Preview: Maori All Blacks v Chile

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Match details: Saturday November 17, 4pm (8am Sunday November 18 NZT) at Estadio San Carlos De Apoquindo, Las Condes
Referee: Pablo Deluca (Argentina)
Played: N/A
Wins: N/A
Last match: N/A

It would be slightly unfair to say the Maori All Blacks took one step backwards last weekend in Sao Paulo after such an impressive tour opener against the USA Eagles.

The wet conditions, vocal crowd and staunch Brazilian defence combined to hold the Maori to a five try, 35-3, victory in what was probably the biggest game of 15s rugby ever played in Brazil.

But the Maori controlled the latter stages of the game well, hooker Ash Dixon scored a double, first five Otere Black slotted all five conversions and lock Pari Pari Parkinson again showed his considerable wares.

Now they ready themselves for another historic challenge against Chile in Las Condes.

There are injuries, meaning Northland halfback Sam Nock is set for his Maori All Blacks debut off the bench.

After coming under real pressure against Brazil, the Maori must assert themselves in the scrum. The onus will not just be on the front-row of Tyrel Lomax, Ash Dixon and Ross Wright, but the entire forward pack.

Josh Ioane has dropped back to fullback, with Shaun Stevenson on the wing, two of eight changes from Brazil. New All Black Matt Proctor, one of several promoted from last weekend’s replacements list, will wear the No 13 jersey.

Chile was defeated 38-21 by a South American XV last weekend, which was coach Pablo Lemoine’s first assignment with the side. Fullback Pedro Verschae scored a brace.
Lemoine has named an extended squad of 26, many of whom have come from the four winds, namely Italy, Ireland, England, USA, Spain and even Australia. Prop Vittorio Lastra, from the Italian club Verona, is one of six new players integrated into the squad this week.

Chile carries a world ranking of No 30, and Lemoine, a legend of Uruguayan rugby, will have a plan in place for RWC 2023 qualification, which will likely mean superseding Los Teros in the South American rugby pecking order.

The Maori will be hoping the weather gods behave so they can showcase some of the running rugby that marked their Americas tour opener.

The match will be telecast live on SKY, but also live streamed in several countries.

Chile (from):

Forwards: Vittorio Lastra , Alfonso Lepe, José Tomás Munita, Nicolás Ovalle, Oliver Thompson, Augusto Böhme, Tomás Dussaillant, Nikola Bursic, Anton Petrowitsch, Vicente Contreras, Alfonso Escobar, Eduardo Orpis, Javier Richard (c), Martín Sigren, Ignacio Silva
Backs: Domingo Saavedra, Marcelo Torrealba, Francisco González Moller, Santiago Videla, Vicente Ayarza, Felipe Brangier, Tomás Contreras, José Ignacio Larenas, Franco Velarde, Pedro Verschae, Tomás Ianiszewski

Maori All Blacks: Josh Ioane, Shaun Stevenson, Matt Proctor, Rob Thompson, Matt Lansdown, Otere Black, Bryn Hall, Akira Ioane, Mitch Karpik, Reed Prinsep, Pari Pari Parkinson, Jackson Hemopo, Tyrel Lomax, Ash Dixon (c), Ross Wright
Reserves: Robbie Abel, Chris Eves, Marcel Renata, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Billy Harmon, Sam Nock, Teihorangi Walden, Jonah Lowe