A brand new Music Awards for South Africa is announced Backing singers and session musos to shine a new special awards ceremony

A brand new Music Awards for South Africa is announced

Backing singers and session musos to shine a new special award ceremony to take place annually.

They have long been regarded as the unsung heroes of the music industry but now, thanks to “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka, session musicians and backing singers will finally have a place in the sun at their own dedicated awards ceremony.

Pic -Yvonne and Victor Masondo

Launched during a star-studded and entertainment-packed function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 October 2014, the Backing Vocalists and Session Musicians Awards (BVSM) will recognise those hard-working musicians who so often operate behind the scenes, in the shadows and out of the spotlight – yet who contribute so much to a live performance or recording.

The annual BVSM Awards are the initiative of Chaka Chaka through her Princess of Africa Foundation, and have been 10 years in the planning. The inaugural awards will be held in Johannesburg in 2015.

This initiative is particularly poignant for the celebrated songbird, because not only have backing musicians played a pivotal role in shaping her successful career but she also lost her dear friend and long-time backing vocalist Phumzile Ntuli to malaria in 2004.

“These are special artists who bring variety into one’s music and enhance one’s artistry,” Chaka Chaka says. “Without their input, I don’t think I would have made it as a recording and stage artist. I was young and inexperienced when I became a professional musician and they were there to guide me. I owe my success to them. Today I look back and appreciate their guidance.”

She says the awards will be a way of honouring the personal and professional contributions of these behind-the-scenes worker bees, as well as fostering pride in their own artistic creativity, providing national exposure for them and celebrating their gift of music.

Apart from their dulcet tones, backing singers are blessed with a sharp ear for harmony, Chaka Chaka explains, and session musicians are required to be flexible and versatile across musical genres, styles and performance platforms. Through the BVSM Awards, she hopes to provide greater opportunities and recognition for these musicians who form the bedrock of the music industry.

Awards categories

The BVSM Awards will cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, gospel, maskandi, mbaqanga, boeremusiek, gospel and kwaito. They will also recognise the contribution of music veterans from decades past, as well as the country’s most exciting emerging young talents. The following categories are being considered for the awards:

- Best Female Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
– Best Male Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
– Best Session Musicians
– Best Lead Guitarist
– Best Bass Guitarist
– Best Brass Section and Drums
– Lifetime Backing Vocalist (male and female)
– Lifetime Session Musician (male and female)
– Best Backing Vocalists of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (males and females)
– Rookie of the Year – Backing Vocalist (male and female)
– Rookie of the Year – Session Musician (male and female)

The BVSM Awards were launched in suitably glamorous style on Wednesday night: the State Theatre was abuzz with iconic talents from the South African music world and proceedings were led by celebrity MCs Bob Mabena and Penny Lebyane.

The evening’s entertainment programme, under the directorship of Victor Masondo, featured a vibrant musical journey through South African music from the 1960s to the present day.

Occupying centre stage were a stellar array of session musicians, finally given their well-deserved place in the spotlight: Bernice Boikanyo on drums, Godfrey Mgcina on percussion, Gabs Stuurman on piano and keyboards, Ntokozo Zungu on guitar, Victor Masondo on bass, and McCoy Mrubata on saxophones and pennywhistle. They were joined by some of the country’s finest backing singers: Mandisa Dlanga, Stella Khumalo, Nonhlanhla Mdluli, Fani Ntlama and Zamo Mbutho.

pic Bernice Boikanyo on drums

Said Mandisa Dlanga, a singer and dancer who has worked with local and international artists such as Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Stimela, Jennifer Rush, Paul Simon and Chaka Chaka herself: “This is the best thing that has happened to us backing singers. To be acknowledged by a successful and well-travelled musician like Yvonne means a lot to us. I wish other successful soloists and bandleaders will think like her because we have been instrumental in crafting their careers.”

For more information about entering the inaugural BVSM Awards, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Backing-Vocals-and-Session-Musicians/733014023436118 or Twitter: @BVSMAwards

The Princess of Africa Foundation is a non-profit Section 21 organisation established by Yvonne Chaka Chaka in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and the ROLLBACK Malaria campaign. Visit www.princessofafrica.com for more information.

