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British pair Hodge and Reed's losing run goes on

Triggs-Hodge and Reed
Triggs-Hodge and Reed lost out to New Zealand yet again

British duo Andy Hodge and Pete Reed suffered a ninth straight loss to New Zealand's Eric Murray and Hamish Bond at Henley on Sunday.

The world champion Kiwi pair won the Silver Goblets to keep up their run of wins against the British duo.

"It seemed over five strokes everything changed," said Hodge.

"I could see we were matching them stroke for stroke and then suddenly everything went 'bang' and I saw them disappear," he added.

The pairs will meet again at the World Cup in Lucerne next weekend, and Triggs-Hodge said he was looking forward to have another chance against the Kiwis to see if the Henley result was down to the conditions or a true reflection of form.


"We will learn more in Lucerne if this was our best performance," he said.

"If that was us then you have got to dig deep inside your head and think 'how are we going to improve this, how are we going to get better?' because there is no way a crew should walk away from us like that. No way."

Previously undefeated double sculls pairing Matt Wells and Marcus Bateman also had a day to forget.

Having won gold at the first two World Cup regattas of the season, they were favourites to beat France in the Double Scull Challenge.

But after a poor start they never found their rhythm and at around the six-minute mark, Bateman's head went down and the pair stopped racing to gift their opponents victory.

On the positive side for the home crowd, both the women's and men's quads won their competitions.

The men's team, racing as Reading and Leander, won by two lengths to take the Queen Mother Challenge Cup while three-time Olympic silver-medallist Katherine Grainger led her crew to a five-length win against New Zealand's Waiariki Rowing Club.

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