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As the Kiwis look to upset the odds
tonight, Brisbane is not a bad place to
Relatively speaking, the Queensland
capital has been a happy hunting
ground for the New Zealand team,
with some notable victories over the
The Kiwis have won two of the last
three trans-Tasman encounters at
Suncorp Stadium, including the 2008
World Cup final.
Going back further, Graham Lowe’s
team in 1983 enjoyed a famous
victory at Lang Park, which sparked
a renaissance in New Zealand rugby
league that decade. Four years later
coach Tony Gordon and captain Dean
Bell engineered a massive upset, as the
Kiwis beat a Kangaroos team that had
rampaged unbeaten through Great
Britain and France in 1986.
In total, one third of the Kiwis’
victories over Australia in the last 30
years have occurred in Brisbane.
“ We’ve got some good history there,”
coach Stephen Kearney said. “ It ’s a
great ground to play at and you need
to make the most of the occasion.”
“It was a great feeling,” Shaun
Kenny-Dowall said of the Four
Nations final victory in 2010. “ I always
remember being out on the ground
and celebrating with the boys.”
Can history repeat tonight? As
always, it is an extremely tough ask
for the Kiwis. Despite the loss of
Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater
among other big names Australia
look as formidable as ever. Greg
Inglis and Daly Cherry-Evans are top
replacements for the aforementioned
duo, and there is plenty of steel in the
pack and silk out wide.
The absence of Isaac Luke still haunts
the Kiwis, though Thomas Leuluai
adds plenty of defensive capacity in
the middle of the field.
The packs match up well, with
Jason Taumalolo expected to provide
some X factor for the Kiwis. As
always, the game will be decided in
a few key moments, and Australia’s
skilled playmakers are usually better
at exploiting those opportunities. The
Kangaroos also have a marked edge
out wide, with Inglis, Dylan Walker,
Michael Jennings and the aerial threat
of Daniel Tupou.
The Kiwis showed enough in the
Anzac test to offer real hope tonight.
They had everything but composure
and a bit of belief that night, and the
presence of Kieran Foran, Leuluai and
Simon Mannering tonight will help
their cause in that area.
“ It all comes down to belief,” Shaun
Johnson said. “Probably last time a few
of the guys didn’t actually believe we
could beat Australia, and that counts
in the end. I think that ’s changed
now.” — APNZ
of the New Zealand Herald
No one is saying it but there is the
risk of a perfect storm brewing for
South Africa produced a second
comprehensive defeat in as many
ODIs at Bay Oval yesterday, this time
by 72 runs.
Again, while the bowling had rough
patches, the batting once more was
exposed, the game over by the 35th
At the same time, like some
wandering troubadour playing his own
tune, there is Jesse Ryder cheerfully
clouting the ball to all parts of the land.
It is the scenario New Zealand
selectors will want to avoid; the public
clamour demanding Ryder be given a
There is a whole pile of non-cricketing
elements involved and no one disputes
that if the gifted lefthander had a
different personality the whole debate
rattling around the national side would
not be even a breakfast conversation.
If New Zealand’s top six batting was
looking good and proving itself against
a tough South African outfit, again, no
Certainly New Zealand can be cut
some slack on a couple of fronts.
Any side missing their two best
batsmen — and, importantly, who fill
consecutive spots in the order — would
Kane Williamson and Ross
Taylor have been missed; and it is
uncommonly early-season for a team
without any match play in months.
Captain Brendon McCullum said
that was no excuse, and certainly
much better than 104 for eight was
expected after getting a good sighter
“ We were clearly the second best
team out there again and credit to
South Africa for the way they exposed
some frailties in our early-season
form,” McCullum said.
“Match hardness is what we require.
South Africa don’t allow you to ease
your way into batting innings.
“ We have to keep working hard,
show improvements and try to stick
to the game plan we know works for
Luke Ronchi top-scored for the
second straight game, with 79 —
breaking the 10th wicket record he set
on Tuesday with Trent Boult, this time
having Mitchell McClenaghan for
company in a 76-run stand.
Hashim Amla’s first ODI hundred
against New Zealand, and 16th overall,
anchored South Africa’s innings of 282
for nine, having been sent in.
Another lesson here: New Zealand
gave him two lives at seven and 12.
Amla showed the folly of that.
South Africa’s bowling was assertive
from the start and the game was up
early in the chase.
Captain A B de Villiers, who also
took his first two ODI wickets in
his 170th match yesterday, was “very
satisfied, very proud” of what he called
a close to the perfect performance.
