Chiefs up against history

first_imgBy flying into New Zealand from South Africa, as they will on Tuesday morning, then winning a playoff match, they will have ended a 12-game losing streak for teams in such situations, that stretches back almost 20 years.Travelling teams have struggled in the playoffs full stop, winning just 23 per cent of matches, but when they have to fly across the Indian Ocean, and then across the Tasman, that figure falls to 13 per cent.Across the years, 18 teams have found themselves in those circumstances, with 16 losing and just two winning – in games where they were at home against opponents who had made the same trip.First, in 1996, there were the Blues, who beat the Sharks in Durban in the final round of the regular season, then returned home to beat Northern Transvaal in the semifinals.And then in 1998, there were the Crusaders, who beat the Sharks in Durban to end the round robin, then again in Christchurch in the semifinals.Since then, 12 teams have faced the arduous journey – eight from South Africa, two from Australia, and two from New Zealand – and none have triumphed.Going the other way, from New Zealand to South Africa, teams have won four times out of 11, a tally the Hurricanes will be trying to add to when they take on the Lions in Johannesburg in the early hours of Sunday morning (NZ time).Two of those wins came this year and last, when good Chiefs teams were forced to travel to play average Stormers teams, thanks to the convoluted conference format. The others came in 2011, when the Crusaders beat the Stormers, during their impressive run to the final in that earthquake-affected season; and in 1999, when the Highlanders beat the Stormers to set up the party at Tony Brown’s place, which they then lost to the Crusaders.The itinerary the Highlanders had then, from New Zealand to South Africa and back, is the hardest possible – at least until the Jaguares or the Sunwolves make the playoffs – and it’s one the Chiefs are familiar with, having done it last year, when they returned home victorious from Cape Town then lost meekly to the Hurricanes. Photo by: Getty Images (Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby).last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – Authorities arrested a man in connection with a carjacking incident in which the victim chased down the person who stole his vehicle, Whittier police said Thursday. The incident began 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, when Whittier officers spotted two men fighting near the main gate of the Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary. When they tried to stop the fight, one man got into a vehicle and drove off. Police later stopped the vehicle at Workman Mill Road and detained the driver. A short time later, several California Highway Patrol officers arrived. At that point it was determined that the man detained had earlier carjacked a Toyota pickup truck using a simulated handgun. The carjack victim had chased the man to Rose Hills, where the two fought. VFW post to host fundraiser tonight LA MIRADA – The Ladies Auxiliary from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will host a fundraiser dinner at 6 tonight. A pepper steak dinner will be served. A donation of $7 per person is requested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Church plans Walk for Life WHITTIER – The Whittier Life Center will host its 11th annual Walk For Life at 9 a.m. Saturday, beginning at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, 15740 Citrustree Road. The walk will end at the Whittier Life Center, 7743 Painter Ave. A raffle and barbecue will be held following the walk. For more information, call (562) 693-8803. Fundraiser to benefit veterans SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fundraiser dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight. Corned beef and cabbage will be available for $5.95 per person. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Register Monday for rec programs LA MIRADA – Registration for spring recreation classes offered by the city begins Monday. Classes range from arts and crafts to music to dance to sports and fitness. Several city sponsored trips also are planned. A listing of all the classes, trips and events can be found in the city’s La Mirada Living newsletter, available at City Hall, the Resource Center, the Activity Center and the Communty Gymnasium. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Drive-in movie group to meet INDUSTRY – Beginning at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, fans of drive-in movies can share their favorite drive-in memories and view display items and videos at the Southern California Drive-in Movie Society’s first 2007 “Night Out” at the Vineland Drive-In, 443 N. Vineland Ave. Admission is $7.50 per person. Children 11 and younger are free with adult admission. For more information, call (626) 961-3416 after 6:30 p.m., or visit www.socaldims.com. La Mirada Easter egg hunt set LA MIRADA – The city’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at La Mirada Regional Park, 13701 Adelfa Ave. The free family event will feature an egg hunt, arts and crafts, games, live music, face-painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. The event kicks off with a $4-per-person pancake breakfast put on the by local Kiwanis Club. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more