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North Queensland’s mid-season
recruit Te Maire Martin continues
to shine for his new club as he makes
the most of an ‘apprenticeship’
under injured superstar Johnathan
The 21-year-old has tasted victory
in all three of his Cowboys starts
since leaving Penrith, including
a rock-solid outing in the well-
earned 24-12 victory over the New
Zealand Warriors in Townsville on
Martin was thrust in to the North
Queensland line-up earlier than
expected due to Thurston’s season-
ending injury and the promising
young playmaker said the Maroons
legend had been a huge help to him
since his move north.
“Having Johnathan Thurston
here, he’s the best half in the world,
so to learn off him will only make
my game better,” he said.
“My manager and I were thinking
about my future but with the injury
to JT I got my time before I thought
I would. Thurston’s still around,
helping me out, he chatted to me
about a few things at half-time and
we spoke after the game. It ’s great
to have him and Greeny (Cowboys
coach Paul Green) who was a great
halfback as well, they both have
great minds of the game and know
what they are talking about.
“I want to learn as much as I can
After being unwanted by Penrith,
the Kiwi international considered
joining the Warriors before the
before opting for a move to the
“There were some talks there
(with the Warriors) but I ended up
here and I’m thankful for that,” he
“I was grateful to have a few
opportunities and choices to make
from different clubs but I think the
Cowboys were the better option for
me and for my future.”
Martin has enjoyed a seamless
transition in to the Cowboys
playmaking ranks, joining Michael
Morgan and Lachlan Coote in
the unenviable job of covering for
Saturday ’s win was the Cowboys
fourth in a row without their
star half and, after languishing
in reser ve grade at the Panthers,
Martin couldn’t be happier with
how his move has panned out.
“I enjoyed stepping in to that
playmaking role against the
Warriors and that ’s just how it
panned out,” he said.
“Everyone knows their role and
what they need to do and I know
mine, it ’s been easy to get the gist
of the team. Things happen for a
reason and I’m happy I’ve ended up
here.” — AAP
Manly must break a 109-year hoodoo to
claim this year’s NRL premiership after
they were flogged 52-22 by St George
Never in the history of the NSWRL,
ARL or NRL has a team won a title after
conceding 50 points in a match — the
closest being 2001 premiers Newcastle
who dropped 49 in a late-season fixture.
Yesterday ’s flogging also marked the
first time the Sea Eagles had conceded a
half-century scoreline since August 2005
— so me 307 matches ago.
“The players are embarrassed,” coach
Trent Barrett said.
“I’m embarrassed. I’m accountable to it
just as much as the players.”
The Sea Eagles were barely in the
contest but for a 16-minute period after
the break where they piled on four tries.
Their 30-0 half-time deficit was the
biggest of any team this season, as they
missed Apisai Koroisau (calf ) and
Brenton Lawrence (rested) in the middle,
along with five-eighth Blake Green
The trio will return next week, but the
loss left Manly’s top-four hopes in serious
doubts, after they dropped from third to
sixth on the NRL ladder.
They must also travel to Melbourne next
week to face the Storm, before hosting
the second-placed Roosters the following
“It wasn’t up to scratch,”
“I don’t want them to
wipe it, I want them to be
disappointed because you
can’t toss it up. To concede
that many points isn’t good
enough and we’ve got to
learn a lesson from it. The
players are shattered and we
all are, but it’s just another
lesson for us.”
The result was particularly
crucial for the Sea Eagles,
given every other team
positioned between first and
ninth claimed victories in
Meanwhile the win for
the Dragons kept them in
eighth, two points behind
Parramatta who held on to
beat the Wests Tigers 17-16
In a sea-sawing encounter,
Corey Norman slotted over
a late field goal to guide the Eels to victory
and four points clear of the chasing pack
for the eight.
But Clint Gutherson’s NRL season is
over after he suffered a ruptured anterior
cruciate ligament in the Eels’ win and is
set to undergo surgery.
The 22-year-old will miss what is set to
be the club’s first finals series since 2009.
Parramatta sit seventh on the ladder with
six matches remaining.
