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Maori women shutout by Gems

Maori women shutout by Gems
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The New Zealand Maori Ferns failed to land a shot in an 18-0 loss to the First Nation Gems on Saturday afternoon in Sydney.

While able to match the home side physically, the Maori let themselves down with poor handling and an awful completion rate, which eventually saw them crack under heavy pressure in defence.

The game was less than 10 minutes old when Gems captain Samartha Leisha got over for a converted try, in what would be the only score of the first two quarters at Redfern Oval.

Taleena Simon stepped her way across the chalk to double the Gems’ lead, before grabbing her second to take the gap out to 18.

At the other end the visitors couldn’t find a way through, with the match finishing at 18-0.

First Nation Gems 18 (Samartha Leisha, Taleena Simon (2) tries; Sarah field (3) goals) defeated New Zealand Maori Ferns 0 at Redfern Oval.