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The West Coast Colts had to
fight hard for their win against
the visiting St Bede’s College
side, at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Coach Terry McBride said the
game was a “tough one”, which
the colts finally won, 22-20.
The St Bede’s players were big
and “we appreciated the school
coming to Greymouth to play
the colts — and the haka they
performed, is not something
players and spectators on this side
of the alps get to see very often”.
The visitors punished West
Coast at times because of their
“ We started well and finished
strongly, but in the middle of the
game we fell off our game plan
McBride said of West Coast ’s
highlights were scoring one try
off a lineout drive and another
which came after several phases
of play and had Ben Alexander
crossing the line.
In the for wards, Whitehead,
Jordan Burt, Ant Barlow and
Alexander were impressive.
“Alexander’s move from the
backs to No 8 is also beginning to
pay off,” McBride said.
In the backs, L ogan Woodham
and Archie McBride were good
both playing intelligent rugby
and getting the ball moving to
Rugby Park was in “supreme
order” for the match, and the
teams were able to cash in
and move the ball around the
McBride was impressed with
West Coast ’s defence over the last
final minutes of the game to keep
an attacking St Bede’s side from
scoring and taking the win.
“It was pretty impressive and
shows what high regard the
players have for the West Coast
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Ben Alexander slips through St Bede’s defenders as he makes his way to the tryline to score for the West
Coast Colts, at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Colts fight hard for win
RUGBY WORLD CUP
England are constantly reminding
themselves about the threat their first
World Cup opponent, Fiji, represent in
a match that kicks off the tournament
For the All Blacks, their first
opponents, Argentina, do not need to be
talked up. They would have been aware
of the threat as soon as the draw was
made because Argentina have form at
The Pumas, who pushed the All Blacks
hard in their quarter-final at Eden Park
in 2011 before the home side got on top
in the final quarter, finished third in the
2007 edition of the tournament.
They also achieved the remarkable feat
of beating the Springboks in Durban in
this year’s Rugby Championship.
They are big, powerful men not fazed
by playing on the big stage and that is
why they are the perfect first game for
the All Blacks. There will be an edge
about Steve Hansen’s men this week as
they prepare for the match at Wembley
on Monday because it will be the
defining one of their pool as far as they
“ When you look at the likes of Namibia
and Georgia and Tonga, they ’re going to
be very physical teams so we’ve got no
doubt we’ll be in some battles in that
regard,” assistant coach Ian Foster said.
“Clearly Argentina are considered one
of the favourites to go through in this
pool so it’s great to get them first up. It ’s
going to be a big game for us.
“ We’ve built up a lot of respect for
them having played them a lot over
the last few years. It ’s never been easy.
So if you look at where they have come
from — they beat South Africa this
year — they ’re a team becoming more
comfortable with what they do. It ’s
certainly a massive challenge for us in
week one and it ’s the best way for us to
start, I think.”
The potentially good news for the
All Blacks is that they know what they
will get with Argentina; a set piece-
focused opposition with a big emphasis
on kicking, no matter their recent
experimentation of playing a wider,
more expansive, game. Their defence can
also be notoriously hard-nosed, another
reason why they tend to perform well in
Jerome Kaino tells a good story
about playing the Pumas at the 2011
tournament. It was the big loose
for ward’s first match against them, and
the ball kept finding him from kick offs.
It was his job therefore to keep running
it back at a blue-and-white striped wall
in the knowledge that the slightest
hesitation would give them a huge
He felt the effects for days after wards.
The two teams have played each other
seven times since the last World Cup,
so the All Blacks will have plenty of
intelligence on them. Their last match,
a 39-18 Rugby Championship victory
for Steve Hansen’s men in Christchurch,
featured two tries for the visitors from
Captain and hooker Agustin Creevy
was the beneficiary both times. After
Hansen’s appraisal that the lineout drive
was a “ boring” part of the game, expect
the Pumas to go back to the tried and
tested. It is something the All Blacks are
likely to be ready for. — NZME
All Blacks see Pumas as
perfect first opponents
Michael Campbell is urging Lydia
Ko to set her sights on emulating
Tiger Woods’ dominance of golf.
