A much better performance, you reckon? A better style of footy, better goals? Sure… but the score-line was exactly the same.
James Gavet and Ligi Sao are in Stephen Kearney's good books, so are Kieran Foran and his bung hammy.
Corey Harawira-Naera made his debut last week and is named to start again for Penrith. They'll take on Melbourne in a game that could feature eight #KiwiNRL Maori cuzzies.
Jordan Kahu has snapped a #KiwiNRL All Stars spot after round four and we've even managed to squeeze in a Roosters bolter.
Ava Seumanufagai and his #KiwiNRL homies at Wests Tigers are rolling through turbulence, while Des Hasler could be leaving the Kiwi Doggies at Belmore.
We’re sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled NRL reading experience… but the Wildcard has taken over. (Okay, maybe not taken over, just borrowing the throne for a spell).
Kieran Foran's bung body could open the door for the Maori Panthers' youngin' Te Maire Martin to step into a Kiwis halves spot in World Cup year.
We all know who the most important Warrior is and thank you Jah for bring Roger Tuivasa-Sheck back to face the Dragons.
Nothing fancy, just rugby league scribbles; three NRL games to watch this weekend.
Jason Taumalolo will stay with North Queensland Cowboys for a long time, rewarding the Cowboys for plucking the Tongan stallion out of South Auckland.
Peta Hiku may just be the prototype bench utility, plus Corey Harawira and Braden Uele have been named in Penrith and North Queensland's respective squads.
Melbourne's Kiwi Storm Gang is almost back to its best, we've got Parrmatta's Kiwi Eels creeping under the radar and don't sleep on Nathaniel Peteru.
Another Monday, another opportunity to offer some common sense to the drama surrounding our Warriors' struggles in their loss to the Doggies.
Nothing fancy, just rugby league scribbles; fullback's back!
The Warriors forwards haven't quite found their NRL niche and with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck absent, they are in for an interesting test against the Bulldogs. At least Bull is starting right?
Brad Abbey has been named to make his NRL debut at fullback for the Doggies against the Warriors, plus Joseph Manu is back in the Roosters side.
Manu Ma'u is helping his Parramatta show-ponies, Te Maire Martin is back on track and Jason Taumalolo won't be making 200m in the next few weeks.
It’s crazy how quickly into a season the ‘same old, same old’ chants begin from the same old, same old people. It only took the Warriors two weeks before they had to suffer them
Busy times for Melbourne Storm with both Bromwich bros re-signing and every two weeks we'll drop the bi-weekly Kiwis All Stars with one eye on the World Cup.
Melbourne Storm came to Auckland and offloaded the footy, in crazy conditions. What did our Warriors do? Not so much.
Kevin Proctor's gone and Tohu Harris is heading back to Jahtearoa, so what's doing with Melbourne's Kiwi Storm Gang?
A much better performance, you reckon? A better style of footy, better goals? Sure… but the score-line was exactly the same.
Yeah alright then, who saw that coming? Doesn’t even matter how many international dudes are missing, every extra fella that skips off they score another goal.
Hudson’s Heroes did what they had to do and now we move on to the next game. One game at a time, taking care of business, etc.
It’s pretty much over, we all know that. If the Nix were gonna save this thing then they really needed somehow not to lose to Western Sydney Wanderers on the weekend.
Souleymane Doukara cut inside towards the box and Fikayo Tomori made a super sloppy challenge which led to the referee's whistle sounding loudly. Chris Wood smashed it down the middle from the penalty spot for his second goal.
Oh so you thought that Pep Guardiola was just gonna waltz on in and immediately win everything with Manchester City?
When Hack-A-Hazard doesn't work, you move on to plan... F. Hey but at least Jose Mourinho sticks to his grudges, unlike Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger, who are planning a trip to Ibiza.
Despite going off injured last week, Winston Reid only had a dose of cramp and was good to go against Bournemouth... where the defence was terrible and they leaked three. But he might be getting a pay-rise.
