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halfback Shaun Johnson
will be the first $2m man
in the NRL according to
The former Australian
and State of Origin
playmaker said other
greats of the game like
Johnathan Thurston were
past the point in their
career when they could
command that sort of
Johns believes Johnson
will crack the mark
when the new NRL
broadcasting deal begins,
and his contract comes
up for renewal, after the
“If Shaun Johnson
reaches his potential,
which I think with Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac
Luke (at the Warriors)
he will, given the fact
his good looks, his
marketability, I think he
is a $2m player without a
shadow of a doubt,” Johns
said on Triple M Radio.
The Sydney Morning
failing to list Johnson
among their $2m
man candidates who
It also believed “code-
hoppers” Jarryd Hayne,
Sonny Bill Williams
and Israel Folau might
crack the mark helped
by the introduction of
— New Zealand Herald
to be NRL’s
first $2m man
of the New Zealand Herald
The NRL have delivered on their promise
to crack down on the shoulder charge by
laying hefty charges on Warriors for ward
Ben Matulino and Manly for ward Willy
suspension with an early guilty plea for
his hit on Dragons’ five-eighth Gareth
Widdop in the 36th minute of his side’s
big loss to St George Illawarra last
He would risk a five-match ban if he
unsuccessfully challenged the charge at
the NRL Judiciary tonight.
Mason has been pinged with a grade
one charge for his shot on South Sydney ’s
Thomas Burgess last Friday and could
miss three games if he contests the charge
and loses. An early guilty plea would see
him miss two matches.
Friday ’s NRL announcement that any
shoulder charge “with force” would now
draw a charge was intended to improve
player safety and remove ambiguity, but
it left questions unanswered — including
what level of contact constitutes “force”.
The latest crackdown came amid
controversy four days after Sydney
Roosters prop Kane Evans escaped MRC
punishment for a massive hit which
decked Canterbury’s Sam Kasiano.
Prior to the rule change, a shoulder
charge did not earn a MRC charge if there
was “no forceful movement of the head or
neck” of the tackled player.
There were 10 charges in total handed
out from the weekend with South Sydney
for ward Glenn Stewart (grade two
careless high tackle), Cronulla forward
Sam Tagataese (grade one dangerous
contact), Melbourne forward Nelson
Asofa-Solomona (dangerous contact) and
Broncos captain Justin Hodges (careless
high tackle) all facing one week bans.
Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote was
charged with grade one dangerous contact
on Cronulla’s Jack Bird but will escape any
ban with an early guilty plea.
Knights for ward Jeremy Smith (grade
one tripping on Roger Tuivasa-Sheck),
Roosters utility Mitchell Aubusson (grade
one dangerous throw on Danny Levi),
and Manly’s Jake Trbojevic (grade one
dangerous throw Jason Clark) will all
escape bans with an early guilty plea. All
players had until noon yesterday to enter
The Warriors are also set to take the
field in Saturday ’s clash with the Penrith
Panthers at Pepper Stadium without
veteran winger Manu Vatuvei.
The 29-year-old was forced from the
field with a recurrence of an injury to
his right shoulder 60 minutes into the
Westpac Stadium defeat in Wellington.
The latest setback comes after he was
sidelined for three games in July after
initially sustaining the injury in the June
27 match against the Canberra Raiders,
before he returned to action against the
Sharks on August 1.
The full extent of the injury is still being
assessed but Vatuvei is rated a doubtful
starter this weekend.
He joins Ryan Hoffman (calf ), Bodene
Thompson (ankle) and David Fusitu’a
(knee) who are all still sidelined.
That trio are all hopeful of being available
for selection either for this weekend ’s
match or for the following game against
the North Queensland Cowboys at
Mt Smart Stadium.
West Coast schoolboy
rugby league teams
contested their semi-finals
Waro-rakau enjoyed a
free-flowing game against
Luke Sweeny ran and
tackled well. Quinn Berry
had another good all-
round game, while Kailin
Klempel had some strong
runs and Quaid McLean
and his younger brother
Kolton contributed well
Waro-rakau played a
young and determined
Suburbs team, which
produced some good tries,
with Jak Neither using his
speed to get a couple of
long range tries. Cameron
Klempel impressed with
his hard running, as did
James Partridge and
Cooper McLean. Liam
King tackled well.
The Hokitika Taipos
played Runanga in their best game of the
season at O’Brien Park. The Taipos put in a
good defensive effort against much bigger
In a fast-paced clash, Brunner players
Vin Parker, Larissa Inglis and Bridget
Rooney ran well and defended strongly.
John Walker, Shilah Carter, Mikyer Bishop,
Deklan MacAskill and Larkin Inglis were
Waro-rakau played a great game against
Suburbs, showing how much they have
grown as a team throughout the season.
