New Zealand matches: 26 July, 2014
v Canada 10:32am local (9:32pm NZT)
v Scotland 13:56am local (Sunday 27 July 12:56am NZT)
v Barbados 20:20pm local (Sunday 27 July 07:20am NZT)
It is quite fitting that the Commonwealth Games is being staged in Scotland in 2014 just two years out from Sevens making its grand debut at the Summer Olympics, after all, it was here in the Borders to the South that the game began.
History suggests that a butcher from Melrose suggested that a shortened version of the game be played to raise money at a local fair, with Ned Haig credited with leading his team to defeat Gala to win the first unofficial Sevens competition in 1883.
The story that Sevens started because the forwards decided one day they didn’t want to play is more of an urban myth.
While the small Borders town has other interests for historians as it is fabled to be the birth place of the legendary King Arthur, the importance of the region is celebrated with the Rugby Sevens World Cup named after Melrose.
The iconic ground, usually the home of football side Rangers, will see 45 games played out with the ultimate prize a small shiny medal which New Zealand has not relinquished since it was introduced in 1998 to the 16th Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Since then Sir Gordon Tietjens has guided his troops to four consecutive Gold Medals and 25 straight victories at the Games while scoring an incredible 971 points over this time.
However so much has changed since then, even since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, both for the title holders and the rest of the world.
The competition in Delhi was held less than a year after the grand news that Sevens had been accepted into the Summer Olympics, and since then the landscape has developed considerably.
One merely needs to take a look at the hosts, grouped in the same pool as New Zealand.
Two months ago the Scottish achieved their best ever IRB Sevens tournament result, finishing fourth in Glasgow, and head coach Stephen Gemmell has selected a squad containing 88-Test veteran Sean Lamont and British and Irish Loin Stuart Hogg – perhaps the strongest Scottish Sevens team ever assembled.
The buttressing of Sevens squad for such events is nothing new, Australia has Reds Investec Super Rugby flanker Liam Gill while there has been plenty of talk over the release of Bryan Habana from Toulon so the Springboks wing can feature for the Blitzbokke.
Meanwhile Tietjens, who has had the likes of Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen at his disposal before, will not rely on a galaxy of All Blacks.
This year only Blues back Pita Ahki is a Investec Super Rugby regular in the squad.
However this will not faze New Zealand, who know that enlisting high profile names is no guarantee for success, a strong core of Sevens veterans led by current Gold medallists DJ Forbes, Sherwin Stowers and Tim Mikkelson are more valuable than any player from the 15s version of the game.
Add to this the likes of now senior members of the team like playmaker Gillies Kaka, strike forward Ben Lam and emerging youngster Akira Ioane – and the defending champions have a rounded squad that showcases the growing depth of the abbreviated code in New Zealand.
New Zealand were well aware of the challenge ahead of them with the advancement of many Sevens nations, but the squad will back their trademark dependability – during the 2013/2014 circuit the team featured in seven of the nine Cup Finals.
“To win, it’s all about consistency,” Tietjens said.
“It’s being accurate when you need to be, strong defense and dominating possession. If we can play consistently well, and having a strong bench will help, then that plays a big hand in being successful.”
How tactics pan out will be interesting as well, with the weather expected to be typically ambivalent, if the wet strikes, one suspects that New Zealand will have a slight advantage with their comfort in playing such football.
While that would set the stage for a potential Haka in the rain.
All sides have strengthened their groups with experience which will be crucial, but if the favourites can play their high tempo precision defensive game that has been on display over the last 12 months they will be confident.
Unbeaten and with four straight Gold Medals, the biggest threat will be the mantle of expectancy that comes with those black jerseys.
“Yes, there is lot of pressure and expectation on us going into this tournament, but the boys don’t really think about it too much,” said Ahki.
“Gold is what we’re aiming for and we know the steps we have to take to get it. There are some big rugby nations playing at this tournament but it will be down to who shows up on the day.”
The sixteen teams who will strive for the coveted Gold medal in front of packed audiences at Ibrox Stadium are Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, England, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Barbados, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Wales.
The reigning champions have been drawn in Pool A alongside Canada, Barbados and Scotland.
