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Manly are set to miss out on the finals
for the first time in over a decade after
succumbing 30-12 to North Queensland at
Brookvale O val last night, with a shoulder
injury to Daly Cherry-Evans adding to the
Sea Eagles’ misery.
Antonio Winterstein scored two first
half tries and Michael Morgan scored one
second half try and set up another as the
Cowboys held onto second place on the
Cherry-Evans suffered a first half
shoulder injury attempting a tackle on
Gavin Cooper and did not return after the
Cowboys prop Matt Scott left the field
early in the second half due to a knee injury
and also didn’t make it back on the field.
Antonio Winterstein opened the scoring
for the visitors in the seventh minute from
a Johnathan Thurston kick as the Cowboys
dominated the opening exchanges.
Cherry-Evans hit back against the run of
play for Manly in the 17th minute when he
pounced on a loose Winterstein pass that
Scott could not handle and kicked twice for
himself and scored untouched. But from
then on, off the back of a for ward pack
making big metres, it was all the Cowboys.
Kane Linnett scored the visitors’ second
converted try in the 28th minute before
Thurston added another penalty goal to his
tally. Winterstein then grabbed his second
try of the night on the back of a 70m
movement in the 38th minute for a 20-6
lead at the break.
Manly gave themselves a chance of a
fightback when Brett Stewart scored his
86th try at Brookvale just three minutes
after half-time before 7643 fans.
Without Cherry-Evans the Manly attack
could not find a way through or around the
Michael Morgan sliced his way through
the Sea Eagles line from short range for the
visitors’ fourth try of the night in the 59th
minute, and when Morgan helped create
Jake Granville’s try in the 65th minute the
result was beyond doubt.
Manly last missed out on the finals in
2004, but now need to win all of their
final seven to guarantee a top eight berth,
a tough prospect given they face the
Warriors, Brisbane and South Sydney in
the next three weeks.
The Cowboys have now
won 13 of their last 14
games and eight straight
on the road.
Cowboys coach Paul
Green said it was another
important win for his side.
“Sometimes coming off
but we played with some
good energy,” he said.
“Brookvale O val is a
hard place to win at, so
that was very pleasing.
Defence is a part of our
game we need to improve
and I was happy with the
way we defended.
Green said Morgan had
come out of his debut
State of Origin series full
“As coaches we complain
about it but he has taken a
lot out of it,” Green said.
After two successive wins threatened to
turn Manly’s season around, coach Geoff
Toovey was not happy.
“ We just made too many mistakes and
against quality sides you can’t afford to do
that,” he said.
“And we had a few opportunities (to come
back into the match) but weren’t good
enough to take them. It is disappointing to
play like that at home. That loss at home
means we have to win another on the road.”
Manly officials said Cherry-Evans
aggravated a left shoulder injury and he will
undergo scans today. — AAP
of the New Zealand Herald
Onwards and definitely
upwards. That is the message out
of Team Fox, after the sterling
debut by Ryan Fox in the British
Open golf championship.
The Auckland golfer’s father
Grant was not only a great All
Black, but renowned as one of
the most driven, competitive and
detail-orientated footballers of
his age, as rugby prepared itself
for full professionalism.
Ryan Fox may appear a little
more laid back, but he certainly
is not resting on the laurels after
finishing in a nine-way tie for
49th at St Andrews. His final
round 67 left him alongside the
notable names of David Duval,
Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan,
Graeme McDowell and Lee
Westwood, and snared $44,500
“I’m ecstatic — it was a great
last day,” the 28-year-old said,
who made the field via the
“But it was great to shoot
a score like that in a major. I
had a bit of luck with a bunker
shot and played in the easiest
conditions of the day.
“It ’s an awesome experience
in front of a massive crowd, to
see all the guys I’ve grown up
idolising. I’m hungry to get a lot
“After playing one I’d like to
play a few more. I feel I can
compete with these guys. It was
an awesome experience.”
