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Kiwi withstood a determined challenge
from Wests, and eventually defeated their
Hokitika rivals 34-20 in an entertaining
game played at Rugby Park, in Greymouth,
In what was supposed to be a Hokitika
derby, it was effectively a derby between two
teams playing on foreign soil.
Regardless of where it was played, Kiwi
and Wests produced a quality game that
produced eight tries and a much closer
outcome than many had predicted.
After falling asleep for most of their came
against Blaketown last week, Wests arrived
at West Coast Rugby headquarters wide-
eyed, committed and ready for action.
Openside flanker Josh Tomlinson,
who was one of a number of impressive
individuals on display, got the ball rolling
with a determined run from the kick-off.
That early excursion was repulsed, and
Wests then missed an easy kick at goal
when Kiwi conceded a penalty.
Wests were undeterred, however, and
winger Sean Slaven kicked ahead and
showed determination to beat fullback Nick
Muir to the ball and score in the left-hand
Kiwi quickly realised they had to wake up
themselves, and their reply was not long in
coming. All season the Kiwi for ward pack
has been effective in achieving go-forward,
and crucially as an attacking weapon from
close to the line.
It was no different in this game either and
they achieved continuity through set piece
play, complemented by strong carries and
driving mauls. So from a penalty the ball
was kicked into the corner, and no prizes for
guessing what happened next. The lineout
was won 10m out, the ball marched over
the line, and the tryscorer was the man who
threw it in, hooker Troy Tauwhare.
Muir converted to put Kiwi ahead, but the
lead was short-lived and after 27 minutes
they were stung by Wests again.
Tomlinson produced another strong run,
and when tackled set up a ruck 5m from the
line. The ball was swiftly moved to the left,
and No 8 Ben Alexander crashed over in the
However, for the remainder of the half
Wests struggled for ball, their scrum was
back-pedalling and soon the inevitable
happened. Kiwi forced a 5m scrum and the
expected assault on the line began.
Instead of a short ball, a selective wide pass
found prop Dan Foord in acres of space and
he literally fell over the line.
Muir converted and the half finished with
Wests holding out — but only just.
After the break it was a clean break and
kick ahead by Dan Tauwhare that put Kiwi
Wests responded with lock Matt Slaven
initiating a counter-attack down the left-
hand touch, but when the ball was shifted
to the right a weak pass killed the move.
A penalty eased the pain, though, and from
an adjacent position Jeff Garland kicked the
goal to make it a one-point game. Then
Kiwi reverted to type, and from a rolling
maul they were told to ‘use it or lose it’.
Use it they did and tight-head prop Dylan
Thompson chalked up another try for the
front-row union, when he peeled away to
With a surfeit of for wards on their roster,
Kiwi have used loose-for ward Logan
Winter in the midfield where they do not
have as many options. Wests largely kept
him in check, with Tomlinson and Brooke
Robinson defending well in the midfield.
However, Troy Tauwhare did create some
space for him down a narrow blindside, and
Winter brushed off two defenders to score
in the corner and extend Kiwi’s lead.
Wests were not done yet, though, and it
was game back on when they scored after
another sweeping raid. A long looping pass
was for a time held in the lap of the gods,
but when it came back to earth it found a
safe pair of hands in Alexander, who had
the reach and co-ordination to haul it in and
send winger Matt Johnson on his way.
Sean Slaven kicked a sideline conversion
and with 14 minutes to go it was anyone’s
game, particularly with the enforcement of
de-powered scrums which put Kiwi’s scrum
However, the boys in blue continued to
thrive in the contact area, with the usual
suspects — lock Chad Andrews, Thompson
and Foord, who had a big game — all
On defence, other hard hitters were
permitted to loiter with intent, the likes
of Sargeant and Kelly Rasmussen ending
promising Wests raids with punctuality,
often in the form of a big full stop or
Centre Jamie Kearns scored from close
range to make the game safe for Kiwi, and
the cherry on the icing on the cake was a
drop goal from Dan Tauwhare just as time
was up on the clock.
Both teams were worthy of kudos in
this game, played hard and fair and well
administered by referee Jamie McCready.
Tackling and play around the rucks was
not for the squeamish, but it was all legal
and the players were, as they say in motor
racing parlance, ‘committed to the throttle’.
