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The Kiwis are still alive, levelling the
three-match league test series with
a narrow 9-2 win over England at
London’s Olympic Stadium yesterday.
New Zealand were completely
dominant but a combination of
incredible English defence — this
team does not know when to give up
— and missed chances by the visitors
kept the game in the balance until
the 77th minute, when Jordan Kahu
kicked a field goal to extend New
Zealand ’s lead beyond a converted try.
The flash point of the match came
eight minutes from fulltime, when
the video referee disallowed a James
Graham try besides the posts. Referee
Gerard Sutton had awarded the try,
but the video decision was probably
correct, as it appeared Graham had
In a new stadium, this was old-style
test football. The Kiwis produced
a courageous effort, retaining their
self-belief after the disappointments
of last week and being frustrated on
attack for much of the match.
Unlike last week, the New Zealand
bench overshadowed their opposites,
while Kodi Nikorima and Peta Hiku
combined well in the halves.
Though the game was staged far
from league’s northern heartland,
Londoners responded by buying two-
thirds of the 43,000 tickets sold.
The marketing tagline for this series
asks England fans to “be the White
Wall”. Their team took heed in the
first half, with a staggering defensive
effort to keep the Kiwis tryless. The
Kiwis threw everything they had but
the England line was as fortified as
the Tower of London.
Hiku was twice stopped just short
of the line, while Kevin Proctor was
hauled back centimetres short by
some outstanding defence. No matter
what the Kiwis tried, England had an
answer, even managing to scrag Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck at full pace on several
The Kiwis also lacked direction.
They lacked someone with the
ability to see one or two plays ahead,
spotting the eventual gap rather than
what was just in front of them.
England threatened only in the final
moments of the first half, with Lewis
Brown stopping Tom Burgess in the
shadow of the posts, and Tuivasa-
Sheck shutting down two dangerous
The Kiwis should have led at the
break but made amends minutes
into the second half, with Shaun
Kenny-Dowall crossing for the only
try. Credit will go to Nikorima, who
made a half-break and freed his arms
but it was mostly due to Tohu Harris,
who showed the hands of a slips
fielder to gather the ball centimetres
from the turf and send Kenny-Dowall
Almost all the second half belonged
to the visitors. They forced three line
dropouts and were camped in English
territory. England’s defence was
magnificent, with Hiku again going
closest, losing the ball across the
tryline in the 65th minute.
Issac Luke missed a 70th-minute
penalty handy to the posts which
would have put a tight game out of
reach. The home side and crowd were
noticeably lifted from that point, and
it looked like Graham had brought
them level as he dived on a grubber
close to the posts. Sutton awarded
a try but the video referee correctly
found enough doubt, as the ball
seemed to escape from Graham’s
grasp as he dived on it.
The Kiwis should have sealed the
game minutes later, only for Nikorima
to lose the ball on the tryline after a
break engineered by Tuivasa-Sheck,
before Kahu’s crucial late kick.
New Zealand 9 (S Kenny-Dowall
try; J Kahu, I Luke goal, Kahu field
goal), England 2 (G Widdop goal).
Monday, November 9, 2015
PICTURE: Getty Images
Kiwis’ Shaun Kenny-Dowall touches down, avoiding the tackle of England’s Zak Hardaker in yesterday’s test at
Olympic Stadium, in London.
On the verge of a victory about as
famous as they come in the regular
season, the Breakers were denied
by a refereeing call that instantly
Leading the unbeaten Melbourne
by a point with 10 seconds to
Hisense Arena, an inexplicable
unsportsmanlike foul saw the
defending champions defeated
87-86, in agonising circumstances.
The Breakers (4-4), short of
Mika Vukona and Tai Wesley, were
combining offensive class with
defensive pugnacity to outplay
Melbourne (9-0) and scrap their
way towards what looked like being
a hugely-impressive win.
Tom Abercrombie had poured in
a game-high 24 points in his 200th
appearance for the club and Cedric
Jackson had recorded yet another
triple-double, but the Breakers’ best
efforts were left in tatters after a
contentious call from the officiating
With the champs in-bounding
and looking to close out the game,
Corey Webster and Chris Goulding
came together in an off-the-ball
clash that saw the Melbourne man
dramatically fling himself to the
Most obser vers saw the incident as
an obvious instance of flopping —
basketball’s moniker for simulation
— but the referees instead whistled
conduct, handing the home side
a pair and free throws and the
Melbourne gratefully seized the
reprieve to earn their ninth win of
the season, leaving the Breakers
to head home with a sour taste
in their mouths ahead of Friday ’s
showdown against old rivals Perth.
“ I’m not going to comment on
anything that happened at the
end of the game” assistant coach
Paul Henare said. “ We’re pretty
disappointed, obviously, and I just
really feel for the guys. They played
some really good basketball after we
came in a little bit under-manned.