Glasgow 2014 rugby sevens pools:
• Pool A – New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Barbados
• Pool B – South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago
• Pool C – Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia
• Pool D – England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda
Pita Ahki (North Harbour)
Scott Curry (Manawatu)
Sam Dickson (Canterbury)
DJ Forbes, captain (Counties Manukau)
Bryce Heem (Tasman)
Akira Ioane (Auckland)
Gillies Kaka (Hawke’s Bay)
Ben Lam (Auckland)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Declan O’Donnell (Waikato)
Sherwin Stowers (Counties Manukau)
Joe Webber (Waikato)
New Zealand matches:
26 July, 2014
v Canada 10:32am local (9:32pm NZT)
v Scotland 13:56am local (Sunday 27 July 12:56am NZT)
v Barbados 20:20pm local (Sunday 27 July 07:20am NZT)
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First Five Beauden Barrett and scrumhalves Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara are the latest All Blacks to commit to New Zealand rugby until after next year’s World Cup, New Zealand Rugby Union said on Saturday.
Smith, who has cemented himself as the All Blacks’ first-choice scrumhalf since his 2012 debut, Perenara, who made his test debut this year, and Barrett have all signed through until the end of 2016, the NZRU said in a statement.
Experienced prop Tony Woodcock, who has 110 caps for the All Blacks, has also been signed through until after the global showpiece in England next year.
Tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina and utility back Tom Taylor have also signed through until 2015.
“It’s great news for the All Blacks and New Zealand rugby, especially with a large number of talented, young players re-committing to the country,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said in the statement. “It bodes well for the future.”
Prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen, lock Dominic Bird and loose forward Matt Todd, all of whom have won test caps in the last two years but remain on the periphery of the squad, have also signed through until 2016.
The former pin-up girl of the Lingerie Football League is part of Australia’s Wallaroos squad heading to France on Sunday to compete in the IRB Rugby World Cup.
And she insists it was lingerie football that got her here.
The concept of women playing a full-contact sport in lingerie may not appeal to everyone, but Butler says it provides a platform for female athletes when other avenues have closed.
“It’s not for everyone and if you’re lucky enough to have an avenue in your chosen sport that allows you to stay professional, or stay elite, then I definitely back that, but the LFL is a different avenue,” Butler said.
“As women, it’s hard. You get to your 20s and you finish school and all those athletic avenues close and you think, well, what next? I gave and sacrificed most of my childhood to be some kind of athlete, do I really just hang my hat here?
“I think the LFL worldwide has offered that platform for other women who had injuries or had to change sports. I think it’s such a high calibre of athlete competing and that was why I joined it.”
It wasn’t just the platform that the LFL provided, but gridiron also gave Butler an opportunity to condition her body for rugby.
“These girls are fair dinkum athletes,” she said. “They’re hitting hard and there is great support in terms of strength and conditioning and the best of physio and training facilities in terms of developing athletes, so I just took the opportunity.
The LFL is played in front of packed stadiums in the US and has a global TV audience. Butler knew what she was signing up for when she joined — what she calls a “sex sells” marketing campaign — but she insists she never felt exploited.
“I am feminine, I am girly, and so I didn’t mind curling my hair and putting lipstick on,” Butler said.
“It’s just for one day that you dress up in that, the rest of the time you’re just a normal football athlete. You train in a normal outfit and you have your teammates, just like a normal football team.”
But rugby is Butler’s new chapter and she is excited to be part of one of the fastest growing female sports in the world.
She just hopes the rest of society pays attention.
“If society perhaps kept an eye out on what’s happening in the women’s sporting world they might just learn that they like it,” she said.
“Especially rugby, because we do hit pretty hard and that’s always entertaining — watching girls go at each other on the field. I can’t imagine that putting on the green and gold would ever get old and I’m just so privileged to be part of the movement in women’s rugby across the world.”
Originally published as Butler swaps lingerie for World Cup -
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Waratahs – Brumbies
26th July 2014 Ground: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
The Waratahs are chasing their first Super Rugby title after two losing finals and are in the midst of a seven-match unbeaten run, including a 39-8 thumping of the Brumbies in Sydney.
The ‘Tahs have been the perennial underachievers in 18 years of Super Rugby, but under taskmaster Michael Cheika they finished seven points clear in this season’s final standings and look the team to beat.
