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Flying Fijians outclass Maori

The New Zealand Māori rugby team have lost for just the second time in the past 16 years, outclassed by Fiji in Suva on Saturday in the first match of their two-game series.

Inside centre Lepani Botia attacks against the Maori All Blacks. Photo: Fiji Sun

Billed as a chance for some of those overlooked for the All Blacks squad to prove something of a point, it instead turned into a fixture to forget for the visitors, as an energised and spirited home side put them away 27-10 at ANZ Stadium, for their first win over them in 62 years.

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Samoa, Italy to outwit each other

Flyhalf Tusi Pisi will be the key player for Manu Samoa today in Apia. Photo: Planet Rugby

Flyhalf Tusi Pisi will be the key player for Manu Samoa today in Apia. Photo: Planet Rugby

After rusty performances last weekend, both Samoa and Italy will be out to prove a point when they do battle in Apia today.

Tonga shocked Samoa in Apia, when they claimed a late 18-18 draw, and Italy’s three-Test tour got off to a poor start when they suffered a 25-14 defeat to Fiji in Suva.

Apart from that draw against Tonga, Samoa – albeit without several of their overseas-based players – also suffered a 33-14 defeat to Japan in Tokyo last month.

They also faced Tonga with several first-choice players on the bench but have recalled world class Northampton Saints duo Kahn Fotuali’i and George Pisi to their back-line while London Irish bruiser Ofisa Treviranus Saracens prop James Johnston and Clermont hooker Ti’i Paulo also return to the run-on side to bolster the pack.

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