“ We played well enough to win
but, unfortunately at the end, it just
didn’t go for us. It ’s something that
I’m sure plenty of other people will
have an opinion on.”
Henare was proven correct on that
last point, with players from across
the competition taking to social
media to voice their displeasure at
Breakers big man Wesley, who
remained in Auckland while on
baby-watch, tweeted it was the
“ worst call I have ever seen”.
Adelaide 36ers captain Adam
Gibson used the same forum to
call the decision a “joke”, while
Sydney star and NBA veteran Josh
Childress labelled it “insane”.
Whatever the description, the
decision spoiled what had been
shaping as the best game of the
season, as the leaders and champs
stood toe-to-toe and traded body
blows with playoff-like intensity.
injured Vukona into the four-man
200 club, supplied the inspiration
to account for the absent skipper,
while Jackson provided the all-
round production to ensure the
red-hot Wesley was not missed.
Abercrombie has been quiet but
consistent so far this campaign but
picked the perfect time to burst to
life, draining four three-pointers
and finishing with an impressive
10-of-18 shooting line.
Jackson, meanwhile, performed
exactly how everyone has come
to expect, stepping up when the
Breakers needed him most to grab
16 points, 14 rebounds and 10
It was Jackson’s fourth career
triple-double for the club and, since
the league switched to 40-minute
games, no other player in the entire
competition has more than one. But
Goulding’s play-acting and some
egregious officiating eventually
ensured it all went to waste.
of the New Zealand Herald
Coming into Pukekohe Raceway for the ITM
500, series leader Mark Winterbottom was
happy to be racing at one of his favourite and
more successful tracks.
The planets were not aligned this year, and the
Prodrive Racing Australia driver had a horror
weekend managing only seventh and fourth in
the sprint races on Saturday and a dismal 11th
in yesterday ’s 69-lap feature race.
His points lead in the series was cut from
258 to 239. While Winterbottom was having
a weekend to forget, defending V8 Supercars
champion Jamie Whincup was experiencing a
rare 2015 purple patch.
The Red Bull Racing Australia pilot has
stuttered at times this year and is out of title
However, he showed his class by finishing on
the podium in all three races, taking home two
firsts and a second over the two days of racing
to clinch the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy.
Craig Lowndes made up for a horror Saturday,
when his left rear tyre exploded, spinning him
on the front straight, to place second yesterday.
Scott Pye earned a first-ever podium finish with
“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you there was a
little bit of emotion during the final few laps,”
“I was a team-mate of J R’s ( Jason Richards)
and I haven’t won anything this year. So it’s
nice to come away in 2015 with one of the
bigger prizes of the year — The Jason Richards
Memorial Trophy. It’s been a bit of a dry spell
by my standards but this weekend has been
fantastic and I feel I’m back.”
Championship leader Winterbottom was
philosophical about his weekend, knowing he
had the car speed but just couldn’t convert it into
a race win, or even a podium over the weekend.
“It’s a bit frustrating, as the car was the best it’s
been in race mode all weekend (in yesterday’s
race) and then I go and get turned around and
end up last,” Winterbottom said.
“At least we salvaged something to finish 11th
and only lost 18 points in championship.”
Two New Zealand drivers, Shane van
Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin, showed they
could be a threat on Saturday with a second and
third respectively. But neither could convert
their sprint race form into anything of substance
during yesterday’s race.
The best of the New Zealanders was
McLaughlin in sixth, followed home by Fabian
Coulthard in seventh, van Gisbergen in ninth
and Andre Heimgartner in 21st.
McLaughlin put his car on pole for the feature
race, edging out Whincup by one-thousandth of
a second, and had looked racy all weekend.
However, a rule change that stated all cars
must start on soft tyres and then change to hards
at the fuel stop put paid to any advantage the
Volvo might have had staying on softs for any
extended period. Double stacking during the
stop did not help the New Zealander’s fortunes
“ We rolled the dice on fuel but when the safety
car came out, it stuffed our race,” McLaughlin
“ It was a tough gig but one of those things
and we just have to push on. We’ve got good car
speed and over the last two rounds, we’ve got a
good shot at getting some good finishes.”
Coulthard’s team could not find his car’s sweet
spot all weekend and van Gisbergen just did not
qualify well enough to make big inroads during
Heimgartner, on the other hand, had slitter
issues all weekend that messed with the car’s
aero and had a weekend to forget.
Championship points.— Mark Winterbottom
(Ford) 2779, 1; David Reynolds (Ford) 2540,
2; Craig Lowndes (Holden) 2539, 3; Garth
Tander (Holden) 2297, 4; Shane Van Gisbergen
(Holden) 2269, 5; Fabian Coulthard (Holden)
2252, 6; Jamie Whincup (Holden) 2086, 7;
Chaz Mostert (Ford) 2017, 8; James Courtney
(Holden) 1790, 9; Scott McLaughlin (Volvo)
Kiwis level series
ref ’s call costs
All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been
ruled out of the rest of New Zealand’s
tour of Australia.
bowling in both innings of the first test,
and coach Mike Hesson said Neesham
had experienced back pain.
