Support for Sonny Bill after fight

16:00, Feb 11 2013

Well, I've been a boxing fan for more than 50 years and I have to admit I have never, ever, attended a fight billed as a 12-rounder that ended in 10, except when some poor soul got knocked out of course.

And if things weren't bad enough already for Sonny Bill Williams, to wake up yesterday morning to allegations - and that is all they are - that his opponent Frans Botha had failed a drugs test, well, that's made it even worse.

Readers of my columns will know I am a big fan of Sonny Bill's and I really feel for him over this nonsense.

His detractors, and there are still plenty of them, are dining out on it all and those of us who love him to bits are having to come to his defence yet again.

Then I had barely finished sulking when I had to see my beloved Vodafone Warriors given a touch up on the Gold Coast by the Titans in their first pre-season trial, getting flogged 42-24.

This weekend they are in Hamilton to take on the Penrith Panthers, coached of course by our old leader Ivan Cleary.


It will be a ripper, with the Vodafone Junior Warriors also getting a hit-out in the curtain-raiser.

It's a big weekend for Hamilton - on Sunday the Black Caps meet England in a one-dayer, so if you are looking to go down then check out Ticketek where there is a special offer that gets you in to the Warriors and the cricket for just $40.

And don't miss out because it's far cheaper than buying your tickets on the day.

If softball is more your thing, then mark March 8 in your diary because there is a fabulous lunch for all former players and administrators that features Steve Price as guest speaker.

Call Hayden Smith on 022 108 8928 for more details.

See you on Saturday in the Tron.

Manukau Courier