Declyn King was awarded West Coast
player of the day for his strong running,
while Noah Jacobs and Sami Donaldson
were strong on defence.
Brunner played a great game against
With plenty of ball getting shared around,
Ridge Steegh put Brunner’s first points on
the board. Carlos Syme and Reece D uggan
worked tirelessly on attack and defence
both scoring tries. Levi Burgess and Maui
Raroa were reliable solid workers for
Hokitika proved to good for Cobden-
Kohinoor. Campbell Murray was tough
on defence, along with Vinnie Glass.
Riley Fanselow showed great dedication
and Jimmy Griffiths-Wright was at his
try scoring best and also earned the West
Coast player of the day award.
Results and players of the day were. —
Under-6: Luke Sweeney (Waro-rakau),
Kohen Thompson (Suburbs).
Under-8: Jak Neither (Waro-rakau),
Kohen Thompson (Suburbs), Tyler Shaw
(Marist), Bridget Rooney (Brunner), Isaiah
Cameron (Runanga), Tyle Ballantyne
Under-10: Declynn King (Waro-rakau),
Harry Pugh (Suburbs).
Under-12: Cobden-Kohinoor (Nikita
Pearson) 14, Suburbs (Bailey Russ) 20;
Waro-rakau (Callum Donaldson) 38
Brunner (Reuben Taylor) 4.
Under-14: Suburbs (Levi Pascoe) 46,
Hokitika-Marist (Har vey Gardner) 20.
Brunner ( Jared Cutbush) 44, Cobden-
Kohinoor (Caleb Anderson) 18.
Under-16: Brunner (Mason Hunt) 30,
Cobden-Kohinoor (Levi Kanara) 12.
The draw for this weekend is (all matches
at Wingham Park). —
10.30am, under-6: Hokitika v Cobden-
Kohinoor, field 1 (Hokitika ref ); Marist
v Waro-rakau, field 2, (Waro-rakau ref );
Runanga v Suburbs, field 3 (Runanga ref ).
10.40am, under-6: Waro-rakau v
Runanga, field 1 (Waro-rakau ref );
Cobden-Kohinoor v Marist, field 2 (Marist
ref ); Brunner v Hokitika, field 3 (Hokitika
10.50am, under-6: Suburbs v Brunner,
field 1 (Brunner ref ); Cobden-Kohinoor
v Waro-rakau, field 2 (Cobden-Kohinoor
ref ); Marist v Runanga, field 3 (Runanga
11.05am, under-8: Hokitika v Cobden-
Kohinoor, field 1 (Cobden-Kohinoor ref );
Marist v Waro-rakau, field 2 (Marist ref );
Runanga v Suburbs, field 3 (Suburbs ref ).
11.15am, under-8: Waro-rakau
v Runanga, field 1 (Runanga ref );
Cobden-Kohinoor v Marist, field 2
(Cobden-Kohinoor ref ); Brunner v
Hokitika, field 3 (Brunner ref ).
11.25am, under-8: Suburbs v Brunner,
field 1 (Brunner ref ); Cobden-Kohinoor
v Waro-rakau, field 2 (Waro-rakau ref );
Marist v Runanga, field 3 (Marist ref ).
11.40am, under-10: Brunner v Suburbs,
field 1 (Brunner ref ); Waro-rakau v
Cobden-Kohinoor Kiwis, field 2 (Waro-
rakau ref ).
12.05pm, under-10: Marist v Cobden-
Kohinoor Keas, field 1 (Cobden-Kohinoor
ref ); Hokitika v Brunner, field 2 (Hokitika
12.30pm, under-10: Cobden-Kohinoor
Kiwis v Suburbs, field 1 (Suburbs ref );
Waro-rakau v Marist, field 2 (Marist ref ).
12.55pm, under-10: Cobden-Kohinoor
Keas v Hokitika, field 1 (Cobden-Kohinoor
1.15pm, under-12: Waro-rakau v Suburbs
2.15pm, under-14: Brunner v Suburbs
3.15pm, under-16: Suburbs v Brunner
Serena Williams has shown the athletic
grace her body is capable of in a photo
shoot with New York magazine.
The world tennis No 1 has fielded more
than her fair share of criticism about her
body over the years, being called “fat, fat,
fat ” and told she was “built like a man” by
media in 2007.
In the photo shoot the 33-year-old 21-
time grand slam champion is graceful
and elegant, in one photo she does the
splits while suspended above two bars.
Ever the perfectionist, Williams posted
the photo to Instagram, with the caption
“Still working on that toe point @gqlew. ”
Williams has faced numerous sexist
and racist accusations during her
spectacular tennis career.
She has been accused of being born a
man and taking steroids and the head of
the Russian Tennis Federation called her
and sister Venus “the Williams brothers”.
