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Blaketown took a firm grip of West
Coast Rugby’s New Forrest Cup with a
gutsy 28-22 victory over South Westland,
at Hari Hari, on Saturday.
With one game remaining and four
bonus point victories to their credit, the
unbeaten seasiders have 20 competition
points — five clear of next week’s
opponent, Marist, who moved to a clear
second on the ladder with a 66-12 victory
over Grey Valley, at Arthur Fong Park.
In the other match, Kiwi looked on
course for a big victory over Wests when
leading 33-0 at the break, but Wests
ruled the second spell, scoring two
converted tries while denying Kiwi any
With first-five Melali Mudu and
flanker Sam Tau creating havoc, Marist
ran in 10 tries against Grey Valley, but
the biggest cheer of the day went to
Valley when Keith McLeod crashed over
to score his side’s first five-pointer of the
Then, as if to prove that it was not a
fluke, John Brown dotted down five
minutes later, but it was all too little too
late. Still, Valley were deser ving of their
12 points, matching Marist, who led
38-0 at the break and 59-0 soon after,
for much of the second half.
However, with for wards and backs
combining fluently, Marist ran in several
spectacular tries, often outflanking the
Grey Valley coach Ben Ferguson shored
up a leaky backline when he came on for
the final quarter. Locks Mark O’Malley
and Kurt Becker contested the lineouts
well during tireless performances, and
Keith McLeod and Connor Jennings
also produced 80-minute efforts.
Mudu, appreciating slick ser vice from
Hugo Torres, got the Marist backline
firing, to the benefit of second-five,
Brad Lewellen who earned his team’s
man of the match award. Tau scored
twice and featured as the link-man in
many others, while former loose forward
Ben Campbell capped a strong game at
hooker with a try under the posts.
Marist 66 (H Tangiora 2, J Winter 3,
S Tau 2, I Ngasu 2. B Campbell tries;
H Torres 8 cons); Grey Valley 12 (K
McLeod, J Brown tries K Moore con).
Blaketown coach Dan Keno was
impressed with his side’s fighting
qualities after injuries and defections
reduced the travelling squad to Hari
Hari to just 15 players, and Keno as the
Blaketown started slowly but came
alive late in the match, Nik Cumming
scoring the winning try, converted by
Beau Cain in the last play of the day.
Brad Houston led the for wards by
example but 18-year-old hooker Mark
Whitehead, packing down against an
experienced South Westland front row,
showed mettle, Keno said.
“Nik Cumming showed his class late in
the piece when it was needed, and Luke
Negri played well at halfback and kept
the for wards up to the mark.”
South Westland stalwart and captain
Rob Wilson said the Michael Monk
Memorial Trophy — on offer in the first
clash between Blaketown and South
Westland each season — made the
match more intense than usual.
“ We really wanted that trophy but lost
it in the last play of the day. We were
quite gutted at the finish,” Wilson said.
Flanker Josh Hill and halfback Kip
Nolan were again the top performers for
South Westland, he said.
Blaketown 28 (N Cumming, N Devlin,
D Keno, B Cain tries; Cain 4 cons);
South Westland 22 ( J Kitara, C Deans,
K Nolan tries; Deans, pen, con, Nolan
In a true game of two halves, Kiwi
led Wests 33-0 at the break but were
unable to add to their tally when Wests
dominated the second spell 14-0 in a
Hokitika senior rugby derby on Saturday.
Wests blew an early scoring chance
and then pounded the opposition’s line
without success for a while before Kiwi,
playing “faultless rugby”, ran in five tries
before the break.
“ It was a different story in the second
half, we scored two good tries, spent
most of the time deep in Kiwi territory
and managed to keep them scoreless,”
Wests head coach Dicey Davidson said.
“ It was a very entertaining game.”
Young hooker Hank Barlow was
Wests’ man of the match, while halfback
Jordan Ross was adept at tidying up bad
ball at the base of a retreating pack and
providing clean ser vice for his backs.
