October 28, 2014
Australian Maori show the haukainga how it’s done
The Kiwis may have trounced Australia on Saturday but other trophies are heading across the Tasman.
For the first time in seven years, four Australian-based teams came over for this year's Maori Rugby League tournament held in Auckland, taking up an invitation extended at their annual Nga Hau e Wha tournament by New Zealand Maori Rugby League’s John Devonshire.
The Mark Horo-coached New South Wales Maori – North overwhelmed Tihoi eight tries to one in the final of the Rohe section to take the Steve Watene Shield, and the Sydney East team collected the Tom Newton Trophy in the waka section.
For many of the New South Wales-based players, the tournament was a taster for their pre-season training with their respective NRL clubs
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