The Sydneysiders have the twice triumphant Brumbies to overcome on home soil to ensure that they will stage this year’s final against the winners of the Crusaders and Sharks, who do battle in Christchurch on the same day.
It will be the fourth time the Waratahs have hosted a semi-final, with their only loss coming to the Brumbies, 51-10 in 2002.
Even though the ‘Tahs crushed the Brumbies five tries to one at their last meeting, Cheika is warning his charges to expect a torrid Australian derby with the Canberra side, who dethroned double defending champions the Waikato Chiefs 32-30 in last week’s home play-off.
“Their key players are back and they’ve got just as many international players as we have and they’ve got an excellent record in the last two or three seasons,” Cheika said.
“It’s going to be a really good match. We know what we have to do. We’re concentrating very much on our style and what we need to deliver in the game – try and turn the dial up as high as possible come kick-off.”
Cheika has recalled South African powerhouse lock Jacques Potgieter and is leaving Wallaby giant Will Skelton on the bench for a second-half impact.
Meanwhile, 12-try full-back Israel Folau and winger Rob Horne both return to the side after missing the final match of the regular season against Queensland Reds because of a thigh problem and ‘flu respectively.
The Brumbies are only weakened for Saturday’s match by long-term injuries to Wallabies David Pocock and Stephen Moore.
Henry Speight and Robbie Coleman retain their places on the wings, while Wallabies Joe Tomane and Pat McCabe will offer back-three cover from the bench meaning there is no place in the side for winger Clyde Rathbone, the sole survivor of the Brumbies’ last Super Rugby title in 2004.
“To have got through last weekend injury free, it’s great for us to be playing again this weekend to maintain momentum,” Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher said.
“We were comfortable with where our set piece was last week against the Chiefs. I expect those areas to work in our favour again this weekend.
“The result won’t be determined by who’s favourite. The result will be decided by who is the better team on the night.
“There’s an intense rivalry which has been there since the competition started and I’m expecting a fierce clash of bodies this weekend.”
The Waratahs have a strong record at home over the Brumbies, winning seven of their last eight meetings.
|Last 10 games played between the Waratahs and Brumbies|
|28-Jun-14||Waratahs||39 – 08 Brumbies|
|15-Mar-14||Brumbies||28 – 23 Waratahs|
|17-May-13||Waratahs||28 – 22 Brumbies|
|9-Mar-13||Brumbies||35 – 06 Waratahs|
|7-Jul-12||Waratahs||15 – 19 Brumbies|
|5-May-12||Brumbies||23 – 06 Waratahs|
|18-Jun-11||Waratahs||41 – 07 Brumbies|
|26-Mar-11||Brumbies||22 – 29 Waratahs|
|24-Apr-10||Waratahs||19 – 12 Brumbies|
|13-Mar-09||Brumbies||21 – 11 Waratahs|
|Games Played||24||Games Played||24|
|*Games Won||13||*Games Won||11|
|*Games Lost||11||*Games Lost||13|
|Games Drawn||0||Games Drawn||0|
|*Longest Winning Streak||3||*Longest Winning Streak||3|
|*Longest Losing Streak||3||*Longest Losing Streak||3|
|*Largest Points For||44||*Largest Points For||56|
|*Largest Points Against||56||*Largest Points Against||44|
|*Largest Winning Margin||34||*Largest Winning Margin||47|
|*Largest Losing Margin||-47||*Largest Losing Margin||-34|
|*Total Points For||531||*Total Points For||575|
|*Avg Points For||22.13||*Avg Points For||23.96|
|*Total Points Against||575||*Total Points Against||531|
|*Avg Points Against||23.96||*Avg Points Against||22.13|
|*Total Points Difference||-44||*Total Points Difference||44|
|*Avg Points Difference||-1.83||*Avg Points Difference||1.83|
|* = By Waratahs||* = By Brumbies|
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (capt), 6 Stephen Hoiles, 5 Jacques Potgieter, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Tola Latu, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Jeremy Tilse, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Mitch Chapman, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbon, 23 Matt Carraro, 24 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 25 Cam Crawford (two to be omitted).
Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Leon Power, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Ruaidhri Murphy, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Joe Tomane, 23 Pat McCabe.
Date: Saturday, July 26
Kick-off: 19:40 local (10:40 BST, 09:40 GMT)
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert, James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub
Seven-time champion Crusaders take on a ravenous Sharks side in the first Super Rugby semi-final at the usually impenetrable fortress that is AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.