Wellingtonian Campbell, who
won the 2005 United States Open,
is in awe of the 18-year-old Ko,
describing her achievements as
Ko became the third New
Zealander to win a major title, after
Campbell and Sir Bob Charles,
when she claimed the Evian Open in
France this week. She is the youngest
winner of a golf major.
Campbell believes that after
taking a small break, Ko can set her
sights on the women’s grand slam,
and breaking retired Swedish star
Annika Sorenstam’s record of 10
“She needs to break even more
records, set her goals even higher,”
Campbell told Radio Sport from
Spain, where he runs his golf
“I think the most important thing
is for her to re-set her goals now. She
can be the first player to win all five
majors ... become the first person to
win the grand slam.
“Thirteen wins on the LPGA tour
in two years ... that ’s ridiculous. This
is like Tiger Woods stuff.
“He dominated golf for 10 years
and I can see Lydia doing exactly the
not seen Ko
play live but
has been told
part of her game
“I ’m over the
moon ... she is a great ambassador
for golf and New Zealand,”
“S he has got 20 more years at the
top which adds up to 100 majors.
She will be distracted off the golf
course but I’m sure she has a great
team behind her,” he said.
“It ’s a real team effort and I’m sure
IMG will do a great job in filtering
out all the other stuff. She can go on
to bigger and brighter things.”
— New Zealand Herald
Campbell urges Ko to set sights high
The Warriors have announced the
signing of experienced centre Blake
Ayshford from the the Cronulla Sharks
on a two-year contract from 2016.
The 27-year-old accrued 20 NRL
appearances for Cronulla over the past
two seasons after previously playing 104
games for Wests Tigers between 2009
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden
said Ayshford fits the club’s needs as
they look to add experienced players
to bolster depth and improve levels of
professionalism ahead of next year’s
“ We’re undergoing a thorough process
of reshaping our NRL squad for next
year and beyond,” said McFadden.
“ While we’re always seeking to create
depth and competition, we have also
identified the need for more experienced
and durable players with the level of
professionalism we’re after.
“ Blake will bring those qualities to the
c lub.” — NZME-New Zealand Herald
Warriors sign Ayshford
Sydney Roosters giant Kane Evans says
there will not be a repeat of his infamous
shoulder charge when he goes toe to toe
with Canterbury enforcer Sam Kasiano
on Friday night.
But that does not mean there will not
After Kasianso was not charged by the
match review committee for his contact
on St George Illawarra playmaker
Gareth Widdop’s head on the weekend,
it set up a tantalising return bout with
When Kasianso and Evans, who
tip the scales at a combined 235kgs,
last collided, they provided one of the
flashpoints of the season.
As the Bulldogs for ward Kasiano
charged off his line during the round
21 clash, Evans laid him out with a
shoulder charge that prompted the
NRL’s crackdown on the tackle.
Evans is not naive enough to think
he could get away with it again, but
he predicts sparks will fly during their
“I think with finals footy every team is
trying to get on top of the opposition,
“It’s going to be a big one for our
“They ’re for ward are dominant and
they ’re all good quality players.
“It’s going to be a big job for us but we
just have to knuckle down and do what
we have to do.”
Not only is Friday ’s sudden death clash
at Allianz Stadium an acid test for the
Roosters for wards against a strong Dogs
pack, it is also a chance to atone.
Yesterday, many members of the
Tricolours’ pack were still stinging after
Melbourne got the better of them in
their qualifying final on Friday.
After 12 straight wins, the Roosters
came crashing back down to earth but
not out of the premiership race having
earned a second chance after finishing
with the minor premiership.
Back-rower Boyd Cordern said the
setback had allowed the side to refocus
on what was important and provided
them with extra drive.
“ We’re coming up against a pretty
classy Bulldogs team. ” — AAP
Kasianso and Evans on collision course
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