International Rugby: Canada v New Zealand Maori Preview

The Maori begin their traditional End of The Year Tour with a clash with a game against the Canadians this coming Saturday.

A highly talented Maori All Black side will be looking to run riot when they take on the Canadian national team in Vancouver. The game is a sellout, expect a great atmosphere at the BC Place Grounds.

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The Maori begin their traditional End of The Year Tour with a clash with a game against the Canadians this coming Saturday.

A highly talented Maori All Black side will be looking to run riot when they take on the Canadian national team in Vancouver. The game is a sellout, expect a great atmosphere at the BC Place Grounds.

Canada v Maori All Blacks | Saturday 4 November | BC Place | 01:00

To Win (80 Mins)
Canada 12/1 | Draw 40/1 | Maori 1/20
Handicap
Canada (+25.5) 9/10 | Maori (25.5) 9/10 *Please note that these are forecast odds.

Canada

It's been a tough old year for the Canadians who came unstuck in the second leg of their doubleheader World Cup Qualifier against the USA back in June. The Canucks managed to draw the first leg but lost by 36 points in the second leg, which ironically, took place on Canada Day. That two-legged defeat means that the Canadians will have to win their repechage game against Uruguay next January if they are to qualify for Japan 2019.

Speaking of that date with Uruguay, the fixture against the Maori All Blacks is a big part of Canada's preparation for the January showdown. The Canadians really don't get much international exposure and coming up against the likes of Charlie Ngati and Brad Webber will do them a world of good.

Maori All Blacks

This is the second successive year that the Maori will start a tour against a team from the Americas. They took on the United States in 2016 and ran out 7-54 victors with James Lowe and Akira Ioane stealing the spotlight by grabbing a brace of tries apiece. Lowe will not tour with the squad this year but Ioane does return and he is likely to cause the Canadians all sorts of problems on Saturday.

Another man who most pundits are expecting to make a big impact here is Charlie Ngati. The Chiefs' centre was plagued by injuries over the past few years but seems to have overcome them. He was solid for Taranaki during the recently concluded Mitre 10 Cup, and there were certainly signs that he was getting back to his best. The one-cap All Black will start at fullback this weekend with Canterbury's Rob Thompson lining up at 12.

Verdict: Maori (-25.5) 9/10 *Please note that this is a forecast handicap
Viewers of the Mitre 10 Cup will know just how good this Maori side is. I'm expecting their solid forward pack to lay a great foundation this week, which will see this lethal backline absolutely destroy the poor old Canadian skinnies. My money is on the Maori winning this one by more than 30 points.



Written by Darry Worthington for @Hollywoodbets.net

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