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Six months after he was
sensationally axed from the Kiwis'
World Cup squad, Tohu Harris
will return to international duty for
Friday's Anzac test in Sydney.
Harris, 22, was the controversial
omission from New Zealand's
failed World Cup campaign, left
out at the last minute after Sonny
Bill Williams belatedly made
With Williams returning to
rugby next year and not considered
for selection, Harris will have the
opportunity to add to his solitary
cap after coach Stephen Kearney
was clearly impressed by the
Melbourne Storm back rower's
form this year.
Harris is far from the only new
face to tackle Australia at Allianz
Stadium, with Kearney naming
six newcomers in the 18-man
squad. Fullback Peta Hiku, ve-
eighths Isaac John, utility Ben
Henry, hooker Siliva Havili and
props Martin Taupau and Kenny
Bromwich will join the national
team for the rst time.
Bromwich has been included
alongside older brother Jesse,
making the pair the rst set of
siblings to suit up together for the
Kiwis since Henry and Robbie Paul
e callow look to the squad
means there is room for only six
sur vivors from the side that lost
to the Kangaroos in last year's
World Cup nal --- captain Simon
Mannering, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck,
Dean Whare, Shaun Johnson, Sam
Moa and Jesse Bromwich.
Notable omissions are four
players from NRL premiers Sydney
Roosters --- superstar Sonny Bill
Williams, who was not considered
as he's going back to rugby union
next year, prop Waerea-Hargreaves,
Frank-Paul Nu'uausala and centre
Shaun Kenny-Dowall as well
as giant Warriors winger Manu
"We're still very excited by the
talent we have available," Kearney
said. "Many of these guys have
progressed through Junior Kiwis
and into full professional and now
international careers. ere are also
some old faces returning and we
think this mix will bring a really
positive energy to the group.
" is team is an Anzac story
in itself --- a band of young men
thrown together to do whatever it
takes to perform for 80 minutes on
Kiwis squad.--- Gerard Beale
(St George-Illawarra), Adam
Blair (Wests Tigers), Jesse
Bromwich (Melbourne), Kenny
Bromwich (Melbourne), Greg
Eastwood (Bulldogs), Tohu
Harris (Melbourne), Siliva Havili
(Warriors), Ben Henry (Warriors),
Peta Hiku (Manly), Isaac John
(Penrith), Shaun Johnson
(Warriors), Simon Mannering
(Warriors), Sam Moa (Sydney
Roosters), Jason Nightingale (St
George-Illawarra), Kevin Proctor
(Melbourne), Martin Taupau
(Wests Tigers), Roger Tuivasa-
Sheck (Sydney Roosters), Dean
Manly thrashed Canberra 54-18 at
Brookvale Oval in Sydney yesterday
with new Kiwis fullback selection Peta
Hiku scoring four tries in an emphatic
response to the midweek news of
Glenn Stewart's departure.
Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-
Evans had a hand in six of Manly's
seven rst-half tries in a sublime
playmaking performance as they
jumped out to a 42-0 lead after 34
Glenn Stewart, who signed with
South Sydney on Tuesday, limped
o with an ankle injury in the eighth
minute and returned midway through
the second half. Jamie Lyon departed
with a knee injury in the 54th minute
and did not return.
In a tribute to Stewart, the
appreciative home crowd clapped for
the entire 13th minute in honour of
the two-time premiership winner, who
has worn the Manly No 13 for years.
On a sodden ground after morning
showers, Canberra scored a try either
side of half-time but were humiliated
in a dismal display a week after a
dramatic nal-minute win over the
Hiku added his fourth in the 58th
minute in a stunning display which
would have signed and sealed his
selection in the Kiwis for this week's
Hiku, whom the Warriors recently
wanted to sign as a centre for next year,
looks likely to wear the No 1 jersey
for his country after an impressive
2014 campaign for the Sea
Jack Littlejohn made his
NRL debut in place of
injured Kiwis ve-eighth
Kieran Foran (knee) but
Manly did not miss a beat
as they put the woeful
Raiders to the sword.
Hiku opened the scoring
in just the fourth minute
on the back of a looping
Cherry-Evans pass, while
Jamie Lyon, Brenton
Lawrence and Anthony
Watmough all crossed
before 15 minutes were up.
Hiku added his second in
the 24th minute and Brett
Stewart grabbed his rst
try of the year ve minutes
Hiku then swooped again
for his third four-pointer
and centre Lyon landed his
seventh conversion from as
e Gold Coast scored
three tries to one as they
beat Wests Tigers 22-6 at
Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
e Tigers, who have stunned experts
with their early season form, were no
match for the high- ying Titans, who
led throughout and seemed to have
learned a lot from their 42-12 loss to
the Michael Potter-coached team in
Other results.--- Sydney Roosters 34
beat St George Illawarra 14; Warriors
16 beat Melbourne
10; South Sydney
28 beat Brisbane
26; Cronulla 24
beat Penrith 20;
42 beat Parramatta
14; Bulldogs 16 beat
Australia coach Tim Sheens admits his
team will be overwhelming favourites to
beat an inexperienced New Zealand side
in Friday's Anzac test but expects the
Kiwi players to have a point to prove.
