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A handy 80 minutes by Daniel
Carter, a solid 60 from Kieran Read,
and news that Richie McCaw will
probably play this week — it was a
good weekend for All Black coach
The ‘big three’ are on their way
back to full fitness: on track to be in
top form when the All Blacks play
Australia in six weeks — something
which Hansen would not have been
taking for granted.
Carter’s performance against the
Blues will be the one which provided
The old maestro’s defence was rock
solid, his timing and instincts were
good and in the final 15 minutes
when he slipped back into first-five, he
looked reassuringly like his old self.
There was a bit of zing about his
movement and Carter’s weaving run
and brilliant off-load to Nemani
Nadolo to close out the game showed
he has lost nothing while he has been
in cold storage.
“It feels good and I’m really
pleased,” was Carter’s assessment of
his performance. “Nothing to worry
about — a few bumps and bruises
come Monday but you wouldn’t expect
His skipper was equally matter of
fact about his own performance. It was
not vintage Read by any means but it
was a crucial step towards getting him
Having missed so much rugby and
training due to his concussions, he is
still short of the top end conditioning
he needs to be at his best which is why
he came off before the final quarter.
“I was only going to be playing 50
minutes but was kept out there for a
bit longer. It was nice just to get some
more numbers under my belt. ”
As for McCaw: “He reckons he’s
pretty close for this week,” said
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.
“ We will just wait and see. It will be
touch and go.”
Hansen will not want to see McCaw
come back too early, but he will be
keen to see his skipper retrieve his best
form and build his confidence ahead
of the opening Bledisloe encounter.
To have Carter, Read and McCaw
in top form will in itself enable the
All Blacks to climb to another level in
Throughout June there was this
perception that England had been the
victims of injury — when really it was
the All Blacks. Carter did not play,
Read only managed 40 minutes and
McCaw in the way only McCaw can,
played the better part of two tests with
a broken rib.
of the most
men in world
with the third
not able to
to make the
will be wary
that he could encounter casualties to
off-set the potential return of the ‘big
These weeks between the June tests
and the end of Super Rugby are
notoriously fraught for the All Black
coach. Injury has been a constant
theme in this window: some good
men have kissed their season goodbye
at this stage in the past.
The intensity and physicality of
these run-in games is high — not
that far removed from test football
as was evidenced in Hamilton and
To get through two local derbies
with Sam Whitelock’s tight calf the
only issue — and he is expected to
play this week — that is a big relief for
But it is one week down, four to go.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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He entered the ring with a smile
and Joseph Parker’s demolition
of Brian Minto ensured that
confidence and positivity was well
justified, his TKO victory over
the tough American the most
impressive display of his young
and promising professional career.
campaigner who left Shane
Cameron bloodied and beaten
seven months ago, had no answer
to the speed and power of Parker’s
jab on Saturday night, a weapon
which trainer Kevin Barry
described as a “piston”.
After being knocked down in
the fifth round with a right hand
behind the ear which he didn’t see,
Minto knew he was done for in the
seventh when he was felled again.
Sensibly, the 39-year-old, who was
fighting with a broken nose, called
it quits on his stool.
Now the 22-year-old Parker,
who defended his WBO Oriental
heavyweight belt and won Minto’s
WBA PABA title, will prepare for
an extremely quick turnaround
to fight on the east coast of
the United States next month
against an opponent likely to be
announced over the next couple of
For the undefeated Parker, the
future is bright. It was a mature
and disciplined display, a testament
not only to his willingness to
follow a game plan to the letter but
also his conditioning. He lost six
kilograms in the build-up but has
never looked more powerful.
He said after wards his smiling
during his walk to the ring in front
of a crowd of 2500 at Manukau’s
Vodafone Events Centre was all
about the faith he had in his ability
after an extremely tough training
camp in Las Vegas.
For his trainer Barry there was in
no doubt about the significance of
performance — he followed our
game plan perfectly,” he said. “It
was a clinical performance tonight
and Joseph showed just how he has
matured in the last 12 months and
how he understands the sport of
boxing a lot more now.
“He can think through a fight
and he was in total control from
the outset. It was only a matter of
time before he caught Minto out.
