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Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren
Bravo both smashed centuries to
put West Indies in control of the
second test against New Zealand
in Trinidad today.
Brathwaite scored a patient 129
to register his maiden test hundred
while the more aggressive Bravo
blasted a rapid 109 to give West
Indies a healthy first innings lead
at Queen’s Park Oval.
When stumps were drawn on
day two, West Indies were cruising
along at 310 for five, leading by
89 runs after New Zealand were
restricted to 221 on the opening
day at Port of Spain.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was
unbeaten on four while Kemar
Roach was yet to score after the
pair came to the crease when
Brathwaite and Bravo fell in the
The pair had batted together
throughout most of the day,
sharing a partnership of 182 after
New Zealand picked up two
wickets before lunch.
Tim Southee cleaned up
nightwatchman Sulieman Benn
for four then legspinner Ish
Sodhi removed the dangerous
Kirk Edwards, who smashed 55
off just 64 balls.
He dominated a 93-run stand
with Brathwaite, belting seven
boundaries and three sixes before
he edged one to wicketkeeper BJ
“I thought we bowled pretty
well without a lot of reward but
to be fair they batted really well
with Brathwaite and Bravo both
scoring hundreds,” Watling said.
“ We’ ll come back tomorrow and
look to take five quick wickets and
get out there and score some runs
and put a target on the board.”
Brathwaite, playing in his 11th
test, brought up his fifth half-
century just after lunch before
play was delayed because of heavy
The 21-year-old reached his
maiden test hundred after tea off
199 balls after West Indies had
taken the first innings lead.
Shortly after, Bravo chalked
up his sixth test century, and his
first in the Caribbean, off just 128
deliveries, before the Black Caps
finally made the breakthrough in
an extended final session.
Bravo, whose innings featured
11 boundaries and four sixes,
fell with the total on 291, when
he holed out after an trying
smash a ball from spinner Kane
Then Brathwaite went just
before stumps, hitting a return
catch to medium pacer Trent
Boult after batting for more than
six hours, facing 258 balls and
striking 13 fours. — Reuters
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
COAST TO COAST
The man who criticised, then took
over, the Coast to Coast has announced
some major changes to the 30-year-old
Last year, multiple winner Richard Ussher
said the race needed to be revitalised, with
less focus on Coast to Coast founder Robin
Earlier this year, Ussher and Trojan
Holdings took over the event after buying
Ussher said today one of his biggest
changes was a reduction in entry fees across
all events, saving two and three-person
teams nearly $1000.
“It’s about evolving this event and making
sure competitors keep coming back time
and time again,” he said.
“As a competitor myself I know in order
to do that you have to be listening to what
the competitors themselves want and that ’s
what has shaped our decisions for next
He hoped the price reduction would result
in more people getting involved.
There is also a new event, with
competitors able to sign up together to race
in the tandem team event, competing in
double kayaks supplied as part of the race
The finish line will also change, with
competitors completing the gruelling
243km race on New Brighton beach, in
Christchurch, next year. The event has
previously finished in Sumner.
“ While the event has had great support
from the Sumner community we’ve listened
to the strong feedback and have tweaked
the last cycle leg a bit. The change is to
avoid the multiple stops that competitors
usually face with the traffic heading out to
The Coast to Coast is one of the longest
running multisport events in the world, and
is older even than the Hawaiian Ironman.
Judkins founded the event in 1983.
Coast to Coast founder Robin Judkins waiting to start race off at the Serpentine beach
Ussher rings in Coast to Coast changes
Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
produced a series of superb reflex saves to
restrict Brazil to a 0-0 draw at the World
Cup today and deny the Brazilians their
11th victory in a row.
In an absorbing group A match in the
deafening cauldron of Fortaleza’s Castelao
arena, Ochoa thwarted Paulinho, Neymar
(twice) and Thiago Silva when they seemed
certain to score.
He was the last Mexican player to leave
the pitch to a standing ovation by thousands
of green-shirted supporters before being
named man of the match.
“ We should congratulate their goalkeeper
who performed at least four miracles,”
Brazilian striker Fred said after a frustrating
afternoon for the hosts who failed time and
again to unlock a stubborn Mexican defence.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari described
Ochoa’s performance as “spectacular”.
At the other end, the Mexicans had a few
decent chances of their own in yet another
entertaining game at this World Cup, and
they could have snatched a victory had their
long-range shots been more accurate.
