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Disappointed supporters miss ABs
Several All Blacks supporters
waiting for their team to arrive
at Heathrow Airport were left
disappointed late last night when
they failed to come through the
arrivals hall, instead being whisked
out a side entrance.
Kiwi Paul Le Comte and his sons
Jamie, 12, and Charlie, nine, waited
for more than two hours after arriving
on a flight from Canada.
Paul, based in Dunedin, said he was
“gutted” at what appeared to be the
airport’s decision to divert the squad
from the main arrivals area.
He tweeted the official Heathrow
airport account and was told:
“ Unfortunately, the team won’t be
coming through the arrivals hall.
Here’s where you can meet them
. . . ” before giving details of the team’s
official welcome at the Tower of
London later in the day.
The Le Comte family, about to hire
a car to drive to Liverpool, were not
able to make it.
Renee and Lauren
Chapman, from Timaru
Dunedin respectively, were also
disappointed. The pair are travelling
around the United Kingdom and
Europe and decided to make the
journey to the airport to welcome the
team to London.
The Highlanders fans said they
would not be attending any World
Cup matches because the tickets
were too expensive.
The All Blacks must hit the ground
running in terms of their official
commitments at the Rugby World
After their long flight from
Auckland via Los Angeles, admittedly
in business class, team members were
late last night scheduled to travel into
the centre of London from Heathrow
Airport, drop their bags and possibly
unpack, and then will be whisked
to the official opening ceremony in
the well-manicured grounds of the
famous Tower of London.
It will be a far cry from their last
official welcome at a World Cup —
at Auckland’s Aotea Square, where
they took the stage to cheers and
screams from the packed public
support, most of whom were wearing
black. For many of the players, even
the senior ones, it was the first time
they felt the expectation of the public,
and appreciated that they were about
to be part of something special.
This time they will take the stage
with a famous backdrop and likely
the stares of curious tourists along
with the assembled dignitaries. In any
case, the home of the crown jewels it
is likely to be a fitting way for them to
start their defence of their title.
After wards skipper Richie McCaw
and coach Steve Hansen will have the
first of many press conferences they
will be involved in over the next two
months or so.
Fiji, the All Blacks’ South Pacific
cousins, was the first team to receive
an official World Cup welcome,
and the formalities were held in the
grounds of Hampton Court Palace,
in west London.
The Fijians, resplendent in green
trousers, sang a traditional prayer
song which impressed tourists and
gathered media alike.
After wards, giant wing Nemani
Nadolo, who plays for the Crusaders,
said the aim of his team, which will
competed in the so-called Pool of
Death with England, Australia and
Wales, was to “shock the world”.
Fiji v England next Saturday (NZT)
is the first game of the tournament.
“This is definitely the highlight of
my career,” Nadolo said.
“ Hopefully I can get picked in that
first game and we can shock the
world. Compared to some of the big
countries, we don’t have the facilities
but we play a lot for each other. That
is what we are bringing over here. We
know what we are playing for. We are
playing for the people back home.”
At the start of the 2015 season
even Melbourne coach Craig
Bellamy had his doubts about
his side’s NRL premiership
His side’s gutsy 20-18 qualifying
final win over minor premier
the Sydney Roosters at Allianz
Stadium has made him a believer
The Storm has turned the title
race on its head, outlasting the
Roosters despite being reduced to
a two-man bench for most of the
The result brought the Roosters’
12-match winning streak to a
screeching halt and it now faces
a sudden-death play-off against
either Canterbury or St George
Illawarra next Friday night.
After trailing 8-6 at the break,
the Storm shrugged off the loss
of Marika Koroibete and Jordan
McLean to earn a week off and it
is now one win away from a grand
The Storm was roundly written
off following the loss of superstar
fullback Billy Slater to a shoulder
injury halfway through the season
but Cameron Munster, who was
a standout against the Tricolours,
has filled his shoes with aplomb.
“I think at he start of the year
there were a few people writing
us off,” Bellamy said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a rebuilding
year but we’ve got a lot of young
players in our team that are new
to first grade or new to the NRL.
“ When Billy went down it was
obviously a major blow to us and
we all probably thought that.
“Munster’s done a really good
job for us. Besides that everybody
else has lifted. ”
In the wash-up, Storm captain
Cameron Smith’s goalkicking
proved the difference as he
booted four from four, while the
Roosters’ kicking and fifth tackle
options were poor as they failed
to build pressure.
Koroibete scored his side’s
opener but failed to return
after the break after suffering a
He had 12 stitches and left the
ground in a cast and Bellamy
said he was not a certainty to be
available for their preliminary
final in a fortnight.
