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Botany and Ormiston Times : Howick and Botany Times Wednesday July 2 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — 19 REPORTS that Sir John Kirwan wants to sign Beauden Barrett for the Blues 2015 Super Rugby cam- paign must have Ihaia West won- dering what else he has to do to impress his coach. While no one doubts Barrett’s brilliance, West has been a key figure in the Blues’ outstanding recent wins against the Hurricanes and Force with his swift service, elusive running and accurate goal- kicking. The latest 40-14 win against the Force in Perth was the Blues’ first after 13 away losses and the Force’s first home loss after seven wins. That they led 26-0 after 18 min- utes was testimony to their strike power with West, Charlie Fau- muina, Lolagi Visinia and Ma’a Nonu all crossing for splendid tries. After that the Force showed their character with long sustained periods of attack only to be denied by a resilient Blues defence with Steven Luatua, Jerome Kaino and Faumuina producing power games up front. Should they maintain this form they will be a real threat to the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday night after the south- erners’ coach Todd Blackadder made a major mistake in failing to start Kieran Read, Owen Franks and Dan Carter in the 16-9 loss to the Hurricanes when Barrett and Julian Savea played starring roles for the victors. With the Highlanders joining the third-placed Crusaders on 42 points following their deserved 29-25 win against the ninth-placed Chiefs, who share 36 points with the Blues, excitement is mounting. The Highlanders face a tough Sunday challenge against the table- topping Waratahs (48) in Sydney and the Chiefs must beat the Hur- ricanes in Wellington on Friday if they are to have any chance of defending their title. However it is Saturday’s Christchurch match which should hold greatest interest after the Blues’ impressive resurgence thanks to a much improved for- ward effort and incisive young backs like West, Visinia and Peter Ahki who have thrived around the inspirational work of the experi- enced Nonu. Meanwhile Warriors NRL fans had cause to celebrate their team’s 30-20 home win against Ivan Cleary’s Penrith Panthers as they make their charge for a place in the play-offs. It was the Warriors’ sixth win in eight games and the improvement in urgency, accuracy and tackling under new chief coach Andrew McFadden has been extraordi- nary. Add to that a sharper passing game with Chad Townsend and Sam Tomkins quick to move the ball wide to danger men Konrad Hurrell and Manu Vatuvei and they now pose a genuine threat to any side. Since McFadden took charge, Hurrell’s defence has improved markedly and fellow game-breaker Shaun Johnson is no longer tel- egraphing his tactical kicks. With Simon Mannering, Nathan Friend and Jacob Lillyman con- sistently outstanding, the for- wards’ attacking edge will sharpen with Ben Matulino’s return from injury. What a shame champion striker Luis Suarez’s stupid Dracula biting act has blighted what otherwise has been an outstanding Football World Cup in Brazil which has fea- tured a goal fest and much drama. While Uruguay and Liverpool might lament Suarez’s four-month ban, few could argue it was richly deserved after two previous occa- sions in his career when he was red-carded for the same defence. On his return, football officials might be wise to consider protect- ing his opponents by insisting he wear a muzzle. Should that fail, next step should be a trip to the dentist to have his teeth extracted. Barrett great but West fine Barrett great but West fine Agnew’s Angle SOUTH-EAST DERBY: Macleans College First XV defeated home side Edgewater 17-10 in Auckland secondary school rugby 1B grade last Saturday. Clockwise from left: the halfbacks Ian Vermeulen, left, and Fauti Foto-Moala on the chase; Edgewater’s Una Fetuani (with ball) is chased by Macleans’ Angelo Anacan; Baxter Watson is marked by Tevita Tuimoala; and Apasia Fifita charges into two defenders. Times photos Daniel Silverton Winning streak over FOR the first time in three seasons, Saint Kentigern College’s First XV have been beaten in Auckland secondary school rugby 1A grade. St Kents were upset 20-26 at home by Otahuhu College last Saturday, with the visitors stealing the win from a long-range intercept try in the final minute. The loss ends St Kents’ unbeaten streak in the Auckland championship, arguably the toughest schoolboy competition in the world, at 35 games with 34 wins and a draw. Prior to Saturday’s shock result, St Kents’ last defeat in 1A was to Sacred Heart in June 2011, and their only other loss in that time has been to Hamilton Boys’ High in last year’s national final. 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