Sports Talk

Sports Talk: NRL

A bit late on the Sports Talk this week, nevertheless here it is in a brief form.


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Sports Talk: Eden Park & the future of test cricket


As the NZ cricket season winds to a close with the Ford Trophy winding up yesterday with an easy win to the Auckland Aces over Canterbury and the Black Caps winding up their NZ summer campaign last week against England, there still remains the question around the use of Eden Park as a test ground. Eden Park is never going to be remotely close to even a third full with the best possible crowd that a New Zealand cricket test can muster, even less so with the ticket prices of up to $45 for a single day or $105 for all 5 days of a 5 day test. This leaves only one other realistic option: finding another suitable location for international test matches within Auckland. Auckland Cricket is pushing for a test during next summers test series against India, despite the England test match only attracting a daily average of 7,600 over the 5 days. It is a far better option to move the tests to a smaller venue and fill it for a great atmosphere than 1/4 fill an echo chamber with people dotted around it’s perimeter with 10 empty seats between each person.

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Sports Talk: Super Rugby / RefCam

Super 15:?Hurricanes 29 Crusaders 28

The Hurricanes crept home last night over the Crusaders in a hotly contested match in Wellington with a well timed intercept try in the last 10 minutes by?Alapati Leiua to clinch a 1 point lead after being 6 points down. A missed drop goal by Dan Carter failed to put the Crusaders back in front and never got another realistic chance after that.


This is RefCam, a new initiative to take fans even closer to the action and perhaps bring closer scrutiny to the game. New Zealand referee Chris Pollock was the first match official to wear the HD camera during a Super 15 game between?Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs last month. SANZAR will be reviewing the RefCam coverage to consider its broader implementation. Read more »