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Blaketown surged to the top of West Coast
rugby points table with a 28-12 victory over
Grey Valley, at Ikamatua on Saturday.
Marist, the previous leader, lost 10-15 to
Kiwi at home in Hokitika, while an under-
strength South Westland side accounted for
Wests 26-3, at Ross.
Blaketown now has 27 points, Marist 26
and Kiwi 23, this trio each having won five
games. South Westland (four wins) is next
on 21 points, but the southerners lead the
Muir Cup (second round) competition with
10 points. Kiwi, also with two wins, is second
on that points ladder with nine points from
Blaketown, seven, and Marist, six.
Marist, scoring two tries within the first 10
minutes, looked on course for an easy victory
on a sodden Cass Square but Kiwi owned the
second quarter and by half-time had squared
the ledger 10-10.
A try to Kiwi halfback Jarrod Ferguson was
the only score of a dour second half that was
peppered with freezing rain showers. Marist
were hammering at the Kiwi line at the
finish, however, and several tries went begging
because the final pass did not stick.
Marist coach Luke McNeish was lamenting a
lack of discipline which saw lock Isei Lewaqai
and first-five Melali Mudu sin-binned by
referee Jamie McGeady.
“ We had to play 20 minutes with 14 men
and that did not help us, but ultimately Kiwi
adapted to the conditions better than us.”
McNeish was impressed with the work
rate of prop Johnno Grant and fullback Josh
Costello, who was Marist ’s man of the match.
Kiwi’s powerful scrum, with skipper Troy
Tauwhare and prop David Oates to the fore,
had the edge over the green pack, while
the backline, with Sean McClure and Todd
Struthers proving elusive, made light of the
Marist was granted an early penalty and
opted to kick for the corner. The move worked
when Costello scored from the resulting
lineout. The lead was doubled shortly after
when Lewaqai was Johnny on the
spot to scoop up the ball and dive
over after a team-mate had been
tackled close to the line.
Marist had dominated
possession up to that point but
Kiwi, with the scrum gaining
ascendancy and the backs
spreading the ball wide at every
opportunity, began to click and
finally got on the scoresheet when
impressive prop Oates crossed
amid a rolling maul.
Then, just before half-time,
Kiwi backs shifted good scrum
ball the width of the paddock
and Struthers crossed in the corner to level the
The second half was an arm wrestle
interrupted only by Ferguson’s try. However,
Marist had chances to level the scores but
failed to take them.
Kiwi 15 (T Struthers, J Ferguson, D Oates
tries); Marist 10 (I Lewaqai, J Costello tries).
South Westland, minus about 10 regulars
on an overseas sojourn, still had too much
firepower for Wests, the southerners making
good use of the infamous Ross slope to extend
a 7-3 half-time lead to 26-3 at the finish.
Wests’ coach Dicey Davidson said the match
was in the balance at the break but his team
struggled to make progress ‘uphill’ in the
second spell. “ We needed a little bit of luck at
times and didn’t get it, but it was a good hard
game,” Davidson said.
Halfback Jordan Ross, again clearing the
ball well under pressure, was Wests man of the
match, while Myson Teta and Ben Alexander
combined well in midfield.
Prop Nathan Cook had another strong game,
along with young hooker Anthony Barlow and
wing Nathaniel Hamilton.
South Westland coach Grant Mathieson said
some thought had been given to defaulting but
the call went out for players during the week
and the community responded.
“ Player of the day, Josh Hill, led by example
up front and fullback Jason Wright was
outstanding, particularly on defence when
others were tiring late in the game. His
experience was crucial at times,” Mathieson
No 8 Eroni Ulioborutu and prop Jessie
McRae were others to shine in the pack.
South Westland 26 ( J Hill, E Uluiburotu, F
Aldaiga tries; C Deans 3 cons) Wests 3
(L Ross pen).
Grey Valley, trailing 21-7 at the break,
rallied in the second half but could not
close the gap on Blaketown.
Blaketown coach Dan Keno said his
team expected a tough match and got
First-five Jordan Campbell
controlled play well, while young Mark
Whitehead had an outstanding game as
“ Having Gordie (Gordon Iafeta)
made a big difference to the set piece,
and the cool heads of Alan Monk and
Nick Davy kept us on the right path,”
Valley coach Ben Ferguson said a
controversial try just before half-time
took the score from 14-7 to 21-7 and
effectively shut his side out of the
“ Having said that, we probably lacked
intensity on defence and that cost us in
New lock Francis Auwerda was man of the
match, while flanker Sam King, second-five
Kevin Moore and substitute Luke Hughes also
Blaketown 28 (R Stanton 2, R Thomson, H
Mahuika tries; B Cain 4 cons); Grey Valley 12
( J Brown, K Moore tries; Moore con).
Monday, June 15, 2015
New Zealand’s Haydon Paddon, right, and co-driver John Kennard
celebrate their second place on the podium in Sardegna today.
Paddon second in Sardinia
Hayden Paddon made history
overnight with a second placing at
WRC Italy Sardinia becoming the
first New Zealander to finish on the
podium on foreign soil.
