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WATCH: What a haka by the Maori All Blacks!

World Rugby

The Maori All Blacks mean business!

The select New Zealand side delivered their famous haka – Timatanga – ahead of their clash against the British and Irish Lions in Rotorua on Saturday.

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Leigh Halfpenny slots one of his four first-half penalties for the Lions against the Maori All Blacks. Photo: AP

The match is viewed as the “fourth Test” of the tour of New Zealand, and it was still tight at halftime, with the visitors leading 12-10.

Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny has slotted four successful penalties for Warren Gatland’s team, but the Maori All Blacks hit back with a try by loose forward Liam Messam, which was converted by flyhalf Damian McKenzie.

Chiefs star McKenzie also added a penalty. 

The Lions, though, were certainly the more impressive of the two sides in the opening quarter. They started off the match with a concerted ball-in-hand attack that went through 17 phases, all the way into the Maori All Blacks’ 22-metre area.

Referee Jaco Peyper eventually awarded the Lions a penalty.

But the Kiwis got back into the match and found their rhythm as they neared halftime in wet conditions in Rotorua.

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