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Ferns convincing in opener
The Silver Ferns have opened their
World Cup campaign in Sydney with a
convincing win over Barbados, but the
real marker of how they are shaping up
for the title will come tomorrow.
Much like the Ferns pre-World Cup
warm-ups against Fiji and South Africa
it was difficult to get a solid gauge of how
the new-look line-up are tracking, with
the Caribbean side unable to challenge
the world No 2 side for consistent
There were aspects the Ferns were
happy with — their centre pass attack
and defensive dominance in the final
period being two of those. There were also
elements they were not so happy with,
such as an untidy attacking effort in the
second spell. But all in all, it is difficult
to know whether this side has the goods
to challenge the impressive Diamonds
outfit, which is red-hot favourite to take
out a third consecutive title.
But soon it will not be guesswork.
The New Zealanders meet their
trans-Tasman rivals, who they have not
beaten since October 2013, in pool-play
tomorrow in a fascinating preview to a
potential finals showdown. For New
Zealand it is a tricky proposition — the
players want to keep their powder dry
for later in the tournament, but a big loss
to the Diamonds could provide a major
dent to the team’s confidence.
Coach Waimarama Taumaunu said,
with the result unlikely to have any
bearing on how the Ferns progress
through the tournament, she is
approaching tomorrow ’s round robin
clash differently than she would a regular
“It’s not a tournament defining game.
It’s a little bit earlier than we’re used
to, but we do get another life and that
just means you can be a little more
thoughtful in your planning,” she said.
“ We’re going to get people on, we’re
going to keep people as fresh as we can
over the next couple of days and we’ ll see
where we are at against Australia. Then
going to work out quite well for us.”
Before tomorrow ’s crucial clash, the
Ferns will have one final chance to
fine tune their combinations and build
confidence against Trinidad and Tobago,
which plays a similar style to that which
they encountered last night against
While the 73-28 score-line against
the Caribbean side was convincing,
there were aspects of New Zealand’s
performance that were not convincing.
The Ferns started strongly, netting
21-goals in the opening spell as Bailey
Mes danced and weaved her way around
the spirited Barbados defence. But their
precision fell away in the second spell,
with poor placement into the shooting
circle allowing the impressive Barbados
defender Shonette Bruce to disrupt the
New Zealand flow.
A third quarter defensive lapse would
also be of concern for Taumaunu. After
keeping Barbados to under seven goals
for both the opening two quarters, the
Ferns leaked 11 goals during the third
spell as the new defensive pairing of
Phoenix Karaka and Leana de Bruin
struggled to gel.
It was only really in the final quarter, as
the Caribbean side tired, that the New
Zealand side looked entirely dominant,
outscoring Barbados 19-4 for the period
to record a 45-goal win.
With the match marking the World
Cup debut of five New Zealand
players — Rasmussen, Paseka, Mes,
Kayla Cullen and Phoenix Karaka —
Taumaunu is expecting a much more
settled performance from her side
against Trinidad and Tobago today.
Earlier in the day England’s netballers
took the court against Scotland under
a shadow. The father of coach Tracey
Neville is in a critical condition in
St Vincent ’s hospital in Sydney after
suffering a heart attack on the flight over
to support the England team.
Her brothers, former Manchester
United football stars Gary and Phil,
have rushed to Australia to be by their
father Neville’s bedside.
World Cup day one results. — Wales
59, Fiji 52; Jamaica 90, Samoa 44;
Singapore 56, Sri Lanka 43; Malawi 58,
South Africa 51; Uganda 74, Zambia 38;
England 60, Scotland 19; Australia 73,
Trinidad and Tobago 32; New Zealand
73, Barbados 28.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealand’s Bailey Mes is challenged by Rhe-Ann Niles of Barbados.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Bronco Jarrod Wallace charges into the Canterbury Bulldogs’ defence.
Dogs pip Broncos
in Suncorp thriller
Brisbane has fallen to a second
consecutive NRL defeat in a nail-biting
clash with Canterbury.
The battling Bulldogs became the first
team this season to overturn a half-time
deficit against the Broncos, holding on
for a thrilling 18-16 victory at Suncorp
Tries after half-time to Sam Perrett
and Josh Morris turned a 10-6 deficit
into an 18-10 lead.
The Broncos initially charged to a
10-0 advantage thanks to a Corey Oates
A Corey Parker try with 10 minutes to
play allowed the veteran lock to eclipse
Darren Lockyer as Brisbane’s leading
points-scorer in the club’s history and
also appeared to be the spark for a
Anthony Milford dived over in the
corner three minutes later to send the
34,082 crowd into raptures but the video
referee ruled out the try when Lachlan
Maranta was judged to have knocked-on
in the build-up.
From there the Broncos struggled to
get any fluency, making several handling
errors in the dying stages as the Bulldogs
held on for a crucial win in the context
of their own finals hopes.
Broncos captain Justin Hodges was
placed on report for a first half high shot
on Brett Morris, while Oates failed to
return for the second half due to a knee
The Bulldogs will also be sweating on
the fitness of hooker Michael Lichaa,
who jarred his knee midway through the
second half and did not return.
Celebrating his 100th match at the
helm of the club, Bulldogs coach Des
Hasler praised his team’s ability to fight
back from their early deficit.
He said despite being overrun in
last weekend’s defeat by the Sydney
Roosters, the confidence gained from
that fixture had been shown against the
“ We needed it here,” Hasler said.