Word on the street is that this is the All Whites’ strongest possible squad here. At least that’s what the tweet said. Two games against Fiji later this month, one home and one away and victory in at least one of those should all but get them into the OFC qualifying final for the 2018 World Cup.
The lead in to the tournament may have been dominated by Abby Erceg and when a legend retires you generally wanna send them off with the best possible results but the Football Ferns squad for the 2017 Cyprus Cup always suggested a firm eye towards the future.
You don’t need to worry about the Premier League title. If there was any chance that Chelsea might slip up after losing to Spurs in the New Year, it’s since been cast away as Antonio Conte’s lads immediately regained their stride.
Chris Wood is now legitimately doing some incredible things but he ain't the only kiwi out there gunning away. In fact with the American stuff kicking off and Sam Brotherton making his bow for Sunderland the list is only getting longer.
It had been a pretty dull first thirteen minutes for Chris Wood. Birmingham had completely dominated this game from the opening whistle and it’s hard to remember Wood even having a touch of the ball as he toiled thanklessly up top.
Leicester City might be good again? Snakes! The whole bloody lot of ya, nothing but snakes!
Two moments defined Leeds’ Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday early on Sunday morning. One of them sent Chris Wood to the top of the Champo scoring charts.
Earlier this week, Abby Erceg announced her retirement from the Football Ferns. The following day NZ Football CEO Andy Martin went on the radio to exercise his right of rebuttal.
It wasn't supposed to happen like this, not after the miracle we witnessed last season. But football is an unforgiving beast and nine months after leading Leicester City to the Premier League title, Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as their manager.
In the second half against Sevilla, there were shades, only shades, of the old Leicester hitting hard on the break and using their pace to stretch defenders. Jamie Vardy even scored!
"Due to the unfortunate and unfavourable circumstances within the organisation that is nzf, it is with regret and great sadness that today is the day that I announce my retirement from the international game."
Chris Wood scored his 22nd goal of the season but Winston Reid got to go to Dubai so it's hard to say who had the better week.
Amidst the celebrations there was a brief cutaway to the Oklahoma City Thunder bench where their three young stars were standing together, James Harden hanging his arms over Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Apparently Colin Kaepernick upset some people by kneeling during the national anthem last NFL season. Apparently that might have something to do with him struggling to find a new team since he hit free agency.
We interrupt this weekly roundup of the iconic Kiwi Steve and his Oklahoma City Thunder to bring you this urgent message. Thus we now take you live into the living room of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter…
The new season begins with the NBL Free Agency list. The Perth Wildcats will still be out getting quotes on championship banners and making a buck or two at the merch stand but for everyone else the eyes have shifted towards 2017-18.
Last week Steve was in the midst of a slump. This week he's starting to drag himself out of it with a trio of 11 point games and a couple tussles in the process.
It wasn't a good week at all here but the positive is that Stevie won't have to play the Portland Trail Blazers again this season. After 6 points in 53 minutes, that's quite a relief.
Three wins straight outta the All Star break and Russ has TDed in each of them. Steven Adams? Yeah he's been decent too... except for the free throw shooting (gotta hate those rims, aye?).
Alex Pledger has played over 200 times for the New Zealand Breakers and is a four-time Aussie NBL champion as well as a Tall Blacks international and the 2011 Kiwi NBL MVP. You probably recognise him – he’s the tall one. And he was good enough to spare a few words for the Nichey Niche.
The common belief out there is that Russell Westbrook is carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder all by his lonesome. Averaging a triple-double for the season, he bosses everything that they do and that’s no lie.
That a New Zealander is calling the shots for the Brooklyn Nets makes them immediately interesting to a kiwi site such as ours… but the Nets are fascinating far beyond national ties.
It happened. It happened. It finally happened. DeMarcus Cousins has been traded, the Sacramento Kings finally acting after months – years – of speculation.
One last game before All Stars give most of these guys a break that they could probably use. Steven Adams will get himself the chance to put those feet up, maybe catch a couple movies and get the odd charity event in under his belt.