Jose Vasquez, Hector Herrera and Miguel
Layun all tried their luck with powerful
drives from outside the box that zipped over
Julio Cesar’s crossbar.
The draw ended Brazil’s 10-match winning
streak, dating back to August when they lost
to Switzerland in a friendly.
It also meant that to make the second
round of the tournament both teams need
points from their final group games on June
23 when Brazil face Cameroon in Brasilia
and Mexico meet Croatia in Recife.
“There was a chance here, a chance there, it
was very tight,” Scolari said.
“It wasn’t a question of us evolving or not
(from the last game). We’ve been playing
this way 20 games, we are up against good
teams, we need to understand that.”
Brazil took control of the match from
the outset with Marcelo and Oscar causing
mischief down the left and Neymar showing
bursts of brilliance when he drifted into the
It was a Neymar header that forced the
first of Ochoa’s “miracles”, the keeper
scrambling across his line to beat the ball
away at his right hand post.
Oscar floated a free kick into the box and
Thiago Silva chested it down into the path
of Paulinho with just the keeper to beat but
again Ochoa got his body in the way and
parried the ball to safety.
Brazil turned the screws after the inter val
against a Mexican side who have never
beaten them at the World Cup and have
failed to score a single goal against them in
four meetings dating back to 1950.
With a passionate Brazilian crowd roaring
them on, Neymar came close again, twisting
inside his marker and firing in a left-foot
shot which Ochoa blocked with his chest.
In the dying minutes Brazilian captain
Thiago Silva looked certain to score with a
point-blank header but again Ochoa was in
the right place to beat the ball away.
Despite their setback, Brazil will be
confident of booking their place in the last
16 by taking points from Cameroon.
The Mexicans, meanwhile, will feel their
chaotic qualifying campaign is behind them
and that they can get a point from Croatia
to put them into the knock-out stages for
the sixth consecutive World Cup. — Reuters
of the New Zealand Herald
England finally have some rugby reward in
After two narrow test defeats, on a night
when they also shed injured five eighths
Owen Farrell from the tour, the midweek men
pumped the Crusaders 38-7, in Christchurch.
They had spent three weeks training for
this chance to show off their skills and began
without any signs of nerves or rust as they
blazed away with two tries inside the opening
Their power and blazing accuracy looked
ominous as they marched downfield from set-
piece, rolling mauls and strike runners.
Comeback five eighths Danny Cipriani
started the scoring onslaught when he danced
through a gap and unloaded to his hooker
before Ben Foden’s balancing act down the
touchline produced another touchdown.
Before the end of the first quarter, the
Crusaders lost experienced captain George
Whitelock to concussion but their response
was impressive. Pressure on the England
lineout caused them to mess up
the process and from the turnover,
replacement flanker Matt Todd
blasted over from close range.
When they held possession the
Crusaders were making progress
however England were very
dominant at the breakdowns.
Their superior strength and
technique allowed them to
dispossess the Crusaders regularly
and was very beneficial when
they wanted to turn the forward
power against the hosts. By half-
time they had claimed double
the Crusaders’ turnovers. It was
a punishing lesson about ball
England were breathing hard
when they had to defend the wide
channels but their for ward flurries
took the legs away from the
Crusaders. It was impressive stuff
and laid the groundwork for four tries by half-
time with Cipriani converting all but one.
England’s patterns were similar to their test
squad as they delivered route one progress until
they sensed the defenders had jammed into the
middle of the ground. They were able to make
regular progress across the advantage line as
the Crusaders fell off too many tackles.
The style varied little from England’s test
work and should have been similar because 11
of last night ’s starting side had been involved
in the opening test at Eden Park.
The Crusaders plan was to tackle lower
and attack more after the break and Luke
Whitelock went close after a succession of
raids before impressive defender Barritt and
Foden claimed him near the corner.
That promise was short-lived. England
regrouped and took the chance to rest some
of their players including Cipriani who may
be needed in the squad for the tour finale in
Hamilton on Saturday.
It was almost into the last quarter before
England added to their half-time tally but
it was a cracker. A neat offload sent wing
Anthony Watson on a goose-stepping run past
two defenders to the line as the action went to
Controversial TMO George Ayoub rejected
a Crusaders’ claim for a try when long time
injured prop Joe Moody rumbled across the
line and then they lost possession on the next
play. — APNZ
Nine years after their last State of Origin
series win, NSW will have no better
chance of ending Queensland ’s dominance
in game two at ANZ Stadium tonight.