The fixture comes just two months after the Sharks produced a memorable 30-25 win at the venue that ended a run of 13 years without success for South African sides in the city.
But Crusaders’ head coach Todd Blackadder will have revenge on his mind as well as seeking a place in the Super Rugby final on August 2.
The Kiwi giants will be bidding to reach an 11th final having finished second to the New South Wales Waratahs in the regular season standings, but have not won a title since 2008 and the closest they have come to adding an eighth crown was when they lost the final to the Queensland Reds in 2011.
Two late penalties from flyhalf Frans Steyn allowed the Sharks to edge the Otago Highlanders 31-27 in Durban, putting them into the semi-finals for the eighth time.
Jake White’s side are the South African conference winners and also have the added incentive of trying to become the first overseas team to win a final in the history of Super Rugby.
“We have to be positive about winning two games overseas to get the title,” White said.
“Over the last fortnight we have had a great win over the Stormers and then had to fight for our lives to beat the Highlanders, and that is great momentum to take into the semi-finals.”
Pat Lambie has been restored to fly-half and fellow international Willem Alberts has been shifted to lock as the Sharks made three changes to their starting line-up for the shopwdown in Christchurch.
Lambie, who made his first appearance in four months as a replacement in last weekend’s win over the Otago Highlanders, is restored to fly-half with Frans Steyn moved to inside centre alongside Paul Jordaan.
Springbok JP Pietersen, who was outside centre last week, is named on the wing in place of Sibusiso Sithole, who drops to the bench.
Alberts shifts to lock to replace the injured Anton Bresler, with Jean Deysel taking Alberts’ place on the flank. Stephan Lewies is back at lock after injury in place of Etienne Oosthuizen.
It will be Lambie’s first start since March when he tore his bicep. With Deysel having been elevated into the starting line-up, Tera Mtembu comes on to the bench.
Injury keeps talismanic prop Tendai Mtawira out but his teenage replacement Thomas du Toit received high praise after last weekend’s playoff win.
All Blacks captain and former World Player of the Year, Richie McCaw, will be back in Crusaders colours, having recovered from the broken rib he suffered playing for New Zealand against England in June.
Blackadder has also brought in hooker Corey Flynn, meaning the Crusaders will boast 13 current or former All Black internationals in their run-on side.
Fly-half Dan Carter also starts in an unfamiliar position, again lining up at inside centre outside Colin Slade as he continues his return from a six-month sabbatical.
“The Sharks have shown this season that they are an extremely classy outfit and a very difficult team to beat. This is our biggest challenge yet, but we feel ready for it,” Blackadder said.
The winners of the match will play the New South Wales Waratahs or ACT Brumbies, who face off in Saturday’s second semi-final in Sydney.
|Last 10 games played between the Crusaders and Sharks|
|17-May-14||Crusaders||25 – 30||Sharks|
|5-Apr-13||Sharks||21 – 17||Crusaders|
|25-Jun-11||Crusaders||36 – 08||Sharks|
|27-Mar-11||Crusaders||44 – 28||Sharks|
|26-Feb-10||Crusaders||35 – 06||Sharks|
|18-Apr-09||Sharks||10 – 13||Crusaders|
|2-May-08||Crusaders||18 – 10||Sharks|
|3-Mar-07||Sharks||27 – 26||Crusaders|
|25-Feb-06||Crusaders||22 – 20||Sharks|
|29-Apr-05||Crusaders||77 – 34||Sharks|
|Games Played||20||Games Played||20|
|*Games Won||14||*Games Won||5|
|*Games Lost||5||*Games Lost||14|
|Games Drawn||1||Games Drawn||1|
|*Longest Winning Streak||7||*Longest Winning Streak||2|
|*Longest Losing Streak||2||*Longest Losing Streak||7|
|*Largest Points For||77||*Largest Points For||58|
|*Largest Points Against||58||*Largest Points Against||77|
|*Largest Winning Margin||43||*Largest Winning Margin||32|
|*Largest Losing Margin||-32||*Largest Losing Margin||-43|
|*Total Points For||620||*Total Points For||488|
|*Avg Points For||31||*Avg Points For||24.4|
|*Total Points Against||488||*Total Points Against||620|
|*Avg Points Against||24.4||*Avg Points Against||31|
|*Total Points Difference||132||*Total Points Difference||-132|
|*Avg Points Difference||6.60||*Avg Points Difference||-6.60|
|* = By Crusaders||* = By Sharks|
Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn , 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Johnny McNicholl.
