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Honours went to New Zealand in the
first session of the opening test against
the West Indies in Dunedin today.
At lunch, having been sent in, New
Zealand had reached 100 for one, with
opener Peter Fulton on 31 and Aaron
Redmond on four.
It would have been an even better
position had Hamish Rutherford not
holed out to long on just before the
inter val for 62.
e West Indies eyes lit up when they
saw the amount of grass on the pitch
before the toss.
Captain Darren Sammy s decision
to field was a fair one. A shame his
seamers completely failed to find the
right length and line with the new ball
to give themselves a chance to utilize
what was on offer.
Rutherford and Fulton had 27 off the
first five overs and quickly figured out
with a bit of care there were good runs
to be made.
On the only other occasion they
opened a test on University Oval,
against England last March, they put
Rutherford hit a fine debut century,
171, and after today he would probably
fancy carting his home pitch around the
world with him.
Tino Best hustled and bustled and
twice clipped Rutherford with short-
However both Best and Shannon
Gabriel bowled too many four balls
and when the lefthanded Rutherford
brought up his 50 off 60 balls, he had
hit nine of them to the fence.
He cut hard, drove fluently while in
Fulton s case anything veering towards
his legs was comfortably despatched,
and he drove expertly down the ground.
When tall offspinner Shane
Shillingford came on for the 19th over
he was treated circumspectly, before
Rutherford lofted him for six to wide
long on, then four to the same area two
Another attempted lofted shot proved
Rutherford s undoing. He got plenty of
height on the stroke, but not enough
distance and Narsingh Deonarine
running back towards the long on rope,
took a spectacular one-handed catch
over his head.
e opening stand was worth 95 and
left a tricky five minutes for the recalled
Redmond to negotiate.
Shillingford, having arrived after
having his bowling action inspected in
Perth last week, had taken one for 13
off five overs while captain and third
seamer Darren Sammy had beaten the
bat occasionally in a nine-over spell. ---
New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Cap Peter Fulton works the ball away for four runs during day one of the first test match against the
West Indies at University Oval, in Dunedin today.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Town wins inaugural McBride Memorial Shield
e Greymouth High School Year 9 Town and Country rugby league sides played for the inaugural Charlie McBride Memorial Shield, at the school grounds on Friday afternoon and was
won by the town side 24-12. Mr McBride represented the Kiwis from 1946 to 1951 and was regarded as one of the legends in world rugby league. In 2000 he was inducted into the NZRL
Hall of Fame. He died last month, aged 88. Michelle Gibson said the memorial match will be contested each year by Greymouth High School. "Players wore black arm bands and there was a
minute s silence before the match. It is fitting to have a shield named in honour of Charlie and it was fitting his grandson, Chester, was captain of the town team. Jordan Campbell, our head
boy made the shield," Ms Gibson said.
e All Blacks home test schedule
for next year has been confirmed, with
Napier to host a Rugby Championship
fixture against Argentina in September.
It will be the first time McLean Park
has hosted an All Blacks test since the
encounter against Manu Samoa in 1996.
It is understood the Napier City Council
has agreed to underwrite costs of up to
"We are really pleased to be taking
test match rugby back to McLean Park
which proved a great venue during Rugby
World Cup 2011," New Zealand Rugby
Union chief executive Steve Tew said.
" e city warmly welcomed France,
Canada and Japan for two matches during
the Cup and fans turned out in force so I
am sure they will turn it on again for our
Argentinian visitors next year."
While rugby supporters in Hawke s
Bay will be pleased, their Christchurch
counterparts might be less happy. AMI
Stadium will not host a test next year,
although it will host a midweek game
between the Crusaders and England on
June 17, Stuart Lancaster s team playing
in Christchurch after the second test in
e NZRU said Christchurch was a
confirmed host for a test in 2015 against
Auckland hosts two tests, the All Blacks
opener against England on June 7, and
what will be a hotly-anticipated Rugby
Championship match against Australia
on August 23.
