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New and existing life
members of the Greymouth
Squash Club — John Bird
left, Mike Coll, Gerry Hills,
Julie Coll, Murray Hay and
Judy Ellery — at the club’s
50th anniversary celebrations
on Saturday. Mike and Julie
Coll, Hills, and Hay were
inducted as life members at the
weekend, the first life members
Below, some of the 70 current
and former members of the
Greymouth Squash Club
outside the clubrooms in
Alexander Street on Sunday
before the farewell lunch.
Awards were also made to
Lenny and Christine Dunn,
Michelle Twist and Brendon
Giles. The cake was cut by life
member John Bird, now of
Christchurch, and Beth Giles
PICTURE: Bill Phillips
Coast pair make impact for Scorpions
Greymouth rugby league player Brad Campbell shows plenty of energy on Saturday when he turned out
for the Southern Zone Scorpions premier team. The Scorpions played South Island Malie (Samoa) at
Linwood Park in Christchurch, losing 24-48. Both Campbell and another West Coast player, Brad
Houston, had an impact in the game. Campbell set up the first try of the match with a perfectly weighted
bomb to the wing to take a clean catch and score in the corner. Campbell was energetic at stand-off for the
whole game, with lots of bustling runs and tackles made on opponents twice his size. Houston was on the
field before half-time and made an immediate impact with his typical busting runs and trademark hand
offs to support play.
A tier two country will not defeat a member
of the ‘Big Three’ — Australia, New Zealand
and England — at the 2017 Rugby League
World Cup, according to veteran Wales coach
However, plenty of evidence to the contrary
may have already been provided by Tonga, Fiji
and Papua New Guinea.
With one group match left, Tonga, Fiji and
PNG appear to have emerged as the Pacific
powers ready to step up and challenge rugby
league’s tier one trio ahead of the finals.
All three are undefeated after two games to
all but secure a quarter-final berth. But it is the
way they have secured the wins that has made
rivals sit up and take notice.
Armed with high-profile defectors Jason
Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita, Tonga are
tournament dark horses after brushing aside
world No 4 Scotland and heavyweights Samoa.
Jarryd Hayne’s Fiji have racked up an
incredible 130 points in their two convincing
victories, albeit against minnows Wales and the
And an undefeated PNG backed up their
50-6 romp over Wales with a gritty 14-6 win
over an underrated Ireland at Port Moresby
Since the World Cup included developing
nations in 1995, not one member of the Big
Three has been defeated.
Yet despite witnessing first-hand the likes of
Fiji and PNG in full flight, Kear, a two-time
Challenge Cup-winning United Kingdom
coach, reckoned that trend won’t change in
“No. That ’s just the way it is,” he said.
“The tier one countries are exceptional. Tonga
might be the only one, against New Zealand.
But New Zealand are outstanding as well, so I
don’t think so.
“ It will be Australia versus New Zealand or
England in the final — I’m pretty certain of
Runaway favourites Australia, who are 10-
time cup winners, are predictably sitting pretty
on top of their group after a 52-6 rout of France.
New Zealand have also been impressive,
racking up 112 points in their two
Wayne Bennett-coached world No 3 England
appear vulnerable after their first tournament
win on Saturday night, a less than convincing
29-10 victory over a Lebanon team featuring
Kear still could not see any second-tier nations
threatening after Fiji ran in 14 tries in world
No 9 Wales’ record 72-6 Cup loss in Townsville
World No 7 Fiji’s haul included Jarryd Hayne’s
record 14th Cup try, leapfrogging Immortal
Kear even reckoned the blowout may not have
benefited Fiji, a semi-finalist at the last two
However, Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama uttered
the words the Big Three no doubt fear.
“Everyone is coming for them (the Big Three),
he said. “If you want to be the best, you’ve got
to beat the best.”
Fiji coach Mick Potter believed it was only a
matter of time before someone claimed a top-
“Something’s going to give at some stage,” he
“ Whether it ’s Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, PNG —
one of those teams is going to start pushing
The Kiwis have issued a genuine
statement of intent to the Rugby
League World Cup’s frontrunners,
obliterating a mediocre Scotland side
74-6 in Saturday ’s pool-stage test in
Having drawn last year’s Four
Nations clash with the Bravehearts,
David Kidwell’s troops hit the ground
running in Canterbury and were near-
They ran in 14 tries to one, with
fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck nabbing
four assists in an utterly destructive
Peta Hiku and Te Maire Martin also
Playmaker-in-chief Shaun Johnson,
meanwhile, bagged a try and slotted
nine conversions from 14 to become the
Kiwis’ highest-ever point scorer.
Even when the match was safely
settled, the Kiwis kept their foot on
the accelerator and stuck to their
enterprising style, but perhaps offloaded
and threw the ball around a little too
willingly at times.
Nevertheless, they will take plenty of
confidence into this weekend’s crunch
match against Tonga, likely to settle first
place in pool B.
Kidwell was chuffed with his side’s
“There’s all the for wards really
standing up and creating that space for
the outside backs and halves to do their
role,” Kidwell said.
