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e 2014 Westland
pool competition starts
on ursday, with 14
teams vying for the
rst round Vanderdrift
e draw is.--- City
Hotel v Kokatahi,
Club Bees v Woodstock
II, Stumpers A v Aces,
Railway v Railway
Others, Pioneer v Empire
Ross, Woodstock I v
Kaniere, Railway Steelers
v Club Red.
was the top scorer
during Hokitika Darts
Association matches last
week, hitting the rst
180 of his career and also
recording the highest
Several players shared
the highest break of 120.
Royal Mail, Hari
Hari, Chartered Club
and Wanderers all
had good wins over
their opposition, while
the game between
Woodstock and Pioneer
was a closer match.
Results: Royal Mail 12,
Pioneer Red 4; Chartered
Club 12, Empire 4;
Wanderers 11, Stumpers
Black 5; Hari Hari 11,
Kokatahi 5; Woodstock
9, Pioneer 7.
140s: D ompson 180,
J Stevens (4), J Davidson
(3), L Hoskings (2), S
Robinson, J Schroder, T
Struthers, G Beamish, K
Rasmussen, T Nellor, Q
Gardiner, T Foster.
High breaks: L Johnson
(2), L Mills-Jensen, B
Hodson, G Hawkins, D
Gorrie 120; T Tawhare
117, S Hodson 112, M
Pont 110, T Taft 101,
K Rasmussen (2), M
Wilson, G Hawkins.
High nishes: D
ompson 117, L
Hoskings 114, K Amyes
Points: Hari Hari 23,
Wanderers 21, Chartered
Club 19, Woodstock 17,
Royal Mail 16, Stumpers
Black 15, Kokatahi 13,
Pioneer 13, Stumpers 11,
Empire 10, Railway 9,
Pioneer Red 9.
e draw for tomorrow
is.--- Stumpers v
Chartered Club, Royal
Mail v Railway, Kokatahi
v Pioneer Red, Pioneer
v Hari Hari, Wanderers
v Woodstock, Empire v
Liverpool outclassed Tottenham
Hotspur 4-0 at An eld today to surge to
the top of the Premier League table and
raise hopes of a rst English title for 24
An eighth successive victory for Brendan
Rodgers's team lifted them two points
clear of Chelsea with a much better goal
di erence and four ahead of Manchester
City, who have two games in hand.
Liverpool will be champions if they
win their six remaining games as City
and Chelsea, who both dropped points
yesterday, still have to visit An eld.
On a good day for Merseyside and a
bad one for London sides, Liverpool's
neighbours Everton won 3-1 at bottom
club Fulham, taking them further ahead
of sixth-placed Tottenham and keeping
the pressure on Arsenal for the fourth
Champions League place.
Liverpool have not won the English title
since 1990, two years before the Premier
Having won 5-0 at Spurs in December,
which led to the sacking of Tottenham
manager Andre Villas-Boas, they
dominated from the start again.
It took only two minutes for the rst
of many defensive errors by the visitors,
when Glen Johnson was allowed to cross
from the right and force an own goal by
Luis Suarez doubled the lead in the
25th minute with his 29th goal of the
season, all in the League. at broke
the Liverpool club record for a Premier
League campaign, set by Robbie Fowler
e Uruguayan's tally is all the more
remarkable because he missed the rst ve
games because of a long suspension for
biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
Watched by former Liverpool goalscoring
heroes Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Ian
St John, Suarez almost got his 30th goal
before half-time, Hugo Lloris just turning
his header on to a post.
In the second half Brazilian Philippe
Coutinho ran from just inside the Spurs
half to score the third goal from 20 metres
area and England mid elder Jordan
Henderson's long free kick went straight
in for the fourth.
For all Tottenham's weaknesses, it
was another impressive performance
by Liverpool under Rodgers, who has
revitalised them in two seasons since
joining from Swansea City, and they
lead the standings for the rst time since
Manchester City dropped two points
yesterday when they were held 1-1 at
Arsenal and Chelsea's manager Jose
Mourinho declared it was "impossible" for
his team to win the title after they su ered
an unexpected 1-0 defeat by relegation
strugglers Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, Tottenham's hopes of
nishing fth were further diminished by
Everton's victory over Fulham.
After an own goal by Fulham goalkeeper
David Stockdale, Ashkan Dejagah
equalised with a erce drive, but Everton
hit back with late goals from substitutes
Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith.
Everton are now four points behind
Arsenal but have a game in hand and host
the London side next Sunday.
eir manager Roberto Martinez
praised the team's character in winning
a fth successive game as well as his own
substitutions, which transformed the
game after a tired-looking rst-half
Fulham's German manager Felix Magath,
a specialist in saving sides from relegation
during his time in the Bundesliga, has his
work cut out to do the same with the West
ey remained bottom, ve points from
safety and one behind Sunderland, who
host West Ham United tomorrow.
