More composure needed - Howarth


NZPA     31 May 2007     PhotoSport

New Zealand Maori ran in seven well-taken tries to four against Ireland A but assistant coach Shane Howarth feels England Saxons will be much tougher in the final at Twickenham on Sunday morning (NZtime).

" (Today) was okay -- there were couple of periods where we lost our way but the boys scored some great tries," former All Black and NZ Maori player Howarth told NZPA.

The Maori had come right late in the first half after weathering intense Irish pressure and started the second half well but lost unity in the latter stages.

"We started the second half very well and I thought we would carry on but we got a wee bit loose and started throwing the miracle pass, (there) was a little bit of touch rugby and a bit of sevens mixed in where perhaps we needed to stay in the game more."

England played a forwards-orientated game but didn't mind also giving the ball some air so certain areas in Maori play needed some work.

"Defensively, we got caught a couple of times today and we have to work on that for the final."

It was the Maori side's second big win of the competition after beating Canada 59-23 last Saturday.