Almanac Rugby League – All Stars clashes: Indigenous v Maori and 2021 State of Origin Dates

 

The women’s and men’s All Star Indigenous v Maori clashes last Saturday provided a contrast in results but both were keenly contested games with players throwing themselves into the fray with considerable energy.

 

In the women’s match, the Maori side put on a power-laden performance to score a decisive 24-0 win over their Indigenous counterparts. With halves Zahara Temara and Raecene McGregor playing behind a dominant set of forwards led by Rona Peters and Mya Hill-Moana, the Maori controlled the game from start to finish, scoring five tries to nil. Their defence was equally impressive with Peters featuring in a couple of rib rattlers. Raecene McGregor was awarded Player of the Match.

 

To read a summary of the women’s game click here.

To view match highlights click here.

 

The men’s match was a proverbial arm wrestle throughout the first half before the Maori ran in two quick tries to Jordan Riki and Dallin Watin-Zelezniak during the third period. Alex Johnston responded for the Indigenous early in the final quarter before a late penalty to Latrell Mitchell saw the game finish in a 10-10 draw. James Fisher-Harris was awarded the Preston Campbell Medal as best on ground. Veteran Benji Marshall showed his class with several deft plays while Latrell Mitchell appeared to thrive (and survive) in his first match after a long injury spell.

 

To read a summary of the men’s game click here.

To view match highlights click here.

 

Meanwhile, the dates for the 2021 State of Origin series has been announced. Game I will be in Melbourne on June 9 to be followed by Brisbane hosting Game 2 on June 27, then Sydney showcasing Game 3 on July 14. So get those dates into your diary now and clear the decks!

 

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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I enjoy travel, good coffee and cake, reading, and have been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. As well as being one of Footy Almanac's online editors, I moonlight as an editor for hire - check me out at www.writerightediting.com.au

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