An incredible revival in the Chiefs'
draw with the Bulls will not obscure
the reasons the champs required such a
nish in the rst place.
Nineteen points in the nal 11 minutes,
including a sideline conversion from
Gareth Anscombe with the last kick o
the game, gave the Chiefs an unlikely
share of the spoils in Pretoria yesterday
e 34-34 scoreline saw the defending
champions claim three competition
points to sit above the Blues atop the
New Zealand conference, a position
attained only after the Bulls were
unable to close out a game they largely
While the Chiefs certainly deserve
credit, showing character and resolve few
teams could conjure in a similar position,
the deep hole they dug themselves was
preventable. A lineout in disarray and
a sub-par kicking game allowed the
Bulls to showcase their strengths, with
physicality in the forwards and a strong
set piece establishing a dominance that
seemed certain to produce victory.
Had that result transpired, the Chiefs
would have been handed back-to-back
defeats for the rst time in almost a
year, and questions may have crept up
about their true credentials. As it was,
Dave Rennie knows his side still need to
nd some answers before they complete
their road trip against the Cheetahs next
"We lost the kicking battle today and
that put us under pressure," Rennie said,
"We kicked down the middle of the eld
a lot and we often kicked to hand, while
they kicked to space. Obviously our
lineout battled a bit. We didn't want to
kick the ball out and we didn't want to
give away too many penalties, because
we knew they would kick for the corner
"But we got better as the game went
on. We're trying to dictate the tempo
and we're trying to do a few things there
--- hopefully we'll have more success
against the Cheetahs."
e mixed success they enjoyed against
the Bulls was largely due to the attacking
depth the Chiefs boast on the bench,
with Anscombe, Tim Nanai-Williams
and Augustine Pulu combining for a
brilliant try that was the catalyst for the
" at's what you want from your spark
plugs," Rennie said. "To be honest, when
they rst came on they battled a little
bit - that's the thing about playing at
"But I thought the guys we brought
into the game were quite phenomenal
... those guys were probably grumpy
enough to try to push their cause to start
e Chiefs have never been afraid
of altering their playing personnel
and, after a second straight sub-par
performance, the team sheet may face
another tune up. Only one change
will be enforced, though, with hooker
Mahonri Schwalger set to return to New
Zealand for treatment on the eye injury
that delayed the start to his season.
He will probably be replaced in the
squad by Nathan Harris, while prop Ben
Afeaki is also doubtful after struggling
to shake o a concussion. --- APNZ
ere are some players w
through entire careers with
injuries. en there is Jerom
e Warriors' centre su e
jaw in the 42-18 win over
Tigers in Wellington on S
he made an important tack
Tedesco close to the Warri
for Tedesco's knee to land
jaw. He had surgery in We
yesterday and could be out
It is, sadly, the latest
in a long list of injuries.
Saturday's game was his third this year
and only his 18th in just over three
He has endured two knee
reconstructions, a couple of fractured
kneecaps, shoulder, ankle and hamstring
injuries and now a broken jaw.
"Unlucky?" Ropati pondered last year.
"Yeah, I guess you could say that. But
there are some guys, I think, who have
been through a lot worse than I have."
You would be hard pressed to nd
Ropati has played 145 NRL games
since his debut in 2003, which means
he has missed an average of 10 games a
season. If he had remained injury-free,
the 29-year-old might have even broken
Stacey Jones' Warriors record of 261
games. e latest will have repercussions
because Ropati is o contract at the
end of the season and it's questionable
whether any club would look to pick up
a player who could be seen as damaged
"We are all gutted," Warriors coach
aid. "We can only wish J a
s were really enjoying
n the team. He brings a
around him so he's going
missed during his recovery."
s Konrad Hurrell is
the sort of purpose that
ne of the most dangerous
e NRL and will slot
ight centre for next
p to take on the Sharks.
game-high 182m in his 68
g on three tries for Glen
and making six tackle breaks
and two linebreaks.
e right edge was
the highlight of a very good attacking
display against the Tigers and Fisiiahi
cashed in with four tries --- it was the
rst time a Warriors player had scored
four since Joel Moon in 2009.
Halfback Shaun Johnson's kicking
game was also excellent.
Last weekend against the Cowboys
he kicked for nearly 500m with some
intelligent long kicks; this week he
stabbed in a number of grubber kicks
which either resulted in tries or repeat
sets --- the Tigers were forced to make
four goal line dropouts.
" at's what you want from your
halves and I thought he showed a lot
of patience," captain Simon Mannering
said. "We probably got more repeat
sets than we have for a long time and I
think it showed on the scoreboard."
e Warriors played very well at
times against the Tigers but they also
had their share of luck, with seemingly
every bounce of the ball going their way.
