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Anthony Hudson’s tenure in charge of
the All Whites got off to a shaky start this
morning as New Zealand slumped to a 3-1
loss against Uzbekistan in Tashkent.
The All Whites, who were missing first
choice attackers Ryan Thomas, Marco
Rojas and Shane Smeltz, were incohesive in
possession for large spells of the match and
exposed defensively by a slick Uzbekistan
A goal in each half to Odil Akhmedov
secured the result for the Asian nation,
ranked 47 spots above New Zealand in
51st pace, before captain Server Djeparov
added a third in the 76th minute, driving
home a cut back from the penalty spot.
All White substitute striker Jeremy
Brockie broke his 44-match goal drought
with a late consolation goal in the 86th
minute after good work from Chris Wood
and debutant substitute Joel Stevens.
New Zealand looked short of match
sharpness, and they were. Seven of their
starting eleven are currently in pre-season
training and only captain Winston Reid
and midfielder Chris James are regularly
playing 90 minutes for their clubs.
They have just spent a week together
in Doha preparing for the match and
tactically, Hudson will be disappointed
with just how easy the All Whites were to
Hudson spoke of a national team
who would be well organised, clever in
possession and very difficult to beat when
he was given the job in August, but their
performance today scored fail marks in all
Their midfield three of Bill Tuiloma,
Michael McGlinchey and Chris James
failed to provide an adequate defensive
shield in front of the back four, and 22-
year old debutant Tom Doyle was given a
rough ride after getting repeatedly isolated
against the pace of Uzbekistan’s wingers.
Hudson used a 4-3 -3 formation
with Wood the focal point of a three-
pronged attack, but Tyler Boyd and Kosta
Barbarouses were largely anonymous in the
The All Whites missed the attacking flair,
and comfort in possession of Thomas and
Rojas and too often gave the ball away as
they were trying to build through midfield.
Wood was a constant nuisance for the
Uzbekistan defenders and came close to
opening the scoring in the 18th minute,
when he snuck in at the far post with a
header to force a good save from Ignati
Winston Reid was a towering presence at
the back, winning everything in the air and
dictating play from the back, but became
more and more frustrated as the match
The All Whites often had sufficient
numbers in defence but were too often
positionally poor. Uzbekistan were afforded
too much time and space in and around the
New Zealand box and Hudson, a master
of analysing video, will have a lot to break
down the next time the national team gets
That is likely to be in November when
the All Whites are scheduled to play two
games in Asia against Malaysia and China
Hudson said that New Zealand need
to get to Uzbekistan’s level if they are to
qualify for the 2018 World Cup through
Asia. “ We didn’t come here to do anything
else than to get a result,” Hudson said.
“ We’ve come here today and we’ve had a
good idea of where we need to be when we
come to our qualifiers. Uzbekistan is always
a team who are knocking on the door in
terms of qualification. We always knew it
was going to be a tough game. Tonight has
given me a good idea of individual players
and we’re we are at as a group right now.”
Marin Cilic has capped his stirring
comeback from a controversial four-
month exile from tennis with an
emphatic US Open final triumph over
Cilic landed his maiden grand slam
title — and Croatia’s first since his
coach Goran Ivanisevic beat Pat Rafter
as a Wimbledon wildcard in 2001 —
with another devastating straight-sets
win at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Two days after crushing five-times
champion Roger Federer in similar
fashion, Cilic put Nishikori to the
sword 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in just one hour and
The 14th seed broke 10th-seed
Nishikori five times, held every one of
his ser vice games on the back of 17 aces
to one and blasted 38 winners to the
vanquished Japanese’s 19.
“Everything I was working for and
dreaming of came together today,” Cilic
This time last year, Cilic was not even
playing while ser ving a four-month
doping ban for testing positive to a
The Court of Arbitration for Sport
reduced the suspension from six
months, but the scandal still rankles
Cilic with the 25-year-old maintaining
he tested positive for a banned
stimulant contained in a supplement
bought over the counter by one of his
He was hoping his inspired run at
Flushing Meadows helped restore his
It has certainly restored his ranking,
with Cilic’s added bonus for his grand
slam breakthrough being a return to a
career-high No 9 in the world for the
first time in four years — as well as
a record $US3 million ($NZ3.62m)
Cilic thanked Ivanisevic for helping
turn his career around.
“The most important thing that he
brings to me is the joy in tennis and I
had lots of fun over here,” he said.
Today ’s title match was one of the
most unexpected in grand slam history
and marked many firsts.
Most notably, it was the first grand
slam decider not featuring Federer,
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy
Murray since Marat Safin beat Lleyton
Hewitt at the 2005 Australian Open.
It was also the first featuring two
grand slam final first-timers since
Nadal downed Mariano Puerta to win
his maiden major at Roland Garros in
Since then, the Big Four of Federer,
Nadal, Djokovic and Murray had
gobbled up 35 of the past 38 grand
slam titles on offer.