Kiwi 34 (T Tauwhare, D Foord, D
Thompson, J Kearns, L Winter tries, N
Muir 3 con, D Tauwhare drop goal) Wests
20 (S Slaven, B Alexander, M Johnson tries,
J Garland pen, S Slaven con) Half-time: 14-
Marist had to withstand a determined
Grey Valley team, eventually recording a
30-22 win at McMillan Park, Karoro, on
Saturday. After a slow start, Marist built up
a 20-3 lead but they had to score a late try
to prevail and further enhance their play-off
Until then Grey Valley had threatened to
put a spanner in the works as they took a
lion’s share of territory and possession.
Manager Blair Mirfin said the valley
team had benefited from the guidance of
Highlanders player and former Reefton boy
Marty Banks, who took part in training and
gave the half-time speech.
Flanker Scott Rosanowski had a big
game for Grey Valley, along with lock
Kurt Becker, and the customary strong
contribution from the front row department,
in particular props Sam Rist and Casey
Beech, was noticeable.
Outside backs Luke Hughes and Sam
King capitalised on the rich offerings to find
their way over the tryline.
However, it was the Marist backs who held
sway in the end, with inside centre Wayne
Ryan and fullback Male Mudu prominent.
No 8 Dylan Turnbull and hooker Kodie
Murray were among the best of Marist ’s
pack, while lock Gabe Waipouri continues
to get regular mentions in dispatches.
Marist coach Andy MacKenzie said his
team was a bit flat for the first half hour, but
eventually got into it.
“I am still looking for the magic formula
to get an 80-minute game from the team,”
Marist 30 (W Ryan, M Mudu, T Reekie,
C Deans tries, Deans 2 con, 2 pen) Grey
Valley 22 (L Hughes 2, S King tries, A Steel
2 con, pen)
With the semi-finals approaching,
Blaketown coach Brent Aitken said it was
good to travel Hari Hari to get a real hard
Blaketown came away with the win,
29-14, but they were made to work it.
“I am pleased with the way our for wards
are laying the platform, and the way the
team is starting to gel. They are starting to
get a lot better as a team,” Aitken said.
Winger Navare Jacobs excelled by scoring
two tries, and got back in cover to deny
South Westland on a couple of occasions.
Fullback Adam Richardson, flanker Lewis
Jackman and lock Dave Houston also
turned in good games for Blaketown.
South Westland coach Terry McBride was
pleased with the way the younger players
in his side acquitted themselves against a
“ We had some young guys up against such
a strong team and they stood out, they didn’t
take a backward step and hounded them all
day,” McBride said.
Flanker Theo Dekker was South
Westland ’s standout forward, while winger
Jesse Perrin showed his class at fullback and
on the wing, and Tetini Tinoteo did a good
job containing Blaketown’s midfield threat.
Blaketown 29 (N Jacobs 2, H Vui, D
Houston, R Stanton tries, Stanton 2 con)
South Westland 14 (C Nolan, T Dekker
tries, J McKenzie, M Spencer con).
West Coast senior competition Muir
Trophy points. — Kiwi 20, Blaketown 15,
Marist 10, Wests 10, South Westland 7,
Grey Valley 1.
Combined points. — Kiwi 40, Blaketown
33, Marist 24, Wests 22, South Westland
12, Grey Valley 11.
Monday, June 26, 2017
ultra trail race
The first and last quarters were the
tightest and brightest for a capable Star
United B when they took on Speights
Alehouse Cobden A in the West
Coast premier netball competition on
The 39-23 score did not reflect just
how close this game was at various
Cobden started with nice 1-2-3
passes into a flying GA Ashley
Birchfield, who opened the scoring.
Star replied with a magnificent pass
from WA Nadia Lee into GS Madison
Crawford, who netted with her first
attempt, 1-1 .
Great defence from shining Star GD
Klaudia South resulted in a turnover
for the blue and golds, and GA Tyra
Birchfield converted, 2-1 to Star. After
some great feeding into the circle again
by Lee and centre Jasmine Dodemaide,
Crawford made it 3-1 .
The first quarter had some great passes
from both sides and Star’s defensive
effort created a lot of possession for the
young team. The score at the end of the
first 10 minutes was 10-9 in Cobden’s
The second quarter started with
South creating a turnover after her
tenacious defence; the ball sailed down
to Crawford who moved beautifully
on the baseline to create space, but
unfortunately missed a sitter. Birchfield
scored at the other end, 11-9 Cobden.
