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Matt Elliott has resigned
as coach of the New Zealand
Warriors, the club announced this
His hand was forced following
the side's dreadful 37-6 defeat to
the Sharks on Saturday which was
followed by reports in Australian
media that he would be axed by
e club con rmed Elliott's
resignation this morning on
Twitter. He will be replaced
by assistant coach Andrew
"I have learned a lot from Matt
and am saddened that he has made
this decision. It speaks volumes
of his character and integrity
and I personally wish him well,"
Warriors chairman Bill Wavish
e heat was certainly being
applied to Elliott, and it is known
he had some short-term targets to
achieve to keep the owners happy.
"Tough day at the o ce @
NZWarriors ... however de nitely
some questions to be answered,"
owner Eric Watson said on Twitter
Watson and co-owner Owen
Glenn want to turn the Warriors
into the "best single sporting
franchise in Australasia" and have
invested heavily to try to achieve
that. Glenn, in particular, is said to
be decisive and does not stand for
It did not take them long to
dispense with Brian McClennan,
who was dismissed before the end
of his rst season in charge in
Top coaches have the right
chemistry with their players and
there have been rumblings of
discontent within the Warriors'
Elliott's not the one making the
mistakes on the park but he is the
most accountable. e Warriors'
attitude is a big concern --- there
is a huge di erence between their
best and worst performances ---
and that often comes back to
" at's a legitimate question and
one that needs to be asked," Elliott
told the Herald immediately after
the defeat to the Sharks when
asked if he felt his players played
e Warriors have been
inconsistent throughout their
history but seemed to be turning
a corner under Ivan Cleary. ey
went through some dry patches
when he was coach but often their
defeats were close.
Elliott has also endured some
narrow losses but also witnessed
some heavy defeats, and often
against middling sides, like the
62-6 hiding dished out by Cleary's
Panthers and the 28-4 defeat
to the Sharks last season. eir
performances in their three defeats
this year have been inept and they
have the worst defensive record in
Elliott's contract was to expire at
the end of the season and Wigan
coach Shaun Wane has repeatedly
been linked with the Warriors ---
something strenuously denied by
ey are one of the best
resourced clubs in the NRL, with
millions having been spent since
2012 on facilities and support sta ,
but the only true measure is what
happens on the eld. at was
Matt Elliott.--- Warriors record:
Games 29, W13, L16 (44.8%).
Overall: G265, W121, L141, D3
Previous Warriors coaches.---
John Monie (1995-97) G52,
W26, L26, (50%); Frank Endacott
(1997-98) G33, W13, L20,
(39.39%); Mark Graham (1999-
2000) G50, W18, L30, D2 (36%);
Daniel Anderson (2001-04) G92,
W51, L39, D2 (55.43%); Tony
Kemp (2004-05) G37, W13, L24
(35.13%); Ivan Cleary (2006-11)
G154, W77, L74, D3 (50%); Brian
McClennan (2012) G22, W8, L14
(36%). --- APNZ
PICTURE: Getty Images
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara is chaired from the eld by Seekuge Prasanna and
isara Perera after winning the ICC World Twenty20 nal against India today at
Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Hurricanes Brad Shields is tackled in their clash with the Bulls on Saturday at McLean Park, in
McFadden Warriors caretaker coach
Kumar Sangakkara shone in his 20-
over International swansong to help Sri
Lanka break their jinx and lift a maiden
World Twenty20 title with a comfortable
six-wicket victory over former champions
e departing duo of Sangakkara (52
not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (24)
contributed the top two scores for Sri
Lanka who chased down a 131-run victory
target with 13 balls to spare.
With this win, Sri Lanka nally
managed to snap their streak of losing the
nals of global events, having gone down
in the decider of the 50-over World Cup
in 2007 and 2011 and Twenty20 World
Cup in 2009 and 2012.
Sunday's nal was also a repeat of the
2011 50-over World Cup nal which
India won in Mumbai.
"It's amazing. It's a feeling that I can't
express," man-of-the-match Sangakkara
" is is the rst time I've been part of a
side that has won a World Cup. We have
been disappointed four times before. It's
hard to describe what you feel," he added.
For India, who posted a below-par 130
for four despite Virat Kohli's breezy 77,
the defeat denied the reigning 50-over
World Cup and Champions Trophy
winners a record limited over treble.
Put into bat after evening drizzle delayed
the start of the nal at the Sher-e-Bangla
National Stadium, India lost opener
Ajinkya Rahane in the second over before
Kohli added 60 runs with Rohit Sharma
(29) to lay the foundations for a late
assault that failed to materialise.
Yuvraj Singh struggled to nd the
middle of the bat, using up 21 balls to
score just 11, which coupled with Sri
Lanka's brilliant death bowling restricted
India to a total that left their bowlers little
margin for error.
Kohli, the tournament's top scorer and
set in the crease by then, faced just eight
balls in the last four overs before running
himself out in the nal delivery of the
innings after a 58-ball knock that included
four sixes and ve boundaries.
Sri Lanka restricted India to just 19 runs
o the last four overs despite having eight
wickets in hand.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
conceded India lost the plot in those nal
" e last four is where you want to score
as many as you can but we could not
capitalise on that," Dhoni said.
"At the same time, we have to give credit
to the Sri Lankan bowlers. ey were
looking for wide yorkers and all were
perfect wide yorkers. Other than one
wide delivery, they were right on the mark
which made it di cult for us to score
Sangakkara said he could not recall
watching a better death bowling display at
the close of an innings.
" at really set up the win. To restrict a
side like that, we needed something special
and our bowlers produced it," he said.
