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PICTURE: Getty Images
Conrad Smith of the All Blacks is tackled by Bryn Hall of North Harbour, right, during the New Zealand All Blacks Game of Three
Halves at North Harbour Stadium.
All Blacks unscathed in hit-out
It was everything the All
Blacks wanted — a good hit-out,
a chance to experiment and, best
of all, no injuries.
Playing two 40 minute
practice games in cool, wet
conditions on Auckland’s North
Shore yesterday as their final
public hitout for the Rugby
Championship, the players got
the game time they wanted
in what was the first game for
several weeks for some.
The team was slick in the
first 40 minutes against North
Harbour as they ran out 41-
5, showing great cohesion in
attack, and giving spectators the
unusual sight of Ma’a Nonu as
a goalkicker, albeit a modestly
It was much tougher going
against Northland, with the 19-7
victory a fair reflection of the
game as Northland dominated
the last 20 minutes, testing the
All Blacks on defence.
With the Rugby Championship
opener starting with a Bledisloe
Cup game against Australia in
Sydney in eight days, head coach
Steve Hansen wanted some solid
rugby for the players — some of
whom last played Super Rugby
five weeks ago — and they got it.
“The guys obviously haven’t
played for a while, and in the
second half that showed, so we
got exactly what we needed,”
“Northland were really willing,
which was great, really physical,
and we had to spend quite a bit
of time defending. It tested us,
which was great.”
The All Blacks suffered a blow
earlier in the day when prop
Tony Woodcock was ruled out
for the rest of the year as he
needs shoulder surgery, while
lock Dominic Bird will be out
for three weeks with a toe strain.
But the only injuries suffered
last evening were minor. Flanker
Sam Cane left the field in the
first game with a cut to the head
and fellow loosie Steven Luatua
had cramp issues in the second
game. — NZN
England’s cricketers were on the cusp of
regaining control of the fourth Test against
India at Old Trafford when rain forced an
early close to the second day.
England was 237 for six in reply to India’s
152, a lead of 85 runs.
Joe Root was 48 not out and Jos Buttler 22
not out, with their unbroken seventh-wicket
partnership so far worth 67 runs.
What became heavy rain forced the players
from the field at 2.15pm local time.
Although the sun later broke through,
two large puddles on the boundary near the
players’ dressing rooms caused the officials
After several inspections, umpires Rod
Tucker and Marais Erasmus abandoned for
the day at 5.39pm.
It was a decision greeted by understandable
jeers from spectators who had waited
patiently for several hours.
England resumed on 113 for three with Ian
Bell on 45 and nightwatchman Chris Jordan
yet to score.
India badly needed an early breakthrough
and swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a
thorn in England’s side with both bat and
ball this series, obliged by taking two wickets
for one run in eight balls to remove both Bell
(58) and Jordan (13).
Kumar’s looping bouncer did for Jordan
as he mistimed a pull and was well caught
by Varun Aaron, moving low to his right at
Four for 136 became five for 140 when Bell,
beaten the ball before by Kumar’s superb
outswinger, was undone by another good
length delivery that this time took the edge
on its way through to wicketkeeper Dhoni.
Moeen Ali fell for 13 when recalled quick
Aaron bowled him with a full-length delivery
as the left-hander aimed towards midwicket.
“It is a good wicket to bowl on,” Kumar
said. — AFP
Rain frustrates England in fourth test
Blockbusting wing Nemani Nadolo has re-
signed with the Crusaders for two years.
Nadolo will return to the NEC Green
Rockets team in Japan and play out the season
with them before rejoining the Crusaders in
“ We are grateful to NEC for their co-
operation and support in allowing Nemani
to commit to the Crusaders,” chief executive
Hamish Riach said.
Nadolo was credited for helping the
Crusaders turn around a poor start to 2014,
with the team falling just short of an eighth
Super Rugby crown when they lost 33-32 to
the Waratahs in Sydney last Saturday.
Crusaders’ head coach Todd Blackadder
said Nadolo has become a core figure in the
Crusaders in his first season and had a lot
more to contribute.
“Nemani has fitted so well into our
environment. He is much loved by his team-
mates and by our fans so we are thrilled that
we will all be able to enjoy more of the big
man next year.
“The skills and presence Nemani brings to
this team are immense. He has been a vital part
of our successes this year and the growth that
we saw from when he joined the team to the
end of this season is just an indication of how
much more he has to give,” Blackadder said.
Nadolo said he has had one of the most
enjoyable periods in his playing career over
the last six months with the Crusaders and he
cannot wait to continue that in 2015.
“The Crusaders are a team I have always
looked up to and I feel blessed to have been
welcomed into this team,” Nadolo said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Big winger Nadolo staying with Crusaders
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