30am PT
- Bucharest, Romania
CANADA vs. PORTUGAL
- Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
- Kick off 3pm local time – 10am ET/7am PT
- Lisbon, Portugal