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Outstanding mare Silent
Achiever crowned a dream day for
Kevin Hickman when she broke
through for her rst group one win
on Australian soil at Rosehill, on
e Roger James-trained ve-
year-old wore down the pacemaker
Carlton House in the closing
stages of the Ranvet Stakes to
complete a memorable double for
the Canterbury owner-breeder.
Earlier in the day at Riccarton,
his familiar colours of the gold
jacket and navy blue cap were
carried to victory by Emerald
Queen in the South Island
oroughbred Breeders Stakes,
a listed event sponsored by
breeding operation Valachi
Silent Achiever is a seasoned
Australian traveller; she is a group
two winner (Crystal Mile) there
and has weighed in ve times at
group one level --- and Saturday's
success was not unexpected by
James in an edition of the Ranvet
widely billed as a two-horse
race between Fiorente and It's a
"I felt all week that we were a far
better chance than what we were
rated," he said.
"It was a magni cent ride from
Nash (Rawiller) as we have come
"She was always going to go
on to the BMW. We'll make a
decision after that whether to go
to the Sydney Cup or back to the
Rawiller was also far from
surprised that the daughter of
champion stallion O'Reilly had
upstaged her Ranvet rivals.
" e writing had been on the
wall for some time and Roger
said the blinkers had helped her
improve a couple of lengths," he
"I thought the mare was right
up to winning these good races in
Australia and full credit to Roger
and Vinnie Colgan, who has been
riding her at home."
Silent Achiever got the better of
Carlton House to win by a neck
with a length and three-quarters
back to It's a Dundeel, while
Fiorente failed to threaten in the
straight and beat two runners
Memorable day for Hickman
PICTURE: Trish Dunell
Silent Achiever rst past the post.
e All Blacks Sevens have
relinquished the lead in the IRB
Sevens World Series standings,
nishing fourth at the Japan Sevens
New Zealand lost 17-12 to eventual
winners Fiji in the semis before
falling 21-12 to England in the third-
fourth playo .
Captain D J Forbes said they made
too many mistakes in their last two
"As soon as we start slipping away
from the basics, dropping balls, just
doing uncharacteristic things, that's
when we put pressure on ourselves
and we let other teams get into the
Forbes said they conceded too many
penalties in their nal game to mount
"Probably times when we could
avoid those little incidents ... We put
a lot of pressure on ourselves and in
Sevens you haven't really got time to
come back from that.''
a few bad decisions that, I guess, we
really paid the price.''
Forbes was especially disappointed
not to bounce back in the
classi cation game.
"We really wanted to really bounce
back and show a bit of character,
and de nitely wanted to take some
kind positives into the Hong Kong
e circuit moves on to the
prestigious Hong Kong Sevens this
weekend with New Zealand two
points behind South Africa at the top
of the standings despite South Africa
losing 33-26 to Fiji in the nal.
e Hong Kong Sevens start on
Friday. --- New Zealand Herald
NZ relinquishes sevens lead
PICTURE: Getty Images
Tim Mikkelson makes a break against Fiji during the Tokyo Sevens.
Some fast times were recorded on the
track at the Greymouth Junior Athletic
Club's last hit out of the season.
On the track, Samantha Donaldson,
Harry Pugh, Aston Wilson, Yotam
Perchig and Riley Foster were all within
a second of a sprint record. Pugh and
Donaldson were also close to the long
jump records for their respective grades.
In the eld, R Shcroder, N Haronga-
Colville, D Sollitt, C Donaldson, M
Clark, D Moles, W Taylor and A Wilson
all performed well.
Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder 1, N Haronga-
Colville 2, H Foster 3, 16.41s. Boys: M
Walklin 1, W Taylor 2, 16.69s. Girls,
7yrs: S Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2, 14.16s.
Boys: H Pugh 1, L Donaldson 2, C
Swinburn 3, 13.66s. Boys, 8yrs: A Wilson
1, Y Perchig 2, 13.03s.
Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder 1, N Haronga-
Colville 2, H Foster 3, 20.94s. Boys: M
Walklin 1, W Taylor 2, 22.16s. Girls, 7yrs:
S Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2, 17.85s. Boys:
H Pugh 1, C Moles 2, L Donaldson 3,
17.03s. Boys, 8yrs: Y Perchig 1, A Wilson
2, 16.35s. Girls, 9yrs: C Molloy 1, 18.12s.
Boys: R Foster 1, D Moles 2, 15.56s.
Boys, 10yrs: J Watts 1, C Donaldson 2, A
Clark 3, 16.16s. Girls, 13yrs: D Sollitt 1,
S Molloy 2, 16.32s. Boys: E Phillips 1, B
Nicoll 2, 14.31s. Girls, 14yrs: B Dempster
Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder 1, N Haronga-
Colville 2, H Foster 3, 1.48.22s. Boys:
W Taylor 1, M Walklin 2, 1.54.97s.
Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson 1, C Sweney
2, 1.29.41s. Boys: H Pugh 1, M Molloy
2, C Swinburn 3. Boys, 8yrs: Y Perchig
1, A Wilson 2, 1.19.44s. Girls, 9yrs: C
Molloy 1, 1.42.00s. Boys: D Moles 1,
1.21.50s. Boys, 10yrs: J Watts 1, 1.18.85s.
Girls, 13yrs: S Molloy 1, 1.33.56s. Boys:
E Phillips 1, B Nicoll 2, 1.08.41s. Girls,
14yrs: B Dempster 1, 1.23.00s.
Girls, 9yrs: C Molloy 1, 3.37.91s. Boys:
R Foster 1, D Moles 2, 3.20.91s. Girls,
13yrs: S Molloy 1, 3.39.88s. Boys: E
Phillips 1, B Nicoll 2, 2.52.53s. Girls,
14yrs: B Dempster 1, 3.20.06s.
Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder 1, N Haronga-
Colville 2, H Foster 3, 6.40m. Boys: W
Taylor 1, M Walklin 2, J Clark 3, 6.40m.
Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2,
12.60m. Boys: H Pugh 1, L Donaldson
2, M Molloy 3, 15.38m. Girls, 8yrs: M
Clark 1, 10.64m. Boys: A Wilson 1, Y
Perchig 2, 14.66m. Girls, 9yrs: C Molloy
1, 8.27m. Boys: D Moles 1, R Foster
2, 20.20m. Boys, 10yrs: A Clark 1, C
Donaldson 2, J Watts 3, 23.50m. Girls,
13yrs: D Sollitt 1, S Molloy 2, 27.09m.
Boys: H Pinnock 1, E Phillips 2, B Nicoll
3, 24.38m. Girls, 14yrs: B Dempster 1,
12.42m. Long jump
Girls, 6yrs: N Haronga-Colville 1, H
Foster 2, R Schroder 2.03m. Boys: J Clark
1, M Walklin 2, W Taylor 3, Girls, 7yrs: S
Donaldson 1, C Sweney 2, 3.04m. Boys:
H Pugh 1, L Donaldson 2, C Swinburn 3,
3.07m. Boys, 8yrs: A Wilson 1, Y Perchig
2, 3.45m. Girls, 9yrs: C Molloy 1, 2.55m.
Boys: R Foster 1, D Moles 2, 3.69m.
Boys, 10yrs: C Donaldson 1, A Clark 2,
J watts 3, 3.64m. Girls, 13yrs: D Sollitt
1, S Molloy 2, 3.51m. Boys: E Phillips 1,
B Nicoll 2, H Pinnock 3, 3.65m. Girls,
14yrs: B Dempster 1, 3.37m.
Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder 1, N Haronga-
Colville 2, H Foster 3, 2.62m. Boys: W
Taylor 1, J Clark 2, M Walklin 3, 3.04m.
Girls, 7yrs: C Sweney 1, S Donaldson 2,
5.92m. Boys: L Donaldson 1, H Pugh
2, C Swinburn 3, 6.32m. Girls, 8yrs: M
Clark 1, 4.43m. Boys: A Wilson 1, Y
Perchig 2, 6.13m. Boys, 9yrs: D Moles 1,
R Foster 2, 7.75m. Boys, 10yrs: A Clark
1, C Donaldson 2, J watts 3, 8.86m.
Girls, 13yrs: D Sollitt 1, S Molloy 2,
9.47m. Boys: H Pinnock 1, E Phillips
2, B Nicoll 3, 7.30m. Girls, 14yrs: B
Dempster 1, 6m.
Junior athletics season closes
ere can be no doubt about it now.
Any lingering questions over whether
the Magic are serious contenders in
the trans-Tasman league have been
expunged following a con dent ve-
goal win over the Vixens in Melbourne
Sitting top of the table heading into
the clash, there were some that remained
unconvinced of the Waikato-Bay of
Plenty side's nals potential as they had
yet to face an Australian challenge. eir
performance against a powerful Vixens
line-up settled all of that. Exceptionally
well-prepared, the Magic produced a
patient and, for the most part, composed
performance to grind out an impressive
Extending their lead at every break,
the Magic absorbed several ghtbacks
from the Vixens, but on each occasion
were able to respond with a urry of
Magic captain Casey Kopua, who in
tandem with Leana de Bruin rattled
the Vixens attack line with their strong
presence in the goal circle, said her side
were determined not to let their structure
fall apart against the Australian sides.
"We didn't want to be a team that
just won in New Zealand against New
Zealand teams, so to come over here and
win all four quarters in Australia you've
really got to celebrate that," she said.
Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald spoke
during the week of New Zealand
teams facing a "mental block" across the
Tasman, putting her side's poor strike
rate --- albeit much better than the other
New Zealand teams --- down to attitude.
She said it was important the Magic
took to the court knowing they could
beat the Vixens --- a message Kopua
said the team took on board. "It's just
our attitude towards how we approach
it. e court is the same, the posts are
the same, the game is no di erent. We
just need to give it our best and have
con dence in our game plan and worry
about the result later."
Kopua was one of the stand-outs
on court for the Magic and was
particularly in uential in the nal spell
as an spectacular blocked shot, then
an intercept on consecutive Vixens'
possessions, gave the visitors a 10-goal
lead with just under eight minutes
remaining on the clock. e Vixens
responded with one last push, but a late
settler from shooter Ellen Halpenny
put the game out of reach for the home
Despite a dominant defensive
performance, it was midcourter Grace
Rasmussen who earned the player of the
day accolades, having worked relentlessly
all afternoon to dictate the tempo in the
Magic attack end.
Unwanted by the Northern Mystics
this year, Rasmussen has been the
standout midcourter over the opening
rounds of the competition and must
surely now be featuring once again
in Silver Ferns selection discussions.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Attitude produces Magic on court
Perhaps we should not be surprised
the Warriors won their rst game of the
season at arguably the toughest venue
in the competition.
roughout history they have often
disappointed when expectations build
and produce something special when
they're written o --- and few thought
they would beat the Cowboys in
Townsville on Saturday night.
at they won 20-16 showed what
they can do when they play with the
ey could have pointed to all the
things working against them --- heat,
humidity, 11pm New Zealand time
kicko , a venue they had not won
at since 2002 and losing prop Ben
Matulino early to a head knock --- and
used them as excuses.
Instead, they muscled up and showed
the sort of intent and aggression sadly
missing in their opening two matches
this season. ey set their stall out early,
defended their line belligerently and
attacked with patience as they jumped
to a 20-6 lead before the Cowboys
launched a late comeback that just fell
e challenge now is to do it all again
on Saturday when they tackle the
Wests Tigers in Wellington because
consistency has not always been a trait
of the Warriors.
"We have to get rid of that tag," coach
Matt Elliott said. "And the only way to
do that is to come out with the sort of
intent we displayed on Saturday night.
"You can't play aggressively throughout
every match. It's just too hard in this
competition. e challenge for us is to
be prepared to graft hard, particularly at
the beginning of halves.
"You are going to have games that,
for whatever reason, you come out
at but that's not a reason to lose.
e best teams of the last decade, the
Melbournes and Manlys, can play
at and win. It is a matter of sticking
to your processes and committing to
the things that are most important. I
know we are heading in that
ere were many individuals who
stood out --- Jacob Lillyman (155m, 26
tackles), Simon Mannering (112m, 29
tackles), Konrad Hurrell's impact o
the bench playing in the middle and
Jayson Bukuya and Shaun Johnson who
kept Jason Taumalolo relatively quiet
on the Warriors' right edge - but it was
the collective e ort that impressed the
ey were accurate (they completed
their rst 14 sets and had another run
of 16 consecutive ones in the second
half ), patient (six consecutive sets) and
often kicked early in the tackle count
to play the game at the right end of the
park ( Johnson kicked for a mammoth
It got a little ner vy towards the end
after Glen Fisiiahi dropped a routine
bomb to let in a try and the Cowboys
came close to snatching a late victory
but the Warriors wouldn't bend and it
was encapsulated by a desperate try-
saving tackle by Sam Tomkins and
Manu Vatuvei who somehow managed
to hold up Tariq Sims over the line.
e Warriors will face a resurgent
Wests Tigers side who upset the
Rabbitohs 25-16 on Friday night and
have won two of their rst three.
Feleti Mateo (knee) is a doubt
but Matulino should be t to play.
need to bottle
Barry Hodson started his 2014
Hokitika darts competition in style
last week by recording the only 180
and also claiming the highest break of
Murray Pont had the highest nish of
Hari Hari, Stumpers, Stumpers Black
and Wanderers all recorded good wins
over their opposition.
Results: Hari Hari 12, Royal Mail 4;
Stumpers 11, Pioneer Red 5; Stumpers
Black 10, Pioneer 6; Wanderers 10,
Empire 6; Railway 9, Chartered Club
7; Kokatahi 8, Woodstock 8.
