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Breakers Gary Wilkinson takes a rebound in last night s clash with the Perth Wildcats at Perth Arena.
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Warriors Chad Townsend makes his jump off the Auckland Skytower.
A worrying trend continued
last night for the Breakers as they
were thumped 97-72 by the table-
topping Perth Wildcats.
e 25-point defeat left the
defending champions teetering
at 6-11 and left their task to
make the playoffs growing more
difficult by the game.
It was the Breakers second-
worst loss of the campaign and
continued the troubling pattern
of inconsistency that has plagued
the New Zealand club in their
quest for a fourth straight title.
Five of their six wins this season
have been followed by setbacks,
meaning any good work has
been immediately undone and
potential winning streaks have
been cut short before they even
Incredibly, considering the way
the season has gone, the champs
playoff hopes are still very much
alive, but they will need to
eradicate the inconsistency and
string together a few victories
to complete what would be a
e Breakers have at least
finished a four-game road swing,
which brought two wins and
two losses, and will now enjoy a
couple of games at home. But,
with 11 games left, their prospects
of prolonging their title defence
appear slimmer by the day.
Last night s thrashing gave
Perth a perfect record from four
games against their rivals and
advanced the Wildcats to 15-3
on the season. e Breakers were
never in the game at Perth Arena,
as the home side steadily built
their lead from the opening tip.
Gary Wilkinson continued his
recent glut of points by grabbing
a team-high 21, while Kerron
Johnson had 12 and Mika
Vukona added 10 points and
Perth were in front from the
get go and jumped out to a nine-
point lead midway through the
first, shooting four of five from
beyond the arc to seize the early
e Wildcats added to their fast
start with a 12-3 run that dug a
deeper hole for the Breakers and
left them heading into the first
break 13 points in arrears.
Hanging tough to begin the
second, the defending champions
were being hamstrung by a
lopsided foul count, with the
visitors hearing the whistles blow
for fouls three times as often as
the home side.
But the Breakers could hardly
complain as they headed to
halftime trailing by 20, with
Perth earning their lead through
impressive shooting numbers.
eir 54% from the floor
included seven of 11 from deep
--- compared to the Breakers
three from 12 --- and saw the
game all but sown up.
e third quarter of what
remained a blow-out was at least
enlivened by a bit of push-and-
shove between Mika Vukona and
James Ennis, but the Breakers
remained short of fight in other
With the gap standing at 18
heading into the fourth, the
Breakers never threatened to
make their way back into the
contest and the final result
continued the clubs contrasting
fortunes. --- APNZ
Chad Townsend says he has enjoyed
every minute of his time since relocating to
Auckland in November. Every minute, that
is, except the one when he jumped off the
at was a leap of faith to plunge 328m
off New Zealand s tallest structure and
it was similar to his decision to join the
Warriors after spending his entire life and
playing career in Cronulla.
He knew of a few Warriors players, having
played against them before, and spent two
days in Auckland last year to check out
the club s facilities (it rained the whole
time) but it was very much a step into the
unknown for the 23-year-old.
Townsend figured he needed a change
but also a chance and he might get that
sooner than he might have expected with
continued doubt over the fitness of five-
eighth omas Leuluai.
Leuluai is making progress from the
groin injury that wrecked his World
Cup campaign and has been doing some
running but his condition --- osteitis pubis
--- can sometimes take months to get over.
He was the Warriors best and most
consistent player in the second half of last
season and they won t want to be without
him, but in Townsend they have someone
who plays a similar game and someone
who thinks he would fit in well alongside
halfback Shaun Johnson.
"I think my style of play would suit his,"
Townsend says. "He s got that x-factor, flair
and plays what s in front of him. I m a bit
more structured, calm. I like to tell people
what to do."
Townsend is a former Junior Kangaroos
captain but had only limited opportunities
at Cronulla playing backup to Todd Carney
and Jeff Robson. He was courted by the
Storm, Dragons and Panthers before
settling on the Warriors.
"I didn t really know what to expect at the
Warriors," he said.
