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Boasting A Proud Record

The Maori All Blacks aim to maintain the winning record against the Vodafone Flying Fijians at the ANZ Stadium this Saturday. “The Maori All Blacks have history which dates back
09 Jul 2015 10:10
Boasting A Proud Record
Maori All Blacks, from left, Shaun Wainui, Elliot Dixon and Brendon Edmond at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Maori All Blacks aim to maintain the winning record against the Vodafone Flying Fijians at the ANZ Stadium this Saturday.

“The Maori All Blacks have history which dates back to over a 100 years,” coach Colin Cooper said on arrival at Nadi International Airport yesterday.

“We need to make sure that we protect that and play really well against the high Flying Fijians,”

Since the historic first test in which the teams drew 3-3 in 1938, the Maori All Blacks have since won 19 out of the 28 including two draws.

And the team also aims to increase their unbeaten run to 19 since losing to England 23-9, on August 2003.

The Maoris have since beaten the British and Irish Lions, England, Ireland, Samoa, Tonga, Canada and USA.

The Fijians came close to beating  but drew 9-9 in 1970 and have never won since.

Cooper said the Flying Fijians was a far better team building up to the Rugby World Cup in September.

“With most of the professional players back from Europe, it will be a strong team to play against. We aims to provide the Flying Fijians a good build-up.

“It’s very tough playing Fiji in their backyard, and we have a lot of respect for the Fijian players.”

He said the Fijians would be on fire with players like Nemani Nadolo.

“He got better and better in the Super Rugby for the Crusaders,”Cooper said.

“He played well so he is a real threat, we’ll have to make sure that we tackle him well to contain him,” he said.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

 

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