Maori All Blacks lose opener to Leicester

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The Maori scored three tries to two but conceded six penalty goals.

Leicester scored tries through three-quarters Niall Morris and Adam Thompstone in the first 30 minutes to achieve a 22-7 lead.

This was despite an early try to Maori halfback Frae Wilson's try early in the game. It came after hooker Hika Elliot offloaded in the tackle to lock Jason Eaton who drew the defence before giving the Wilson the run at the line.

Second five-eighths Tim Bateman scored just before half-time. Wing Kurt Baker came into the line from the short side to give Bateman the chance. Into the final quarter, and with replacement back and former Super Rugby player Daniel Bowden in the sin-bin along with Maori lock Jarrad Hoeta, centre Charlie Ngatai scored after a concerted Maori move.

However, first five George Ford's kicking accuracy kept the home team, who were without 10 players on international duty, in front.

Leicester Tigers 32 (Niall Morrie, Adam Thompstone tries; George Ford 2 con, 6 pen) Maori All Blacks 24 (Frae Wilson, Tim Batemen, Charlie Ngatai tries; Willie Ripia 3 con, pen). HT: 26-17