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An Andy Hayward hat-trick
helped the New Zealand’s men
to a crushing 5-0 win over South
Africa at the Hockey World Cup
in The Hague overnight.
The Black Sticks were impressive
from the opening whistle and
once again put on show a steely
defensive effort that fed into a well
executed attacking game.
New Zealand were lethal
from set pieces, with Hayward
firing three penalty corner drag
flicks into the back of the goal
and feeding Shea McAleese for
another in his 200th test.
It is now two wins from two
games for the New Zealand side,
who have six points and sit on top
of pool B ahead of the day ’s final
Head coach Colin Batch said the
quality of play against the South
Africans was pleasing to see.
“It’s not often we have clean
sheet so that was really pleasing,
and we scored our first two
penalty corners which certainly
gave us an edge and momentum,”
“Penalty corners were definitely a
focus for us today. We’ve got some
good variations and two guys that
flick well so we want to utilise
“ We talk about effort over 70
minutes and you’re going to make
some errors but we were able to
cover them up today. Defence will
always be a cornerstone of any
success that we have here.”
The Black Sticks were on the
scoreboard four minutes into the
game after a piece of brilliance
from Simon Child, who pulled
down an aerial cross on his
reverse stick before turning and
hammering the ball past the
As the New Zealanders
tightened the screws on South
Africa, the pressure mounted and
led to the first penalty corner
of the match 15 minutes into
the first half. Hayward stung a
powerful flick into the goal before
adding another flick low and right
of the goalkeeper just two minutes
Leading 3-0 at half-time, the
Black Sticks kept the pressure on
in the second half as the South
Africans battled to keep them
out of their defensive circle. With
19 minutes remaining McAleese
put himself in the perfect spot
to deflect a drag flick into goal,
before Hayward added his third
goal of the game just minutes later
to make it 5-0.
The Black Sticks go up against
Argentina in their next game on
Friday night. In other pool B
games today, Argentina hung on
for a tight 1-0 win over Germany
while the Netherlands face off
against Korea later in the day.
New Zealand 5 (Andy Hayward
3, Simon Child, Shea McAleese),
South Africa 0. — APNZ
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
PICTURE: Getty Images
South Africa player Clinton Panther, centre, vies with Black Sticks Blair Hilton in today’s World Cup match in The Netherlands.
Steve Hansen did not have to wait long
for the warm, positive, glow of his squad
announcement on Sunday to turn into
something else entirely the next morning
when Kieran Read woke feeling unwell from
his efforts in his return game for the Crusaders.
There was something in Hansen’s manner
during the occasion which suggested he did
not want to get too far ahead of himself with
regards to Read, the best No 8 in the world
and a linchpin on both attack and defence for
the All Blacks.
That cautious approach to the player’s return
from concussion proved to be right, but the
presence of Jerome Kaino in the squad means
the news delivered to him at the team’s central
Auckland hotel would not have been as
crushing as it might have been.
Only six months ago, while Kaino was still
playing club rugby in Japan, it might have
been a different story. The All Blacks would
probably have had a re-shuffle and put Liam
Messam to the back of the scrum, with the
inexperienced Steven Luatua given the No
6 jersey. Another solution could have seen
Richie McCaw start at No 8, with Sam Cane
playing openside. Long-term, probably only
the inexperienced Luke Whitelock was next
in the pecking order behind Read.
Now, with the return of the World Cup-
winning Kaino, a 31-year-old veteran of 48
tests and nearing his form of old for the Blues,
Hansen has a ready-made replacement for as
long as Read is unavailable.
To a slightly lesser extent, the return to form
of Victor Vito, who has been outstanding for
the Hurricanes, will also give Hansen comfort.
At the end of last year, Vito had been tried and
discarded once again. Now he has forced his
way back and is a serious contender.
Read trained with the squad yesterday which
suggests his symptoms are not overly serious.
However, after suffering the injury, caused by
a high tackle against the Chiefs in mid April,
his return for the Crusaders took a long time
five weeks. Hansen appeared confident his
latest symptoms would rule him out of only
Saturday’s first test against England at Eden
Park, but in truth there is no telling how long
it will take Read to come right.
Hansen broke the news yesterday, Read’s
update the third and most significant after he
revealed flanker Cane was withdrawing from
the series due to a knee fracture, and told of
wing Julian Savea’s injury, also a knee, which
must put him in doubt this week.
