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They scrummed and mauled better, bound together and hit the rucks collectively with force to win ball, which their backs used effec- tively with sharp passes and hard, straight running. In scoring two tries and setting up Chris Ashton and Brad Bar- ritt for others, burly 21-year-old centre Manu Tuilagi was a special hero. Nothing could detract from what for them was a record score against New Zealand. Strong driving hooker Tom Youngs, mighty prop Dan Cole, champion lock Joe Launchbury and hard grafting loosies Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw and Ben Morgan all played heroic roles. In contrast, the All Blacks for- wards were too individual and spent too much time cluttering the backline when New Zealand had possession. With Owen Farrell kicking four penalties and a drop goal to earn England a deserved 15-0 lead, the home team produced a young ﬁrst- ﬁve whose future feats may yet surpass those of Jonny Wilkinson. How England could bounce back from losses to Australia and South Africa to produce such a resounding win is beyond com- prehension. Should they main- tain this form they’ll be strong contenders to win the world crown on their own turf in 2015. True champions are found through the manner in which they cope with adversity. In this respect Cory Jane, Julian Savea and Kieran Read performed mag- niﬁcently, even though Tuilagi’s intercept of Read’s pass resulted in one of England’s tries. Savea scored two of his own to increase his year’s tally to a golden dozen in his ﬁrst season as an All Black. It was the instinctive Jane who ignited New Zealand’s ﬁrst two converted touchdowns to reduce England’s lead to 15-14. Unfor- tunately, the team didn’t gel and made too many uncharacteristic defensive errors when England applied intensive pressure. Still, just one loss after 19 wins and a draw is a proud record and doesn’t make this a bad team over- night, although several players performed below their best. Meanwhile, full credit to Ross Taylor for leading the much maligned Black Caps to a hand- some test win against Sri Lanka, with strong support from Kane Williamson and Tim Southee. While many pundits continue to plug for Brendon McCullum to replace Taylor as captain, the fact remains Taylor’s batting average remains superior to the talented but erratic gung-ho Otago man. Southee’s bowling has been superb since his return to favour, and left-armer Trent Boult’s swing holds the promise of better to come, especially if speedster Adam Milne’s form can justify future selection. While Doug Bracewell’s seam bowling has fallen short of the huge promise he showed in spear- heading New Zealand’s win against Australia in Hobart last year, he remains an important cog in what is shaping as a sharp attack. The batting would also ben- eﬁt if talented Jesse Ryder was to make himself available, and wick- etkeeper BJ Watling was given a crack at test cricket after his heroics in the shorter form of the game. Results reverse form guide Agnew's Angle 'TIS THE SEASON: Christmas spirit mixed with the buzz of exercise as participants in The Prospect of Howick's annual Point-To-Pub fun run arrived in Picton Street for the start of the Howick Santa Parade. Left, Bruce Hunter was the rst male over the 7.5 kilometres from Musick Point to the village, with Penny Peskett, right, the leading female. Centre, policeman Merv Hotter and re ghter Stephen Thuell completed the run in uniform to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation. More photos at www.times.co.nz. Times photos Wayne Martin Bev Smith top result HOWICK Softball Club's premier women have achieved their best result at their home tournament, led by a miserly performance by pitcher Marissa Berkes. The United States import helped Howick to third place in the annual Bev Smith Memorial Tournament at Meadowlands last weekend, the club's highest nish in the event's four years. Their Friday night opener against a Metro D1 grade side was short-lived, as Howick leapt out to a 16-0 lead. Berkes struck out eight of the nine batters faced in the game's three innings. All Howick batters registered a hit, with Breanna Gibson going 3-4. Berkes maintained her runless record against Melville, from Hamilton, on Saturday, but the o ense couldn't back her up and the game was drawn 0-0. The nal pool game with Waitakere Bears was lost 0-4, but Howick sneaked through to the top four ahead of Melville with a superior run rate. They had the lead twice against Western Magpies in Sunday's semi- nal, and were tied 2-2 with time up, but lost 2-5 in the extra inning. Facing Auckland and national champion Mt Albert Ramblers in the third-fourth play-o , Howick recorded one of their best results of the season winning 3-2. Bears beat Magpies 5-4 in the nal. "The tournament was fantastic," says Howick secretary Barb Croawell. "Kyla Bromhead from Bears said it was one of the best nals she has ever played in." The tournament, in honour of softball stalwart and breast cancer victim Bev Smith, raised $1524 for breast cancer research. Berkes was named best pitcher. Howick's men outhit Eden-Roskill 3-2 but lost 0-1 after leaving four runners stranded on base at War Memorial Park, May Road, last Saturday. The Auckland Fastpitch Championship breaks this weekend for the national provincial competition at North Shore's Rosedale Park. Gibson is in the Auckland team, as is Pakuranga College pupil Tyneesha Houkamou.
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