His replacement will be Auckland fast
bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, and that
offers the prospect of a test debut for
the burly left armer at either Perth in
the second test starting on Friday or in
the third international in Adelaide from
‘’Jimmy has worked hard to get back
to fitness following his injury earlier this
year, but at this stage still experiences
discomfort when bowling extended
loads,” Hesson said.
“ Jimmy will return to New Zealand
for further medical assessment and we’ll
continue to monitor his situation.
“At this stage our No 1 priority is
getting Jimmy fully healthy and ready
for the home summer.”
shining beacon in
Whincup earns emotional win at Pukekohe
PICTURE: Getty Images
Jamie Whincup celebrates winning race 30 of V8 Supercars at Pukekohe Stadium yesterday.
Neesham’s tour over
It is hard to overstate the importance
for New Zealand of today ’s events at the
Get brushed aside by Australia on the
final day of the opening test, and it will
leave a a desperately tough task to climb
back into the three-test rubber.
Hold on, whether through batting out
the final three sessions of the match, or
with some help from the weather, and
New Zealand will figure not only did they
dodge a cannonball but they will take
considerable heart from the outcome.
If the weather intervenes it may count
as fortunate, but that happens, you take
the breaks, be thankful and move on.
If it goes wrong today, New Zealand
can have no complaints. They have been
taken apart for the bulk of this match,
Kane Williamson the one shining beacon
in the gloom of the Gabba.
New Zealand do have recent form
in both the United Arab Emirates
and England — for rebounding hard to
square series’. It’s certainly an admirable
quality and one of the reasons why it
would be premature to write them out of
Also it is worth remembering captain
Brendon McCullum and the next
two batsmen in, Jimmy Neesham and
B J Watling, were part of New Zealand’s
stunning sur vival against India in
Wellington last year. So they have
previous in this department.
New Zealand will certainly be the
better for this match, which oddly has
acted as a form of build-up for what is
left of the series after a wholly inadequate
preparation. The Black Caps were 142
for three, at the start of the final day,
theoretically needing a further 362 for
victory for what would be the greatest
fourth innings chase in test history. Best
park those thoughts though.
New Zealand have three of the six
highest fourth innings totals in tests —
headed by the 451 against England in
the Nathan Astle double century match
at Christchurch in 2002 — but all three
matches were lost.
They need to be smart, pick the
moments to be offensive on a pitch which
is still good for batting, albeit taking more
spin for Nathan Lyon, and they will give
themselves some hope.
Yesterday was given over to hunkering
down and once more Tom Latham
looked the part at the top of the order,
before falling lbw to what is becoming
a worrying area of his game, fullish
deliveries around his leg stump.
Latham tends to play around his front
leg and it cost him yesterday.
Martin Guptill was anything but the
usual Guptill, grafting three hours and
133 balls over 23 before edging spinner
Nathan Lyon to slip.
For a time boring was good. Don’t tell
the spruikers demanding ball by ball
exhilaration in the interests of keeping the
game strong in the sports entertainment
business, but there is more than one way
to make this game fascinating.
A couple of weather breaks yesterday
didn’t hurt. Whoever was in charge of the
rain dance in the New Zealand dressing
room, give that man an umbrella. Every
bit of time off the field helped New
Zealand’s cause. But the loss of Kane
Williamson may come to be seen as a
mortal blow. He had been in charge,
seemingly continuing on where he’d left
off in his terrific first innings 140, in
reaching 59 before going lbw to Lyon, his
referral rejected. — New Zealand Herald
Melbourne United coach Dean
Demopoulos has offered his
sympathies to the Breakers after the
New Zealand side’s controversial
86-87 ANBL defeat last night.
The Breakers were on the verge of
a famous victory at Hisense Arena
before the home side pushed ahead
on the back of a run of late foul
Momentum turned against the
visitors when Breakers guard
Corey Webster was called for
unsportsmanlike conduct, after an
off-the-ball clash with Melbourne
star Chris Goulding.
The home side benefitted from
a pair of free throws and claimed
the resulting possession to go on to
maintain their unbeaten start to the
season with a ninth victory.
sympathies towards the Breakers,
for the cruel nature of the loss,
saying: “As much as I love coming
out on top I don’t like it like that.
I feel bad.
“ I’m not saying it ’s wrong or right,
I have no idea. Just it ’s not the way
I would like it.
“If I was on the other side I
wouldn’t like it.
“I feel for New Zealand but I
would rather be on this side of it.”
— New Zealand Herald
Melbourne coach sympathises with Breakers
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