Lampp's sports comments

Rare treat at Tangimoana

Polo is a sport we report on briefly about once a year, but which remains mostly a mystery to the general population.

Finals dud without drawcard

OPINION: We're into our third week of racketeering at a time when we all become lounge-lizard tennis experts.

Blame your top order, not the pitch, for losing

The shine was barely off the cricket ball at Fitzherbert Park last week before we overheard the expected whingeing.

Central Districts stalwart didn't mince words

OPINION: Almost everyone in cricket has anecdotes about the earthy Basil Netten, who died on Monday after serving Central Districts from the 1980s until 2005.

Boxing's cut and thrust

It's hard to take our boxing too seriously when the modern-day version of Dr Spock keeps fronting.

Returning Hansen to job would be jumping the gun

It strikes me that Steve Hansen talking about signing on as All Blacks coach for an eternity after the World Cup is a bit presumptuous.

Spinners bowling through full circle after 49 years

old boys

A lineup for a photo taken at Palmerston North Boys' High School on Wednesday turned out to be an inadvertent piece of spin.

It must be Cruden over Barrett

OPINION: So now we know that Aaron Cruden must be the All Blacks' starting first five-eighth in World Cup year.

Playing our games

Few of us would have realised the World Masters Games have twice as many competitors as the Olympic Games.

Turbos might have been stressful as well as successful

Turbos homeground

Reporting on the beloved Manawatu Turbos must shorten your life.

Too many rules

All Blacks

The breakdown area in rugby has just got too complicated for referees to cope with.

Cruden could stick around

Aaron Cruden

Who knows, after Saturday, the Aaron Cruden factor might not yet be over for Manawatu?

Plum semifinal in the sun for all-conquering Turbos

Cruden turbos

Manawatu asked for the plum rugby semifinal slot - 2.05pm Saturday - and received it last night.

Turbos players deserve Super Rugby elevation

Nehe Milner-Skudder.

OPINION: It will be close to a crime if Manawatu Turbos fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder isn't playing Super Rugby next year.

Great venue to beat the Mooloos

Waikato Stadium

I can see why Hamilton is often given major rugby fixtures these days, and why Palmerston North seems to be on the backburner.

Cruden circus just a distraction

Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden's overnighter wasn't great timing as far as Manawatu Turbos were concerned.

Duck, you're on candid camera

Dan Carter

Notice when All Blacks assemble that for a whole day and a night, the same two players are featured everywhere.

Sympathy and emotion

The Kick

OPINION: It took courage to put the story of Beaver to the screen, although making it as a docu-drama made it easier.

Observe Crusaders' fatal flaws

Richie McCaw and Sam Whitelock

OPINION: The Super Rugby final at Sydney only reaffirmed my aversion to the box kick.

Silver: Colour of Manawatu's lining

Silver might not be gold but it is more than a pass mark for the Manawatu contingent at the Commonwealth Games.

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