“ We know he (Minto) was in
great condition, but he never won
a round. I think Joseph silenced a
lot of critics.”
short preparation time before
Parker’s next fight as his camp
and promoters D uco push the
accelerator on his career.
“ We’re well aware of that, that ’s
why it was very important tonight
that Joe never got hands put on
him. He came through the fight
unscathed. You can see his level of
conditioning is very good, the best
it’s ever been.”
Minto, who looked wary of
Parker’s power in the first three
rounds and did better in the fourth
before his reverse in the fifth, said
the decision to concede defeat was
an easy one.
“I just said, ‘hey, I don’t have a
chance of winning ’. I’ve got a wife
and kids to go home to. Some days
you get the bear, other days the
bear gets you. Joseph is a young,
fast kid. He’s strong. I give him a
lot of respect.
“ He’s a hell of a prospect; I just
hope D uco don’t try to move him
too fast and put him in something
that maybe he’s not ready for
straight away. I think he needs to
keep moving up, gradually fighting
guys who have the experience to
give him the experience he needs.”
Turn the porch light on; Harold
Holt might be coming home after
After a season rocked by scandals,
turmoil and a crippling injury toll,
suddenly Cronulla players believe
Who would not after bettering
their remarkable victory from 22-0
down against Brisbane last week
with the greatest comeback win
in the club’s 47-year history when
they toppled the Sydney Roosters
30-28 on Saturday night.
With no coach, no captain,
no playmaker and no rep stars,
just a bunch of misfits and NRL
rookies, the Sharks were given
no hope against the might and
power of the reigning premiers
on their home turf at Allianz
The Roosters boasted eight
internationals and two State of
Origin discards in little generals
James Maloney and Mitchell
The battered and bottom-placed
Sharks gave them a 24-0 head
start and still managed to pull off
another win for the ages.
Little wonder the Sharks are now
dreaming of making a run to the
Cronulla are four wins outside
the top eight with nine games
Match-winner Michael Gordon
believes the Sharks have the belief
to kick on with the return next
week of skipper Paul Gallen, his
Blues team-mate Luke Lewis and
2013 prop of the year Andrew
Fifita soon after.
“Anything’s possible in this
comp,” Gordon said after slotting
the winning conversion 90 seconds
“ We’ve showed signs the last
two weeks what we’re capable of
and it’s just about being consistent
now. We’ve got some more players
coming back next week and
hopefully we can build on that and
I’m sure the boys will take a lot of
confidence out of this win.”
Even the sacking of playmaker
Todd Carney last Sunday and
the walk-out of caretaker coach
Peter Sharp on Monday could
not break the Sharks, who have
shown incredible resilience in
the face of the long-running
ASADA controversy dogging the
“ With everything that happens
off the field, it brings everyone
closer to together and you can see
it out there,” Gordon said.
“It’s been one of the strangest
seasons off the field.
“But the last two weeks on the
field and training has been really
positive and obviously to win like
that is pretty special.”
Legendary coach Jack Gibson
once famously said waiting for
Cronulla to win a premiership was
akin to leaving the porch light on
for Harold Holt.
Stand-in captain Wade Graham
promised fans the Sharks would
continue the fight.
“Big ‘Gal’ and ‘Lewy ’ will be
back next week if they get through
(Wednesday night) and I can
guarantee you that every player
will show up every week and try
their butt off,” he said.
After watching his side squander
a golden opportunity to climb
back into the top four, Roosters
coach Trent Robinson admitted
the premiers could do with some
of the Sharks’ spirit.
“They never let up,” he said.
“They did what they did last
week and they fought hard and
beat Manly 16; Dragons 27 beat
Cowboys 24; Penrith 26 beat
The Rabbitohs play the Titans
Brazil launched a desperate appeal to
have skipper Thiago Silva’s ban for their
World Cup semi-final against Germany
overturned today but Argentine hopes
of seeing Angel Di Maria in action were
ended by injury.
Doctors confirmed Di Maria will miss
the semi-final against the Netherlands
because of a thigh problem but did not
rule the winger out of being fit for the final
should Argentina prevail in Sao Paulo on
“Angel has a Grade 1 injury. Of course he
won’t play in Argentina’s next game. After
that, we’ll evaluate the situation day-by-
day,” team doctor Daniel Martinez told
Brazil captain Thiago Silva was also
expected to miss the semi-finals after
picking up his second yellow card of the
tournament in the 2-1 win over Colombia
in the last eight on Saturday.
