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The Wellington Phoenix have
conquered their Brisbane hoodoo
with a 2-1 victory over the Roar amid
soaked scenes at Suncorp Stadium.
Torrential rain in the second spell
forced the game to be called off after
only 72 minutes yestserday and the
scoreline stood because the game had
kicked off in the second half.
“It ’s probably the right decision,”
Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss said
as the players left the field.
The ball was getting caught in big
puddles when the final whistle was
blown, while player safety was at risk
with the ground in such a state.
Beating the Roar in Brisbane had
verged on the impossible for the
Phoenix who had never won on the
road against the Roar in 12 previous
attempts — 11 in Brisbane and once
on the Gold Coast — but they have
finally conquered the mountain.
The win also allowed them to open
up a four-point gap at the top of the
A-L eague ladder and four of their
five remaining games in the regular
season will be played at home.
That is a huge advantage for the
Phoenix who have also shown an
ability to win anywhere this season
after recent wins across the Tasman
over Melbourne Victory and Perth.
Wellington made a bright start to
the game today but conceded a goal
in the fifth minute in the blink of an
Brisbane striker Andrija Kalud-
erovic, playing his fifth A-League
game having joined the club recently,
turned the ball in from close range
and the Roar took the lead.
Going behind on the scoreboard
did not deter the Phoenix though
and they continued to apply pressure
to the Roar through their front
Michael McGlinchey, Nathan
Burns and Roy Krishna proved tough
to contain for Brisbane as the pace
and skill of the Phoenix’s attacking
trio set the game alight.
Burns, who has reinvented himself
under Ernie Merrick in the capital,
was particularly impressive and
he laid on Wellington’s opening
goal when he squared the ball to
McGlinchey who finished the
The 26-year-old Burns then put
his name in the scorebook after he
tapped in the ball as a Krishna shot
cannoned off the post and fell to
The Australian international missed
last week’s win over the Glory in
Perth due to a hip complaint, which
was not deemed serious.
The decision to rest Burns seemed
wise though given the performance
he produced against the Roar.
Brisbane were opened up regularly
by a rampant Phoenix team but the
conditions stymied that momentum
in the second spell as the game
descended in to a water fight.
McGlinchey could have added a
third for the Phoenix in the second
half but he put his shot wide from
inside the six-yard box.
Wellington host Sydney FC at
Westpac Stadium on Sunday and
they are moving towards finishing
the season at the top of the table.
Wellington Phoenix 2 (Michael
McGlinchey, Nathan Burns),
Kaluderovic) half-time: 2-1 .
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Wellington Phoenix’s Andrew Durrange, left, and Brisbane Roar’s Andrija Kaluderovic compete for the ball in last night ’s wet encounter at Suncorp
Stadium, in Brisbane.
of the New Zealand Herald
Sometimes the losses feel like wins and
the wins like losses.
The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have
experienced both in their past few trans-
Tasman netball league match-ups.
After two fighting defeats to Australian
heavyweights the Swifts and the Vixens
over the past two weeks, the Magic
went into last night’s match against
the Mainland Tactix looking to ‘re-set ’
their season with a confidence-building
performance. But the 52-49 win did little
to improve the Magic’s mood.
With the exception of a brilliant
opening seven minutes, in which the
Magic ran rampant as they piled on 10
unanswered goals, it was an other wise
ugly performance from the home side,
who did not respond well when the
pressure eventually came on.
After the horror start the visitors
fought, scrapped and clawed —
sometimes literally — their way back
into the match, never allowing the Magic
to get comfortable for the remaining
43 minutes of the match. As the Magic
became increasingly frazzled with some
of the clumsy, and occasionally cynical,
challenges from the Tactix on defence, the
visitors took advantage, closing to within
one goal mid-way through the final spell.
The experience of the Magic’s
internationals came to the fore in the
final few minutes as the Waikato-Bay of
Plenty side managed to eke out a scrappy
win. While they collected a much-needed
two points, the glum look on the faces of
the Magic players following the match
said it all.
were 10 goals up and to win by what three
or four was not good enough,” Magic
shooter Jo Harten said.
