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Andrew McFadden has been signed as
the Warriors’ head coach to the end of 2017
The permanent appointment comes a
month after the 36-year-old ex-Canberra,
Parramatta and Melbourne playmaker was
brought in as acting head coach.
In his first four games in charge the
Warriors have had two hard-fought
losses followed by impressive wins against
Melbourne and Canberra to sit just outside
the NRL’s top eight.
On Saturday McFadden guided the side to
a nine-try 54-12 rout of the Raiders, a club
record winning margin against Canberra.
This followed the 16-10 Anzac Day victory
over the Melbourne Storm, one of the most
complete displays in the club’s history.
McFadden welcomed the long-term
“I ’m hugely appreciative of the club giving
me this opportunity,” McFadden said.
“The past few weeks in the job have given
me a valuable insight into the role and its
demands. To have the position through to
the end of 2017 gives me certainty and the
chance to plan our future with confidence.
“It’s an exciting challenge for all of us as
we seek to make the Vodafone Warriors
a consistent force in the NRL. There’s so
much talent in this club but there’s also so
much work needed if we’re to rise to the
level we expect.”
Since McFadden took over the Warriors
have shown vast improvement in both their
level of effort and effectiveness in defence. In
the past four matches they have conceded a
total of just 63 points, an average of less than
16 points a game compared to an average
of almost 28 in the first five rounds of the
Warriors owner Eric Watson said
McFadden had done an outstanding job in
transforming the side.
“I spent some time with Andrew when I
was back in Auckland recently and we’ve
had regular contact since,” he said.
“ I had the greatest confidence he was
the right man to bring about the changes
needed when he was appointed last month.
We had a view when Andrew joined the
club that he would develop into the next
long-term head coach. He has already
underlined the ability he has and we couldn’t
be more delighted to confirm his long-term
future with the Vodafone Warriors. ”
Scurrah said today ’s confirmation gave
McFadden the opportunity to not only
focus on the rest of the 2014 campaign with
confidence but to also work with clarity on
the 2015 season and beyond.
“ We’re already working on recruitment and
other plans and it ’s critical to have Andrew
fully involved as we map out our future,” he
McFadden’s first match as the club’s
fully-fledged head coach is ironically against
the same team he made his NRL coaching
debut against — Canterbury-Bankstown —
at Eden Park on April 13.
On that occasion the Bulldogs stole a
21-20 win after the Vodafone Warriors
had led 20-18 inside the last 10 minutes of
the contest; the performance represented a
quantum leap from the 6-37 loss to Cronulla
a week earlier.
The Bulldogs have gone to the top of the
competition since the Eden Park match,
taking a run of six consecutive wins into
Sunday’s encounter at Waikato Stadium
(4pm kick-off ).
Jarryd Hayne and Chris Sandow have
inspired Parramatta to a 42-24 win over
Cronulla in an action-packed NRL clash at
Pirtek Stadium last night.
The pair scored three tries between them,
with one of Hayne’s a contender for the
season’s best as the Eels secured their fifth
win of the season — matching their total for
Cronulla’s disappointing evening was
compounded by an early injury to Andrew
Fifita with the NSW prop limping off with
ankle syndesmosis early in the game which
could potentially rule him out of the NSW
side for the State of Origin opener on May
Eels winger Semi Radradra opened the
scoring after four minutes when he latched
on to a bullet-like pass from Hayne.
The Sharks hit back immediately with
a Sosaia Feki try converted by Michael
Wade Graham then showed some brilliant
soccer skills by chipping Jeff Robson’s
grubber-kick over the head of two Eels
defenders then regathered to score.
However, that moment of magic was
eclipsed by Hayne midway through the
opening stanza with the superstar fullback
stepping past five players to power his way
over the line.
Will Hopoate appeared to have restored
the Eels’ lead but the video referee backed
the decision of the on-field officials to deny
the try despite the centre looking to have
grounded the ball.
The Eels’ dismay was short-lived with
Sandow hauling in his own chip and chase
to score under the posts before winger Ken
Sio increased the hosts’ advantage before
The Sharks were much improved in the
second period despite Hopoate’s try for the
Eels just after the restart.
Graham looked to have scored his second
when he drove his way to the line following
a Robson pass, but the video referee
infuriated the Sharks by denying his effort,
deeming he’d lost control of the ball.
