“Samoa survive Russian scare in dramatic clash”, so claimed the Herald website.

Good Lord! Surely not; after all the Russians would be murdered by every New Zealand provincial side and had already been butchered by minnow Japan in the tournaments opening match.

Expectantly, I clicked on the story, only to find that “surviving Russia scare” comprised winning by 34 to 9.

In fairness to the un-named sport’s journalist who wrote the story, note that journalists don’t write headings. Sub-editors do and there’s a long history of them slapping inappropriate and melodramatic, misleading headings on stories, to the dismay of their authors.


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