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Basketball great Karl Malone was
known as the Mailman --- because he
Nasi Manu is much the same for the
It is hard to think when the big No 8
last had a bad game. You know what you
are going to get from the Highlanders
co-captain: hard, straight ball-running,
punishing defence and non-stop action
for 80 minutes.
His absence last year --- when a foot
injury ruined his season 40 minutes into
the first game --- was a big reason the
2013 season went the way it did for the
Last year, though, is a distant memory
for Manu. He also wants to get rid of
the thoughts of the disappointing loss
against the Force last week.
" ere were just a couple of errors
which cost us in the way we played. It is
probably more of an individual thing,"
"In defence we were missing those
individual tackles and not having
good line speed. With our attack it is
just about accuracy. We are creating
opportunities. It is just at the end the
final pass. You have got to take those
opportunities when you are in their 22."
e coaches call them "fixables". What
is of most concern for those watching
last week was the lack of composure in
the final minutes for the Highlanders
when the game was on the line and the
opposition down to 13 men.
Manu, 25, conceded his team were
not switched on enough as the taxing
quality of the game caught up with
" e last few moments we were quite
slow, not as energetic and excited as we
should have been. I think that comes
down to pressure. We put a lot of
pressure on ourselves. We just needed
to pick what to do and then go about
Manu is in his first year as co-captain
with Ben Smith and said he was
enjoying the role.
e co-captain idea did not contribute
to the lack of action at the end of the
game against the Force, Manu said.
"For me the main thing is to perform
well and the boys will follow . . . I like
"It has been a pretty exciting year so
far. We just need to take our chances.
We could have
beaten the Chiefs.
If we had taken the
the Force then we
could have won. We
just need to do that. It
is pretty close, not far
Not far away is
not good enough
for Manu. He wants
to win, and the
Hurricanes lay in wait
Hurricanes you can t
afford to rest. ey
have some good
individual players, so
we can t afford to give
them any room. We
have to stay focused
and then come up
together in a line,
making our one-on-one tackles."
Matches between these sides have
always been close. e past 10 games
between the rivals have been decided by
seven points or less.
e Highlanders have to play above
themselves, and take every chance which
e Hurricanes have match winners
over the park but it will be team
execution which will win the game for
Olympic gold medal winner
Lisa Carrington took a rare day
off from kayak training to accept
an honour from the Governor-
e 24-year-old was made a
Member of the New Zealand
Order of Merit for ser vices
to kayaking at an investiture
ceremony at Government House
"Coming here today and getting
the honour, it s really special ---
and to be here with other New
Zealanders is such an awesome
thing as well.
"I took a day off training to come
down here," she said.
A long list of Carrington s
achievements were read out
during the ceremony, including
her London Games gold medal
for the K1 200m event, which
set an Olympic record; and that
she was the first New Zealand
woman to win a canoeing World
At the 2012 Oceania
she won gold in the
K-1 200m and gold
with her partner Erin
Taylor in the K-2
Carrington was also
named Maori senior
sports woman of the
year in 2011 and was
a finalist for the 2012 Halberg
sportswoman of the year.
In accepting the insignia for
the MNZM, Governor-General
Lieutenant General Sir Jerry
Mateparae joked to Carrington he
thought a few kayaking accolades
might have been missing from the
Carrington s parents and
boyfriend had travelled from
Auckland and Ohope to
Wellington for yesterday s event.
" ey re all really proud," she
After the ceremony, she said she
was now focused on getting to the
Olympics in Rio in 2016.
"We ve got the
world champs in
August this year, so
we keep on trucking
on and each year is
just a step towards
ere was pressure
on her to make the
Olympic team, she
"I m doing this for myself and
my family and obviously (for the)
country, so it is a pressure, but I
want to do that and it s a great goal
for me to have and...I m enjoying
every minute of it."
Carrington has been named as
an athlete role model at the Youth
Olympics and will be heading
to China in August to be an
ambassador for the International
Canoe Federation. She was the
only canoeist to be named in the
"It s really cool and I m really
excited to see the young up and
PICTURE: Getty Images
Highlanders Nasi Manu on the charge against the Force
at Forsyth Barr Stadium last weekend in Dunedin.
Coach Dean McGrath has
selected a powerful West Coast
Chargers rugby league team to take
on top Canterbury club, Hornby,
in a acker Shield challenge at
Wingham Park tomorrow.
McGrath said the team had been
in solid training for weeks and was
determined to avoid a repeat of
last year s blowout, which gave the
visitors a highly flattering 54-24
West Coast had trailed 10-12
at half-time in that match and
remained in contention until well
into the final quarter, when a tiring
defence let in several late tries.
"Preparation is far better this
year," McGrath said.
"We have been getting good
numbers at training and have been
working on the key areas that let us
down last year, especially around
the marker defence, where Hornby
made easy metres."
With Regan Stanton, Lance
McEwen, Cory Grant and Cole
Green in the line-up, McGrath
has Canterbury or South Island
representatives to call on, while
captain Nik Davy and Alan Monk
are experienced campaigners who
will not be showing the opposition
any respect. McGrath is looking for
them to set the standard.
"Our attack is looking sharp
so it will all be down to defence,"
"I m confident that we will put in
a really good performance, but the
key is defence --- we can t have a
repeat of last year."
e West Coast team is.---
Jordan Forsyth, Brad Dixon, Regan
Stanton, Alan Monk, Wayne Ryan,
Nik Davy, Luke Negri, Adrian
Loe, Reuben Ellen, Billy Fisher,
Lance McEwen, Cory Grant,
Tayla Eason. Subs: Ben Campbell,
Royce Green, Jade Coleman, Cole
Green, Harrison Mahuika, Sui
Two All Blacks who misused
sleeping pills during the Rugby
World Cup had taken them as an
experiment but ended up tipping
"over the edge" and going out to a
bar, the players association says.
Cory Jane and Israel Dagg were
seen drinking, and apparently
swaying and slurring their
words, at the Mac s Brew Bar
in Takapuna only 72 hours
before the quarter-final against
Argentina in October 2011.
New Zealand Rugby Union
chief executive Steve Tew
confirmed yesterday that sleeping
pills, as well as beer, were involved
in the incident.
" ose two young men made
some poor decisions the week
of the quarter-final. I was then
and remain comfortable that it
was dealt with appropriately."
Tew said no red flags were raised
at the time because sleeping pills
were not an issue then.
eir use has since come to
the fore after league players were
revealed to be mixing energy
drinks and pills in the week before
the final of the Rugby League
World Cup last year.
Rugby Players Association
head Rob Nichol, who helped to
deal with the Rugby World Cup
incident involving Jane and Dagg,
said it was not unusual for players
to use sleeping pills when they
needed to get rest after a late-
"Where the poor decision was
made was to have more than
one and to decide to sort of
experiment a little bit and play
around," he said.
"Rather than just chilling out
and relaxing and going to sleep,
it tipped over the edge and they
ended up going out to a bar.
"Now lucky for everyone, and
including the boys that were
involved at that time, no one was
Prime Minister John Key,
speaking in Shanghai last night
said: "If it s true, I think it would
be really disappointing for a
couple of players who are actually
"(All Blacks) are ambassadors
for not just the sport, but for New
Zealand, and for young people in
He said in his experience of the
team, the players took that role
Jane has since apologised for his
"stupid choice that night".
Strong Coast side
to take on Hornby
with Order of Merit
Accuracy essential, says Highlanders co-captain
ABs tip over edge after
taking pills, booze
PICTURE: Getty Images
Israel Dagg lifts weights watched by Cory Jane at an All
Blacks gym session.
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