Inspired by a brilliant run and pass from
skipper Paul Gallen, Isaac De Gois did
get on the scoresheet for the visitors with
Gordon’s kick closing the gap to 28-18 .
However their hopes of a come-from-
behind win were ended by Willie Tonga’s
90m intercept try in the 63rd minute.
Despite Gordon keeping his side in touch
with a four-pointer, Sio grabbed his second
following some good work from the
Fittingly, Hayne had the final word, racing
almost the length of the field after a sloppy
Blake Ayshford pass went to ground.
Despite the win, Eels coach
Brad Arthur was upset at the
manner of his side’s defending
and said they have little chance
of progressing to the finals this
year unless they tighten up.
“Defence wasn’t good enough
and moving for ward if we want
to be taken seriously we’ve got
to be better,” Arthur said.
“ We were ordinary through
the middle, we did some good
things with the ball but we have
to learn to play for 80 minutes.”
However, Arthur was pleased
with the contribution of Hayne
and said his performance was
his best of the year.
“He showed a lot of leadership
qualities tonight,” Arthur said.
“His shoulder’s not 100% ...
but he’s got to play with pain.
He played tough tonight and he
got the footy and ran and that ’s
what we need him to do. ”
Sharks coach Peter Sharp said
his side let themselves down with their first
half effort and had no complaints with the
“Parra were good tonight, but we made too
many errors to compete at this level,” Sharp
“ We kicked poorly and made poor
decisions with or without the footy. ”
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PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Upskilling squash techniques
Junior squash players practise their technique by playing with balloons tied on to their racquets. Erin
Ellery and Kat Neiman took the classes, which have proved popular with the youngsters, who regularly
fill the Monday sessions. Introductory sessions on Fridays at 9.15am are open for women eager to smash
or boast their way around the court.
of the New Zealand Herald
New Zealand will be
back on familiar test
territory when they tour
England next year.
The itinerary for the
tour, released yesterday,
has New Zealand playing
two tests at Lord’s and
It will be New Zealand’s
17th test at cricket ’s HQ,
and hoping to improve a
record which shows just
against seven losses and
At Leeds, who have
been a test host on three
of the last four tours of
England, New Zealand
have managed one
victory, five losses and a
draw, which was in New
Zealand ’s first appearance
at the Yorkshire ground
The five losses were
all heavy — three by
an innings, one by nine
wickets and, last year, by
Even so, that is not New
Zealand ’s least successful
English test ground. That
is at Edgbaston, where
New Zealand have been
beaten on all four visits.
New Zealand have won
four tests out of 52 in
England, losing 29 and
Last year, they had a
glorious chance to win
a second test at Lord’s,
chasing 239 only to
tumble for an ignominious
68. A few days later they
were squashed at Leeds.
New Zealand tour
schedule to England
next year.— May 8-11: v
Somerset, Taunton; May
14-17: v Worcestershire,
Worcester; May 21-25:
First test, Lord’s; May 29-
June 2: Second test, Leeds;
June 6: v Leicestershire,
Leicester; June 9: First
ODI, Edgbaston; June
12: Second ODI, The
Oval; June 14: Third ODI,
Southampton; June 17:
Fourth ODI, Nottingham;
June 20: Fifth ODI,
Durham; June 23: Only
T20, Old Trafford.
NRL season has been
compounded by Anthony
Milford’s decision to
honour his agreement to
move to Brisbane in 2015.
The Raiders, who have
given up 50 points in their
last two games against
Manly and the Warriors
and sit joint-last on the
ladder, were hopeful of
changing the exciting
young fullback’s mind
about switching to the
Broncos to be closer to his
family. “ This was a very
tough decision for me and
I want to thank everyone
at the Raiders.”
of the New Zealand Herald
Some Super Rugby players are
in contention for the All Blacks
Sevens squad to the Glasgow
Commonwealth Games, but their
availability is mostly dependent
on whether their franchise misses
Yesterday morning the New
Zealand team wrapped up a
12th IRB World Series title in
15 seasons with a superb 52-33
comeback victory over Australia
in the London Cup final.
Coach Gordon Tietjens was
celebrating the moment when the
Herald called, but his thoughts
were not far from his bid to win a
fifth consecutive gold medal.
“I have had a number of Super
Rugby players who have expressed
an interest to be considered. They
will be in due course, but the
performance of their franchise
teams will determine whether
they will be available”, Tietjens
who has two camps planned
before Glasgow, said.