"I came over here with the mindframe
that, no matter what, I was going to enjoy
it. I felt like I needed a change and it was
a big decision to come here. Moving here
has opened my eyes to the bigger picture of
what life is like. You look around the locker
room and you see some pretty big names
with the likes of Sam Tomkins, Shaun
Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Simon Mannering.
ey are all extremely good at what they do,
but I always back myself and my ability. I m
just hoping to nail down a position in the
team and have some success."
He has already impressed coach Matt
"He comes in as a guy who wants to
succeed, who wants to play NRL," Elliott
said. "He s massively competitive and highly
focused on improving our footy. He s been
a major contributor to our pre-season to
this point. I would like to think that, like
every player in our team, he s going to be
competing hard for a spot. He s certainly
elevated the way we operate as a team."
e full squad gathered for the first
time this week with the return of the
international players, including Tomkins.
Manu Vatuvei (knee, ankle) and Kevin
Locke (knee) have niggles, which threatens
their involvement in the Auckland Nines,
and Leuluai is making slow progress.
Feleti Mateo had a minor knee operation
in the off-season but is back running, Ben
Henry has recovered after missing most of
last season with a major knee injury and
the Lousi brothers, Sam and Sione, are also
nearing full fitness after injuries in 2013.
Overall, Elliott is pleased with the fitness
of his squad seven weeks out from their
first NRL game and hopes to have a full
squad to choose from for their first game
against the Eels on March 9.
"At the moment, that would be the case,
which is pretty unique because last year we
had 12 guys unavailable at this stage of the
year," Elliott said.
Perth pound Breakers
Townsend jumps into contention at Warriors
Kane Williamson showed his
Twenty20 capabilities and led
Northern Districts to HRV Cup
final with a nail-biting win over
Canterbury last night.
e Black Caps batsman, not
needed at international level in
the shortest form of the game,
hit his highest T20 score to help
his side seize the initiative in the
elimination final at Seddon Park.
With Williamson contributing
79, the hosts total of 181-4
proved too tough an ask and
Canterbury fell three runs shorts,
leaving Northern Districts to
face Otago in tonight s final in
Williamson s efforts almost
were in vain after Peter Fulton
did his utmost to pull of an
unlikely chase, hitting a superb
88 from 49 deliveries to leave
the match poised on the final
ball. Having hit seven sixes,
Fulton needed an eighth to win
or a boundary to tie, but Scott
Kuggeleijn restricted him to a
Fulton s knock would have been
a match-winner were it not for
Williamson. A fixture for his
country in tests and one-dayers,
his steady rather than spectacular
approach had him the odd man
out during the recent T20 series
against the West Indies.
e 23-year-old showed he
can make an impact without
possessing the same power bat
as some of his peers, anchoring
Northern Districts innings with
a perfectly-timed 55-ball knock.
He may have hit only seven
boundaries and one six after
coming it at No 4,but Williamson
showed a knack for finding the
gap and an ability to create a shot
when the bowling appeared to
prevent such strokeplay.
After ND elected to bat,
Williamson enjoyed handy
partnerships with Brad Wilson
(22) and Scott Styris (29), with
the latter being caught on the
boundary off Ronnie Hira right
when he seemed set to launch.
His dismissal brought to a close
a 73-run stand with Williamson
and left the junior partner to
push his side closer to 200,
steadily raising his strike rate as
the overs ran out.
In reply, Canterbury s innings
hit a serious speed bump in
the third over when Australian
quick Chris Tremain struck on
consecutive balls to remove both
Once Dean Brownlie fell,
Canterbury needed something
special, and it was almost
provided by Fulton. He had help
from Hira, who hit 43 from 21
before being stumped from the
bowling of Jono Boult, putting
on a rapid 84 runs for the fourth
at wicket turned the tide
back in the Knights favour,
with their prospects for victory
increased by the cheap dismissals
of Tom Latham and Brendon
With 20 needed from the final
two, a stunning penultimate over
from Tremain cost only five runs
and produced a wicket, leaving
Canterbury requiring too many
from the final over. --- APNZ
Williamson leads ND to final
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