The central defender was cautioned for
needlessly blocking keeper David Ospina
as he was taking a kick and FIFA said they
were analysing an appeal from the Brazilian
His presence in the team would be a huge
fillip for a Brazilian public still reeling from
the loss of talismanic striker Neymar, who
was ruled out of the rest of the tournament
after fracturing a vertebra in the win over
That incident continued to appear on
toay ’s sports news bulletins on local
television but Brazil’s former World Cup
winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres
hoped it might end up being a good omen
for the current squad.
The 1970 skipper recalled how Amarildo
and Garrincha had stepped up to fill the
void left by an injury to Pele in 1962 and
helped steer Brazil to the title.
“In the 1962 World Cup, we lost Pele,” he
told Sportv. “Maybe someone will wake up
and become the Garrincha of 1962.”
Germany were sure Neymar’s absence
would not weaken the challenge facing
them in Belo Horizonte, with Bastian
Schweinsteiger expecting Brazil to draw
strength from the adversity suffered by
Schweinsteiger’s coach Joachim Loew,
however, was more concerned about the
methods Brazil might use in the mouth-
watering last four clash, wary of a repeat of
the tough tackling that marked their win
“There’s precious little left of that
traditional Brazilian style of soccer, that
artistic style of playing that we all know
so well,” Loew said in an inter view at his
team’s base camp on the Atlantic coast.
“For sure, Brazil still have good technical
players. But they ’re playing more robustly
than any other team here and they have
been trying to break up their opponent ’s
attack that way.”
Brazil have made no apology for the 31
fouls they committed against Colombia
and D utch goalkeeper Tim Krul was
another quarter-final victor unrepentant
for his actions.
Krul replaced first-choice keeper Jasper
Cillessen specifically for the quarter-final
shootout against Costa Rica, staring down
his opponents and yelling at them as they
prepared to shoot.
The gamesmanship resulted in him saving
Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana’s spot-
kicks to set up the last four clash with
“I didn’t shout anything nasty at them. I
just told them that I knew where they were
going. I’m trying obviously to get in their
heads and it worked,” he said. — Reuters
PICTURE: Getty Images
Sharks Wade Graham celebrates a try by team-mate Jeff Robson in their clash with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night at
Allianz Stadium, in Sydney.
FOOTBALL WORLD CUP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Joseph Parker jabs at Brian Minto in Saturday’s fight at the Vodafone Events Centre, in Auckland.
Sharks now believe in miracles
Kowhai edged ahead in the
women’s premier division of the
West Coast club hockey this week.
Kowhai had a comfortable win
over Cobden, however the favoured
Greymouth team was upset by a
gutsy Upper Grey Valley.
The Valley match see-sawed, with
neither team having many chances.
Madeline McGee was dependable
game keeping Greymouth out
in defence and pushed her team
A short chip up to Marina
Atkinson on the Valley wing early
in the second half gave Valley
a tenuous lead as Greymouth
continued to apply pressure.
They were rewarded at the 50
minute mark with a shot from Jess
Marley and it looked like resulting
in a draw through to the finish.
However, Atkinson was able
to scoop a shot into goal with a
minute to spare giving Valley the
Kowhai found themselves 5-0
up against Cobden at half-time.
Carrie Vaughan combined with
Rachel Crawford and kept the
left attack working hard allowing
Alice Coll to pick up several goals.
Sophie O’Callaghan did not fire
in her usual way for Cobden and
this meant the team was unable to
repel Kowhai’s attack.
However, Cobden were awarded
several corners during the final 35
minutes and through one of these
O’Callaghan drove Cobden’s sole
Greymouth gathered a first
half lead against Hokitika, but
struggled to maintain momentum
as the southerners rallied in the
Some strong attacks led to first
half goals to Wade Cosgrove and
Cam Birchfield, while Lee Coram
prowled up front to collect some
good balls from his defence.
Hokitika’s Ari Penberthy latched
onto an error in the circle to score
a good goal for Hokitika and Liam
Hopper converted a good penalty
Hokitika held their opponents
to a drawn second half, with Zak
Neale and Stephen Clarke coming
finding the back of the net.
