Maori rout US Eagles
MATCH REPORT: New Zealand's Maori team cruised past the United States Eagles 54-7 to open their three-match tour of North America and Europe with a comfortable victory.
Japan-born loose forward Akira Ioane scored twice as the New Zealanders outclassed their American hosts by eight tries to one in Chicago.
Wing James Lowe dotted down in the corner after 11 minutes to put the Maori 5-0 ahead with Ihaia West adding the conversion.
Ioane's first try from a peel at the front of the line-out put the tourists 12-0 ahead, with West again adding the conversion.
Lowe grabbed his second of the match in the 34th minute, touching down under the posts for a converted try after a clever chip from West split the US midfield.
The New Zealanders then took full advantage of the sin-binning of US Eagles hooker James Hilterbrand, stretching their lead when captain Ash Dixon barreled over from close range to make it 26-0. West added the conversion to give the Maori a 28-0 lead at half-time.
Ioane punished poor Eagles marking at a maul early in the second half to put the New Zealanders 33-0 up before West once again converted.
USA captain Todd Clever drew the biggest cheer of the night when he was driven over for a try converted by William Holder for 35-7.
But the Maori All Blacks were soon back on the charge again, with prop Kane Hames, replacement scrumhalf Brad Weber and prop Joe Royal all crossing for late scores.
The Maori All Blacks now head to Ireland to play Munster on November 12 before wrapping up their short tour against Harlequins on November 17.
United States Eagles:
New Zealand Maori:
Tries: Lowe 2, A Ioane 2, A Dixon, Hames, Weber, Royal
Cons: West 6, McKenzie
Yellow cards: James Hilterbrand (United States, 38), Brad Weber (New Zealand Maori, 72)
United States: 15 Mike Te'o, 14 Martin Iosefo, 13 Bryce Campbell, 12 Folau Niua, 11 Matai Leuta, 10 Will Holder, 9 Nate Augspurger, 8 Danny Barrett, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Todd Clever (captain), 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Nate Brakeley, 3 Chris Baumann, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Titi Lamositele.
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete'e, 17 Angus MacLellan, 18 Alex Maughan, 19 Matthew Jensen, 20 Al McFarland, 21 Stephen Tomasin, 22 Shalom Suniula, 23 Madison Hughes.
New Zealand Maori: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 James Lowe, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Akira Ioane Ngapuhi, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jacob Skeen, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon (captain), 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Joe Royal, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Leighton Price, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Sean Wainui Ngai Tuhoe.