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From Blues reject to All Black starter
in less than a year, Malakai Fekitoa has
been charged with showing similar
speed and perseverance in the final test
of the June series.
The 22-year-old Fekitoa has been
handed the All Black No 13 jersey
a decision that all but confirms his
elevated status as the heir apparent at
centre to the injured Conrad Smith.
As expected, the only other change
to the starting XV is in the loose trio,
where Kieran Read returns at No 8 with
Jerome Kaino shifting to the blindside
and Liam Messam dropping to the
All Black coach Steve Hansen has
picked a team which makes clear his
desire to nail the series 3-0 and to
take to 17 the number of consecutive
victories. There will be no talk of this
being a dead rubber or an opportunity
to experiment — it is a chance to build
on what was a good if not consistently
good performance in D unedin.
“ While we felt we improved from the
first test to the second, there are areas
of our game we want to improve on
and that has been the focus for us this
week,” was Hansen’s succinct rationale
for picking the team he has.
What that suggests is that the tempo
and rhythm found in the third quarter
of the second test will be seen as the
benchmark for the full 80 minutes in
Hamilton and such a goal would not
be realistic if significant changes in
personnel were made.
Read was always going to return to
the team the instant he was deemed
fit enough to do himself and the jersey
justice. As Jerome Kaino said last week,
he and Liam Messam have been aware
for weeks now that the day would
come when the selectors would have to
choose between them for the No 6 shirt.
irresistibly tempting to the selection
His form for the Highlanders was too
good to ignore — his ability to explode
past defenders and time his defensive
destruction — won him his initial call
up to the squad.
Ben Smith, Cory Jane,
Malakai Fekitoa, Ma’a Nonu, Julian
Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith,
Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c),
Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie
Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles,
Tony Woodcock. Reser ves: Keven
Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie
Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Liam
Messam, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett,
Ryan Crotty. — APNZ
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Holders Spain crashed humiliatingly
out of the World Cup today after
a second shock defeat while 2010
runners-up the Netherlands continued
their perfect start with another high-
Thrashed 5-1 by the D utch in their
opening game, Spain’s normally
composed and incisive team again
looked a spent force, allowing Chile to
score twice in the first half then hold
firm for a totally deserved, glorious win.
“It is difficult to explain,” bemoaned
Spain captain and goalkeeper Iker
Casillas, who was at fault on both goals
and is likely to be among an old guard
jettisoned for fresh faces.
“ We ask people’s forgiveness. We are
responsible but also the first ones to
feel the pain.”
The undisputed kings of global
football in the last six years, Spain
won the 2008 and 2012 European
Championships and their first World
Cup in South Africa. Their supremacy
is no more and an ageing team needs
to be rebuilt.
Chile, who had not beaten Spain in
10 previous games, looked sharper and
more aggressive from the start.
Eduardo Vargas turned Casillas
and avoided lunging defender Sergio
Ramos to score the first goal after 20
minutes, before Charles Aranguiz
struck the second just before half-time,
sending the red-clad hordes of South
American fans delirious.
Seemingly perennial nearly-men
the Netherlands, who have lost three
World Cup finals including to Spain
in 2010, continued their storming start
to the tournament with a thrilling 3-2
victory over Australia.
In a fantastic end-to-end match in
Porto Alegre, “Socceroos” veteran Tim
Cahill smacked in a spectacular volley
that should be a contender for goal of
the World Cup.
“I want to leave a mark for all the kids
back in Australia and around the world
to be inspired,” he said.
It was not enough, however, to stem
the D utch, who came from behind
to win with a long-range strike by
Depay that made him the youngest
player to score in his nation’s long and
illustrious World Cup history.
With maximum points and eight
goals scored, coach L ouis van Gaal was
one of the happiest men in Brazil.
The Netherlands, hoping to finally
shed their unwanted tag of being the
best country never to win the World
Cup, and Chile have now both secured
berths in the last 16.
They meet on Monday to decide the
group B winners.
