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e Kiwis will play Scotland in
Saturday morning s quarter-final
after Tonga dashed Italian hopes
with a 16-0 win in Halifax this
It is a matchup few predicted
before the World Cup, with most
expecting Tonga to prevail from
group C, but Scotland set up a first
ever test against New Zealand with
wins over Tonga (26-24) and the US
(22-8) and a draw with Italy (30-30).
It has been that sort of World Cup
with upsets and intrigue but it would
be a miracle if they will be able to
live with the Kiwis, who have eased
through pool play with three big
wins, and they will have to live up to
their moniker of the Bravehearts.
"I hope they do well," Tonga
captain Brent Kite said. "I hope they
go out there and give it their all. I
was hoping Tonga could get into a
quarter-final and show people we
are coming along and show them
there are reasons to play more
international games and give little
countries like Tonga and Scotland a go.
"I will be cheering for Scotland and any of
those emerging nations that come through to
the quarters. I hope they do themselves proud
and the rest of the countries who would love
to be there."
Tonga finally restored some pride with
a tough win over Italy but there is no
escaping the fact it has been a disappointing
tournament for them. ey played with a
lot more structure and passion against the
Azzurri, who struggled to cope with the size
of power of the Tongan players, and they
would probably hope they could replay their
opening game against Scotland that cost
them a place in the last eight.
It was a bitterly disappointing way for Italy
to crash out of the tournament. ey had
dared to believe they would qualify for the
quarter-finals in their first World Cup after
announcing themselves with a 15-14 defeat
of England in a warm-up game on the eve of
ey started as 1000-1 outsiders to win the
World Cup but shortened to around 67-1 at
"It s still been a success for Italy, first
World Cup and we only lost one game
and we beat England as well," Italy captain
Anthony Minichiello said. " at was a
bonus and it created a lot of interest back in
Italy. Hopefully it will help get rugby league
ey battled desperately throughout
against Tonga, and came close on a handful
of occasions - they crossed twice but were
denied by some excellent scrambling defence.
e game was in the balance at halftime,
with Tonga kicking a penalty in the 40th
minute to take a 2-0 lead, but Tonga slowly
gained control thanks to tries to Willie Manu
and Daniel Foster before Peni Terepo scored
on the stroke of fulltime.
Former Kiwis prop Fuifui Moimoi was a
menace throughout with his barraging runs
and he was a popular choice among the
10,266-strong crowd at e Shay in Halifax.
He even lined up the final conversion but
Kite nipped in and kicked it (he missed) as
Moimoi steadied himself.
It means two quarter-finals have been
confirmed --- New Zealand against Scotland
and Australia against the US --- with
tomorrow s match between France and
Samoa deciding the last two quarter-final
e Tongans celebrated in style at the final
whistle but the biggest cheers would have
been among the
Langi 2 gls)
Italy 0. HT: 2-0.
of the New Zealand Herald
e Fast5 Ferns are hoping
success in the short form of the
game will translate into strong
results in the traditional seven-
aside game next season.
Dominant all weekend, the
Ferns hammered the Australian
Flyers 56-27 in last night s finale
to defend their Fast5 World
Series crown at Vector Arena.
e tournament might be
all in the name of fun, but
the Ferns were determined
to produce a brand of netball
they can be proud of following
a disappointing international
season, in which they suffered
their worst run of losses to
Australia in 15 years. Silver Ferns
coach Waimarama Taumaunu,
who handed over the coaching
reins to Janine Southby over the
weekend, said she hoped to see
her players develop the confidence
to let the ball go and show their
natural flair on attack during the
tournament having struggled with
their attacking play all season.
Ferns shooter Cathrine Latu,
one of the stars in last night s
final, said her side will feel much better
heading into the off-season after the
weekend s performances.
"We worked really hard for this, I think
we definitely deserved to win."
After playing exciting, exhibition style
netball over the first two days, the Ferns
seemed to tense up in the earlier match
when the pressure on the finals came on.
ey laboured past South Africa --- a team
they had beat by 27 points on Saturday ---
in their semi-final match-up, after shooting
at just 50% accuracy and missing all eight
But they returned to their free-wheeling
best in the final, finding good length to
their through-court play, with Latu and
Maria Tutaia finishing off brilliantly in the
After a tight opening half, the Kiwi side
cut loose in the third period, which they
had nominated as their powerplay quarter,
outscoring the Flyers 34-7 --- 30 of those
points coming from supershots.
Down 49-19 heading into the final period,
Australia had too much ground to make up
in six minutes and were forced to chance
their arm with the long shots, which did not
In keeping with the fun and fancy-free
style of Fast5, the Ferns have been creative
with their entries onto court all weekend,
getting bolder each day of the tournament
as they built to a crescendo for the final.
e highlights were the paparazzi style
entrance on day two, and yesterday s
bicycle manoeuvre. But they saved their
biggest splash for the final, performing a
choreographed dance routine before the
e other teams also got in on the act,
with England, Jamaica and South Africa
preparing routines, while the always
expressive Malawi side also had plenty of
fun with it.