Ropati deserves some of that luck to go
his way. --- APNZ
Hamilton professional David Smail was
the best of the Kiwis at the Indonesian
PGA Championship on the OneAsia
Tour during the weekend.
e 43-year-old carded a four-under
par 68 in the nal round at the Damai
Indah Golf Club to nish in a share
of 13th place in the event that was
co-sanctioned with the Japan Golf
Smail, who has played in Japan for the
past 16 seasons, had rounds of 67, 68, 71
and 68 to nish on a 14-under par total,
seven shots back from the champion
Japan's Michio Matsumara.
e former New Zealand Open
champion earned $19,800 for his week
Michael Hendry, who is playing
his second season on the Japan Tour,
nished in a share of 29th place while
Gareth Paddison faded from his fast start
to nish tied for 65th.
Meanwhile, in the US, Manawatu
professional Tim Wilkinson nished in
a share of 62nd at the Valero Texas Open.
e 34-year-old, who is playing on the
PGA Tour for the rst time since 2009,
carded rounds of 74, 70, 74 and 76 at the
TPC San Antonio.
Wilkinson is projected to slip two places
to 108 on the Fed Ex Cup Standings.
Compatriot Danny Lee made headlines
on day one when he birdied four of his
last ve holes to claim a share of the lead
but he fell away in the second round.
Lee carded an 11-over par 83 to miss
the cut for a forgettable nish. Lee is
projected to slip six places on the Fed Ex
Cup Standings to 85.
e individual brilliance remains,
but it is the collective e ort of the
Blues in keeping the Highlanders
try-less in their 30-12 victory at
Eden Park which suggests John
Kirwan's team are beginning to gain
traction in this competition.
It is for that reason that Kir wan
yesterday warned his men to keep
their feet on the ground. A slip-up
against the Brumbies in Canberra
on Friday would be doubly
disappointing after the progress of
the last couple of weeks and Kirwan
is also aware his team's away form
this season is patchy at best.
e least pleasing aspect of
Saturday night's victory would be
the failure of the Blues to apply
the coup de grace. e only points
scored in the nal 30 minutes came
from a Simon Hickey penalty. After
tries from George Moala, Ma'a
Nonu and Charles Piutau, the Blues
really should have scored a fourth
for a bonus point and in doing so
killed o the Highlanders.
Another is the unfortunate injury
to lock Tom Donnelly, who strained
a calf warming up at the start of the
second half. Donnelly will not play
again until the Hurricanes match
in Wellington on April 18 at the
earliest. After the Brumbies match
the Blues have their rst bye of the
e positives, though, are plentiful.
ere is a reason why Kirwan urged
caution around expectations and
that's because there will be real belief
within the team that they are on the
brink of something.
Chief among them is the defence,
especially early in the match, which
held strong despite enormous
pressure from a Highlanders team
including such backline threats as
Ben Smith, Malakai Fekitoa and
"A lot of people would think a
great try would really lift the team
and it does, but just as important is
being able to hold out the opposition
for a long time," Kir wan said. " ey
threw the kitchen sink at us at the
start and we held them out."
e other is the set piece, a weak
link for the Blues thus far.
"We really challenged the set piece
this week. It's been wobbly. We won
our lineouts, our scrum was very
strong early in the game. ey're just
the fundamentals that we needed to
get right. Let's not get carried away,
we have to keep our feet on the
ground. at game has to be a line in
the sand for us from a performance
point of view.
"We've got another huge game this
week and it doesn't stop."
Kirwan will welcome back
mid elder Francis Saili from his
foot injury, though given the coach's
cautious approach to re-introducing
players, plus the performances of
Nonu and Jackson Willison in the
mid eld, Saili is likely to get only a
limited run from the reserves bench.
Veteran hooker Keven Mealamu
will have a tness test on his calf
today (Mon), but lock Patrick
Tiupulotu's knee will keep him out
until the Hurricanes match at the
e return of Nonu and loose
for ward Jerome Kaino have added a
clinical edge not seen in the Blues'
earlier performances and in Hayden
Triggs Kirwan has found a hard-
Just like Nonu and Kaino who in
playing 80 minutes stuck at it for
longer than expected, Triggs had
to dig deep for a little longer when
Donnelly went down injured.
--- New Zealand Herald
Liverpool outclasses Spurs
PICTURE: Getty Images
Chiefs Matt Symons and Bulls Paul Willemse tussle for the ball in yesterday's clash at Loftus Versfeld
Stadium, in Pretoria.
out of hole
Smail nishes tied 13th
Westland pool draw
ompson on target
Blues victory just the
start, says Kirwan
New Zealand's World T20 hopes now
hinge on a virtual quarter- nal with Sri
Lanka tomorrow morning.
