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The Hurricanes overcame the absence
of headache-troubled playmaker Beauden
Barrett to beat the Bulls 34-20 and climb to
third outright in the Super Rugby standings.
Another bright attacking display from
the defending champions was enough to
outscore the dogged hosts five tries to two,
snaring their 10th win from 12 games.
The Hurricanes remain in contention to
overhaul the unbeaten Crusaders at the top
of the New Zealand Conference but that
outcome could be out of their hands.
They must win their three remaining
games to have a chance and will hope to
regain the ser vices of All Blacks first five-
eighth Barrett, who was a late withdrawal
from Saturday ’s clash in Pretoria because of
Barrett, who suffered a knock to the head
during last week’s defeat of the Cheetahs,
has been waking with headaches this week,
coach Chris Boyd says.
Despite training well, the 25-year-old was
withdrawn in Pretoria as a precaution.
Otere Black did a sound job in his place,
helping the Hurricanes open up a 24-13
lead at half-time before the outcome was
effectively decided with a try to Leni Apisai
to push 34-13 clear entering the final
The Bulls dominated the closing stages,
helped by a wave of penalties, creating a
consolation try for reser ve for ward Nick de
The Hurricanes were at their best early on,
with tries to star backs Jordie Barrett and
Ngani Laumape the best of their four first-
Winger Wes Goosen and lock Mark
Abbott bagged the others while winger
Duncan Matthews crossed early for a
Bulls side prepared to chance their arm but
lacking the killer execution of the visitors.
The Bulls, who suffered the ninth loss of
a disappointing season, announced during
the week they will take on former All Blacks
coach John Mitchell in a head role in July.
As well as Barrett, there will be concern
over the health of
Ardie Savea and lock
Mark Abbott, who
were both forced
out of the game
after suffering head
must win games
against the Force
and Chiefs to set up
a shot at passing the
Crusaders when the
meet in their last
round-robin match in
Wellington in July.
Crusaders can seal
the New Zealand
top spot before
then, if they beat
the Highlanders in
The results this
the Blues are
guaranteed to finish last in the New Zealand
Conference, with their play-off hopes over.
Other results. —
Blues 16, Chiefs 16; Force 40, Q ueensland
Reds 26; Cheetahs 47, Sunwolves 7;
Highlanders 44, Waratahs 28; Crusaders 41,
Rebels 19; Hurricanes 34, Bulls 20; Sharks
22, Stormers 10; Brumbies 39, Jaguares 15;
Lions 54, Kings 10.
Bright knocks from Luke
Ronchi and Jimmy Neesham
have provided the main positives
for New Zealand as they fell
to India by 45 runs in a rain-
affected warm-up match for the
The Black Caps batted first at
The Oval but could only manage
189 all out off 39 overs.
Ronchi top scored with a 63-
ball 66 while Neesham was not
out 46 at the end, putting on 23
for the last wicket with Trent
It had been satisfying to put
early pressure on the Indian
bowlers, Ronchi says, although
he acknowledged it was an
approach which did not always
“ To be aggressive, that ’s my
natural way of batting,” he said.
“If I can take that aggressive
approach and it gets us off to a
flier, then brilliant. But there’s
also the chance of me getting
out early, so hopefully it comes
off but if it doesn’t, I guess that ’s
my role and people understand.”
Martin Guptill and Ronchi
took the Indians on up front
early, piling on 20 runs in the
first two overs.
Guptill fell for nine early in the
third over, and although Ronchi
kept the run rate ticking over, he
received little support.
Only Corey Anderson (13) and
Mitchell Santner (12) managed
double figures before Neesham’s
run-a-ball knock ended the
Black Caps innings on a positive
It was never going to be enough
to hold off the Indian batsmen,
who reached 129-3 off 26 overs
before the rain came. Captain
Virat Kohli was not out 52.
Under the D uckworth-Lewis
system India’s target was 84
after 26 overs.
New Zealand’s next warm-up
match is against Sri Lanka in
Birmingham tomorrow before
Trophy match against Australia,
also in Birmingham, on Friday.
Neesham said the Black Caps
would be looking for noticeable
improvement against Sri Lanka.
“ We’ll look to develop a few
of those things that didn’t go so
well today,” he said.
“It’ll just be one of those things
where it takes a game or two to
click back into how things were.
