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The best bits from Martin Devlin and the DRS – Saturday & Sunday 12pm-3pm on Newstalk ZB
About this podcast
The best bits from Martin Devlin and the DRS – Saturday & Sunday 12pm-3pm on Newstalk ZB
The Devlin Radio Show
Tony Johnson recaps the Blues victory over the Highlanders
The long drought is over for the Blues. They're Super Rugby Transtasman champions after toppling the Highlanders 23-15 in the final at Eden Park - their first title in 18 years. Three penalties after halftime put the visitors up by two, before a penalty and a 77th minute try to loose forward Blake Gibson got the Blues over the line. Blues coach Leon MacDonald says it wasn't easy on the heart. "It's not easy on the heart. It was a real final, it was real combative, it was physical, with ebbs and flows and a bit of drama. We were thrilled to get there in the end." Broadcaster Tony Kemp joined Elliott Smith to dissect the match, and the competition as a whole - including why he doesn't want it to happen again. LISTEN ABOVE
Tony Kemp: Warriors suffer bitter late blow against Newcastle Knights
The Warriors' finals hopes continue to dive, after a costly 10-6 loss in Newcastle. Just like the earlier clash with the Knights this season, the Warriors were sunk by a late try, with Brodie Jones crossing in the corner in the 75th minute. This defeat will be extremely tough to take. They had plenty of chances, but couldn't make anything count, with their only try coming from a Knights fumble. It's the Warriors' third straight loss, and they have only won one of their last six matches. As has happened so many times in 2021, the margins were fine, but the game was lost in the first half. The Warriors couldn't take advantage of a gale behind them, nor the Knights being down to 12 men, and the 6-4 margin was never going to be enough. The halves struggled to provide direction, amid a general lack of fluidity. The powerful charges of Ken Maumalo were also missed, in conditions that would have been perfect for him. Reece Walsh had a mixed game, though never stopped trying and provided a lot of bright moments. Conditions were awful. A blustery wind roared down the field, and the rain was near horizontal for most of the game. All eyes were on Walsh early. The fullback had a tricky take from the kickoff, as the ball blew back towards the Knights, then dropped the ball cold from an attacking scrum. But the 18-year-old soon provided an early highlight reel. He made a gutsy catch, then beat four defenders on a 70-metre run, before being caught just short of the try line. The Warriors opened the scoring in the 24th minute, probably against the run of play, after Euan Aitken scooped up a loose ball from a Knights error, sprinting from inside his own 22. But as has happened many times this season, they couldn't build on it. The team made a mess of the kickoff, conceding a line drop out in a classic coach-killer moment. The Knights forced a repeat set, before Lachlan Fitzgibbon powered past Eli Katoa from close range. But the home team lost their try scorer in the 33rd minute, binned after he caught Kodi Nikorima high. That opened the door for some late opportunities, but the Warriors couldn't profit. The final two minutes of the half were particularly painful to watch, as they couldn't engineer anything from consecutive sets on the Newcastle line. The first half was messy, punctuated by errors and cheap penalties. Nikorima was caught on the fifth tackle, while Sean O'Sullivan was pinged for a needless shepherd. While they were competing well in the ruck, they lacked structure and organisation and couldn't make the most of the tailwind, hampered by a 67 per cent completion rate. A Jake Clifford penalty levelled the scores, after Walsh spilled a towering Mitchell Pearce bomb. The Warriors were still guilty of not playing to the conditions – with low percentage plays in their own half and flat passes – and only a delightful Walsh goal line drop out prevented a repeat set. In a tight match, there was a strange lack of urgency at times, epitomised when the Warriors forced a goal line drop out, then didn't prepare for the kick, which left Ben Murdoch-Masila tracking back over his halfway line to retrieve it. There were further opportunities, without the last-tackle polish, and Walsh shanked a field goal attempt. A bust through the middle of the ruck – as Kane Evans failed to cover – set the Knights for their last raid. A magnificent Roger Tuivasa-Sheck tackle saved a certain try, but Jones crossed on the next play. Knights 10 (Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Brodie Jones try; Jake Clifford goal)Warriors 6 (Euan Aitken try; Reece Walsh goal)Halftime: 6-4 text by Michael Burgess, NZ Herald
Michael Atherton: Former England captain reviews the first days of the World Test Championship
