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If New Zealand needed reminding that the glory
mustered from their best World Cup campaign
might be fleeting, this 210-run defeat will have
cemented the concept.
Any sort of honeymoon was disassembled by
a revamped England, playing a style of limited
overs cricket their fans could barely recognise.
England’s aggressive approach exploded onto
Edgbaston in front of 19,707 patrons, propelling
them to 408 for nine, their highest total in the
format and the most runs New Zealand have
The hosts’ previous highest score was 391 for
four against Bangladesh at Nottingham in June
2005; the most the visitors’ had leaked was 392
for four against India at Christchurch in March
England delivered a touch of touche to New
Zealand’s familiar brand, dismissing them for 198
in 31.1 overs. The margin of victory was England’s
most in terms of runs in an ODI.
Jos Buttler’s 129 from 77 balls and Joe Root ’s
104 off 78 helped deliver a Roman candle of an
innings in complete contrast to their 123-run
capitulation against the same opposition at the
Captain Eoin Morgan’s words at the pre-match
media conference, that they had picked players to
play a more attacking style, were reinforced by a
juggernaut of action.
Short, wide pace bowling helped, as did several
New Zealand dropped catches including two by
Ross Taylor at long on and deep mid-wicket and
one by captain Brendon McCullum running back
Buttler and Adil Rashid, with his ODI highest
score of 69 from 50 balls, produced a world record
177-run seventh-wicket partnership which left
the visitors’ bowling stocks looking despondent
Only Trent Boult with four wickets for 55 from
his allotment had any genuine impact.
He was bowled out by the 33rd over, giving
Buttler and Rashid the freedom to go forth and
Every other bowler went for more than seven
runs per over. In the last 20 overs England scored
206 for three. The maths were simple.
Nathan McCullum temporarily stymied the
attack when he was brought on in the fifth over
and conceded three, but figures of none for 66
from seven overs indicate that was short-lived.
Similarly, debutant Mitchell Santner had figures
of one for 16 at the end of his third over.
He finished with one for 64 from eight. Captain
McCullum attempted to instill confidence by
standing at silly point. Santner largely obliged by
pitching up without fear for the consequences.
The lbw of Sam Billings, via decision review, at
least gave him a win in the contest between the
With Tim Southee rested due to tiredness after
the tests, Mitchell McClenaghan and Matt Henry
struggled to stem the cascade of runs going for 93
and 73 runs respectively.
New Zealand started in perfect fashion,
dismissing opener Jason Roy with the first ball
of the series — and his first in ODI cricket after
his debut against Ireland last month was rained
off before England batted. Boult pitched up
outside off stump and Roy fed Martin Guptill at
It may have done England a favour. Root
entered and made the third fastest century by an
Englishman in an ODI, reaching the mark for the
fifth time in this format.
The crowd launched into a chorus of ‘Joe Root ’
in time to the Beatles’ Hey Jude. However, his
place in their collective heart was downgraded
as Buttler brought up his milestone in 66 balls,
second to his best of 61 balls against Sri Lanka
The chase for 8.18 runs per over was a cricketing
Himalaya and New Zealand never reached base
Kane Williamson (45 off 43), Ross Taylor
(57 off 54) and Grant Elliott (27 from 24) all
demonstrated form which could not be sustained.
England, led by leg spinner Adil Rashid with
four for 55 from 10 overs, never looked like
relinquishing their dominant position, which
was hard-earned considering the match had been
billed World Cup finalists versus World Cup
There is now plenty to contemplate about the
depth and the permutations as to where this series
could go. — New Zealand Herald
If the Hurricanes think they will enjoy
home advantage in New Plymouth on
Saturday, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie
offered a quick rebuttal to those claims.
“ I don’t know how they’d know that,”
he smiled. “ They haven’t been there for
seven years. ”
That neglect was part of the reason
Taranaki opted to switch their allegiance
to the Chiefs before the 2014 season.
Although their association has been
brief, Rennie believes his side have
already shown more appreciation for
local fans than the previous regime.
The Chiefs’ first match at Yarrow
Stadium was an appetising encounter
with the Blues, the first all-New Zealand
affair in New Plymouth for 15 years.
Subsequent visits have brought high-
quality opposition like the Waratahs and
the Brumbies, whereas the Hurricanes
generally produced the dregs of the
competition on their rare trips to the
So while an 18-year connection will
be tough to forget for many fans, the
Chiefs hope their level of engagement
will eventually be enough to break any
bonds from the previous relationship.
