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PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Tayla Eason, of the West Coast Chargers, pushes for ward.
An amateurish start and weak nish cost
the West Coast Rugby League team any
chance of ensuring that the acker Shield
stayed on this side of the Southern Alps, on
A large and vocal crowd turned out at
Wingham Park in the hope that the West
Coast Chargers could wrest the shield o
Canterbury club champions Hornby but,
while an upset looked likely for quite a
while, four tries in the nal 15 minutes took
the score from 14-14 to 34-14 in favour of
West Coast got o to the worst possible
start when several players let the kick-o
bounce back into Hornby hands, gifting the
visitors a try within 60 seconds. e try was
scored in the attacking team's left corner,
which was to become West Coast's Achilles
heel, with all of Hornby's seven scoring
movements exposing and embarrassing the
Coast's poor defence down that ank.
However, the 20-point margin is not a true
re ection of the match.
e smaller and less skilful Coast players
bounced back from the worst possible start
to lead most of the rst half and again
went ahead 14-8 early in the second half
after hooker Reuben Ellen burrowed his
way over for a try that Regan Stanton
Ellen and Stanton had earlier combined
for Coast's rst try, the hooker claiming an
intercept and sprinting 90m, all the while
looking desperately over his shoulder for
someone faster to take over. Help nally
arrived when Stanton ranged up to take the
pass and score.
Coast's other try went to hard-working
second rower Lance McEwen. McEwen,
prop Adrian Loe, and super subs Cole
Green and Harrison Mahuika were
workhorses in a Coast pack that held its
own, while Stanton was the star of a Coast
backline that was hampered by captain Nik
Davy's penchant for crabbing across eld,
then ring bullet passes at the chests of
players he was bringing back on the
Stanton, who scored one try and was
unlucky not to get another two, marred an
other wise ne game by dropping three of
Davy's bombs, but few would have expected
him to hold them. Stanton also did more
than his share on defence once getting
back and saving a certain try by holding an
attacker up over the line.
Coast's back three --- Jordan Forsyth, Brad
Dixon and Wayne Ryan --- lacked size but
not heart,all three were eager to run the
ball at the opposition. However, in the end
Hornby's greater skills and ability to o oad
in tackles told on a agging Coast defence.
Hornby 34 (Craig Smith 3, Kallum Laurie,
Korey Laurie, Dean Grace, Mike Chivas
tries; James Baxendale three cons) West
Coast 14 (Regan Stanton, Lance McEwen,
Reuben Ellen tries, Stanton con). Half-time
Weak finish costs
Coast acker Shield
Bikes stand at the ready on Gibson Quay, Hokitika, yesterday for the second
leg of the New World Kids Triathlon. More than 100 children aged 8-13 years
completed the triathlon. e Greymouth triathlon was held recently, with the
Westport one to follow.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Bikes at the ready
HOKITIKA KIDS TRIATHLON
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Dion Finlay of the Kahuna Boardriders catches a wave in the Go for Gold surf competition, at Cobden beach on Saturday.
Triple gold for visiting surfer
ey will not be about to worry
but the nature of the Chiefs'
defeat to the Force hardly bodes
well for the rest of their road trip.
e defending champions
had a rare o night in Perth,
never threatening to play to
their capability and eventually
succumbing to a three-point
While the bonus point left
their lead at two points atop the
New Zealand conference, the
Chiefs will be wary of nding
a way to amend their mindset
before they visit South Africa.
Games against the Bulls and,
in particular, the Cheetahs
are both good opportunities
to ensure they do not return
to Hamilton without a win,
but performance levels need a
e Force probably should have
been more comfortable in victory
on Saturday night, having two
potential tries correctly ruled out
by the TMO. As it was, the pair
they did score, both to skipper
Matt Hodgson, proved enough
for a third straight triumph.
After putting themselves in
prime position to overturn
the de cit, the Chiefs were
continually let down by handling
errors and incorrect option-
taking. e champs dominated
in all of the attacking stats,
beating twice as many defenders
and enjoying a healthy advantage
in metres and carries, but
they were blunted when it
Ten handling errors, compared
to two for the Force, saw
possession spilled at the vital
moment, meaning ve penalties
from Aaron Cruden and Gareth
Anscombe were all they had to
show for their e orts.
e attack will come right in
time, with only last week's win
over the Stormers coming close
to matching the potency the
Chiefs showed in nishing as
last season's leading scorers. But
Dave Rennie and co have a right
to be concerned about way in
which the Chiefs failed to show
right from the opening whistle.
Both the coach and co-captain
Cruden suggested as much
following the game, questioning
what was going wrong in the
" e attitude wasn't there right
from the start," Cruden said.
" e Force got the bounce on
us and it probably owed right
through the game. I guess we
weren't there, mentally."
Rennie called his side's
performance poor and signalled
what needed improvement
before next weekend's trip to
"Mentally we didn't look that
sharp," he said. "We just made
far too many errors. It's hard
to believe we led at half-time
because we hardly red a shot.
We're a better side than that."
As it has been so far this
season, the set piece proved a
problem for Rennie's men. e
Chiefs have the worst lineout
success rate in the competition
and three more were lost against
the Force, while a pack that
outweighed they opposition by
41kg struggled in the scrum.
ose de ciencies
overcome earlier in the current
campaign but it took more
verve in attack to achieve that
outcome. e Chiefs do have
plenty of options in backline
personnel, despite leaving the
likes of Robbie Fruean and
James Lowe at home, and
Rennie has never been afraid to
alter his combinations.
But, whoever is selected in
the Republic, the players must
get their minds right to avoid
another early-season setback.