The Backing Vocals and Session Musician Awards media launch is is supported by the

- The Princess of Africa Foundation
– SAMRO – Southern African Music Rights Organisation
– Crystalix
– Th e City of Tshwane
– JT Communication Solutions

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The Princess of Africa Foundation

Divos Cape Town 2014 Featuring: Phil Fearon, The Black Ties, Garth Taylor, Mario Ogle, Alistair Izobell, Nur Abrahams and MC Brandon Leigh Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town Saturday 25 October 2014

After 5 sold out shows, DIVOS is back bigger and better featuring international 80’s sensation Phil Fearon, The Black Ties, Garth Taylor, Mario Ogle, Alistair Izobell, Nur Abrahams and MC Brandon Leigh.

Phil Fearon – Born on 30 July 1956 in Jamaica, West Indies, this multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer moved to Britain in 1962. After running a reggae sound system he joined Hott Wax, (who evolved into Brit Funk pioneers Hi-Tension after he left) and in the late 70s was a mainstay of hit group Kandidate. He set up a studio in his north London house and initially recorded with the group Proton on Champagne. Fearon’s first recording as Galaxy (with assistance from singers Julie and Dorothy) was ‘Head Over Heels’ on Ensign in 1982, which became a club hit. The first success came with the Top 5 hit ‘Dancing Tight’ in 1983 and over the next 15 months they chalked up a further four UK Top 40 singles including Top 10s ‘What Do I Do’ and ‘Everybody’s Laughing’. Their radio-friendly pop/soul debut album Phil Fearon & Galaxy also made the Top 10 in 1984 and is still played on Heart 104.9FM and a host of other radio stations in South Africa. After a quiet period Fearon returned to the Top 10 with a revival of Tony Etoria’s ‘I Can Prove It’ in 1986 (also a small US R&B hit). In 1987, Fearon founded and managed a successful record label called Production House Records. He continued to run a production company from his home making commercial dance records. Fearon returned to performing as a special guest at the Caister Soul Weekender in May 2010, and has since continued to appear at 80s soul nights and various festivals around the UK and abroad.

The Black Ties are three of South Africa’s premier entertainers who came together in 2007 and a lot of magic happened along the way… The Black Ties are Chad Saaiman, Keeno Lee and Lloyd Jansen. Entertaining, charming, witty and above all lots of fun with experience performing on stages in Spain, Thailand, Seychelles & throughout South Africa, the boys rise to any occasion. The Black Ties have received SAMA Nominations and Metro FM Awards and performed with Grammy nominated R&B superstar Tevin Campbell on the Divos 2013 show.

phil fearon poster

Garth Taylor’s reputation as a live performer earned him the opportunity to perform with a number of stars including Simply Red, Shaggy, Jonathan Butler and the late Brenda Fassie.  A highlight was performing at Richard Branson’s son’s wedding – a star-studded affair! Garth has an impressive array of hits under his belt including “Only With You”, “Tonight”, the smash country hit duet “Islands In The Stream” and “If I Gave You My Soul” and “Home Again” from his last album “Stripped Down, Soul’d Out”.  But it was his 1998 hit “Why”, off the “Without You” album, which put him on the map, sitting on top of the local charts for 7 consecutive weeks and which is considered as one of the classics in the South African songbook.

 Mario Ogle is best known for his SAMA-nominated debut album “Can’t Stop Loving You”, which was certified gold for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. His second album, “Superman” was released soon after and both albums produced several radio hits including “Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Superman”, “All I Do”, “Music”, “Techno Fancy” and many more.  A prolific songwriter, Mario wrote or co-wrote most of the tracks on both albums, and has recently started writing and co-producing hits for other artists, including DJ Giggs Superstar and Chad Saaiman.

Alistair Izobell a veteran performer has wowed audiences across the globe with his command of the stage. Alistair’s extraordinary performance career began when he was just five years old and has seen him receive a Sir Laurence Olivier Award – British theatre’s most sought after award and considered a mark of theatrical greatness. He has recently produced the highly successful Music Alla Kaap Series, his own shows Net So, Kaapse Music in Colour, Stoep Stories, Slick Swing and co producer with David Kramer on Radio Classics.