Black Caps paceman Kyle Jamieson says the New Zealand bowling unit will take a lot of confidence after an even start to the World Test Championship final against India in Southampton. Bad light ended play early while rain stoppages saw the sides leave the field a number of times on day two following a full opening day due to rain. At stumps, India were 146 for three with skipper Virat Kohli (44) and Ajinka Rahane (29) steering the innings back on track after the side lost three wickets for 18 runs following a strong start. After winning the toss and bowling first, New Zealand failed to get an immediate breakthrough as Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill survived the overcast conditions. Jamieson eventually got the breakthrough after the openers put on 62, when Sharma edged to Tim Southee at third slip for 34. Neil Wagner then had Gill caught behind for 28 before Trent Boult trapped Cheteshwar Pujara for eight which left India 88 for three. "I think it's pretty even at the moment. A pretty good day of test cricket really," Jamieson said. "The disruptions didn't help the momentum we were trying to get that we had at periods of time. They played really well. They put away the bad balls when they were there and they were really patient outside off. "Our plan was to stick around there and credit to them they were able to play pretty well. We were able to keep things relatively restricted and grabbed three important wickets as well." Jamieson ended the day with 1-14 from 14 overs as he kept the Indians at bay from one end. "It was obviously pretty crucial to try and keep the ball in reasonable areas for a long period…it was good to halt their momentum a little bit. How we did that has a bowling unit throughout the day after they started off pretty well was pleasing and it kept things in the balance very nicely. "Obviously we know they are a quality lineup from 1 to 11. There's a reason why they've been one of the top teams in the world for a long period of time. For us, as a unit it was about trying to keep the ball in the right areas for long periods and I think we were able to do that or the most part today and we'll certainly take a lot of confidence out of that moving into tomorrow." Just 64.4 overs were bowled on day two and rain is also expected to cause possible delays tomorrow at Southampton.
Tom Rennie: In general, Southgate got it wrong and Clarke got it right
Elliott Smith chats to Talksport football correspondent Tom Rennie, as he reflects on England's frustrating 0 0 draw against Scotland in the European Championships. It was the first time the two sides had played each other in a competitive match since 1996.
Bryan Waddle: The voice of cricket previews the Black Caps v India test championship
The New Zealand cricket team's bid to win the World Test Championship looks set to get under way under the threat of some grim spring weather in Southampton. The one-off, five-day test match against India starts on Friday evening NZ time and the UK's Met Office is currently predicting light rain and moderate breeze around Southampton's Ageas Bowl for the duration of the event. However, the weather in the days leading up to Friday could have an even greater impact on the contest than any stretches of disruption to play during the match itself. The Met Office has issued a "Yellow warning" for the wider Southampton region which lists a number of ominous weather possibilities such as "a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds". This weather warning has been issued for the two days leading up to the match, as well as the opening day, a period traditionally crucial within the process of pitch preparation. Simon Lee, the groundsman tasked with preparing the 20m of clay and soil that will help decide which team is the best-of-the-best in test cricket, is hoping to unveil a fast, lively pitch but this current forecast may affect that plan. On Monday, Lee told Cricinfo.com that the weather was looking good, but he may not have looked further on from Wednesday when sunny skies give way to storms. "For me personally I just want to get something out that has some pace, bounce and carry in the pitch. It can be a hard thing to do in England as the weather doesn't help us most of the time, but the forecast in the build-up is good with a lot of sun, so we are hopeful that we'll get some pace and a hard pitch without over-rolling it and killing it," Lee said. With covers now expected to take their place over the pitch throughout the day before the match, there is now the potential for moisture to make its way into the surface, creating conditions that will most likely make batting a much harder proposition. However, Lee says there is hope in the fact the pitch itself has the capability to dry out fast, even if rain is a continuous threat. "The pitches dry out very quickly here as we do have some sand mixed into our cricket loam, which helped it hold together when the pitches were re-laid some 10 years ago." There is no doubt that damp, gloomy conditions - the kind commonly faced in New Zealand - favours the Black Caps. On New Zealand soil the Black Caps have lost only five of 25 test matches against India, winning 10 of those. While in the more hot and humid conditions of India, the Black Caps have won just two of 34 tests.
Peter O'Sullivan: The key to Afoa and Pene is they've got plenty of leg speed
Elliott Smith chats to Warriors Recruitment Manager Peter O'Sullivan about where the Warriors are at with their recruitment going in to 2022, and how he has had to adopt his recruitment style to suit a quicker game of Rugby League.