Sheens' 17-man squad contained
few surprises with 14 of the side that
won the Rugby League World Cup in
Manchester last November selected.
It is in complete contrast to Stephen
Kearney's squad which has just ve
survivors from the 34-2 hammering in the
nal at Old Tra ord and six newcomers
including rookie Warriors hooker Siliva
Havili who has only a handful of NRL
appearances to his name.
Star prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is
among those axed by Kearney, who is
without the injured key players Kieran
Foran, Issac Luke, Frank Pritchard,
Elijah Taylor and omas Leuluai.
"He's blooding younger blokes and
they'll be enthusiastic and as the
Warriors showed against Melbourne at
the weekend you cannot underestimate
what comes out of New Zealand,"
"With six debutants getting an
opportunity they'll be busting to play
well. I think it's going to be an intense
Havili is a shock selection and Sheens
admits he has never seen the 21-year-
old play. "It worries me when you don't
know much about someone and the
national coach picks him to play for New
Zealand," he said.
" ey know the kid can play. You're
not going to get picked if you don't have
ability. I understand we'll be favourites
for this game, but it's sometimes hard to
play from in front and they have nothing
to lose and throw everything at us."
In-form Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne
would have been picked at centre but
misses out due to a shoulder injury picked
up in the Eels' loss to North Queensland
Canterbury centre Josh Morris is
preferred to long-time incumbent Justin
Hodges, but Sheens said the door is
not closed to the veteran Brisbane and
"We went for Morris who has a little
bit more football under his belt and he
plays right centre for NSW," Sheens said.
"In a short preparation he knows
everything we've done for the last two
seasons as he's been in and around the
"If Justin had been t last year, he would
have gone on the Kangaroos tour. He's
had three-and-a-half games this year and
I am sure he'll be picked by Queensland
for State of Origin.
"I think coming down to the end of the
year if he's going well, he'll be picked for
the Four Nations."
Sheens has changed the make-up of
his interchange bench with Cronulla's
Andrew Fi ta omitted following his
di cult start to the season and replaced
by Gold Coast's Nate Myles.
Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd
Cordner is preferred to Canberra's Josh
Papalii and joins Corey Parker and Daly
Cherry-Evans who keep their utility
Sheens said starting Cherry-Evans over
Cronk was discussed by selectors, but the
Melbourne halfback deser ved the chance
keep his spot.
"It just comes down to with a short
turnaround and that incumbents
deser ved an opportunity. It's healthy to
have those guys playing as well as they
are. ere's no one there that shouldn't
be there. ey are not in threat of being
dropped by their teams let alone our
team," he said.
Kangaroos.--- Billy Slater (Melbourne
Storm), Darius Boyd (Newcastle
Knights), Greg Inglis (South Sydney
Rabbitohs), Josh Morris (Canterbury-
Bankstown Bulldogs), Brett Morris (St
George Illawarra Dragons), Johnathan
urston (North Queensland Cowboys),
Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm), Matt
Scott (North Queensland Cowboys),
Cameron Smith (c) (Melbourne Storm),
James Tamou (North Queensland
Cowboys), Greg Bird (Gold Coast
Titans), Sam aiday (Brisbane
Broncos), Paul Gallen (Cronulla-
Sutherland Sharks), Daly Cherry-Evans
(Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles), Boyd
Cordner (Sydney Roosters), Nate
Myles (Gold Coast Titans), Corey
Parker (Brisbane Broncos), Matt Gillett
e rough weather cleared on
Saturday to enable a large crowd
to enjoy the West Coast Speedway
Association King of the Coast.
Local drivers did well in the large
and talented elds. Steve ompson
was rst and Brandon Parkinson
third in the modi ed class, while
Atama Holland was third in the
Cleve Kokshoorn was runner-
up in the super stocks and
Vinny Spa ord-Parsons won the
ministocks, with Sarah Bellis third.
Jayden Gerrard was second equal in
the stockcar class and was awarded
the Percy White Trophy for the best
Street stocks: Shane Chapman 1,
Kirk Aldridge 2, David McSherry
3. TQs: Jeremy Webb 1, Matthew
Leversedge 2, Lindsay Bailey 3.
Production saloons: Hogan Je s
1, Dave Filius 2, Dave Leitch 3.
Stockcars: Lloyd Jennings 1, Ralph
Gillespie 2, Jayden Gerrard 3.
Super stocks: N Nick Fowler 1,
Cleve Kokshoorn 2, Trevor Mason
3. Ministocks: Vinny Spa ord
Parsons 1, Dylan Robb 2, Sarah
Modi eds: Steve ompson 1,
Gary Lennon 2, Brandon
of the New Zealand Herald
Bragging rights in the ANZAC weekend
battle of the V8 Supercars at the ITM 500
at Pukekohe went to the Aussies, with
Ford Performance Racing driver Mark
Winterbottom taking the Jason Richards
Memorial Trophy back across the Tasman.