“ We’re probably going to get punished
by Julie (Fitzgerald) in training this week
and we deser ve it.”
Returning to the starting line-up last
night after being sidelined with a rib
injury Harten took little time in setting
about her work as the Magic opened with
a scoring spree.
It was seven minutes before the usually
prolific Tactix shooter Mwai Kumwenda
had her first shot at goal, as young
Magic defender Kristiana Manu’a did an
impressive job of containing the Malawi
Needing to do something to address
the early damage on the scoreboard,
Tactix coach Sue Hawkins was not
willing to wait until the quarter break
to make a change to her line-up, instead
using an injury break to inject young
shooter Gemma Hazeldine into the
attack end and benching Bailey Mes.
With greater speed, mobility and greater
deception to her passing game, Hazeldine
immediately opened up the Tactix attack
end and brought Kumwenda into the
game, cutting the deficit to 15-10 at the
A lapse in concentration from the
visitors late in the second spell allowed
the Magic to extend their lead out to 27-
21 at halftime, but it was not long before
the Tactix closed in on them again.
The Tactix rallied to close the gap to
39-36 heading into the fourth period,
and while they threatened down the final
stretch, the visitors were never able to get
Adelaide Thunderbirds won their
first game of the trans-Tasman netball
season, holding on to defeat Melbourne
Vixens by two goals at Netball SA
The upset 47-45 victory added to the
celebrations of captain Renae Hallinan’s
100th game, although Adelaide was
still at the bottom of the Australian
conference on goal difference.
In front of a near capacity crowd,
the home side led at every break and
withstood a late fightback from the
Amy Steel continued her impressive
start to the season to star at goal defence,
while at the other end, Carla Borrego
and Erin Bell shared the shooting load.
Renae Hallinan was also influential in
her milestone game, shutting down the
Vixen’s wing-attack Madison Robinson.
The captain said a full-court effort got
her side over the line.
“ It’s hard to pick who takes the points
today because everyone ran out there
and did their job for 60 minutes and
that ’s what you’ve got to do to beat a side
like the Vixens,” Hallinan said.
“ I’m absolutely thrilled, relieved, I’m so
proud of the girls. ”
Thunderbirds coach Jane Woodlands-
Thompson said the result was a relief
after their disappointing start to the
“ We were building towards that. I
thought we’d shown the character and
fighting spirit over the last few weeks
without coming with the points or all of
the points, so I think today was the day
where all of those things came together,”
The win was also the Thunderbirds
first over the Vixens in their past four
encounters and reverses a nine goal loss
a fortnight ago.
Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said
she expected the Thunderbirds to come
“ Definitely coming into the game you
knew it was going to be a tough one and
was going to take the best from us to get
a win,” she said.
“The Thunderbirds played very well
and we just didn’t match them for
intensity and focus.”
The Thunderbirds face the tough road
trip to Perth next week to take on West
Coast Fever, while the Vixens have the
bye. — AAP
Juan Mata’s mar vellous volley helped
Manchester United beat Liverpool
in the race for Champions League
qualification while his former club
Chelsea ner vously regained their six-
point lead in the Premier League
At the end of a week where English
clubs have failed to reach the last eight
of the Champions League for the
second time in three years, attention has
quickly turned to next term’s competition
with United now handily placed for a
Their Mata-inspired 2-1 win at Anfield
left them five points clear of their old
rivals in fourth, the Champions League
playoff spot, as United seek a return to
Europe’s top table after this season’s
They were aided by pumped-up
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard being
brainlessly sent off for stamping on
Ander Herrera 38 seconds after coming
on as a halftime substitute. By that time
Liverpool trailed 1-0 through Mata’s neat
first-half finish and the Spaniard added
his second after Gerrard’s dismissal with
a stunning left-foot acrobatic volley.
Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back
before Wayne Rooney missed the chance
to add a third when Simon Mignolet
saved his injury-time penalty.