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 S’bura Sithole, 23 Tonderai Chavhanga.
Date: Saturday, July 26
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT, 09:35 SAST)
Weather: 9° C. Clear skies.
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Mike Fraser
Mexico, playing short handed for nearly half a game due to card troubles, held off a game Barbados to claim the NACRA U19 Cup title for the first time with a 17-10 win.
It would be fifteen minutes before the scoreboard would flicker, as Barbados hit for a penalty and a 3-0 lead.
Just two minutes later it was fullback Diego Navarro getting a pass from fly-half Alejandro Barron to finish nicely in the right corner following a big run from outside centre Diego Gutierrez. The conversion was missed but Mexico held a slim 5-3 lead at the half.
Just before the half Marcus Ibarra, front row for Mexico, got a yellow card for repeated infringement opening the door for Barbados to mount a comeback.
Despite being a man down to start the second frame Mexico hit with two tries in quick succession to go to 17-3. The second came from second row Sebastian Diaz getting a pass from a goal line ruck to dot down in the corner.
Around the 55 minute mark it was Barbados’ big no. 8 Conrad Edgar taking the game on his shoulders rumbling from five metres out to score under the posts. At the end of the play prop Marcus Ibarra tried to ruck the ball loose with his boot in-goal, resulting in another yellow card. Coupled with his previous infraction, yellow turned red, making Mexico short handed for the remainder of the game.
With a man advantage the opportunity to wear Mexico down in the forwards was presented, but strangely Barbados was fixated on getting the ball down to opposition territory quickly by kicking the ball repeatedly down the pitch.
Mexico, eager to absorb the possession and run the clock down, held on to the ball for long phases, ultimately denying Barbados the comeback they were so desperately fighting for.
Scrum-half and Captain Andres Rodriguez said he was surprised at the Bajan tactic but was pleased with the result.
“We kept getting the ball back so we would hold on to it as long as possible,” he said. “I am just so proud of my team and how they played when we were down a player.”
Trinidad and Tobago broke their collective ducks with an empathic 45-9 victory over the Cayman Islands to collect fifth place at the NACRA U19 tournament.
T and T scored nearly from the kick off with fullback Sebastian Navarro getting a clean path from forty metres to shock the Cayman Islanders.
T and T struck back for two more tries before the 20 minute mark with Cayman responding with a pair of penalties.
In the second half the home side went off the boil for a period, but Cayman could not offer any offense, though managing to keep the score under 50.
It was a highly anticipated third place play-off as a much talked about Jamaica with bags of pace would be taking on a physically imposing USA South squad.
USA South scored three tries in the opening twenty minutes to establish a 19-0 lead over Jamaica.
It was all one way traffic through three quarters of the match until Jamaica got an intercept try from speedy flanker Samoi Smith, who got his hands on a US clearance kick and legged it in from fifty metres.
Jamaica would add a penalty and the US two more tries to take the final score to 32-10 and a third place finish for the South.
Final Standings of the Tournament
Cup Winners – Mexico
Cup Runners up – Barbados
Bowl Winners – USA South
Bowl Runners Up – Jamaica
Plate Winners – Trinidad and Tobago
Plate Runners Up - Cayman Islands
Trophy Competition Standings
Trophy Winners – Bermuda
Trophy Runners Up – Turks and Caicos
Trophy Plate Winners – Trinidad and Tobago Selects
Trophy Plate Runners Up – British Virgin Islands
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An impressive Effort !
300 not out
Kenya have swept the Elgon Cup by claiming victory in all three categories of the Elgon Cup. Kenya’s U-19s started the sweep by defeating their Ugandan counterparts 27-12 on the day to claim a 37-27 aggregate win, having lost the first leg 10-15 in Kampala last weekend.
Marlin Mukolwe put Kenya 3-0 with an 8th minute penalty before converting Michael Wanjala’s try for a 10-o lead.