Cobden scored again off their centre
pass, this time from GS Daniella
Sollitt who was getting more confident
with each shot, 12-9 . It was three in a
row for Cobden as Sollitt scored again,
Star slightly unravelled at this
point in the quarter throwing away
possession, while the Cobden attack
end started to dominate proceedings.
The game was physical in parts, with
no player conceding ground. At half-
time the score was in Cobden’s favour,
Cobden made a few changes —
Rachel Doolan on at GD, GD Sally
Hart moved back to GK and the
consistent Balderstone came off,
Symmers swapped positions with
centre Aylah Peterson — and were
off on the whistle, scoring the next
seven goals in a row. It really was the
winning of the game right there in the
all-telling third quarter.
This was Cobden’s quarter from the
outset and the changes did tell the
story, Cobden matching the height of
Crawford and putting pressure on the
circle worked. The score at the end of
the third 10 minutes was 32-16 .
For the last quarter Star coach Jill
Crawford made some changes of
her own, bringing on Cassidy Rae at
wing attack, moving Lee to centre,
Crawford and Birchfield swapping
positions and Dodemaide coming off.
Dodemaide was relentless all game
and was everywhere, so she deser ved
Ashley Birchfield again opened the
scoring, 33-16, then turnover ball saw
Sollitt chime in with one of her own,
34-16 . It took a while for the Star side
to settle after the changes, but they
started to lift their game and settled
into a nice patch of play netting the
next six goals unanswered.
The game would have been a lot
closer had it not been for the dreaded
third-quarter blues. The final score was
39-23, after what was effectively a 7-7
Cobden spokeswoman Jill Davis was
happy with the win, but feels there is
still lots to work on.
The team is coming together and
although it took a while to settle there
is lots of potential within the side to
work with. Her counterpart, the other
Jill (Crawford), said she had nothing to
be disappointed about though all her
players had contributed to an excellent
game of netball.
She has good bones to work with and
this young team is worth watching for
the rest of the competition.
Results from Saturday were.—
Inter-centre (premier A): Old Girls
Black 52, HSOG A 25; Speights
Alehouse Cobden A 39, Star United B
23; Star United A 28, South Westland
Diamonds 20; Lyndale 34, WHS A
Premier B: Cobden B 28, Kotare A
9; CSC A 46, Tui Central A 13; Star
C 44, Kotare B 8; GHS A 22, Reefton
Senior: Cobden C 29, Paroa A
21; Kotare C 24, GHS Junior A 19;
HSOG B 31, Kotare C 17; HSOG
C 31, CSC B 16; Reefton Storm 30,
GHS Junior A 27.
First grade: CSC C 17, Cobden D 12;
HSOG Junior A 33, Karoro School A
11; Cobden Junior A 18, HSOG D 16.
Second grade: CSC Junior A 16,
Reefton Tigers 14; Star United Junior
A 19, HSOG Junior B 7.
Third grade: Paroa Junior A 33,
Karoro School B 4; Kotare Junior A
23, Cobden Junior B 4.
Kiwi: Star United Blue 13, Spares 5;
Star United Gold 11, Reefton Lions 9;
Karoro School 8, Grey Valley 6; CSC
18, Cobden 1.
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Forwards Troy Tauwhare (2) and Kelly Rasmussen illustrate Kiwi’s forward strength in their 34-20 win over Wests, by removing
Matt Slaven from a breakdown, at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Former West Coast
Ruth Croft has done it
again, finishing second
in the gruelling 120km-
long Lavaredo Ultra Trail
women’s mountain run in
Italy at the weekend.
Croft, originally from
the run through the
Dolomites in 14hrs
51mins 36secs. She was
45 minutes behind the
women’s winner Caroline
Chaverot but a good 15
hours ahead of those
placed at the end.
Overall, Croft finished
19th out of 1065 male
and female competitors.
The Lavaredo Ultra
Trail has a 30-hour time
limit and a maximum of
On her Facebook page,
Croft said the 120km
was a “ long day ... with
many more bad patches
She eventually got
through it and was
pleased to reach the
finish line in second
place, but “ready to have
a break from these longer
Last year Croft was the
first woman to win the
overall champion title
in a 50km race in Hong
Kiwi hold on over Wests
Champions New Zealand have
completed a near-perfect season in
the women’s sevens world series,
storming to victory over Australia
in the final round’s decider.
