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Cronulla have climbed to third on
the NRL ladder after a tense 11-2
victory over the Melbourne Storm
at a wet AAMI Park.
The defending premiers relied on
tough defence to outlast the Storm
in a rematch of the 2016 grand final
in the tricky conditions.
The Sharks let an error-prone
Melbourne off the hook in
the opening half by failing to
capitalise on a number of scoring
opportunities but finished over
the top of the home side with 11
unanswered points in the second
James Maloney kicked a field
goal in the 70th minute to break
a two-all deadlock before James
Segeyaro swooped on a kick that
was mishandled by Billy Slater to
touch down under the posts and
seal the result. The Sharks have now
won three straight matches, ending
the Storm’s unbeaten opening to
the season in the process.
Coach Shane Flanagan was
pleased to see his side grind out the
win in tough conditions.
“ We have been looking for
that performance for six weeks,”
Flanagan said. “I couldn’t be more
pleased with the way the players
performed. We weren’t perfect but
it was an outstanding effort.”
The visitors handled the slippery
conditions better than the hosts in
the opening ten minutes with the
Storm coughing up possession three
times in the Sharks’ half.
A Melbourne handling error close
to their own line looked to gift the
Sharks the opening try but the play
was called back for a differential
penalty against Cronulla at the
It took some Cooper Cronk
brilliance to set up Melbourne’s
first scoring opportunity with a
40-20 putting the Storm deep in
Sharks territory. A high tackle from
James Maloney on Billy Slater
subsequently allowed Cameron
Smith to kick the opening points of
A Suliasi Vunivalu error near
the Storm line handed then
handed Cronulla another golden
opportunity to score but Jack Bird’s
final pass to Gerard Beale floated
for ward with the winger on a clear
path to the line.
The Storm made a strong opening
run and a
to level the
a penalty goal in
the 56th minute.
Sharks’ line but
could not find the
target with their
Sharks to claim
victory in the
final ten minutes.
“I just thought we got what we
deserved,” Storm coach Craig
Bellamy said. “ We built pressure on
ourselves and then the last twenty
minutes, they built pressure on us.
We were just under pressure the
Other results.— Brisbane
32, Roosters 8; Canterbury 22,
Newcastle 12; Rabbitohs 21,
Penrith 20; Dragons 35, Manly 10;
Canberra 42, Titans 16; Tigers 26,
Cowboys 16. — NZ N
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9
Gold Coast 6
Kieran Foran has rubbed salt in the
wounds of his former team as the
Warriors beat Parramatta 22-10 in their
NRL clash in Auckland yesterday.
Playing against the club that granted
him an early release from his contract
for personal reasons last year, Kiwis
influential and set up two of his team’s
It is the first time the Warriors have
recorded back-to-back wins this season
and it is no coincidence that the lift in
form has come in the two games Foran
has played in his comeback after gaining
an NRL clearance.
It was Foran’s big break and pass in
the 62nd minute that sent winger Ken
Maumalo over for the score that pushed
the home side out to a 20-10 lead after
the Eels had dominated after half-time.
After a quiet start in which he did not
touch the ball until the 14th minute,
Foran also produced the deft pass in
the 32nd minute that sent lock Simon
Mannering across for the Warriors’ go-
After the Maumalo try, he clutched at
his left hamstring, which he had injured
before the match against St George
Illawarra two weeks ago to delay his
debut for the Warriors.
“ He’s been grabbing it for the last three
weeks,” coach Stephen Kearney said. “I
think it ’s one of those things that ’s going
to be on-going with Kieran. We’ ll see
how things pan out. ”
The loss was the Eels’ fourth in a row
after starting the year with two victories,
and coach Brad Arthur bemoaned the
concession of three quick tries in the
“There was a period of 10 minutes
where we didn’t handle the pressure too
well,” he said. “At the back end of the
first half, out of the last 12 to 13 sets, we
only had two or three and possession a
big thing in rugby league.”
Arthur said the Eels needed to be
better at stopping momentum without
giving up a penalty or a repeat set.
Bodene Thompson scored the Warriors’
other two tries in a win built on some
Parramatta opened the scoring midway
through the opening half through lock
Nathan Brown, who dotted down under
the posts. But the Warriors turned the
match around with three quick tries.
Thompson got the first from a sixth-
tackle scramble, before Mannering
scored off Foran’s slick intrusion.
