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Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett
will have the depth of his squad
tested this week as his men eye
another must-win Super Rugby
encounter against the Chiefs in
Hamilton on Friday night.
By beating the Crusaders 16-9 at
Westpac Stadium in Wellington on
Saturday, the Hurricanes kept their
play-off push alive.
The problem is their victory
during the weekend saw Alapati
Leiua (ankle) and Victor Vito (calf )
suffer potential season-ending
injuries, while hookers Dane Coles
(calf ) and Motu Matu’u (shoulder)
also took heavy knocks.
Scans and tests will be run today,
which will give a better indication
of their health but the fifth-placed
Hurricanes can start to think about
champion Chiefs were stung 29-25
by the Highlanders in Dunedin last
Friday and seem ready to be tipped
over in Hamilton this week.
Hammett will also hope third-
string hooker Ash Dixon (shoulder)
is fit for this week as the Hawke’s
Bay rake could be needed to play
With centre Conrad Smith
(broken thumb) also unavailable for
Friday ’s game, Hammett is down a
number of starters.
“Other teams are in the same
situation as we are and we’ve got
to manage that,” Hammett said.
“ Even though we’ve got a short
turnaround, sometimes that ’s good.
You can’t sit round and think too
long, you’ve just got to get in there
and start focusing on a Chiefs side
that will be pretty hurt. ”
Hurricanes lock Blade Thomson,
who was recalled to the starting
side in place of James Broadhurst,
bagged a try in each half, which
helped lay the ground work for
“ It sort of felt like a real test
match. We are really proud of the
guys,” Hammett said. “It’s hugely
significant that we are still in the
competition; that ’s the big thing ...
If you want to go through, playing
matches of that intensity are
The Hurricanes have a bye in the
final week of the season and may
still need to rely on a couple of
results falling their way even if they
do win this Friday but a victory
would all but punch their card for
the post-season .
Another loss for the ninth-placed
Chiefs would likely extinguish any
faint hopes they have of winning
another Super Rugby title.
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Grey Valley ’s march towards an
historic West Coast rugby grand final
victory continued on Saturday with an
emphatic 38-5 win over Marist on a
firm field at Arthur Fong Park.
In other games, South Westland took
a big step towards snaring the fourth
semi-final berth with a 46-5 victory
over an under-strength Blaketown side
at Whataroa, while Kiwi hammered
Wests 62-0 in a 10-try romp in a
Kiwi heads the overall points ladder
on 37 points from Grey Valley 33,
Blaketown 26, South Westland 21 and
Marist 19, so fourth position hinges
on the results of the final round of
the Muir Trophy this Saturday, when
Marist play Blaketown and South
Westland host Grey Valley.
Grey Valley, unbeaten in the Muir
Trophy competition, have the trophy
in safe keeping with one round to play.
They were beaten 23-20 by Marist
when they last met, but were never
in danger of defeat on Saturday in
yet another error-strewn encounter,
dominated by the accurate boot of
first-five Tim Priest and the powerful
centre combination of Kevin Moore
and Sammy Junior.
Wing Mike Bruhn also had a
strong game. Dave Crouchley and
Matt Sweeney produced committed
performances in the pack.
Marist was missing a couple of
key players and showed glimpses of
enterprise, but they were too fleeting to
have any effect on the outcome.
Josh Costello made a good fist of
filling the halfback’s jersey, while
flanker Sean Loveday ’s staunch defence
was rewarded with his side’s man of
the match award. First-five, Nathan
Smith again showed his class, and
fullback Andrew Miller was lauded by
coach Luke McNeish for a polished
Sam King was first to score, crossing
on the back of a scything run from
Bruhn. Priest added the conversion, but
his opposite, Nathan Smith, was unable
to do the same after Josh Komen dotted
down amid a maul from a lineout.
A try to Dave Crouchley and another
conversion and a penalty from Priest
gave valley a 17-5 lead at the break,
and further tries to S Dredge, N Makea
and M Sweeney, all converted by Priest,
more that doubled the half-time score.
South Westland coach Grant
Mathieson said his team was finally
reaping the rewards of sticking to the
“The whole team went well, we really
clicked,” Mathieson said.
