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Reason: Minnows play major role at CWC

MINNOW SUCCESS: Shaiman Anwar has impressed with the bat for tournament minnows UAE.

OPINION: Mark Reason names his best XI of the World Cup so far - and springs some interesting surprises.

Millmow: Breakneck pace a risk for Black Caps

LONG HANDLE: Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum took to the Australian attack in trademark fashion.

OPINION: Can Brendon McCullum's men maintain their helter skelter approach? asks Jonathan Millmow.

Fujita gives Japanese flavour to Crusaders camp

FLASHBACK: Yoshikazu Fujita scoring for St Bedes in Press Cup secondary schools' rugby in 2011.

The Crusaders are the latest Super Rugby team to add a Japanese player to their ranks.

Napier: Black Caps deserve respect from Aussies

YOU BEAUTY: Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum hoists the Chappell-Hadlee trophy high at Eden Park last Saturday after his side's win over Australia.

OPINION: It's an insult New Zealand has only played Australia in 20 ODIs outside of ICC events during the last decade.

Review: Ref's mistake blows full time on Blues

TOUGH LUCK: Sarel Pretorius from the Cheetahs celebrates his try during his side's win over the Blues in Bloemfontein on Saturday morning.

OPINION: Referee Rohan Hoffman cops criticism after penalising the Blues late in their loss to the Cheetahs on Saturday morning.

CWC schedule leaves us with a week to forget

WAITING GAME: After Saturday's thrilling win over the Aussies in Auckland, Trent Boult and the Black Caps aren't back in action until this Sunday when they play Afghanistan in Napier.

OPINION: The drawn out World Cup schedule is potentially the Black Caps' biggest enemy as they eye glory.

Fans vent as Crusaders capitulate against Chiefs

DESPONDENT: Crusaders first five-eighth Colin Slade following his team's hammering at the hands of the Chiefs in Hamilton.

OPINION: Backlash following defeat to Chiefs brutal. Some of the abuse vitriolic, some measured. Little missed its target.

Black Caps ugly win leaves room for worry

THE MAN: Kane Williamson celebrates scoring the winning runs at Eden Park as Aussie bowler Pat Cummins looks on ruefully.

OPINION: Heroics from Kane Williamson aside, NZ's narrow win over Australia offered more concerns than confidence.

Fan in the Stand: NZ, time to believe

Black Caps Kane Williamson and Trent Boult celebrate during New Zealand's one-wicket Cricket World Cup victory over Australia at Eden Park.

OPINION: It wasn’t a dream, it wasn’t the Rugby World Cup – but it was at Eden Park and it was awesome.

Stars keep slipping through Blues' fingers

BAD MISS: Malakai Fekitoa was let go by the Blues.

OPINION: The Blues are in danger of looking like the Dick Rowes of New Zealand rugby.

Reason: B-Mac ready to hustle NZ to victory

AGGRESSIVE CAPTAINCY: Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum is now putting the team before himself.

OPINION: Brendon McCullum has the chance to transform from showman to ring-master, writes Mark Reason.

Captains rise to occasion at Eden Park

ONE OF THE BEST: Martin Crowe was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at Eden Park.

OPINION: The game was dramatic but Martin Crowe's slow walk out into the middle puts it all in perspective.

Hay: Only right refs get tech help

UNFAIR DISMISSAL: Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic received a red card for reacting to a challenge.

OPINION: Refs need support to get decisions right, so why not use the technology, asks Danny Hay.

Doull: Hesson makes all the right moves

QUIET ACHIEVER: Black Caps coach Mike Hesson is a meticulous planner who is getting results.

OPINION: Mike Hesson has shown hat you don't need to be a famous ex-player to be a good coach.

How do McCullum and Warner compare in ODIs?

BIG HITTER: Brendon McCullum has an average of 33.91 at a strike rate of 96.55 when opening the batting in ODIs.

OPINION: Both players are key to their team’s chances at Eden Park, but how do they compare when opening the batting?

Opinion: Cane you believe the hype?

ON A ROLL: Ma'a Nonu and the Hurricanes are two from two to start their Super Rugby campaign. Are they legitimate title contenders this year?