Thompson crossed again five minutes
from halftime to hand the home side a
The Eels narrowed the gap early in
the second half through winger Josh
Hoffman, but Maumalo’s try gave the
home side breathing room to close out
Sergio Garcia has won the Masters,
finally snapping the second-longest
streak in major
championships when he beat England’s
Justin Rose in a sudden-death play-off.
The 37-year-old Spaniard capitalised
when Rose hit an errant tee shot on
the first extra hole — the 18th — and
missed his 4.2m par putt, allowing world
No 11 Garcia two putts for the green
Garcia needed only one as he drained
the 3.6m birdie putt, winning his first
major title at his 74th attempt.
Garcia wept on the 18th green,
overcome with emotion of getting the
majors monkey off his back and the fact
today would have been the late legendary
Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros’ 60th
Swashbuckling, five-time major winner
Ballesteros — a two-time Masters
champion — died aged 54 in 2011.
“It’s amazing to do it on his
60th birthday and to join him and
(countryman Jose Maria) Olazabal my
two idols (as a Masters champion) is
something amazing,” Garcia said.
England’s Lee Westwood is the only
active player with a longer drought in the
majors — he is 0-and-76 after finishing
the Masters tied for 18th.
“It’s been such a long time coming.
I kind of came to peace with it (not
happening),” an elated Garcia said.
“But I felt the calmest I’ve ever felt in
a major. Even after making a coupe of
bogeys I was still very positive and I hit a
good shots coming in.”
Garcia and Rose had finished tied at
nine under 279 after shooting closing
rounds of three under 69 to be three
shots clear of third-placed Charl
Schwartzel of South Africa.
Australia’s 2013 champion Adam
Scott finished a disappointing tied for
ninth at two under after starting the
day in contention three of the lead and
shooting a 73.
Garcia started his day by racing out
two a two-shot lead early in the round
and ground out gutsy par saves later on
the front nine.
On the back side, Garcia looked to
suffer another heartbreaking major
collapse with bogeys at the 10th and
11th before hooking his tee shot into the
hazard at the par-5 13th.
His courageous par there was the
beginning of a brilliant comeback.
The turning point came with Garcia
two shots down to Rose before birdieing
the par-4 14th and backing up with a
magnificent eagle on the par-5 15th to
go one ahead.
The scores were level heading up the
Both hit stellar approach shots to
within 10 feet of the hole but neither
could clinch the deal, with Garcia
missing from only six feet.
So the duo headed to the 18th for a
second time in 10 minutes to start the
Rose lost his tee shot right but the golf
gods had it ricochet down into the pine
straw to give him a chance.
However, Rose could only punch out
and then wedge his ball to 14 feet while
Garcia stuffed his iron shot to 12 feet
and drained the birdie to win.
Garcia becomes just the third Spaniard
to win the Masters after Ballesteros
(1980, 1983) and Jose Maria Olazabal
(1994.) — AAP
Injuries have hit the All Blacks Sevens hard
as they seek to bounce back from their fifth-
placed finish in Hong Kong.
New Zealand finished
disappointing tournament on a high by
beating England 21-7 and Argentina 10-7 in
classification games on Sunday.
Those results followed tight losses to
competition heavyweights Fiji (17-14 in pool
play) and South Africa (21-19 in the quarter-
finals) to scupper their hopes of ending a
year-long title drought.
Fiji went on to whitewash the world series-
leading Blitzboks 22-0 in the final to clinch
their 17th Hong Kong crown and their first
tournament win since their Olympic glory
New Zealand remain a distant fourth
overall but are still to reach a final this season.
Adding to coach Scott Waldrom’s problems
is a rash of injuries which will rule three
players out of this week’s tournament
Singapore, the eighth of 10 rounds in the
Dylan Collier and Isaac Te Tamaki suffered
knee injuries on the final day in Hong Kong
while a shoulder problem sidelined Tim
Mikkelson earlier in the week.
Four contracted players — Lewis Ormond,
Tone Ng Shiu, Teddy Stanaway and Joe
Webber — will join the squad in Singapore
after shaking off ailments.
They proved their fitness at an international
10s tournament in Hong Kong, with
Waldrom a close obser ver.
Waldrom described the Hong Kong week
as “ bittersweet ”, having pushed the two
strongest teams close.
He also lauded their fighting qualities
against Argentina, when the injuries left
them with just two players on the reser ves
“ It was good but the boys would rather be in
the big show,” he said.