Nur Abrahams is no stranger to the stage, this seasoned performer has appeared in a number of theatre and music productions including District 6 The Musical , Vocal is Lekka, Radio classics, Slick Swing and Scrooge. He has performed to local and international audiences and is well known for his performances in David Kramer’s award-winning musicals. Nur was also a former member of the popular band JAG and has spent time abroad performing in various shows. This amazing young talent was awarded The Baxter Theatre’s Young Inspiring Artist of the Year Award for 2012.

Brandon Leigh is the quintessential Cape Town boy, born in District Six – his childhood dream was to be a radio presenter. He has been a full time club DJ and MC for the past 20 years and an On-Air presenter in the Radio industry for the past 12 years. Some Fun Facts about Brandon…. He’s a Gemini, hates shaving, but still does it every day, he’s clumsy but still wants to be a traffic cop…. because there’s just something about stopping traffic that turns him on!

The Band Trevino Isaacs – Piano (Music Director), Melvin Williams – Bass Guitar, Darren Petersen – Drums, Angelo Syster – Lead Guitar, Jason Ward – Percussion, Dylan Roman – Synth keyboard, Lorenzo Blignaut – Trumpet,Matthew Ehrenrich – Saxophone, Ryan Kierman – Trombone, Backing vocalists – Edith Plaaitjies, Lana Crowster and Candice Thornton.

Venue: Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town

Date: Saturday 25 October 2014

Show time: 20h00

Duration of the show: 2h15m

Book now:  Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper & House & Home stores

Ticket prices: R195 – R250 – R325

Marmalade Productionswww.marmaladeproductions.co.za

For more information:  Gail Force Media   André Gilbertson  andre@gailforcemedia.com

If Oscar gets house arrest – a Zapiro Classic .

10th South African HORRORFEST – Full Feature Film Line-up (29 Oct – 7 Nov)

Feature Film Line-Up


29 October – 7 November
Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town
aving fun!

Across 10 years the South African HORRORFEST has expanded itself into the continent’s most all-encompassing Halloween event, incorporating an exciting range of movies and short films (you’re unlikely to see in any other local cinema), a unique live soundtrack performance to a classic silent film, literature, a night market, Halloween dress-up competition, a new kids’ screening, a free opening show, prizes, give-aways, a special free Horror moviemaking master class with SAE & more.

Below is the feature film line-up. Short film selections announced soon.
All festival details, screening times, updates at www.HORRORFEST.info
On-line ticket links & schedule at: www.quicket.co.za/organisers/576-south-african-horrorfest
Or call the Labia Theatre on 021 424 5927 to book (all tickets R40 each, except live soundtrack performance: R55)
Johannesburg HorrorFest selections will be announced by The Bioscope (Fox Street).


THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE – A free opening screening of this legendary movie (celebrating its hair-raising 40th anniversary) – only via Quicket.co.za
HALLOWEEN – 35th anniversary special re-mastered re-release of John Carpenter’s classic 1979 slasher
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – Audience participation screening of this musical cult classic
DEMENTIA 13 – One of Francis Coppolla’s first movies (1963 – a decade before his Oscar-winning The Godfather)
SHE-BEAST – Classic witch possession movie (1966)

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI – This legendary 1920 silent film will be screened with a new soundtrack performed live by THE MAKABRA ENSEMBLE) on Halloween night (Fri 31 Oct), co-inciding with the Halloween dress-up competition & Night Market. Live sound by Point Blanc Event Technical Solutions

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Expanding the HorrorFest to include a special kids’ chapter (Halloween dress up not compulsory, but encouraged)

LOST SOUL: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’s The Island Of Dr. Moreau – Documentary on the South African-born director’s crazy experience in the undoing of his labour of love, by many factors (from a vain Val Kilmer to the studio and disastrous weather)
YELLOW FEVER: The Rise & Fall Of The Giallo – In-depth documentary on the Italian thriller/horror genre (feat. Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi & more)

JULIA – South African born director Matthew A. Brown’s stylish neon-noir revenge tale with a twist (shot in the USA). Features music by acclaimed SA group LARK.
QUEEN OF BLOOD – Vampire sequel to Fangoria editor Chris Alexander’s Blood For Irina (starring SA-born actress Shauna Henry)
ANOTHER WORLD – Zombie-action movie (arrive still in costume from the Zombie Walk and get a 2nd ticket free). Shot in Israel, starring SA-born actor David Lavenski.

