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.

MATCHDAY RESULTS

SCOREBOARD

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)

MATCH REPORT

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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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