“I think it ’s my best game in a United
shirt,” Mata, a bit-part player under Louis
van Gaal until recently, told Sky Sports.
“The second goal has to be up there with
my best. After Steven Gerrard was sent
off we needed a second goal because they
pushed us to the end. It was important
for me. The last few months I’ve not had
the best moment. It is the manager who
decides but I’m happy today.”
Chelsea remain well on course for the
title despite a lacklustre performance in
a 3-2 win at Hull City. They now boast
67 points with nine matches left and
have a game in hand on second-placed
Eden Hazard’s thumping strike gave
Chelsea the advantage inside the first two
minutes and Diego Costa added a second
to put Jose Mourinho’s side seemingly
in control. Hull responded in blistering
fashion to score twice in 74 seconds.
Ahmed Elmohamady first turned in
Andrew Robertson’s precision cross
before Abel Hernandez capitalised on
a defensive mix-up between Branislav
and goalkeeper Thibaut
Courtois to level the scores just before
the half hour.
Courtois atoned for his error by
producing a stunning treble-save to
deny Hull going in front and Chelsea
substitute L oic Remy made sure the West
Londoners went six points clear when his
77th-minute shot squirmed under Allan
“After the international break we will go
back to one match per week, except our
game in hand. I believe we can finish the
season very strong,” Mourinho said.
United, with testing games to come
against Manchester City, Chelsea
and Arsenal, needed to build on last
weekend ’s impressive 3-0 victory over
Tottenham Hotspur to keep themselves
in the ascendancy for a Champions
League place and eye third.
Liverpool, unbeaten in the league
since their 3-0 defeat by United at Old
Tr a ff ord in mid-December, fell behind
when Herrera’s defence-splitting pass
was collected by Mata who slid the ball
Substitute Gerrard was dismissed
at the start of the second period and
United made the extra man count after
59 minutes when Mata met Angel Di
Maria’s lobbed pass first time and scissor-
kicked the ball home.
Sturridge ignited Liverpool’s hopes
when he pulled a goal back 10 minutes
later but United stood firm before
Rooney ’s injury-time penalty was denied
“ We were still in the game until the end
and take great pride in that. The first half
cost us more than the second,” Liverpool
boss Brendan Rodgers said.
Queens Park Rangers’ hopes of Premier
League sur vival were dealt a blow by
13th-placed Everton, who stole a 2-1 win
at Loftus Road through on-loan Spurs
winger Aaron L ennon.
QPR remain 19th, four points adrift of
Ireland won the Six Nations
Championship on points difference
beating Scotland 40-
10 at Murrayfield yesterday as
comprehensive victories for England
and Wales proved in vain on a dramatic
final day featuring 27 tries.
Wales humbled Italy 61-20 to lay
down a marker but Ireland’s victory
lifted them top of the standings and
left England needing to beat France by
26 points to win the title.
England did prevail 55-35 in an
extraordinary game at Twickenham
but it was not enough to deny Ireland a
second successive crown.
“It feels incredible,” Ireland captain
Paul O’Connell told Irish television
“It ’s such bizarre
circumstances as well. It’s an amazing
feeling to do it two years in a row, I
think for the first time in 65 years. It ’s
brilliant for Irish rugby. Brilliant.”
Wales began a remarkable day with a
sensational second-half display in Italy
during which they scored seven tries to
win 61-20 and surge to the top of the
In Edinburgh, though, Ireland
forwards O’Connell and Sean O’Brien
scored early tries to put Ireland 17-3
ahead before Scotland flyhalf Finn
Russell scampered over in the left
corner to reduce the deficit to 20-
10 at half-time. Ireland dominated
possession and were rewarded when
centre Jared Payne scythed through
the Scottish defence to touch down
and Scotland were on the ropes when
prop Geoff Cross was sent to the
sin-bin. But Jonny Sexton missed
two straightfor ward penalties before
extending the Irish lead to 33-10 and
O’Brien burrowed over from close
range seven minutes from time.
