2023 NRL All-Stars: Indigenous 28, Maori 24

The Indigenous All Stars have won the annual All Stars game in Rotorua against the Maori All Stars side.



Maori All Stars 24
Tries: Zach Dockar-Clay (2), Jesse Arthars (22), Jordan Riki (54), Preston Riki (77)
Goals: Jordan Rapana 4 (4, 23, 55, 78)

Indigenous All Stars 28
Tries: Tyrell Sloan (14), Nicho Hynes (34), Brent Naden (44), Selwyn Cobbo (61, 68, 73)
Goals: Nicho Hynes 2 (36, 46)


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For the first time in the All Stars history the game was hosted in New Zealand at Rotorua’s International Stadium.

Pre-match the game suffered from several big name withdrawals including Josh Addo-Carr, Joseph Manu, Jared Warea-Hargreaves, and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Adding to the drama, Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell were arrested in Canberra following a night out for the Raiders star who was celebrating his 30th birthday.

In a tight first half, both sides traded try-for-try with the Maori All Stars leading 12-10 at the break. The trend continued in the third quarter with the home side maintaining a two-point lead.

The game opened up in the final twenty with Brisbane Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo scoring a final-quarter hat-trick to see the Indigenous All Stars defeat the Maori All Stars 28-24. This was the first victory for the Indigenous side in the event since 2019.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks halfback Nicho Hynes was awarded the Preston Campbell Medal for the best player on-field.

St George-Illawarra Dragons forward Josh Kerr may be in trouble after being sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge on James Fisher-Harris close to the half-time break.

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