Jeremy Coney: Black Caps dominate England on day three of second test
Matt Henry, Neil Wagner and Ajaz Patel have bowled New Zealand to the brink of a stunning test series win over England. The trio combined for eight wickets in a remarkable spell on day three of the second test, with Trent Boult adding one for good measure as England finished the day a miserable 122-9, leading by just 37 runs as victory looms for the Black Caps. While a test series victory – which would be their first in England this century – was always possible, plausible even, the dominance this Black Caps team produced on day three, especially without some frontline stars, was extraordinary. Yes, this is a under-strength English side, but New Zealand are missing Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee - a rather significant 292 tests of experience. You could barely notice they were missing based on the performance of their replacements on day three, with three wickets apiece to Henry and Wagner being complemented by two from Patel as a simple path emerged to a test win in England – just their sixth in history. To make it more remarkable, this was a day that could have ended poorly for New Zealand, after a middle-order collapse. Resuming at 229-3, New Zealand had eased to 292-3, before losing their last seven wickets for 96 runs to go into the second innings with a lead of 85. Having struggled at the start of his innings, Ross Taylor looked more like his old self to begin day three, bringing up his second 50 in his last 15 test innings with some more assured, yet still aggressive strokeplay. He offered a chance on 68 before departing on 80, caught behind flashing outside off, and that sparked a tumble of wickets. Henry Nicholls (21) gloved one down legside to the keeper, while Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell missed their final opportunity to put their hand up for the World Test Championship final. Mitchell departed for six, pulling a long-hop straight to short midwicket, and while Blundell made 34, he was dropped third ball and has put in a mixed display behind the stumps, making the selection of Watling, if fit, an easy choice for the selectors next week. Patel, however, strengthened his case for selection, following up his two first-innings wickets with a pleasant 20 at No 10 that showed the tail would not necessarily be dramatically lengthened by his inclusion. He and Boult added 27 for the last wicket which gave the bowlers a better buffer – one that became increasingly daunting for England as the Kiwi bowlers tore them to shreds. Henry did the most damage, removing Rory Burns second ball to an excellent Tom Latham catch at second slip, before Mitchell showed safe hands to pocket the wicket of Dom Sibley at third slip. Zak Crawley followed, trapped lbw, and England were in dire straits at 30-3. Just as thoughts turned to how Henry could be crammed in to a jam-packed bowling equation for next week's final against India – in place of Wagner, perhaps? – Wagner showed just how difficult the next few days will be for the New Zealand selectors. Brought on in the 14th over, by the end of the 18th Wagner had two scalps to remind everyone of his value, trapping Ollie Pope lbw with his familiar inswinger, before having Dan Lawrence caught behind. And then, as if there weren't enough (welcome) selection headaches for Gary Stead and Williamson, the impressive Patel got in the action, bowling James Bracey before removing England's last hope, skipper Joe Root, caught behind. A quick 44-run stand between Olly Stone and Mark Wood ensured New Zealand will have to bat again, but with just one England wicket remaining, and a fourth-innings target unlikely to surpass 50, a special victory awaits for the Black Caps. text by Niall Anderson, NZ Herald
Miles Davis: Christian Eriksen collapses on field at Euro 2020 match
As Christian Eriksen lay unconscious on the field, his pulse slipping away, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen quickly realized there wasn't a second to lose. "He was breathing, and I could feel his pulse. But suddenly that changed," Boesen said Saturday. "And as everyone saw, we started giving him CPR." The next 10 minutes were among the scariest to ever unfold during a match at soccer's European Championship. Several medics worked frenetically to give Eriksen chest compressions while his teammates choked away tears and formed a circle around the midfielder to shield the scene from public view. And finally, the eerie silence that had descended around Parken Stadium was replaced with massive cheers. "We managed to get Christian back," Boesen said. "And he spoke to me before he was taken to the hospital." Eriksen was awake and in stable condition Saturday night after being taken to a Copenhagen hospital, the Danish soccer federation said. His collapse, which came in the 43rd minute of the match against Finland, led to the game being suspended for about 90 minutes before both teams made the decision to play on. Finland went on to win 1-0 after Joel Pohjanpalo scored in the 60th minute and goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky later saved a penalty. But in the end, the result seemed merely an afterthought. "Of course you can't play a game with such feelings," Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said. "What we tried to do was incredible. It's incredible that the players managed to go out and try to play the second half." UEFA said both teams had held an emergency meeting before deciding to continue playing. The players came back out onto the field to a huge ovation as they started warming up for a second time. Hjulmand said the teams were given the option of finishing the game on Saturday or resuming on Sunday. "The players couldn't imagine not being able to sleep tonight and then having to get in tomorrow, get on the bus and play a game," Hjulmand said. "Honestly, it was best to get it over with." Eriksen had just played a short pass when he fell face-forward onto the ground. His teammates immediately gestured for help and medics rushed onto the field. Eriksen's partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, went onto the field and was comforted by Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The Finland players huddled by their bench and eventually walked off the field while the Inter Milan midfielder was still getting treatment, as did the referees. Eriksen was eventually carried off to a loud ovation, with his teammates walking next to the stretcher. Inter Milan team physician Piero Volpi told The Associated Press that the Italian club was in contact with the Danish soccer federation. "We're in contact with the Danish federation, the team manager, the team physician. But we still don't know anything yet," Volpi said. "We heard what UEFA said and we're all happy that he's been stabilized. But that's all we know." Volpi added that Eriksen never contracted COVID-19, has no medical conditions that he's aware of and has passed every medical exam without problem since joining Inter in January 2020 from Tottenham. "But we'll talk about that when the time is right," Volpi added of Eriksen's medical history. "Right now, the important thing is that he recovers." Eriksen is one of Denmark's biggest stars and the incident brought an instant sense of shock to the Parken Stadium, where about 15,000 fans fell into hushed silence. Some supporters could be seen crying and hugging in the stands. The game was broadcast widely, including on ESPN in the United States, which later responded to online criticism that its telecast lingered too long on the scene before cutting away. ESPN said it didn't have its cameras on the scene and was using a worldwide feed supplied by the Union of European Football Associations. "Once it was clear the world feed was going to take a more aggressive approach to covering the situation, we should have moved quicker to a static...
