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At the start of the ITM Cup many would have
predicted the week five match between Canterbury
and Wellington to be a clash of two unbeaten teams.
But last year’s finalists have travelled contrasting
paths in 2014 and while Canterbury won their
first four outings with relative ease, Wellington
experienced four defeats from as many games.
Chris Boyd’s Lions have been ravaged by injuries
this year, which has disrupted their campaign and
relegation now looks like a distinct possibility.
Their season did not get any better when they were
beaten 46-12 by Canterbury in Christchurch last
night as they were outgunned by the competition’s
Canterbury have class throughout their side and
they welcomed back three-test All Black Tom
Taylor to run the cutter from first-five.
The 25-year-old Taylor opened the scoring with a
try and his steady boot helped tick the scoreboard
along during the opening spell, although the usually
accurate Taylor did miss his first two attempts at
On the other side of the ledger, Jackson Garden-
Bachop became the fourth man to pull on the No
10 jersey for Wellington this season after Boyd
found little success in using Fa’atonu Fili, James
So’oialo and Chase Tiatia.
While they have had plenty of cattle in the
doctor’s office this year, Wellington still have many
talented players at their disposal with Super Rugby
experience but they have struggled to put together
a complete performance.
Their lack of tested combinations has hurt them
and they will need to turn things around during the
back half of the season if they want to avoid their
campaign slipping in to complete disarray.
Canterbury enjoyed a 15-0 half-time advantage
and a try from hooker Codie Taylor helped extend
that lead as Wellington fell further in to a hole
and when Taylor completed his brace, the four-try
bonus point was secure with more than 20 minutes
Late tries compiled the agony for Wellington as
the scoreline blew out.
Canterbury will travel to Pukekohe to meet
Counties Manukau next Friday as their season
continues, while Wellington have a nice break
before they host Tasman in the capital next Sunday.
Canterbury 46 (Tom Taylor 2, Willi Heinz, Codie
Taylor, Tom Sanders, Luke Whitelock, Ben Funnell
tries; Taylor pen, 4 con) Wellington 12 (Christian
Lloyd, Brad Shields tries; Jason Woodward con).
Half-time: 15-0 — APNZ
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Coach Michael Maguire declared
South Sydney were finally starting to
play the football they are capable of
playing after halves Adam Reynolds and
Luke Keary led the Rabbitohs on a 40-
24 romp over Manly in the opening to
the NRL final series at Allianz Stadium
On the back of a rampant Souths
for ward pack, Reynolds starred in a
man-of-the match effort, scoring two
tries in a personal haul of 20 points
in the second qualifying final, ably
supported by Keary as Manly’s glittering
finals reputation took a battering.
Racing in seven tries, Souths led 40-0
after 56 minutes to progress to their
third successive preliminary final in two
weeks before last year’s grand finalists
scored four late tries to begin their 10th
successive finals campaign in forgettable
A pectoral injury to Keary at the
pre-season Auckland Nines torpedoed
Maguire’s plans to partner Reynolds and
Keary in the halves this season.
Maguire said that plan had come to
fruition against a poor Manly in one
of the few times Reynolds and Keary
have played together with captain John
Sutton moving to the backrow.
“This last six weeks, Adam has really
risen to control the game and John
shifting and bringing Luke Keary in has
given us a little bit of a look at how we
can play the game and John himself has
taken on board how the young guys are
going,” Maguire said.
“ I thought John played a very, very
good game in the backrow so it gives us
variation I suppose at times in our game
in the way we play.
“John and I had a lot of talks and it was
quite easy to see the way the young guys
“It was the plan at the start of the
season, we had this planned way back in
early November, December so the young
boys have taken it really on board all the
things we practised in pre-season . ”
Souths’ for wards barrelled over their
injury-hit counterparts early and their
backs took full advantage.
