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It was Nonu who provided the punch and smarts that led the backline’s second-half comeback in Sunday’s 33-15 triumph against Argentina at La Plata, after his forwards struggled to contain the Pumas powerful pack. It was his exquisitely timed pass as Ben Smith chimed in from the blindside wing that put Smith through the gap before his giant sidestep and sprint carried him to the ﬁrst of his two glorious tries. It was also his slick pass that put Sam Cane over in the corner for the third, before the brilliant Smith notched the vital bonus point fourth going into this Sun- day’s ﬁnal Ellis Park test to decide the winner of this season’s Rugby Championship. The All Blacks forwards will need to lift their game after being outplayed by the strong Pumas scrum, until 125kg Charlie Fau- muina came on early in the second spell to replace Owen Franks, who suffered a groin injury. Understandably captain Kieran Read had a quiet game after suf- fering from the ﬂu. However, the selectors had cause to cel- ebrate another ﬁne performance from openside ﬂanker Cane in the absence of the injured Richie McCaw. With South Africa hammering Australia 28-8, they’ll be deter- mined to revenge their Eden Park loss to the All Blacks and win Sun- day’s match against them on home soil. Blessed with a mighty pack, the Springboks will seek to pulverise the All Blacks up front and allow Morne Steyn to test their courage under the high ball. No one doubts their power or determination, but that tactic is as predictable as putting Mike Tyson in a boxing ring and letting him slug it out in search of a knockout. In recent times, the All Blacks have boxed smarter, sought to nul- lify the Boks forward power and outwit them with clever back play. Relishing the chances that a brilliant Bryan Habana no longer gets, All Black wings Ben Smith and Julian Savea have enjoyed a try fest, even when superstars Dan Carter and McCaw have been absent recuperating from injuries. Meanwhile, Sonny Bill Williams retains the Midas touch. Having helped the Chiefs win the ﬁrst of their two Super 15 crowns last year before returning to league, his Roosters team is favoured to win the NRL ﬁnal against the plucky Manly Sea Eagles after trouncing Newcastle 40-14. However, while Williams famous ofﬂoads are a threat to any team, Manly are blessed with smart halves in Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran and showed they’re worthy ﬁnalists after eliminating the dangerous South Sydney Rab- bitohs 30-20. All Blacks boxing smarter Agnew's Angle EARLY SEASON: Some of the top bowlers in the country chased the Auckland women's premier singles title last weekend. Playing at Pakuranga Bowling Club on Saturday, Howick's Joanne Stanton, right quali ed from her pool only to be beaten 21-15 by eventual nalist Reen Sta ord of Carlton Cornwall. Linda Ralph, left, won two of three games on her home greens but did not progress. Times photos David McPherson Gear troubles slow drivers PAUL Manuell was feeling the cold last weekend. The East Tamaki V8SuperTourers driver, complete with sponsor's cap, was trying to hide and protect a blinding whiteness on his head. Last Friday night, his head was shaved by M3 Racing teammate Greg Murphy, raising $7000 for CanTeen, during the annual Franklin Bike Bash. "It's bloody cold at night," says Manuell, "but it was for a great cause." Among the sponsors for Manuell's hairless look were Andre Heimgartner's team with a donation of $1000. The bike bash raised $40,000. While that was a huge success, Manuell and Heimgartner experienced some of the lows of motor racing at Hampton Downs over the weekend. Both blew gearboxes, resulting in a DNF for Manuell in race two and Heimgartner struggling to get his car balanced for the rst round of the endurance series. "The gearbox went when co-driver Paul Morris was running qualifying on Saturday," says Heimgartner, of Dannemora. "By the time we got it swapped out, I only got about ve minutes on the track during my qualifying session. "So, for the rest of the weekend, we were trying to set up the car while we were racing," he says. Heimgartner and Morris nished the weekend seventh overall after eighth placings in races one and two and a seventh in race three. Heimgartner is sixth in the drivers' championship with two rounds to run. After a ninth in race one, Manuell had to sit in the pits to watch the end of race two after his gearbox blew. "We managed to borrow a box from International Motorsport for race three," he says. Manuell and co-driver John Penny nished 10th in that race and 16th overall for the weekend. Manuell is ninth in the drivers' championship.
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