Davidson said 17-year-old centre Ben
Alexander made a strong impact when
he entered the game, scoring a classy try
under the posts.
Kiwi player-coach Troy Tauwhare,
along with fellow front rowers, David
Oates and Daniel Ford, gave Kiwi and
solid platform to work from, while Sean
McClure, Peter Te Rakau and Brett
McBride caused most of the damage in
Tauwhare said that Kiwi might have
been too complacent after the break but
Wests had also lifted their game a little
and have now well and truly shed their
“easy beats” label.
“ It was a good, tough game in front of
a big crowd. We had our supporters, they
had theirs, and I think they all got their
money ’s worth.”
Kiwi 33 (B McBride, P Te Rakau,
J Ferguson (2), T Tauwhare tries; T
Struthers 4 cons); Wests 14 (B Alexander,
G Waipouri tries; N Smith 2 cons).
Blaketown grab gutsy win
over South Westland
Suburbs is the one side in the
competition that knows the ball will
always beat the man so it was little
troubled by Cobden-Kohinoor,
running out 60-12 winners at rugby
league headquarters Wingham
Park on Friday night.
True to form, Suburbs fair bolted
out of the blocks from the kick-off
and with speed to burn across the
park, it was comfortably out 28-0
at the break.
With that, Cobden-Kohinoor
were facing a big defeat, but credit
to the riversiders as they tightened
up on defence and later finished
off with two nice tries of their own
In the heavy, dewy conditions
both camps were guilty of failing
to secure loose ball at times and
some wayward passing, but when
Suburbs got cracking it had far
too much in the armoury and
easily had the better combinations,
literally scoring at will.
In the final wash-up, the maroons
outscored the riversiders by 12 tries
Coach Brad Tacon would be
pleased Suburbs’ completion rate
is trending in the right direction
after some below par efforts in
that department. The maroons’
kick-and-chase game and round
the plays was also a step up from
recent outings, and this constantly
put the riversiders under immense
Two players bagged hat-tricks
for the maroons — winger Bailey
Hibbs and hooker Luke Negri.
Hibbs’ first effort got the maroons
under way after 10 minutes of play.
It was text book footie from the
maroons with a wide sweeping
movement where a number of
players linked up for Hibbs to race
away in the corner. A near carbon-
copy effort came with Hibbs’ third
try. It all seemed a case of ‘who’s
next?’ as Cobden-Kohinoor had
Centre Jordan Forysth managed
a brace with his continued good
form and defensive effort of late,
while Joel Lynch put on the after-
burners for one spectacular 80m
effort as he left Cobden-Kohinoor
players in his wake.
Suburbs’ front row of Marc
Whitehead, Luke Negri and Kiel
Johnsen sapped the energy out of
the riversiders’ first line of defence
and this in turn allowed the backs
to capitalise on the gaps.
The riversiders, though, had their
moments with another typically
strong hit-up game from prop
Nathan Jones, while Sui Brown,
whose hands in recent outings have
let him down, contributed his share
of the carries without too many
contributed for the full 80 for
the riversiders and one difficult
conversion after a smartly taken try
wide out to the determined Brodie
Bromilow was as good as it gets,
given the conditions.
Defensively, though, Suburbs’
game was up to shutting down
limited attacking opportunities
with some solid ball and all hits
by several players, not the least one
of the lightest in the side, Jordan
Campbell’s high aerial game
often had the riversiders spilling
possession as the bombs plunged
out of the darkness, though a
couple of Suburbs rewards actually
came after players decided to run
the ball on the last.
Loose for ward Cory Grant
produced another strong running
effort and appeared more a
back at times, while the elusive
Negri brothers, Ethan and Luke,
metres with their deceptive pace
and snappy changes in direction.
The record shows that Suburbs
inflicted a heavy defeat but the
riversiders could take away some
positives from the second 40.
The harder task for coaching staff
might be to get the keas in the ‘go’
mode, right from the kick-off.