First-five Mark Le Lieve was the
main player of the day and others to
impress were hooker Mike Riley and
tearaway flanker Ben Monk, both
playing the full 80 minutes.
Mathieson was rueing injuries to key
players Lloyd Bowater, Rob Wilson and
Kip Nolan, and hoping that they will
recover in time for the
coach Nik Davy was not
using it as an excuse but
conceded that a number
of key players, some
saving themselves for
the rugby league final
yesterday, did not travel
“As a team we just did
not really turn up to
play on the day,” Davy
He singled out centre
Rob Thomson as one
player to stand out.
Angus Gibb scored the
team’s sole try.
Scorers. — Grey Valley
38 (D Crouchley, S
Dredge, S King, N
Makea, M Sweeney
tries; T Priest 5 cons,
pen), Marist 5 ( J Komen try); South
Westland 46 (G Price 2, M Le Lieve,
R Wilson, B Jenkins, T Decker, L
Syminton tries; C Dean 4 cons, pen),
Blaketown 5 (A Gibb); Kiwi 62 (T
Struthers 2, P Te Rakau 2, M Olsen,
N Muir, D Oates, T Scadden, J Van
Vliet 1, J Stevens tries, S McClure 5, D
Tauwhare cons), Wests 0.
GHS Green and
Tropics scored wins
in the men’s A grade
played in Greymouth on
GHS Green 57 ( J Bell,
Mama 6, I De Goldi 4,
E Barrow 3, L Toal 2)
beat Geodudes 49 (C
Birchfield 16, G Dee 14,
No Name 7, C Watson
6, K Reedy 4, K Mason
Tropics 50 ( J Rhodes
19, P Caddle 14, E Scott
8, J Kilkelly 5, C Shroder
4) beat Bravos 47 (W
Russell 16, T Fahey 11, S
Gibbens 7, R Stanton 6,
R Barrow 4, C McNeish
continuing their winning
form in the Greymouth
squash competition last
Mitre 10 Mega lost to
Blackball Salami 2-3
The top team Blackball
Salami continued on
their winning way with
a 3-2 win over Mitre 10
Phil Russ and Clark
Ellery had good wins
over Ant Haslam and
Gary Williams. Mitre 10
Mega’s Dave Smith beat
Terry Hughes in four
good games and James
Bell downed Megan
Dunn in three straight
A Haslam lost to C
Ellery 0-3; D Smith
beat T Hughes 3-1; G
Williams lost to P Russ
1-3; D Talboys lost to J
Thomas 0-3; J Bell beat
M Dunn 3-0.
Roa Mining beat AMP
In the closest game of
the night, Keith Barrow
survived match ball in
the fourth to come back
and beat Tony Ridge
in the fifth 17-15 with
both players having
match balls. Phillip Coll
showed form of old to
beat Jason Pritchard in
three straight games.
Nathan Coll and
Jimmy Campbell played
great squash with
Nathan winning in four
J Campbell lost to N
Coll 1-3; T Ridge lost
to K Barrow 2-3; P Coll
beat J Pritchard 3-0; M
Anisy beat C Dunn 3-1;
S Coll beat A Pritchard
Showcase Jewellers lost
to Ellerys 100% 2-3
Ryan Coll fought
hard to overcome Phil
Donaldson 3-1 . Both
showed good speed
around the court with
some big rallies.
Nigel Shirley had his
first win of the year,
beating Dean Thomas in
Peter Bayliss beat
Teri Campbell in three
B Coll beat E Ellery
3-0; P Donaldson lost to
R Coll 1-3; A McInroe
beat A Campbell 3-1;
T Campbell lost to P
Bayliss 0-3; D Thomas
lost to N Shirley 1-3 .
Hokitika won by
default over Sotherans.
The Highlanders may not even have
to win one of their final two games
to gain a play-off spot as the cards
continue to fall their way.
One win would guarantee play-off
action for Jamie Joseph’s side and a first
trip to the finals in over a decade.
The Highlanders sit fourth on
the ladder, tied on points with the
Crusaders but ranked behind them as
the Crusaders have one more win.