First-half tries to Reynolds in the
11th minute, Keary (18th), Lote Tuqiri
(27th) and Alex Johnston (35th) gave
Souths a 22-0 lead at the break before
Reynolds grubbered for his second try
two minutes after the resumption to put
the game beyond doubt, before Dylan
Walker crossed in the 52nd minute and
Johnston added a double in the 56th
minute for Souths to lead 40-0 .
Manly brought some respectability to
the score with four tries in the last 16
minutes through Brett Stewart, Jamie
Lyon, Tom Symonds and Cheyse Blair,
a situation that displeased Maguire.
“For the first 65 minutes we were very
clinical, I think our last 15 minutes is
something we definitely have to work
at,” he said.
“ To do that this time of the year -- that
doesn’t cut it from our standard of how
A neck injury to back-up hooker
Jayden Hodges did not help Manly
after he caught Greg Inglis’s hip in the
fifth minute and was sent to hospital for
precautionary scans after half-time.
That added to Manly’s injury toll with
Glenn Stewart, Matt Ballin and Jamie
Buhrer all sidelined.
Their cause ahead of a semi-final against
the winner of Sunday ’s elimination final
between Melbourne and Canterbury
could be further harmed after Anthony
Watmough (dangerous throw) and
Kieran Foran (high tackle) were put on
Foran’s looked relatively harmless but
Watmough could be in trouble.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey said they
would have to take the positives out of
their belated fightback.
“ We have to, we have to stay positive,”
he said. “ That has to be our shining
light.” — AAP
Dylan Cleaver and Andrew
Chris Cairns faces up to seven
years’ jail if he is convicted on a
charge of perjury in the United
The former New Zealand test
cricketer faces a daunting few
months as he prepares to defend
the forthcoming charges which
will be laid on September 25 once
he voluntarily sets foot in Britain.
Factors for consideration in
whether it was planned or
spontaneous, whether it was
persisted with, whether the lies
or fabrications had any impact on
the proceedings and whether the
activities of the offender drew in
Cairns has always denied any
wrongdoing and described match-
fixing allegations against him as
He spent much of yesterday
afternoon at his Herne Bay home
and was seen armed with a large
umbrella taking two of his children
for a walk in the rain.
When questioned about the
charges, he said he had no further
comment and asked to be left
Cairns confirmed the UK’s
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
had contacted him after the Herald
learned from sources close to the
investigation that he was about
to be charged. His friend, lawyer
Andrew Fitch-Holland, will also
Last night a CPS spokesman
said: “ We can confirm that we
have authorised police to charge
Chris Cairns with one count of
perjury, which arises from a libel
trial held in the UK in March
2012. We have also authorised
police to charge Andrew Fitch-
Holland with one count of
per verting the course of justice,
which arises from actions taken
relating to the same trial. Both
suspects will be formally charged
by police in due course.”
The perjury charges stem
from a High Court libel trial in
London when the former all-
rounder won damages of £90,000
($NZ179,567) and costs against
Lalit Modi, the former boss of the
Indian Premier League.
Modi tweeted the reason Cairns
had been expelled from the now-
defunct Indian Cricket League
was because of match-fixing.
Cairns left the ICL’s Chandigarh
Lions in 2008, with the official
reason given as an undeclared
surfaced Cairns was involved in
match-fixing with Chandigarh
team-mates Lou Vincent and
Vincent has admitted his role
and recently received 11 life bans
from the England and Wales
Cricket Board for fixing during
county limited overs games.
Tu ff ey provided a character
statement for Cairns in his libel
trial against Modi.
Perjury conviction precedents in
the UK include the novelist and
politician Lord Jeffrey Archer in
2001; he was sentenced to four
years’ jail, and served two. He
was convicted on two counts of
per verting the course of justice and
two of perjury.
The sentences were ser ved
Cairns released a statement
yesterday saying he would be flying
to the UK to clear his name.
disappointed. However, at least
there will now be an opportunity
to face my accusers in an open
forum, with some rigour and
proper process around that, so
that I can clear my name once
and for all,” his statement read.
