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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 June 2006, 04:57 GMT 05:57 UK
NZ Maori beat Irish to make final
New Zealand Maori secured their place in the Churchill Cup final by beating a spirited Ireland A side 27-6.

The victory means they finished top of Pool B to book a final date against Scotland A at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium next Saturday.

Ireland were 15-6 behind going into the final 10 minutes in San Francisco but their hopes ended when Ulsterman Roger Wilson was sent off for a head-butt.

And late Maori tries from Hose Gear and Thomas Waldron sealed the win.

Ireland's points came from a Paddy Wallace penalty and a Robert Kearney drop goal.

Shannon Paku and Liam Messam also crossed the line for the Maori, whose final try by replacement Waldron featured a glaring forward pass.

Ireland A will now face England Saxons in the plate final in Edmonton next Saturday.

NZ Maori: Paku, Tahana, Kahui, Brew, Gear, Bruce, Smylie, McDonnell, Linklater, Manu, Ormsby, Tito, Gibbes, Latimer, Messam.

Ireland A: Cunningham, Keogh, Lewis, Quinlan, Kearney, Wallace, Keane, R. Hogan, Fogarty, Court, T. Hogan, McCullough, Wilson, Jennings, Heaslip.
Replacements: Fitzpatrick, Browne, McMillan, O'Leary, Hickey, McCormack.

Referee: Andrew Small (RFU).

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