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There were no ambulances
required at Mt Smart on Saturday
night, but the Warriors’ finals
hopes are surely on life support.
They have recorded only one
win in the past month and face an
imposing run-in of the Dragons,
Tigers, Cowboys, Penrith and
Bulldogs. They may still be in the
eight after this weekend — but for
how much longer?
Saturday night ’s game was
another case of so near, yet so far.
The Warriors gave everything but
it was not enough.
They had two chances at the
death to snatch a precious victory
— including the drama of a video
referee decision with 47 seconds
left on the clock — but the Sharks
hung on to win 18-14.
But in contrast to the past two
weeks, the Warriors can at least
walk around today with their heads
held high. They stood up and, at
times, stood out.
Ultimately, the Cronulla victory
was built on a remarkable first-half
defensive effort when they repelled
almost constant Warriors pressure.
“The defence in the first
half ended up winning us the
game,” said Sharks coach Shane
Captain Paul Gallen agreed.
“I was really confident at half-
time. They had scored two tries
off kicks and didn’t break us with
something like 80 more tackles.”
The home team also lacked
a cutting edge without Shaun
Johnson, who last week broke
his leg and was taken away in an
ambulance, and a lot of passes
Those combinations will improve
over the next five weeks but it
might be too late.
And the decision to switch
centres Solomone Kata and
Konrad Hurrell probably backfired,
as Hurrell and Manu Vatuvei were
all at sea defensively in the second
On the positive side, Tui Lolohea
had an encouraging stint at
halfback and the for ward effort
Watching this Cronulla team
must make fans yearn for the great
Sharks sides of the 1980s, when
the flair of Gavin Miller, Andrew
Ettingshausen and Mark McGaw
made them great to watch.
This current incarnation is a
no-frills outfit, with a style that ’s
neither pretty nor pleasing. But
it can be effective, and Valentine
Holmes is a gem on the right wing.
They are experts at winning ugly,
and were coming off tough away
victories against the Raiders and
And while the Warriors lamented
Johnson’s absence, the Sharks were
missing their own magic man,
winning only one game in five
when Andrew Fifita does not play.
Unlike last week, the Warriors
were up for it. There was an
impressive intensity from the first
minute and they dominated first-
half possession and territory.
Charlie Gubb came up with one
of his trademark shots and Hurrell
forced another turnover with a
The for wards hunted as a pack
and on occasions their driving
defence resembled a Pumas’
There was also the usual only-
Nathan Friend producing another
between-the-legs pass and Hurrell
placing a left footed half volley
perfectly into the in-goal.
A pinpoint Chad Townsend
bomb produced the first try in
the fifth minute, Hurrell reacting
first to a loose ball. The Sharks
then showed remarkable resilience
to repel the Warriors for 33
minutes, with Jeff Robson invoking
memories of Michael Speechley ’s
grass cutting defence with some
courageous low tackles on Ben
Simon Mannering’s 38th-minute
try gave the Warriors a handy
half-time lead, but it never looked
Two pieces of Holmes magic
— with his second chip-and-
chase try a stunner — levelled the
scores before a 71st-minute Ricky
Leutele try took the Sydney team
The Warriors had two late
chances to win the game, with the
second ruled out for a knock on by
Warriors 14 (K. Hurrell, S.
Mannering tries; T. Lolohea 3
goals) Sharks 18 (V. Holmes 2, R.
Leutele tries; M. Gordon 3 goals).
Halftime: 10-0. — NZ ME-New
PICTURE: Getty Images
Simon Mannering of the Warriors fends against Jack Bird and Anthony Tupou of the Sharks.
come up short
After rising to the top in recent weeks,
the cream of the NRL sank on the
weekend as the premiership race was
muddied by the emergence of several
The competition’s top four sides —
Brisbane, North Queensland, Sydney
Roosters and South Sydney — put in
performances that ranged from gritty
to patchy to downright woeful.
Good judges had recently narrowed
the title contenders to those four.
However, Cronulla and St George
Illawarra proved they should not be
discounted and Manly stepped an inch
closer to a miracle top eight finish.
After looking so emphatic against
Newcastle the week before, South
Sydney were made to work for their 20-
16 win over Penrith yesterday.
Penrith shot to a 12-0 lead before
the reigning premiers showed their
class and set up a blockbuster clash on
Friday with Manly, who are fresh off a
thrashing of ladder leaders Brisbane.
“ It was bit of a clunky old game for
us,” South Sydney coach Michael
“ We’re looking forward now into
preparations going into the next one.
It’s two points. Throughout the season
you have some good ones and some
ugly ones. Last week we had a good one
that we enjoyed and obviously that one
there where we had to fight.”
St George Illawarra reignited their
season with a come-from-behind 46-
24 thumping of Newcastle to move
into the top eight.
Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall
starred for the Dragons, ruining the
party for interim coach Danny Buderus
in his first game in charge.
Cronulla moved into fifth spot with a
gutsy 18-14 win over the Warriors that
would also have many of the top teams
looking over their shoulder.
Even without Andrew Fifita, who has
been stood down, the Sharks for wards
muscled up to the big Warriors pack
while winger Valentine Holmes
stamped his reputation as a star of the
future with two tries.
North Queensland were forced to
work their way back from an 18-0
half-time deficit to win 32-24 against
The Raiders blew a chance to move
into the top eight while the Cowboys
moved to equal with Brisbane at the
top of the table on 34 points.
The Broncos received a 44-14 reality
check at the hands of Manly that
brought their minor premiership
aspirations into question.
Brisbane had their eight-game
winning streak snapped while the Sea
Eagles responded to news coach Geoff
Toovey will be sacked at the end of the
year to be one win outside the eight.
