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Suburbs and Brunner did battle last
Friday night under lights at Wingham
Park in the under-16 schoolboy rugby
league grand final, won by a dominant
Suburbs, 40-8 .
The conditions were appalling, but
both teams put on a great display
Suburbs half Sincere Harraway, who
was player of the grand final, took
control from the outset. His footwork
was amazing as he skipped past
defenders, and he also showed the crowd
what he could do with the ball and boot.
He had help from lock L evi Pascoe,
who was a class above, and Griffin
Neame, a schoolboy Kiwi this year,
was there to back up and offload at
will. Centre Jacob L ow had some good
touches and scored the first try with
speed and power to get over the line,
while all the Suburbs team played their
roles well and played as a great team
Brunner centre Jared Cutbush was
not outdone, though, and made good
yards. He hit back for Brunner to score
next, but unfortunately for Brunner they
could not manage another try until the
end of the game. Brunner never gave up
and definitely had their chances.
Hooker George Gibson made a big
impact on defence, causing a few errors
from Suburbs, along with lock Jordan
Duggan, who never took a backward
step in attack or defence.
Both sets of halves impressed with
their ability, organising their forwards
and their decision making.
Brunner back Breegan Griggs scored
the last try with great speed to get on the
outside of Suburbs’ outside backs, had
them diving at thin air, even tripping up
touch judge Dean McGrath to land in
the drink. Griggs then went on to dive
over the line to end the game on a high
note for Brunner.
Suburbs 40 (Pascoe, Harraway 2, Low,
J Campbell, Christen, Crooks tries,
Harraway 4 goals) Brunner 8 (Cutbush,
►Junior league report p8
Defending champions England lie
in wait for the Black Ferns after the
two women’s rugby heavyweights won
contrasting Rugby World Cup semi-
finals in Belfast.
Portia Woodman’s four tries against
the United States carried New Zealand
to a 45-12 victory before England
used their power to see off previously-
unbeaten France 20-3 .
The decider, also in Belfast, on
Sunday morning pits two traditional
powerhouses who have shared the last
The Black Ferns won four in a row until
England claimed the crown — their
second — in France three years ago.
Their last meeting, in Rotorua in June,
resulted in a 29-21 win to the English
in a forward-dominated contest.
New Zealand rely more on speed and
precision, having tallied a remarkable
42 tries in four games in Ireland, with
13 of them going to dynamite winger
The 26-year-old continued her
blistering tournament today, scoring
a brilliant solo try to put the Black
Ferns 15-7 ahead at half-time before
capitalising on some fine team attacks
in the second spell, when they created
five of their seven tries.
Captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili says
Woodman never fails to amaze her.
“She loves scoring tries and she’s the
best one to do it out wide but full credit
to our forwards,” hooker Fa’amausili
said. “ They really did the work up front
to give our backs some good go for ward
Other tries went to first five-eighth
Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, reserve
hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate
and second five-eighth Kelly Brazier,
who was named player of the match.
New Zealand ’s strong finish was
seemingly unaffected by the absence of
veteran loose forward Linda Itunu, who
was shown a yellow card soon after her
introduction from the bench.
However, Woodman said such an
indiscretion could be catastrophic
“ We’ve still got a lot of improvement.
We can’t get another yellow card in this
game,” she said.
“If we have one man down, that puts
us under stress out wide and in the
Woodman said reaching a fifth final
in the space of six World Cups is an
achievement which shouldn’t be under-
“Knowing they (team-mates) have to
work full time as well as doing their
rugby, it ’s pretty incredible that little old
New Zealand can get to another final.”
Australia ended Ireland’s hopes of
contesting the fifth place play-off at the
Women’s Rugby World Cup with a 36-
24 win in Belfast.
The game was in the balance with the
scores tied at 12-12 after 34 minutes
today. But Australia powered away with
24 unanswered points either side of
Australia did not look back after that
as prop Hilisha Samoa, flanker Millie
Boyle try and wing Mahalia Murphy
ran in tries and Ashleigh Hewson added
three conversions and a penalty for an
Ireland finished strongly when
Sophie Spence and Paula Fitzpatrick
claimed consolation tries in the final six
“I ’m really proud of the way the girls
played tonight. They executed the game
plan we laid out for them and kept the
pressure on the Irish throughout the
match,” Australia coach Paul Verrell
“That win secures us a place in 2021
World Cup which was our goal today. It
was also great to reverse the score from
our first encounter against the Irish in
Dublin. We knew as a team that we
could produce a better performance and
today we did in front of a vocal home
crowd who were behind their team.”