Malawi, always crowd favourites were once
again well-supported at this tournament
and were cheered on enthusiastically in
their narrow 34-32 win over England in
the play-off for fifth and sixth earlier in the
evening. e loss saw the English team, one
of the pre-tournament favourites, finish the
weekend with just one win as their young
side lacked any attacking flair.
After putting up a brave fight in their
semi-final showdown against the Ferns,
South Africa were outclassed by Jamaica
in the play-off for third place, with the
Sunshine Girls cruising to a 44-17 win
on the back of some slick shooting from
Other Fast5 results.--- 3rd-4th play-off:
Jamaica 44, South Africa 17; 5th-6th play-
off: Malawi 34, England 32.
Monday, November 11, 2013
PICTURE: Getty Images
Fast5 Ferns celebrate after winning the final against Australia last night at Vector Arena in
PICTURE: Getty Images
Tonga s Daniel Foster stretches out to score the second try for his side in this morning s match
against Italy at e Shay, in Halifax.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
NRL rising stars set to meet West Coast
Members of the Australian Institute of Sport under-18 rugby league squad have a hit-out at the Suburbs Rugby League ground in preparation for their match
against a West Coast side tomorrow evening at Wingham Park. e squad of 22, made up of athletes identified as future NRL players, are from all around
Australia, but predominately New South Wales and Queensland. Manager Marty Meredith said some of the players had already been targeted by NRL clubs.
After tomorrow s match the Australians will head to Queenstown to play a Southland side, then Dunedin where it will be pitted against Otago. eir final match
will be against Canterbury. e visitors will lead a coaching clinic at Greymouth High School tomorrow before the main match at 7pm.
Ferns retain cup
e Maori All Blacks survived
a real scare against the United
States yesterday afternoon,
running out 29-19 victors after a
fierce fight in Philadelphia.
e Eagles, buoyed by a
boisterous sell-out crowd of
18,500 at PPL Park, were the
equal of the visitors for much of
the match, but New Zealand s
class in attack eventually told
to clinch a sweep of their two-
match North American tour.
A pair of second-half tries
from Tim Bateman put his side
on top but the game remained
in the balance until Luke Katene
crossed with a couple minutes
e United States were more
than a match in the forwards
but struggled to pierce a
staunch line defence, with their
only try awarded in dubious
circumstances. New Zealand, on
the other hand, were far more
clinical and threatened every
time they spread the ball away
from the mass of bodies in the
middle of the park.
"We knew the USA would
provide a tough test and they
competed hard at every phase,"
coach Colin Cooper said.
" ey were very physical, very
committed and we nearly let
them in at the end, but the boys
showed plenty of determination
to nail the win, so I am really
pleased with the overall
After enjoying a 40-15 win
over world No 14 Canada last
weekend, the Maori All Blacks
may have expected a similar
romp against a US team ranked
four places below their northern
But the Eagles dominated the
first half and, when the break
arrived with the home side
leading 9-7, New Zealand would
have been relieved for the respite.
Jamison Gibson-Park had his
side off to a good start, taking the
ball off the back of a maul and
darting across after five minutes,
but the US gradually grew
into the game. e Americans
spent the latter stages of the
half camped in New Zealand
territory but were unable to come
away with anything other than
e break disrupted the Eagles
momentum and the tourists
started the second spell right on
top, with their captain scoring a
brace to create some breathing
Leading by seven with 15 to
play, Bateman showed his respect
for the Eagles by opting for a
shot from right in front. at
proved to be the right move
when Cam Dolan burrowed over,
though replays appeared to show
the No 8 was held up in-goal.
e Americans hopes for an
upset, though, were shattered
when Katene ran onto a Robbie
Robinson cut-out pass to seal the
" e difference really in the
end was the spirit of the team,"
Cooper said. "We used our
energy and our culture to come
together when it really mattered."
NZ Maori 29 (Gibson-Park,
Bateman, Bateman. Katene tries;
Robinson 3 cons, pen), United
States 19 (Dolan try; Siddal 4
pens, con), HT: 9-7 --- APNZ
NZ Maori grind out win over US
e sweat had hardly dried on
skipper Richie McCaw s brow
after this toughest of test victories
over France at the Stade de
France when coach Steve Hansen
was asked about the challenge of
England next Sunday.
His reply was both unequivocal
and pointed; the All Blacks are
relishing their chance to avenge
last year s loss and some of the
comments out of the England
camp recently will only up the
" ere is a real edge going into
Twickenham," Hansen said.
" ey re going well, we re going
okay. Both teams are looking
for ward to playing. I hear already
they re talking about scoring four
tries and going to No 2 in the
world, so they ve obviously got a
lot of confidence."
