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The Canterbury Crusaders will play
the Chiefs in their first home match
of the Super Rugby season at
Napier s McLean Park on March 9,
not April 9 as reported last week.
Crusaders chief executive Hamish
Riach anticipated there would again
be plenty of support from Hawke s
Bay rugby fans for the match, with
14,000 turning up to McLean Park
last year to watch the two sides play.
We played there last season and
had fantastic support, and we believe
that support will be there again this
year, he said. The Crusaders side
should feature local superstar Israel
Dagg while the Chiefs boast a num-
ber of Hawke s Bay Magpies includ-
ing Hika Elliot, Brodie Retallick,
Ben Tameifuna and Sona Taumalolo.
Misery for Manawatu
Hat-trick hero Tom Biss gave a vir-
tuoso performance as Kinetic Elec-
trical Hawke s Bay United beat
YoungHeart Manawatu 5-0 to heap
further misery on the ASB Premier-
ship cellar-dwellers on Sunday.
The heavy defeat saw Manawatu
break its own record of 38 for most
goals conceded in a 14-round regular
competition, while United are now
six points behind fourth-placed Wel-
lington but with two games still in
Sam Margetts put Hawke s Bay in
front after just five minutes, a blow
compounded seven minutes later
when Hamish McKay was sent off by
referee Chris Kerr for taking down
Fergus Neil in the penalty area.
Tom Biss dispatched the penalty
with ease to double
Hawke s Bay s advan-
tage and the cause
looked lost for the home
The match took
another dramatic twist
when Hawke s Bay s
Dale Higham was sent
off for lashing out at
Jamie O Connor just
five minutes later.
Matt Borren kept
enthralled when he
pulled off a wonderful
save from Stu Wilson
midway through the
But Hawke s Bay hit
their stride in the sec-
ond half with Biss
grabbing a second after
a venomous right foot
strike gave Borren no
Biss joyful afternoon
was complete when he
scored from the penalty mark with
nine minutes remaining to bring up
his hat-trick and the Bay s fourth of
Substitute Hamish Watson com-
pleted the rout with a tidy finish one
minute into time added on.
Hawke s Bay coach Chris Great-
holder was pleased with a derby win
that lifts his side to within touching
distance of the top four and with two
games in hand.
One of our big things was to keep
a clean sheet.
We had to work hard.
Hawke's Bay take on Canterbury
this Saturday, and host Auckland at
Bluewater Stadium on Waitangi Day,
February 6. Kick-off at 2pm.
No mercy for fighters
Tap out: Fierce
Digby puts a
choke hold on
in the main
Bakery, and the
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
fighters from Onekawa-based
Fierce Fitness Gym showed no
mercy at Hawke s Bay s first
ever cage fight night, Merciless,
watched by a crowd of 1300
people at Pettigrew Green
Arena on Saturday night.
Local fighters came out on top
in three of the four professional
MMA bouts on the card of the
Fierce Fitness-organised event,
a fundraiser for Women s Ref-
uge, including Dan Gravedigga
Digby who won his middle-
weight main event against Chr-
istchurch s Forrest Goodwin
with a first round submission.
Other local fighters, heavy-
weight Pane Haraki and welter-
weight BJ Bland, also recorded
first-round wins, while Auck-
land s Ev Ting upset Thailand-
based fighter Will The Kill
Chope in the other pro bout.
Fierce Fitness Gym owner
and event organiser Jerry
Sargeant said with the eight cor-
porate boxing fights and the
charity auction at the end of the
night all well-supported, the
event was a success all round.
We re still counting, but once
we pay the bills I reckon we will
have raised around $10,000 --
not a bad amount for charity.
Despite a few hiccups on the
night -- including a faulty eftpos
terminal that resulted in long
waits at the bar -- Sargeant was
certain the crowd enjoyed
Hawke s Bay s first professional
MMA fight night.
We had such a great atmos-
phere. At the after party, people
were still on a real high and said
how well it went for a first time
There was a police presence
there all night, and there was no
trouble at all, he said.
Big Black Caps margin
How's this: New Zealand players
celebrate after taking the last wicket of
The Black Caps visit to Napier s
McLean Park was a memorable one.
Despite losing a day to rain, the
Black Caps bowled out Zimbabwe
twice on Saturday to record their
largest winning margin in a test of
an innings and 301 runs inside three
The win narrowly surpassed their
previous record of an innings and
294 runs, also over Zimbabwe, at
Harare in 2005-06. Zimbabwe s first
innings total of 51 was their lowest
in test history.
New Zealand still holds the test
record for the lowest ever total -- a
paltry 26 scored against a visiting
England side in Auckland in 1955.
Chris Martin achieved his best
bowling figures in test cricket when
he finished with six for 26 in Zimbab-
we s second innings. It took him level
with Chris Cairns on 218 wickets,
behind only Sir Richard Hadlee and
Daniel Vettori among New Zealand
He finished with match figures of
eight for 31.
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