Without any of the heavyweights
on the other side of the net, today
presented Cilic and Nishikori with the
biggest opportunity of their lives.
Nishikori, the first Asian man to make
a grand slam final, clearly came out
more ner vous.
Cilic took full advantage to claim
the only break of the opening set in
the sixth game for a 4-2 lead and then
held to love to close out the set in 33
Nishikori was quickly under pressure
in the second set too, having to fight off
three break points from love-40 down
in the fifth game.
Cilic, though created another chance
with a booming forehand winner and
then achieved the early break when
Nishikori dumped a backhand into the
The Croatian broke Nishikori again to
go up 5-2, but dropped ser ve following
an unsuccessful line-call challenge and
Nishikori was unable to work his way
back into the match, though, as Cilic
rifled a forehand winner down the
line to break the Japanese for a third
time in the set before skipping to the
changeover with a commanding two-
Nishikori had taken out three of the
top five seeds, including the top-ranked
Djokovic in the semi-finals, and entered
the final with a 5-2 head-to-head
advantage over Cilic.
Unlike in his brave five-set comeback
wins over fifth seed Milos Raonic
and third-seeded Australian Open
champion Stanislas Wawrinka, there
was no fightback today.
Cilic gained the only break of the
third set to jump to a 4-1 lead and
closed out the contest with a blistering
backhand crosscourt winner on his
second match point. — AAP
Aaron Cruden nearly feels ready to
cope with big South African for wards
running at him again.
The All Blacks first-five missed last
Saturday ’s 28-9 win over Argentina in
Napier with a pectoral injury as Beauden
Barrett was given his long-awaited
opportunity to pull on the No 10 jersey
at test level.
Resting Cruden was a cautious
approach from All Blacks management
but it also showed their depth as Barrett
New Zealand’s third-string pivot
led the side well, although his goal-
kicking radar had a couple of problems.
As the All Blacks’
Championship campaign rumbles in to
Wellington for a meeting with South
Africa at Westpac Stadium on Saturday
night, Cruden seems a likely starter.
“ It’s feeling a lot stronger,” Cruden said
of his pectoral. “ It ’s feeling a lot better
than it did say a week ago. I think in
terms of last week’s game, the right call
was made and again we need to be wise
in that respect again this week.”
Cruden’s words indicate he will not
rush himself back in to action if he does
not feel ready and he was expected to
test out his chest at training today.
With Dan Carter (leg) still on the shelf,
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen won’t
push Cruden too hard either, although
Barrett ’s continued development would
have pleased him. The All Blacks also
have utility Colin Slade on hand to
provide further options.
Building depth ahead of next year’s
World Cup defence is a key part of 2014,
while Carter’s lengthy injury history has
heightened the need to have a strong
battery of No 10s waiting in the wings.
The All Blacks will aim to build on
their lead in the Rugby Championship
this weekend, while South Africa will
be smarting following a 24-23 loss to
Australia in Perth last Saturday.
The Springboks have been unsettled
at first-five this year and have used both
Morne Steyn and 20-year-old Handre
Pollard with varying levels of success.
Cruden said despite their pivot
problems, the South Africans would still
be a tough prospect.
“They ’ve got game-breakers right
across the board and traditionally they
like to force other teams in to errors.
They ’re happy to go from set piece to
set piece or put up contestable kicks and
force teams in to errors,” the 25-year-old
“So for us, it ’s understanding that by
being aware that they ’re not shy to throw
the ball around and give it to some of the
speedsters out wide.”
Following a contentious weekend
of refereeing decisions in the Rugby
Championship, some people have
questioned why Northern Hemisphere
officials have been employed to rule the
game’s toughest annual international
Cruden did not feel that further input
from the TMO was the way for ward
and he said he was sympathetic towards
referees given they had a challenging job.
“There’s a lot of pressure on refs as well.
So they go out there to perform to the
best of their ability,” the first-five said.
“They ’re only human. They make the call
in a split-second decision. Obviously
they make the call based on what they ’re
seeing as well. So for us, we try and take
the responsibility out of the ref ’s hands
and do what we can to make that the
result is a positive one for us.”
Former All Black Zac Guildford
and team-mate Jonathan Davies were
assaulted in France early on Sunday
morning, while out getting a kebab.
The 25-year-old New Zealander,
who now plays for French rugby club
Clermont, was out celebrating with
team-mates, when he was assaulted by
three assailants, and kicked in the face.
He was taken to hospital and has been
left with a badly bruised jaw.
Guildford had a record of ill discipline
off the pitch in New Zealand, but
Clermont ’s sporting director Jean-Marc
Lhermet said Guildford was an innocent
party. “He is the victim,” Lhermet said
Guildford said on Twitter that he thinks
his head was “mistaken for a soccer ball”.
“ Bit of bad luck but the ASM club
and friends have been great support. A
bit sore and bruised around my face but
that ’s life. As well as being angry for what
happened I’m grateful to escape with
“Thanks again for all the support
and I look for ward to my continual
development as a person and rugby
Meanwhile, Zac Guildford’s grand-
mother was shocked to hear he had been
attacked in France but says her grandson
is a different man after putting his
troubles behind him.
