The New Zealand Maori fell just short of a victory over the First Nation Goannas on Saturday, going down 22-16 at Redfern Oval, Sydney.
The Maori side grabbed an early lead after former Junior Kiwi Kurtis Rowe slipped a grubber in behind the line for Ozzy Tuwhangai to score.
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But the Goannas quickly hit back through Ryan Walker and Doyle Munga, giving them a six-point lead, before Michael Purcell grabbed a try, which Adrian Davis converted from the sideline, to lock scores at 10-all at half-time.
Dan Tanner and Kieran Vale went over to give the Goannes a comfortable 22-10 buffer, before Jayden Horo scored for the Maori to give the visitors a sniff late in the piece.
The First Nation outfit held on through the closing exchanges to clock victory in the match, which was part of the Festival of Indigenous Rugby League in Australia.
First Nation Goannas 22 (Ryan Walker, Michael Purcell, Dan Tanner, Kieran Vale tries; Adrian David 3 goals) defeated New Zealand Maori 16 (Ozzy Tuwhangai, Carne Doyle-Manga, Jayden Horo tires; Manaia Rudolph 2 goals) at Redfern Oval.