Endless charges, great scrum scoop to create a try, soaring kickoff reception. Brodie Retallick 9Knocked the Lions back with series of short runs, great covering tackle on flying Watson...where would the All Blacks be without the great man? Let Williams free though, allowing great Lions try to unfold. Jonathan Davies 8Big running game, early break between All Black forwards should have led to more, and he was involved in terrific Lions try. Elliot Daly 5Should have made more of early try chance.
June 24, 2017 22:07 UTC
An Invercargill couple are devastated, confused and in shock after finding their beloved labrador dead on their lawn. The woman told the New Zealand Herald she was out with her mother when her husband called to tell her what had happened. I was really, really sad. Now I'm at the point where I'm just really, really angry." The woman posted what had happened to Facebook and dog lovers from all over New Zealand have now shared the post.
Source:Otago Daily Times
June 24, 2017 21:56 UTC
Jimmy Spithill is saying little about what changes were made to the Oracle boat over the past five days to bring about the team's remarkable turnaround in performance when today's racing in the America's Cup match resumed. AdvertisementIn the second race Oracle were able to cut down on the errors. When asked what work had been done to improve the Oracle boat, Spithill was coy, claiming there were "too many to go through". During the pre-race chat with America's Cup TV Spithill was a little bit more descriptive, saying they have taken a "whole heap" of stuff off the Oracle boat to make it lighter. The speed gains have come with a trade-off however, with the Oracle team struggling with their stability at times during the racing.
June 24, 2017 21:44 UTC
Emirates Team New Zealand lost race 6 against Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup finals. The Oracle team returned to the water after a five-day break, showing greater speed, but struggling with stability and manoeuvrability. In today's second race, Oracle skipper JImmy Spithill was quicker off the start-line and powered into the first mark three seconds ahead. Significantly, it was the first time Emirates Team NZ had trailed at the end of the first leg. 35th America's Cup matchOracle Team USA v Emirates Team New ZealandRace 5: Emirates Team NZ beat Oracle Team USA by two minutes 4 secs (NZ 4-0)Race 6: Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand by 11 secs (NZ 4-1)
Source:Otago Daily Times
June 24, 2017 21:33 UTC
Police chase car on its rims through Christchurch streetsSIMON MAUDE/FAIRFAX NZ Police arrested a 19-year-old man after an early-morning car chase. Police have arrested a man after an early-morning car chase through Christchurch streets. A police spokesman said the chase started around 3am in the Sydenham/Waltham area when the driver failed to stop for police. Residents took to the Facebook group Christchurch Police Check Points to describe the chase, starting near the Countdown supermarket on Colombo St in Sydenham. The car was then reported near Ferry Rd in Waltham, "driving like a nutter".
June 24, 2017 21:11 UTC
Stefan Marinovic was simply outstanding for the All Whites in their 4-0 loss to Portugal, with a number of fine saves that would grace any tournament. After a nervy opening 15 minutes against Russia just over a week ago, Marinovic has grown into the tournament and cemented his position as the All White's top keeper. Ronaldo lives up to the hypeCristiano Ronaldo's appearance against the All Whites was highly anticipated and he didn't disappoint. AdvertisementProgress made, but more neededThe development of the All Whites throughout this tournament has been pleasing to see. Mexico was a big step up - and they deserved a result - while the Portugal clash on Sunday morning (NZT) was a patchier display.
June 24, 2017 20:15 UTC
Jimmy Spithill believes Team New Zealand are getting more than the rub of the green when it comes to umpiring decisions. The defender still got the better of Team NZ in second race, the sixth of the series, claiming their first win of the Cup match. In what was a thinly veiled attempt to apply pressure to the umpires, Spithill claimed not only have the umpires favoured Team NZ in today's races, but earlier on in the regatta. The umpiring team falls under America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), which the Oracle-aligned America's Cup Events Authority (ACEA) have previously gone to great lengths to point out they are an "entirely independent" body. As you would expect, Team NZ skipper Peter Burling believed the penalty on Oracle was warranted.
June 24, 2017 20:03 UTC
After a laconic performance throughout the America's Cup campaign to date, Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling was able to land a couple of verbal jabs to the ribs of rival Jimmy Spithill in the wake of Oracle's first finals win. That result gave Spithill his 14th America's Cup finals victory, tying him with Sir Russell Coutts for the most wins. "We've made no secret we're set up for a good battle and we feel like we've got one. The counterpunch from Burling ..."I find it a bit funny when people say we had days off last week. "We've made some pretty big steps forward, but I don't think we sailed very well today, to be honest.