“Since we’ve been involved in Taranaki
and they’ve been part of the Chiefs,
we’ve taken down some good cattle,”
“ I think (the Hurricanes) were there
twice in seven years, and they took the
Lions and the Force. I know there will
be a lot of Hurricanes supporters but our
job is to influence that over time through
performances and through connections
down there, and hopefully we’ ll get a
few wearing our colours. We just want
to get some good footy down there and
hopefully the public are inspired by that
and they come out in big numbers. ”
Hika Elliot, who spent a season with
the Hurricanes before joining the
Chiefs, was sure the crowd would turn
out in force and equally certain what
colours they would be wearing.
“ I think it ’s definitely Chiefs territory
now,” the hooker said. “ They ’ve had their
association with (the Hurricanes) but,
by all accounts, the Taranaki people are
right behind us.”
That off-the-field battle will be almost
as intriguing as the action on the park,
with the Hurricanes safely ensconced
in top spot and the Chiefs having also
secured their playoff place.
Both sides may opt to keep a little in
reser ve ahead of the finals — with Ma’a
Nonu and Sam Cane set to be absent
through the All Blacks’ rest requirements
but Rennie thought the Hurricanes
would want to be near full-strength
given they will spend next weekend on
the sidelines ahead of the semi-finals.
“Guys with niggles and that sort
of thing, it makes sense to give them
a week,” he said. “ But I wouldn’t be
looking to wrap guys up in cotton wool,
other wise they end up having two weeks
off going into a big game, and maybe
that ’s not ideal.
“ We want to play a strong Hurricanes
side as well, and we want to take a bit
of momentum into the play-offs. It ’s an
important week for both teams, I think,
and we’ ll both want to get a good result. ”
Booed just days ago by Queensland fans,
Daly Cherry-Evans insists winning back
support will be the last thing on his mind
when he holds the Maroons reins in next
week’s crunch State of Origin II clash in
Queensland coach Mal Meninga has
kept the faith with Cherry-Evans, slotting
him in for injured halfback Cooper Cronk
(knee) for June 17’s clash at the MCG.
The jury is still out with some Maroons
fans after Cherry-Evans ended months
of speculation by reneging on a four year
Gold Coast deal to stay at Manly.
His backflip caused uproar north of the
Tweed River, so much so that he was jeered
by Suncorp Stadium fans during Brisbane’s
44-10 NRL win over Manly last Friday
night. But Cherry-Evans did not believe
he had anything to prove in game two.
“ I have many ambitions and motives to
play Origin and proving the crowd wrong
is not one of them,” he said.
“The spotlight and the attention really
hasn’t bothered me. The only support I
haven’t got is from the media and that is
quite irrelevant to be honest. I have just
tried to enjoy footy and family life.
“The structures in place in this
Queensland side are pretty black and white
so I just need to play my role.”
Meninga insisted Cherry-Evans’ contract
drama would not be an issue in the
“ He will be fine. What has occurred in
the past is behind him now,” he said.
“ To be honest we don’t think about those
sorts of things. This is the Q ueensland
team and we are moving for ward. We
wouldn’t probably discuss that in camp to
Maroons skipper Cameron Smith
admitted Cherry-Evans faced a huge
challenge stepping up in place of Cronk
after his contract saga.
Especially after it proved such a tough ask
the first time he filled in for Cronk in game
two last year.
Cherry-Evans struggled with a knee
injury and did not fire a shot at No 7 when
Cronk (broken arm) missed last year ’s
Origin II as NSW sealed their first series
win in nine years.
Smith claimed Cherry-Evans was ready
to “make a statement ” for the Maroons in
“ I see it as a big challenge for him
personally but I think he is up to it,” Smith
“The best thing is that he will be able to
train with us for the entire camp. Last time
he had the No 7 jersey he had one training
session with us.”
Queensland have talked up the fitness
of fullback Billy Slater (shoulder) and
centre Greg Inglis who is nursing a knee
complaint while recovering from a bout of
tonsillitis that floored him ahead of game
Cherry-Evans (shoulder) missed game
one but his elevation at halfback ensured
Cowboys playmaker Michael Morgan kept
his spot as bench utility.
Instead of an 18th man, Meninga added
three players to an extended maroons squad
Newcastle duo Korbin Sims and Dane
Gagai and Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii.
Queensland. — Billy Slater, Darius Boyd,
Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Will Chambers,
Johnathan Thurston, Daly Cherry-Evans,
Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (c) Nate
Myles, Aidan Guerra, Sam Thaiday, Corey
Parker. Interchange: Michael Morgan, Josh
McGuire, Matt Gillett, Jacob Lillyman.
