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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday June 23 2016
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 23, 2016 — 23 thursday 23 9:19am 9:46pm friday 24 10:03am 10:30pm saturday 25 10:48am 11:16pm suNday 26 11:35am MoNday 27 12:05am 12:25pm tuesday 28 12:56am 1:19pm wedNesday 29 1:51am 2:18pm TIMES high tides OPINION All Black selectors really need to gamble The All Blacks selectors must gamble if they are to find their best centre combination to help them retain their world No 1 spot ahead of the challenge posed by a rejuvenated England under inspirational coach Eddie Jones. While two wins against Wales is not to be scoffed at, the fact remains that the huge holes left by the international retirement of Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith are going to be extremely difficult to fill. Having served a long apprenticeship under McCaw, No 7 Sam Cane is getting his chance against Wales and is seen as a future All Blacks captain when Kieran Read eventually retires. There is a lot to like about Cane’s level-headedness and honest endeavour, but he’s not made the impact against Wales that dynamic substitute Ardie Savea has. Easily the All Blacks’ fastest forward, Savea has the same kind of dazzling speed that has made Michael Hooper such a try scoring threat for Australia. With the exception of inspirational skipper Kieran Read, Dane Coles, Brodie Retallick and Charlie Faumuina, New Zealand’s hard working pack is not renowned for its ball carrying thrust. Thus Savea’s promotion to a starting berth could be vital against stronger opponents. Not that the Welsh have been sluggards. Far from it with backs George North, Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies having regularly exposed deficiencies in the All Blacks defence. Equally disturbing has been the lack of composure on attack where New Zealand’s midfield has lacked cohesion and wings Waisake Naholo and Julian Savea have mixed brilliance with brittleness. So bad was Savea against North in the first test that he was dropped for the second although he’s too good a player to be side-lined for long. While it was nice to see Israel Dagg celebrate his international comeback with a good try and Ben Smith once more demonstrate his class on the wing, Smith remains our best fullback and should start there against the top teams. As with Smith, versatility is also a blessed gift bestowed on Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie, with Barrett starring in the second test by setting up Smith for a cracking try and scoring another himself after replacing injured first-five Aaron Cruden. We know he’s also a very good fullback. But such is his speed and skill set he’s probably capable of making a good fist of every position from first-five to fullback. But for concussion, Charlie Ngatai would probably have been the starting second-five against Wales. And Sonny Bill Williams will be welcomed back to the fold after the Rio Olympics sevens are completed. Barrett could also do the job. If, however, the selectors were prepared to gamble, he might best be suited to advance his international career as a Bruce Robertson-type centre. Put him outside Ngatai or ball distributing genius SBW and he will score a lot more tries, as well as setting them up for his classy wings. With Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa and Seta Tamanivalu having produced mixed midfield form to date, Barrett could be the answer to the riddle. With a little bit of luck, instead of being a super sub, as a starting centre, he could become a superstar. Ivan Agnew is an award-winning sports writer and author Manu Vatuvei, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Bodene Thompson and Ali Lauitiiti will be on hand to mark the opening of a Vodafone Warriors pop-up store in rugby league’s heartland in Papatoetoe next week. Located in Hunters Plaza beside the food court and Kmart, the store will be open seven days a week for six weeks from today until August 7. The full range of the club’s official 2016 apparel made by Canterbury of New Zealand will be available plus supporters’ gear for men, women and kids and an array of accessories. There’ll also be opening day specials and giveaways for kids. The store is due to open its doors at 3pm on June 23 with Vatuvei, Tuivasa-Sheck, Thompson and Lauitiiti in attendance for a signing session from 6.00pm-7.00pm. Vatuvei, Tuivasa-Sheck and Lauitiiti were all brought up on the other side of the southern motorway in neighbouring Otara. Dean Butler of Pakuranga is the casual mall leasing executive at Hunters Plaza. “My role is to fill vacant stores, find casual pop up stalls and sell mall advertising,” he said. “When I got here I thought “ we need a sports outlet of some kind, especially rugby league, as that is huge in this area” He contacted various people and one of those was David Camps, the merchandising manager for the Vodafone Warriors.” “So he came out here, I suggested maybe bringing their merchandising van into the mall but it was too big, then I showed them a vacant store,” says Butler. rugby league Warriors opening pop-up store ANGLE With Ivan Agnew Agnew’s For more photos go to www.times.co.nz SPORTS: Action stations Times photographer Wayne Martin gets out and about in the community most weekends. Here’s a mixture of recent excellent sporting action including matches between Pakuranga U8 Cobras v Roskill Disricts, the Fencible Over 40 Knaves v Bucklands Beach, Fencibles 10th Grade White and Fencibles 12th Grade Brown v Central Sonics.
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