Cap­tain pro­pels Caps

Bay of Plenty Times - - World Feature -

CRICKET: Black Caps cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson scored his 19th test cen­tury to help lead New Zealand into a pow­er­ful po­si­tion af­ter day four of the third test against Pak­istan in Abu Dhabi. Wil­liamson and Henry Ni­cholls put on an un­bro­ken stand of 212 for the fifth wicket, guid­ing the Black Caps to 272 for 4, a lead of 198 ahead of the fifth day overnight. Wil­liamson re­sumed at 139 while Ni­cholls was un­beaten on 90.

Black Sticks ad­vance HOCKEY: Two late goals helped the Black Sticks men ad­vance to the last 12 at the Hockey World Cup in In­dia. New Zealand came from two goals down to draw 2-all with Spain in their fi­nal pool match at Kalinga Sta­dium in Bhubaneswar yes­ter­day, with goals from Hay­den Phillips (50th minute) and Kane Rus­sell (56th). Pool win­ners Ar­gentina were stunned 5-3 by France who leapfrogged New Zealand to fin­ish sec­ond in the pool.

Five ABs in best team RUGBY: Five All Blacks have been se­lected in the Rugby World mag­a­zine’s team of the year. Cu­ri­ously, Beauden Bar­rett was picked at full­back de­spite not start­ing a sin­gle test there at all this year. Join­ing Bar­rett are All Black team­mates Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane on the wings, Brodie Re­tal­lick at lock and cap­tain Kieran Read at No 8.

Pulu loses cap­taincy RUGBY: Au­gus­tine Pulu has been dumped as Blues cap­tain for 2019. New coach Leon Mac­Don­ald has an­nounced lock Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu and open­side flanker Blake Gib­son have been handed the reins. Gib­son was the orig­i­nal cap­tain for Auck­land in their Mitre 10 Cup vic­tory but suf­fered an in­jury early on. Tuip­u­lotu was his deputy but only played one game be­fore be­ing called up to the All Blacks.

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