He was unworried about not closing
the match out, pointing to bowlers
stiffening up in the chilly wind late on
and the foot mentally coming off the
De Villiers preferred to praise his
bowlers rather than stick the boot into
another unsatisfactory New Zealand
He admitted “in a way ” he expected
more from New Zealand’s batsmen,
“ but there was some good bowling out
“I think they tried. We know they ’re
world-class players. It just didn’t
happen for them in the last two games.”
New Zealand get a final chance in the
final of the three ODIs, at Hamilton
Manawatu will join the big boys in
the Premiership in next season’s ITM
After a dominant 2014 campaign,
the Turbos toppled Hawke’s Bay
32-24 in the Championship final in
front of a boisterous home crowd in
Palmerston North last night.
The result was sweet revenge
for Manawatu who lost the
Championship final to Hawke’s Bay
only three years ago.
The home side were down 14-6 at
half-time but that did not bother
them as they made the best of the
wind in the second spell, while the
hot-stepping Nehe Milner-Skudder
was a regular threat from fullback.
Manawatu, who had not won a
national title since they claimed the
old first division crown in 1980, won
eight from 10 during the regular
season and their attacking brand of
rugby was entertaining to watch.
Manawatu’s promotion will
have an extra element of pleasure
to it knowing they will replace
Wellington, long perceived as their
big brothers within the Hurricanes
Turbos hooker Rob Foreman led
the team out as he marked 100 games
for the province he joined in 2006.
Despite being known for his
durability having rarely missed an
appearance since making his debut,
Foreman was forced from
the field in the first half
It was a cruel blow
for one of the most
consistent players in
provincial rugby who had
to watch the rest of the
contest from the bench.
Hawke’s Bay had the
luxury of playing with
a breeze at their backs
during the opening spell
and they looked to turn
Manawatu around and
let them work their way
out of their own half.
That played nicely in
to the Magpies’ hands
and it was down to the
individual brilliance of
first-five Ihaia West that
they got on the board
when he produced a
scintillating solo effort to
Chase finished off an
effort it meant Hawke’s Bay took an
eight-point advantage to the break.
The game was played at a rapid clip
with both sides keen to showcase
their ability to run the ball and
Manawatu fought back with tries to
Kayne Hammington and Milner-
Hammington, who was not wanted
by Wellington and moved north in
search of an opportunity, had a lively
With the match evenly poised at
24-20 in Hawke’s Bay ’s favour with
only a few minutes left, Manawatu
found the overlap they needed and
centre Jason Emery scored to give
them a slender advantage.
A late breakout try to Nathan
Tudreu then sealed the deal as
Manawatu 32 ( Jason Emery, Kayne
Hammington, Nehe Milner-Skudder,
Nathan Tudreu tries; Otere Black
2 pen, 2 con, Jade Te Rure con)
Hawke’s Bay 24 (Shannan Chase 2,
Ihaia West tries; West pen, 3 con)
Black Caps batting exposed again
Turbos to join big boys
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NZ Cup and Show Week
Welcome to New Zealand Cup and Show Week
Whether it’s the pulse-pounding excitement of elite racing,
the colour and creativity of fashion in the field, or the
family-friendly fun at the Canterbury A&P Show, make sure
you’re part of this year’s New Zealand Cup and Show Week.
Tickets to NZ’s biggest and most vibrant spring festival are
on sale now at nzcupandshow.co.nz
From 8–15 November, Christchurch promises to be packed
full of colour, entertainment and exciting competition,
and the city is rolling out the welcome mat for visitors from
around the country. Over eight exciting days there are
activities and events happening across the city, including
all your favourites, plus some stunning new attractions.
Addington Raceway plays host to one of the most highly
anticipated social events on Canterbury’s calendar. ‘Cup
Day’ is about getting glammed-up and partying the day
away at the races. Experience the fun, the fashion and the
fanfare at Addington.
Canterbury A&P Show
Greeted with excitement and anticipation every year, the
Canterbury A&P Show has become a spring-time tradition
for Cantabrians. For over 150 years, families have been
thrilled by the entertainment, farmyard atmosphere, taste
sensations and carnival rides.
Riccarton Park Racecourse
‘Cup Week’ at Riccarton Park Racecourse is more than just
a celebration – it’s three spectacular days of fashion, fun,
glamour and adrenalin-pumping action. Pick a day or go
to them all – just make sure you don’t miss out!
Festival fun for everyone
Make it a week to remember and get along to the other
exciting events lined up for New Zealand Cup and Show
Week. New for this year’s festival is world-class Profes-
sional Bull Riding, as well as the New Zealand Hat & Hair
Art Awards. Also, back by popular demand is the Fashion
for a Cure event, which raises funds to help find a cure for
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An injured Rob Foreman of Manawatu is held aloft by team-mates after playing his
100th game in last night ’s ITM Cup Championship Final match against Hawke’s Bay at
FMG Stadium in Palmerston North.
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