Hamilton hosts the third test against
England on June 21, with Wellington
hosting a Rugby Championship test
against South Africa on September 13, a
fixture which is likely to be very popular
given the two tests between the nations
England are likely to tour New Zealand
with some confidence following their
good recent showing at Twickenham
against the All Blacks. e test was in the
balance until the final quarter when the
All Blacks clicked up a gear and re-took
the lead thanks to a Julian Savea try to
England will hope to break the All
Blacks winning streak which stands at 14
in all tests and an extremely impressive 33
in home fixtures. e All Blacks last loss
at home was against the Springboks in
Hamilton in 2009.
"We are very excited to be hosting
England next year," Tew said.
"England have proven in recent matches
with the All Blacks just how tough an
opponent they are so we hope this series
will be a huge drawcard for fans. England,
like France last year, were keen to add a
mid-week match to their itinerary so
it s great that we can provide them a
high quality opponent in the Crusaders
after the second test in Dunedin. Given
the heritage shared by England and
Canterbury, this is sure to be a very
All Blacks v England schedule.--- Test 1,
June 7 at Eden Park, Auckland; test 2,June
14 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin;
midweek game, June 17 Crusaders v
England at AMI Stadium, Christchurch;
test 3, June 21 at Waikato Stadium,
Hamilton. Rugby Championship tests in
NZ.--- August 23: All Blacks v Australia
at Eden Park, Auckland; September 6:
All Blacks v Argentina at McLean Park,
Napier; September 13: All Blacks v South
Africa at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
Christchurch misses out on a rugby
test next year but will host Argentina in
In releasing next year s test schedule,
the New Zealand Rugby Union said
AMI Stadium would host a test against
a yet-to-be-decided opponent, with
the Canterbury Rugby Football Union
this morning confirming it would be
Argentina in a Rugby Championship
e Crusaders play the touring
England team in June.
"Argentina always bring an air of
excitement and celebration ... so we
look for ward to Christchurch rugby
fans embracing that and creating a real
party atmosphere when they take on the
All Blacks at AMI Stadium in 2015,"
CRFU chief executive Hamish Riach
" is is one of only two test matches in
New Zealand in 2015 because the season
will be truncated for the Rugby World
Cup later that year, so we are grateful to
NZ Rugby for agreeing to bring one of
them to Christchurch."
Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder
said the chance to play England during
next year s June test window would be
the perfect preparation for his side.
"For us, this essentially means that all
Crusaders will be preparing to topple
England in the test window, whether
they re involved in the All Blacks or
not. So all of our players will be training
at test level intensity during the June
window, which is a real advantage for
us," Blackadder said. --- APNZ
A five-point try and golden try in
extra time are two of the standout
rules revealed for the NRL Nines
tournament to take place at Eden
Park next February.
e inaugural event, on February
15-16, will feature a bonus zone in
the in-goal area between the goal
posts at each end where tries will
be worth five points. All other tries
scored outside the bonus zone will
remain as four pointers.
e other major change is only a
try will end a game in extra-time ---
taking drop goal attempts out of the
game during sudden death.
"I love the changes,"former Warriors
great Steve Price said.
" ey are a recipe for nine minutes
of flat-out footy. ere will be blokes
screaming for air. It s going to be fast."
Traditionalists will be pleased that
the tournament will be conducted in
accordance with Rugby League Laws
of the Game International Level
with Notes on the Laws approved
by the Australian Rugby League
Commission in February.
But the Auckland event has a
number of specific and exciting
" e idea of the five point try is
an exciting new concept," Nathan
McGuirk, the NRL General
Manager, Football Operations, said.
"It will reward the attacking team
who will be looking to pick up the
extra point by scoring in the Bonus
"At the same time, it also offers a
good incentive for the defending
team to keep chasing the player with
the ball and try to prevent him from
scoring in the Bonus Zone ."
In the event of a match ending in
a draw after regular time --- games
will be played over two nine-minute
halves --- the winner will be the team
who scores a golden try in extra time.
" e concept of the extra time
golden try should also prove exciting
for players and fans alike," McGuirk
"I am sure everyone will welcome
these new exciting rules for the NRL
All 16 NRL teams will compete
in the two-day competition, with
many top NRL players on view ---
as opposed to many rugby sevens
tournaments where players are less
Tournament rules stipulate at least
12 of each club s top 25 salary-capped
players as well as one top-five player
must take part.
e teams have been split into four
equal groups where they will each
play one another in the group stage.
e top two teams from each group
will move on to the quarter-finals,
where the winners from those eight
games will play in a knockout format
through to the grand final.
