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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Richard Buckman flick pass sets up great try for Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay claimed the highly sought-after Ranfurly Shield for the first time in 44 years when they beat Otago 20-19 in a great game in Dunedin last weekend. They scored two electric tries, the first of which came about through a superb offload.

Otago claimed the Shield by beating Waikato in Hamilton just nine days earlier, but their defence didn't last long. They had last held it in 1957, so the pain of losing it in front of a 20 000 strong crowd in Dunedin will last for some time to come.

They did have a good chance of snatching the win, but flyhalf Hayden Parker's dropgoal attempt was charged down in a dramatic end to the match.

It's now all about the Magpies, who themselves hadn't won it since 1969. Their first defence takes place this coming Saturday at McLean Park, where they face Counties Manukau.

Ihaia West scored a brilliant individual effort to push the score out to 20-9, while earlier Telusa Veainu scored after a well executed flick by Richard Buckman. He ran around Tom Donnelly then offloaded to flyer Gillies Kaka, who did the rest to set up Veainu.

"It's an amazing feeling, it hasn't quite sunk in yet," said 21-year-old West. "You couldn't hear anything with the crowd. The boys just managed to pull through and I'm stoked we could do it.

Hawkes Bay Airport was packed with fans to greet the triumphant side, and the streets of Napier were lined with thousands to welcome them home with the coveted Log O' Wood.

Hawkes Bay actually held the Shield for 21 defences in the 1960's, so we can expect Saturday at McLean Park to be a massive occasion as Counties do all they can to topple the new holders. 

Below is the first try with Buckman's wonder flick, and you can view the West effort on page two

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DrG September 05, 2013 8:00 pm

Problem with these types of videos is that they mean I'm either going to be a hero on Saturday or I'm going to be buying a shit load of drinks...

Should come with a "don't try at home" disclaimer...

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DanKnapp September 05, 2013 8:10 pm

Fantastic efforts for both clips. Love them.

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45678 September 05, 2013 9:31 pm

Nice offload, but shocking defence

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Kiwi In Germany September 06, 2013 5:40 am

I like the look of West. A good bit of pace and nice running line.

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matt the mauler September 06, 2013 12:05 pm

Nicely done. Noticed Zac Guilford was playing. What's happened to him - was he not once a favourite of the All Blacks selectors? I know he had a few off the field problems - did they cost him his place?

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Jeri September 08, 2013 4:46 am

I imagine that whole drinking thing would definitely have diminished his reputation among the selectors, but the competition for a spot as an ABs winger is simply too intense.

You have players like Ben Smith, Julian Savea, Israel Dagg, Hosea Gear, Rene Ranger all capable of fitting into the position should situation requires it, that's not counting Cory Jane and Richard Kahui who are both injured.

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Mitchell September 06, 2013 2:53 pm

Could've sworn the commentator said "Ihaia West you're a prick" as he goes over to score the try in the second video?! Great pace from him though!

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Dutchie September 07, 2013 10:48 am

I think he said "Ihaia West you're a freak"

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