After a weekend of close results, the
Highlanders find themselves in a good
position, knowing it is up to them to
make the play-offs, something they
have not managed since 2002.
They did the job at the start of the
weekend, beating the Chiefs 29-25 at
Forsyth Barr Stadium, and sat back
to see what the other sides in play-off
contention would ser ve up.
The Crusaders could have skipped
clear of other New Zealand teams if
they had comprehensively beaten the
Hurricanes in Wellington, but they
struggled throughout the match and
were beaten 16-9.
If Beauden Barrett had slotted a
conversion in the final five minutes,
he would have denied the Crusaders a
bonus point, and left the Highlanders
in third place, but the All Black just
missed from out wide.
The Waratahs — who play the
Highlanders in Sydney on Sunday
— went to the top of the table with a
resounding 39-8 win over the Brumbies
on Saturday night.
The Blues then did the Highlanders
a favour with a 40-14 drubbing of the
Force, putting a big dent in the Western
Australian side’s play-off hopes.
The Sharks, long-term leaders, and the
other South African sides did not play
at the weekend.
One advantage the Highlanders have
is that the two teams right below them
on the table — the Hurricanes and the
Brumbies — both have byes to come,
where they will receive no points.
The Hurricanes play the Chiefs on
Friday night in Hamilton, and will then
twiddle their thumbs in the final round,
praying for a miracle.
The Brumbies get a rest this weekend
and then meet the Force in the final
round in a critical match in Canberra.
The Highlanders finish the regular
season with a match against the
Crusaders in Christchurch on July 12.
have the advantage
of playing the
everyone else has
played, and they
will know exactly
where they stand.
scenarios, but the
be happy if the
Chiefs beat the
Hurricanes and lose
to the Blues the
If the Blues lose
to the Crusaders
bonus point, they
have no chance
of catching the
Then, if the Blues beat the defending
champion Chiefs at Eden Park on July
11, it will do the Highlanders a huge
The Bulls, back on 33 points, cannot
be counted out, but appear to have too
many teams between them and the top
six to make a challenge.
The Highlanders will not be getting
out the calculators. As far as they are
concerned, it is just about themselves
and the final two matches of the season.
— Otago Daily Times
Kane Williamson registered his
seventh test century to put New
Zealand in control of the third
and deciding test against West
Indies at the end of a rain-affected
fourth day in Barbados today.
Williamson made an unbeaten
161, his highest test score, after
more than three hours of play had
“Every time you get the chance
to play a knock that puts the team
in a good position is always one
you remember,” he said after New
Zealand finished on 331 for seven,
a lead of 307 runs.
“It’s always nice to get a big
score, it doesn’t always happen
but that what ’s I’d like to do more
Off-spinner Mark Craig was
also four not out at the close.
The highest successful fourth-
innings total at Bridgetown is
311, a score the hosts achieved
against Australia in 1999, although
West Indies hit 387 in a losing
cause against the same opponents
The rain forced the players off
after lunch and while they managed
to return after tea for five overs the
bad weather inter vened again and
umpires Richard Illingworth and
Ian Gould abandoned play with 14
Williamson has anchored New
Zealand’s batting throughout the
series, scoring a century in the
first test and a half-century in the
He has amassed 413 runs at
an average of 82.60 and his
partnerships with all-rounder
Jimmy Neesham and wicketkeeper
B J Watling today could prove
instrumental if the visitors secure
victory on the fifth and final day.
Neesham, who top-scored
with 78 in New Zealand’s first
innings 293, notched his second
successive half-century with an
attacking 51 from 67 balls that
included four sixes and three
fours as he shared a stand of 91
The 23-year-old Williamson
then combined with Watling
(29) for a 79-run stand.
“ I think the partnerships we
had along the way were able to
help me out and keep me going
and ...go a long way to putting us
in a good position,” Williamson
said who surpassed his previous
test best of 135 against Sri
Lanka in November 2012.
“All the blokes came out and
played positively and we were
able to get a rhythm quite
The three-match series is
locked at 1-1 after New Zealand
won the first test in Jamaica and
the hosts took the second in
The focus of attention now falls
on New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum who must decide
whether to declare on Monday
morning or to continue batting.
