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They weren't there to see the masterful Carter, or any of his big-name Crusaders team-mates. It was a chance to farewell several Hurricanes stalwarts. The captain, Andrew Hore, a veteran of 10 seasons in the Hurricanes jersey, was told earlier this month he was no longer required. So too was Ma'a Nonu, the sturdy midfielder so closely identified with Wel- lington rugby. Rodney So'oialo, Johnny Schwalger and Neemia Tialata closed their Hurricanes careers, and backline stars such as Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu and Cory Jane are weighing their options. The axing of Nonu was the biggest news in Wellington rugby since Jonah Lomu announced he would become a Hurricane in 2000. So there was a special feeling the other night. Every time Nonu got the ball, the crowd buzzed. Unfortunately for the locals, the Crusaders' defence was so organised and tight Nonu had few chances to set the game alight. I was stunned when I heard Nonu and Hore had been dumped by fledgling Super coach Mark Hammett. They are quality players, and the All Black coaches don't seem to have trouble getting the best out of them. Perhaps it signalled a deficiency in Ham- mett's coaching? But let's think a little deeper. The Hurricanes, despite all the superb players they've had over the years, have never won a Super title. This season they've failed to make even the expanded play-offs. Listening to Hammett the other evening, I could see what he was getting at. He said the fortnight since the announcement had been extremely tough on him and his fam- ily, as Wellington rugby fans left him in no doubt what they thought of Nonu's forced departure. I'm the culprit in their eyes. I just have to take it,'' he said. We are a passionate people and we wouldn't want to lose that. But there does need to be change.'' For all his shellacking, Hammett remains adamant about what he's done. He said he had got to know the players during the season. The Crusaders rolled into Wellington, took on a fired-up Hurricanes side and did the business professionally, even with one eye on the play-offs. It would be nice for Hurricanes fans if their team could display some of that clini- cal efficiency. If Hammett, formerly a Cru- sader, can bring that to the Hurricanes, Wellingtonians will forgive him for all his sins, even the sacking of our man Ma'a. Bright spark: Wests' Connor Tinnion, in red, was a constant menace down the left, often leaving Maycenvale players in his wake as he set off on another run. Skill shows on rainy day By KRIS DANDO Western Suburbs have moved into second in the Central League standings after an entertaining 4-3 win over Maycenvale on Saturday. The football match, played in steady rain at Endeavour Park in Whitby, had a high skill level, both teams attacking at every opportunity. Maycenvale controlled the opening exchanges, but it was the home side who scored first, on their first foray forward. Lively left wing Connor Tinnion, a standout in the difficult conditions, made room for himself out wide and put the ball on a plate for Josh Chettleburgh at the far post. Although Maycenvale replied soon after, Michael Fraser was put free and beat the advancing goalkeeper with about 30 minutes gone. In the second half, Fraser scored again and Tinnion capped his day with a strike to take the three points. Wests are solid at the back, and with their pacy midfield and likely forwards, they have carved a steady six win, five loss, one draw record this season with a rebuilt team. The likes of Chettleburgh and Matt Wilson provide experience, while Tinnion and Ryan Cain are examples of youth coming through. Under the tutelage of Shane Rufer, Wests played an up-tempo style, and he was glad to get the three points from Maycenvale. We had the draw against Miramar and lost to Napier City Rovers in the last two weeks, but we've been been playing the best we have. It needs to have been better results-wise, but if we continue the way we're going, eliminate the individual and defensive errors, we're going to have a good finish to the season,'' Rufer says. It's a tough league, anyone can beat anyone and I think it might go down to the wire.'' Lower Hutt City drew 3-3 with Miramar in the only other Central League match of the weekend, due to Chatham Cup fixtures. It means Wests are up into second on 19 points, five behind Rangers, although Olympic and Wairarapa (both 17 points) have a game in hand.
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