We’re pretty confident that come
that first game against Australia
we’ ll be firing again.”
The series has not even begun but
State of Origin has already taken its
toll on the NRL competition, with two
title heavyweights missing their chance
at moving into the top two.
A day after a depleted Brisbane failed
to consolidate second spot, the Sydney
Roosters missed their five Origin stars
in a thrilling 24-16 loss to Canberra
The loss means the Roosters fall out
of the top four for the second time this
season, allowing St George Illawarra
to move into fourth spot on points
differential after enjoying the bye.
A weakened Cronulla were the only
team inside the top quarter of the
ladder to enjoy a win after skipper
Paul Gallen inspired his team to a 9-8
comeback victory over Canterbury on
However they are still two points
behind competition leaders Melbourne,
who also got a week off.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson said
the Sharks showed how to win through
the Origin period.
“This is a really important period to
be a really good team. But to be the
best team, you’ve still got to go and win
those games,” Robinson said after the
loss to the Raiders.
“ What Cronulla did last night, that
was really impressive. To go and win
that game against Canterbury like they
did, that was really impressive. We
almost did it today.
“I feel like we’re a good team and a
good club to show what we did today,
but we’re still striving for that. If
we want to be the best, we probably
could’ve finished that off. Th at ’s our
Eighteen of the 34 players named
to play in Wednesday ’s Origin opener
come from teams that entered round
12 inside the top four — seven of
which came from the Broncos.
That heavy representation certainly
told, with Shaun Johnson and the
enigmatic Warriors taking full of
advantage of the baby Broncos to score
a sorely needed 28-10 win.
The result came in a week when
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett wanted
five-eighth Anthony Milford to
play against the Warriors if he was
not picked in the Maroons’ starting
line-up. He was eventually selected at
five-eighth, with 18th man Johnathan
Thurston later ruled out with a
The Sharks have
provided four players
to the interstate
series, but found
a lift from former
Blues skipper Gallen,
two moments of
brilliance to set up a
The Bulldogs had
lost three of their
own to Origin duty,
and were not helped
by the early loss
of captain James
Graham to a neck
through the first half.
In the only other
match of the
turned in arguably
their worst first half of the season
to surrender to a 22-16 defeat to a
Mitchell Moses-led Parramatta.
supercoach Wayne Bennett
has thrown his support
behind the appointment
of Adam Blair as Kiwis
captain for the upcoming
World Cup, labelling him
a “stable bloke” who will do
his country proud.
Whangarei native was
handed the test side’s
captaincy on Sunday after
the demotion of Jesse
cocaine use following the
side’s 30-12 Anzac test
loss to Australia earlier this
It was a decision that
received the green light
from Bennett, who coaches
Blair at Brisbane and will likely
confront him as England boss at
the World Cup.
Bennett, a Tri-Nations winner
with Australia in 2004 and the
mastermind behind New Zealand’s
2008 World Cup triumph, said the
prop would relish the role.
“A very stable bloke, very
responsible, always plays well
himself which is a pretty important
part of being captain — he has a
great rapport with the players and
certainly he’s meant a lot to the
Broncos, I can tell you,” Bennett
told reporters on Friday.
“(He) would be very good,
Blair told reporters yesterday that
he had not liaised with Bennett
before accepting the gig, and only
spoke with Bromwich to check on
He hoped to re-establish the side’s
standing after a limp Anzac test
display and the furore surrounding
Bromwich and Kevin Proctor’s
He’ ll look to do so alongside likely
vice-captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
“ I’ve got to lead that from the
front,” Blair said.
“At the same time I’ve got some
quality guys around me (so) that we
really live those standards, live our
culture and remember where we’re
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Kiwi coach David Kidwell announces Adam Blair as his new Kiwis captain in
New Zealand have handled a step up in
competition with aplomb, collecting two
more golds at the second sprint canoe World
Cup regatta in Hungary.
After a four-medal haul the previous week
in Portugal, the New Zealanders had to face
a big jump in competition but responded
with impressive wins in the K4 500m and K2
Lisa Carrington, Aimee Fisher, Kayla Imrie
and Caitlin Ryan had to overcome world and
Olympic champions Hungary on their home
waters in Szeged, clocking 1min 30.754sec to
win by 0.7sec.
