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So much for the Premiership and
As they did in 2014, the
Championship province Hawke’s
Bay came to Pukekohe, saw and
conquered. This time they already
had the Ranfurly Shield, but the
manner in which they went about
their work was again impressive.
They scored four tries and could
have had at least three more, such
was their dominance.
Fullback Israel Dagg had little
ball to show his wares as he did in
his hat-trick outing against Otago,
but his hefty right boot was on
show. His old mate Zac Guildford
had an eventful night on the right
wing, scoring one intercept try,
having two ruled out and lucky to
avoid a yellow card for a dangerous
tackle on Cardiff Vaega. All Blacks
prop Ben Franks got through 63
minutes of work for Hawke’s Bay.
The highlight for the Steelers,
other than some rugged charges
by No 8 Maama Vaipulu, was a
jarring hit by Johnny Fa’auli on his
opposite Andrew Horrell. But it
was too little, too late.
In the first half, the Steelers broke
the line often enough, but could not
convert their opportunities, while
the Magpies struck with deadly
accuracy when they were hot on
attack. No 8 and captain Brendon
O’Connor was as industrious as
ever. Lock Mark Abbott crossed
for his first ITM Cup try, while
second five Andrew Horrell
nailed the second and will surely
need to buy his midfield partner
Richard Buckman a beer after the
‘Barracuda’ ran a gap and slipped a
sweet pop pass to him in the right
corner. Ihaia West kicked six from
six. Robbie Fruean was named on
the wing for Hawke’s Bay, but did
not run onto the field.
Steelers wing Frank Halai, on the
comeback trail, ran with admirable
vigour but was understandably
short of a gallop.
Counties Manukau next travel
to New Plymouth on Wednesday
night to face Taranaki, while
Hawke’s Bay defend the Shield
against North Harbour next
Hawke’s Bay 35 (Mark Abbott,
Andrew Horrell, Zac Guildford,
Shannan Chase tries; Ihaia West 3
con, 3 pen) Counties Manukau 11
(Maama Vaipulu try; Piers Francis
Darts legend Phil Taylor
lavished praise on the Auckland
crowd after moving easily into the
darts masters quarter-finals.
Taylor will tonight play
Australian Simon Whitlock, who
caused a mild surprise in beating
eighth seeded Englishman
In reality, it was no upset at all.
Bunting, not in best of form, is
ranked 19 in the world. Whitlock,
who had tremendous support
from the crowd, is ranked at 10
and has been as high as three.
Taylor described the crowd as
“ very, very, knowledgeable”.
“They knew exactly what the
score was — they were fantastic,”
the 16-times world champion
Whitlock beat Taylor in their
first ever meeting, in 2006,
although the score stands at 6-39
“ I have beaten him in two finals
— I ’ll play the board, not Phil
Taylor wiped out New
Zealander Craig Caldwell 6-0,
although the Wellingtonian was
unlucky not to take the first leg.
The opening night has been
a roaring success, literally, with
the colourful crowd of 4000-
plus chanting and singing as the
world’s best darts players strutted
their stuff at Trusts Arena in West
The World Series is the
Professional Darts Corporation’s
spearhead in spreading the game
globally, and Auckland looks
assured of being a regular part of
the fledgling tour.
England’s James Wade described
the crowd as the best of all
among those in Japan, Dubai
and Australia. Whitlock said he
believed the game could be at a
turning point in this part of the
world. But there were no miracles
last night, with the big guns too
strong for the qualifiers. New
Zealand No 1 Rob Szabo went
down to Holland’s world No 1
Michael van Ger wen but he did
well to take three legs off him.
Szabo, a builder, helped
construct the stage which is an
indication of the gulf between
the world’s hopefuls and the top
players led by Taylor, who has
career winnings of $16m.
“It’s not the result I wanted,”
Szabo said. “I always go in with
a winning attitude whoever I’m
playing. I got into it at the end
but he threw well.”