“I hope that, through this forum,
significant additional information
will be flushed out that will
help people to better assess the
situation, as well as the character
and motives of the parties involved.
“ I wish this wasn’t the situation —
having been to court before, I know
what lies ahead and how gruelling
it will be and how tough it is on
my family — but I have nothing to
hide and I will do whatever it takes
to once again prove my innocence.
I will continue to co-operate fully
with the authorities, including
voluntarily travelling to the UK.”
A spokesman for the Met Police
said no statement would be made
until that time.
acknowledged the decision to lay
charges in a statement.
“These charges, quite different
from proceedings conducted by
cricket authorities into match-
fixing and corruption, will now be
tested in a British court of law and
be subject to the normal processes
of a criminal trial.”
“Accordingly, NZC will not
make any comment on the matter
until such time as all proceedings
have been concluded.”
Cairns’s file has been with the
CPS since the Metropolitan
Police, whose representatives have
travelled to New Zealand several
times over the past year, recently
wrapped up their investigation.
evidence on Cairns’ behalf at the
2012 trial, was arrested and bailed
The charges are the culmination
of a story the Herald broke on
December 5, revealing up to
three former New Zealand inter-
nationals were being investigated
by the ICC for allegations of
The upsets keep coming in the
Despite coming in to the game
without a win this season, North
Harbour toppled the Championship-
leading Manawatu 24-13 at a sodden
QBE Stadium in Albany last night.
It was not pretty but the home side
were effective enough and tries to
Luke Devcich and Pita Ahki plus
the boot of pivot Daniel Halangahu
provided the points.
Manawatu have been one of the
surprise packages in the competition
this year and despite not having
many Super Rugby regulars, they
have proven to be a dangerous side.
Jason O’Halloran’s Turbos own
victories over Premiership outfits
Counties Manukau and Wellington,
which has put them in to play-off
Manawatu’s defence has proven
tricky to breakdown, while they
are often on the wrong side of the
territory statistic but have remained
competitive, showing a strong ability
to feed off scraps.
Harbour got on the board first
and were able to play from in front
throughout the game; although they
never enjoyed a large lead they were
able to protect their advantage.
The rain pelted down during the
second spell, which did not help the
spectacle, while Harbour’s spoiling
tactics at the breakdown did not
allow Manawatu to produce quick
ball for their backs.
Manawatu love to throw the ball
around but the conditions did not
invite such play as they came close
to scoring a much-needed try in the
second half but they were repelled by
a desperate Harbour side.
Halangahu was useful for Harbour
and directed play astutely in the wet,
while they were well-ser ved by a
You could tell how much this result
meant to Harbour as they vigorously
supported each other every time they
forced an error from Manawatu or
won a penalty.
Former Manawatu man Hayden
Triggs was industrious for Harbour
and showed his veteran experience in
the lineout as he provided a calming
Despite the loss, Manawatu
remained at the top of the
Championship standings and they
will look to bounce back when they
host Southland next week.
Harbour’s next outing will come
against Auckland at Eden Park next
North Harbour 24 (Luke Devcich,
Pita Ahki tries; Daniel Halangahu
4 pen, con) Manawatu 13 (Callum
Gibbins tries; Otere Black 2 pen,
con). Half-time: 11-10.
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Canterbury’s Luke Whitelock scores a try in last night’s encounter against Wellington at AMI
Stadium, in Christchurch.
Canterbury heaps more misery on Wellington
Harbour in upset win over Manawatu
Cairns to fight
perjur y case
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Rabbitohs man of the match Adam Reynolds scores a try in last night ’s qualifying final against Manly at Allianz
Stadium, in Sydney.