In arguably the game of the season,
the Sydney Roosters killed off a
Canterbury comeback to win 38-28.
instrumental as the Roosters shot out
to a 22-0 lead before the Bulldogs
clawed their way back into it only for
the Roosters to surge late.
The Wests Tigers eased pressure on
coach Jason Taylor with a 34-16 upset
over Melbourne with fullback James
Tedesco starring with two tries and two
Storm coach Craig Bellamy declared
“ we’ve got a problem” after his side gave
up their biggest scoreline of the year
and are now in danger of losing touch
with the top four.
The Gold Coast host Parramatta to
conclude the round tonight.
Dark horses emerge in NRL premiership race
of the New Zealand Herald
She might be heading off to
a record fifth World Cup, but
Silver Ferns defender Leana
de Bruin says the excitement
of boarding a plane ahead of
a big tournament still has not
The 12-strong Silver Ferns
line-up flew out for Sydney
this afternoon ahead of their
World Cup opener against
Barbados on Friday. A large
gathering of family and
friends were at Auckland
airport to see the team off,
as well as students from
Mangere’s Viscount School,
where family members of
both Bailey Mes and Grace
The students later performed
a moving haka for the team
in the departures area — a
tribute that brought tears to
the eyes of some of the team.
With this World Cup to
be de Bruin’s last, the veteran
defender said this time the
departure routine has been
more emotional than most.
“It was funny last night
packing all my bags I got a
little bit emotional thinking
this is definitely the last time
this will be happening,” de
Bruin, who attended her first
World Cup in 1999 with
South Africa, said.
“But yeah, I’m buzzing I’m
really excited to get going.”
At the other end of the
spectrum, rookie shooter
Malia Paseka is heading
off to her first World Cup.
The 20-year-old proved she
still has a bit to learn about
touring life, after arriving at
the airport late.
“I kept getting messages
saying ‘where are you?’ and
it was only when I starting
getting a few of them I was
like ‘hang on, did I get the
“Not a great start, but I’m
The Silver Ferns will be
hosted for dinner tonight
at the Canterbury Bulldogs
rugby league club, which his
headed by former Netball
NZ chief executive Raelene
PICTURE: Getty Images
Leana de Bruin will play in a record fifth World Cup.
Silver Ferns veteran buzzing
for fifth World Cup
PICTURES: Paul McBride
A group of Greymouth gymnasts — Emily O’Laughlin, left, Sasha Bang, Jess Gallant, Caitlyn Gallant
and Jessica Beckford — ready for action at the South Island Junior Gymnastics Competition, held in
Hokitika at the weekend.
Sasha Bang, of Greymouth.
Greymouth girl Caitlyn Gallant negotiates the high beam.
Greymouth gymnasts compete in Hokitika
It is rare to win a test before tea on
day three, rarer still to then be saddled
with a selection conundrum that could
shape the series. But that is exactly the
situation confronting England, who will
be without all-time leading wicket-taker
Jimmy Anderson for the fourth Ashes
Anderson claimed 6-47, his best haul
against Australia, on day one of the
third test to put the hosts on track for a
His absence at Trent Bridge, scene of
some of his greatest performances, will
be dearly felt when the fourth test starts
Liam Plunkett and Mark Footitt were
named in England’s squad in place
of Anderson, who has a side strain,
however, Mark Wood is expected to
earn a recall if fit.
The hosts must also settle on a new-
ball partner for Stuart Broad, with
Wood tipped to be preferred ahead of
Finn’s express pace and towering
bounce troubled Australia at Edgbaston,
but it ’s understood the hosts want to
keep him as a first-change strike weapon.
Coach Trevor Bayliss will be guided
by locals as to what his XI should be at
“It’s a ground I haven’t been to much,
so, from that point of view, I’ll be
listening to the local judges,” Bayliss
“I’ll have to go by what the other
selectors think. I’d like to see Mark
Wood take the new ball ... we’ ll just have
to wait and see who ends up in the XI.”
Regardless, there is a sense of solace in
the Australian camp.
“Injuries happen in sport. It’s
unfortunate,” batting coach Michael Di
“There’s going to be a different bowler,
come Trent Bridge, opening the bowling
than what we’ve faced in the first three.
So it’s certainly going to be a little
advantage to us.
“O bviously somebody of that class,
especially in the conditions that we
played in (Birmingham), it ’s going to
be a bonus that he’s not playing for the
Michael Clarke likened it to Glenn
McGrath’s injury in the 2005 series in
terms of importance.
Di Venuto agreed and offered another
more recent example.
“They probably felt the same with
Ryan Harris pulling out for us at the
start of the series,” he said. — AAP
Selection conundrum for England
as fourth Ashes test approaches
is set to make his return
to the NRL for the first
time since allegations of
domestic violence were
levelled against him.
missed Sydney Roosters’
last three matches, but
could return against
Newcastle at Hunter
Stadium on Sunday.
The Kiwi international
has not played since
being arrested and
charged on July 18 in
regard to a number
of alleged incidents
girlfriend Jessica Peris.
The 27-year-old was
admitted to hospital
two weeks ago due to
concerns over his mental
health. He returned to
Roosters training last
Monday and trained
with the team for the
friend and team-mate
said he was looking
for ward to him
“The boys have his back
and it has been massive
the amount of support
he has had,” Waerea-
“He is doing well and
better than what he was.
We are looking for ward
to having him around
the place again. He is a
brother to all the boys.”
is due to be heard in
court again on Thursday,
when he is expected to
plead not guilty to all the
charges laid against him.
set to make
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