SOULMATE – A moody ghost tale has a widow encountering something strange in a Welsh country house (directed by Axelle Carolyn)
EVANGELINE – A woman left for dead is resurrected by a demon, empowering her with a bloodlust for vengeance (directed by Karen Lam)
RAYNARD’S CIRCLE – A documentary crew investigates on occult Nazi (co-directed by Maria Valle)
Sunday 2 November’s short film chapter will also feature female directors

NYMPH – An ancient blood thirsty mermaid emerges near an idyllic Mediterranean coastal town (feat. the legendary Franco Nero aka Django)
CANDLESTICK – Clever UK Hitchcockian thriller
PERNICIOUS – A trio of cute tourists in Thailand fall under the spell of a murdered child entity bent on revenge

THE FORGOTTEN – A father and son squats in a London flat, but strange noises start coming from next door
THE PERFECT HUSBAND – An idyllic get-away turns deadly
WHITE SETTLERS – A couple gets everything but a friendly welcome at their new home near Scotland
THAT’S COOL HAIR – Bizarre, time-flipping ’70s flavoured tongue in cheek Spanish flick

SHADOW REALM SHORT FILM COLLECTION – consists of 4 fantastic anthologies of short films from every corner of the globe

All show ticket links at www.quicket.co.za/organisers/576-south-african-horrorfest

The BLOODY PARCHMENT literary chapter will kick off the HorrorFest in Cape Town on Wednesday 29 October at The Book Lounge (cnr. Roeland & Buitenkant Str), with movies running at the Labia Theatre 29 Oct – 7 Nov (68 Orange Str) – with the Texas Chainsaw free opening show after Bloody Parchment.

Audience give-aways will include horror DVDs and Annabelle hampers (from TMF) – this is the prequel linked to the creepy doll in The Conjuring – while not at the HorrorFest, the movie hits cinemas countrywide on 24 Oct.

The HorrorFest will be followed / overlapped by the Sound On Screen Music Film Festival (feat. SA premieres like Björk’s Biophilia Live, No Cameras Allowed, The Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll Comics, The Heir Of Liszt and more).

The HorrorFest is proudly associated with The Labia, Point Blanc, Sound & Motion, Visual Impact, Masque, Cosmesis, Times Media Films, Altstadt Printing, Black Ink Promo, Paul Bothner Music

For any additional info, images, film-maker interview access etc., don’t hesitate to contact us.

The HorrorFest Team

Relevant Links
Official site: www.HORRORFEST.info
All on-line ticket links will be updated at: www.quicket.co.za/organisers/576-south-african-horrorfest
Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SAhorrorfest
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Pops Mohamed and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse Ashish Joshi Poorvi Bhana at “The Music Box” 191 Frances Street Observatory 2198 31st October 2014.

Pops will be featuring his lifetime friend and multi-instrumentalist Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse withAshish Joshi on Tabla and Poorvi Bhana on Sitar at “The Music Box” 191 Frances Street Observatory 2198 on Halloween Night 31st October 2014.

This is a fantastic musical celebration of Our Rainbow Nation, one surely not to be missed.

Only 70 tickets available, so please act fast to avoid dissapointment!

Tickets are R300-00 per person incl. Tickets can be purchased at the door but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, by clicking on the link below.


The evening will start at 19:30 with dinner followed by the show. Your ticket inclues a welcome drink, dinner, dessert, coffee/tea and the “Afterparty” after the show.

All Blacks squad for MyRepublic Northern Tour Strong side picked for Tests against USA, England, Scotland and Wales

The All Blacks selectors Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox have selected their squad for the four-Test MyRepublic Northern Tour against the USA, England, Scotland and Wales.

The All Blacks will play the four sides over respective weekends, with the first Test of the tour against the USA at Soldier Field, Chicago, on Saturday 1 November.

