Another weekend and we had another good weekend for kiwi sport, led by the All Blacks, Warriors and All Whites. Lydia Ko was also in action this weekend but unfortunately for Lydia, she was beaten by another young golf star from Canada Brooke Henderson in a playoff. Henderson is only 18-years-old which makes her the youngest winner of an LPGA major tournament ever.
Our All Blacks got a wake up call early on in their game against Wales on Saturday night as Wales scored the first try and challenged the All Blacks throughout this game. There were many new faces in this All Blacks team, there was a new captain in Kieran Read and Aaron Smith got his first chance to lead an All Blacks haka. Even though there was plenty of change, the All Blacks still played as we expect them to as they stepped up late in the game to ensure that Wales had no chance of a big upset victory and the All Blacks won 39-21.
Before the All Blacks beat Wales, our NZ Warriors were far too good for Newcastle Knights in Newcastle, winning 50-14. This was the second time this season that the Knights have had 50 points scored against them and they are the worst team in the NRL but the Warriors still had to make sure that they got the win.
Winger David Fusitua scored four tries and he is certainly an expert at scoring tries in the corner as he can fly across the touchline, while still planting the ball in the field of play. We can expect Fusitua to score a lot more tries in his career.
In Papa New Guinea, the All Whites beat Papa New Guinea in a penalty shootout to win the Oceania Nations Cup final. The scores were locked at 0-0 before the penalty shootout and the kiwis handled the pressure in front of a big local crowd to win in the shootout. This win gives the All Whites the opportunity to play in the Confederations Cup against some of the best international teams and hopefully we will see our All Whites play more often.