NBS Karoro men put up a strong
effort in a low scoring game against
Mini De Goldi, Keegan Hill and
Mike Cook had good games.
Tony Hayden cleared shots away
from the goal to set up counter
attacks up the Karoro wings.
For Cobden, Cody Fairhall
scored off two well struck shots,
while James Kennedy and Matt
Knight found space up front.
In the Collegiate grade, Hokitika
dominated against an under-
strength Greymouth Phoenix side.
Goals were shared in an all-
round team effort by Hokitika,
with Cade McInnes, Amber
Watson and Harrison Watson all
Liam Hopper continued his good
form in the midfield with three
goals, while Robert Campbell was
player of the day.
For Phoenix, Anna Fahey and
Matthew Flanagan fought hard
to compete for the loose ball, and
Thomas Thwaites toiled in the
Cobden beat NBS Karoro 3-1.
Despite plenty of skill from both
sides, neither goal was breached
until Cobden put it together to
score in the second half.
Troy Burnett-Clarke, Angus
Wallace and Juan Lawrence
played well in the for wards,
while Memphis Morgan worked
tirelessly on defence.
Harvey Rubbo scored for Vortex,
and brother George was player of
the day for some slick passing.
A hard fought game between
Greymouth Allstars and NBS
Karoro Gladiators saw the Allstars
come out on top with goals to
Mikayla Sweetman and Angus
Yasmin Water was the player of
the day for the Allstars, along with
Jon Blacktopp who had a strong
game. Josh Levien and Charlotte
O’Connor both put in faultless
performances for the Gladiators.
In the primary grade, Greymouth
recorded a convincing victory
against NBS Karoro Sharks.
A hat trick to Emma Boddy was
followed up with goals to Cooper
Haines, Emily-Jane Clucas and
Maria Burrell. For the Sharks, Wil
It took the NBS Karoro Krackers
a full half of play to wake up
against Hokitika, who led 3-0 at
Leo and Peter Bradley-Kees
scored and were well supported
by Eilish Morgan and Katelyn
Whitehead. Krackers dominated
in the second half with Sean
Christie and Natalie Morgan
distributing strongly. Ella Beirne,
Jack South and Clem Swinburn
attacked well but could not break
the Hokitika defence.
There will be no games for the
next two weeks, due to school
holidays and national tournaments.
Women: Kowhai 10, Cobden 1;
Upper Grey Valley 2, Greymouth
Men: Greymouth 7, Hokitika 4;
Cobden 3, NBS Karoro 1.
Collegiate: Cobden 3. NBS
Karoro Vortex 1; Greymouth
Allstars 2, NBS Karoro Gladiators
0; Hokitika 6, Greymouth Phoenix
Primary: Hokitika 3, NBS
Karoro Krackers 0; Greymouth 7,
NBS Karoro Sharks 1.
Kowhai edges ahead in
McCaw set for
Queensland coach Mal Meninga has
raised eyebrows by opting not to front
the media ahead of Wednesday night ’s
State of Origin game three at Suncorp
In a move that is set to draw more
criticism from rivals New South
Wales, the Maroons confirmed captain
Cameron Smith — not Meninga
would attend the pre-game press
Smith was expected to talk today with
Meninga holding his traditional match
eve media event tomorrow. However,
Queensland cancelled all media
commitments today ensuring Meninga
will be a no show ahead of a game the
Maroons must win to avoid their first
whitewash since 2000.
Meninga endured a tumultuous
Origin III build-up after rookie winger
Will Chambers became embroiled in an
assault allegation. Chambers was later
cleared of any wrongdoing and police
dropped the investigation.
The Maroons camp was less than
impressed by NSW for ward Greg Bird
claiming Meninga had egg on his face
over the Chambers incident after his
pre-Origin I comments in relation to
then NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce.
Pearce was overlooked by Blues coach
Laurie Daley after he was arrested
during a night out in Sydney ’s Kings
Cross, prompting Meninga to criticise
the Sydney Roosters star and claim
Queensland had a superior culture to
Meninga was initially under pressure
to drop Chambers due to his Pearce
comment. — A AP
STATE OF ORIGIN
Meninga in pre-Origin no show
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