The Black Ferns Sevens won five
of six tournaments and put the
icing on the cake in Clermont-
Ferrand, France where they were
Needing to win their quarter-
final yesterday to ensure they
secured a fourth world crown, the
New Zealanders did so emphatic
style, dismantling Fiji 31-7.
Rookie Alena Saili scored two of
their five tries.
Hosts France were beaten 21-7
in the semi-finals before New
Zealand pulled away late to win
the final 22-7.
Former Greymouth woman
Ruby Tui’s early try was cancelled
out by Australian Shannon Parry
before Niall Williams put the
Black Ferns 12-7 ahead at half-
Dominance of possession in
the second created further New
Zealand tries to Michaela Blyde
and Shakira Baker.
Blyde finished with 40 tries for
the season, the most by any player.
Tyla Nathan-Wong, standing
in as captain for the unavailable
Sarah Goss, mar velled at her
team’s strides made since last year,
when Australia won the world
series and an Olympic gold medal.
“ It means so much. This season
we really stepped up and really
brought it to them and it shows.
Five from six and now world series
champions,” she said.
“ We’ve worked really hard this
season and it’s not just been the 14
here, it ’s been the whole squad and
the management too. It’s been an
amazing culture and an amazing
New Zealand won 35 of their 36
matches this season. The exception
was a loss to the United States
in the semi-finals of the Sydney
tournament in round two.
Final standings. — New Zealand
116 points, Australia 100, Canada
98, Fiji 66, Russia 66, United
States 62. — NZ N
Third-quarter blues sink Star United B
Black Ferns wrap up title in style
Black Ferns celebrate victory.
New Zealand driver Scott
Dixon has extended his Indy Car
series points lead with a win at the
Kohler Grand Prix in Wisconsin.
After qualifying fifth fastest,
Dixon (Chip Ganassi) pipped
Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)
by 0.57sec at the 6.4km, 14-corner
rural Road America circuit at
It was Dixon’s 41st career victory,
but his first win since Watkins
Glen in September last year.
Dixon’s No 9 Honda held off
a Penske clean sweep, edging
Newgarden, pole sitter Helio
Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and
Australian Will Power.
The New Zealander currently
leads the IndyCar standings with
379 points to second-placed
Pagenaud (345) and Castroneves
(342) with seven races remaining.
The All Blacks-Lions
test series has erupted
with Steve Hansen
firing a massive shot at
opposing coach Warren
Hansen was so angry
at Lions coach Gatland’s
claim that All Blacks
were deliberately trying
to injure halfback
Conor Murray, that he
contacted Radio Sport
“We are not
intentionally trying to
hurt anyone,” Hansen
“They are predictable
comments from Gatland
. . . Iguesshemightbe
a bit desperate. It never
will be (the way we play)
as long as I’m involved
with the All Blacks.
“It is really, really
“ We’re trying to charge
the kick down and or
“Just because he is one
of their key players, he
doesn’t have the right
to go around the park
without being charged
down or tackled.”
Hansen pointed out
that Gatland had made
about alleged All Black
He said Gatland’s post-
test reaction took the
gloss off a test match,
including the impressive
way the Lions had
that All Blacks were
“The one concern
a charge-down when
someone dived at his
legs which I thought
was a little bit
“After he’s kicked
he’s been pushed a few
times and pushed to
the ground. They’re not
massive issues for us,
it’s just making sure
he’s protected and not
harassed after he’s box
“It’s a little bit tough.
When you see someone
dive at someone’s leg . .
. you feel for the player,
it’s a little bit concerning
that they ’re not actually
trying to charge the
kick down, they ’re
nowhere near it.”
He also had a quiet
dig at the way the
All Blacks played in
general. Gatland said:
“They didn’t really play
did they? So if we had
played that way and
won the game it would
have been interesting to
see the reaction.
“Look, you have to
take your hat off to
Hansen hit back again,
saying: “I guess he’s
trying to take the heat
off his own team.”
described captain Kieran
Read ’s performance as
“phenomenal”, after a
two months absence
and very little rugby this
“It’s what we’ve come
to expect from All Black
captains,” he said.
Jerome Kaino is
“as good as gold” for
the second test in
Wellington on Saturday
night, after departing
the first test early for a
It would be another
day before Ben Smith’s
situation was known,
and Hansen said they
were mindful the
fullback had suffered two
previous concussions this
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