Maori munch on Eagles

New Zealand’s Maori XV battered the USA Eagles 74-6 in the Churchill Cup opening round.

Hurricanes utility forward Kristian Orsmby scored four tries as the Maori showed the massive gulf that exists between the first and second tier nations.

The Eagles will play in next year’s World Cup, while the Maori side does not include the country’s leading 40 players, who are all involved with the All Blacks.

The Maori scored 12 tries and led 36-6 at halftime.

South African-born Francois Viljoen kicked two penalties for the Eagles.

The Maori warmed up for the match with a 20-16 win against the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Maori now look well placed to take a place in June 17′s tournament final in Edmonton, Alberta. They meet Ireland A in their final pool match at the same venue this weekend, with the winner progressing to meet Scotland A in the final.

Pens: Francois Viljoen 2

NZ Maori
Tries: Kristian Ormsby 4, Cory Jane 3, Liam Messam 2, Zar Lawrence, Shannon Paku, Mike Noble tries.
Conversions: Matt Berquist 7