Suburbs 60 (B Hibbs 3, L Negri
3, J Forsyth 2, C Grant, E Negri,
T Lynch, B Alexander tries; P
Thompson 4 conv, J Campbell
2 conv) beat Cobden-Kohinoor
12 (W Ryan, B Bromilow tries; J
Menzies 2 conv).
Waro-rakau stamped its authority at O’Brien
Park yesterday afternoon by dispatching Brunner-
Runanga 56-16 and in doing so made a statement
that it is really the only side, on present form, that can
Outscoring the home side by 10 tries to three, the
hornets were seldom troubled and scored on just
about every occasion they had possession inside
Second-rower Adrian Loe got things off for the
valley side with a snappy change in direction that
caught defenders going the wrong way to dot down
under the crossbar after only seven minutes of
play. Craig Fitzgerald slotted the easy conversion,
one of his seven, and that essentially became the
Brunner-Runanga, though, responded to Waro’s
initial try with a smart one to fullback Marty
Wakefield, who gassed into a gap to dot down wide
out near the corner flag. That was as close as it got for
the home side, as Waro-rakau just stepped up a gear.
Tries to Nathan Waghorn, a runaway to Cole
Watson and another to Loe — all converted — had
the valley boys out comfortably 24-4 at the break.
The first half was punctuated with numerous
unforced errors from both camps, but Brunner-
Runanga was the side who really suffered the
Soon after the break Fitzgerald went solo, throwing
a great dummy that did the trick to claim a four-
pointer he converted.
Watson soon joined in on the double act exploiting
a gap as big as Gibraltar and Fitzgerald was again on
hand to oblige with the extras.
Next on the charge for Waro was promising prop
Ross Sadler, who more than justified his call-up last
week to the Chargers.
He looked more like a back as he raced away the
best part of 50m for a nicely taken try handy to the
uprights. Waro-rakau’s outside backs, including the
wingers, all contributed with some solid straight
metres upfield with the ball in hand.
At 42-4, Royce Green for Brunner-Runanga
stepped up to try to change the situation after a
nice slip of the ball in the tackle by scrumhalf Rene
Mathews on to Matt Sweeny, who in turn flicked
it on to Green, who crashed over with tacklers
unable to halt him. Nathan Williamson added the
conversion to make it 42-10 midway through the
Waro-rakau, though, soon took stock and its
predatory line soon came up trumps on a loose ball
inside Brunner-Runanga’s red zone and hard-working
second-rower Jordan Patterson was over. Further
tries to Nathan Coll and the dancing footwork of
Frenchman Hugo Torres, brought up Waro’s total.
Reily McMillan finished off a smart effort near
Waro’s line for Brunner-Runanga late in the game and
the successful conversion added some respectability
to the home side’s scoresheet.
For Brunner-Runanga none tried harder than
second-rower Liam Richardson and Sam Thomas —
both gave 100% around the field.
Waro-rakau 56 (A Loe 2, C Watson 2, N Waghorn,
C Fitzgerald, R Sadler, J Patterson, N Coll, H Torres
tries; C Fitzgerald 7 conv, A Loe conv) beat Brunner-
Runanga 16 (M Wakefield, R McMillan, R Green
tries; N Williamson 2 conv).
Waro-rakau easily dispatch Brunner-Runanga
Relief will be washing through the
This was not a vintage performance
and their 22-18 victory over the Chiefs
at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on
Saturday night, will be one they might
look back on and feel lucky to have
escaped with the points.
But the flipside to that argument is
that this was another gritty win that
shows how far this team has come
when the heat goes on.
In previous seasons, this was the type
of game the Hurricanes would have
blown but they defended stoutly when
it mattered and managed to hold the
Victory gave the Hurricanes a
13-point lead at the top of the New
Zealand conference with four rounds
to go and they know the Chiefs will
provide a stern test during the final
week of the season when they meet in
their return leg in New Plymouth next
“In some ways, it ’s hard to be positive.
We weren’t particularly happy with our
performance — clearly,” Hurricanes
coach Chris Boyd said as he paid
tribute to a tough Chiefs outfit.