England s confidence will be
boosted slightly by the All Blacks
26-19 victory over France. It was
a frustrating display by Hansen s
men, who had issues with their
defence and scrummaging all
night. Neither was helped by the
poor state of the pitch, something
which also bore the brunt of
Hansen s ire, but it was the same
for both teams so it can hardly be
Stuart Lancaster s
were also a mixed bag in their
31-12 victory over Argentina
at Twickenham. It is hard to
see them scoring four tries
against Hansen s men in order
to overtake the Springboks on
the International Rugby Board
world rankings, but the collision
between the two heavyweights
is one to be relished and the All
Blacks must be better after this
run-out in front of a crowd of
more than 80,000.
Charles Piutau provided the
inspiration for the win with a try
and an assist for Kieran Read, but
France s late fightback through a
try to fullback Brice Dulin, and
the series of scrums on the All
Blacks line in the dying minutes,
meant losing their winning streak
this year was a real possibility.
" ey had to show some real
resilience, composure, patience
and at times deal with their
frustrations and I thought they
did that really well," Hansen said.
" e French turned up to play
and did that really well and
tonight s the night when you
understand why they call it a test
match, because it s a test of your
resolve and mental strength, your
skill sets right across the board.
We had to take the win, we
weren t given it, we had to fight
hard for it and it s really pleasing
to see they did that."
ere will be several difficult
selection decisions for Hansen
this week. Dan Carter kicked
for goal superbly --- slotting five
from five attempts --- but he
appears to be slightly off the pace
in terms of match fitness. He was
replaced by Aaron Cruden after
52 minutes, but must be odds-on
to start against England. It would
take a brave coach to drop him to
the bench for his 100th test.
Julian Savea s availability makes
the wing selections interesting.
Piutau was outstanding and Cory
Jane put in a freakishly good
performance considering he has
not played a test all year. He had
no right to be in a position to
almost score that try in the corner
in the opening minutes but
almost pulled off the impossible.
For Hansen, the test was what it
promised to be; a hard slog never
in the bag until the final whistle.
He was relieved afterwards, but,
like his shot at the England camp,
he couldn t resist having a crack at
the state of the pitch as well.
"It s frustrating when you try
to scrum and the ground rolls
up like a carpet. It s hard enough
at the moment trying to scrum
without having a surface to scrum
on. is is a magnificent stadium,
probably one of the great
stadiums of world rugby, yet the
ground let it down today. ose
things become frustrating."
All Blacks (Charles Piutau,
Kieran Read tries; Dan Carter 4
pens, con, Aaron Cruden con),
France (Brice Dulin try; Morgan
Parra 4 pens, con). Half-time:
9-9. --- APNZ
PICTURE: Getty Images
All Black Charles Piutau is tackled in yesterday s test against France at Stade de France, in Paris.
Hansen has dig at England
West Coast first-five Tim
Priest on the charge in the
team s 25-12 win over New
Zealand Marist, at the
Alpine Energy Stadium in
Timaru on Saturday.
Priest and hooker Troy
Tauwhare were in the
starting lineup, and loose
for ward Alan Monk entered
the game from the bench.
Last week the Heartland
team beat NZ Defence
PICTURE: Bill Phillips
for NZ Marist
omas Leuluai s last World Cup
experience was a pretty good one
but this time around it was all over
in less than five minutes.
e 28-year-old attempted to play
on his injured groin against Papua
New Guinea on Saturday in Leeds
but lasted only four minutes and 54
seconds before he hobbled off. It was
a disappointing sight not only for
Leuluai but also the Kiwis who saw
him as a crucial ingredient if they are
to retain the title they won in 2008.
ey will now hope --- make that
pray --- that nothing untoward
happens to hooker Issac Luke and
halves Kieran Foran and Shaun
Johnson over the next three weeks.
Leuluai might not have been a
starter but he would have been
the ideal foil off the bench, not to
mention his value if one of the three
playmakers was injured. He had an
excellent second half of the season
with the Warriors playing at five-
eighth as he combined solid defence
with good option taking and his
experience might have been critical
later in the tournament.
It now makes the Kiwis application
to Drug Free Sport NZ to use
prednisone, a drub prohibited by the
UK Anti-Doping agency, academic.
e match against Papua New
Guinea was his fitness test and there
is no way they will risk him when it
comes to the knockout stage, even if
he were to make a speedy recovery.
"I think so," Leuluai said when
asked if he thought his World Cup
was over. "I tried to get back. I wasn t
too confident at the start but it was
really the only chance to have a crack
at it and it went straight away. ere
was obviously a lot of pain. I knew
it was going to be there but I had
no power. I couldn t run. I thought
it was the best decision (to test it).
ere are a lot of good players in the
squad and it was less risky having
a go (against Papua New Guinea)
than next week."
Leuluai injured his groin in the
first training session after arriving
in the UK. He has had a couple of
scans which have revealed no major
damage but osteitis pubis is a painful
injury that can take some months to
recover from. It is likely Leuluai will
remain in camp with the group for
the remainder of the tournament.
LEAGUE WORLD CUP
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Leuluai s World Cup over
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