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Boos resonated around Suncorp
Stadium for Daly Cherry-Evans
but Brisbane gave their fans
plenty to cheer about in a record
equalling 44-10 NRL win over
Manly last night.
Twenty-seven years after piling
on the same scoreline against
Manly in their very first outing
as the Broncos, Brisbane have
capped an eventful week for
Cherry-Evans with the eight tries
to two thumping.
Cherry-Evans may have been
hoping his presence would
go unnoticed by critics of his
controversial decision to renege
on his four-year Gold Coast
contract when he ran out wearing
the unfamiliar No 19 jersey for
Manly. But there was nowhere
to hide for the Manly halfback,
who was jeered when he touched
the ball by vocal cynics in the
Cherry-Evans polarised the
public when he turned his back
on the Titans this week and
remained at Manly on a $10
million ‘ lifetime’ contract.
However, the Maroons Origin
utility did not have much
support at Suncorp Stadium as
Queensland fans turned on one
of their own. It did not seem to
faze Cherry-Evans who shook off
the shoulder complaint that kept
him out of Origin I, to receive a
last minute clearance for Manly
He appeared to be in everything
early as he tried to repel a rampant
Broncos before launching a
Trailing 20-0, quick hands
from Cherry-Evans and Kieran
Foran set up Manly’s opening
try through Peta Hiku in the
37th minute. And it was game
on when Cherry-Evans stepped
three defenders and brilliantly
kicked ahead for Brett Stewart to
make it 20-10 in the 44th.
There was no denying Brisbane.
Hulking winger Daniel Vidot
capped his try-scoring double
when he crossed in the 56th, as
did pivot Anthony Milford in the
Outstanding centre Jack Reed
was rewarded with a 66th minute
try while winger Jordan Kahu
completed the carnage when he
crashed over two minutes from
The damage was done after
Brisbane led 20-6 at half-time,
piling on four tries before Manly
could get on the board.
Brisbane have now won eight of
their last nine home games.
The Sea Eagles are in danger of
missing out on the top eight for
the first time since 2004.
In more bad news for Manly,
back-rower Justin Horo was on
report for an alleged 39th minute
crusher tackle on Brisbane
fullback Darius Boyd. Jamie Lyon
limped off in the 55th minute
with a suspected hamstring
Manly coach Geoff Toovey
thought the crowd reaction was
“quite tame”. “I think it might
be a bit different when we play
on the Gold Coast though,” said
Toovey of their round 18 game.
“He (DCE) seems settled now. I
thought he played a decent game
and will only get better.”
Wayne Bennett was not
surprised by the boos. “He’s made
headlines the last month and it
ramped up again this week — he
got the reaction you expected.
But it’s a tough time in his life.
It ’s not what you would want as a
footballer,” Bennett said.
Asked how they won the
match, Bennett said: “with a lot
of luck. We scored fair tries but
another night the ball would have
bounced the other way — we are
not getting carried away.” — AP
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A severe storm warning left Novak
Djokovic and Andy Murray on
tenterhooks with their French Open
semi-final suspended midway through
the fourth set today.
Djokovic was leading two sets to
one, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 3-3, with games on
serve in the fourth set when play was
stopped under threatening dark clouds
and fading light at Roland Garros.
Swiss eighth seed Stan Wawrinka
will face the winner in Monday ’s title
match after ending home hopes for
another year with a tense 6-3, 6-7 (1-
7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga in the first semi.
Djokovic had been cruising towards
his third final in Paris after taking the
first two sets against Murray in a canter.
Having succumbed to the world No
1 in their past seven meetings, Murray
appeared ready to fold again after
gifting Djokovic three ser vice breaks to
be staring down the barrel. But chasing
an elusive first French Open crown to
complete his grand slam set, Djokovic
grew nervy and began to misfire with
the finish line in sight.
Out of nowhere, Murray broke
Djokovic in the 12th game of the third
set to breath fresh life into the contest.
Tensions rose as Murray became
visibly agitated at Djokovic’s extended
time out in the locker room after losing
the set. The top seed had Murray
at love-40 in his first ser vice game
upon the resumption, but the former
Wimbledon and US Open champion
dug in to hold and then break Djokovic
to love amid a run of 10 straight points
for the underdog.
After a relatively dull first couple
of hours as Djokovic dominated,
suddenly both players grew more
and more animated with every point
won — or lost. Alas, the pair must
return tomorrow to resume battle as
Wawrinka awaits. — AAP
The in-form NSW Swifts have ended
their run of finals outs in the trans-Tasman
netball competition with a 60-53 Australian
conference elimination final win over finals
debutants West Coast Fever last night.
The Swifts trailed early at Sydney Olympic
Park Sports Centre, but their starting seven
composed entirely of test players, just edged
ahead in the middle quarters against a Fever
team contesting their first final.
NSW had lost all four of their finals matches
since winning the 2008 title, but appear to be
hitting top form at the right time this year.
They are unbeaten in their last eight, having
won seven and drawn one and travel to
Brisbane to play Queensland Firebirds in the
Australian conference final tomorrow.
It was a disappointing end to the season for
the Fever, who lost four of their last five games
after leading the Australian conference for
much of the campaign through a nine-match
start to the season.
The Swifts had a host of impressive players
headlined by near faultless shooters, Caitlin
Thwaites (32/34) and Susan Pettitt (28/29).
The Fever, who included former Swifts
Ashleigh Brazill and April Letton in their
starting seven, led by a couple of goals early
on and never gave up. The first quarter was a
classic nip and tuck goal for goal affair that
finished 13-all, with neither team leading by
more than two at any stage.