Earlier in Rome, Wales spluttered
through the first half and led only 14-
13 at the interval against a determined
Italian side. But the Welsh produced a
scintillating display of attacking rugby
as winger George North crossed the
line three times and Liam Williams,
Rhys Webb, Sam Warburton and Scott
Williams also went over to put Wales
ahead 61-13 in the dying minutes.
There was a late sting in the tail for
the inspired Welsh, however, as Italy
winger Leonardo Sarto burst down
the left to score and Luciano Orquera
kicked the touchline conversion to give
Ireland and England a lifeline.
England, knowing the monumental
nature of their task at Twickenham,
started superbly, scoring an early try
through scrumhalf Ben Youngs. But
they were rocked by conceding two
quick tries to Sebastien Tillous-Borde
and Noa Nakaitaci which turned a 7-3
deficit into a 15-7 lead for France.
England hit back through Anthony
Watson and Youngs to lead 27-15 at
half-time and the tries continued to
flow as Maxime Mermoz and George
Ford each crossed under the posts. Jack
Nowell produced a brilliant finish for
England but prop Vincent Debaty
galloped 70m to reply for France. Billy
Vunipola bundled over and Benjamin
Kayser did the same before Nowell’s
second took England beyond their
previous highest score against France,
a 48-19 win in 2001.
The hosts pounded the line but
France, who had conceded only two
tries in their previous four games,
held out, leaving 82,000 England fans
breathless and hugely disappointed at
the same time.
“I’m gutted really,” England coach
Stuart Lancaster told the BBC. “It
was one of the most courageous
performances I’ve seen from a team.
It was an unbelievable game of rugby.
The first two France tries hurt us. But
to come back like we did — it will
go down as one of the great games of
rugby.” — Reuters
Ireland’s Six Nations-winning coach
Joe Schmidt says rugby will take a back
seat for now as he focuses on caring for
his 11-year-old son who suffers from
Schmidt was reluctant to be drawn on
the subject of his side’s prospects in the
World Cup later this year after Ireland
clinched consecutive Six Nations titles
in dramatic circumstances yesterday in
The New Zealander stressed that his
immediate priority was his son, Luke,
who battled a brain tumour aged four
and is undergoing treatment for epilepsy.
“We’re off overseas to see a specialist to
try to get some help with our sick son, so
reality for me is a long way from rugby
when we fly out on Tuesday,” Schmidt
“ I’ll park the rugby for a while and then
we’ll look at the World Cup probably
towards the end of April.”
Two tries by man of the match Sean
O’Brien inspired Ireland to a 40-10 win
over a hapless Scotland in their final Six
Nations match, which ultimately proved
just enough to secure their first back-to-
back title wins since 1949.
England did their best to spoil the party
with a stunning display of attacking
rugby and fell just short of the 26 points
win difference they required with a
Twickenham. — AFP/AAP
Twenty-seven players took part in
the inaugural Trevor Wilson Memorial
darts singles held in Hokitika on
There were an astounding 14 180s
recorded throughout the tournament
and some top darts were thrown.
Following section play a two life
system was played.
Jeremy Barrett beat Evan Calteaux in
the first life and Paul Rasmussan in the
second life to emerge the winner of the
A play-off for runner-up resulted in
Calteaux beating Rasmussan.
Quentin Gardiner was fourth.
The plate round play-off ended with
a win to Darryl Mahan, with Kurtis
High scores. — E Calteaux, J Barrett
(3), L Hoskings (2), S Candlish, M
Kirby, P Rasmussen, M Wilson, K
Wilson, Q Gardiner 180, E Calteaux
(7), Q Gardiner (3), J Nolan, A Mills-
Jensen, D Thompson (2), R Barrett, T
High breaks. — R Mesman, M Kirby
160, T Mahuika 140, D Mahan 130, B
Hodson, T Mahuika, Marty Wilson, R
Barrett, Mel Wilson 120, S Candlish
115, T Mahuika (2), R Barrett 100.
P Rasmussen 153,
Marty Wilson 124, R Barrett 120, M
Sangster 116, A Mills-Jensen 108.