“ He’s frustrated as you would be, but we’re
very lucky that we’ve got very capable people
who can fill in in his place and JK and Victor
have been performing very well,” Hansen said
Asked if he was concerned about Read’s long-
term health, he said: “ We’ve been through it
before with a certain Richie McCaw. We’ve
got really good faith in the people looking
after him. Long term, I’m not too concerned.”
Yesterday’s dramatic injury bulletin will
probably be a boost for a below-strength
England team, but the depth now in the All
Blacks suggests the home side shouldn’t be
Crusader Matt Todd has joined the squad for
Cane, and is a possibility to cover for McCaw
on the reser ves bench, with Hansen saying he
had recovered from his recent calf issue. Cory
Jane will be in line to start on the left wing if
Savea is ruled out.
Luatua, an initial casualty after breaking into
the squad last year, has been added as cover for
Read. — APNZ
of the New Zealand Herald
You expect a certain amount of whinging
from England. Usually they are packaged
with a warning about the level of complaints
Not so much from their rugby team, who
appear to have taken a more pragmatic
approach to their New Zealand tour after
being shafted on their itinerary by their
Coach Stuart Lancaster and others who
have come out for a chat at their Auckland
headquarters have delivered a “ let ’s play ”
example for their crew, rather than the
querulous tone from those who write,
broadcast and analyse the sport.
England may struggle on this tour, then
again they could succeed and take a bag full
of conviction as they approach the countdown
towards hosting next season’s World Cup.
They need to show the attitude the All Blacks
took on their end-of-year tour in 2002, when,
with 21 senior players left at home for surgery
and recovery, they took England to the death,
drew with France then beat Wales.
At that stage, England were humming. They
were vastly experienced under the command
of Martin Johnson and Clive Woodward as
they added to their armoury ahead of what
was to be a World Cup triumph the next year.
The callow All Blacks went into that test at
Twickenham with 226 caps in the starting XV,
with 150 of those collected by Jonah Lomu,
Taine Randell and Tana Umaga.
That young team put the frighteners through
England until Jonny Wilkinson’s boot guided
them to safety.
This Saturday at Eden Park, the roles are
reversed and the All Blacks are favoured even
with the late injury disruptions to Kieran
Read, Sam Cane and Julian Savea.
England are a team on the rise and working
towards a balanced game under the guidance
of Lancaster, a coach who appears to bring
sensible, hard-working standards alongside a
feel for how England should play.
They have four meetings with the All Blacks
this season, four games in which they can do
some damage, get a sense of how their hosts
are rated at the apex of world rugby and see
which of their troops match or have the jump
on their opposites.
England’s remaining players arrive today
after their premiership duties and while a
number are pitched as preferred test men, this
weekend’s performance will have a bearing on
that for the second test in D unedin.
Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Billy
Vunipola and O wen Farrell will boost
England’s snarl and direction with more
decisions to be made after this weekend’s
Lancaster’s philosophy is flexible. He will
use this adversity as another trial of England’s
growing resources. He may find a few players
who have been stifled in club rugby but have
the game to suit test match conflict.
In 2002, the All Blacks took away Keven
Mealamu, Rodney So’oialo, Daniel Braid and
Ali Williams who were uncapped yet the
following year they were in the World Cup
squad. — APNZ
New Zealand equestrian
Jock Paget has had the
first day of his doping
case heard in London
Paget, who was banned
last year after his horse
Clifton Promise tested
positive for a banned
drug, is facing a three-
person panel with a
ruling expected in up to
six weeks. Equestrian
New Zealand has asked
for an earlier outcome
ahead of August ’s world
championships, with Paget
hoping for no further ban
after already being stripped
of his Burghley title.
He will argue no fault
or negligence in Clifton
Promise testing positive
for sedative reserpine.
Paget is facing a two-year
ban, standard for horse
doping, but a one-year
ban is also possible is
he is found to have
acted without wilful or
malicious intent. Food
and inadequate stable
security are all factors that
will be examined.
New Zealand golfer
Steven Alker has gained
a start in next week’s US
Open at Pinehurst in
Alker punched his card
after he finished second
at a sectional qualifying
tournament in California
The Web.com Tour
regular also played in last
year’s US Open where he
finished in a share of 45th
Fellow New Zealander
Danny Lee looked in a
strong position to come
through his qualifying
tournament in Ohio but
the PGA Tour player
dropped six shots in his
final seven holes to miss
There was no Serena Williams standing
in her way but despite the absence of her
American nemesis, Maria Sharapova
came dangerously close to missing out
on a semi-final date at the French Open
with a younger version of herself.