“This is disappointing news for Clint
and the team as he has been a strong
contributor so far this season,” Eels coach
Brad Arthur said. “I am sure he will be
back stronger then ever next season.
Despite this setback the team is more
determined then ever to make a strong
finish to the season.”
Up top, Melbourne maintained first spot
with a 20-14 win over Canberra, despite
losing Cameron Smith to a minor pectoral
injury and Billy Slater to a sickening Sia
Soliola high shot. Soliola was referred
straight to the judiciary for the late hit.
The Sydney Roosters are second after
they beat Newcastle 28-4, while Brisbane,
Cronulla and North Queensland are all
on 28 points and split only by for-and-
against. Penrith also emerged as the most
likely to break into the finals with their
24-16 win over the Gold Coast, given the
chasing pack of the Raiders Warriors and
Canterbury both went down.
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The Tall Ferns have
opened their first ever
Asia Cup campaign with
a 77-48 loss to 11-time
champions China in
After a smooth build-
up to the eight-nation
tournament, the New
Zealanders received a
reality check from the
taller Chinese, who
China won the rebound
count 39-21 and took
full advantage, especially
from outside the three-
point line where they
landed eight of 18 shots.
The Tall Ferns managed
one from nine.
Early foul problems
for for ward Kalani
Purcell did not help New
Zealand’s cause as they
trailed 17-10 following
the first quarter, slipping
to 39-24 by half-time.
Jillian Harmon was
the chief New Zealand
offensive threat, finishing
with 14 points. Guard
Michaela Cocks scored
11 points and pulled
off four steals. New
Zealand have just 17
hours between their first
two pool games, lining
up against North Korea
in a morning game on
North Korea lost their
opener to Chinese Taipei
The top four teams
at the tournament will
qualify for next year’s
New Zealand are
making their tournament
debut after coming under
the umbrella of the FIBA
The Tall Blacks will
contest the men’s Asia
Cup in Lebanon next
month. — NZ N
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Cowboys’ Te Maire Martin is tackled by Warriors’ Issac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on Saturday night at
1300SMILES Stadium, in Townsville.
The Crusaders have rediscovered
their winning touch in emphatic style,
over whelming the Highlanders 17-0 in
a drenched Super Rugby quarter-final.
The All Black-laden Crusaders’ pack
dominated Saturday’s match which was
ruined by rain, icy temperature and a
waterlogged AMI Stadium surface.
The seven-time champions regained
their winning touch, having opened the
season with 14 victories before losing
to the British and Irish Lions and the
Bristling again with power and
pragmatism, they have booked a home
semi-final against the Chiefs.
Both of their tries came late in the first
half via close-range flops over the line
from front-rowers Joe Moody and Codie
Taylor, summing up a match bereft of
For the connoisseur, it was a lesson
in clinical for ward play from the hosts,
whose dominance left the Highlanders
scoreless for just the second time in their
Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock says
the conditions were among the worst he
“Before the game a few of the boys
were seeing how deep that water was out
there,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been
the prettiest to watch. The weather was
great for us, we really embraced it.”
It capped a forgettable build-up for the
visitors, who landed in Christchurch just
eight hours before kick-off.
Their Friday flight out of Dunedin
was cancelled and there was never any
prospect of driving north on the flood-
Centre Malakai Fekitoa barely
touched the ball in his final match for
the Highlanders before departing for
French club Toulon.
Coach Tony Brown is also leaving to
take up a role with Japan.
Captain Ben Smith was disappointed
the pair would not leave on a better note.
“ Tactically, they were probably a bit
smarter with the way they played and
put us under a lot of pressure,” Smith
“Once they got into our 22, they used
the ball wisely. Their for wards got stuck
The two previous southern derbies this
season had been epic affairs, both won
late by the Crusaders.
That never looked like being the case
from the moment Highlanders flanker
Liam Squire was shown a fifth-minute
yellow card for a swinging arm tackle on
First five-eighth Mo’unga recovered
to slot the subsequent penalty although
he went on to miss three others from
virtually right in front, underling the
Both tries came on the back of
enormous possession and territory
counts in favour of the Crusaders —
about 80% each — helped by a first-half
penalty count of 7-2 in their favour.