“Every time we jump into that boat, I think
we learn some more and we progress further,”
Imrie said. “Last week as a crew was our first
race together, and we just wanted to progress
from that. ”
Carrington, focusing on team boats
this season, was pipped by Russian Elena
Aniushina by just 0.085sec in her K1 500m
final on Saturday but earned a measure of
revenge by combining with Caitlin Ryan to
win the K2 500m.
They were more than two seconds clear
of Aniushina and Kira Stepanova, with
Slovenians Anja Osterman and Spela
Fisher added an equally impressive silver
in the K1 200m, an event Carrington has
dominated for the last six years.
The young Hawke’s Bay paddler took
silver, 0.307sec behind Hungary’s Dora Lucz
(39.411) with Sarah Guyot (France) third in
“After my races in the heat and the semis,
I was aware that I’d be right in the mix but
once you line up for a final, it’s a clean slate,”
“ I was really happy with how the race went,
just focusing on the performance rather than
the result, but to come away with a silver
medal was awesome. ”
The team now return to New Zealand,
where they begin preparations for the
under-23 world championships in Romania
in July and the senior world championships
in the Czech Republic in August. — NZ N
New Zealand have earned a match against
the United States in the knockout stage of
the under-20 World Cup in South Korea.
The New Zealanders were beaten 2-0 by
France yesterday, largely outplayed by the
European champions, who cruised through
pool play without conceding a goal and
With an earlier scoreless draw against
Vietnam and a 3-1 win over Honduras,
New Zealand finished second in group E to
progress through to the round of 16.
The US won group F, but their final pool
match 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia will
Cameron Carter-Vickers was red-carded,
while Aaron Herrera and Derrick Jones
received yellow cards, ruling all three players
out of Thursday ’s game against New Zealand
In their other pool matches, the Americans
drew 3-3 with Ecuador and beat Senegal
1-0. — NZN
New Zealand doubles specialist Marcus
Daniell has been denied a fourth ATP title,
losing the final at a tournament in Lyon.
In his last match ahead of the French Open
starting in Paris today, Daniell and Brazil’s
Marcelo Demoliner lost a close battle 6-3, 3-6,
10-5 to Andres Molteni (Argentina) and Adil
The 82-minute match capped a long week
for Daniell, who will line up at Roland Garros
for the clay court grand slam in a men’s doubles
draw comprising two other New Zealanders
— Michael Venus and Artem Sitak.
The doubles draw will be made later today.
Meanwhile, New Zealand No 1 Marina
Erakovic has bowed out in the opening round
of the French Open, losing in straight sets to
American Shelby Rogers.
Despite leading 4-2 in the first set and 4-1
in the tiebreaker, Erakovic was unable to close
and went down a 7-6 (4), 6-4 to her 49th-
Erakovic has yet to win a tour-level match
this year and her rank is now expected to drop
to below 150, down from her 2012 high of
“It was a tough one today and it is
disappointing and I feel it,” she said after wards.
“I did the game plan and controlled my
emotions pretty well and there were just a few
key moments that didn’t go well.” Among the
let-downs, the break at 4-2 in the first set. I
didn’t consolidate the break and hold my ser ve
well, I played a sloppy game there,” she said.
“Then in the tie breaker I took my foot off
the pedal for a couple of points and then she
played really good.” The match was Erakovic’s
seventh main draw appearance at the French
Open and her fourth first-round loss. Her best
outcome was a third-round exit in 2013. —
Danny Lee has picked up his second top-
10 finish this season on the US PGA Tour
in finishing sixth at the Dean and Deluca
Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.
The New Zealand No 1 carded an even-par
final round 70 to slip three places down the
leaderboard after beginning the day in a share
of second, two strokes astray of overnight
leader Webb Simpson (United States).
Lee turned one shot over the card after
off-setting two bogeys with a birdie over
the front nine at the Colonial Country Club
course. He slipped further back with a bogey
at the par-four 12th, but rallied to birdie two
of his last three holes to finish three shots
astray of US winner Kevin Kisner.
Korea-born Lee had made a poor start to
the 2017 season but has turned his form
around in finishing fifth at the Byron Nelson
Classic. His maiden tour win came two years
ago, when he won the Greenbrier Classic in
Meanwhile, another New Zealand golfer
Michael Hendry has finished runner-up at
the Mizuno Open in Japan, earning a spot
at the British Open at Royal Birkdale in July.