The Baby Cranes would get into the game courtesy of a a Pius Ogena try but a Edgar Khafumi try and a Mukolwe conversion saw Chipur lead 17-5 at half time.
Billy Isabwa’s try and another Mukolwe conversion put Kenya 24-5 up after the break. Mukolwe’s penalty saw the hosts go 27-5 up as Ugandan grew in confidence. Edrine Kayima’s converted try for the Baby Cranes saw the game close at 27-12.
LIONESSES CRUSH LADY CRANES TO RECLAIM ELGON CUP TITLE
The Kenya Lionessess were too strong for the Ugandal Lady Cranes as they posted a 39-10 home win for a 72-25 aggregate win that saw them reclaim the title.
The Lady Cranes started this game brightly, exerting themselves with authority and were unlucky to fall behind when Rachael Odhiambo touched down on 17 minutes, 5-0 to Kenya. Aisha Nakityo levelled for the defending champions but further tries from Phila Olando and Doreen Remour complimented by a Janet Awuor conversion saw Kenya take a 17-5 lead into half time.
Irene Atieno’s converted try after the break extended the hosts lead before Beatrice Atim landed for Uganda, cutting the deficit to 24-10.
Janet “Shebesh” Akello would score a great solo try, racing 60 meters, beating two defenders along the way to the try line, 29-10 for the home girls. Atieno’s penalty and a converted try at the death secured Kenya’s first Elgon Cup title since 2012.
KENYA “A” LOCK OUT RUGBY CRANES TO KEEP ELGON CUP TITLE IN KENYA
Trailing 14-21 from last week’s first leg in Kampala, Kenya A romped to a 34-0 shut out of Uganda that saw them win the Elgon Cup 48-21 on aggregate.
The Rugby Cranes started with intent but fell behind when Philip Owuor pressured Bishop Onen into an error, Owuor grounding for a 5-0 score line. It would remain a fair contest, Uganda’s Romano Ogwal standing out for Uganda as they surged forward in territory and possession. They however fell further behind when Nato Simiyu grounded on 33 minutes with Isaac Adimo converting for a 12-0, a lead they took into the break.
Godfrey Mbeya, largely quiet during the first half, wrote his name on the scorer’s list, showing presence of mind to follow through Kelvin Omiyo’s speculative punt, his touch down putting Kenya 17-0 up and 31-21 on aggregate.
Simiyu, outstanding all afternoon, sliced through the Ugandan defence, offloading for Eden Agero to touch down with Adimo converting for a 24-0 lead. Further tries from substitutes Jacob Ojee and Victor Brown secured the 34-0 result for the Kenyans, the biggest winning score line in an Elgon Cup leg.
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New Zealand Rugby mourns the passing of
New Zealand Rugby is mourning the death of former All Blacks Captain Kevin Skinner, who passed away early this morning in Auckland, aged 86.
“It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Kevin Skinner,” said New Zealand Rugby Chairman Brent Impey.
“Kevin was a much-admired player, regarded by many as one of New Zealand’s greatest props, while his role in the All Blacks’ first series win over South Africa in 1956 has earned him a place in rugby folklore.
“I am sure that in coming days Kevin will be fondly remembered across New Zealand, in particular by the Otago rugby community, for his performances for the All Blacks as well as his continued contributions to the game as a coach and administrator.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Skinner was 21 when he made his All Blacks Test debut in May 1949 against South Africa in Cape Town. He went on to play 61 matches, including 18 Tests, and captained the All Blacks in six matches, including two Tests, before retiring at the end of the 1954 season.
In 1956 he was recalled to the All Blacks for the final two Tests against the touring Springboks, bringing his Test tally to 20. The South African front row had been dominant in the first two Tests but Skinner’s return strengthened the All Blacks and provided the side with the power and toughness required to ensure New Zealand’s first series win over the ‘Boks.
Skinner played his provincial rugby for Otago, mostly from the Pirates Club, before shifting to Waiuku in 1956 and turning out for Counties and the combined Bay of Plenty-Thames Valley-Counties side. He was part of the 1947 Otago side that lifted the Ranfurly Shield from Southland and the Combined side that faced the South Africans in 1956, a match held four days before the final Test.
Following his retirement from playing, Skinner remained involved with the game as a club coach and later became involved with the Barbarians, including serving as President from 1988 to 1990. Skinner was also a skilled boxer, winning the New Zealand heavyweight boxing championship in 1947.