“Roger, his role is to push up around
these big boys, make sure that if they get
their arm free, he’s there to capitalise.
His energy around the ball is what we’re
The Kiwis got off to a spirited start in
what was their first Christchurch test
in 11 years, capitalising on a needless
Scottish penalty to score through Kenny
Bromwich in the eighth minute and
then via Jason Nightingale.
Joseph Tapine followed suit as the
Kiwis began to run riot, while the
evergreen Nightingale bagged his
second in the 22nd minute.
A barnstorming run from Nelson
Asofa-Solomona then made a simple try
for Martin, starting at five-eighth on his
home test debut.
Hiku scored just before the break to
give his side a 28-0 lead.
It took just three minutes for the
Kiwis to extend their lead in the second
half, with Tuivasa-Sheck putting prop
Russell Packer over the line.
Hiku and the returning Dean Whare
followed suit, before Johnson, Elijah
Taylor and Hiku and Martin doubles
put the match to bed.
Scotland scored a late consolation
through halfback Oscar Thomas.
“Their outside backs really cause
some trouble when they get quick play-
the-balls — we knew that if we could
make sure to nullify that, it’d give us
the best option to get the ball in a great
position,” Kidwell said.
In additional good news for the Kiwis,
no players suffered injuries.
Sage half-time advice and some “good
chat ” from Kieran Read helped Beauden
Barrett eventually enjoy his first taste as
All Blacks captain.
World class playmaker Barrett was a
surprise choice as skipper for the tour-
opening 31-22 win over the Barbarians
at Twickenham, but for more than
half the game it was shaping up as a
His disjointed team trailing 17-10 at
half-time, Barrett joined the coaches in
calling for calm and for a more test-like
approach, rather than trying to match
the Baabaas’ exuberance.
It worked as the more conser vative All
Blacks powered clear with three quick
tries in the third quarter.
“It was doing the simple things well,
being patient and building pressure,” he
“Once we got our kicking game going,
we almost said: ‘Here, you have a go
at catching it and we’ll put you under
“ It was a great learning experience for
Usual skipper Read was one of several
first-choice All Blacks rested ahead of
next week’s test against France.
However, he still had a key role to play,
with his access to the players during
breaks in play allowing him to pass on
“ I like it when my waterboy brings
some good chat and he certainly brought
that. It was just simple messages at
times,” Barrett said. “Going for ward, I
think I’ll be able to assist Kieran a lot
better than I have been.”
He admitted to pre-match ner ves,
particularly at the “daunting” prospect of
standing at the arrow head of the haka,
something he later confessed to getting
a buzz from.
He played down his 10-minute
medical absence in the first half, saying
it was merely to receive stitches to a cut
thumb. — NZ N
Rieko Ioane is the second All Black to
be struck down by the mumps, leaving
him in doubt for the test against France.
Winger Ioane was in isolation
for periods in London last week
after medical staff identified he had
contracted the infectious viral disease.
The same problem previously struck
uncapped Crusaders centre Jack
Goodhue, who stayed home through
most of the first week of the tour.
He missed what would have been
an international debut against the
Goodhue has improved but Ioane is
being carefully monitored and is an
uncertain starter for the French clash
in Paris on Saturday, the opening test
of the tour.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says
Ioane will need to shake off the after-
effects quickly to be considered.
“It will be touch and go,” he said.
“He trained this morning it will
depend on how well he comes through
the week we’ ll wait and see.”
Hansen was not concerned others
may have caught the mumps off the
pair, saying both were well contained.
The All Blacks will be wishing Ioane
a speedy recovery, with the Blues flyer
having been among their premier
performers this year.
He has scored nine tries from 10
tests and is a contender to win World
Rugby’s breakthrough player of the
His absence would clear the way for
Seta Tamanivalu to start in the same
left wing role he served against the
Meanwhile, Hansen said there was
also concern over veteran flanker
Jerome Kaino, who suffered knee
ligament damage during the 31-22 win
at Twickenham on Saturday.
Playing his first All Blacks match
since the British and Irish Lions series,
Kaino needed treatment early in the
match and was replaced soon after
halftime following a relatively quiet
Liam Squire is likely to wear No 6,
ahead of Kaino and Vaea Fifita, who
showed flashes of his dynamism against
The gravity of Kaino’s injury is still be
There were no other fitness concerns
for the All Blacks, who travelled by
train from London to Paris today.
The squad size has swelled to 42 for
their 10 days in France following the
addition of five players who appeared
for the Barbarians.
Uncapped foursome Richie Mo’unga,
Mitchell Drummond, Dillon Hunt and
Atu Moli, along with two-test lock
Dominic Bird, will probably play in
the midweek match against a France
XV in Lyon three days after the Paris
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP
Kiwis smash Scotland
Tonga next big test
PICTURE: Getty Images
Kiwis’ Peta Hiku dives over to score one of his hat-trick tries against Scotland at AMI Stadium, in Christchurch on
‘Big three’ won’t be beaten: Wales coach
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