Grant Fox said following his
son in the legendary tournament
at one of the game’s most famous
courses had been “strangely”
easier than in Ryan’s amateur
“I was a lot less ner vous...
(because) he hits the ball good
and holes the putts now,” he said.
Fox snr believed the
performance at St Andrews
would lay an important platform
for the next stage of his son’s
“It ’s not only the tips about golf.
A couple of players have said ‘you
can play on this stage’ and that ’s
gold as well,” Grant Fox said.
“Just to have those sort of
experience, even the practice
rounds. Hopefully there will be
another time (when) just making
the cut is not going to be enough.
“He was a bit flat on day three.
Next time he’ ll have the mental
strength to go again and that ’s
what the top players do. They
think about winning the damn
“Even though he is 28, he’s
still a very young pro. He’s going
okay. We are very proud of him.
He played incredibly well.”
Ryan Fox returns to St
Andrews for the Alfred Dunhill
Links Championships in early
That coincides with New
Zealand’s rugby World Cup pool
game against Georgia in Cardiff
and his father — an All Black
selector — has been given the
week off so he can follow his son
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Manly’s Jamie Lyon, left, and Daly Cherry-Evans tackle Cowboys’ Scott Bolton in last night ’s encounter at Brookvale Oval, in
St Andrews, Scotland
American Zach Johnson claimed the
second major triumph of his career after
winning a four-hole play-off at the end
of a captivating, cliffhanger of a final
round in the British Open today.
In an Open that never seemed to
want to end, the 39-year-old surged
through the field with a closing 66
before overcoming South African Louis
Oosthuizen (69) and Australian Marc
Leishman (66) in extra holes.
“ I feel blessed to be the champion and
honoured to be part of the history of
this game,” Johnson said after a round
played in a damp and heavy atmosphere
but, more importantly for the players, in
“ It has been a week of patience,
courage and trust. I can’t play any better
than I did. I just stayed in it, waited
for the opportunities and made a few
Johnson, who won the US Masters
in 2007, took a vice-like grip on the
play-off by ramming in birdie putts of
12 and 18 feet at the first two holes
and could afford the luxury of taking a
bogey at the 17th before a par four at
the last sealed victory.
Oosthuizen, the winner of the Open
when it was last played at St Andrews
in 2010, was level par for the extra
holes while Leishman effectively played
himself out of it when he three-putted
the first. He ended two over.
Johnson wiped tears from his eyes
before hugging his wife as he walked off
the 18th green to pick up the coveted
Claret Jug and a first prize of £1.15
million ($NZ2.72 million).
One of the first to congratulate
Johnson was fellow American Jordan
Spieth who failed to make the play-off
by one stroke after a day of fluctuating
Spieth, 21, bidding to become the first
player since compatriot Ben Hogan in
1953 to land the opening three majors
of the year, finished with a three-under
69 for 274, 14 under.
Johnson, Leishman and Oosthuizen
ended the regulation 72 holes on 15
Irish amateur Paul D unne, who went
into the final round of golf ’s oldest
major in a tie for the lead, slumped to a
closing 78 and ended in a share of 30th
position on 282.
Earlier, Johnson came sprinting out of
the blocks with a swashbuckling run of
seven birdies in the opening 12 holes.
He dropped strokes at the 13th and
17th, completely mis-hitting his second
shot at the notorious ‘Road Hole’ after
his feet slipped in the wet rough.
Johnson bounced straight back
by gently caressing a 10.6m birdie
putt into the cup on the 72nd green,
letting out a roar of delight as the
ball disappeared into the hole before
squatting down and producing a
theatrical fist pump.
Leishman then missed a 6m birdie
putt at the 18th that would have given
him outright victory but had the
consolation of knowing his last two
rounds of 64 and 66 tied the record
Open low for the closing 36 holes.
Oosthuizen appeared to be out of
contention until he grittily holed a
4.5m par-saving effort at the 17th and
chipped to four feet at the 18th before
rolling in his birdie putt to join Johnson
and Leishman in the play-off.