Their set-piece was profoundly better
than the Highlanders and they won
the tactical kicking duel comfortably
through halfback Bryn Hall, Mo’unga
and winger Israel Dagg.
The scoreless second half must have
felt like an eternity for the visitors as
they plunged to just their second loss in
12 games. — NZN
England has won the Women’s Cricket
World Cup, beating India by nine runs in a
thrilling final at Lord’s.
India looked to be cruising to a first world
cup win before a stunning spell of bowling
from Anya Shrobsole (6-46) led them to
collapse from 4-191 to 219 all out with eight
balls to spare.
Chasing 229 for victory, opener Punam
Raut played fantastically to score 84 but her
dismissal proved to be the turning point of
the match as India capitulated in front of a
Veteran pace bowler Jhulan Goswami,
playing in her fourth World Cup, was the
chief destroyer in the England innings,
scything through the middle order with three
wickets for two runs in 10 balls.
In-form Nat Sciver top-scored with 51
after England won the toss and elected to bat
but their 7-228 looked under-par.
Shrubsole struck early dismissing Smriti
Mandhana for a duck in the second over
and then England took the crucial wicket of
skipper Mithali Raj who was run out for 17.
Australia’s semi-final nemesis Harmanpreet
Kaur, fresh from her 171 not out last Thursday,
carried on where she left off at Derby with
two big sixes before she was caught on the
square leg boundary for 51.
With Raut at the crease, India needed just
more than a run a ball for victory but her
dismissal when she was trapped leg before
by Shrubsole appear to send shockwaves
through the team.
Sushma Verma was bowled around her legs
by Alex Hartley for a second ball duck, with
Vena Krishnamurthy following her back to
the pavilion for 35 after holing out to Sciver
Two more wickets followed in the same
over as Goswami was bowled first ball and
Deepti Sharma found the hands of Sciver
again to depart for 14.
Shikha Pandey was then run out for four
to leave India needing 10 runs from as many
balls, but only one further run was added
to their total as Shurbsole clean bowled
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Crusaders’ Jack Goodhue is tackled by Highlanders’ Richard Buckman in their Super Rugby quarter-final match at AMI Stadium, on
Saturday in Christchurch.
has missed out on
for the next hockey
World Cup in India after
suffering a loss to Ireland
in South Africa.
at the Hockey World
League Semi Final
in Johannesburg, the
Sticks went down 1-0 to
world No 9 Ireland.
It means Ireland fills
the fifth and final spot
made available at the
tournament to compete
at the 2018 World Cup
New Zealand finish
in sixth place, leaving
them having to qualify
through the Oceania Cup
in Sydney from October
having already booked
their place at the
in Bhubaneswar, New
Zealand are still likely to
The Black Sticks need
only finish ahead of
lowly-ranked Papua New
Guinea in the three-team
Oceania event in Sydney
A lack of clinical
to haunt them against
after falling behind to a
49th-minute field goal to
Alan Sothern. The result
was a disappointing way
to mark the 250th Test
appearance for midfielder
New Zealand finished
the tournament with two
wins, one draw and four
losses. Their key defeat
was in the quarter-finals
to Belgium, who will
contest the final against
Germany. — NZ N
England stuns India at Lord’s
Manly faces 109-year
hoodoo to take title
Lydia Ko took her foot off the
accelerator on the final day of the
Marathon Classic in Ohio, dropping one
spot to 20th.
New Zealand’s former world No 1 Ko
zoomed up the leaderboard in the third
round of her title defence on Saturday,
carding a six-under 65.
A closing 69 was not enough to make
further headway, mixing four birdies
with two bogeys.
The 20-year-old’s nine-under tally
was 10 shots behind Korean In-Kyung
Kim, who was poised to claim a sixth
career LPGA title.
Rain forced the last groups from the
course on Sunday.
