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Maori give Ireland a rude wake-up call

MATCH REPORT: New Zealand's Maori team gave the touring Irish team a rude wake-up call in Hamilton on Wednesday. The Maori beat Ireland 32-17 in the opening match of the tour - just days out from the first Test in Auckland, on Saturday. While Ireland stayed in touch in the early exchanges, leading 10-8 on the half-hour mark, the Maori produced a three-try blitz in the last 10 minutes of the first half to lead 32-10 at the break. Ireland was far more resolute in the second half and scored the only points after the break, but there are some major concerns for the tourists. Top of that list is star prop Cian Healy, who was taken from the field on a mobile stretcher with what appears to be a serious knee injury 10 minutes from time. * To recap the drama, CLICK HERE! More to follow ... The scorers For New Zealand Maori Tries: Sullivan, Stevenson, Weber, Grace Cons: Ioane 3 Pens: Ioane 2 For Ireland Tries: Aki, Coombes Cons: Frawley 2 Pen: Frawley Teams New Zealand Maori: 15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Rameka Poihipi, 11 Connor Garden-Bachop, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Brad Weber (co-captain), 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Cameron Suafoa, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Ollie Norris. Replacements: 16 Tyrone Thompson, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 20 TK Howden, 21 TJ Perenara (co-captain), 22 Ruben Love, 23 Bailyn Sullivan. Ireland: 15 Jimmy O’Brien, 14 Jordan Larmour, 13 James Hume, 12 Bundee Aki (captain), 11 Keith Earls, 10 Ciaran Frawley, 9 Craig Casey, 8 Gavin Coombes, 7 Nick Timoney, 6 Cian Prendergast, 5 Joe McCarthy, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Dave Heffernan, 1 Jeremy Loughman Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Michael Lowry. Referee: Wayne Barnes Assistant referees: Jordan Way Graham Cooper TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen

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