The last time the
All Blacks lost in
New Zealand was
exactly five years
ago — against
South Africa at
when the visitors
As the All Blacks
prepare to play
their last game on
home soil for the
year, another victory
over the old foe will
preser ve a proud
After they put
touches on their
week with yester-
day’s captain’s run,
spoke of the rivalry
his team shares
with the Boks. The
South Africans last
tasted victory over
the All Blacks in
2011 when they
won 18-5 in Port
Elizabeth but the
clashes are generally
“They’re No 2 in
the world,” McCaw
said. “ It’s always
For Jeremy Thrush, the continued
excellence of Sam Whitelock and
Brodie Retallick, two of the best locks
in the world, and the rapid rise of
another, Patrick Tuipulotu, must have
been a bit like standing in the queue for
an exclusive club only to be told when
nearing the front, actually, that place is
reser ved for someone else.
It must have been tempting for
the now 29-year-old Thrush to go
elsewhere, but now he is about to walk
through the door to play a Springboks
team including Eben Etzebeth, a
22-year-old on the rise, and Victor
Matfield, a former great on his way
down but still one of the best lineout
operators in the game.
The absence through injury of
Whitelock from tonight ’s test against
South Africa robs us of a chance to see
three of the best locks in the world —
himself, Retallick and Etzebeth — in
action, but on the other hand it is a
triumph for a guy who refused to give
up on his dream. This will be Thrush’s
seventh test and second start. It will
also be the biggest challenge of his
Boosted by his excellent performance
against the Pumas in Napier after he
replaced Whitelock in the first half,
Thrush’s story is one of perseverance
and hard work. After being named in
the match-day squad to play Australia
in Wellington last year but failing to
get on the field, he must have thought
his chance to play a test on his home
ground in front of friends and family
was all but gone.
Blues player Tuipulotu quickly
overtook him and Crusader Dominic
Bird also appears set for the long term,
but with the pair recovering from
injuries — Tuipulotu is on the reser ves
bench after a lack of recent game time
— it is Thrush’s turn to have his time in
“He’s a bit of a Steady Eddie old
Thrushy isn’t he?” coach Steve Hansen
said. “And Steady Eddies either stay
that way or they get comfortable in
the environment they ’re in and actually
become better players and I think that ’s
what he’s done.
“He’s the complete team guy and
it couldn’t have happened to a better
bloke. He’s worked really, really hard
on his game. Whether he’s in the XV,
23, or outside the group he’s always
working to help the team get better and
you can’t help but admire people like
that. I thought he had his best game
for the All Blacks last week when he
came on and hopefully he continues
“(Whitelock) is a big loss. He and
Brodie have been a combination that ’s
been ticking along pretty good but
one man’s misfortune is another man’s
opportunity and Thrushy’s got an
opportunity. (Blindside flanker) Steven
(Luatua) probably got an opportunity
because of it as well. I’m picking both
of those guys will put their hands up.
That ’s the way it is with us. You come
in here and pull the jersey on and you’re
expected to play well.”
It is a good thing Thrush is now
fully comfortable in the All Black
environment, because expectations are
high here, regardless of experience, as
The Boks present a uniquely physical
challenge, but Thrush showed enough
against a huge Pumas pack that he is
capable of not only performing his
core roles in the lineout and scrum but
also offering a fair bit around the park.
His work on defence, especially, was
“It took me a long time to get here
and when I got here it kind of took
me back a little bit, if I’m honest. By
(last year’s) end-of-year tour I felt quite
comfortable, or as much as you can,” he
“ You’re always on your toes, but this
year I thought when I got my chance
I’d just come in and go for it.”
He has it at last and he laughed this
week as he remembered his false start
in the Bledisloe Cup test at Westpac
Stadium last year, a 27-16 victory for
the All Blacks.
“There were a few people (connected
to him) who got to watch a good game,
but just didn’t get to see me come on.
But they saw me warm up. They’ll get
to see me warm up but then run on this
week.” — APNZ
ABs seek to preserve
Thrush gets something
to sing about
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