The Māori All Blacks have beaten Canada in their first test of their North American Tour.
Te Kāea sports reporter Rewa Harriman was side-line with the team in Toronto and says the team was happy to get the job done, but also highlighted that there were areas for improvement but overall the team was happy with the win.
Piri Weepu didn’t start in the game and Hika Elliot came off field injured, our reporter says she spoke with the team doctor who told her Hika Elliot has injured his upper back, an injury that will probably send him home. Also Piri Weepu tweaked his knee at the captain's run and made the decision during the warm up that he couldn't play.
She says, the coaches are also deciding whether he'll be sent home as well, and that decision is expected to be made tomorrow.
However the first job is done for the Māori All Blacks and for debutant prop Kane Hames it was a dream come true
While the bodies are sore after the expected physical encounter with a tough Canadian pack the team is still amping.
With a game under their belt the team have definite areas to tidy up next week.
But the boys' focus for the next day is recovery and traveling to Philadelphia for the 2nd week of the tour. The game 40 to 15 to the Māori All Blacks.