It featured an aerial collision between Swifts
goalkeeper Sharni Layton and Fever centre
Shae Brown, which left the defender winded.
Big defensive plays by impressive midcourters
Jade Clarke and Paige Hadley helped the
home team build a seven goal lead. — A AP
Gold Coast have ended a rough week on
a good note, holding off a fast-finishing
Wests Tigers to record a thrilling 27-20
win at Leichhardt Oval.
It was winger Anthony Don who
was the hero last night, crossing for the
match-winning try in the 71st minute
that took the sails out of an almighty
Don initially looked to be the villain
when his schoolboy error almost led to an
epic Tigers win. Five-eighth Aidan Sezer
had just nailed a field goal to take a 19-2
lead in the 57th minute, but Don made a
mess of the restart, catching the ball and
then planting his foot over the dead ball
From there the Tigers ran in three
straight tries — two of them to makeshift
second-rower Chris Lawrence — to take
an inspired 20-19 lead. But when James
Roberts found space on the halfway line,
Don finished off the rest, bringing some
much-needed relief to Gold Coast’s
week, which had been dominated by the
Daly Cherry-Evans saga.
Pat Richards opened the scoring with
an easy two points after Ryan James’
dangerous hit on Mitch Moses following
a kick. But the visitors hit back instantly
with consecutive tries to gain control of
First Sezer scored under the posts in
the 10th, and then Don and Kane Elgey
combined for a neatly worked one-two
punch in the 17th.
Unfortunately for the Titans, the young
halfback twisted his ankle in the act of
scoring and limped off the field not long
after the restart and failed to return.
Tigers debutant Manaia Cherrington
thought he had cut the deficit when he
dummied his way over the line in the 31st
minute, but the video referees overturned
the decision. Instead it was the Titans
who grabbed the vital points before half-
time, taking a 16-2 lead into the break
when Delouise Hoeter missed a simple
one-on -one tackle on James Roberts.
A Sezer penalty goal kicked the lead out
a further two points, before the Tigers
roared back into the match.
It began with Chris Lawrence scoring
his first try in almost a year — charging
through on a 58th minute short ball from
Luke Brooks in the set after Don’s error.
Tedesco seized momentum with a
backslam in the 62nd, and then Lawrence
completed his double when he trailed
behind a Hoeter grubber in the 66th.
But courtesy of Don’s heroics, the
Titans fought back and sealed the win
with a Daniel Mortimer penalty goal in
Sezer was put on report for backchatting
midway through the first half, while Sue
will also face the match review committee
for a shoulder charge in the dying
Despite the dramas surrounding
Cherry-Evans over the past week, Titans
coach Neil Henry said it was important
that his team had remained focused on
the task at hand.
To that end, he was proud of the way
they overcome the loss of Elgey during
the game and also how they responded to
the Tigers’ second half comeback.
“It’s been well-documented, the last
few days. What ’s important to the boys is
how they play for each other and the here
and now,” he said.
“ We can’t control anything else other
than what we did on the field and I think
we did that and we got the win. L osing
Kane (Elgey) and (Daniel Mortimer)
going back to the halves, and with Kierran
Moseley having to play an extended
period out there meant our experienced
boys had to stand up.
“ We lost three or four tight games this
year where we hadn’t been able to get
back into it or lost the games late, so it
was good to be on the other end.”
Tigers coach Jason Taylor said it was
yet another example of his side’s inability
to compete for 80 minutes. “ Very
disappointing tonight (and) probably a
continuation of where we’re at,” he said.
The ACT Brumbies
have boosted their hopes
of topping Super Rugby’s
with a bonus point 33-20
victory over the Western
Force at nib Stadium.
David Pocock scored
a hat-trick against his
former club in the victory
last night, which also
secured the Brumbies’
place in the finals.
Chasing a four-try
bonus point win to
maintain the pressure on
the NSW Waratahs, the
Brumbies had three tries
within half an hour.
The result sees the ACT
move to 47 points, five
ahead of the Waratahs,
who play the Cheetahs in
South Africa tonight.
It was a poor night for
the error-riddled Force,
who did manage two
late consolation tries
to give their home fans
something to cheer
about in their final home
game of a disappointing
The Brumbies showed
intent early, with Joe
Tomane coming close,
before ex-Force flanker
Pocock opened the
The ACT capitalised
on a Force penalty for a
collapsing maul, driving
for ward from the line-out
for Pocock to cross.
The hosts hit back with
two penalty kicks from
Zack Holmes reducing
the deficit to a solitary
point, but it didn’t last as
the errors crept in.
Lealiifano added a
converted try for the
Brumbies, scooting past
Marcel Brache on the
outside to cross in the
The ACT had a third
try inside the half hour,
executing another driving
maul with Pocock
waltzing over, as Steve
Mafi was sin binned.
The Brumbies led
21-6 at half-time and
the second stanza was
a flat affair until Allan
Alaalatoa scored the
team’s crucial fourth try
in the 60th minute after a
wave of pressure.
his hat-trick on 66
minutes, before the Force
responded when Tetera
Faulkner bundled the ball
over the line.
The Force gave their
fans some more late joy
when Luke Morahan
broke through for a try
in the final five minutes.
Djokovic, Murray on tenterhooks as game suspended
Swifts shut Fever down in elminator
bonus point win
PICTURE: Getty Images
Broncos’ Daniel Vidot gets past the defence of Manly’s Daly
Cherry-Evans to score in last night ’s clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Broncos smash Manly
Titans hold Tigers out
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