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Each week, our Fairfax sports journalists will select their top 3 Plays of the week - where sports men and women demonstrate a No Quit attitude to their given sport. Join us each week and let us know your thoughts. Do you agree with this week's top 3?
ONE it's impossible to look beyond Richie McCaw for the ultimate definition of 'No Quit' with his effort in Saturday's Rugby Championship victory over the Springboks in Dunedin. McCaw's performance against a rugged and often brutal outfit was one of the best of his stellar 110-test career. It's almost embarrassing to think there was a school of thought around last year that his time might be over after the triumphant World Cup campaign. Instead McCaw is rewriting the book around inspirational performances. He took on every facet of the game in Dunedin -- ball-carrying, support play, precious breakdown ball and ferocious tackling. Not even the cheap shot from Bok prop Dean Grayling could stop Captain Fantastic. A remarkable performance from a remarkable man.
TWO: Let's stick on the rugby theme. How about Taranaki's Ranfurly Shield-holding team? Most pundits figured the clinical Cantabs would end their reign in New Plymouth on Saturday and return the Log o' Wood to Christchurch where it's spent so much of the past few decades. But it was not to be as the men from the 'Naki muscled up on a miserable afternoon and showed that this symbol of provincial supremacy still means plenty to them. It was splendid stuff from the Amber and Blacks, led by a punishing forward pack, a busy display from midfielder Jayden Hayward and a committed defensive screen, and in the end the Cantabs were beaten at their own game. Shield fever burns brightly in the 'Naki.
THREE: It would have been easy for the Silver Ferns to roll over in the first international of the Constellation Cup netball series against the Aussies in Melbourne on Sunday. They were without their inspirational skipper Casey Williams, after all. But instead Wai Taumaunu's team knuckled down and ground out a splendid 54-52 victory over the old enemy that gives them a great chance to secure their first series victory over the Australians since 2004. The remaining two tests are on this side of the Tasman. With the old firm shooting duo of Irene van Dyk and Maria Tutaia in fine form, Anna Harrison thriving in her move to wing attack and Laura Langman taking over the leadership splendidly, the Ferns are in great shape to seal the deal either in Auckland Thursday or Christchurch next Sunday.