Squad members: Josh Papalii, Dane Gagai,
New South Wales. — Josh D ugan, Brett
Morris, Josh Morris, Michael Jennings,
Will Hopoate, Mitchell Pearce, Trent
Hodkinson, James Tamou, Robbie Farah
(c), Aaron Woods, Beau Scott, Ryan
Hoffman, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Trent
Merrin, Boyd Cordner, David Klemmer,
Josh Jackson. — AAP
When Jasmine Pereira ran on to the
Commonwealth Stadium turf as a
substitute for the Football Ferns against the
Netherlands, it was only the first test facing
the striker at the Women’s World Cup.
The 18-year-old is balancing academic
and sporting pursuits, with the psychology
major facing a looming exam as part of
the arts degree she is studying towards at
It is an increasingly common challenge
for the Football Ferns — albeit a welcome
one — since High Performance Sport
began supporting their programme after the
Eighteen of the 23-women squad have
received a Prime Minister’s Athlete
Scholarship from HPSNZ, and Pereira is
one of four players who have at least one
exam while at the World Cup.
It meant she spent Monday afternoon
swotting for an exam in her psychology as
a natural science paper, but Pereira said that
was just part of Football Ferns life.
“It’s quite hard because we do so much
work off the field with the football —
analysing games, checking stats, etc — so
it ’s hard to balance that, the training and my
study,” Pereira said. “But it ’s just something
that’s got to be done, and it’s a good way to
get away from football sometimes.”
The awarding of a PM scholarship solved
a dilemma for Pereira, who was looking
towards university in the United States
but wanted to remain in New Zealand and
stake a claim a place in the national team
after impressing at age group levels. It’s also
allowed her to tap into the auxiliary support
ser vices provided by HPSNZ.
“ It ’s made it a lot easier on my family
because I wanted to stay in New Zealand
and I wanted to be a Football Fern.”
And of her first taste of a World Cup,
Pereira said she remained relaxed on the
bench but ready if and when her opportunity
“Going into that game, I saw the starting
line-up and started to prepare myself for
what my role might be. As soon as I get that
call, I flick the switch and I’m ready. ”
The Football Ferns resume their campaign
on Friday against hosts Canada. — NZ ME
The coaching staff have rung the
changes for New Zealand’s crucial match
against Ireland in tomorrow morning’s
World Rugby Under 20 Championship
There are no less than 12 changes to
the starting 15 who narrowly defeated
Argentina last weekend.
Coach Scott Robertson is urging his
team to work on their mental skills for
their final pool game.
“ We definitely need to be a lot smarter,”
he said. “ We’ve assessed how we played
at the weekend and improved our game
understanding. Argentina slowed our
game down quite a lot. They stopped us
playing by a lot of different means and
we have to be much smarter in the way
we deal with that.
“They were very clear in the way they
wanted to stop us playing, obviously
with mauls, keeping the ball tight,
playing one-two ball football, and just
keeping to the short side.
We didn’t deal with it that well, but
fortunately we got through with the
New Zealand, along with England,
South Africa and Australia, are all on 10
points at this stage of the tournament,
and Ireland, who are also unbeaten, trail
with eight. Competition for the top four
is very tight.
“A do or die quarter-final against
Ireland waits for us, so winner takes all,”
“O ur focus is to finish on top with the
best for and against record. There’s only
six points between the top three teams at
the moment, including us.”
England currently has a points
difference of 66, New Zealand has 61
with South Africa just behind on 60.
“ We watched Ireland in the Six
Nations and in their last two pool games
and they haven’t changed too much.
They’re very similar to Scotland in a lot
“They love the maul, they ’re really
good around their attack strategy and
“This game’s a priority and our
intention is hopefully to create enough
for ward thrust to finish fine, while
respecting Ireland in our preparation
and winning the match. The opportunity
is there to score as many as we can, but
the best thing is to win it!
“ We’ll have to make sure we get some
really good top quality ball off our set-
piece to create opportunities for our
backs, but more importantly if we can
keep our penalty count down, we’ll keep
it away from any set-piece drives and
protect our goal line.
“ We’ve picked a strong line-up which
can get us the result we need to finish
at the top. Otere Black comes in at 10,
along with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi at
nine, and we’ve some solid leadership
with Atu Moli to start at captain and
Jack Goodhue as our vice-captain,” he
Fresh off the plane, midfielder Anton
Lienert-Brown will arrive to watch on
the sidelines at Viadana’s Stadio Luigi
Zaffanella, after being released from the
Chiefs. He has replaced Mitch Karpik,
who picked up an ankle injury during
the game against Argentina.
Nathaniel Apa shifts from the wing to
second five, having played much of his
school rugby for Kelston Boys’ High
First XV in the midfield. Blake Gibson
shifts into the No 7 jersey, in which he
too has played a lot of rugby.
