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With Baden Kerr injured and Chris Noakes having struggled in the first round loss to the High- landers, Hickey made his Super 15 debut because league convert Benji Marshall reckoned he wasn’t ready to be the backline general. Hickey proved he was, despite facing the threat posed by such great All Black loosies as Richie McCaw and Kieran Read. That the Blues should break a seven-game losing streak since last May, after being down 17-3, said much for their character, with gritty captain Luke Braid and vet- eran lock Tom Donnelly standouts in the pack despite the Crusaders’ lineout dominance. There is also rich promise in 21-year-old athletic lock Patrick Tuipulotu and excitement at the thought Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu will be available after away games against the Bulls and Lions. Kaino should also improve the lineout options and add muscle to a pack that improved in the sec- ond spell against the Crusaders with the introduction of Keven Mealamu and Charlie Faumuina. At 18, the same age coach Sir John Kirwan was when he first played for Auckland, Li’s stun- ning try from a kick-off exuded pace, power and balance in elud- ing three tackles. Like Hickey, he looks a future star. Although Kirwan is aware of the need to nurse his youngsters through a tough campaign, the astute Hickey looks the one to ignite a backline which would be even more dangerous if the gifted Charles Piutau was to pass more instead of going it alone so often. Unless he does, playmaker Mar- shall could threaten his berth. In contrast, without Dan Carter, the Crusaders backline lacks pen- etration beyond Ryan Crotty and Israel Dagg. Without McCaw (thumb surgery) for the next few months their future looks bleak. To rise from easy beats to cham- pions, the Blues forwards need to regularly produce the same char- acter and application shown by the Chiefs and Highlanders. Co-captains Liam Messam and Aaron Cruden did a great job in leading the Chiefs to a tough 21-19 win against the Highlanders at Hamilton, where a combative half- back Tawera Kerr-Barlow had a great battle against Aaron Smith. They also unleashed an exciting loose forward replacement in Tas- man’s powerful Liam Squire, who has the pace of big centre Robbie Fruean. Along with Highlanders star Ben Smith, Mils Muiliaina looked sharp at fullback, while lock Joe Wheeler and openside flanker John Hardie had huge games within the fiery southerners pack. Although narrowly beaten 19-18 by the Stormers at Cape Town, the Hurricanes will be encouraged by the form of Cory Jane, TJ Pere- nara, Faifili Levave and Dane Coles after a strong defensive effort. Meanwhile, league fans eagerly await the Warriors start to the NRL against the Eels, following their outstanding last preseason performance when they walloped the Brisbane Broncos. New generation of Blues New generation of Blues Agnew’s Angle START TO FINISH: Images from around the Ironman NZ course at Taupo last Saturday. From left, Meredith Kessler is the second three-time consecutive women’s champion alongside NZ’s Jo Lawn; defending champion Bevan Docherty is still finding his feet over the Ironman distance; the more than 1600 starters and their bikes was a record field; men’s winner Marko Albert and Terenzo Bozzone were side-by-side out of the swim/bike transition. Photo supplied, Delly Carr / Times photos Daniel Silverton Ranga face Ponies first FOUR Pakuranga United Rugby Club players feature in the Blues Development programme for this season. Props Namatahi Waa and Fraser Armstrong, first five-eighth Mitchell Hunt and midfielder TJ Faiane have been named in the 30-man squad. Waa was part of Pakuranga’s Gallaher Shield-winning premier squad in 2013 and reached the Auckland B wider training group. Armstrong, Hunt and Faiane are new to the club, having come from Waikato’s ITM Cup team, Nelson College and Saint Kentigern College respectively. Headed by new Blues high performance manager Tony Hanks, the team will be coached by Steve Jackson, with assistants Paul Feeney, formerly of Pakuranga, and Bevan Cadwallader. The schedule will see the Blues Development side compete in a three- match series against their Chiefs counterparts and two games against the New Zealand under-20s and the Cook Islands international team. “The programme has been spread out this year across four months, which allows us to integrate their development objectives with the players’ provincial union and club rugby programmes,” says Hanks. “It also presents the possibility of bringing players into the squad who have been performing well at club level.” Several players, including Faiane, have already had a taste of the Blues environment during the preseason. “A number of these guys have been exposed to the Blues culture and expectations already, and the Development XV programme provides the players with another opportunity to impress the Blues coaches,” says Hanks. Meanwhile, Pakuranga faces Ponsonby in the second round of the preseason Waka Nathan Challenge Cup this Saturday. Pakuranga had a bye in round one, while Ponsonby smashed Maungarua 93-0. Kick-off is at 2.45pm at Lloyd Elsmore Park, next to the hockey turf.
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