The squad is as follows: (with province and Test caps. New caps are in bold)


Dane Coles (Wellington, 24 Tests)
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty, 1)
Keven Mealamu (Auckland, 120)

Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 33)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 22)
Ben Franks (Hawke’s Bay, 37)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 63)
Joe Moody (Canterbury, 5)

Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty, 33)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 16)
Jeremy Thrush (Wellington, 4)
Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland, 5)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 60)

Loose Forwards
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 21)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 54)
Richie McCaw – captain (Canterbury, 134)
Liam Messam (Waikato, 35)
Kieran Read (Canterbury, 69)
Victor Vito (Wellington, 24)


TJ Perenara (Wellington, 7)
Augustine Pulu (Counties Manukau *)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 36)

First five-eighths
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 25)
Daniel Carter (Canterbury, 100)
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, 35)

Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 9)
Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland, 6)
Conrad Smith (Wellington, 83)
Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 19)

Outside backs
Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay, 43)
Cory Jane (Wellington 52)
Charles Piutau (Auckland, 11)
Julian Savea (Wellington, 28)
Ben Smith (Otago, 35)

The squad features the return of four recent All Blacks, including world rugby’s leading points scorer Daniel Carter, who missed the All Blacks’ recent victorious Investec Rugby Championship campaign through injury. Loose forward Victor Vitoalso returns to the team after being out since the Steinlager Series in June with injury.

The squad also sees midfielder Sonny Bill Williams return to the national side. Williams returned to New Zealand rugby with his Counties Manukau ITM Cup provincial side earlier this month after two seasons away from the game. Williams, who last played for the All Blacks in 2012, has inked deals with New Zealand Rugby and the Chiefs for the 2015-2016 seasons.

Lock Luke Romano also returns to the national side after a long injury layoff.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said it was decided to include Romano as a 34th player as the selectors felt, with a limited number of Tests next year before the Rugby World Cup, and given he had been out of the game for a while, it was important to bring him back into the group and up to speed with the All Blacks strategies and skillsets.

Another feature is the inclusion of halfback Augustine Pulu, who has been named in his first official All Blacks squad, after being called into the All Blacks as an injury replacement for last weekend’s Bledisloe Cup Test preparations.

“I want to congratulate all those who have been selected and also commiserate with the unlucky players who haven’t made it this time. It was a very hard team to select, more because of the depth we have, rather than people not being good enough to make it,” Hansen said.

The positional split for the squad sees 19 forwards selected (three hookers, five props, five locks and six loose forwards) and 15 backs (three halfbacks, three first five-eighths, four midfielders and five outside backs).

The All Blacks squad will again be led by the All Blacks’ most capped player, long-time captain and openside flanker Richie McCaw, who will be making his 11th tour to Europe. The squad has a combined total of 1,249 Test caps experience and, as well as McCaw, features three of the other most capped All Blacks of all-time in their position: hooker Keven Mealamu, first five-eighth Daniel Carter and centreConrad Smith.

Three players, halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow, midfielder Ma’a Nonu and prop Tony Woodcock, were not available for selection because of injuries.

The squad features a spread of Super Rugby representation and is made up of three Highlanders players, 10 Crusaders, nine Hurricanes, seven Chiefs and five Blues while provincial representation is led by Canterbury (nine players) with Wellington (seven), Auckland (six), Bay of Plenty (three), Counties Manukau, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu (two); and Waikato, Taranaki and Otago (one).

Looking at the tour ahead, Hansen said the squad was looking forward to kicking off the MyRepublic Northern Tour with the historic Test match against the USA Eagles.

“It’s going to be an exciting week in Chicago as we build up for the match at Soldier Field. It’s somewhere different for the team which will be stimulating, the match is sold out, which is fantastic, and we are looking forward to showing American rugby fans what the All Blacks are all about.

“The England Test match the following week is going to be massive. We have already played them three times this year and we are their first opponent at home in what will be a big Series for them and they will be looking to put a stake in the ground, as will we.

“Scotland and Wales will then offer their own unique challenges in the second half of the Tour.”

Hansen said the MyRepublic Northern Tour would provide his side with the opportunity to develop ideas on several fronts.

“As a team, it gives us the opportunity to develop our game and test it against a different opponent each week. We can also grow the players through their game time and training. And finally, without losing sight of the task at hand, it gives us the opportunity to road-test a few things ahead of Rugby World Cup.”

Hansen also said extra management staff would come on Tour and was a reflection of the numbers of management that would be going to the RWC. He said it would give those staff the experience of touring, and an extra opportunity to work with the players and existing management.

The All Blacks squad assembles in Auckland this Sunday for the flight to Chicago.

