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Ron Jarden was the champion of the 1950s, whose exploits, along with those of Auckland fullback Bob Scott, had legendary rugby commentator Winston McCarthy raving. Stu Wilson and Bernie Fraser were also excitement machines. Then came Super Rugby, when the Hurricanes grabbed Counties colossus Jonah Lomu. Remember, too, that Tana Umaga started as a big, side- stepping wing before becoming a champion centre. More recently there has been Hosea Gear, who has moved to the Highlanders and now, Jane and young Savea. While Lomu, Umaga, Gear and Savea have all possessed incred- ible power, none owned the all- round game of the much smaller inventive Gear, who reads the play so well, defuses kicks with his courageous takes, tackles well and counter-attacks so cleverly. It helps that Wellington, the Hurricanes and ultimately the All Blacks have produced sharp think- ing centres of the calibre of Umaga and Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith. Fortunately brains still count, even though the lawmakers who invented the atrocious hands, knees and oops-a-daisy delay leading to scrums must have been devoid of them. Despite these handicaps, the players do their best trying to adapt to laws that even the great Colin Meads confesses he doesn’t understand. Consequently, it was hearten- ing to see the All Blacks click so beautifully against Argentina. You could feel their intent in the men- ace of their haka, although it was the Pumas who delivered a crack- ing ﬁrst try to halfback Martin Landajo. After that it was all one-way trafﬁc, as the All Black forwards took command, Aaron Smith and Daniel Carter combined beauti- fully, and Ma’a Nonu recaptured his best in producing the power game for which he’s renowned. With Kieran Read and Richie McCaw maintaining their excel- lence, it’s ﬁtting to acknowledge unsung heroes like Sam White- lock and Owen Franks, two young men who have done their country proud since they were thrust from obscurity into the heat of interna- tional battle. Another young gun has emerged in the shape of big Brodie Retallick as he vies with Luke Romano to become Whitelock’s regular lock- ing partner. Meanwhile, I don’t fully under- stand the protests by rugby league fans at the prospect of the Auck- land Council moving the Warriors to Eden Park. They have a great game, but unfortunately, like the Blues rugby team, also a poor team incapable of putting bums on seats. However, that could change dramatically if they ﬁnd a good coach and pick players who per- form with pride. If they want a blueprint for suc- cess, who better to copy than the Melbourne Storm, who in Cam- eron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater have three aces that call the shots. It also helped that coach Craig Bellamy perfected a swarming defence which gave the Canter- bury Bulldogs no breathing space in their 14-4 NRL grand ﬁnal tri- umph last Sunday. And full credit to Wayne Pivac for developing a young Auckland rugby team that has won six of eight games in the ITM premier- ship and holds third spot just behind Wellington and Taranaki. That should offer a sliver of hope to new Blues coach Sir John Kirwan. But when it comes to the crunch, watch out for defending champi- ons Canterbury, who produced near perfection in slaughtering Southland 84-0. Flying wings blow us away Agnew's Angle MIXED FORTUNES: Baverstock Oaks School year 5 netball team, left, were unbeaten in their grade this season and won trophies for conceding the fewest goals and having the highest goal average and ratio. Meanwhile, for Mission Heights Primary's rugby team the pain of a winless season was erased by a visit from Auckland ITM Cup players Angus Ta'avao, Tony Fenner and Sean Brookman. Girls break 25-year mark By DANIEL SILVERTON RIDERS from the south-east have put in a number of podium ﬁnishes at the national schools road cycling championships in Palmerston North, including breaking a team record which had stood for quarter of a century. On the opening day of competition last Saturday, Saint Kentigern College won the under-20 girls’ team time trial in 25 minutes 27.81 seconds. The team of Cass and Mikayla Harvey, Josie Clow, Maddie Evans and Christie Jamieson beat Waikato’s Diocesan by 15 seconds, breaking the course record that stood since 1987 by less than 0.2 seconds. St Kent’s also won the year 7-8 boys’ and were third in the under-16 boys’ team time trial. On day two, James Brown, of St Kent’s, was third in the under-14 boys’ road race, while schoolmate Dylan McCullough was second in the under-13 boys’ road and third in the under-13 boys’ points races. St Kent’s Connor Brown was second in the under-15 boys’ points race, while Macleans College’s Nick Bain, fresh from representing New Zealand at the junior world road champs in Holland, was third in the under-20 boys’ points event. The results come on the back of many top three ﬁnishes in the Auckland secondary schools road cycling champs that wrapped up last month. While St Kent’s senior boys relinquished their title won in 2011, the junior boys’ team of Liam Ward, Mathew McCullough, Matthew Manning, Ayden Lamont and James Fouche made amends, winning their overall championship. Macleans College placed third in the senior boys. St Kent’s senior girls’ team was second in the overall seven-race standings, as was the junior girls’ team. Pakuranga College won the Healing Trophy in the senior boys’ handicap series, based on the difference between a team’s average and fastest times.
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