At 6-1, 5-4 down the Russian was on
the verge of being toppled by the same
Spanish gale force that had blown away
defending champion Williams in the
Just when it seemed that Venezuelan-
born Garbine Muguruza would pull off
an unlikely Williams-Sharapova double
at Roland Garros, the 2012 champion’s
renowned fighting instincts kicked in
and she raised the decibel levels to shriek
her way to a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory.
It was a performance that led Andy
Murray ’s mother Judy to tweet:
“Sharapova is like a tea bag. Put her into
hot water and you’ll find out how strong
While that observation left the Russian
seventh seed rather bemused, her own
assessment was more straightforward.
“If I lost that match, I would be kicking
myself in the bottom,” Sharapova said
after reaching the Paris semi-finals for
the fourth successive year.
Blocking the former world No 1’s path
to a third final in a row is a Justin Bieber
fan who is aiming to become the first
Canadian to reach a grand slam final.
She may be a ‘Belieber’ but there
is nothing immature about Eugenie
Bouchard’s game as she stormed back
from behind in both the first and third
sets to beat Muguruza’s doubles partner
Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5.
Blessed with flowing blonde hair,
a bubbly personality and a powerful
baseline game, it is little wonder the
20-year-old has been dubbed the ‘next
“I remember when she won Wimbledon
(in 2004) I was watching her on TV,
and I thought, Wow, what she’s doing is
cool. I want to do the same,” Bouchard
said after reaching her second successive
grand slam semi-final having also done
so in Australia.
“Of course she’s a great champion, so to
be seen as the next of someone who has
won four slams and has been No 1 in the
world, it ’s a compliment.
“But now we’re in the semis of a grand
slam... I’m not going to put her ... on a
Novak Djokovic prevented a double
celebration for Canada when he thwarted
big-ser ving Milos Raonic’s bid to become
the first man in 91 years from his country
to reach the semis of a major.
The Serbian rolled closer to what seems
an inevitable final showdown with eight-
times champion Rafa Nadal with a 7-5,
7-6 (5), 6-4 win over eighth seed Raonic.
While Bouchard and Raonic are helping
put ice hockey-obsessed Canada on the
tennis map, Ernests Gulbis is doing the
same with tiny Latvia after following
up his victory over Roger Federer with
a straight sets defeat of Tomas Berdych.
Gulbis proved that his win over
17-times major winner Federer was no
fluke as he reached the last four of a
grand slam for the first time, demolishing
sixth seed Berdych 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to set up
a clash with childhood friend Djokovic.
The 25-year-old is finally backing up
the potential he showed in 2008 when he
reached the French Open quarter-finals
but unlike Djokovic, he did not attribute
his new-found success to a wheat-free
“ What took me so long? I was eating
wrong. I had the wrong diet. Everybody
was talking about this gluten-free diet.
My diet is full-on gluten,” quipped the
reformed playboy. — Reuters
Former England captain David
Beckham has indicated that he could
come out of retirement to play for the
Major League Soccer team he is aiming
to launch in Miami.
The 39-year-old hung up his boots last
year after winning the French league
title with Paris St Germain, bringing
the curtain down on a 20-year career,
but he clearly misses playing. “ There’s
never been a player-owner but maybe?”
Beckham said in a BBC documentary
that follows the former Manchester
United and Real Madrid midfielder on
an 1287km, 12-day trip into the Amazon
rainforest by motorbike, canoe and plane.
In the programme ‘David Beckham:
Into the Unknown’ which will be aired
on June 9, he admitted hacing “a tough
time” after quitting playing but following
what he described as “a stage of enjoying
the rest ” he is considering coming out of
“Now I go to watch a basketball game
and, when you are watching athletes
play at the top of their game, it gives me
that itch again and I want to be back in
the game and I start thinking to myself
‘Could I play again? Could I go back?
Could I come out of retirement and start
playing again’?” he said.
Beckham, who has 115 England caps
and also played for AC Milan on loan
from the Los Angeles Galaxy of the
MLS, where he was based for five years
until the end of 2012, is planning to start
an American soccer franchise in Miami.