Van Ger wen said he was well
aware of Szabo, who had given
Taylor a small fright in the 2014
“I thought he was the best of the
qualifiers (but) he threw too many
loose darts,” van Ger wen said.
The D utchman said the crowd
was still warming up, and he
expected the atmosphere to go up
a few notches for the big games
over the weekend. His quarter-
final is against countryman
Raymond van Barneveld, who
won their last contest.
The other New Zealander,
Mark Cleaver from Stratford, was
beaten by Scotland’s world No 3
The best match of the night
by far was the last, when the
Adelaide screen printer Rob
Modra went extremely close to
beating world champion Gary
Anderson from Scotland.
Anderson found a way to win
6-5 and issued a challenge to the
“I ’ve known Rob a long time —
I was expecting a tough battle,”
“These boys down here are
getting closer but they ’ve got to
get out there and give it a shot.
It’s no good saying I could have
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Hawke’s Bay Zac Guildford slips a tackle in last night ’s ITM Cup match against
Counties Manukau at the ECO Light Stadium, in Pukekohe.
Keen basketball players from Christchurch,
Nelson and the West Coast will gather
in Greymouth next month for a sporting
Since the Special Olympics were held
in Palmerston North in 2009 an annual
basketball exchange has been held,
featuring two teams each from Nelson and
Special Olympics spokesman Graeme Bain
said the organisation had decided to combine
its basketball event, which was already
taking place on the Coast, with the sporting
Alongside teams from Waimea College
in Nelson and Allenvale School in
Christchurch, teams from Buller High
School, Westland High School and
Greymouth High School will be taking
part in the exchange, to be held between
September 14 and 18.
Bain said Grey Main and Runanga schools
might also be entering teams.
The exchange begins on September 15
with a basketball camp at the ASB Civic
Centre, Greymouth, between 10am and
1pm, followed by a celebrity basketball
game between 1pm and 2pm, where various
celebrities will form a team to play against
the Special Olympic school staff.
The Special Olympics certificate event will
be held the following day, after which the
students take part in skills and games, closing
with a medal and certificate ceremony.
Participants will also get the chance to
socialise, with a swim and slide, barbecue
and disco being held, as well as a visit to
Shantytown and the Honey Cafe.
The Sydney Roosters killed
off Manly’s top eight hopes and
soured Geoff Toovey ’s Brookvale
Oval farewell with a 46-10 NRL
win last night.
The Roosters hardly missed a beat
without some of their biggest guns
as they moved to within touching
distance of a third straight minor
With Mitchell Pearce, Jared
Jennings and Shaun Kenny-
Dowall watching from the dugout,
the Roosters were clinical in their
11th straight victory.
Wingers Brendan Elliot and
Daniel Tupou each racked up hat-
tricks in the eight-tries-to-two
With Waerea-Hargreaves’ season
over due to an ACL injury and
with Pearce (hamstring) out for a
month, the Roosters were expected
to wane but showed no signs of
stumbling against the Sea Eagles.
Manly had everything to play
for with their finals hopes on the
line and the match being Geoff
Toovey’s last at Brookvale after an
illustrious playing and coaching
career that stretched back to 1988.
It was also five-eighth Kieran
Foran’s last Brookvale match in
Manly colours ahead of his move
In some positive news the club
did announce that fullback Brett
Stewart had penned a one-year
contract extension which would
see him stay at the club until the
end of 2017.
They looked listless in the
opening stanza as the Roosters
jumped out to a 16-0 lead after 27
minutes and never got back within
The Roosters’ first two tries were
almost replicas with Elliot going
over in the corner after some swift
Jackson Hastings proved he was
up to filling Pearce’s No 7 jumper
when he toed it through for an
Aidan Guerra four-pointer.
Manly were staring down the
barrel of going into the break down
16-0 but pegged one back when
Jamie Lyon went over off the back
of a gem of a Stewart flick pass.