Profile by Bob Luxford for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.
|FULL NAME||Kevin Lawrence Skinner|
|BORN||Thursday, 24 November 1927 in Dunedin|
|DIED||Sunday, 20 July 2014 in Auckland|
|LAST SCHOOL||St Kevin’s College|
(First made All Blacks from)
|ALL BLACK DEBUT||Tuesday, 31 May 1949
v Western Province Universities at Cape Town
aged 21 years, 188 days
|INTERNATIONAL DEBUT||Saturday, 16 July 1949
v South Africa at Cape Town
aged 21 years, 234 days
|LAST TEST||Saturday, 1 September 1956
v South Africa at Auckland
aged 28 years, 282 days
|ALL BLACK TESTS||20 20|
|ALL BLACK GAMES||43 43|
|TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES||63 63|
|ALL BLACK CAPTAINCY||6 as Captain|
|ALL BLACK TEST POINTS||3pts (1t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)|
|ALL BLACK GAME POINTS||6pts (2t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)|
|TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS||9pts (3t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)|
|ALL BLACK NUMBER||491|
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Sharks 31 – 27 Highlanders
19th July 2014 Ground: Kings park, Durban, South Africa
Sharks beat Highlanders 31-27 at Kings Park
The Sharks narrowly overcame the Highlanders 31-27 at Kings Park to set up a Super Rugby semi-final with the Crusaders.
Two late penalties from Francois Steyn helped the Sharks subdue a spirited fightback from the visitors, who had led 27-25 with 16 minutes remaining.
Earlier, Steyn also kicked nine points as the Durban side quickly established a 10-point lead in the first half, but the Highlanders fought back to lead 17-13 at the interval.
The Sharks steadily reined in their New Zealand-based opponents after the break, yet Phil Burleigh’s try set up a frantic finale before Steyn had the final word with two more penalties to secure a 31-27 victory.
The win ensured there will be South African representation in the Super Rugby semi-finals next weekend, with the Sharks facing the Crusaders in Christchurch, while the Waratahs and the Brumbies take each other on in an Australian derby clash in Sydney.
Steyn’s first points arrived in the third minute after Jarrad Hoeata was penalised for straying offside at a ruck and the Sharks were 10-0 up after Steyn converted Marcell Coetzee’s try from a drive.Lima Sopoaga’s penalty got the Highlanders on the board after Jannie du Plessis was penalised for being offside, yet Steyn restored the 10-point gap when Shane Christie stopped a maul illegally.
The tide began to turn when Malakai Fekitoa ran on to a pass from Ben Smith to crash over, Sopoaga converting, and Kane Hames’ converted try on 40 minutes meant the Highlanders led at half-time.
Sopoaga had kicked the extras on Hames’ score and pushed the New Zealand side further ahead with a penalty in the 48th minute after Willem Alberts was penalised for side-entry at a ruck.
The Sharks were level six minutes later, however.
Bismarck du Plessis dived onto the loose ball when Elliot Dixon’s clearance at the back of a scrum went forward, and Steyn converted to make it 20-20.
Try-scorer turned provider in the 56th minute, Bismark du Plessis drawing in a defender before offloading to Tonderai Chavhanga, who dotted down in the left-hand corner.
The five-point lead was a slender one, though, and it evaporated in the 63rd minute as Burleigh grabbed the Highlanders’ third try after gathering a pass from Patrick Osborne. Sopoaga converted.
Both Bismarck du Plessis and Jean Deysel went close to crossing for the Sharks to snatch the lead back, but it was Steyn who won the day for the hosts.
The Sharks edged a one-point lead when Steyn punished them for illegal scrummaging in the 74th minute and, on the stroke of full-time, he added one last three-pointer as a sweetener after several defenders were caught offside.
Tries: Coetzee, B du Plessis, Chavanaga
Cons: Steyn 2
Pens: Steyn 4
Tries: Fekitoa, Hames, Burleigh
Cons: Sopoaga 3
Pens: Sopoaga 2
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 S’bura Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (capt), 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Tonderai Chavhanga.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 JP Koen, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Tom Franklin, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Gareth Evans.
Date: Saturday 19 July
Venue: Kings park, Durban, South Africa
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, Cobus Wessels
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