Other rule changes for the NRL
Auckland Nines include.---
Goal-kicks will not feature in the
tournament with dropkicks taken in
line from where the try was scored
worth two points. Penalty dropkicks
will be worth two points with a field
goal in general play remaining at one
Scrums will consist of five players
from each team and will only be used
in the event of a double knock-on or
a mutual infringement.
In the event of a successful 40/20
kick, play will recommence with a tap
re-start to the kicking team 20m in
from where the ball crossed the touch
Matches will be restarted by the
scoring team through a drop kick-off.
Referees will have the power to
send players to the sin-bin for five
minutes for foul play.
NRL Nines groups.--- Group
A: Warriors, Raiders, Sea Eagles,
Cowboys; group B: Roosters, Eels,
Broncos, Bulldogs; group C: Sharks,
Knights, Tigers, Titans; group D:
Storm, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Dragons.
Sydney Roosters say they have no issue
with the New Zealand Rugby League
despite Roger Tuivasa-Sheck suffering a
suspected broken leg in the World Cup
final after he was cleared to play.
Tuivasa-Sheck was a late inclusion
for the Kiwi side that was trounced
34-2 by the Kangaroos in the final in
Manchester. But after being cleared of a
fractured leg, he suffered a broken leg in
his first hit-up of the game.
e superstar winger is facing an
extended stint on the sideline and the
injury has raised concerns over the value
of care he received under the NZRL
A lax approach to injuries in the
tournament even prompted a tweet
from former Roosters medico Dr John
Orchard who wrote: "rugby league in
general should be putting a higher
priority on medical and injury issues."
But Roosters football boss Brian
Canavan said the premiers are happy
with the level of care Tuivasa-Sheck
"We had been in close contact with
the Kiwis and were monitoring his case
day-by-day," Canavan told AAP.
e Kiwis went to the UK as world champions
but have only tears and heartbreak to show for
eight weeks of toil.
Sunday morning s disappointing 34-2 defeat
to Australia brought to an end a long campaign
that started when they gathered in Sydney on
October 12. ey played seven games, including
the warm-up against the Cook Islands, for six
wins and one defeat. However, it is that one loss
which will define their World Cup campaign.
e Australians reportedly had a banner in
their dressing room which said, How do you
want to be remembered? .
" ey will always be the 2008 world
champions just like we will always be the 2013
world champions," Johnathan urston who
was named man of the match and was the
tournament s best player, said.
e Kiwis were comprehensively outplayed
by a brilliant Australian side in the deciding
game and it did not make defeat any easier
knowing the Kangaroos produced a complete
"With the effort from the guys over the last
six weeks and the contribution that all of them
have made, it s a tough, old game when you get
no reward for it," Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney
e Kiwis put together a good campaign. eir
organisation off the field was very good and they
were not distracted by off-field incidents which
marred the Australian and England campaigns.
"It has probably been the best camp I ve been
involved with," Kearney said. "In saying that, it s
probably been more challenging than ones in
the past because this one is six-seven weeks and
it s been a real challenge trying to keep them
out of mischief and entertained."
Kearney said he did not think there was any
more they could have done. "In terms of the
tournament itself, I don t think there is. When
the Australian side play the way they do, we had
to bring our best game and I know we didn t do
that. Australia certainly didn t allow us to play
like that. at s as good as I ve seen them play."
Australian captain Cameron Smith, who
expertly controlled the game from the base of
the ruck, expected the Kiwis to recover quickly.
"I know exactly how the boys are feeling,"
Smith said, who was part of the Australian side
that lost the 2008 World Cup final to New
Zealand. " ey ve had a wonderful tournament
and, unfortunately, they couldn t get it done. But
the thing about the Kiwis is they ve got a lot of
young guys on their squad, and they ll bounce
back. ey re a confident bunch of boys."
ey were devastated as the left Old Trafford
on Sunday morning. Sonny Bill Williams
admitted he was "heartbroken" and Elijah
Taylor said tears flowed in the dressing room
"One hundred per cent,"Taylor said. "It means
so much to a lot of the players, our families and
friends back home. We let them all down. It
wasn t good enough."