But the second half began almost
exactly as the first with Elliot
going over in the corner after the
Roosters opened up an overlap and
it was a steady procession from
A Tupou second-half treble put
the exclamation point on the win
before Roger Tuivasa-Sheck added
one to his highlight reel with a
50m burst which ended with Isaac
Manly’s Justin Horo (high
contact) and Willie Mason
(shoulder charge) are both facing
scrutiny from the match review
Roosters coach Trent Robinson
said that the side had taken a no-
excuses attitude after losing several
key players during the week.
“There’s been a lot made about
who we’re missing but that hasn’t
been made very big within the
Roosters,” he said.
“ We knew they were out and just
got back into training. We’ve got
a squad of 23-24 guys that have
played NRL that know their role.
There was some good execution
there that we needed to get that
The loss was Manly’s biggest at
Brookvale in 52 years.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey said
he went into the night full of
emotion but left “disappointed and
“ I was very upset for the team,
we’ve let a chance to steam back
into the eight slip by,” Toovey said.
“ It ’s more disappointment about
that than anything else.” — AAP
Legend moves easily into quar ter-finals
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New Zealander Rob Szabo reacts to a point during the Auckland
Darts Masters yesterday at The Trusts Arena, in Auckland.
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Special Olympics sporting
Leaving New Zealand after four
years will be difficult for departing
Warriors hooker Nathan Friend,
but the way of life he has become
accustomed to will stick with him
and his young family.
With just two games left in the
season, and his wife and children
already back across the Tasman, the
end is well and truly nigh.
As much as the 34-year-old has
embraced Auckland life, he is eager
to get his “Kiwi kids” integrated in
Australia, as he prepares to rejoin his
former club the Gold Coast Titans
“The wife and the boys are over in
Aus. I took them back last Sunday,
so the reality is starting to hit home,”
“My family were very settled so
I’m very thankful and happy to have
spent my time over here. It’s made
it that much better for us. Having
two boys and bringing them up here
has been great. Now they ’re full-on
Kiwis, so I’ve got to get them back
to Australia and teach them the
Six straight defeats has soured
things recently, and Friend cannot
hide his disappointment and
frustrations at another failed
Warriors campaign, but there is
plenty about the club that has
impacted on him in positive ways.
Arriving here in 2012 after stints
with the Broncos, Storm and Titans,
the 219 NRL game veteran says the
club’s cultural diversity has opened
his eyes to a different side of life.
“It’s just a cultural thing, to
experience how Polynesians attack
life in general, and how they ’re up-
beat all the time. It’s how life should
be,” he said.
“Sometimes we get a bit too
depressed about life and there’s a lot
more people worse off than us, that ’s
how I see things. To view the boys
and be around them 24-7 keeps
your spirits high, and that ’s one of
the many things that myself and the
family have experienced over here.
“That ’s the best thing about league,
you get the opportunity to see a
different country and meet new
people and form great friendships.
That ’s what I’ve got.” — NZME
Roosters kill of Manly’s final hopes
Nick Willis is through to the
final of the 1500m at the World
Championships in Athletics in
Beijing after finishing second in his
The Beijing Olympic Games
1500m silver medallist finished
behind Olympic champion Asbel
Kiprop of Kenya in a time of
Julian Matthews missed out on a
spot in the final after finishing in
eleventh place in 3:40.45.
“It ’s disappointing it ended
that way but it has been a good
championship for me and I’ve learnt
a lot from it, it would have been nice
to have been a bit more competitive
there at the end,” Matthews said.
“I did everything I could, I just
didn’t have it and when you don’t
have it you don’t have it. It ’s a long
last lap when you’re off the back.”
Matthews finished in 16th place.
“That ’s pretty good, I’m happy
with that, coming in at 40th and
finishing sixteenth. It ’s been an
awesome experience and had a great
time with the team and hopefully I
can up my game for Rio,” Matthews
said. — New Zealand Herald
Willis into 1500m final
NZ life leaves mark on Friend
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