Spieth’s chances were effectively
wrecked when he took four putts from
30.4m to double-bogey the eighth and
he eventually had to settle for a share of
fourth place with Australian Jason Day
“I made a mental mistake,” Spieth
said. “ If you make a double-bogey it’s a
very difficult climb back. I hit my first
putt off the green and there’s absolutely
no reason to do that.”
American Jordan Niebrugge went
round in 70 to finish as the leading
amateur, in a tie for sixth spot on
277 with British pair Justin Rose and
Danny Willett and Spain’s Sergio
It was only the second time the
championship had finished on a
Monday after heavy rain and strong
winds caused havoc earlier in the
PICTURE: Getty Images
Zach Johnson poses with the Claret Jug on the R and A clubhouse balcony after winning the British Open at The Old Course in
St Andrews, Scotland today.
Fox looks to build on major experience
Cowboys deal to Manly
of the New Zealand Herald
The All Blacks are
satisfied Daniel Carter
is on track to lead their
Rugby World Cup
campaign and are now
examining his back-up
Beauden Barrett, Colin
Slade and Lima Sopoaga
are the men in that tussle
and all have travelled in
the 31-man squad to play
the Springboks at Ellis
Park, the venue where
the All Blacks last felt
Who gets to start and
will they all squeeze into
the matchday 23, as the
All Blacks strive to extend
a seven-match winning
sequence while continuing
to turn over all the talent
in their squad?
On their last visit to
started with Slade on the
bench as the All Blacks
trailed for most of the
match before losing
27-25. Slade was used
from the bench against
Samoa and the Pumas
and may have to sit out
played well in the
Highlanders’ Super Rugby
campaign, where his
general play and goal-
kicking rose a notch, a
promotion to start this
weekend looks unlikely.
He is more likely to be
brought through the
build-up and then given a
chance from the bench.
Everything may hinge
on Barrett ’s fitness. There
was no mention of any
problem before the squad
flew to South Africa but
a fortnight ago Barrett
with his right knee in the
Super Rugby final. His
leg was strapped heavily
and he did not look
confident about kicking
and stretching out.
With Carter underdone
for the tour to Europe last
year, Barrett and the now-
injured Aaron Cruden
duelled for the top five-
The crunch came against
Wales in Cardiff when
Barrett won the job and
played a significant role
in the 34-16 victory, in
which he scored a couple
of tries and kicked a
conversion and penalty.
Barrett was in strong
form during Super Rugby
and his guidance was one
of the reasons behind the
results, until he damaged
his knee against the
Crusaders. Scans showed
a grade two medial
ligament tear and led to a
month on the sidelines.
When he returned
for the final pool game
against the Highlanders,
Barrett looked cautious
and did not do any
goal-kicking. When he
did against the Brumbies
in the semi-final, he
struggled. He still looked
hesitant in the final.
The bulk of the
Hurricanes and High-
landers were overlooked
for the All Blacks’ opening
tests against Samoa and
Argentina with the now-
injured Waisake Naholo,
Ma’a Nonu and Jeremy
Thrush the only finalists
who were used.
Ben and Conrad Smith,
Malakai Fekitoa, Julian
Savea, Barrett and Aaron
Smith in the backs
and Dane Coles, Ben
Franks, Victor Vito and
James Broadhurst in the
forwards are the others
who have not had any test
rugby yet this season.
Is Barrett ready?
After scoring a points
victory over a New
Zealand test prop rival for
the second time this NRL
season, Jared Waerea-
Hargreaves has declared
he wants his Kiwi jersey
one of the Roosters pack’s
best as they rolled the
Warriors 24-0 on Sunday.
Although he played
down his personal battle
with Warriors and NZ
prop Ben Matulino, his
contribution was key in
the emphatic win over a
He has pledged to
win back his spot in the
national team after being
dumped for last year’s
Kiwis spot back
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