He would not reveal who those
men were, but one is of course
Crusader Adam Whitelock,
a fringe franchise player, but
who played the final two sevens
tournaments for New Zealand.
“It was trying for Adam,
because it was his first two
tournaments, but he has got some
real sevens potential. He is still
inexperienced, still very raw, but
he will get an opportunity to try
out for the games in a few weeks’
time”, Tietjens said.
The timeline will be tight, as
the final Super Rugby round is
on July 12-13 while the games’
sevens runs from July 26-27 . At
least two New Zealand teams,
and perhaps three, will feature in
the Super Rugby play-offs.
Veteran sevens discard Lote
Raikabula will come into
contention again, with Tietjens
looking at naming 20 for the
camps. Tomasi Cama, who was
dropped for the last two legs of
the World Series, won a reprieve
due to an injury to Joe Webber.
Though Tim Mikkelson missed
out on the IRB Sevens player of
the year gong (that went to Fijian
Samisoni Viriviri), Ambrose
Curtis was adjudged rookie of the
year, and captain D J Forbes and
Scott Curry were named in the
series’ Dream Team.
“They were standouts, and guys
like Ben Lam were unstoppable
over the weekend. Collectively
everyone put their hand up when
they needed to”, Tietjens said,
who also paid tribute to the depth
on his bench. He was able to have
consistency of selection, with far
less injuries than in 2012-13 .
“It was really pleasing to finish
the World Series by winning the
New Zealand was edged
15-12 by England in day one pool
action, but had already clinched
the series title due to qualifying
for the quarter-finals.
Victories over South Africa
(32-5) and Fiji (12-10) culminated
in the Cup final win over
Australia, the fifth Cup victory
this season. New Zealand’s 180
points was well clear of South
Africa on 152.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Highlanders Malakai Fekitoa on the attack against the Lions on
Saturday at Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin.
of the Otago Daily Times
It is a long way from the tiny
Tongan village of Faleloa to the
white-hot cauldron of an
All Black test.
Malakai Fekitoa took another
significant step on that journey
The Highlanders centre, who
turned 22 on Saturday, has been
one of the form players in the
Super 15 this season and was
named in the All Blacks wider
training squad yesterday.
The selection was still sinking
in for the quietly-spoken Tongan,
who was deemed surplus to
requirements at the Blues at the
end of last season.
“’I was pretty stoked. I got a
text earlier on today. It was just
unreal. I texted my family right
away. They are just so happy,” he
“It was not really a dream, to
be honest. When I was in Tonga
I did not know I was going to
go anywhere. I was just stuck at
school and I was learning to play.
I wanted to make the World Cup
for sevens for Tonga. I made the
wider squad and that was great.
“Then I was lucky enough to
get that scholarship to Wesley
(College) and it all changed
from there for me. Everything
changed. I wanted to stay and
play in New Zealand. I just
wanted to make every team I
Fekitoa, who had a serious
injury as a child that damaged
his hip, was signed by the
Auckland union straight out of
school and named the player of
the tournament at the national
sevens in Q ueenstown when
aged just 18. He was picked by
the Blues in 2013 but did not
play a minute. With the signings
of Benji Marshall and Ma’a
Nonu this season, his face did not
fit into Blues’ plans.
The Highlanders pounced,
and both team and player have
profited from the connection.
“I think I have developed.
From that first Blues game of
this season I did not pass a single
ball. I ran and tackled but last
week I passed the ball more and
offloaded. I was making room for
the other guys.”
Fekitoa, who qualified through
residency for the All Blacks this
season, said despite the call-
up he was not fitting out his
black jersey yet. “It is just the
beginning, the start. Who knows
if I will be there? It is a wake-up
harder. But it is close now. It is an
opportunity to get into the team.”
One of 14 children in his
family, he said his mother was
crying after hearing the news and
word was getting around his old
Uncapped hooker Liam
Coltman and backline stars
Aaron Smith and Ben Smith
were the other Highlanders to
make the All Black wider squad.
head coach till 2017
Top players put hands up for Games
PICTURE: Getty Images
Eels Jarryd Hayne is tackled in last night ’s encounter with the Cronulla Sharks at Pirtek
Stadium, in Sydney.
Hayne lifts Eels to impressive win
Fekitoa closer to All Blacks dream
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