Cameroon’s torrid World Cup also
ended today when they were trounced
4-0 by Croatia in the Amazonian
heat of Manaus. Having lost captain
Samuel Eto’o to injury, a miserable
campaign for the ‘Indomitable Lions’
was compounded by a needless sending
off for Alex Song after he hit Mario
Croatia, no doubt motivated by a
sense of injustice over a penalty awarded
to Brazil in their opening defeat by
the hosts, were ruthless, Mandzukic
helping himself to a double.
Brazil and Mexico each have four
points in group A, and Croatia three,
meaning a win for them against the
Mexicans in Recife on Monday would
take the European side into the last 16
for the first time since they reached the
semi-finals in 1998.
The tournament has been a
spectacular affair so far, with daredevil
teams bringing goals galore and pacy
end-to-end football that has eclipsed
the duller fare in South Africa.
The football action has also taken
attention away from sporadic political
protests against Brazil’s government
infrastructure would be ready.
This would not be South America,
though, if everything went perfectly
and about 200 Chilean fans stormed
the media centre at the Maracana
stadium just before the game today.
Journalists are not the only ones to be
Former Argentina captain Diego
Maradona, who is working as a tv
pundit in Brazil, said today he was
denied entry to the Maracana for his
team’s weekend game against Bosnia.
That followed discomfort for another
soccer great, Brazil’s Pele, who had to
listen to the first half of the hosts’ 0-0
draw with Mexico on his car radio due
to being stuck in traffic.
While fans in Brazil have been
thrilled by the action, there has been
tragedy for soccer lovers in Africa
where Nigeria’s Boko Haram and
Somalia’s al Shabaab operating in
Kenya have killed several dozen people
enjoying World Cup games together.
Islamist militants also marred the
last World Cup with bombs killing
nearly 80 fans watching football on tv
For tomoror w, there is an attractive
lineup of matches.
First up, Colombia and Ivory Coast
clash in Brasilia, both buoyed by
opening day wins in Group C.
Colombia may prove to be South
America’s surprise package, thrashing
Greece 3-0 in their first game in
an attacking display that belied the
absence of top striker Radamel Falcao.
Ivory Coast are looking like Africa’s
best hope after a promising 2-1 win
over Japan inspired by veteran Didier
Drogba who came off the bench when
they were losing. The second game of
the day is a more desperate affair, with
England and Uruguay smarting from
opening defeats and hoping to justify
their reputations with a first win in
Japan play Greece in tomorrow ’s final
The Japanese may have been
distraught at letting a lead slip to the
Ivorians, but they at least know how to
cope with defeat.
The Asian champions found some
solace and had a good heart-to-heart
in a shared jacuzzi session.
“ We told each other how rubbish we
were but not to let it get to us. It’s good
to finish things off with a laugh,” said
striker Yoshito Okubo.
Anyone else needing cheering up
might want to head for Belo Horizonte.
Binmen there are entertaining fans by
singing and tapping out samba rhythms
as they trundle through the street after
dark picking up rubbish.
New Zealand battled back strongly
after conceding a first innings lead of
239 in the second test against the West
Indies today, reaching 73-1 in its second
innings at close on the third day at the
Queen’s Park Oval.
No 3 Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten
38 and shared a determined, unbroken
second wicket stand of 64 with opener
Tom Latham, who struck 30 not out.
Pacer Jerome Taylor removed stand-in
opener Brendon McCullum, the Black
Caps skipper, and finished with 1-15.
The West Indies, replying to New
Zealand’s first innings of 221, had earlier
stretched its overnight 310-5 to 460 all
out half hour before tea. Newcomer
Jermaine Blackwood hit a forthright 63
off 110 balls with six fours and two sixes.
He shared stands of 47 with veteran
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and 76 with
captain Denesh Ramdin to help ram
home the advantage the hosts had built
on day two. Chanderpaul struck five
fours and a six in 47 while Ramdin hit
four boundaries in 32 off 67 balls.
New Zealand removed nightwatchman
Kemar Roach (6) and Chanderpaul in
the morning session. Roach chipped
Trent Boult to short midwicket at
333-6 while Chanderpaul was given out
lbw playing no stroke to a big-spinning
leg break from Ish Sodhi — after a tv
review — at 380-7 .