Three games, against arguably the three form teams in the league. It was a week of broken shoes, blocks at the rim and, well... cupcakes for Steven Adams.
In the end it came down to the final game of the season. Had Melbourne been able to win at home against Perth then that woulda done it for the Breakers, but no, it wasn't to be.
What, you thought they weren’t gonna boo Kevin Durant? Of course they were gonna boo him, they had every right to.
Sean Marks was handed a poisoned chalice when he took over the Brooklyn Nets General Manager’s role, that’s not an alternative fact.
Two wins and a loss saw Steven Adams set new career highs in minutes played and offensive rebounds as he kept up his front row seat in the Russell Westbrook show.
It’s the Super Bowl, you know. It’s where stuff happens which transcends the usual petty dramas of the NFL, heroes are enshrined and villains maligned.
It’s the big game, the one that stops a nation (and more) every year. The flippin’ Super Bowl, guys. Where men become legends and legends become immortal… unless they lose.
We lost a Stache Brother to a brutal chair attack this week and OKC just dropped three on the trot without him but at least Steven Adams is still out there battling.
No statistic about Kane Williamson can create the same feeling in a cricket-lovers soul as Kane Williamson's cover-drive can.
Peter Younghusband and Josef Walker took spinnin' wickets, Will Young scored another century, Cole McConchie's also soaking up some runs and what do we do with Glenn Phillips?
Scott Kuggeleijn's just as good as any other 'bowler who can bat' in Aotearoa and he's a damn good bowler, so he's in the Blackcaps squad.
He's got a famous family and a complicated name but what's the deal with the bloke who'll take on Joseph Parker for his WBO heavyweight title fight?
Tom Bruce and Lockie Ferguson deserve to be mentioned as possible Blackcaps Test players and what's if Ajaz Patel is just better than Mitchell Santner?
Cool ya jets on Tom Latham, definitely wake up to the low key shambles that is Aotearoa's Test cricket team though.
Take two of Aotearoa's best three cricketers out of the Blackcaps and well, they don't go so well. And in some funk like South Africa's spinners dominating and we might have a shambles.
Henry Nicholls sucks, but Henry Nicholls hit a century. He's not the next great kiwi batsmen and he won't be dropped when he struggles to get a few runs.
Veteran opening batsmen are dominating the Plunket Shield and it's probably time that we take notice.
Perhaps you were surprised by the Blackcaps playing two spinners against South Africa? Well, we've got plenty of spinners and they might be better than the blokes who get the opportunities.
Rain ruined the fun down in Dunedin and Ross Taylor's gone-burgers, meaning Neil Broom gets the nod and the pressure's on Aotearoa's middle order for the second Test.
Ish Sodhi and Seth Rance went big with the wickets, while veterans and youngsters scored runs in round seven of the Plunket Shield.
Tim Southee got dropped from the Blackcaps Test team. Well, they just wanted to switch the style up so here's hoping the spinners dominate.
Amy Satterthwaite couldn't help the White Ferns win the Rose Bowl with her standard dose of runs, runs she'll be keen to take into the Women's World Cup later this year.
While lazy journalists rolled out the same yarn with the same quotes about Neil Wagner vs Dean Elgar, you may have missed a few things about this South African Test squad.
Contrary to common media opinion, Martin Guptill does not go out and score ODI tons because he thinks it’ll get him back in the Test team… he scores ODI tons because he’s one of the finest ODI batsmen on the damn planet.
Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson scored some runs against South Africa. Everything else is still super confusing though.
The Blackcaps Test squad to face South Africa in Dunedin has been named and there's a couple of intriguing options available to Mike Hesson and Kane Williamson.
Colin Munro went nutty for Auckland, Tom Bruce was slightly more sedate for CD, Matt Henry showed his class for Canterbury and Otago's young seamer Nathan Smith took 5 wickets in the return of the Plunket Shield.
Boxing is a strange old sport where so much can happen without anything really happening at all, just ask Joseph Parker.