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www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, July 21, 2016 — 19 09 537 3865 bridgestonetyres.co.nz 115 Vincent Street, Howick WE STOCK BUY1GET1 HALF PRICE Buy one Bridgestone car or 4x4 tyre* and get the second half price! HALFPRICE “This is a fantastic deal, don’t miss out” ROB HALLIE *Offer ends 29 July, 2016. Applies to selected Bridgestone branded car and 4x4 tyres only. Normal fitting and balancing charges apply. For full terms and conditions, see www.bridgestonetyres.co.nz or visit us in-store. JH11427 The Hurricanes, Highlanders and Chiefs have the firepower to advance to the Super Rugby semi-finals but the Crusaders should struggle against the dangerous Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday, despite the return of Sam Whitelock and Andy Ellis. With the Hurricanes leapfrogging from fourth to first with their five tries to one 35-10 bonus point victory against the Crusaders at Christchurch, the championship continues its classy progress. It’s taken guts, tenacity and self- belief for the Hurricanes to rise to the top of the heap after starting the season with a humiliating 52-10 defeat to the Brumbies. It also helped that previous leaders, the Lions, blew their lead by failing to take 15 of their best players to Buenos Aires where the Jaguares made them pay 34-22 for their arrogance. While stars Beauden Barrett, Dane Coles and Ardie Savea have continued to shine in the absence of Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith, it has been the progress of Michael Fatialofa, Vaea Fifita, Willis Halohalo, Ngami Laumape and Loni Uhila that has put the Hurricanes on track to repeat their effort in making the 2015 final. Uhila, the 27-year-old 122kg Tongan loosehead prop who beat The Brown Butterbean, Dave Letele, in last year’s Fight for Life, had a barnstorming game against the Crusaders. Which was in direct contrast to new All Black Ofa Tu’ungafasi who was popped out of the scrum more times than a champagne cork at a Frenchman’s banquet in the Blues 34-28 win against the Waratahs. With the Blues finishing their season strongly, a feature of all five NZ teams is they possess genuine character. That was certainly true of the Highlanders when tactician Lima Sopoaga, brilliant fullback Ben Smith and dynamic wing Waisake Naholo spearheaded them to a rousing 25-15 win against the talented Chiefs with Naholo scoring the first try, Smith setting up Dan Pryor for his and Sopoaga notching the third. A repeat of that form should see them clinch a win against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday night before the Hurricanes deal to the Sharks in Wellington on Saturday to avenge their Durban loss to them in May. Such has been the progress of workaholic Luke Whitelock this season that new All Black Liam Squire has had to make his impact from the bench in recent games. Whitelock doesn’t possess the attacking verve of Squire or Elliott Dixon, but he does possess Dixon’s tireless work rate and is a strong defender. Tackling has been a strong point behind the Highlanders’ and Hurricanes’ success this season and should again be a key factor in their bid to progress to the semi-finals. That is something the Chiefs will attempt to improve in their Cape Town clash against the Stormers. In Aaron Cruden, Damian McKenzie, James Lowe and Toni Pulu, they have sharp attackers who prosper best off Brad Wheeler’s snappy pass rather than the more laboured effort of Tawera Kerr-Barlow’s. Having struggled in their loss to the Hurricanes, the Crusaders will need to improve dramatically to beat the Lions who have thrived in their own den with an exciting brand of 15-man rugby. With their forwards having failed to gain a territorial advantage against the Canes, their backs don’t appear to have the necessary thrust to pierce the Lions’ defence often enough to secure victory. Ivan Agnew is an award-winning sports writer and author opinion Lions could spoil Super party premier rugby Green Machine out for pride Pakuranga United, soundly beaten by Suburbs 34-5 in the Auckland premier rugby competition at the weekend, will now play in the bottom four of the championship round looking to regain some pride. Coach Pita Alatini acknowledged Suburbs were too strong in the second half. “Unfortunately they were. They played to a plan and executed their moves well and finished things well,” the former All Black said. Such a scoreline was always disappointing, he said. “I don’t think we are that bad but we just couldn’t finish when it mattered,” said Alatini. “ We have just lost a lot of confidence from our previous results. We have struggled to get over our disappointments and it shows in our performance. “ There was an upside. “We never gave up...that was the only positive.” Now into the bottom four, the Green Machine is looking to step up. “It’s all about personal pride and leaving something positive for the club jersey,” he said. “Because we have some good young lads coming up and it’s shown by the results in their respective teams (Reserves, U21s and U20s).” ANGLE With Ivan Agnew Agnew’s DoyouwanttoadvertiseonthispageintheTimes?Contacteditor@times.co.nz.
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