Kapi-Mana News : April 30th 2013
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They dominated possession and territory and despite only leading 7-5 at the break, broke the visitors with four tries in the final 30 minutes. With a decent breeze it wasn t a day for the goal kickers and the error rate was high. With the wind at their backs in the second half, Tawa put their foot down. Tries were scored by Timoci Seruwalu, Pati Gaualofa, Jeff Makapelu, Matt Treeby and Taniela Koroi, while Randall Bishop s four conversions saw him bring up 70 points for the season. The win gives them 25 points at the halfway stage of the Swindale, two more than Hutt Old Boys-Marist. Norths, meanwhile, suffered their second defeat in four days, going down 22-13 to fierce rivals Marist St Pat s at Evans Bay Park. In an unspectacular match, Norths ill-discipline and inferior scrum made life difficult with two MSP tries, one a pen- alty try, coming from scrums. Flanker Dean Brunsdon scored two tries and played out of his skin. Norths sit in ninth on 12 points but will look to get their season back on track against the Roosters at Porirua Park on Saturday. Tawa play Old Boys-University at Nai- rnville. In Wellington club rugby league, Porirua Vikings saw off a spirited St George Dragons 48-22 at Cannons Creek Park. Football biter getting off too lightly SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Weak football officials have helped to create the problem child of football, Liverpool s Luis Suarez. While the ball was elsewhere, Suarez last week grabbed the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and bit him. It wasn t a gentle nibble on an entree, either. Suarez climbed in as if devouring a huge lamb chop. He was suspended for 10 games by the Football Association. He got off lightly. Yet Suarez claimed he had been victimised and morally destroyed . Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers said the FA had punished the man and that his club had been thrown into the garbage . Various other English football managers, including Manchester United s Alex Ferguson and Manchester City s Roberto Man- cini, agreed the penalty was too severe. Are they mad? Suarez, let s not forget, already carries the moniker of The Beast of Ajax . In 2010, while playing for Ajax, he bit PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal and incurred a seven-game suspension. More recently, he was sus- pended for eight games for racial abuse of Manchester United s Patrice Evra and for one game for abusing Fulham fans. The young man from Uruguay is a talented footballer, but seems to suffer from a Nero complex -- because he is a good player he feels he can act how he wants. Officials have been notably loath to really deal with him. It has often been the way in English football. In 2006, Tottenham Hotspur s Jermain Defoe was merely booked for biting and the same year Ches- ter s Sean Heskey got away with a five-match suspension for the same offence. Compare this with what has happened in other sports. Springbok prop Johan le Roux was suspended for 18 months for biting All Black hooker Sean Fitz- patrick in a test in Wellington in 1994. (That s not to defend rugby officials too strongly -- after all, in 1992 Richard Loe escaped with just a six-month suspension for his vicious eye-gouging of fellow All Black Greg Cooper.) Even boxing, in which anything goes, was more on to it than foot- ball. In 1997 Mike Tyson was dis- qualified during a WBA heavy- weight title fight for biting a chunk off Evander Holyfield s ear. Tyson had his boxing licence can- celled for good and was fined US$3 million. Of course, in boxing, nothing is permanent. Just over a year later Tyson was allowed back in the ring, thought he was definitely much lighter in the pocket. If rugby and boxing officials were so appalled with a biting incident, why is football relatively blase about it? Why just a 10-game suspen- sion? How would Suarez s act have been viewed if it was com- mitted on a street? Imagine Tiger Woods battling it out with Rory McIlroy down the 72nd hole of a Major champion- ship. Frustrated by a looming defeat, Tiger saunters over, grabs McIlroy s arm and starts chewing on it. If a golfer, even Woods, did that, he d be kicked out of the game indefinitely. Yet in football a 10-game sus- pension is widely regarded as over the top. Go figure.
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