Play is due to start 30 minutes
early with a minimum of 98 overs
to be bowled.
The shock losses suffered by top two
seeds Serena Williams and Li Na have
left Maria Sharapova with a smooth
passage and the Russian is primed to win
her second Wimbledon title, 10 years after
winning her first as a 17-year-old.
Sharapova has dropped just seven
games in her three matches thus far and
the imperious Russian will be confident
of winning her sixth grand slam in the
absence of her nemesis Williams.
The 27-year-old is on the wrong end of
a 16-2 head-to-head record against the
American with her only two triumphs
coming in 2004, the first of which saw her
crowned Wimbledon champion.
Williams crashed out 6-1, 3-6, 4-6
against France’s Alize Cornet in the
third round yesterday, her earliest exit
at Wimbledon since losing in the same
round in 2005.
Her defeat came a day after Chinese
two-times grand slam winner Na was
dumped out 6-7 (5), 6-7 (5) by the Czech
Republic’s Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Their defeats have opened the door for a
host of women, but the top of that list is
Players have long talked about the
difficulty of adapting to the grasscourts of
Wimbledon so soon after a long claycourt
season and nobody has backed up winning
the French Open with Wimbledon
triumph since Williams in 2002.
Sharapova’s form, however, suggests she
can match that achievement and win her
sixth grand slam in the process.
“ Well, this is only my second time trying
to do that. Of course, the transition, it ’s
no secret, it’s very difficult,” she said after
reeling off 11 consecutive games to beat
Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 in the third round
“But I’m quite happy with the way
I’ve gone about things so far. You never
know what to expect. Each match poses
its different challenges. I’m happy I’ve
gone further than last year, erasing those
memories and trying to form new ones.
“A grand slam stage, when you’re playing
for two weeks, seven matches within those
two weeks, you’re always kind of rolling
with each round.
“Once you get to another (grand slam),
one of the toughest things is you start from
scratch, you start from the first match.
“Mentally that ’s always, you know, a bit
more difficult because you achieve some
great success, then you get on the train,
come here, and right away the mentality
switches that I’ve got to start from the first
“That ’s always a quick switch that you
need to make mentally. That transition has
always been quite tough for me,” added
Sharapova who plays German ninth seed
Angelique Kerber in the round of 16.
Higher seeds remain but Sharapova’s
biggest challenge is likely to come in the
shape of rising star Eugenie Bouchard, a
semi-finalist in the last two grand slams at
the Australian and French Open.
The aggressive 20-year-old Canadian
faces Williams’ conqueror Cornet in the
next round with a potential quarter-final
against Sharapova the prize.
“I wouldn’t consider myself deep into
Wimbledon at this stage,” Bouchard said
after beating Germany ’s Andrea Petkovic.
“I’m into the second week, which is
great. But, you know, I want to go so
much further. At the same time I’m
focused on one match at a time. Of
course, Wimbledon is probably the most
prestigious tournament in the world.
“It’s a special place to be here and I
would love to stay a really long time.”
Romania’s third seed Simona Halep,
runner-up to the Sharapova at the French
Open, and Polish fourth seed Agnieszka
Radwanska are expected to make extended
runs in the championship.
They face Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas and
Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the round
of 16 respectively.
Elsewhere German 2011 champion
Petra Kvitova plays China’s Shuai
Peng, Czech Lucie Safarova is against
compatriot Tereza Smitkova, and Danish
former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki
faces Zahlavova Strycova.
The other round of 16 encounter will pit
2008 French Open winner Ana Ivanovic
or 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine
Lisicki against America’s Madison Keys
or Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova after
both of their third round matches were
disrupted by bad light.
Rogers, United States
World No 1 Stacy Lewis has fired
a six-under 65 to seize an emotional
come-from-behind triumph in
the LPGA Northwest Arkansas
University of Arkansas in nearby
Fayetteville, collected her 11th
career victory and third of the
season today with a 12-under-par
201 in the 54-hole event.
She also won the North Texas
LPGA Shootout and ShopRite
LPGA Classic, but she admitted
this one was tougher.