Hendry carded a four-under 68 for his final
round at Okayama to finish 10-under for the
tournament, five strokes behind winner Chan
Kim of the US. Hendry’s finish is particularly
satisfying after he missed qualifying for the
Open last year when he carded a closing
three-over 75 at the same tournament.
“This is the fifth time I’ve played in the
Mizuno Open and I’ve never finished outside
the top-11, so I’ve come close on a number of
occasions,” Hendry said.
“ I’ve missed by one shot here at least twice,
so it’s nice to finally get over the hurdle and
get the chance to go and play.”
Hendry said he has already started planning
“ I’m going to start having a look at videos
of The Open when it was played at Royal
Birkdale in the past and prepare as best I can
for it. ”
The 37-year-old New Zealand Open
champion had made a patchy start to the
Japanese season, failing to place in the top-20
through his first five tournaments. — NZ N
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The New Zealand K4 Women’s crew of Lisa Carrington, Kayla Imrie, Caitlin Ryan and
NZ paddlers add
to golden haul
Lee scores second top 10 finish
Blair new Kiwis captain
Origin wreaks havoc with contenders
Ronchi, Neesham shine in Black Caps loss
Barrett-less Hurricanes beat
Daniell, Erakovic falter
gold medallist Anton
Cooper has become just
the second New Zealander
to secure a mountain bike
cross-country World Cup
podium after finishing
third in Germany.
The 23-year-old Trek
Factory Racing rider
produced a stunning
performance to claim
bronze in the second
round of the World Cup
in Albstadt. He was
beaten only by Olympic
and world champion Nino
Schurter of Switzerland
and world cyclo-cross
champion Mathew van
der Poel (Netherlands).
“Third place in Albstadt.
I am so stoked to put the
Kiwi jersey on an elite
World Cup podium,”
After climbing from the
fourth row to ninth in
the opening round of the
World Cup last week in
the Czech Republic.
Junior All Whites to play US in Korea
Arsene Wenger’s turbulent year
ended with a third FA Cup success
in four seasons after Arsenal beat
Chelsea 2-1 to deny the English
Premier League champion a double.
Aaron Ramsey was the match-
winner yesterday, just like in the
2014 final, restoring Arsenal’s lead
in the 79th minute shortly after
Diego Costa levelled for 10-man
Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Just as the season reached its
climax, Arsenal turned in the type
of tenacious display lacking so often,
and against a side so commanding
in the Premier League in Antonio
Conte’s first season in charge. And
it might just be enough to stem the
tide of protests against Wenger, as
the record 13-time FA Cup winners
are yet to announce a new contract
for the 67-year-old Frenchman for
“There’s a board meeting on
Wednesday,” Wenger said on the
pitch before collecting the trophy.
“ Wednesday or Thursday will be
Wenger became the competition’s
most successful manager with a
seventh title in his 21-year reign,
triumphs that have papered over
some of the cracks as Arsenal have
repeatedly come up short in the
Premier League and Champions
League.“I’m happy for the manager,”
Ramsey said. “Hopefully he will be
here next season.”
For once, this was a day when
so much went right for Wenger,
even with a patched-up injury-
depleted defence featuring captain
Per Mertesacker making his first
start in more than a year. “ We had
outstanding performances,” Wenger
said. “ We know this team has
When Alexis Sanchez put the ball
in the net after four minutes, it was
initially disallowed when Ramsey
was adjudged to be interfering with
play while offside. But the decision
by Anthony Taylor’s assistant was
overturned by the referee.
Arsenal even had the luxury of a
man advantage from the 68th when
Victor Moses received a second
yellow card for diving.
Although Diego Costa equalised
in the 76th, bringing down Willian’s
lofted ball on his chest and striking
past David Ospina, Arsenal were
back in front inside three minutes.
“ When they equalised it looked
like things were against us, but we
dug deep,” Arsenal striker Danny
Welbeck said. “ You always worry
in football because you don’t know
what will happen next.”
On an afternoon when so much
bucked the story of the season,
double player of the year N’Golo
Kante failed to track Ramsey, who
was left unmarked to meet Olivier
Giroud’s dinked pass back.
“I love to make late runs into the
box,” Ramsey said.
“He put it on the plate for me to
score the winner ... I just love this
competition.” — AP
Arsenal wins FA Cup
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