MATCH REPORT

Indigenous skipper Cody Walker admitted he was responsible for the penalty miscommunication that resulted in a 10-point tie against the Maori All Stars for failing to receive message from coach Laurie Daley for the win had

After a bit more than a minute down 10-8, Walker opted for a penalty from James Fisher-Harris, not knowing that there would be no extra time with a golden point

Daley said he “wanted to try” but Walker couldn’t see any message when he looked at the bench and assumed that the best game was to improve the scores because he believed they had more time to decide on the game

Instead, the game ended in a tie for the first time in All Stars game history and the teams shared the Arthur Beetson Trophy

Conference location:
Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Daley said that while he wanted his team to go for victory, he thought the draw was a fair result

“I think if you look at it overall we obviously would have loved to have won, but I think you’ve just seen two passionate proud cultures that were ripped to the death,” said Daley

“We made it extremely difficult for ourselves, we didn’t have a good ball, we turned it over, we were badly disciplined at times, but the obligation to defend and just keep showing up was as good as I saw”

Latrell Mitchell brought Alex Johnston in 64 Minute, a classic kick into the game to give the indigenous All Stars a touch of victory

For the Maori, it was their experience with Benji Marshall as an instrumentalist that led them away from the halfback, and James Fisher-Harris awarded the Preston Campbell Medal as Man of the Game, despite his costly late-game penalty

Fisher-Harris made 137 yards from 16 hits and also made 26 tackles in a typically powerful performance

Just three weeks after his brilliant career ended, Marshall was able to complete his surprising career extension at South Sydney by leading the New Zealand side on his maori debut

With Jahrome Hughes and his five Melbourne Maori teammates stranded in Victoria due to COVID travel restrictions, Marshall stepped into the No. 1 ein7 jersey with an outstanding performance, proving that there are many miles left in his 35 year old legs

Marshall led an emotional haka before kick-off, but after a tryless first half it was his great short ball for Jordan Riki that finally broke the stalemate as the Maori benefited from the superior ball possession and field position

The veteran playmaker was the calm in the midst of a raging storm as both sides were unable to truly hit their offensive groove due to mistakes due to mistakes in a game dominated by desperate defense

“We’re not about trophies, it would have been good to win it, but at the end of the day there’s a bigger picture,” said Maori trainer David Kidwell

“I’m just incredibly proud of my boys, they released it all tonight and I couldn’t be happier for them”

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INDIGENOUS All Stars Game 2021

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Source: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/02/20/honours-shared-in-thrilling-all-stars-finish/