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RugbyU: Boshoff boot gives Auckland the blues

Marnitz Boshoff continued a fairy tale first Super 15 season with 24 points for Golden Lions in a 39-36 victory over Auckland Blues Saturday. The fly-half kicked four penalties, three conversions and two drop goals at sunny Ellis Park in Johannesburg to raise his five-match tally to 94 points. And his major contribution to a third win in five outings for perennial strugglers the Lions came after he fluffed an early, angled 25-metre penalty attempt. It was his sole miss of the match , and only the second in 29 attempts since the season kicked off.

RugbyU: Boshoff boot gives Auckland the blues

Marnitz Boshoff continued a fairy tale first Super 15 season with 24 points for Golden Lions in a 39-36 victory over Auckland Blues Saturday. The fly-half kicked four penalties, three conversions and two drop goals at sunny Ellis Park in Johannesburg to raise his five-match tally to 94 points. And his major contribution to a third win in five outings for perennial strugglers the Lions came after he fluffed an early, angled 25-metre penalty attempt. It was his sole miss of the match , and only the second in 29 attempts since the season kicked off.

Rugby Union: New Zealand Maori rip Canada 40-15

Jamison Gibson-Park scored two tries to spark the New Zealand Maori All-Blacks over Canada 40-15 in a rugby union clash on Sunday. Gibson-Park, a late entry at halfback after Piri Weepu was unable to start, grabbed a bouncing ball that was deflected by a Canadian defender for a first-half try that put the Maori ahead to stay at 12-5 after an Andre Taylor conversion. Gibson-Park scored again in the 50th minute off a pass from Zac Guildford to open the second half scoring, boosting the Maori advantage to 26-5.

RugbyU: Dumped All Black Weepu says he'll be back

Piri Weepu admitted Tuesday his axing from the All Blacks came as a shock but vowed to knuckle down and reclaim his New Zealand jersey. The 71-Test veteran was a surprise omission from coach Steve Hansen's 28-man squad named on Sunday for the Rugby Championship, with his place taken by 21-year-old TJ Perenara. Weepu, who will turn 30 next month, said he was disappointed, feeling he had played well with Super 15 outfit the Auckland Blues after facing criticism for a lack of fitness in the 2012 season.

RugbyU: Ranger says no to All Blacks jersey

All Blacks utility Rene Ranger has pulled out of the upcoming Rugby Championship series citing family reasons. The six-Test international, who is heading to France at the end of the year, said he would see out his time in New Zealand playing provincial rugby. Although Ranger has signed to play for French side Montpellier, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen named the 26-year-old in his training camp ahead of announcing the championship squad on Sunday.

RugbyU: All Blacks complete whitewash of Les Bleus

The All Blacks clung on in an error-riddled performance to clinch a 24-9 victory over France in Wellington on Saturday to complete a clean sweep of the three-Test series. The score in what was a messy game was blown out by a try to home-town hero Beauden Barrett on the stroke of full-time. Barrett, who came on as a late replacement, brought a brief spark to a game that was dominated by kicking from both sides, particularly in the first half, and unforced handling errors.

RugbyU: All Blacks complete whitewash of Les Bleus

The All Blacks clung on in an error-riddled performance to clinch a 24-9 victory over France here Saturday to complete a clean sweep of the three-Test series. The score in what was a messy game was blown out by a try to home-town hero Beauden Barrett on the stroke of full-time. Barrett, who came on as a late replacement, brought a brief spark to a game that was dominated by kicking from both sides, particularly in the first half, and unforced handling errors.

All Blacks bid to scale greater heights in dead rubber

The All Blacks have the series in the bag but they still want more from their new "integrated" style with the return of ace pivot Dan Carter for the third Test against France on Saturday. Despite winning 23-13 in Auckland before shutting out France 30-0 in Christchurch, assistant coach Ian Foster said they were still a long way from the balanced running-kicking game they desire. "The key for us now is learning how to integrate both styles," Foster said ahead of the final match in New Plymouth.

RugbyU: All Blacks, France see changes for second Test

The All Blacks and France confirmed Sunday that changes are likely for next weekend's decisive second Test, after the All Blacks opened the series with an unconvincing 23-13 victory. The match was decided in a brief period just before half-time when the All Blacks produced two converted tries, and for much of the encounter France were in contention. The series is being described by rival coaches Steve Hansen and Philippe Saint-Andre as a chance to showcase players of the future, with an eye on the 2015 Word Cup.

RugbyU: Blues put Crusaders to the sword

The Auckland Blues demolished arch-rivals the Canterbury Crusaders 34-15 on Friday to maintain their early season momentum and show they will be a force to be reckoned with in this year's Super 15. The Blues ran in five tries to nil for a bonus-point win against the seven-time champions, with all the Crusaders' points coming from Dan Carter, who kicked five penalties from five in his side's first match of the season.
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