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RugbyU: Canterbury Crusaders 14 Western Stormers 13

Result of a Super 15 match between the Canterbury Crusaders and Waikato Chiefs at AMI Stadium on Saturday: Canterbury Crusaders (NZL) 14 Western Stormers (RSA) 13 (h-t: 3-3) Scorers: Crusaders - Try: Kieron Fonotia. Penalties: Tom Taylor (3) Stormers - Try: Damian de Allende. Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis. Penalties: Catrakilis (2) Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (AUS) afp

RugbyU: Chiefs survive Highlanders scare

It took a late try for the Waikato Chiefs to resume normal service in the Super 15 New Zealand conference Saturday when the defending champions snatched a 21-19 victory over the Otago Highlanders. Charlie Ngatai scored in the corner at Waikato Stadium with 11 minutes remaining to put the Chiefs back at the head of the pack, replacing the Highlanders who had led after a surprise bonus-point win over the Auckland Blues last week.

RugbyU: All Blacks announce tour squad

The 36-man All Blacks squad named Sunday for the November tour to Japan, England, France and Ireland:

6.8 quake felt across New Zealand

A powerful earthquake shook major cities across New Zealand on Friday, sending terrified office workers diving under their desks but with no initial reports of significant damage. The 6.8-magnitude quake struck at 2:31 pm (0231 GMT) in the Cook Strait, the US Geological Survey said. It was felt from Christchurch in the South Island to Auckland in the North Island. The USGS said it hit five kilometres (three miles) east of Seddon at a depth of 10.6 kilometres, close to the centre of a series of quakes last month. No tsunami alert was issued.

RugbyU: All Blacks squad for Rugby Championship

A 28-man All Blacks squad was named Sunday for the 2013 Rugby Championship: Forwards: Dane Coles (Wellington Hurricanes), Andrew Hore (Otago Highlanders), Keven Mealamu (Auckland Blues), Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury Crusaders), Charlie Faumuina (Blues), Ben Franks (Hurricanes), Owen Franks (Crusaders), Tony Woodcock (Highlanders), Brodie Retallick (Waikato Chiefs), Luke Romano (Crusaders), Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders), Sam Cane (Chiefs), Steven Luatua (Blues), Richie McCaw (captain) (Crusaders), Liam Messam (Chiefs), Kieran Read (Crusaders)

Strong 6.5 quake shakes New Zealand

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand Sunday, jolting the nation's capital but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no reports of substantial damage The quake hit at 5:09 pm (0509 GMT) 57 kilometres (36 miles) south-southwest of Wellington at a depth of 14 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. USGS initially reported the magnitude at 6.9. It was followed minutes later by another quake of 5.5 and came about 10 hours after a 5.8 tremor in the same region which has been rocked by multiple quakes in recent days.

Strong 6.5 quake shakes New Zealand

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand Sunday, jolting the nation's capital but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit at 5:09 pm (0509 GMT) 57 kilometres (36 miles) south-southwest of Wellington at a depth of 14 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. USGS initially reported the magnitude at 6.9. It was followed minutes later by another quake of 5.5 and came about 10 hours after a 5.8 tremor in the same region which has been rocked by multiple quakes in recent days.

RugbyU: Red-hot Crusaders trounce Chiefs

Perennial title contenders the Canterbury Crusaders thrashed defending champions the Waikato Chiefs 43-15 Friday to give their play-off chances a massive boost. The Crusaders scored five tries to two, including a brace to skipper Kieran Read, as superboot Dan Carter added another record to his list of accomplishments. Carter, already the highest points scorer in Test rugby, became the first player to ever reach 1,500 points in Super rugby, notching four penalties and three conversions.

RugbyU: Chiefs' defence holds out Blues in bruising derby

Liam Messam led a steadfast defence to guide the Waikato Chiefs to a 23-16 victory over the Auckland Blues in a bruising Super 15 local derby on Saturday. Scoring in the first half was restricted to penalties as the defending champions turned 9-6 ahead, going on to notch two tries in the second half to the Blues' one. It was the fourth year in succession the Chiefs have won the passionate derby between the neighbouring franchises, and it extended their lead in the New Zealand conference to 25 points.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Waikato Chiefs 23 Auckland Blues 16

Result of a Super 15 match at Waikato Stadium on Saturday: Waikato Chiefs (NZL) 23 Auckland Blues (NZL) 16 (H-t: 9-6) Scorers: Chiefs - Tries: Ben Tameifuna, Richard Kahui. Conversions: Gareth Anscombe (2). Penalties: Anscombe (3) Blues - Try: George Moala. Conversion: Baden Kerr. Penalties: Chris Noakes (3) Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (RSA) afp
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