Kick-off is at 6.30am. The semi-finals
will take place in Viadana and Calvisano
The team is. — Luteru Laulala, Tevita
Li, Jack Goodhue, Nathaniel Apa,
Vince Aso, Otere Black, Te Toiroa
Tahuriorangi, Akira Ioane, Blake
Gibson, James Blackwell, Hamish
Dalzell, Josh Goodhue, Atu Moli (c),
Liam Polwart, Isi Tu’ungafasi. Reser ves:
Ricky Riccitelli, Aidan Ross, Tau
Koloamatangi, Mitch Dunshea, Henry
Stowers, Harrison Levien, T J Faiane,
Mitch Hunt. — New Zealand Herald
Junior All Blacks
ring in changes
Black Caps’ skipper Brendon McCullum is bowled out this morning at Edgbaston.
Ferns balance academic demands
As far as second round opponents at this
Under-20 World Cup, they do not come much
tougher than what the Junior All Whites will
Portugal. Boy-o -boy. As a nation they are
renowned for great porto, a lot of cork, stunning
beaches and prodigiously talented footballers,
especially at youth levels.
For a relatively small nation (population 10.5
million) they have produced an impressive
amount of talent, from Eusebio and Luis Figo,
to Rui Costa and Christiano Ronaldo.
“ When it comes to styles, Portugal always has
that impressive blend of two continents,” former
Junior All Whites coach Chris Milicich said.
“In some ways they are very Latin in their style,
the closest thing to a South American team in
“But they also have a pragmatic approach and
it’s an ideal mix; technique and talent, along with
a hard edge.”
Milicich was in charge of the last Junior
All Whites side to face Portugal, at the 2011
Under-20 World Cup, losing 1-0 to the Iberian
team after creditable draws with Cameroon and
“They were good, very good,” Milicich said.
“They had Nelson Oliveira — who is now
leading the line at Swansea — and others now
starting in La Liga and Serie A. They reached
the final, losing only to Brazil.”
The 2015 edition of A Seleccao may not have
the same individual standouts but they look a
complete unit; if Portugal are not the best team
at this World Cup, they are close to it.
Germany have been ruthlessly efficient but
judgment needs to be reser ved, given they were
placed in the weakest group in the tournament.
Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana and Ukraine have all
impressed at times, but haven’t been as consistent
as the Portuguese who came through a tough
group (Colombia, Senegal, Qatar) unscathed.
“They have been scoring goals at will,” Milicich
said. “No one has been able to stop them so far.”
However Milicich sees the structural discipline
of the Portuguese as an opportunity for the
“Like most European teams — and unlike
many South American or African teams —
players tend to stick to their positions and
structure rather than roaming,” Milicich said.
“In a way that makes it easier to defend them,
though nothing will be easy tomorrow.”
Captain Bill Tuiloma will have a key role. As
the most capable — and quickest — defender
on the team, he is likely to be retained in central
defence. He is also assured in possession and will
need to ensure the New Zealanders can retain
whatever scraps come their way. Fellow defender
Sam Brotherton may be assigned a man marking
role, to stop the dangerous Andre Silva or Ivo.
Portugal are one of only three countries (along
with Argentina and Brazil) to have won multiple
Under-20 World Cups (in 1989 and 1991).
“It’s a big challenge,” Junior All Whites coach
Darren Bazeley said.
“But stuff happens — we have seen the Fiji
result. I like being an underdog (and) there
will be more pressure on Portugal, they will be
expected to win.
“ We can’t lose anything going into this game.
We’ve got out of the group, made that bit of
history and now we have a chance to really do
— New Zealand Herald
A late penalty corner goal for South Korea
deprived New Zealand of victory in their
final pool A game at the men’s hockey World
League semi-final in Buenos Aires today.
The 3-3 draw leaves the Black Sticks second
in the group behind the Netherlands but
well placed to press on into the knockout
stage after wins over Egypt and Japan and
draws against the world No 2 Dutch and the
Korea were out of the blocks fast and led
2-0 at the end of the first quarter, through
an own goal off defender Nick Haig and a
second by Youngjin Kim.
The Black Sticks closed the gap with a
fine solo goal from attacker Hugo Inglis
and a second early in the third quarter from
an opportunist deflection by veteran Phil
New Zealand went ahead on the stroke of
the end of that quarter with a well worked
goal by captain Simon Child, after slick
interpassing with the impressive Inglis.
However a sharp penalty corner with two
minutes left from Hyunwoo Nam, his fourth
of the tournament, earned the Koreans a
“ We started a bit slowly in our first two
games and today was a bit up and down,”
Inglis said. “ I don’t think we’ve reached our
peak yet so it ’s nice to build towards the
quarter-final. ” — New Zealand Herald
Junior All Whites
facing ‘big challenge’
Late South Korea strike earns draw with Black Sticks
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