Andrew Hore: Blues to contest first Super Rugby final since 2003
Blues 31Force 21 For the first time since 2003, the Blues will contest a Super Rugby final, and after their strong trans-Tasman campaign, they have earned the right to host it. The Blues have ensured they finish the regular season at the top of the table, beating the Western Force 31-21 in Auckland on Saturday. After the Highlanders and Crusaders both won earlier in the weekend, the equation was simple for the Blues. As long as they won, they would be hosting the final as, even without the bonus point that would separate them from their rivals, their points differential would be superior with a win. It wasn't their best performance of the season, all but three of their points coming in the first half, but it was enough to get the job done. "40 minutes is never good enough," Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu said after the match. "You're always striving for the perfect 80, or 80 plus. "It was a hard-fought game and you've got to be happy with the result that we get a home final, so we're looking forward to that. "We'd love to have a full Eden Park for a final that we haven't had for a while. I know a lot of us are striving for success here, and this is a step in the right direction." The Blues took some time to find their way in the match. Both sides needed a feeling out period, with neither able to control the possession for long periods in the early exchanges. It took a barnstorming run from Hoskins Sotutu to bring life to the Blues, with the No 8 making a strong charge to find clear space, before sprinting away from the chasing defenders to score the game's opening try. It was the only opportunity to Blues took inside the opening 25 minutes, and it seemed as though the Auckland faithful would be in for a rather nervous watch. However, a 28th minute try to winger Mark Telea seemed to spark the Blues. They ran in two more tries before the end of the half through Sotutu and flanker Dalton Papalii to lead 28-0 at the break. While it was an impressive period, it wasn't without issue as flanker Tom Robinson was forced from the field due to a head knock. He failed to pass his head injury assessment and was forced out for the rest of the match. From the way the first half ended, it seemed the Blues were well poised to go on with the job. Instead, it was the Force who were firing on all cylinders in the second half. Scoring tries through hooker Feleti Kaitu'u, midfielder Tevita Kuridrani and fullback Rob Kearney, the Force outscored the Blues 21-3 in the second period. The Blues did look to have another try through Telea late in the piece, but instead it was ruled out due to foul play in the build-up, and reserve hooker Ray Niuia was sent to the sin bin. With the 10-point win, the Blues finish the season on equal points with the Highlanders and Crusaders, but end the campaign at the top of the table due to their superior points differential. The Blues will now host the Highlanders in the final next weekend, with the Highlanders having a better points differential than the Crusaders. Blues 31 (Hoskins Sotutu 2, Mark Telea, Dalton Papalii tries; Otere Black 4 cons, pen)Force 21 (Feleti Kaitu'u, Tevita Kuridrani, Rob Kearney tries; Ian Prior 3 cons)HT: 28-0 text by Christopher Reive, NZ Herald
Gigi Salmon: Its probably in the top 3 wins of Novak Djokovic's career
Elliott Smith chats to French Open tennis commentator Gigi Salmon, as she reflects on an incredible performance from Novak Djokovic who beat Rafael Nadal to book a place in the French Open finals, which was Nadal's first loss at Roland Garros in 35 games.
Steve Harmison: NZ have to be happy with where they are at with a test championship around the corner
Elliott Smith chats to former England fast bowler and now Talksport pundit Steve Harmison on the back of the 2nd day of the 2nd test between the Black Caps and England from Edgebaston, which see's the New Zealand side in a good position heading in to Day 3.