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PICTURE: Getty Images
Bryce Hegarty of the Rebels, right, beats Richard Buckman of the Highlanders to the ball at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Highlanders do it the hard way
Greymouth's Marist Rugby League
team is preparing to celebrate the 90th
anniversary of the day when it split ranks
with the West Coast Rugby Union and
joined the rival code.
Greymouth Marist was formed, as
a member of the rugby union, in 1914
but switched allegiances 10 years later in
sympathy with the Christchurch Marist
Rugby Club, which had been in a bitter
player eligibility dispute with its rugby
Greymouth Marist started the 1924
season as a rugby team, meeting
Hokitika on April 5, but when their
Christchurch counterparts were ousted
from the Canterbury competition the
players held a meeting and decided to
switch to league, making their debut
against Runanga on April 20, 1924.
It grew to become a powerhouse in
West Coast league for many years,
winning championships and acker
Shield games. It last won the premier
competition when the team coached by
Paddy Byrne won the championship in
1998, to cap the 75th jubilee celebrations
which attracted over 300 to the various
e club has produced 16 Kiwis ---
nearly all test players --- including Tony
Coll, a 65-game, 30-test veteran who
captained the Kiwis, was the NZRL
player of the year in 1976, and was
admitted to the NZRL Legends of
League Hall of Fame in 2007.
e 90th jubilee celebrations will
be held over Labour Weekend, with
functions at both the clubrooms and
While it will struggle to attract the 300
that attended the 75th jubilee, interest
is high and the club president Barry
Sweetman is con dent of a successful
Sweetman said it was ironic that the
club was to mark its 90th year when,
taking its decade in rugby into account,
it is actually 100.
e road trip blues continue for
Sir John Kirwan, his side's loss last
night against the Brumbies at a
wet Canberra Stadium extending a
remarkably poor record away from
e Blues last won away on
February 23 last year, a comfortable
victory over the Hurricanes in
Wellington starting Kirwan's reign in
the best possible way. Unfortunately
for him and his team, he has not
presided over one since. is season
away from home they have lost to the
Highlanders, Bulls, Lions and now
the Brumbies, a streak of 12 away
at record can only de ate the
positivity surrounding the franchise
after its successive victories at home
over the Cheetahs and Highlanders,
and the bye next weekend will force
them to stew on it.
A win would have put the Blues on
top of the New Zealand conference,
but the team did not get close, the
home side led to victory by Wallabies
mid elder Pat McCabe, who scored
two tries and terrorised young Blues
rst- ve Simon Hickey all night, and
Jesse Mogg, the supremely talented
ere were positives. e Blues'
scrum, a set piece rated among the
worst in the competition and the
subject of much work recently, was
dominant. It was harshly penalised
twice in the rst half, and won a
defensive tighthead after the break.
e lineout was not bad. Jerome
Kaino and Hayden Triggs were
probably the pick of the Blues'
Where they were let down was at the
contact --- the Brumbies took control
here and its maul was a constant
threat too. ey were let down also
by the defence and kicking game,
both of which were so impressive in
their win over the Highlanders last
Hickey was at fault for McCabe's
rst try, the rst- ve slipping o the
mid elder, who has begun the year
so impressively after two major neck
injuries in 2013.
What followed was an armwrestle,
the Blues rarely in attacking positions
due to a lack of possession and the
fact that in Mogg the Brumbies have
a fullback on top of his game. Mogg,
the attacking maestro with ve tries
this season, showed a di erent side
to his game. He was rarely out of
position and his kicking skills are
second to none.
e Brumbies played with
intelligence and control. Nic White
is an under-rated halfback for
the Brumbies, No 8 Ben Mowen
an improving leader as well as a
dominant lineout operator.
Hickey was under constant
pressure, his uncertain night on
defence compounded by a couple
of kicking errors and standing dead
in-goal when attempting to clear. A
shocking for ward pass by Ma'a Nonu
when the Blues looked to threaten in
the second half underlined the backs'
Benji Marshall, who replaced wing
Tevita Li for the nal 23 minutes,
sparked a late attack with Charles
Piutau but to no avail.
At the end a pass from Luke Braid,
who played the nal 28 minutes, to
replacement hooker James Parsons,
would have earned a try on the
hooter, but it went forward.
Never before have the Blues been
kept try-less by the Brumbies, that
mis ring repower in the backline a
cause for concern.
Brumbies 26 (Pat McCabe 2,
Robbie Coleman tries; Nic White 2
pens, con, Christian Lealiifano pen)
beat Blues 9 (Simon Hickey 3 pens).
Half-time: 13-6. --- APNZ
e Highlanders scraped to an untidy
victory over the Rebels last night, but
coach Jamie Joseph is not likely to care
a jot --- with three wins the team has
already equalled the total for the whole
of last season.
e Rebels are traditionally tricky
customers, too, another reason why
Joseph will be extremely happy to bank
these four competition points under the
Dunedin roof. Last year in Melbourne
his side was up 31-7 only for an
extraordinary turnaround by the Rebels,
which scored the nal try after the full-
time hooter to win 38-37.
ere was almost another boilover
here, Jason Woodward's excellent try
setting up a brilliant nish. Pressing
for the bonus point until the end, the
Highlanders would have been relieved
to just nish in front.
With men such as Wallabies loose
forward Scott Higginbotham in their
midst, the Rebels are rarely out of a
match but sometimes they push the
limits. Blindside anker Sean McMahon
was extremely fortunate not to be sent
to the sinbin only minutes after half-
time for his dangerous lifting tackle on
Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith.