Paddon, who led for the day and a
half, finished 3:05.4 behind Sebastien
Ogier who claimed his fourth win in
Paddon and co-driver John Kennard
finished strong by winning stage 20 on
the final day, to take their stage wins
The Hyundai driver said he was
very happy with the result especially
after thinking his rally was over after
suffering a gearbox problem on day
“ To come home and get second place
is an amazing result. A lot more than
we expected from the weekend. Credit
to the team and everyone involved
who have helped us progress and
improve coming into this rally,” the
“ It ’s obviously been very challenging
since yesterday lunch time but
after the problem it was just about
nursing the car through and bringing
home the result. It gives us a lot of
confidence heading into rallies that we
enjoy more and suit us better.”
The previous best result outside New
Zealand by a New Zealand crew was
Possum Bourne and Rodger Freeth
who were fourth at Rally Australia in
Paddon’s best finish to date was fifth
in Sweden earlier this year.
The second placing moves Paddon to
ninth on the standings with 32 points.
Frenchman Ogier sits clear ahead
of the pack with 133 points, almost
double that of second placed Mads
Ostberg on 67. — N Z Herald
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Marist flanker Isei Lewaqai looks to break the Kiwi defence during the senior rugby clash played at Cass
Square, on Saturday. In a close encounter the Hokitika side took out the match, 15-10.
Suburbs were made to work, but
still comfortably headed off a spirited
challenge from Cobden-Kohinoor for a
36-8 win at Hargreaves Park yesterday.
It actually took 20 minutes before
Suburbs managed to get on the board
and it rattled on some quick points once
it opened up holes wide out to lead 18-4
at the break. The pattern and scoring was
identical in the second 40.
Cobden-Kohinoor matched Suburbs
in two 20-minute spells in each half,
but unfortunately its poorer fitness saw
it drop off the pace and that allowed
Suburbs to pile on the points. Through
the middle, Suburbs found Cobden-
Kohinoor a tougher nut to crack and it
was only after spinning possession wider
that gaps emerged.
Weather conditions were blustery and
wet at times, and both camps were guilty
of spilling a good deal of possession. Cold
hands saw two fumbles at the restarts,
which soon resulted in tries from the
Pacey scrum-half Jordan Campbell got
the point scoring under way with a fine
individual effort after breaking the line
and sprinting 50m to the line.
Suburbs’ second was a trademark
passing effort among the backs that got
fullback Phil Thompson over the line
several minutes later.
Winger Harley Vui added another
before Thompson bagged his second with
ease, slicing through a yawning gap with
a straight-line run to the line.
At this stage it looked like Suburbs
were finally hitting gear for another
customary cricket-score victory, however
the riversiders soon regrouped and nice
hands and good finishing by winger
Brodie Bromilow had him over wide out
to open the visitors’ account.
Normal transmission, though, resumed
after the interval through a quick brace
to centre Tyler Stanton, one via a long
chase after a kick behind the defensive
line with everyone up for the riversiders
and nobody home at the rear, it looked
Conversions stretched out Suburbs’
lead to 30-4 and 50 points looked on.
However, to Cobden-Kohinoor’s credit it
firmed up the defensive screen again and
the deluge was averted.
Bromilow managed a 50m runaway
after Suburbs fumbled the passes among
the centres. He simply pounced on the
loose ball and it was a case of ‘see you
later’ as he rabbited off to the line with no
one near him.
Suburbs won easy enough in the final
wash-up, but there is work to do heading
to the finals, while the riversiders would
take heart from an improved showing, be
it in patches, that was not reflected on the
Suburbs 36 (T Stanton 2, P Thompson
2, L Negri, J Campbell, H Vui tries,
P Thompson 4 cons) beat Cobden-
Kohinoor 8 (B Bromilow 2 tries)
Waro-rakau made no race of it against
Brunner-Runanga, at Blackball yesterday
afternoon, running out winners 62-0.
Played in wet, muddy conditions, the
hornets played what was described as
their best complete game of football so
far this season. Things are trending in
the right direction for the hornets as the
championship heads towards the business
end of the competition.
The forwards led the way for the home
side, with the slick handling among the
backs doing the rest.
Loose forward Travis Waghorn
had a top game with a strong hit-up
performance and he laid on in excess of
30 tackles in defence.
Logan Woodham again showed he is
‘the boot ’ of West Coast league, despite
the slippery conditions, slotting nine
conversions from 11 attempts, as well as
collecting a brace of tries for a personal
match tally of 30 points.
Steve Thompson, at centre, went one
better in the try department bagging a
hat-trick with his deceptive pace.
The halves for the hornets, Nathan Coll
and Craig Fitzgerald, controlled play
well, while Jade McDermott and Ross
Sadler contributed in the sets around the
paddock. For the second week running,
Brunner-Runanga failed to get on the
score sheet, but never gave up.
The visitors were well led from the front
again by the 80-minute football of the
West Coast league in Cole Green, but a
lack of combinations against a side that
had them was difficult to combat.
Some younger members of the visiting
side, though, gave an honest effort in a
team that was often on the back foot.
