28 Mar 2019

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7:07 am on 28 March 2019

Latest....An explosive third quarter set up a comfortable 57-47 win for the Northern Stars in their ANZ Premiership netball match against the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in Tauranga.

Mila Reuelu-Buchanan of the Northern Stars and and Samantha Sinclair of the WBOP Magic in action in Tauranga.

Mila Reuelu-Buchanan of the Northern Stars and and Samantha Sinclair of the WBOP Magic in action in Tauranga. Photo: Photosport

With the scores level 28 all at half time the Stars took control of the match in the third quarter out-scoring their opponents 16-5.

The result leaves the Stars in third place, with the Central Pulse the only unbeaten side at the top of the table.

The Magic are fourth.

Tevaga prepares for emotional visit

The Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga reckons the enormity of the Christchurch mosque shootings won't fully hit him until he arrives in the city of his birth this week.

Warriors lock Jazz Tevaga

Warriors lock Jazz Tevaga Photo: © Copyright Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz Photosport Ltd 2019

Tevaga will try to keep emotions in check when he faces the Manly Sea Eagles at Christchurch Stadium on Saturday, with their NRL match being the first major sporting event in the city since the terror attacks.

Tevaga and others from the Warriors will visit the Al Noor Mosque when they arrive on Friday and Tevaga says he expects the visit to be very emotional.

Read raring to go

The All Blacks captain Kieran Read will make his long-awaited return for the Crusaders on Friday night against the Hurricanes in Wellington in a that could go a long way in deciding the New Zealand conference title.

The 33-year-old Read has not played since the All Blacks' end-of-season tour last year and was one of the senior international players given an extended break in the off-season with an eye on the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.

Kieran Read during Crusader training.

Kieran Read Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"Can't wait," Read told reporters in Christchurch. "I feel like I'm in as good nick as I've been in my career."

"It was the aim this year, it's what the off-season was about. I'm very thankful to have had the time. Right now, it's time to get out there and do it on the field."

The Crusaders head the Super Rugby standings on 19 points despite suffering their first loss in more than a year last week in Sydney, when they were beaten 20-12 by the New South Wales Waratahs.

Semenya - 'I'm not a threat'

Double Olympic 800-metres champion Caster Semenya says she is "no threat" to women's sport and that recent comments from International Association of Athletics Federations president Sebastian Coe have reopened old wounds.

World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya.

World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya. Photo: Photosport

Semenya is awaiting a Court of Arbitration for Sport verdict on her appeal against an IAAF regulation that says female athletes with higher testosterone levels, gain an unfair advantage, though the rule would only affect races between 400 and 1,000m.

Coe told Australia's Daily Telegraph at the weekend the reason there is gender classification is because if you didn't then no woman would ever win another title, another medal or break another record in athletics.

The court had been due to announce its decision earlier this week but has now postponed it until late April.