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Maori All Blacks beat Harlequins in London

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/11/2016

James Lowe of the Maori All Blacks is tackled by Tim Swiel of Harlequins during the tour match at Twickenham Stoop on November 16, 2016 in London

James Lowe of the Maori All Blacks is tackled by Tim Swiel of Harlequins during the tour match at Twickenham Stoop on November 16, 2016 in London
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The Maori All Blacks have finished their three-match tour on a high, outclassing English club Harlequins 26-10 in London.

Chiefs winger James Lowe scored the first two of four tries midway through the first half as the tourists raced to a 26-3 lead at the break in damp conditions.

Harlequins, resting a number of the premier players, including former All Blacks first five-eighth Nick Evans, scored the only try of the second half.

They rumbled over through prop Dan Murphy as conditions worsened at the Twickenham Stoop ground.

Flanker Shane Christie and wing Sean Wainui scored the other tries for the Maori All Blacks, who registered all their points in an 11-minute period.

Overall, they played with more physicality and precision than in their 27-14 loss to Munster in soggy Limerick last week.

After some early handling problems, the tourists found their groove, putting together some fluent attacks in defiance of the conditions.

Making a rare start at fullback, Lowe busted through a tackle for his first try and sold a dummy for his second, giving him five tries for the tour.

Coach Colin Cooper's team lodged two wins and a loss, having opened with a 54-7 win over the United States in Chicago when their team was boosted by four players from the touring All Blacks squad.

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