South Sydney centre Dylan
Walker is facing up to a month
on the sidelines after sustaining
a suspected broken hand in the
Rabbitohs’ 20-6 win over Wests
Walker played the full 80 minutes
and scored two tries in the premiers’
hard-fought victory over a Tigers
side who showed more than enough
to suggest they can enjoy a strong
season under the coaching of Jason
The 20-year-old injured his left
hand in the opening 10 minutes at
ANZ Stadium and visibly struggled
throughout the first half but said he
never had any intention of leaving
“It just sort of went back, but I
didn’t want to come off or let the
team down,” Walker said, who will
undergo scans today to determine
the extent of the injury.
“I am just thankful for the boys
in getting me through the game. I
broke my thumb last year against
the Warriors and played through
Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire
admitted he was hopeful more than
optimistic about Walker’s injury
but indicated he could be selected
to face Parramatta on Friday.
“ We’re not quite sure what he’s
done,” Maguire said.
“It could quite possibly be a break
but he’ll tape it up for Friday and
see how it goes.”
The premiership-winning mentor
was happy to take the two points
in an often scrappy affair that
threatened to boil over on occasions
in the second half.
“It was probably a bit ugly but
we knew we were going to be
up against a strong team today,”
“I think the Wests Tigers have
shown that in the first two games
and they ’ve been very thorough
about how they’ve gone about their
“ I was proud of the players
and how they got through those
momentum changes and came up
with some special plays.”
Not since Andrew Johns was
steering Newcastle around the park
have the Knights begun an NRL
campaign this well.
victory over Gold Coast at a rain-
lashed Robina gave the Knights
their third win from as many
starts this season, something the
c lub has not achieved since the
It is also the club’s fifth win in
a row, as they won the final two
fixtures of the 2014 campaign.
That is something the Knights
have not achieved since 2005.
Captain Kurt Gidley believes the
run of wins shows something is
building at Newcastle.
“ We’ve still got areas we can work
on but the character and desire, we
need to keep those, and the skill we
need to work on,” Gidley said.
“ We’ve got most of the same guys
here (from last year). We’ve got a
couple of new fellas ... but we’ve got
the same group of guys who were
playing at the back end of last year,
when we were playing well.
“Last year was a tough year but
when all the distractions and things
were aside and finished with we
were playing our best footy.
“ We’re not playing our best footy
at the moment but we’re never
giving up on anything and that ’s
History suggests winning the
club’s first three matches of the
season is the foundation of a solid
On Saturday, under-fire St George
Illawarra capped a magnificent
turnaround to overcome an early
18-0 deficit to secure a priceless
22-20 win over Canberra.
Melbourne were far too good for
Cronulla, completing a 36-18 win
which leaves the Sharks winless
after three rounds.
Across the Tasman, the Warriors
made it two wins from three starts
with a 29-16 victory over injury-hit
In the weekend’s other games,
Brisbane heaped pressure on North
Queensland coach Paul Green with
a 44-22 victory at Suncorp Stadium
on Friday night.
The 22-point loss means the
Cowboys remain winless this
season with captain Johnathan
Thurston admitting he had been
“pretty embarrassed” by the defeat.
“I would say our confidence is
shot at the moment,” Thurston said.
“Last year we based our game
on defence and we have been like
turnstiles the first three rounds —
we have a lot of work to do.”
Canterbury held firm to beat
Manly 16-12 at Brookvale in
Friday’s other match.
This week’s round wraps up
tonight with Sydney Roosters
taking on unbeaten Penrith at
Allianz Stadium. — A AP
Magic holds Tactix out
Milestone win for Thunderbirds
Barrett wins Trevor Wilson
Nix end Brisbane hoodoo
SIX NATIONS RUGBY
United’s Mara hits
Family first for Schmidt
Ireland wins Six Nations Championship
Rabbitohs Walker facing
month on sideline
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Rabbitohs Dylan Walker scores
a try as he is tackled by Tigers
James Tedesco in last night ’s
encounter at ANZ Stadium, in
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