New Zealand Volvo pilot Scott
McLaughlin came within a whisker of
keeping the silverware on home soil, but had
to settle for second both in the feature race
and the weekend's points. Winterbottom
played a clever game in 200km feature race
stalking the leaders picking o team-mate
David Reynolds early on before jumping
Shane van Gisbergen in pits to grab second.
e FPR driver then shadowed race
leader Scott McLaughlin in the middle
stages of the race before both drivers pitted
with Winterbottom emerging from pit lane
in the lead. He was never headed during
the closing stanzas of the race to take his
third win of the season.
"Holding this trophy (Richards Trophy)
is very special as he was an amazing guy
and I'm just wrapped and honoured to win
it," Winterbottom said.
"To race on Anzac weekend was incredible
and the racing was fantastic.
Pukekohe is an awesome track and the
bumps make the character of the joint.
I hope they never do too much to change
the track as it makes the place a bit hairy.
" e Kiwis love their motorsport and to
have a good car to come and race here is
Winterbottom arrived in New Zealand
48 points behind series leader Craig
Lowndes and packed his bags for the ght
back to Australia last night with a handy
"I wanted to leave here leading and now I
have two weeks to enjoy it.
Triple Eight (Lowndes and Jamie
Whincup) are having a tough time at
the moment, which is surprising, but we
are wrapped because we do not normally
capitalise on the chance when they are not
having a good day."
McLaughlin was the meat in an FPR
sandwich following Winterbottom home
with Chaz Mostert nishing third. e
New Zealander started on pole and led the
race until the rst round of pitstops where
he was jumped by Winterbottom and then
had to follow the FPR driver home.
His two podium nishes moves him into
seventh in the series and while disappointed
not to get a win, is still chu ed with his
"It's a fantastic weekend to be able to
race in front of just a big home crowd,"
McLaughlin said. "It was a pretty good
battle (with Winterbottom) up until the
pit stop but he got me.
"I never really had enough to get back
onto him but we're pretty close to getting
our rst win."
Van Gisbergen also notched up a couple
of podium nishes --- rst and second ---
but his weekend su ered a blow when he
was pinged 25 points in the second race
of the weekend. He's settled into fth on
the series' ladder just ahead of defending
champion Jamie Whincup.
e third New Zealander in the eld,
Fabian Coulthard had a weekend to forget
but hangs on in third on the ladder.
e weekend's great weather saw a
bumper crowd of 128,000 V8 fans make
the trip to Pukekohe and be entertained
by three days of racing. Having two of the
New Zealanders in the eld do well was
an added bonus. e next round of the V8
Supercars is in Perth, May 16-18.
V8 Supercars points.--- Mark
Winterbottom 941, 1; Craig Lowndes 834,
2; Fabian Coulthard 824, 3; James Courtney
781, 4; Shane van Gisbergen 777, 5; Jamie
Whincup 775, 6; Scott McLaughlin 651,
7. --- APNZ
Six rookies in
wary of rookies
Hiku bags four tries to celebrate NZ selection
PICTURE: Getty Images
Peta Hiku celebrates a try with his Manly team-mates.
Winterbottom king at Pukekohe
PICTURE: Getty Images
Mark Winterbottom celebrates after winning race 13 at the ITM 500, which is
round four of the V8 Super Championship Series at Pukekohe Park Raceway
Thrills and spills at King of the Coast
PICTURE: Craig Baker
Stockcars 38GM Tony Oliver, 94GM Jayden Gerrard and 469E Gavin Marshall.
PICTURE: Stephanie Bellis
Dwayne Honey gets rolled.
eir form remains a
concern but the number of
Chiefs ruled out through
concussion represents an
additional headache for
coach Dave Rennie.
Friday's defeat to the
Brumbies saw the defending
champions' slump extend
to one win from six and
saw three more members
of their squad subjected to
sideline concussion testing.
While Mahonri Schwalger
was the only player who
failed to return to the eld,
the head knocks continued
a worrying trend for the
champs, one that has seen
their medical ward requiring
a revolving door.
ree players were missing
from the squad that ew to
Canberra due to concussion
protocols, part of an
11-strong injury list that
has hampered the Chiefs'
throughout the campaign.
Little can be done to avoid
such a glut of head injuries
but the level of misfortune
must leave Rennie
wondering exactly whom he
"It's just bad luck," he said.
"It's a collision sport --- it
happens --- and our game
gets more and more intense
Indeed, with athletes
getting bigger, faster and
stronger, the violence in
those collisions has only
increased, meaning players
are as susceptible to friendly
re as opposition hits.
"Liam Squire ran into a
shoulder, Tawera (Kerr-
Barlow) was making a
desperate tackle and got
his head in the wrong
position (both last week),
Ben Afeaki and Brodie
(Retallick) clashed heads
making a tackle (in week
one)," Rennie said. "It's just
a bit of bad luck."
Compounding that luck
is the stringent testing in
today's game. A necessity
to ensure the players' long-
term health, such protocols
were conspicuous by their
absence in a bygone era.
" ere are a lot more
precautions around it
now and anyone with the
slightest issue is generally
taken o and assessed."
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