Chiefs must amend mindset
before South African games
SUPER 15 RUGBY
After endurance drove Brendon
McCullum's exploits this summer, a
rather more abbreviated stay at the
crease earned victory at the World
McCullum's unbeaten 16 from
six balls proved a match-winning
innings in New Zealand's opening
match of the tournament in
Chittagong, edging an aggrieved
England by nine runs under the
With thunder, lightning and the
threat of rain dominating the Black
Caps' chase of 173, a savvy salvo
from McCullum in the fth over
saw his side over the line.
Just two balls after McCullum
hit Stuart Broad for six to get
New Zealand in front of the D/L
calculations for the rst time, the
umpires pulled the players from the
eld and left England fuming.
It was the perfect start to the
tournament for the Black Caps and,
ahead of their clash with South
Africa tomorrow night, they now
know another win would put them
in the box seat to reach the semi-
at position was made possible
only by the quick-thinking of
McCullum, who assessed the
situation perfectly in taking 16
from Broad's over. e two captains
had just discussed the possibility
of leading their teams from the
eld, such was their concern about
the nearby electrical storm, but the
umpires allowed play to continue.
With ve overs required for a
completed match, Broad suggested
the timing of the umpires'
intervention was convenient,
but better bowling from the
skipper would have prevented any
As it was, his counterpart seized
the initiative in an innings that,
given the context, Kyle Mills
described as equal in importance to
"I think Brendon played a great
hand," Mills said. "He realised
there was bad weather on the way,
summed up the situation and
showed a lot of initiative.
"It's what was required, and
Brendon is that type of character.
e decision was made that
someone had to make a play - it
was Brendon and he played some
ne cricketing strokes to get us over
Mills was having none of Broad's
complaints, pointing out the shoe
was on the other foot at last year's
Champions Trophy when the
timing of rain helped England
advance to the semi- nals at New
"I think that's probably a bit of a
hindsight thing. If Stuart was on the
other end of it, he would've been
more than happy with the decision."
Instead, it was the Black Caps left
happy with the weather, and their
disposition would only be further
improved with victory against
"We have to turn the page and
move onto tomorrow," Mills said.
"Hopefully we can put up a battle
and go two wins up. It would be
a nice position to be in after two
games." --- APNZ
McCullum leads the way
in controversial T20 win
PICTURE: Getty Images
England captain Stuart Broad, left, speaks to New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum during the match.
Waikato amateur Luke
Toomey delivered on his
long heralded potential
yesterday when he won
the New Zealand Stroke
Play Championship at
the Hastings Golf Club.
e New Zealand
began in a share of the
lead with Auckland
amateurs Tae Koh and
Sam An at 10-under par,
shot a three-under par
69 in the ne conditions
to secure his maiden
senior national title by
Champion Koh (71)
nished runner-up while
Takaka golfer Blair
Riordan (70) and An
(73), who claimed the
Te Mana A Toi trophy
for the tournament low
round, nished in a share
of third place.
e 32nd Go for Gold sur ng
competition at Cobden drew 103 entries
and was won for the third time by Hayden
With so many entries received in the
open four trials, heats were needed to
ll the remaining eight spots in the
Greymouth surfers to do well included
Phil Harris, Jono Harris, Haysley Masters,
James Washer and Zane Smith, with Phil
Harris making the quarter- nals.
In the juniors, Dion Finlay surfed well
but was unable to make the nals.
In the legends (over-50), Steve Newby
and Pete Anderson showed their
experience, Anderson nishing fourth in
the nal. In the masters (over-35), Phil
and Jono Harris both made the nal, Phil
taking rst place over Jono.
e open event was taken out by Hayden
Brain, winning his third title and third
ounce of gold.
A new event was included in the Go
for Gold this year, with the Kahuna
Boardriders 'learn to surf ' children entered
in a tag team competition. ey were split
into two teams and each surfer had to
run to the water, paddle out, catch a wave,
come back in and tag the next member of
their team. Each surfer was able to catch
several waves in the 30-minute contest,
with Finn Sharp, Caitlin Harris, Jordan
Harris, Rowan Sutherland and Conner
Green standing out.
Hayden Brain and last year's champion
both tied for the highest wave score over
the weekend, with scores of 9.5 out of 10.
Contest director Ricky Harris said it
was a great weekend, with great surf and
Open: Hayden Brain 1, Harrison
Whiteside 2, Levi O'Conner 3.
Masters (over-35): Phil Harris 1, Jonney
Harris 2, Hayden Brain 3.
Juniors (under-20): Rory Edmonds 1,
Harrison Whiteside 2, Jack Wilson 3.
Women's: Kristi Zarifeh 1, Aletha Lock
2, Niki Jones 3.
Legends (over-50): John Roussey 1,
Glen Skaker 2, Neil Robb 3.
Cadets (under-17): Rory Edmonds 1,
Harrison Whiteside 2, Nick Tikuirama 3.
Toomey comes up
Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson
have nished their nal rounds with
mixed results at the Arnold Palmer
Invitational on the PGA Tour in
Lee carded a two-under 70 to nish at
two-under for the tournament, which
left him in a share of 32nd, although
there is still a host of players out on the
course that could in uence where he
and Wilkinson nish.
Wilkinson completed a one-over
73 in his fourth round to close the
tournament at seven-over in a share
of 72nd and the left-hander will likely
rue his disappointing third round 77
yesterday which dropped him down
Meanwhile, on the Web.com Tour,
Steven Alker produced a two-under 68
in his nal round at the Panama Claro
Alker's round left him at two-under
for the event and in a share of 20th.
Mexican Carlos Ortiz held the lead at
10-under through 10 holes. --- APNZ
Mixed results for Lee and Wilkinson
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