In Higginbotham the Rebels have
one of the best loose forwards in this
competition --- his intercept of Aaron
Smith's pass when hard on defence, and
subsequent 50m run and left-foot kick,
led directly to a try to rst- ve Angus
Roberts after half-time and brought the
team right back into it. It was a brilliant
show of skill and speed, but the special
moments from the visitors were too
few and mixed in with too many errors,
especially in their own half.
ey also missed rst- ve Bryce
Hegarty, who went o with concussion
e Highlanders were deserved
winners but their tendency to switch
o will be one thing concerning Joseph.
Aaron Smith, fullback Ben Smith
and centre Malakai Fekitoa were their
standouts in the backs, anker Shane
Christie one of their best up front.
ey were shut out by the Blues at
Eden Park last weekend, but last night
their speed of thought and feet quickly
had the Rebels in trouble, although
they had to respond to going a try
down after anker Scott Fuglistaller
In reply, Aaron Smith's quick penalty
tap from in front was quickly capitalised
on, Christie scoring his rst try at this
level after getting to the ruck quickest.
Aaron Smith, who earlier had a try
ruled out following a forward pass by
wing Richard Buckman, found the line
after dodging two would-be defenders,
including fullback Woodward, with two
Roberts's try after the break evened it
up at 20-20, with Ben Smith, capitalised
on big numbers on the left for the
Highlanders, pushing the score out to
30-20 but the Rebels refused to yield.
Pressing extremely hard in the nal
few minutes, they scored a brilliant set
piece try through Woodward, the former
Wellington player in extremely good
form. He was partly at fault for missing
the tackle as Aaron Smith scored his try
in the rst half, but his powerful run and
fend on Shaun Treeby as the Rebels ran
from a lineout set up the match for a
Highlanders 33 (Shane Christie,
Aaron Smith, Ben Smith tries; Lima
Sopoaga 4 pens, 3 cons) beat Rebels 30
(Scott Fuglistaller, Angus Roberts, Jason
Woodward tries; Jason Woodward 3
pens, 3 cons). Half-time: 20-13.
Homesick Blues fall apart again
PICTURE: Getty Images
Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies is tackled in the match between the Brumbies and the Bulls at Canberra Stadium in Canberra.
Classy Kohli seals win
Virat Kohli's red-hot bat powered
India into the World Twenty20 nal
against Sri Lanka as the 2007 champions
breezed past South Africa by six wickets
anks to its in-form, spin-dominated
bowling, India has not had to chase a
140-plus target all tournament.
e 173-run target it needed overnight
appeared all the more di cult against
an attack containing fearsome paceman
Dale Steyn and destructive leg-spinner
Kohli, however, again proved why he is
considered his team's batting mainstay,
hitting a 44-ball 72 not out to help
India secure victory with ve balls left
as South Africa continued its sorry
record of never having advanced beyond
the semis at either a 50-over or 20-over
"I'm glad to have played an important
knock in the semi- nal," man of the
match Kohli told reporters.
It was a well-paced innings from the
right-hander from Delhi who did not
hit a boundary in his rst 17 runs but
smashed two sixes and ve fours to
accelerate when the time was right.
India tried not to take too many risks
after losing both openers in order to
ensure they had wickets in hand for the
late run chase.
ey needed 51 o the last ve overs
and when they got safely home the ploy
"I know the deeper I bat the more
chance we have of winning. One
(leading) batsman has to be there until
the 20th over," Kohli said.
"It was not as easy as it appeared. ere
was pressure but it was important not to
reveal that to the opposition.
" ey have a world class attack. If they
sense the smallest mistake or if you allow
them some space they take the game
away from you," Kohli added.
It was a smooth run chase by the Indian
batsmen who initially treated Steyn and
Tahir with respect and targeted the
Earlier, captain Faf du Plessis
celebrated his return with a sparkling 58
and J P Duminy made a brisk 45 not out
to help South Africa to 172 for four at
the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Chiefs ring the changes
After a loss and a draw to date on their tour,
Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie says it is essential
his side triumphs in the nal xture of their
Rennie made ve changes to his run-on XV
to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, after
which the Chiefs will return to the comforts
Beating the bottom-placed side in Super
Rugby tomorrow morning (NZT) will see
the defending champion on top of the New
Zealand conference with its South African
swing behind them.
Considering they slumped to defeat against
the Force and were staring at a second
straight loss before a late revival against the
Bulls, victory will render the away trip an
"It's essential we win," Rennie said. " e
Force was a huge disappointment and just
highlighted that, in this competition, you
need to front every week. It was a pretty
poor performance and, attitude-wise, it was
a massive lift against the Bulls.
point we'll be even happier --- but a win is
essential from a tour point of view."
Chiefs team to play Cheetahs: Gareth
Anscombe, Tim Nanai-Williams, Andrew
Horrell, Tom Marshall, Asaeli Tikoirotuma,
Aaron Cruden (c), Augustine Pulu, Liam
Messam, Sam Cane, Michael Fitzgerald,
Brodie Retallick, Matt Symons, Ben
Tameifuna, Rhys Marshall, Paulisi Manu.
Reserves: Nathan Harris, Jamie Mackintosh,
Josh Hohneck,Liam Squire,Tanerau Latimer,
Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Anton Lienert-Brown,
Mils Muliaina. --- APNZ
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