After dispatching the Dutch in their
third group game in Chittagong overnight,
the Black Caps face a simple equation if
they wish to progress to the semi- nals ---
win and they are in, lose and they go home.
It's a proposition they probably would
have taken at the start of the tournament,
though their recent record in limited overs
encounters with Sri Lanka, especially
on the sub-continent, leaves a little to be
But New Zealand will be con dent of
overturning the outcome from the last time
these teams met at this competition, when
Sri Lanka in icted a super over defeat in
the group stages that helped bring about
the Black Caps' early exit.
Brendon McCullum's side have been in
encouraging form so far this month and
had they edged South Africa in the nal
over last week, they would have been safely
through to the nal four.
As it stands, their comfortable six-wicket
win over the Netherlands, combined with
the Proteas' victory to eliminate England,
leaves a semi nal spot resting on one nal
" ere were some good all-round
performances from a lot of the players in
the team, which is very positive," Trent
Boult said of this morning's win. "So we'll
look forward to a couple of nights' time in
a big match."
If the Black Caps are to produce the big
performance they need, it will hardly be a
surprise if Brendon McCullum is again at
the forefront. In the form of his life, the
skipper became the rst man to notch 2000
international runs in the shortest form.
After his six-ball 16 not out won
the opening match against England,
McCullum again ensured his charges got
across the line, hitting 65 from 45 deliveries
in the chase of the Netherlands' 151.
Sitting more than 600 runs head of his
nearest challenger in T20 runs, McCullum
will lead this category for the foreseeable
future and Boult think that accolade is fully
"It's pretty well-known across the board
what sort of player Brendon is, so for
him to tick up that milestone is obviously
personally pretty satisfying and something
that the team loves to see.
"He's a massive part of our side and it's
nice for him to be contributing."
e Black Caps will probably need
greater contributions from their bowlers
if they are able to sneak past Sri Lanka.
e Dutch enjoyed a relatively easy time at
the crease in the middle overs, losing only
four wickets in their allotment, and more
pressure will need to be applied against a
Boult, recently seen as a test specialist,
Luckless Ropati set for
more time on sidelines
Emma Twigg has often promised so
much and today she delivered when she
beat world champion Kim Crow in a
sprint nish at the World Cup rowing
regatta in Sydney.
e 27-year-old, who has won two
bronze medals (2010, 2011) and one
silver (2013) at world championships
unleashed a powerful nish in the
women's single sculls to pip Crow by
She was as much as four seconds
behind halfway through the race before
pulling ahead on the nal stroke.
It was the highlight of a successful
day for New Zealand crews at the rst
World Cup event.
Rebecca Scown and Louise Trappitt
also won gold in the women's pair,
the women's lightweight double scull
of Lucy Strack and Julia Edward and
men's pair of Tom Murray and Alex
Kennedy took silver and the men's eight
It represented a good haul for the
New Zealand rowers but the Sydney
regatta was missing many of the top
crews from Europe and in many classes
rowers from Australia helped make up
Some of New Zealand's elite squad
also skipped the event, including
the men's pair of Hamish Bond and
Eric Murray and single sculler Mahe
Drysdale. ey will return to action for
the next two World Cups events to be
held in France in June and Switzerland
in July. e world championships are in
Amsterdam in August
e women's single scull was one of
the most competitive classes in Sydney,
with Twigg, Crow and Olympic
champion Mirka Knapkova and Twigg
will take considerable con dence from
her win over Crow, who was unbeaten
since the London Olympics.
"It was more about keeping composed
in the 1000 knowing that she'd take a
little bit out of me but also knowing
that she's had a lot of racing this week
and that she may su er," Twigg told
"When I came up the side of her I just
put my head down and closed my eyes
and managed to get through.
"Really good way to start o the
season. I know Kimmy's had a lot of
racing this week so she probably paid
for that a little bit in the last 500 but it's
always nice to beat a world champion
on their home turf, that's for sure."
e new women's pair combination
of Scown and Trappitt is also showing
good promise. Trappitt, a former
Olympic quad sculler, has replaced
Kayla Pratt in the boat after the New
Zealand trials and dominated the nal
--- China were second ve seconds
Murray and Kennedy will vacate their
seats in the men's pair for Bond and
Murray but also showed good potential
with their silver. ey followed it
up later with bronze with the men's
eight, which was the same crew that
won gold at last year's under-23 world
Strack and Edward, who won gold in
Sydney last year, couldn't match it with
Australia Two and nished second. e
men's four nished fourth behind the
top two Australian crews and world
champions the Netherlands.
Twigg on re at World Cup
Black Caps hopes hinge on Sri Lanka
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