Blackwood and Ramdin consolidated
the Caribbean’s side advantage after the
break with an enterprising half century
stand. Blackwood edged to Ross Taylor
at first slip off Sodhi while Ramdin
picked out the same fielder, who dived
to his right to haul in a brilliant catch
to give seamer Jimmy Neesham his first
Sodhi ended the West Indies’
resistance when Jerome Taylor (4) holed
out to long-off. Th e leg-spinner earned
career-best figures of 4-96 while left-
arm seamer Boult took 3-75.
New Zealand, forced to open with
captain McCullum instead of the ill
Hamish Rutherford, survived unscathed
Taylor struck early in the final session
when he gained an lbw verdict against
McCullum (3), who failed as he tried
to overturn the decision on tv review.
Latham, with three successive half
centuries behind him, and the equally
assured Williamson blunted the home
team over the next two hours, ten
minutes with few alarms.
The pair, which has already shared
two century stands in this series,
chose defense as their main method.
Williamson blossomed at times and
counted five fours off 118 balls, while
Latham struck four boundaries off 122
deliveries. — New Zealand Herald
Laurie Daley has hailed NSW’s
drought-breaking State of Origin
win as the highlight of his
Daley became only the second
man after Wayne Pearce to play,
captain and coach a Blues side to
a series win over Queensland and
the 44-year-old said the experience
of watching his side hold out the
Maroons 6-4 to win a a first series
in nine years eclipsed anything he
achieved as a player.
“It’s an amazing feeling; our
supporters have been disappointed for
last eight years,” Daley said.
“ We didn’t play well but our courage
and will to win and inspire one
another was enormous. As a player,
when the kick off happens, you’re
not nervous — you have a different
“But to see those blokes and how
they ’ve prepared to win is better than
anything. It’s a better feeling as a
coach than a player.”
Trent Hodkinson’s try and
conversion seven minutes from time
sealed the win in front of a crowd of
83,421 — which was just shy of the
biggest at ANZ Stadium since the
Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The Canterbury halfback became
the first Blues No 7 to taste victory
against Queensland since Andrew
Johns and skipper Paul Gallen
admitted he was struggling to express
his feelings after leading the side to
“I am a bit numb at the moment.
There are a lot of emotions, happiness,
relief — bit lost for words,” Gallen
“ We still haven’t played that well but
we’re tough. But who cares? We won!”
The Blues had to withstand a
final rally from the Maroons with
12 seconds left on the clock after
they conceded a penalty that gave
the visitors possession and Gallen
admitted he feared the worst.
“I honestly didn’t think we’d won it
until Haynesy got the ball and kicked
it dead at the end,” he said.
“I was sh***ing myself, Billy (Slater)
was running and someone brought
him down thankfully.
“I am just glad the penalty wasn’t on
the other side. I wouldn’t have wanted
to see (Greg) Inglis get the ball at the
Queensland coach Mal Meninga
had nothing but praise for his players
and said their eight straight Origin
successes would never be seen again.
“ We’re not wallowing in self-pity,”
“For me, I am so proud of what
these players have achieved over the
years and won’t be repeated again,”
“ We’re not going to make excuses or
criticise. We’ve lost 2-0 and have to
go to game three and make amends.”
Meninga also laughed off
suggestions he might need to rebuild
his side after tasting (a series) defeat
for the first time since taking over as
coach in 2006.
He also said the decision to disallow
Sam Thaiday ’s try changed the game
and was an incorrect ruling from the
“Give this team some praise; we’ve
lost one series in nine; let ’s give these
guys credit,” he said.
“ We dominated for 60 minutes and,
when we don’t get the try with Sam,
we maybe lost composure. We pride
ourselves on never giving up and play
to the 80th minute. These boys tried
their backsides off.
“I thought Sam’s try was a try. He
was stripped and regathered — it
was a try. But we’re not going to offer
excuses. When I see Loz, I’ll say:
‘ Well done. You got me’.” — AAP
STATE OF ORIGIN
Black Caps trail by 166
PICTURE: Getty Images
Blues Josh Reynolds and Luke Lewis celebrate victory in game two of the State of Origin series last night against
Queensland Maroons at ANZ Stadium, in Sydney.
Fekitoa gets nod
Cup holders Spain eliminated from World Cup
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