Australia will face Canada in Sunday ’s
fifth-place play-off after the Canucks
thrashed Wales 52-0. — N ZN
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Fern Portia Woodman dives over to score her third try in this morning’s Women’s Rugby World Cup
semi-final against the United States at the Kingspan Stadium, in Belfast.
A man considered among the
best New Zealand cricketers not to
win a test cap has died, aged 100.
Pritchard died yesterday following
a short illness, leaving the cricket
community to reflect on a player
with a prodigious first class record
spanning nearly 20 years until the
Pritchard’s 818 scalps, claimed
mainly in England, places him
fourth on the all-time New
Zealand first class list headed by
Sir Richard Hadlee (1490).
Nearly 700 of his victims were
dismissed during nine seasons at
Ser vice in World War Two,
followed by his commitment to
the county game combined to deny
him a test cap.
He turned down selection for
New Zealand’s 1949 tour of
Pritchard took 48 five-wicket
bags and 11 10-wicket match hauls,
averaging an impressive 23.30 runs
New Zealand was home for
the last 30 years of his life, most
recently in Levin, in that time
becoming the country’s oldest
living first-class cricketer.
He followed the fortunes of
grandson Dave Meiring, who has
played at first class level for Central
Districts. — NZN
New Zealand hooker Dane Coles
is expected to make his return to test
rugby on Saturday against Australia in
their Rugby Championship, ending a
frustrating five months battling injury.
Coles missed last weekend’s 54-34
victory over the Wallabies in Sydney as
a precaution after picking up another
head knock in a troubled season for the
Wellington Hurricanes captain.
The 30-year-old last played a test nine
months ago and since mid-March has
played just 90 minutes in the Super
Rugby play-offs for the Hurricanes due
to lingering concussion symptoms.
He was injured again in the All Blacks’
‘Game of Three Halves’ warm-up match
against provincial sides Taranaki and
Counties Manukau and immediately
ruled out of last week’s game, which
doubled as this year’s Bledisloe Cup
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster,
however, said Coles had been impressive
in his return to training and was back
in contention for Saturday ’s clash in
“He trained really well,” Foster said. “He
had a good week last week actually. He’s
come through today really well.”
While the squad is finally starting to get
back to full-strength with Coles’ probable
return, of greater concern has been their
inability to close out tests this year.
One of the strengths of the side since
coach Steve Hansen took over in 2012
has been the depth and impact of the
bench and the team’s ability to finish
stronger than the opposition.
Against the British and Irish Lions
earlier this year, it was the visitors who
finished stronger in each of the three
Last week in Sydney the Wallabies
scored four unanswered tries in the final
30 minutes, albeit after the All Blacks
had blown out to a 54-6 lead and been
“seduced by the scoreboard” according to
Foster said the focus in this week’s
match was ensuring they closed the game
better and continued to get impact from
all their players. “I don’t think we’ve won
a last quarter for the last two or three tests
so from that respect it ’s something we
have to do better,” Foster said.
“I think we’ve got to be careful not to just
label it as the bench. It ’s the team that ’s on
the field in the last quarter. In Sydney we
were seeing mistakes, execution mistakes,
from some players who had been on the
field the whole time.
“Perhaps we’re trying a little bit too hard
in that period rather than trusting what
we’re doing and getting back to doing
some simple things.
“ We’re playing around with it, we want
to get it right, and clearly it wasn’t right in
Sydney.” — Reuters
Black Ferns power into final
Quick bowler dies after reaching ton
Coles tipped to return
Wellington Phoenix have snared
another significant overseas player,
enticing Iraq international midfielder
Ali Abbas to sign a two-year contract.
Abbas boasts 128 A-League games,
having played three seasons with the
Newcastle Jets followed by four at
Sydney FC before a one-season with
Korean outfit Pohang Steelers.
The 30-year-old’s signing brings
recruitment to a close for new Phoenix
coach Darije Kalezic.
Former All Whites captain Ryan
Nelsen is on an unsolicited list of 25
players permitted to use other wise-
banned medicines during the 2010
Soccer officials are working to discover
the extent of information released by
Russian hacking group Fancy Bears
which has made revelations about
football’s anti-doping procedures.
Fancy Bears have previously published
details of therapeutic use exemptions
(TUEs) in Olympic sports. — N Z N
Phoenix snares Iraqi international
Nelsen on list for banned drugs use
The Suburbs and Brunner under-16 players after their grand final on Friday night at Wingham Park.
Suburbs win U16 grand final
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