The weekend's winners and losers

Scott McLaughlin celebrates his second win at Phillip Island. photo /Getty
Scott McLaughlin celebrates his second win at Phillip Island. photo /Getty

Wynne Gray and Chris Rattue review the sporting weekend with their picks for the best and worst performers.


Scott McLaughlin
The young Kiwi dominated the V8 Supercars at Phillip Island with twin pole position drives to victory in his Volvo then laying down an array of smoke-drenched doughnuts. The 22-year-old nailed Jamie Whincup and Co in the coolest drive of the year. - WG

Leicester City
Glass half full or empty. We say full. A late penalty against West Ham secured a point, and at this point in their remarkable season that represents a victory for the shock EPL winners-in-waiting. - CR

George Moala
The injury to Rene Ranger should give the 2015 test back a chance to get off the Blues bench and remind the All Black selectors that he's still around. - CR

Ali Carter
Carter has beaten cancer twice in recent years and survived all sorts of dramas to claw past defending champion Stuart Bingham 10-9 in the opening round of the World Snooker Championship.

No first time champ has defended his title since the tournament moved to Sheffield in 1977. - WG


Danny Lee
The Kiwi golfer was unable to build on such a strong week at the Masters, failing to make the cut at the RBC Heritage when a triple bogey final hole finish left him three shots outside the cut line. - WG

Winston Reid
The All Whites captain won a penalty for West Ham, but their draw against Leicester has severely dented his chance of playing the the Champions League. - CR

Alastair Cook
The England cricket captain has all but conceded defeat, giving up his old helmet which he says gives him a better view of the ball for a fixed-grille model which meets the English safety standards. - CR

NZ sevens
The NZ side in the Singapore sevens lost to France for the first time in more than a decade, was beaten in the quarterfinals by South Africa and then lost the Plate final to Samoa. - WG

- NZ Herald

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