Maoris bag Irish scalp
ROTORUA, New Zealand: The New Zealand Maori rugby team has added to their proud list of i nter national vict ories by marking their centenary year with a courageous 31-28 win over Ireland here.
Ireland fought back from an 18-3 first-half deficit to lead 25-18 early in the second half yesterday before joining England, Australia, France and the British and I rish Lions among t he Maoris’ inter national victims.
Flyhalf Jonathan Sexton kicked 23 points for Ireland, landing his first eight kicks at goal, but he missed the crucial ninth – a penalty in the 73rd minute – to cost his team a deserved draw.
The Maori scored first-half tries through winger Hosea Gear and centre Dwayne Sweeney.
Then, after squandering a comfortable lead, they reclaimed the match with a length-of-the-field try to Karl Lowe midway through the second half for another famous victory. – Sapa-AP