Waldrom singled out the leadership of
veteran for ward D J Forbes, who was restored
as skipper after Scott Curry suffered injury in
A revelation was Auckland winger Joe
Ravouvou, who provided much needed size
and pace and shapes as a quality long-term
“ Joe Ravouvou has been massive. He’s scored
some amazing tries and has certainly brought
that x-factor into our team,” Waldrom said.
World sevens series standings. —
Africa 145 points, Fiji 122, England 113,
New Zealand 97, United States 82, Australia
79, Argentina 69. — N Z N
Exasperated New Zealand driver
Scott Dixon will demand answers from
his team bosses after finishing fourth
in a roller-coaster second round of the
IndyCar series in California.
Canadian James Hinchcliffe emerged
victorious at the Grand Prix of Long
Beach following a tactical battle in
which pit strategy and yellow flags had
a major say.
Dixon, who was second on the grid,
took the early lead from pole-sitter Helio
Castroneves but ceded his advantage by
following team orders by making an
early pit stop to change tyres.
It meant he had to pit three times in
the 85-lap street race while his rivals
needed just two stops.
The tactics differed from the Chip
Ganassi Racing team’s pre-race plan and
“ I’m not really sure what changed up
there, I haven’t spoken to the team,”
“ Maybe they saw something, that a
caution was going to come out and we’d
get lucky with something like that. You
flirt with fire when you try things like
that. We gave the race away at that point.
The car was super-fast, we should have
just tried to stay out front.”
Dixon said on a circuit where passing
was difficult, it wasn’t ideal to hand the
lead over to his rivals.
“ It ’s hard to swallow that one. We were
pulling away and saving fuel would have
been an easy two-stop strategy for us.”
Dixon’s hopes were snuffed out when
two late incidents both resulted in yellow
flags and halted proceedings.
It left the veteran Honda driver to
settled for a finish behind Hinchcliffe,
Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden
in a procession over the last six laps.
Dixon drops from third to fourth
overall after two-legs of the 17-round
Bourdais, who won the opening round
in Florida, continues to lead from
Hinchcliffe and Pagenaud, the 2016
Round three is the Grand Prix of
Alabama in two weeks. — NZ N
Lewis Hamilton mastered Shanghai’s
changing conditions and stayed clear
of squabbling rivals to win the Chinese
Formula One Grand Prix today.
The Briton eased his Mercedes across
the line 6.2 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s
Sebastian Vettel, with Max Verstappen,
who started 16th, finishing a surprise
third for Red Bull.
It was Hamilton’s 54th career win, and
a record fifth in Shanghai.
The triple champion’s first win this
season returned Mercedes to the top of
the podium after Vettel won last month’s
season opening race in Australia for a
“ Well managed, guys,” Hamilton told
his team on the radio on the cool-down
lap. “ We really worked hard for this.”
Hamilton, who finished second to
Vettel in Melbourne, heads into the next
race in Bahrain in a week’s time tied on
points with the German.
Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth
for Red Bull, crossing the line just
0.8 seconds behind Verstappen after
hassling the Dutchman in the closing
stages of the 56-lap race.
Hamilton started from pole position
but the conditions were a bit of a lottery
for all the drivers with the track damp in
places but drying quickly.
He kept the lead off the line ahead of
Vettel who had to defend early on from
Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes.
Lance Stroll, the 18-year-old rookie,
spun off the track on the first lap after
making contact with Force India’s
Sergio Perez. The Canadian beached his
Williams in the gravel, bringing out the
virtual safety car.
Vettel took the opportunity to dive into
the pits to change to dry weather tyres.
His gamble backfired when Antonio
Giovinazzi, standing in for Pascal
Wehrlein at Sauber, crashed, bringing
out the actual safety car two laps later.
Michael Venus was the hero for New
Zealand, winning a five-set singles
marathon to clinch their Davis Cup tie
3-2 over South Korea in Auckland.
New Zealand No 2 Venus powered
home in the final two sets to beat Seong
Chan Hong 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 .
It sealed victory after Korean No 1
Soon Woo Kwon had blown away the
lower- ranked New Zealand veteran
Rubin Statham 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the first
reverse singles match yesterday.
That levelled the scores 2-2, putting the
spotlight on doubles specialist Venus.
He had the more dominant ser ve,
unleashing 17 aces to Hong’s four, and
also appeared fitter as the three-hour
match wore on.
Venus said it was crowd support rather
than physical fitness that was decisive in
the closing stages.