“It was a pretty tough game of footy, I
thought. Exciting right down to the last
“ I was pretty pleased to see the ball
grounded on that last tackle. ”
Hasler confirmed Lichaa is facing up
to two weeks on the sidelines with his
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said his
charges had improved on their 30-point
loss to Manly last weekend but poor
execution had been their undoing.
“ We’ve won a lot of close games this
year, we just happened to lose one,”
“ We’ve lost it not because of a lack of
effort or guys not turning up like we did
last week in Sydney.
“ We turned up, just didn’t have the ball
control necessary to win at this level.”
Manly’s finals surge continues
Manly’s charge to the NRL finals
has continued courtesy of a 28-8
defeat of South Sydney, with Peta
Hiku scoring three tries.
The Sea Eagles dominated much
of the round-22 fixture at Brookvale
Oval last night to turn a 14-2 half-
time lead into a five-tries-to-one win.
Hiku scored tries in the 16th, 35th
and 61st minutes and Jake Trbojevic
crossed for a double as Manly secured
their sixth win in their past eight
Manly will sit in ninth spot at the
end of the round, two points out of
the eight. Souths will remain in the
top four after the round despite the
In a forgettable night for the
Rabbitohs, a 78th-minute try to
Alex Johnston was the only time the
visitors crossed the stripe before the
crowd of 15,083.
On the back of 59% of possession,
the home side dominated the first
half. Souths halfback Adam Reynolds
opened the scoring with a penalty
goal in the fifth minute but, after
that, the Rabbitohs did not trouble
Jake Trbojevic crossed first for
Manly in the eighth minute, when
he charged on to a Feleti Mateo pass
and crashed over. Hiku added his first
eight minutes later when a trademark
Brett Stewart long ball found him
unmarked for a 10-2 scoreline.
Manly continued to enjoy the better
of the exchanges in and around the
ruck, with Souths players committing
a number of handling errors in their
own half to stifle any momentum
they might have gained.
Some stubborn defence from
Souths kept the Sea Eagles at bay
until Hiku scored his second from a
lovely Jamie Lyon pass late in the first
half. Two missed conversions from
Lyon meant a half-time lead of 14-2
Things continued in a similar fashion
after the break with Manly enjoying
the better of the yardage up front and
out wide. Hiku’s third try put Manly
out to 22-2 with 18 minutes to go,
before Trbojevic’s second in the 74th
minute sealed the win.
Former Sea Eagle Glenn Stewart
was put on report for an early
second-half high shot on Manly’s
Steve Matai. Kyle Turner was a
late withdrawal for Souths after his
concussion last weekend.
Jamie Lyon became the third
Manly player to score 500 points at
Brookvale after Graham Eadie and
Manly coach Geoff Toovey said the
confidence at Brookvale was growing.
“Our combinations are coming
together and, if we can win a few
more, we might sneak in (to the
finals),” he said.
“I thought our for wards were great
tonight, they controlled the ruck and
there was skilful play from our backs.
“I thought Peta Hiku was
outstanding. There’s not too many
times you see a front-rower scoring
the first and last try — Jake Trbojevic
is pretty happy with himself.”
Souths coach Michael Maguire said
his side failed to find any rhythm
throughout the game.
“ We just didn’t give ourselves an
opportunity with the possession we
gave them in the first half and that
continued in the second half,” he said.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Manly’s Justin Horo and Jamie Lyon tackle the Rabbitohs’ Aaron Gray.
Diamonds glitter in
opening World Cup win
Australia has launched its Netball
World Cup defence with a comfortable
73-32 victory over Trinidad and Tobago
The Diamonds were scratchy at the
outset of yesterday ’s game as they settled
into new combinations and grappled
with the 10th-ranked Calypso Girls’
But the hosts soon found their rhythm,
finishing strongly to equal an Australian
team’s third-longest streak of 20 straight
Debutant Kim Ravaillion was reliable
at centre, running a firing midcourt from
which Kim Green provided the bullet
feeds to Caitlin Bassett and returning
goal attack Erin Bell.
Bell was jittery on her feet in her
first international appearance since
2013 but grew into her game, slotting
some impressive mid-range shots for a
first-half showing of 18 goals from 19
attempts before returning for a fourth-
quarter spell as wing attack.
Captain Laura Geitz started at
goalkeep and went straight on the hunt
for Rhonda John-Davis’s relentless long
Down the other end, Caitlin Bassett
performed despite copping the wrath of
feisty Trinidad and Tobago goal keeper
Daystar Swift, who made a game-high
Coach Lisa Alexander cleaned out her
whole bench at the main break, bringing
Caitlin Thwaites on at goal shooter, two-
test bolter selection Paige Hadley at
wing attack and experienced campaigner
Natalie Medhurst in her preferred goal
She also shifted Rebecca Bulley in at
wing defence to relieve fellow debutant
Renae Hallinan, who was until yesterday
the most-capped player in history (57
tests) not to have played in a world titles.
Trinidad and Tobago’s changes in
attack made immediate impact, with
191cm shooter Afeisha Noel forcing
contacts and troubling Julie Corletto
and Geitz with fancy footwork.
It was helped by the fresh legs of Sharni
Layton, who came flying audaciously
back onto the court to replace Geitz at
keeper following her early spell in goal
The visitors’ passing frequency meant
they won in the possession stakes
and though it succeeded in tiring out
Australia’s defence, the girls from the
Caribbean could not convert their
advantage into points.
After the Silver Ferns took a
comprehensive 73-28 win over Barbados,
tomorrow ’s heavyweight showdown is
likely to determine the winner of pool
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