Boosted by the 12-8 win in the opening
encounter in Brisbane — the Blues’ first
victory in a series opener north of the
Tweed since 2003 — Laurie Daley ’s side
now find themselves in the unfamiliar role
Unlike the Maroons, NSW have enjoyed
a reasonably smooth build-up to the game
with no fresh injury concerns despite the
presence of two new faces in Josh D ugan
and Will Hopoate to replace Josh and
In contrast, Queensland had to abandon
their elaborate team announcement,
featuring the music of Eminem and
Cotton Eyed Joe, with a delayed naming
of a 22-man squad due to worries over the
fitness of Greg Inglis, Billy Slater and Daly
Experienced test pair Cooper Cronk and
Corey Parker have already been ruled out
and Brisbane rookie halfback Ben Hunt
has been training all week as back-up for
Cherry-Evans who’s nursing a knee injury
and only ran out with the team for the first
time yesterday afternoon.
With home advantage and a crowd of
more than 84,000 expectant fans to roar
them home the stars appear to be finally
aligning for NSW. The return of star back-
rower Greg Bird from suspension is also a
huge boost as is the form of Jarryd Hayne
who was man of the match in the 12-8 win
at Suncorp Stadium.
Despite all of these factors the man who
skippered the Blues to series victories in
1993 and 1994 refuses to concede his side
have the upper hand going into a game
that could further etch his name in NSW
rugby league folklore.
“They ’re downplaying everything and
want us to think they are carrying all of
these injuries,” Daley said.
“But it ’s an Origin series and everyone
will be ready to go. We went into game one
as massive underdogs and have plenty of
people patting us on the backs telling us
how good we are.
“I’d be extremely disappointed if any of
our players started to listen to their own
publicity and got ahead of themselves
because this is a mighty Queensland team.”
Meninga has already seen off Graham
Murray, Craig Bellamy and Ricky Stuart in
the opposite coaching box since taking over
from Michael Hagan in 2006 and admits
the fear of losing his 100% series record is
the driving force behind his team’s success.
“Fear is good, you have to confront it and
make sure you get on top of it,” Meninga
said. “It ’s about playing to your potential
every time you put a maroon jersey on.”
Given the upheaval in the build-up to the
game keeping the series alive to take it to
Brisbane for game three could well be the
greatest achievement of Meninga’s brilliant
“ We don’t think about those things,” he
said. “ We think about how we prepare and
how we front up tonight. We don’t talk
about outcomes, we talk about playing
good footy and doing the right thing
by your mate. I realise we have a great
challenge in front of us but I think those
who support us know if we put in the right
effort and play as well as we can, we will be
happy with that.” — AAP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa dives to make a save in today ’s World Cup group A match
against Brazil at Castelao, in Fortaleza, Brazil.
PICTURE: Getty Images
England’s Danny Cipriani breaks past Crusaders’ Joel
Everson last night at AMI Stadium, in Christchurch.
Pele was one of many who
missed the first half of Brazil’s
World Cup match against Mexico
today after being caught in traffic
as fans rushed to get home before
“For the first time I had to listen
to the first half of a Brazil game
inside a car, we were stuck in
traffic,” the Brazilian soccer great
told Globo TV.
Widely regarded as the greatest
ever player, Pele at least missed
no goals with the tournament
favourites being held to a 0-0
draw in Fortaleza. Much of Brazil
ground to a halt for the match, the
hosts’ second of the tournament,
with the second largest city Sao
Paulo suffering near record traffic
jams as scores of residents rushed
back home to watch.
Sao Paulo transportation
authorities said that at its peak,
302km of roads and highways
were backed up in the city. The all
time high was 344km on May 23.
Pele stuck in traffic jam, misses first half
STATE OF ORIGIN
PICTURE: NZ Herald
West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, right, defends his
wicket as New Zealand wicket keeper B J Watling watches in
Windies in control
Blues on verge of
ending Origin drought
Cipriani shines in English romp over Crusaders
At a glance: Host nation Brazil held to a scoreless
draw by Mexico; Belgium come from behind to beat
Algeria 2-1; Russia and Korea Republic draw 1-1 .
Player of the day: Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo
Ochoa produces a string of top-shelf saves to deny
Talking point: The scoring spree. The opening
round of group matches has produced 49 goals, with
the average per game not bettered at any World
Cup in the past half a century.
Quote of the day: “In my memory I can’t remember
a goalkeeper performing like that in a World Cup.”
Mexican coach Miguel Herrera on Ochoa.
Stat of the day: Six. The number of saves made by
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