“It’s so hard to play here,” Lewis
said, who was the focus of exuberant
support from the crowd.
“I can tell you I was more nervous
today than I was at the US Open
last week. That ’s just how much this
place means to me.”
New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko
also fired a final-round 65 to jump
into a share of second place with
US veteran Cristie Kerr (67) and
American Angela Stanford (67)
on 202. South Korea’s Ryu So-
Yeon closed with a 69 for 203, one
stroke in front of Chella Choi, of
South Korea, and Nor way ’s Suzann
American Michelle Wie, who was
coming off her first major title at the
US Women’s Open at Pinehurst,
held a two-stroke lead going into
the final round but tripped to a
two-over 73 to fall into a share of
eighth place on eight-under 205.
Seventy-two players had to
complete the second round today
after storms halted play yesterday,
although Wie was already in the
clubhouse with the lead last night.
Bethesda, United States
Britain’s Justin Rose has won
for the first time since capturing
last year’s US Open, parring the
first play-off hole to defeat Shawn
Stefani and capture the $US6.5
million ($NZ7.4m) US PGA
The 33-year-old Englishman
and American Stefani, seeking his
first PGA triumph, finished 72
holes level atop the leaderboard on
four-under par 280 after both fired
one-under 70s today.
Rose hit into the trees and the
water at the last regulation hole but
sank a 15ft bogey putt to stay tied
for the lead, then watched Stefani
find the same watery fate at 18 on
the first play-off hole.
A Congressional Country Club
layout that hosted three US
Opens, most recently when Rory
McIlroy won in soggy conditions
in 2011, played hard and fast and
as formidable as many majors in the
“I think Congressional wanted its
reputation back,” Rose said.
“It tested all of us getting to four-
under par to win this tournament.”
In the play-off, Stefani pulled his
tee shot left into trees while Rose
smacked his in the fairway.
Stefani moved the ball back inside
the trees, but then sent his approach
into the same water left of the green
that Rose had found earlier.
With a second chance, Rose put
his approach on the green and two-
putted for par and the victory.
Rose took a $US1.1m winner’s
prize and will take a week off before
playing the Scottish Open as his
final warm-up for the 143rd British
Open at Royal Liverpool starting
Rose won his first major title
last year at Merion and today won
his sixth US title, including the
2010 National when it was played
at Aronimink Golf Club near
Third-round leader Patrick Reed,
who was seeking his fourth PGA
title in 10 months, shot 77 and lost
for the first time when leading after
54 holes. He led by two strokes
when the day began and again
going into the back nine.
Rose took a bogey at the third, but
answered with birdies at the par-5
sixth and ninth holes.
A day after a double-bogey disaster
at 11, Rose dropped his approach to
five feet and made the birdie putt to
pull within one of the leader.
Reed plunked his tee shot into
the water at the tricky par-3 10th,
put his third into greenside rough,
chipped to 11 feet and made the
double bogey putt to fall only one
behind new leader Rose.
When Reed found the water again
and made a double bogey on 11,
Reed had only Stefani and Brendan
Steele within a shot.
A double bogey at 18 ended
Steele’s hopes and Rose sank a
tense 9ft par putt at 17 but Stefani
answered by having a 14ft birdie
putt at 16.
Rose sent his tee shot at 18 left
into the trees and blasted his second
shot low through a gap only to see it
roll into water left of the green.
Stefani chipped 10ft past the cup
on 17 and lipped out the par putt,
his bogey leaving Rose in front.
Highlanders 14 8 0 6 377 364 10 42
WesternForce 14 8 0 6 288 326 4 36
SouthWestland 4 3 1 - 3 121 60 15
SouthWestland 9 4 5 - 5 207 191 21
Coast rugby main trophy table
Muir Trophy table
Grey Valley marches closer to finals spot
Black Caps in
Lewis in emotional win
Women’s top seeds knocked out
Rose wins first title since last year’s US Open
Highlanders a win away from play-offs place
Hurricanes could be light on
troops for must-win game
Canes Blade Thomson and Reg-
gie Goodes celebrate Saturday’s
win over the Crusaders.
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