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romp in over
Coast stays in hunt for
West Coast remain in the hunt for a
Meads Cup play-offs spot after winning
a Heartland Championship battle of
the coasts in the heart of Ngati Porou
territory, on Saturday.
Two tries to lock Brad Houston helped
West Coast to a 22-10 win over bottom-
of-the-table East Coast at a wind and
rain-swept Whakarua Park, in Ruatoria.
West Coast ’s hard-running for ward
pack laid the winning foundation,
dominating possession and scoring
three of their four tries, which earned
them the maximum five points.
The bonus-point win lifted them to
seventh on the Heartland table and put
breathing space between themselves and
eighth-placed neighbours Buller, who
lost 35-34 to North Otago.
West Coast have 16 points. They are
five ahead of Buller and just two behind
fourth-placed North Otago.
With two matches to go to the play-
offs, there are all sorts of permutations.
West Coast have a great opportunity of
forcing their way into the Meads Cup
top four as they play two teams behind
them on the table — King Country in
Greymouth this Saturday, and Thames
Valley in Paeroa the following Saturday.
A win on Saturday would seal a Lochore
Cup (fifth-to-eighth) play-offs position.
With the strong southerly wind at
their back, West Coast took the lead
just a few minutes into the game on
Saturday, when prop Matt Jeffreys made
a powerful run and Houston was in
support to score out wide.
East Coast quickly responded. Hooker
Kareti Palmer showed his deft skills
with a grubber kick into the in-goal area
and fullback Whakarae Henare won the
race to the ball.
West Coast struck back from a penalty.
First five-eighth Nik Cumming’s
touch-finder put them within 15m of
the tryline and from a for ward drive,
flanker Josh Hill went over. Cumming’s
successful conversion made it 12-5.
Despite struggling to contain West
Coast at scrum time, the sky blues
defended staunchly and closed the
deficit when first five-eighth Richard
Apanui kicked the ball wide, and Palmer
regathered and fed brother and winger
Kris, who went over to reduce the deficit
to two points.
Just before half-time, Houston crossed
for his second try and West Coast went
into the break 17-10 ahead.
West Coast made a strong start to the
second 40 and were rewarded with a try
to winger Desmond Spooner. An influx
of replacements added impetus, but play
was predominantly scrappy for the rest
of the match.
West Coast ’s for ward play was the
difference. No one player stood out but
they were impressive as a unit.
The home side had the more
enterprising backline but had to produce
their best defensive performance of the
season to keep the opposition for wards
from scoring more points.
As well as Heartland Championship
points, West Coast retained the Arthur
Wickes Memorial Cup last played for
between the sides in 2013 — West
Coast winning that clash, 15-11.
West Coast 22 (Brad Houston 2,
Josh Hill, Desmond Spooner tries,
Nik Cumming con) East Coast 10
(Whakarae Henare, Kris Palmer tries).
South Africa captain Jean de Villiers
overnight after being ruled out of the
World Cup due to a broken jaw as his
tournament jinx returned to haunt him.
It was the second such injury suffered
in the last two months by the 34-year-old
centre, who made a miraculous recovery
to get fit for the World Cup, only to
fracture the right side of his jaw late in
Saturday ’s 46-6 win over Samoa at Villa
“ When I got injured yesterday and I left
the field, I knew that I had played my last
test for South Africa,” De Villiers told
“Injuries are part of rugby and I’ve had
my fair share, so by now I know how to
cope with them. It’s very sad, but life goes
on — Ineedtotakeitallinandmove
“I was quite sad when I came off the
field as I knew I won’t get the opportunity
to play for my country again.
“Having played for South Africa for 13
years, I’ve been fortunate to experience so
many great things and I got to know so
many good friends, but you never think it
would end like this,” he said.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer
paid tribute to the courage of his former
“The way in which he never gave up
fighting to overcome his last serious knee
injury reminded me again how much of a
warrior he is and how highly he regarded
the Springbok jersey,” Meyer said.
“He will go down as one of the
greatest Springboks ever and in
my eyes he is probably one of the
best captains in the history of world
rugby, who always put the team first and
gave his time for any player, young or old
without ever changing who he is.”
Jan Serfontein will join the squad in
Newcastle as his replacement while
De Villiers heads to South Africa for
The break is on the opposite side of De
Villiers’s jaw to the fracture sustained
against Argentina in D urban in August.
Injury has blighted the Springbok
centre’s World Cup career with just
handful of his 109 caps over the last
13 years coming at the showpiece
De Villiers missed out on the 2003
World Cup, some six months after he
suffered a serious knee injury just five
minutes into his debut against France.
He is officially a 2007 winner, although
he tore his biceps during the opening
game of the tournament in France and
took no further part as the Boks went on
to be crowned world champions.
At the last World Cup four years ago,
he went off after just 25 minutes of the
first game against Wales in Wellington
with a rib injury and made just a cameo
appearance later on as South Africa
exited in the quarter-finals.
De Villiers calls it quits to test
rugby after breaking jaw
PICTURE: Getty Images
South Africa captain Jean de Villiers in the match against
RUGBY WORLD CUP
For all talk of the narrowing gulf
between the top nations and Rugby
World Cup stragglers, Australia,
Ireland and Scotland all picked up
maximum points overnight as they
set their sights on the business end
of the group stage.
