Māori All Blacks winger James Lowe bagged two tries in New Zealand’s 54-7 win over the USA in Chicago on Friday night.
Lowe had scored just one try in six games for Tasman in this season’s National Provincial Championship but managed to bounce back to form for the Māori All Blacks on Friday notching a brace including this spectacular kick-chase try.
With the USA Eagles flying up in defence after a routine New Zealand lineout, Blues fly-half Ihaia West deftly chipped the USA defence before Māori centre Matt Proctor regathered before quickly shifting the ball to Lowe in support.
The Makos outside back was able gather Proctor’s quick pass before racing away from USA scrum-half Nate Augspurger who attempted a last-ditch tackle on the runaway Lowe.
The Māori’s cruised to a comfortable 54-7 win in Chicago running in eight tries to one to seal a routine victory on their opening game of the tour.
Colin Cooper’s side will face Irish province Munster next week at Thomond Park before squaring off against Mark Mapletoft’s Harlequins later this month.
New Zealand Māori 54 (James Lowe 2, Akira Ioane 2, Ash Dixon, Kane Hames, Brad Weber, Joe Royal tries; Ihaia West 6 con, Marty McKenzie con) United States 7 (Todd Clever try; Will Holder con). Halftime: 28-0.