OPINION: Stuff.co.nz's leading rugby writers tackle the three burning rugby questions of the week.

Johnstone: Where to now for Barker, Team NZ? video

STAYING OR GOING?: After his axing as skipper, Dean Barker has a decision on whether to stay with Team New Zealand as a sailing coach and performance manager.

OPINION: Can Team NZ win the America’s Cup without Dean Barker? Can Barker win it without Team NZ?

Ifill: No need for any tears, I have had a ball

HAPPY WITH HIS LOT: Former professional footballer Paul Ifill.

OPINION: Firstly, please don't offer me any sympathy or feel sorry for me, my career's been great, says Paul Ifill.

Ellis: New look for trans-Tasman netball league

ONE OF MANY: Sharni Layton is one of the many stars on the NSW Swifts roster.

OPINION: A new finals system, a new trophy, new conferences and a new broadcaster.

Snook: McCullum's power, passion a standout

CLASS ABOVE: New Zealand matchwinner Brendon McCullum.

OPINION: NZ skipper reaching new heights with ability to take control of game and dominate proceedings.

Baum: Lights leave batsmen chasing shadows

SPORTING COLISEUM: The lights take effect at the MCG as nights falls on the India vs South Africa match at the Cricket World Cup. Captains who win the toss in day-night games and bat first win 52 per cent of the time.

OPINION: Ahead of the huge NZ-Australia day-nighter in Auckland, Greg Baum ponders the perils of batting under lights.

Millmow: Cricket World Cup competition hots up

BIG HITTER: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle raises his bat after his double century against Zimbabwe.

OPINION: It was a three horse race until Gayle and India hit smashing form; now it's anyone's game.

Bennett: Cricket, oh, what a pleasurable war

GOT 'EM: Black Caps bowler Trent Boult celebrates a breakthrough.

OPINION: I made a promise to the dog. "I'll just watch the first five overs," I said. "Then I'll get back to work."

Robson: Super Rugby judiciary rulings mystify

SILLY MISTAKE: Blues lock Hayden Triggs reacts after being sent off during his sides loss to the Stormers at the weekend. The veteran second-rower received just a one-week ban for the punch he threw.

OPINION: Explanations and rationale for bans given to Crusaders prop and Blues lock flawed at best - joke at worst.

Southee and Boult prove wickets are better than sixes

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 27: Tim Southee and Trent Boult of New Zealand share a laugh during day two of the First Test match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval on December 27, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

OPINION: Led by swing duo Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the Black Caps are proving you must attack a total, not defend it.

Napier: Cup scheduling bungle spoils success

CROWD TROUBLE: The crowd at Wellington's Westpac Stadium voted with their feet after a farcical tea break during New Zealand's win over England last Friday. Renowned cricket commentator Bryan Waddle captured this snap and shared it on his Twitter feed.

OPINION: How do you spoil an incredible sporting spectacle? Take a tea break, of course!

1st5R: Rating Super Rugby's playmakers - week 2

PIVOTAL PLAYER: Chiefs first-five Aaron Cruden, left, had a strong performance against the Brumbies in New Plymouth last Friday night.

OPINION: Aaron Cruden the pick of the Kiwis, but Bulls first-five Handre Pollard was the perfect 10 in week two.

Robson: Not-so-Super start for Kiwi franchises

OOPS: Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa loses the ball in the tackle of Crusaders lock Scott Barrett, left, and prop Owen Franks during their Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.

OPINION: If you're a Canes fan it's a case of who cares, but for everyone else it's been a predictably sketchy opening two weeks.

Millmow: Cricket's minnows punch above weight

MIGHTY MINNOWS: Dawlat Zadran of Afghanistan celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne during Sunday's surprisingly thrilling clash at University Oval in Dunedin.

OPINION: Just when the minnows look as though they are narrowing the gap, the ICC is planning to take the sword to them.

Review: Referees left seeing red in Super Rugby

SEEING RED: Blues lock Hayden Triggs is given his marching orders during the first half of Sunday's loss to the Stormers.

OPINION: When’s a punch not a punch? It depends on who is refereeing, it seems.

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