Kim, who sunk six birdies on her front
nine, had four holes to play and held
a four-shot advantage over American
Gerina Piller, who had one to play.
tournament for more than a year, will
contest next week’s Scottish Open near
Kilmarnock. That precedes the year’s
fourth major, the British Open in Fife,
Scotland. — NZ N
Sia Soliola’s hit which knocked
out Billy Slater was “as cheap as
they come”, says Andrew Johns,
who wants more done to protect
playmakers from late tackles.
Soliola is facing a likely heavy
suspension for the hit which led to
Melbourne star Slater being taken
off on a medicab and prompted
NRL referees boss Tony Archer
to say the Canberra backrower
should have been sent off.
His late swinging arm to Slater’s
head was not enough to convince
referee Matt Cecchin to give
Soliola his marching orders early
in the second half in Canberra on
In Soliola’s defence, Slater’s body
height was dropping when hit but
Johns saw no excuse.
“The ball was passed,” Johns
said on the Nine Network’s The
Sunday Footy Show. “It ’s a cheap
shot, he should ’ve been sent off.
I know Sio Soliola’s a lovely guy,
but that was a cheap shot; as cheap
as they come, and (he) should ’ve
been sent off.”
Johns claimed there was a
defensive trend of late tackles in
the game that was contributing
to a scarcity of high-standard
“Every weekend I see halfbacks
go to the line and pass, and then a
second or two later the guy 22 kilos
bigger than him just smashes him
from behind in the ribs or kidneys.
How can we produce smaller guys
who are creative when they pass
the ball and big blokes come from
behind and smash them in the
kidneys and ribs.”
Johns compared the lack of
penalty to the 12-game suspension
and six-figure fine for Mitchell
Pearce’s Australia Day behaviour
“ We’re so paranoid about the
image of the game, someone off
the field, take what happened to
Mitchell Pearce — ban him for 12
weeks, $125,000 fine,” Johns said.
“ What about that? What about
that image of the game? What
about mums sitting at home
watching that, what are they going
to think?” — AAP
New Zealand cricketers Colin De
Grandhomme and Grant Elliott have
combined to boost Birmingham to a
20-run win over Derbyshire in English
cricket ’s Twenty20 Blast at Edgbaston.
Batting at No 3, de Grandhomme came to
the middle with Birmingham 100 for one
after 12 overs when opener Sam Hain was
dismissed for 34.
Black Caps pace bowler Matt Henry,
lining up for Derbyshire, took a smart
catch seven balls later to dismiss Ed Pollack
(66) but de Grandhomme was at his
destructive best in blasting an unbeaten 65
off 28 balls.
He took just 22 balls to reach his half
century, and his innings included five sixes
and five fours as Birmingham reached 197
Henry featured again in the field for
Derbyshire, snaring a spectacular one-
handed catch at deep long-on to dismiss Ian
Bell for eight, but conceded 43 runs without
reward from his four overs.
Elliott and Jeetan Patel played key roles for
Birmingham as they restricted Derbyshire
to 176 for nine off their 20 overs.
Patel bowled Luis Reece for 33, returning
figures of 1-26, while Elliott ’s 4-37 included
Henry after he holed out at deep midwicket.
Birmingham now sit sixth in the North
Group with three wins, on the same points
as fifth-placed Derbyshire, who have a
fractionally better net run rate.
NZ pair feature in Birmingham win
Ko stalls in Ohio
Martin making most of JT apprenticeship
Slater ‘cheap shot ’ slammed
New Zealand runners Keegan Pitcher
and William Stedman have fallen just
short of gold on the final day of the world
para athletics championships in London.
Pitcher grabbed a silver medal and
Stedman a bronze in the men’s T36
classification 800m after both were beaten
to the line by Australian James Turner.
It was the second medal in the space of
three days for 19-year-old international
debutant Pitcher, who won bronze in the
Stedman, 17, matched his bronze won
at last year’s Rio Paralympics.
Long jumper Anna Grimaldi, who
won gold at Rio, was fourth in a fiercely-
fought T47 competition yesterday,
Grimaldi’s best jump was 5.21m, leaving
her just 1cm short of a bronze medal and
only 6cm short of the distance achieved
by winner American Teleah Williams.
NZ paralympians bag double
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