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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, August 1, 2013 --- 23 122362 This Sun 4th and Mon 5th August This will be your very last opportunity to secure a brand new home at Omokoroa Country Estate --- come talk to us now! For an appointment to view phone 07 548 1170 or call Grant Norton on 0274 599 277 website: www.ocestate.co.nz FORMER teacher and publi- can Dave Rennie is my type of coach, a smart, positive, plain- speaking bloke who has faith in a Chiefs team that will defend its Super 15 rugby crown against the Brumbies at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night. That they’ve earned the right by just one point doesn’t matter. They deserve to be there by taking their chances and defending mag- niﬁcently against a hotly favoured Crusaders outﬁt that had thrashed them a fortnight earlier. Credit also to captain Craig Clarke, whose willingness to gam- ble and Kieran Read’s failure to do so was the reason why the Chiefs got home in a nerve-tingling cliff- hanger. It was Clarke’s brave call to kick for touch and win a lineout instead of going for a three-point penalty that led to right wing Lelia Masa- ga’s dynamic try, when he blazed a path through the Crusaders for- wards in the 51st minute. With Aaron Cruden converting that and his own try from an inter- ception of Ryan Crotty’s pass, the Chiefs had bolted to a 20-9 lead before their delirious fans. With Israel Dagg executing a brilliant sidestep and swerve to score in the corner, Dan Carter’s conversion and subsequent pen- alty reduced the margin to 20-19. But with time running out, Read would probably have done better to kick for touch and gone for a try. As it was, Carter was well astray with two attempted drop goals on a night he was forced to play sec- ond ﬁddle to the diminutive Cru- den, whose tackling saved two likely tries. Blessed with a deceptive dummy and sidestep, Cruden has always been a wonderfully talented attacker. But his generalship and over- all kicking game have developed wonderfully well over the past two seasons, highlighted in the second and third tests against France this year. While Carter is far from a spent force, it’s heartening to know that in Cruden, the All Blacks have a worthy successor. Rennie’s reputation as an astute coach continues to grow, even though he’s the ﬁrst to admit he has an excellent brains trust around him, with Wayne Smith masterminding the defence and Tom Coventry the forwards. Presumably, it was Coventry’s call to start Tanerau Latimer at openside ﬂanker ahead of All Black Sam Cane, before Latimer rewarded him with a mighty game in a titanic clash against Matt Todd. Likewise, Andrew Horrell did a splendid job at second-ﬁve after getting the nod ahead of an impres- sive Bundee Aki to partner Charlie Ngatai in midﬁeld. It demonstrated what amazing depth the Chiefs have after losing Sonny Bill Williams to league and Richard Kahui to injury early in the season. While one can’t fault Steve Hansen’s record as head All Blacks coach since taking over in 2012, it’s reassuring to realise there are future candidates of the calibre of Rennie and Wales and Lions mas- termind Warren Gatland. It must irk the admirable Todd Blackadder that he hasn’t been able to win the Crusaders an eighth Super crown since he took over the coaching role left vacant by Robbie Deans’ move to Australia in 2008. It was again a case of so close yet so far. Meanwhile, congratulations to Matt Elliott for the wonderful job he’s done in bringing the Warriors back from the dead to be in con- tention for the NRL play-offs after their grand 30-22 win against the Melbourne Storm. Chiefs' mighty mentoring Agnew's Angle FLEET RACING: The GAC Pindar catamaran, skippered by Whitford's Will Tiller, finished sixth in round four of the Extreme Sailing Series in Porto, Portugal, last Sunday. Halfway through the competition, Tiller and GAC Pindar sit sixth overall out of eight teams. The next round is in Cardiff, Wales, next month. Photos supplied / Lloyd Images Women into hockey final By DANIEL SILVERTON HOWICK Pakuranga Hockey Club’s premier women’s team has a chance to win its ﬁrst title in more than two decades. In the ﬁnal round-robin match of the Auckland club competition last Saturday, Howick Pakuranga dispatched Roskill- Eden 6-0, with goals to Charlotte Edwards (3), Tyler Lench, Megan de Lambert and Danielle Jacobs. The result kept Howick Pakuranga ﬁrst in the regular season standings by one point, with 10 wins, three draws and a loss, for its debut appearance at the top of the table. “We think it’s the ﬁrst time in the 39 years of the club the women have won the minor premiership,” says rookie ﬁrst-team coach Greg Chadderton. “They won the title from third in 1992, so it is 21 years since we last won it.” Howick Pakuranga shared two draws with their grand ﬁnal opponents, Southern, during the round-robins. “They are the only team we haven’t beaten this year. On paper there’s not much between the two teams. The Howick Pakuranga and Southern rivalry is massive so it always turns into a grudge match.” In the 2012 ﬁnal, Howick Pakuranga was beaten in a shoot-out after two periods of extra time against Somerville. “There’s deﬁnitely a hunger and desire to go one better than last year,” says Chadderton. “We’re getting some members from the ’92 team to come and talk to the girls during the week. “We’ll hopefully get a good crowd down there on Saturday.” The club’s defending champion men’s team rounded out the season with a 5-0 defeat of Roskill-Eden, to ﬁnish third on the ladder. The men’s scorers were Andy Hayward, Simon Egerton (2), Philip Walker and Chris Dowdle. This Saturday, 2pm: Auckland club women’s hockey grand ﬁnal, Howick Pakuranga v Southern, Lloyd Elsmore Park.
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