All Blacks Management – MyRepublic Northern Tour

Darren Shand – Manager
Steve Hansen – Head Coach / Selector
Ian Foster – Assistant Coach / Selector
Grant Fox – Selector
Gilbert Enoka – Assistant Manager
Mike Cron – Forwards Coach
Mick Byrne – Skills Coach
Brian “Aussie” McLean – Analyst
Alistair Rogers – Performance Analyst
Dr Tony Page – Doctor
Peter Gallagher – Physiotherapist
George Duncan – Manual Therapist
Dr Nic Gill – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Katrina Darry – Nutritionist
Kevin “Chalky” Carr – Logistics Manager
Joe Locke – Media Manager
Bianca Thiel – Team Services Manager

All Blacks support staff

Don Tricker – High Performance Manager
Jason Healy – Performance Analysis Manager
Mike Anthony – High Performance Player Development Manager

MyRepublic Northern Tour – All Blacks Tests

1. United States (Soldier Field, Chicago, , Saturday 1 November)
2. England (Twickenham, London, Saturday 8 November)
3. Scotland (Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Saturday 15 November)
4. Wales (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Saturday 22 November)

All Blacks deny Wallabies after the siren in epic game in Brisbane 29- 28

The All Blacks compounded the Wallabies miserable week last night when a late Malakai Fekitoa try and a conversion by Colin Slade enabled them to snatch a 29-28 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

The flies were meant to be crawling all over the rotting Wallabies, an outfit supposed to be in total disarray on and off the field, but they almost executed one of their most remarkable wins until the All Blacks slipped a knife between their ribs in the dying seconds.

Midfield Fekitoa beat the tackle of Bernard Foley to give Slade the chance to be the hero – and the Canterbury utility back proved he must have small chips of ice floating in his veins when he kicked the winner.

Let’s put this match into context: a number of the Wallabies players have been reported to be at war with coach Ewen McKenzie in the wake of the dreadful affair involving the errant Kurtley Beale and with fingers being pointed in all directions they were supposed to be a rabble when they turned up to play.

Wrong. The Aussies proved a brave and committed lot as they did all they could to try and mark Adam Ashley-Coopers 100th match with a victory.

Their most fatal error was taking their eyes off the New Zealanders in the final 11 minutes when halfback Aaron Smith ducked over for a try with a quick penalty tap and then not closing out the match by holding possession to prevent Fekitoa from scoring.

Even with All Blacks replacement lock Patrick Tuipulotu getting yellow carded for a clumsy challenge on Rob Simmons in the air, the Aussies couldn’t land the killer blow.

The victory means the All Blacks earned their first win in Queensland since 2008 but this wasn’t a vintage effort. Far from it. They slipped off tackles, their handling was at times sub-standard and possession was, at times, a major issue.

But no-one could ever deny they have massive ticker.

Fekitoa coughed-up a couple of balls in the first spell and despite tighthead prop Owen Franks forcing James Slipper to concede several times in the scrums the New Zealanders struggled to get their attack running.

Michael Hooper, Saia Fainga’a and Scott Fardy all plugged away for the Aussie pack.

There is little doubt Fekitoa is an exciting prospect but the transition to the unfamiliar No 12 role from centre is going to require patience from all parties, a point reiterated when he was exposed by Christian Leali’ifano.

Leali’ifano surprised himself with the ease in which he beat Fekitoa and the line break had serious consequences for the New Zealanders; the Wallabies swept downfield and halfback Nick Phibbs burrowed over near a ruck to score.

Alarm bells for the Kiwis? Hardly – but they knew had a scrap on their hands and immediately made amends by winning the re-start and sending Cory Jane – who was replaced by Charles Piutau at halftime – into the corner.

Although Dane Coles pocketed the All Blacks’ second five-pointer 19 minutes later, the hooker fooling Ashley-Cooper with a tricky dummy and sprint, they failed to a stranglehold on their opponents.

The Wallabies, who dominated 63 per cent of possession in the first spell, held their nerve and were justly rewarded with a try to playmaker Bernard Foley who spied a fraction of space near the corner flag and plunged over.

All Blacks 29 (Cory Jane, Dane Coles, Aaron Smith, Malakai Fekitoa tries; Beauden Barrett 2 con, pen, Colin Slade con) Wallabies 28 (Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Adam Ashley-Cooper tries; Foley 2 con, 3 pen). HT: 12-15

- Stuff


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