A second-string Wallabies side
ran 11 tries past minnows Uruguay
in what amounted to little more
than a warm-up for their crunch
encounter with hosts England on
Two tries in five minutes from
winger Drew Mitchell was the
highlight as Australia moved
to the top of pool A ahead of
a Twickenham contest that
could consign England to an
unprecedented group-stage exit
after losing to Wales the previous
Bonus points could yet come into
play if Fiji spring a surprise against
Wales on Thursday, but that was far
from the mind of Australia coach
Michael Cheika after yesterday ’s
romp established the Wallabies as
the tournament ’s top try scorers.
“No one’s won the World Cup
unless they ’ve won every game.
I’ve never been here before, but I
figured that ’s what you’ve sort of
got to do,” Cheika said.
“I’m not being a smart Alec,
our plan is not to just scrounge
through, we’ve got to just play well
every game and let the results take
care of themselves.”
Scotland also made it two from
two, regaining their spot at the
top of pool B by clocking up five
late tries to turn around a first-half
deficit against a physical United
Trailing 13-6 at the break, the
Scots found their composure in
the second half to claim the bonus
point that could prove crucial in a
group that contains South Africa,
Samoa and Japan.
“It was a tough team talk at
Henry Pyrgos said after the match.
“O bviously the USA played really
well in that first half, but we
weren’t clinical enough, we made a
lot of mistakes and put ourselves
“But credit to the boys, we came
out in the second half and got a
try straight away, which settled
the ner ves and allowed us to kick
on and ultimately we got the five
however, playmaker Finn Russell
limped off midway through the
second half — a potentially
heavy blow if he were to miss next
Saturday ’s clash with South Africa
South Africa have also been dealt
an injury blow, with captain Jean de
Villiers retiring from international
rugby after breaking his jaw in the
game against Samoa.
In Sunday ’s late game, Ireland
wore down a dogged Romania
to claim a comfortable 44-10
bonus-point victory in front of a
record 89,267 crowd at Wembley,
surpassing the tournament best set
at the same stadium last week.
The Irish started with the oldest
team in World Cup history;
experience that helped them to
take full advantage when Romania
centre Csaba Gal was sent to the
Ireland proceeded to cut loose
in the second half, ensuring
maximum points from their
opening two matches and a slim
advantage over France in pool D,
though Joe Schmidt was quick to
warn against complacency ahead
of their next match against a
desperate Italian side.
“Italy we be a whole different
kettle of fish. They know that
their tournament hinges on our
game next Sunday, and we know it
hinges a bit for us as well, so that
is going to be a massive challenge,”
Schmidt told reporters.
Off the pitch, Argentina lock
Mariano Galarza lost his appeal
against a nine-week suspension
for eye-gouging during the Pumas’
opening pool C game against New
Zealand and will miss the rest of
Ikamatua galloper A
Bob Short and Westport
pacer Pomme Boy took
out the respective
Coast Racing Horse of
the Year Awards, at the
annual racing awards
dinner held in Westport
at the weekend.
The Peter and Ken
Bob Short was named the
thoroughbred of the year
and is raced and owned
locally by Peter O’Malley
and daughters, Tracy and
Katherine, and Adam
A Bob Short recorded a
win, a second and a
third placing from
11 starts for stakes of
$16,230. Peter and Ken
O’Malley were also
named as the 2014-
15 Buller West Coast
trainers of the year.
The Robert Higgins-
trained Pomme Boy
took out the standard
bred horse of the year
award. Pomme Boy won
four races last season,
collecting $27,203 for his
Westport owners Robert
Higgins, Bill and Claude
Robert Higgins was also
named as the
Coast owner of the year,
while John Rogers was
named personality of the
Kath Ruddle, Tracy O’Malley, Peter O’Malley, Dan Moloney (representing Robert Higgins), John and
Margaret Reedy (representing John Rogers), Bill Walsh and Claude Walsh with racing awards.
Ikamatua, Westpor t horses take titles
Quade Cooper has been left
disappointed by his sin-binning in the
Wallabies’ World Cup win over Uruguay,
with coach Michael Cheika confirming
an appeal would be lodged.
The 27-year-old was sent to the sin-bin
for tackling Uruguayan No 9 Agustin
Ormaechea high and then body-
slamming him into the turf.
It is Cooper’s third yellow card in his
past four tests — with sin-bins also
coming against Argentina and New
All three offences have been high
tackles, perhaps suggesting a need to
refine his technique.
“ It was disappointing to be sin-binned
as it was such an awesome atmosphere
out there,” Cooper said.
“I am not sure on what’s going to
happen now, it’s hard for me comment
“ I will just wait and see how it unfolds
and continue to prepare and get better
Cooper’s goal-kicking, too, was off
target — and his return of five from 11
attempts is unlikely to put pressure on
Bernard Foley, although his ability to set
up three tries might.
With ball in hand, Cooper looked a
constant threat albeit against a semi-
professional side in Uruguay.
Having regathered a Beale midfield
grubber, Cooper produced a superb flick
pass for Joe Tomane to cross for the
Wallabies’ second try.
He was in the thick of things for Drew
Mitchell’s second try — throwing a
pinpoint cut-out pass to to hit the winger
on the chest.
It’s why he shouldn’t be discounted for
Saturday ’s crucial pool A match with
England at Twickenham — despite
Foley having one foot in the door already.
Should a player accumulate three yellow
cards through tournament play, he would
earn a one-game suspension, which is
why Cheika confirmed the Wallabies
would be fighting Cooper’s yellow.
“ We will appeal that,” Cheika said.
“I feel like that hit was across the
Cooper to appeal
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