“ It ’s unbelievable it ’s why you train and
play to get support like this. They lifted
me and helped energise me to win,” he
The result means New Zealand will
remain in Asia-Oceania group one next
South Korea must play a relegation tie
against Chinese-Taipei in September,
with the losers dropping to group two.
The New Zealand players will return
quickly to professional duty.
Venus will contest an ATP doubles
tournament in Houston, where his first-
round opposition features compatriot
Artem Sitak, who was one half of the
successful doubles combination this
week. Statham will play lower-tier
singles tournaments in Australia and
Asia. — NZN
Hurricanes playmaker Beauden Barrett
has a case to answer following his Super
Rugby double indiscretion against the
The brilliant All Blacks playmaker
will face a SANZAAR judicial
hearing tonight after a foul play review
committee deemed his red card late in
the Hurricanes’ 38-28 win needs further
Barrett was sent off with two minutes
remaining for a second incidence of
deliberate offending. — NZ N
The Australian team to be axed from
Super Rugby for next season will be either
the Western Force or the Melbourne
Rebels after the ACT Brumbies were
removed from the process, the Australian
Rugby Union (ARU) said today.
The decision over which team will be
culled will be announced over the next
three days, ARU chairman Cameron
Clyne told a news conference in Sydney.
“The Board made the decision to
eliminate the Brumbies from the process
and identified that consultation is
required with both the Western Force and
Melbourne Rebels to further understand
their financial position,” he said. “ We
don’t anticipate this final consultation
period being a drawn-out process and
expect to be able to deliver an outcome in
the very near future.”
Governing body SANZAAR yesterday
said three teams, one from Australia
and two from South Africa, would be
axed from Super Rugby as the mainly
southern hemisphere competition reverts
to 15 teams for next season.
South African Rugby have begun
“internal consultations” over which teams
they will cut. — Reuters
Foran makes mark
in Warriors win
Venus win helps NZ
Davis Cup triumph
Elated Garcia breaks
drought on hero’s 60th
PICTURE: Getty Images
Spain’s Sergio Garcia celebrates with caddie Glen Murray after defeating Justin Rose on the first play-off
hole in the final the 2017 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club today.
Sharks grind out
tough win over Storm
Axed Aussie team known soon
The Highlanders have muscled their way
back to beat the Blues 26-20 in a desperate
New Zealand Super Rugby derby in
Trailing 20-13 at half-time, the vastly-
improved hosts slowly wrestled control of
a clash between the two bottom-placed
teams in the New Zealand Conference and
retained the Gordon Hunter Memorial
One of the few highlights of a scoreless
second half for the Blues was the debut of
cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams, ending
eight months out of rugby after rupturing
his Achilles tendon at the Rio Olympics.
All Blacks midfield back Williams
made one lightning break and offload
but other wise had little impact as the
Highlanders dominated the closing stages.
It was the third successive win for the
Highlanders, who improve their record to
4-3 while the Blues slip to 3-4.
Like their 16-12 defeat of the Blues when
the teams met in Auckland in round four,
the Highlanders were more physical than
the northerners and treasured possession
Both teams scored two tries but the
goalkicking of first five-eighth Marty Banks
proved decisive, landing six from six in a
It continued a sorry record for the Blues
in matches away to New Zealand teams.
They have won just one of their last 23 such
After Banks landed an early penalty,
the Blues took control of the first half,
dominating possession to set up tries to
prop Charlie Faumuina and lock Gerard
Their first five-eighth Piers Francis landed
all his four shots at goal
but the Highlanders kept
themselves in the contest
late in the opening spell,
with captain Ben Smith
bagging a try, followed
by Banks’ conversion and
The home side emerged
a more committed outfit
after the break, exemplified
by a powerhouse try to
their All Blacks centre
A contender for the
best player on the park,
Fekitoa’s try was his fourth
in five games against
the Blues, the team who
famously shed his ser vices
With the scores then
level, penalties to Banks in
the 55th and 73rd minutes
pushed the Highlanders
team clear of the flagging
visitors, who made a glut of
errors while attempting to
play catch-up rugby.
Other results are. — Hurricanes 38,
Waratahs 28; Sunwolves 21, Bulls 20;
Brumbies 43, Reds 10; Sharks 18, Jaguares
13; Stormers 34, Chiefs 26; Force 46, Kings
41. Bye-Cheetahs, Crusaders, Lions, Rebels.
Highlanders brush Blues aside
Barrett to face judiciary
All Blacks 7s lose in Hong Kong
Dixon fourth in California
Hamilton masters Shanghai
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