“I think they had a lot of adversity
and overcame that pretty well and they
could well be disappointed; but at the
end of the day, it’s a close game and
it ’s tight and we ended up getting the
Chiefs halfback Augustine Pulu was
denied a try in the final stages that
would have given the Chiefs the spoils
but the Hurricanes also had a Ma’a
Nonu try disallowed during the second
Tight games can be decided by one
decision and while Chiefs coach Dave
Rennie did not agree with Pulu’s
try being disallowed — there was a
knock-on from the Chiefs at a prior
ruck where it looked as though flanker
Sam Cane could have been impeded
by a Hurricanes player from an illegal
position — Rennie said his side needed
to take a look at themselves.
“ We were under the pump — we
stopped playing for a little while in
that second half there — but we hung
in there and finished pretty strong,”
“There’s an enormous amount of
character in this group, but we’re pretty
The Chiefs had shown great resolve
to even be in the contest considering
they lost both of their locks through
injury in the first half, while loose
for ward Liam Squire, who was pushed
in to the second-row, was also sent to
the sin bin in the second frame.
There’s a long injury list at the Chiefs,
namely first-five Aaron Cruden, but
whichever player Rennie brings in,
they are able to do a job.
Hooker Hika Elliot was immense,
while No 8 Michael Leitch got close
to covering every blade of grass at the
For the Hurricanes, they suffered
some damage as centre Conrad Smith
left the game with a head knock
in the second spell, although Boyd
said it wasn’t serious as the veteran
hadn’t shown any major symptoms of
concussion after the final whistle.
Smith is a candidate to be rested
against the Blues next weekend given
he has to sit out one more game and
fellow All Black Ben Franks could
be in the same position as his sore
Achilles flared up last night.
You do not need to worry about the
form of Nonu though who scored a
double and proved a difference-maker
in a victorious Hurricanes team.
Hurricanes 22 (Ma’a Nonu 2, Ardie
Savea tries; James Marshall pen, 2 con)
Chiefs 18 (Charlie Ngatai, Sam Cane
tries; Damian McKenzie 2 pen, con)
halftime: 10-13 . — NZ ME
Hurricanes escape with win over Chiefs
PICTURE: Getty Images
Blade Thomson, Rey Lee-Lo and Callum Gibbins of the Hurricanes,
celebrate their win over the Chiefs.
The Downtown Showdown boxing
night did not pull any punches on
Saturday, with 1000 people enjoying
A sellout crowd of 900 packed into
the Aratuna Freighters warehouse
near the Greymouth wharf on
Saturday night to watch the 10
bouts, held as a fundraiser for the
Life Education Trust West Coast.
The fight was also broadcast live
back to the Paroa Hotel, where, after
some initial technical difficulties,
100 patrons also watched the
Organiser Alan Monk said today
he would not know how much was
raised until everything had been
tallied, possibly in two weeks.
However he said the Life
Education Trust had helped with
running the event and was a worthy
Mr Monk was rapt with how it all
“The crowd was pretty pumped for
the event leading in and they weren’t
disappointed, from what I’ve heard.
It was a pretty good spectacle from
Two years on from the debut of the
Seaside Showdown, held in a tent
on the Paroa School field, he said
the warehouse venue was “10 times
“It made things easier, we didn’t
have to put up a marquee four days
Mr Monk said the event could
return again in another two years’
“If the demand is there for it
to go ahead then we’ll do it. It is
definitely a biennial thing. The costs
and demand on sponsors is so high
to make it happen. We’ ll wait for
that time to come and check what
people feel towards it and take it
Results from the night saw Brett
Kokshoorn beat Andrew Havill,
Trudi McGrath beat Ngahuia King,
Shane O’Dea beat Brendon Russ,
Horano Wilson beat Cole Green,
Amy Vui beat Katie Neilson, Ryan
Stentiford beat Grant King, Bree
Cumming beat Megyn McL ennan,
Tere Wycliff beat Adam Dunbar,
Dan Tauwhare beat Royce Green,
and in the fight of the night Bowyn
Morgan beat Shaun Colmore.
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