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32 Thursday March 30 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Sport Club rugby opens with grand-final rematch • By Gordon Findlater SATURDAY’S opening round of the Hawkins Cup at Linfield Park will see a rematch of last year’s trophy grand-final. New Brighton and Lincoln University were the two top teams last year. New Brighton claimed the round-robin Hawkins Cup by one point over their rivals, but Lincoln had the final say, defeating the seasiders 48-12 in the Hawkins Trophy grandfinal. The two teams will have a different look to the sides which turned out at Rugby Park in July. New Brighton face a tough task if they’re to have any chance of defending the Hawkins Cup after being dealt a series of cruel injury blows. They will be without a large chunk of their forward pack, which was regarded as one of the best last season. Flankers Billy Harmon and Troy Mangan are both out for the season after undergoing shoulder reconstructions. Hooker Nathan Vella is also out for the campaign after breaking his arm while playing for the Crusaders Knights, while lock Joe Stewart will miss the season with a back injury. Midfield backs Brett Mather and Rhys Keith are also expected to miss a large chunk of the season. “We’re battling a wee bit, it’s going to be quite a testing season for us,” said New Brighton coach Scott Pawson. Lincoln will be without the likes of Jordie Barrett and Jack Goodhue. Last year, they were regulars for the club side, but have since gone on to become Super Rugby regulars. Pawson believes whatever line-up Lincoln put out will be a tough one to overcome. “You know they’re going to have young guys with huge potential each year,” he said. All six opening round games will take place at Linfield Park. Round one Christchurch v Sumner, 1pm; HSOB v Shirley, 1.15pm; Linwood v Sydenham, 1.30pm; University v Burnside, 2.45pm; Belfast v Marist Albion, 3pm; Lincoln University v New Brighton, 3.15pm Siblings team up on court • By Gordon Findlater TWO SETS of brothers can win their fourth straight premier Canterbury interclub title for Cashmere with a win over Elmwood on Saturday. Meredith brothers James, Matt and Tim, and McHarg brothers Johnny and Tim have made a habit of dominating the local interclub competition. They have been the core of the Cashmere team which has won three consecutive titles. “This is what we get up for every year. It should be a great atmosphere at the club on Saturday,” said James Meredith. Cashmere and Elmwood will meet in the final, which is set to be a close encounter. The two met twice during the roundrobin, taking one win a piece. Elmwood won 4-2 (matches) at Cashmere in October. However, Cashmere won 5-1 at Elmwood last month. Form would suggest that Cashmere already have two matches in the bag. Since returning from a tennis scholarship at Boise State University in the United States in 2013, James Meredith has gone undefeated in the interclub competition in Value Cars 32 Moorhouse Ave | 03 366 7768 BROTHERS: Matt and James Meredith will look to continue their unbeaten run in the doubles, as Cashmere go for a fourth straight interclub title. ​ both singles and doubles. Elmwood qualified for the final in dramatic fashion, defeating Waimairi by just two games on a count back. The two clubs were tied on matches and sets. However, Elmwood held an advantage in total games won 60-58. “It wasn’t easy getting past Waimairi and Cashmere will The Star The biggest range of vehicles in one location be an even bigger ask, but we’re confident we can give them a good run,” said Elmwood team captain Sam Keenan. •Saturday’s interclub final will be contested over two doubles and four singles matches. Play will begin at the Cashmere Tennis Club at 2.30pm IT’S A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME RADIO SPORT BREAKFAST WITH KENT JOHNS, NATHAN RARERE AND MARC PEARD 6AM - 9AM WEEKDAYS RADIOSPORT.CO.NZ Ashburton 702AM Auckland 1332AM Blenheim 98.5FM Christchurch 1503AM Dunedin 693AM Greymouth 89.9FM Hawkes Bay 1125AM Kapiti 1377AM Manawatu 1089AM Masterton 91.9FM Nelson 549AM Northland 729AM Rotorua 1350AM Southland 558AM Taranaki 774AM Taupo 107.7FM Tauranga 1521AM Timaru 1494AM Waikato 792AM Wanganui 1062AM Wellington 1503AM

The Star 33 Sport How the country’s hookers stack up against each other • Campbell Burnes WE KNOW Dane Coles, barring injury, is a certainty for the All Blacks No 2 jersey this season, but what of the other frontline New Zealand hookers? Logic suggests they would be ranked Codie Taylor, Liam Coltman, Hika Elliot and James Parsons, in that order, but do the stats bear that out? Coles himself is playing well for the Hurricanes, although he would love to score a try and Mary Westwood M 021 557 731 P 03 347 4711 Four Seasons Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Why not put me to the test As I do stand out from the rest If you’re ready to sell then so am I So go ahead give me a try!!! boost his lineout accuracy after five throws have gone astray in his four games in 2017. Codie Taylor is standing out on in an industrious Crusaders pack. His lineout throwing is accurate, he has scored a try and makes his tackles as the dominant rake in the jobsharing role with Ben Funnell. Liam Coltman is one of several in the Highlanders pack who just rolls his sleeves up and gets on with hitting rucks, making tackles and trying to steal ball Four Seasons Realty Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi at the breakdown. He does this effectively in his average of 72 minutes on the field, the most of any New Zealand hooker in Super Rugby. However, his Achilles Heel is his lineout throwing, with the converted prop operating at 81 per cent. If he wants to challenge Taylor, he will need to up that. Having superseded the injured Nathan Harris at the Chiefs, Hika Elliot is performing solidly for his franchise, although he seems to be something of a 2017 SUPER 18 TiPPing ComPETi T ion RoUnD 6 March 31 st - April 2 nd HIGHLANDERS V REBELS BLUES V FORCE CHIEFS V BULLS forgotten All Black on the scene. James Parsons, of the Blues, has just recently returned from concussion, so his numbers should not be fully compared to his rivals. Parsons appeals as a fine leader, but his lineout success is at just 79 per cent and that remains his weakness. 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