Beckham and his business partners last
month unveiled a plan for a stadium on
downtown Miami’s waterfront after the
original site, at the city ’s port, ran into
There will be a referendum on the new
proposal in November. The proposed
20,000 to 25,000-seat stadium would be
part of an expanded park area close to the
Miami Heat basketball arena. — Reuters
Black Sticks two from two Kaino’s presence will
ease worry for Hansen
Lancaster can test his
World Cup hopefuls
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Maori ball game challenge
Reefton Area School Year 12 students Sean Kearns, left, and Ben Swindlehurst block a shot by
Greymouth High School student Jono Atfield during a game of ki-o-rahi, a Maori ball sport that is being
rejuvenated in New Zealand secondary schools, hosted by the Greymouth school today. The goal is that
one team has to hit the tupo (the blue bag) in the middle of the field, and the opposing team has to hit the
pou (pole) with the ki (ball).
The America’s Cup has shaken and
stirred the rules for the 2017 regatta.
They are radical, ambitious and sure to
set off debates in yacht club bars from
Sydney to San Diego, and San Francisco
Defending champion Oracle Team
USA will race against challengers in
early elimination rounds. It can build two
62ft, wing-sailed foiling catamarans —
insurance against a catastrophic failure
while challengers will be limited to
one, a clause that ’s sure to be controversial.
In another twist, either Oracle Team
USA or a challenger could start the
best-of-13 America’s Cup match with a
one-point lead, depending on results from
the qualifying rounds.
The 78-page protocol for the 35th
America’s Cup was released yesterday,
more than seven months after Oracle
Team USA staged one of the greatest
comebacks in sports to beat Emirates
Team New Zealand and retain the oldest
trophy in international sports.
The rules were published even though
organisers haven’t decided whether
San Francisco, San Diego, Bermuda or
Chicago will be the main venue. It is
expected that the early qualifying rounds
will be held in a different venue than the
challenger semi-finals and finals, and
America’s Cup match.
The new rules are designed to cut costs.
The catamarans will be 10 feet shorter
than before, requiring a crew of eight
rather than 11, and smaller shore crews
and design teams. It is not cheap to enter,
though — that fee is $2 million, payable
in two installments.
There could be six to eight challengers.
Next Tuesday in Greenwich, Olympic
star Ben Ainslie — who sailed for Oracle
in the last cup — will launch a British
challenge. Other teams are expected from
New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, Australia
and maybe China and France.
The challengers seem relieved the
contentious rules-writing process is over.
Jimmy Spithill, who has skippered Oracle
Team USA to consecutive America’s
Cup wins, said he’s excited with the way
the early rounds, starting in 2015, are
structured. “ This is the first time all of the
racing beforehand counts,” Spithill said in
a phone inter view from San Francisco.
“It ’s meaningful racing. The whole way,
there is always something on the line. To
me that makes it way more compelling.”
Unlike in previous America’s Cup
regattas, the defender will be allowed to
sail against challengers in the elimination
series. An America’s Cup World Series
in 45-foot catamarans in 2015 and 2016
will be used to seed the America’s Cup
Qualifiers, a double-round robin event.
The winner of the qualifiers — whether
it is Oracle or a challenger — will get a
bonus point in the America’s Cup match.
The top four challengers will race in
the America’s Cup play-offs — the
semif-inals and finals — with the winner
facing Oracle in the match. However,
the challenger that earns the bonus point
for the America’s Cup match could be
eliminated before reaching the ultimate
Owned by software tycoon Larry
Ellison, Oracle Team USA started the
last America’s Cup match with a two-
point penalty for illegally modifying boats
in warmup regattas. After Team New
Zealand reached match point, Oracle
won the last eight races to keep the Auld
“I think there needs to be something
on the line, something more compelling
that ’s worth fighting for,” Spithill said.
“After starting the last match down two-
nil, I’d rather sail from one ahead than two
behind. From Day One it will be a fight
because teams want to start that match
one point ahead.”
Oracle will be allowed to build two 62ft
cats. It can conduct two-boat training
during the America’s Cup play-offs
for the challengers, but then must sail
its first boat in the match. If there is a
catastrophic failure, it can use its second
boat in the match. If the winner of the
challenger series has a serious breakdown
and cannot sail in the match, the runner-
up will advance.
“This was quite a big argument,” Iain
Murray said, who heads Team Australia,
the Challenger of Record that helped set
the rules. — New Zealand Herald
Paget doping case
begins in London
Alker qualifies for US Open
America’s Cup gets shake-up
Beckham rethinks retirement at 39
Sharapova survives Muguruza scare
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