But Williams refuses to be shamed into
submission. Previously she told the New
York Times: “I realised that you really
have to learn to accept who you are and
love who you are. I’m really happy with
my body type, and I’m really proud of it. ”
— New Zealand Herald
of the New Zealand Herald
The All Blacks may bring their own
double threat to the breakdown at Eden
Park and start with Richie McCaw and
Sam Cane. If they do, it would not signal
any longer-term change in thinking:
more a case of making a specific change
to fast track sorting a specific problem.
The All Blacks, by their own admission,
have been cleaned up at the breakdown
in their past two tests. They cannot allow
it to become three in a row.
Not when their game is entirely
dependent on recycling quickly and
building pressure by holding the ball
through multiple phases.
If New Zealand come second at the
breakdown on Saturday it is probable
they will come second on the scoreboard.
What has become apparent throughout
the Rugby Championship is that the key
battleground in test football has shifted
from the set-piece to the tackled ball.
South Africa played twin fetchers
Heinrich Brussow and Marcel Coetzee
who combined superbly with hooker
Bismarck du Plessis to be frustratingly
strong over the ball at Ellis Park.
In Sydney, Michael Hooper and David
Pocock were able to steal and disrupt
possession too often. The Opta statistics
show du Plessis and Pocock as the top
stealers in the Rugby Championship
with six turnovers; followed by Hooper
with five and Kieran Read with four.
Selecting Cane with McCaw will not
be a panacea to the All Blacks’ issues in
this area. Their bigger ball carriers will
have to be more dominant in the contact.
They need to run more direct lines and
make better decisions when to or even if
to pass to support runners.
If Cane plays, he will give the All
Blacks a good decision-maker in the
contact area. He will be quick to get over
the tackled player in attack and defence
and is likely to have a strong influence in
ensuring the All Blacks are more secure
and more competitive at the breakdown.
“There has been a lot of talk about the
breakdown and we lost the breakdown as
such as a battle (in Sydney),” All Blacks
assistant coach Ian Foster said. “But the
breakdown is a whole lot of things. It is
about where we attack, the role of our
ball carrier; the role of our cleaners. It is
not just a seven versus a seven.
“ We did some good things and when
we got some of those things right we
actually created good opportunity but
weren’t clinical in taking them. But the
times we didn’t get our ball carrying
right or made some poor decisions, or we
didn’t respond to what they were doing
in defence, we really struggled in that
facet. We are trying to understand our
game to clear things up and then make
people accountable for the simple stuff:
like how do you ball carry, how do you
c lean out and how quickly you get there. ”
It is unlikely the All Blacks will see a twin
openside policy as a permanent option
but it will be given due consideration
for this test given the pressing need to
improve at the breakdown and nullify
the influence of Hooper and Pocock.
Also, given the coaches’ desire to give all
41 players a reasonable chance to play
their way into the World Cup squad,
Cane is presumably due a decent run
given he’s only had seven minutes off the
bench — against Australia — so far.
Matulino, Mason hit with shoulder charge suspensions
Waro-rakau scores another try in their 38-4 win over Brunner in the under-12 semi-final at Jellyman
Park on Saturday.
Junior league semi-finals action
fix for woes
Serena splits for photo shoot
The English backs brushed away like
breadcrumbs may still find it hard to
watch but Jonah Lomu’s bulldozing try
for New Zealand in 1995 has been voted
the best in World Cup history.
Little more than a month before
the start of the 2015 tournament
predominantly in England, fans across
13 leading rugby-playing nations
have voted on some of their favourite
memories from previous editions.
Needless to say, the All Blacks feature
strongly across the categories, with
Lomu’s try in the semi-final 20 years ago
garnering 27% of the 4000 votes cast in
Master Card’s Priceless Moments poll.
Lomu, who scored four tries in his side’s
45-29 victory, picked up a loose pass out
on the left, strolled past Will Carling,
avoided the desperate attempted tap-
tackle of Tony Under wood and, saving
the best part to last, went straight
through Mike Catt as if he were a
Holders New Zealand, who boast
similar appeal to the Brazil soccer
team among neutrals, particularly with
emerging nations, topped the vote for
favourite second nation.
The Greatest Moment in World Cup
history was a close-run thing with Jonny
Wilkinson’s heart-stopping winning
drop goal for England in the 2003 final
against Australia just edging out the
symbolic handing of the Webb Ellis
trophy to South Africa’s captain Francois
Pienaar by Nelson Mandela in 1995.
New Zealand’s 2011 cup-winning side
were voted “Best Team” with England’s
2003 collective second.
When it comes to who will light up
the looming tournament that kicks off
on September 18, New Zealand’s Dan
Carter proved the most popular choice,
with Wales’ George North second and
Ireland’s fly-half Johnny Sexton third.
Bulldozing Lomu tops poll
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