“ Him and his team went down and
got a meal and got attacked. I think he’s
got a broken jaw, and he’s off rugby for a
month,” grandmother June Burt said. “I
was just thinking about him, then I heard
the phone go.”
The news of the attack had come at a
time when her grandson was doing very
well for himself, she said.
“ He was doing mar vellous, it’s the best
thing he’s ever done, he’s a man now, he’s
a different guy — the way he speaks.”
“ Last time he was talking to me he said
‘I’ve given up all that other stuff nan, I
just love it here’,” she said.
Burt said she’d heard about similar
things happening over there, including
an incident where Guildford had been
out with friends and had gone home
early, and his friends got attacked.
Police target match-fixers to keep NZ games clean
US Open crown caps
PICTURE: Getty Images
Marin Cilic celebrates with the trophy after defeating Kei Nishikori win the US Open men’s final today at
the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York.
US TENNIS OPEN
Cruden on mend
Guildford assaulted in France
All White Jeremy Brockie
All Whites fall to Uzbekistan
The New Zealand Rugby Union
and Samoan Rugby Union will today
confirm next year’s historic All Blacks
test in Apia.
The announcement will be made at a
press conference at 3pm, attended by All
Blacks coach Steve Hansen and Manu
Samoa counterpart Stephen Betham.
The two sides have played five tests
since their first duel at Eden Park in
1993 when the All Blacks were pushed
hard before winning 35-13.
Each subsequent test has been played
in New Zealand but the haka will
challenge the siva tau in Apia next season
once the Super 15 tournament finishes,
as reported by the Herald in July.
That competition will continue
through June because there are no in-
bound tours and with the All Blacks
looking to get in some match play before
the abbreviated Rugby Championship,
it ’s understood they have agreed to travel
and play at Apia Park.
The ground has a capacity of 15,000 but
it is likely that will increase significantly
for such an historic occasion as an All
Samoa have tests lined up for the
November window against Italy, Canada
and England, while they will likely
appear again in the Pacific Nations Cup
in 2015 after the All Blacks have come
to Apia. They were as high as seventh
in the IRB world rankings, but a loss to
Georgia last November saw them drop
to ninth. — New Zealand Herald
Jared Savage and Dylan Cleaver
of the New Zealand Herald
A list of cricket match-fixers has
been drawn up by police and anti-
corruption investigators in a bid to
stop them at the border before the
World Cup next year.
Top players are being warned
against getting caught in sexually
comprising “honey traps” set by the
Visiting International Cricket
Council officials last week told
police that attempts at match-fixing
would happen in New Zealand, and
shared intelligence reports on those
linked to the gambling racketeers.
Passengers coming into New
Zealand will be profiled at Auckland
Airport and be turned away at the
border if they are suspected of
having connections to betting rings
run by organised criminal syndicates,
mostly based from Asia.
A Customs spokeswoman said
people suspected of being involved
in match-fixing could be barred from
boarding a flight to New Zealand.
Match-fixing will become a
specific crime by the end of the year.
This will give police more teeth to
investigate, said Superintendent
Sandra Manderson, police chief for
the Cricket World Cup in February
and March and the Fifa Under-20
World Cup from May 30 to June 21.
She said that last year, spectators at
two matches between New Zealand
and England had been identified
as “courtsiding”, or reporting live
to gain a betting advantage over
those watching delayed broadcasts
The ICC had identified people
in the crowd in Hamilton and
Wellington courtsiding during the
English tour, Manderson said.
A ban on the practice would
probably be imposed as one
of conditions for buying a
match ticket for the World
Cup. Anyone caught would be
evicted from the ground.
The Crimes (Match-fixing)
Amendment Bill passed its
first reading in Parliament with
unanimous support and is planned
to come into force mid-December,
before New Zealand hosts the world
cricket and football events.
Some types of match-fixing
behaviour may already be covered by
sections of the Crimes Act and Secret
Commissions Act, but the proposed
law removes any uncertainty.
Any behaviour designed to
influence the betting outcome will
be defined as “obtaining by deception
or causing loss by deception” and be
punishable by up to seven years in
Manderson said the pending law
change would give police “more
teeth” to investigate corruption in
sport, and senior officers had been
briefed by two members of the ICC
Police were working closely with
the ICC and Customs to target
known match-fixers — or profile
potential match-fixers — who might
try to enter New Zealand and turn
them away at the border.
Manderson also warned of honey
traps set by the betting syndicates
to catch players in compromising
positions. “ We know they bring in
women into the country to fraternise
with players,” she said.
“After wards, they ’ll ask the
players to do something and if they
refuse they ’ll say, ‘ Well, see these
photographs? They will be with your
wife, your neighbours, your parents.’
“There are millions and millions of
dollars at stake in match-fixing.”
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