"I have not seen four overs like that and
that to a guy (Kohli) on 70-something on
50 balls and MS Dhoni who can hit any
ball out of the park. For them not to be
able to get bat on ball for four overs, 24
balls, that just shows the quality of our
bowling, the hard work they've done, the
planning and how they executed that."
Sri Lanka captain Malinga was relieved
to have delivered on his promise to win it
for the outgoing greats.
"It was Mahela and Sanga's farewell
match and we had to do something
special. All the boys were looking forward
to that before the match and that's why we
were successful today," Malinga said.
e 2014 West Coast rugby
league season opener on Saturday
followed the example of last
year's nal, with Suburbs scoring
a dominant 64-14 win over
Runanga, at O'Brien Park.
With the majority of the
championship winning side
returning, and a plethora of rising
under-18 stars on hand to dip their
feet into the premier league scene,
Suburbs look to be establishing a
Runanga battled hard throughout
the game, but simply could
not compete with the Suburbs
speed around the ruck. While
the Suburbs packs a little of the
traditional size, they make up for
it with speed on the paddock and
a focus on a quick plays that kept
Runanga backpedalling until the
tryline inevitably arrived.
A case in point was the
emergence of Harrison Mahuika at
prop. Mahuika thrived in his new
role, running hard consistently,
using his speed and agility to step
through the line and play the ball
at pace, while producing plenty of
re in the tackle on defence.
He was, however, just one of
the mobile pack made up of hard
workers who use e ort, speed and
agility to make up for any size
"It was a good rst up game, with
a few younger players making their
premier debut," Suburbs coach
Brad Tacon said.
" e pleasing aspect was you
wouldn't have known (that most
were teenagers) from the way they
For Runanga, Darren Watson
worked hard for the rst 20 minutes,
and with some work on tness he
will be an asset in a forward pack
needing some consistency. Royce
Green was the pick of the backline,
putting heat on defence and doing
everything he could to lift his team
back into the game with his typical
aggressive style to the fore in the
At Dobson, the Brunner Bulls
hosted the Cobden-Kohinoor
hornets, with both teams elding
full reserve benches. Both coaches
were pleased with an early hit-out.
Again, the home side was
defeated, Cobden coming out on
top in a free scoring encounter,
"For an early season game it
was good to see some of our early
combinations beginning to work,"
Cobden coach Barry Furness said.
"If we keep working hard at
training and keeping to our
structure we will improve as the
season moves on."
Bradley Dixon and Blake
Hodgson were the two standouts.
Dixon ran hard and proved a
resolute last line of defence, while
Hodgson directed tra c well from
stando . With another year of
senior football under his belt, Nick
Devlin knew what was required
and performed strongly o the
in season opener
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Cobden U18 win tight encounter
Cobden-Kohinoor winger Eric Chiznui is surrounded by Brunner defenders, while team-mate Delano
Stone (15) comes to support during a thrilling under-18 rugby league encounter, played at Dobson on
Saturday afternoon. In a tight struggle Cobden-Kohinoor held on to win, 18-16.
It was like watching something
from a rugby league playbook.
e pivot hits a cross- eld kick to
a ying wing, who bats the ball back
for his team-mate to gobble it up
and crash over for a try.
Usually it is seen on the last tackle
in the NRL but on Saturday night
it was the Hurricanes who borrowed
the play from the 13-man code and
executed it to perfection in their
25-20 Super Rugby victory over the
Bulls in Napier.
First- ve Beauden Barrett was
the architect as he chipped the
ball accurately across McLean
Park, while Cory Jane went up and
knocked it back for fullback Andre
Taylor who did the rest.
"You've just got to always run
those support lines," Taylor said of
"But when the kick went up,
( Jane) said 'run my inside' and when
a kick like that happens, you've
always got to run the inside just in
case. It seemed to work, so we've got
that good connection."
Due to Jane's knee injury last year
and Taylor's indi erent form to
start the 2014 campaign, Saturday
marked the rst time the laidback
pair had played in the Hurricanes
back three since 2012.
ey like to make jokes with
each other o the eld but
on the paddock they have an
understanding and Jane's absence
last year hurt Taylor as his game
became cluttered and he struggled
to hit the lofty highs of the previous
"I've learned a lot o C J in all
my years in the Canes," Taylor said.
"To have him out there, he keeps
me level-headed and he's always got
his side of the eld covered, which
makes my job a lot easier and he
can read plays well and give me
Despite making a slow start to
the campaign as the Hurricanes
dropped their rst three games and
stuttered to another loss against the
Highlanders in week six, Taylor said
they felt a change was coming.
"We always said to ourselves that
if we stuck to our gameplan that
it would connect and we'd start
playing some good footy."
Flashy plays from the backs aside,
the Hurricanes forward pack were
impressive on Saturday as they wore
the Bulls down.
Barrett also kicked a perfect seven
from seven, including a long-range
penalty with only a few minutes
left to put them back in front as
they picked up their second big
victory in as many games after they
trumped the Crusaders last week.
"It was a great win because it was
tight and we had to hang in there
at some stages," Hurricanes coach
Mark Hammett said.
"In general, the character was
Loosehead prop Ben Franks
came from the eld in the rst half
with a sore groin, which was the
only minor injury concern for the
Given Hammett's side have the
bye this week, Franks will rest up
with an eye to meeting the Blues
when the Hurricanes return to
action at the Cake Tin on Good
Hurricanes 25 (Andre Taylor try;
Beauden Barrett 6 pen, con) Bulls
20 ( Jurgen Visser, Handre Pollard
tries; Jacques Louis-Potgieter 2 pen,
con, Pollard con) Halftime: 16-13.
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