It's going to be a very good Auckland side V Lima Sopoaga.
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RE: Beauden Barrett signs new contract with .......
If this was China, Barrett senior would be let loose on all our top retiring female athletes.
RE: Otago v Wellington
Otago have Matt Faddes as their star backline player. How can they be leading by this much... Because we actually played as a team. It seemed like every Wellington player just wanted to end up on the highlight reel. Otago was also a lot more proficient with its interplay, Tom Franklin was absolutely immense. While halfWalden and Fletcher Smith dominated their inside opponents. For Wellington I thought their boy wonder Umaga Jensen was pretty slick, but they didn't put him in space enough. I'm really glad Mitchell Scott has put his problems behind him, he was an absolute terrier and fizzed in open space. Otago has been quite smart with the turn around games nearly completely swapping their team. I was also really impressed with Sio Tomkinson when he came on, the lad has massive wraps and it's good to see him stand up even if it was just on defence. Matt Proctor was also bloody good with ball in hand, although he was more hungus than Naholo at his worst. Needs to fix that if he wants to move past Super footy. Hopefully this will be Otago's year.
RE: Scott Kuggeleijn sex trial
The major issue is the statements from witnesses saying he was told no a number of times. Witnesses who were told this by Kuggeleijn. So he is basically admitting he didn't have consent. It's like knocking at the door of someone you know, being told not today and walking in anyway.
RE: Scott Kuggeleijn sex trial
But the issue is that he admitted he was told no, and never received any consent. But closing statements are expected tomorrow, so will probably see a verdict either late tomorrow, or Friday. This could be a massive wake up call for men in professional sport (any young men really), who are well known for throwing their hips into everything and anything on Saturday nights.
Scott Kuggeleijn sex trial
Sadly this is another she says he says, too much booze case. Although these cases can often be difficult to prosecute. There are some pointers which look favourably for the victim and her case. Especially with Kuggeleijn admitting "He was pretty shocked ... [he said] 'I know I was persistent but I didn't rape her' and that she said no a few times in the night and he rolled away and then they woke up and she didn't say 'no' so he thought it was okay." http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11682432.
A witness in the rape trial of a Northern District's cricketer has been grilled over why he has changed aspects of his statement around what the accused has told him.
But the witness, who has known fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn for most of his life, says what he originally told police was simply "a mistake" or it must have been "misinterpreted" by the police officer who made his statement after the alleged incident in May last year.
Kuggeleijn is on trial in the Hamilton District Court this week defending one charge of rape.
Taking to the stand yesterday was the man who held the party at his Silverdale house that night.
When questioned about the events before, during and after, the alleged rape, by Crown prosecutor Jacinda Foster, the witness said Kuggeleijn went to his house after being asked to leave the complainant's flat.
"He just said that it was really weird, 'That I had sex with her and she left to go get a drink and [flatmate] came down and wanted me to leave'. He didn't know what was going on. He was confused," the witness said.
Foster then asked him why in his police statement he was quoted as saying the cricketer had said the complainant had "left the room crying".
"Can you tell us the difference between your statement of June 13 and what you're telling the jury today?" Foster asked the witness.
"The reason is either it was my mistake or things got misinterpreted with the policeman writing it. The more I thought about it the more things start to come to me and I'm sitting here today telling the truth."
The witness was also called into question by Foster about what the complainant told him when she and her friends visited him hours after the alleged incident.
Northern Districts cricketer's rape trial: Court hears how woman met accused
Northern Districts cricketer's trial: Complainant tells court she has lost friends over process
He told Foster the complainant said "she said 'no' and that he stopped [trying during the night] and then they woke up and when I asked her 'did you say no?', then she said 'no, I felt like I didn't have a choice'."
"They were the words she used?" Foster asked.
"100 per cent," the witness replied.
In his original statement the witness told police that he asked her "why didn't she say no and she said she felt like she didn't have a choice" but to have sex with him.
The witness - who spoke to police about changes to his statement on Tuesday night and yesterday morning - told the court he spoke to Kuggeleijn again the night of the alleged rape, telling him what the girls had said.
"He was pretty shocked ... [he said] 'I know I was persistent but I didn't rape her' and that she said no a few times in the night and he rolled away and then they woke up and she didn't say 'no' so he thought it was okay."
Earlier, a flatmate of the alleged victim says she came bursting into her bedroom, struggling to breath and crying uncontrollably just after the incident's alleged to have happened.
"I noticed she was upset and I jumped up and gave [alleged victim] a hug ... she was crying a lot and was struggling to breath ... [she said] she didn't want to but he kept trying."
After she'd calmed down the alleged victim managed to tell the flatmate that she "didn't want to [have sex] but I couldn't push him off".
Highlanders V Brumbies Super Bang Bang quarter finals
Interesting changes in for the Highlanders, Luke Whitelock moves from no8 to lock, where he played when Squire came on last weekend. While Shane Christie returns to the openside.
I think the selection of Luke Whitelock at lock is a clear indication the Highlanders are going to attempt to run the Brumbies all over the park.
There shouldn't be a lot lost lineout wise either, Squire can move into the middle, while Dixon is always camped at the front of the lineout, so Whitelock can jump at the back.
Interesting as well, that they have reverted to a 5/3 split on the bench, after having six forwards on the bench against the Chiefs. Although I fully expect Aaron Smith and Sopoaga to play full games.
Highlanders by about 12.
Brumbies v Pulse Energy Highlanders - GIO Stadium, Canberra, Fri 22 July 6.00pm (AEST) 8.00pm (NZT)
- Daniel Lienert-Brown
- Ash Dixon
- Josh Hohneck
- Tom Franklin
- Luke Whitelock
- Elliot Dixon
- Shane Christie ( cc )
- Liam Squire
- Aaron Smith
- Lima Sopoaga
- Patrick Osborne
- Malakai Fekitoa
- Matt Faddes
- Waisake Naholo
- Ben Smith ( cc )
- Liam Coltman
- Aki Seiuli
- Siosiua Halanukonuka
- Mark Reddish
- Dan Pryor
- Te Aihe Toma
- Fletcher Smith
- Rob Thompson