The loss of the former Wests
Tiger forced Bellamy to reshuffle
his left side and while it was far
from ideal, Kurt Mann crossed
in the corner soon after being
shifted to Koroibete’s wing.
McLean spent the final 20
minutes on the sideline after
tweaking his right knee but
Bellamy said early indications
were positive The Storm went up
20-12 with eight minutes on the
clock after Tim Glasby crossed
but down to a two-man bench
they began to fade.
The Roosters scored just a
minute later after a short kick off
and were threatening to run over
the top of the Storm but could
not strike the final blow. — AAP
Storm upsets Roosters in final opener
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The Storm’s Kurt Mann scores a try against the Sydney Roosters.
in test squad
It has become something of a selection
conundrum: Jimmy Neesham or Corey
Anderson as preferred New Zealand test
Both are included in New Zealand’s
15-strong squad for the lip-smacking
prospect of three tests in Australia in
Is there room for both? Tricky, unless
one develops as an outright third seamer,
or no spinner is required.
They have doubled up three times
since Neesham played the first of his
eight tests, the magnificent, defiant draw
against India in Wellington early last
Neesham made his maiden century
there, helping his skipper save the
match, and secure the series win. They
appeared together twice in the United
Arab Emirates late last year. Both are
battling back issues.
Taken purely on numbers, Neesham is
a superior test player, whereas Anderson
holds the upper hand in limited-overs.
Neesham averages 43.28 with the bat
and has 11 wickets at 32 apiece in tests;
Anderson, whose test career began three
months earlier, averages 31.35 with the
bat, and his 13 wickets have cost 38.
Their ability to deliver overs to back up
the three front-line seamers — sure to
be Tim Southee and Trent Boult, plus
one of Doug Bracewell or Matt Henry
and solitary spinner Mark Craig
persuaded selectors Mike Hesson and
Gavin Larsen not to take a fifth specialist
fast bowler. Bad luck for left armers Neil
Wagner and, maybe, Ben Wheeler.
There have been times when neither
Anderson nor Neesham’s bowling has
impressed. Penetration has been an issue.
Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide will give
them help, and if things go wrong they
will need to deliver.
“A lot of our recent success has
been based on the value of our No 6
batsman bowling some overs and we’re
comfortable continuing in that vein,”
coach Hesson said.
Mark Craig shoulders the spin job
and a second specialist was never really
Back-up wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi’s
test debut at Leeds in May was an
outstanding success. He hit a bristling
88 and 31, which played important
parts in a thoroughly convincing victory.
However his one-day batting has gone
to the pack. Still, back-up on the ground
is useful, given first choice B J Watling’s
knee injury in England.
Hamish Rutherford gets the spare
batting spot but he is unlikely to dislodge
Martin Guptill and Tom Latham, unless
one of them completely loses the plot.
New Zealand A teams to play Sri
Lanka — four 50-over clashes on
October 5, 7, 10 and 13, and two four-
dayers starting on October 17 and 24, all
at Lincoln or Christchurch — contain
interesting pointers to the future.
Wheeler is kept busy in both squads, so
too promising batsman Will Young and
allrounder Mitchell Santner, who has
made a favourable early impression.
New Zealand squads.—
Test squad to face Australia in
November: Brendon McCullum
(c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham,
Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson,
Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Corey
Anderson, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi,
Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Matt
Henry, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Schedule: October 23, v Prime
Minister’s XI, Canberra; October
29-November 1, v Cricket Australia
XI, Sydney; November 5-9, first test,
Brisbane; November 13-17, second
test, Perth; November 21-22, v Western
Australian XI, Perth; November
27-December 1, third test, Adelaide.
A squads to play Sri Lanka in
Ruther-ford, George Worker, Michael
Bracewell, Michael Pollard, Will Young,
Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell
Santner, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Andrew
Mathieson, Ed Nuttall, Ben Wheeler.
Four-day: Jeet Raval, Michael Bracewell,
Dean Brownlie, Colin Munro, Nicholls,
Young, Todd Astle, Derek de Boorder,
Santner, Wheeler, Neil Wagner, D uffy,
Nuttall. — N Z ME
England levels series
England has levelled the one-day
international series with Australia with
a brilliant, record-breaking run chase
in the fourth clash, forcing a decider
tomorrow night at Old Trafford.
Led by the superb Eoin Morgan’s
run-a -ball 92, the host team successfully
chased Australia’s target of 300 — the
best between the two nations and third-
highest in history — to finish 304 for
seven with 10 balls to spare when David
Willey thumped one final monster six to
seal the victory.