June 24, 2017 19:41 UTC
Westland High School's student council and senior pupils have declared a lack of confidence in senior leaders at the school in an explosive letter describing a "toxic environment" they say is affecting their education. The board and its limited statutory manager were working very hard to address the issues and strengthen the school. AdvertisementThe Hokitika school came under limited statutory management in March following a vote of no confidence by teaching staff in Mr Jones as principal. The statutory manager was appointed to take over most of the functions of the board of trustees, while Mr Jones remains principal. The pupils said the school was "dramatically understaffed".
June 24, 2017 19:41 UTC
"Frightening thing is New Zealand are likely to get better over the next two games" - how the Brit media reacted to the Lions defeat. That was the British media's collective reaction to the Lions' 30-15 first test defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park last night. Like most British pressmen, Cleary lamented the Lions' inability to take their chances, comparing the lack of execution to their clinical opponents. Paul Rees, writing in the Guardian, also referred to the way the All Blacks out-foxed Gatland and the Lions with unexpected tactics. "The Lions threw shafts of light upon the game, but the All Blacks were bright from start to finish.
June 24, 2017 19:34 UTC
Jimmy Spithill's America's Cup final confidence returns: 'Here we go'Recap: America's Cup helmsmen's news conference - Cup final race day three. Those were the words of Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill after his team claimed their first win of the America's Cup match. Oracle and Team New Zealand split the two races on Sunday (NZ time), one apiece, and Team NZ now lead 4-1 in the first-to-seven series. GILLES MARTIN-RAGET/ ACEA 2017 Jimmy Spithill and Oracle have won their first race in the 35th America's Cup. READ MORE:* Recap: America's Cup final - race day three* Oracle on the board with first Cup final win* Johnstone: Dogged Dalton deserves win"We fought hard.
June 24, 2017 18:43 UTC
New Zealand is set to produce a record breaking volume of milk this year. Industry giant Fonterra is forecasting a much higher price for Farmgate Milk this season, which dairy analysts say will be followed by a two to three per cent growth in milk production. "It would give us somewhere close to twenty 22 billion litres of milk, which would put us on par with the record season that we had in 2014-15," Rabobank's Emma Higgins says. AdvertisementHiggins argues the increase she's predicting puts the industry on par with the last record season - however that comes with heightened international competition. "We do need to be mindful that while New Zealand's supply is growing, so too is European supply, and that from South America as well," she said.
June 24, 2017 18:33 UTC
Springboks batter France 35-12 for series clean-sweepSIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS Springboks captain Eben Etzebeth scored a stunning try. Eben Etzebeth has scored a try epitomising the revival of South Africa following their disastrous 2016 with the Springboks clean-sweeping their three-match home series with France with a 35-12 victory at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS South Africa's Rudy Paige celebrates a try. An early Jantjies penalty put the home side in front and their energetic start was rewarded with the opening try inside seven minutes. The teams traded penalties before halftime as the Boks went into the break with a 16-9 advantage in front of the best crowd of the series, 55,820.
June 24, 2017 18:33 UTC
Oracle Team USA are finally on the board against Team New Zealand, taking the sixth race of their America's Cup defence off Bermuda. The Oracle team returned to the water after a five-day break, showing greater speed, but struggling with stability and manoeuvrability. AdvertisementIn today's second race, Oracle skipper JImmy Spithill was quicker off the start-line and powered into the first mark three seconds ahead. Significantly, it was the first time Emirates Team NZ had trailed at the end of the first leg. 35th America's Cup matchOracle Team USA v Emirates Team New ZealandRace 5: Emirates Team NZ beat Oracle Team USA by two minutes 4 secs (NZ 4-0)Race 6: Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand by11 secs (NZ 4-1)
June 24, 2017 18:22 UTC
Poll: America's Cup confession - how I thought the final would goTeam NZ may be out-in-front in the race for the Auld Mug, but is that how you thought it would go? READ MORE:* Recap: America's Cup - race day three* Oracle still not fast enough* A confident Spithill: Here we go* Chequebook war for Burling mounts
June 24, 2017 18:22 UTC