For Kiwis five-eighth Kieran Foran, it meant
he missed out in the two biggest prizes in rugby
league, after also losing the NRL grand final to
"It was gut-wrenching to lose the grand final
and I thought this week I would be able to even
it up and win a World Cup." He said. "It wasn t
to be. Australia outplayed us."
Most of the players will have about a month
off before heading back to their NRL clubs for
pre-season training. ey won t have the skip in
the step they might have hoped for. --- APNZ
of the New Zealand Herald
e Black Sticks are still to
get on the board at the World
League finals after a controversial
umpiring decision in their second
match against Argentina denied
the New Zealand side a chance to
level the score on fulltime.
e New Zealand side suffered a
2-1 loss to the world No 1 team,
producing a strong defensive effort
to repel the waves of attack from
While they can be happy with
a much-improved outing following
their poor first-up loss to China ---
a team ranked three spots lower
--- the Black Sticks would have
been disappointed not to come
away with any points from the
match having been awarded two
penalty corners in the final minute.
e second penalty corner
attempt was ruled to have touched
the body of Samantha Charlton,
and Argentina awarded possession,
but the Kiwis asked for a review
from the television match official,
with replays showing the ball did
not touch Charlton.
But by that stage time was up and
the umpire signalled the end of the
New Zealand opened the scoring
in the 21st minute with Anita
Punt drilling the ball into the top
left-hand corner of the net.
But it did not take long for
Argentina to equalise, with
Delfina Merino scoring a brilliant
half-volley back-hand goal
after catching a deflection off
Black Sticks goal keeper Sally
e Black Sticks would have still
been happy to keep the score at
1-all at half-time, having defended
five shots on goal from the hosts.
Argentina had two early scoring
opportunities in the second half,
which were both well-defended by
Rutherford, but they did not blow
a third opportunity, with Merino
adding her second goal.
e New Zealand side fought
hard to get a goal back over the
remainder of the second half, with
their best opportunities coming
from the late penalty corner
attempts, before the clock proved
In the earlier pool B clash,
Australia demolished China 5-1.
e Kiwi team will meet
Australia in their final pool match
tomorrow morning, which is a
must-win from New Zealand if
they are to avoid the top qualifier
from pool A in the quarter-finals.
Napier back on
for Argentina test
Nothing more we could have done --- Kearney
Five-point try, golden try rules revealed for NRL Nines tournament
falls for 62
Wellington golfer Mark Brown
has ended the season with a strong
performance, finishing in a share of sixth
place at the Australian Open on Sunday.
e 38-year-old from the Shandon
Golf Club fired rounds of 75, 70, 66 and
69 at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.
e former European Tour player
finished on an eight-under par total, 10
strokes back from Northern Ireland s
Rory McIlroy who won by one shot to
stop Australian Adam Scott claiming
the Australian Triple Crown.
Brown, a two-time Charles Tour
winner, had an up and down final
round that included eight birdies, two
bogeys and a triple bogey in his three-
under par 69. Brown, who played in the
Open Championship this year where
he finished tied 51st at Muirfield, came
within one shot of securing a top five
finish and a place in the Open at Royal
Liverpool next year.
He took home $A40,417 ($NZ45,200)
for his week that saw him contend in
e payday elevated the former Johnnie
Walker Champion to 18th place on the
PGA Tour of Australasia and 12th on
the OneAsia Order of Merit where he is
the leading Kiwi.
Meanwhile, Otago professional Mahal
Pearce also showed his experience in
e 36-year-old, who is known for
being the last Kiwi to win the New
Zealand Open back in 2003, finished
in a share of 20th place after a solid
Pearce had rounds of 72, 71, 71 and 70
for a four-under par total and took home
Another former New Zealand Open
champion, Michael Long, and Tim
Wilkinson finished in a share of 27th
place on a two-under par total.
In Japan, David Smail missed the cut
at the Casio World Open in Kochi with
rounds of 72 and 78.
He is 48th on the Japan Tour money
list and has likely confirmed his place on
the tour for a 17th consecutive season
with the top 70 players retaining their
New Zealand No 1 Michael Hendry,
who is No 72 on the money list, needs a
strong finish to his debut season in Japan
to keep his card for 2014.
Black Sticks lose to Argentina
Brown enjoys good
week in Sydney
Tuivasa-Sheck has suspected broken leg
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