Having led the best-of-five series 2-0,
Australia has now lost both clashes
following the triple injury blow which
led to David Warner (thumb), Nathan
Coulter-Nile (hamstring) and Shane
Watson flying home.
England carries all the momentum
heading into the decider back in
The loss overshadowed a sensational
all-round performance by Glenn
Maxwell, who hit a blistering 85 to
rescue Australia’s flagging innings before
contributing in big moments both with
the ball and in the field.
While his innings was exceptional and
helped Australia post a total of 299 for
seven, the two catches were even more
To remove Morgan, Maxwell took
a brilliant one-handed reflex catch at
gully with the ball seemingly on an
unstoppable path to the boundary.
He went one better to dismiss Liam
Plunkett, catching a ball which was
destined for six, before flinging it in
the air while falling over the rope and
recovering in time to claim a fair catch.
Australia was in major trouble at 30
for three when Maxwell arrived at the
crease, and he set about repairing the
damage with a 137-run partnership with
George Bailey (75).
Maxwell produced his full array of
conventional and unconventional shots,
hitting a pair of booming sixes off Adil
Rashid, while his first ball faced from
offspinner Moeen Ali was reverse-swept
for four. He ultimately fell to the same
shot, bowled around his legs by Ali while
attempting one reverse too many.
However, he had set the platform for
Victorian team-mates Matthew Wade
(50 off 26) and John Hastings (34 off
26) to help push England’s target to 300.
Former Kiwis captain Benji Marshall
says the St George Illawarra Dragons
are riding high ahead of tonight’s
elimination final against the Canterbury
Bulldogs, despite leaving it late in their
final round clash with Wests Tigers to
secure their eighth place finish.
Marshall admitted relief was the
overriding emotion after the Dragons
needed a penalty goal to sur vive a spirited
Tigers comeback and claim a 32-30
golden point victory over his former club.
With that patchy result behind them,
the 30-year-old halfback insists the Red
V are now brimming with confidence and
eager to make the most of their first finals
appearance since 2011, the same year
Marshall last enjoyed September football.
“I ’ve noticed the difference around
training,” Marshall told the Dragons
website. “Everyone’s pretty upbeat and
excited for what ’s going to be the first
appearance in the semis for a few years
so it’s a good time for the club.
“For me that relief of making the
semis, I haven’t played there since 2011,
so it’s a fair achievement and something
I’m proud of and I want to go further
than that. We had put ourselves in a
good position mid-year and had an up
and down back end to the season, but
our goal at the start of the season was to
make the top eight, and now we’re here
we feel like we’re a genuine chance.”
He accepts the Dragons cannot afford
to take their foot off the pedal as in their
last outing, when they let slip a 30-8 lead
in the final quarter against the Tigers.
The Bulldogs were also far from perfect
in their narrow 26-22 win over the
Warriors, but Marshall knows nothing
less than a committed 80-minute effort
will be good enough against the team
that has featured in two of the last three
grand finals. — NZ ME
Dragons riding high: Marshall
Ford’s young guns show Sandown speed
V8 Supercar drivers old and
new took centre stage at Sandown
yesterday, helping set the stage for an
intriguing start to the Enduro Cup.
Old hands Marcos Ambrose
and Russell Ingall made successful
Supercar returns but were both
upstaged by the No 6 Falcon, with
two drivers young enough to be
Chaz Mostert, 23, and co-driver
Cameron Waters, 21, stole the show
with super practice drives that had
the Prodrive Racing Ford as the
only car in the top two of the timing
charts across three practice sessions.
Mostert was second to Jamie
Whincup in the morning’s sole
practice session for series drivers.
When the co-drivers took to
the track in the afternoon, Waters
showed pace beyond his inexperience
in the impressive FG X.
Waters was quickest in the first
of two co-driver sessions, and was
narrowly beaten by Pepsi Max
stablemate Steve Owen in the
Mostert said if he kept this pace
up over the three endurance races,
they ’d be opponents soon enough.
“He’s definitely in the hot seat
for a main series drive at one point,
hopefully next year, because he’s
quick enough to do it — which is
disappointing for me because he’s a
nice co-driver,” he said.
Mostert, who sits second in
the championship behind Mark
Winterbottom, said he enjoyed
making the way for young drivers in
the sport. “ Me, Scotty McLaughlin,
Scotty Pye, Nick (Percat); us four
guys that have come through; really
have opened the door for younger
guys coming through to the main
series,” he said. — AAP
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