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NZ Maori beat Canada 59-23

NZPA     26 May 2007

They scored nine tries to three -- Canada's third coming against 14 players after lock Isaac Ross was in the sinbin for pulling down a maul -- showing they will be the team to beat again.

The Maori won the tournament easily last year and barely got out of second gear today to lead 31-11 at halftime.

Winger Anthony Tehana scored two of their five first-half tries and captain Rua Tipoki showed touches of brilliance to set up the victory before he retired from the game in the third quarter.

His replacement Tamati Ellison also scored -- with his first touch of the ball less than a minute of taking the field.

Both the forwards and backs scored tries, reflecting the 15-man game they employed to expose Canada's inexperience at the top level of the game.