140s: K Rasmussen, E Calteaux (2),
S Robinson, Q Gardiner, D Wilson,
M Mahuika, G Beamish, L Davidson,
J Rochford, T Foster. High breaks:
Hodson 160, M Kirby 140, J Blackburn
(2), W Stuart, T Mahuika, B Hodson
120; S Mills 114, J Gaskill 108, K Pehi
102, M Mahuika, D Mills, Scott Mills
Points: Hari Hari 12, Stumpers 11,
Stumpers Black 10, Wanderers 10,
Railway 9, Chartered Club 7, Empire
6, Woodstock 8, Kokatahi 8, Pioneer 6,
Pioneer Red 5, Royal Mail 4.
e draw for Wednesday is ---
Stumpers Black v Wanderers,
Woodstock v Pioneer, Hari Hari v
Kokatahi, Pioneer Red v Royal Mail,
Railway v Stumpers, HCC v Empire.
Hodson starts darts
season in style
Sir John Kirwan wants referees to
have less say in scrums, calling the
set piece a "lottery" which could be
easily xed with one simple change.
Having watched his side scrap to
a 40-30 victory over the Cheetahs
at Eden Park on Saturday, a match
which featured several puzzling
decisions from Argentine referee
Francisco Pastrana, the Blues coach
is the latest high-pro le name to call
for another look at scrums. Herald
columnist and former All Blacks
halfback Justin Marshall has called
them a blight on the game.
Pastrana's odd rulings started
from the rst scrum of the match
when halfback Sarel Pretorius was
allowed to put the ball under hooker
Adriaan Strauss's feet, but rather
than the Blues being awarded a free-
kick, it was the Cheetahs who won a
It is understood that Pastrana has
been stood down as a result of his
performance and will not o ciate at
the Crusaders v Hurricanes match
in Christchurch on Friday.
e Blues were the bene ciaries
of several controversial decisions
themselves, most notably when
George Moala's try was awarded
when it appeared to be a double
movement, and when Cheetahs
anker Boom Prinsloo was
sinbinned. e Moala try was the
most contentious --- Pastrana over-
ruling his TMO.
Kirwan said referees were not to
blame for his side's up-and-down
form this season, but he was keen to
put scrums on the agenda because
they were taking away from how the
game should be played.
Last year was the rst in which
scrums were altered to fold in, rather
than collide, in order to prevent
collapses. is year referees give a
silent signal to the halfback putting
the ball in after complaints that an
audible command gave too much
advantage to the opposing pack, but
Kirwan said even that was too much.
" e biggest problem with the
game is that we're letting the ref
decide when the ball goes in," he
said yesterday. " at's what needs to
change and if we change that then
the game changes."
Kirwan said before the season
started the New Zealand franchise
coaches asked ruling body Sanzar
to allow halfbacks to put the ball in
without the referee's command but
their request had gone unheeded.
Scrums now have become so
contested it is almost a disadvantage
to be awarded one. Even allowing
for the referee's silent command, the
opposition pack has an automatic
one-man advantage because their
hooker is not striking for the ball.
A cue and put-in by a halfback
could swing the advantage back and
allow backlines to once more launch
attacks o what would be a much
more stable platform. --- APNZ
SUPER 15 RUGBY
Kirwan weighs in over scrum mess
New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt
showed some good early-season form
in nishing second at the ITU World
Cup race in New Plymouth yesterday
e world No 5 outsprinted Great
Britain's Jodie Stimpson to claim silver
but was 10 seconds behind winner
Katie Hursey, with the American
backing up from her runner-up nish
in Mooloolaba last week.
" at was a huge step up from last
week," Hewitt said. "I think it was
good to have the hit-out in Australia
because here was just so hard but it was
all good, second place is great. Last year
Jodie was stronger than me and was on
the podium a lot last year so for me to
be running comfortably with her and
outsprint her it is a nice feeling.
Wanaka's Nicky Samuels was among
the leaders on the swim and nished
strongly to secure sixth in her rst race
of her international season.
Fellow New Zealander Kate McIlroy
was aggressive on the bike but her lack
of running recently saw her drop back
to nish 11th in the 750m swim, 20km
bike and 5km run.
It was a Spanish bene t in the men's
race with Mario Mola edging world
No 1 Javier Gomez by two seconds
with Portugal's Joao Silva. Another
Spaniard, Fernando Alarza, was fourth.
It was the rst time Gomez had been
beaten in New Zealand since his rst
race here 11 years ago.
Ryan Sissons was the best of the New
Zealanders in sixth in the strong men's
eld in what was a good hit-out before
the rst World Series event for the
year in Auckland in a fortnight when
all the top triathletes will be in
"It was always going to be hard,: said
Sissons, who was competing in his rst
major event for the year. " e swim
wasn't the best for me and I got dealt
to but I still managed to be there or
thereabouts and I rode really hard for
the rst 3km or 4km and was on the
front pack. After that it was a case of
staying out of trouble with a few crashes
and a few idiots on the bike with a few
weird manoeuvres. --- APNZ
Hewitt second in New Plymouth triathlon
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