Waro-rakau 62 (S Thompson 3, L
Woodham 2, M Bruhn, N Coll, S
Johnston-Clarke, T Waghorn, J Paterson
top of table
Suburbs hold off spirited
SouthWestland 7 4 3 - 5 229 104 21
Main trophy table
Muir trophy table
In an indication of the quantum steps one-
day international cricket has taken lately, New
Zealand had the equivalent of an open wicket
practice chasing England ’s 302 with three
wickets and six balls to spare at the Aegas Bowl.
The visitors lead the series 2-1 after surpassing
the highest previous chase at the ground by 29
One over remaining makes the contest look
close but that perception could be deceptive.
New Zealand needed 13 runs with 26 balls
and five wickets to spare when Ross Taylor
was dismissed for 110 from 123. There were
touches of anxiety at the end but nothing to
over whelmingly disrupt momentum.
Kane Williamson and Taylor delivered their
eighth century partnership across 36 stands in
the 50-over format.
Apart from setting up the result, their 206-run
partnership was notable as.—
The highest by New Zealand for the third
wicket against any country in ODIs, surpassing
Adam Parore and Ken Rutherford’s 180 against
India at Vadodara in 1994.
The second highest for the third wicket
against England, three runs short of the unbeaten
209 set by Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir at
Delhi in October 2011.
The highest for any ODI wicket against
England, passing the unbeaten 165-run opening
stand between Brendon McCullum and Jesse
Ryder at Hamilton in 2008.
The third highest partnership in New
Zealand ODI history after McCullum and
James Marshall’s 274 opening stand against
Ireland at Aberdeen in 2008 and the unbeaten
267 world record for the sixth wicket by Grant
Elliott and Luke Ronchi against Sri Lanka in
Dunedin this year.
Williamson with 118 from 113 balls maintained
his matter-of-fact method, disguising the fact
his century came up in 88 balls. He has passed
50 runs in 24 of 72 ODI innings; a one in three
His seventh ODI century was highlighted
by an on-drive from Adil Rashid where the
footwork looked like he was playing a bespoke
version of hopscotch. His first chance came on
109 when Mark Wood dropped a dolly lobbed
to mid-off from David Willey.
Likewise, Taylor imposed himself with another
clinical display, his 14th ODI century. He
completed the feat of consecutive ODI centuries
for a fourth time. To give that context, Martin
Guptill has done it twice, Mark Greatbatch
once... and that is it among New Zealanders.
He was dropped twice, on 67 by wicketkeeper
Jos Buttler off Wood and on 72 by Ben Stokes at
mid-wicket, off the same unfortunate right-arm
pace bowler, but those blips couldn’t detract from
England ’s revitalised batting was brilliant
to witness as part of 302 all out. The innings
represented the first occasion they have reached
a 300-plus total in three consecutive ODIs and
was only sullied by the loss of their last five
wickets for 14 runs in 22 balls. That left 28 balls
on the shelf in the final innings stocktake.
As one press box sage noted, in the Brave New
ODI World a chase for 303 has now become
one of those middling totals in which it can be
difficult to ascertain the right approach. Once
it would have sent shivers down the spines of
incoming batsmen, now it has almost become a
figure of relief.
Captain Eoin Morgan (71 runs off 82 balls),
Ben Stokes (68 off 47) and Joe Root (54 off
63) provided the majority of the scoring.
Specialist No 7 Sam Billings (34 off 16) added
a significant cameo, including
five consecutive fours as he
endeavours to establish his
The England effort was
helped by benevolent straight
boundaries which left an
estimated 12-15m between
the rope and hoardings. As
the evolution of ODIs are
documented, that variable
might require asterisks.
Ben Wheeler became the
185th New Zealand ODI
cricketer and delivered three for
63 from his allotment. He took
the opening wicket of Alex
Hales (23 off 21) and added
Stokes and Billings in his final
spell. Stokes provided the shot
of the innings, dispatching
Mitchell McClenaghan over
the legside in a hit that almost
reached the hinterland. Instead
it bounced into the Gourmet
Burgers caravan, inspired one
press box wag to exclaim it was
Tim Southee’s form improved
with three for 44 from 8.2
overs. He took what was
arguably the most significant
wicket when Jos Buttler was caught behind for
13 in the powerplay. The delivery would likely
have been called wide if he hadn’t lashed.
Matt Henry picked up late wickets to
finish with two for 64 from 10 overs while
McClenaghan struggled with none for 67 from
Nathan McCullum was rested in favour of
Henry but the team has lost the ser vices of best
performer Trent Boult for the remainder of the
Boult suffered a back injury after the second
ODI and has been sent home as a precaution.
No replacement has been added to the squad.
Scans are yet to confirm a diagnosis.
Boult had been New Zealand’s best bowler in
the series, taking six wickets at 18 and conceding
5.4 runs per over. No team-mate has taken as
many wickets or gone for less than a run a ball.
Taylor, Williamson hit 100 in Black Caps win
New Zealand’s Ross Taylor down injured after being struck
by the ball as Kane Williamson comes in to help.
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