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Brett Stewart and Kieran Foran
starred last night as Manly eased
pressure on coach Geoff Toovey with a
30-20 win over Wests Tigers.
In front of 8093 fans at Brookvale
Oval, the Sea Eagles snapped a three-
game NRL losing streak but will likely
finish the round still in last spot on the
Foran was instrumental, setting up
two tries and scoring another while
Stewart continued his love affair with
the Manly home ground, crossing for
Toovey is under pressure to keep
his job, with Penrith assistant Trent
Barrett reportedly being sized up for
the head coaching role.
He still has support in some quarters
of the Manly supporters. Before
kickoff, a group of fans was collecting
signatures on a petition for Toovey
to be retained, despite the Sea Eagles
winning just four of their opening 13
games and fighting to avoid their first
The Sea Eagles took an 18-10 lead
into half-time after Foran set up
Manly’s first two before scoring in the
shadows of the break.
The Tigers dragged themselves back
into the contest through Mitchell
Moses and Pat Richards however
Foran was the decisive factor.
He put in an inch-perfect kick for
Steve Matai before Feleti Mateo put
the dynamic five-eighth over in the
Daly Cherry-Evans came into
the game under scrutiny after an
under whelming performance for
Queensland in State of Origin II on
Wednesday night and gave his critics
further ammo when he dropped the
ball over the line.
However, the No 7 atoned a few
minutes later when he kicked ahead
for Stewart after getting around the
Tigers’ defence, with the Prince of
Brookvale bringing up his eighth try
in five games at Manly’s home ground
and his 10th overall this season.
Kevin Naiqama gave the Tigers a
sniff to reduce the margin to 24-14,
however Cherry-Evans orchestrated
a try for Ligi Sao, who crossed for his
second NRL four-pointer.
The Tigers surged late, scoring via
Moses before Tim Simona was denied
by the video referee, but the Sea Eagles
The Brookvale ground held up well
despite heavy rain during the day
which forced the under-20s match to
be moved. The Brookvale pitch came
in for criticism earlier in the year when
it was covered in holes during Manly’s
round-three match with Canterbury.
Manly’s D unamis Lui and the Tigers’
Chris Lawrence were both put on
report for alleged crusher tackles.
Tigers centre David Nofoaluma’s
season appears to be over after
suffering a knee injury late in the first
The game marked a rare occasion this
season the Sea Eagles were able to put
their preferred spine of Cherry-Evans,
Foran, Stewart and Matt Ballin all on
the park after a horror injury run.
While he did not want to make
excuses, Toovey said the side was only
going to get better as they get troops
“It’s very rare that we’ve had that
combination for many matches this
year,” Toovey said.
“The more we can do that the better.
We’ve had a lot of injuries over the
year so far. Hopefully that ’s the end of
it but it’s no excuse. We’re still a good
The Tigers went into the match
without hooker Robbie Farah as
he recovered from Origin II and
continued to nurse a shoulder
Coach Jason Taylor said he expected
to have their captain back next week.
He said the side was punished for
a lack of focus at training during the
week, just seven days after seemingly
turning their season around with a
memorable win over South Sydney.
“I don’t feel frustrated because that ’s
the path we’re on,” Taylor said.
“How many times have I sat here
and said we’re looking for consistency?
We’re not getting it yet but we’re
working towards it.”
Ken Maumalo never expected
to play NRL this year but three
impressive showings on the Warriors’
right wing have capped a remark-
able transformation for the former
With front-line wing contenders
Ngani Laumape (ACL), David Fusitu’a
(shoulder, groin), and Glen Fisiiahi
(knee) all battling injuries, Maumalo
has stepped up in place of the more
experienced Jonathan Wright to hold
his spot for today ’s away game against
the Gold Coast Titans.
The towering 20-year-old is quickly
building a reputation as a powerful
metre-eater and reliable ball carrier,
but that wasn’t always the case, with
handling errors regularly blighting his
performances in the Holden Cup.
“I didn’t think I was going to debut
this year from how I was playing last
year with handling errors,” Maumalo
He finished 2014 contributing a
try in the Warriors under-20s grand
final win over the young Broncos but
was not expected to come into first
grade calculations until coach Andrew
McFadden recognised his work ethic
and determination to improve.
After featuring in the NRL Auckland
Nines, Maumalo starred with two
tries in the pre-season trial against
Penrith, and was rewarded with round
one selection against the Newcastle
A hamstring strain at the final team
run the day before the game robbed him
of that opportunity and it took until
round 10 to make his first start against
the Parramatta Eels, before playing in
the last two losses to the Rabbitohs and
McFadden is excited about Maumalo’s
potential and impressed with the
manner in which he handled his NRL
“ We’ve played a couple of tough teams
and for a young guy coming up against
the Rabbitohs and then Roosters, that ’s
no easy feat, and he’s gone straight into
them head on.”
The Titans are facing some possible
disruption, with captain Nate Myles
potentially missing tonight’s match due
to a foot injury from State of Origin II.
If he is ruled out, Gold Coast second-
rower Ryan James is tipped to skipper
the side for another week.
— New Zealand Herald
Just two months out
from the World Cup,
England netball stalwart
Jade Clarke finds herself
working with rather than
against several Diamonds
players in tomorrow ’s
trans-Tasman final in
Clarke is poised to start
alongside six Australian
internationals in a test-
strength NSW Swifts
line-up, providing captain
ongoing calf issue does
not stop her from playing
against the Q ueensland
Four Swifts, Green,
shooter Caitlin Thwaites
and defenders Sharni
Layton and Julie
Corletto were named in
an extended Australian
squad back in April,
with the Diamonds
final World Cup squad
to be announced next
Wednesday for the
The Swifts will still start
against a Q ueensland
Firebirds side who have
won 12 straight and
beaten them twice in
Brisbane this year and
drawn with them in
Clarke came close to
winning the title back in
2010, when she was part
of the Magic grand final
team beaten by Adelaide.
She wants to emulate
efforts of defenders
and compatriots Geva
2010, Vixens 2014) and
Ama Agbeze (Vixens,
“ Winning a gold medal
for your country is the
ultimate, but I put this
(winning a trans-Tasman
title) not far behind,”
“ Experiencing how
grand final, it would be
one of the very greatest
achievements in my life
to get a gold medal in the
England lost by one
goal to both Australia
and New Zealand at last
Games and Jamaica
beat them by four in the
bronze medal match.
Clarke, who captained
her country in that
tournament, is one of
six English players who
have turned out for
either Australian or New
Zealand teams in this
While Australia is
the team to beat at the
World Cup, Clarke
says confidence is at an
all-time high with the
“ Having those girls
playing well, it does lift
confidence,” Clarke said.
“The challenge for us
is we’ve got a very short
amount of time before
the World Cup. But
belief has never been
England netball and we
know we can take it to
Clarke has spent most
of this season for the
Swifts at wing defence,
though she has also
played at centre in recent
weeks when Green waa
sidelined with a calf
“ It makes me more
valuable for the England
team being able to play
both at that top level,”
“ I’ve always been a
defensive player so I feel
like with my experience
in the ANZ it’s really
stepped up my attacking
game.” — AAP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Sea Eagles Kieran Foran passes during last night’s game against the Wests Tigers at Brookvale Oval, in Sydney.
wing spot for clash
University Place, Washington
Australian golfer Jason Day sent a scare
through the US Open when he collapsed
on his final hole of the second round,
before getting to his feet, completing his
round and collapsing again today.
One of the hot favourites for the
tournament, Day dropped to the turf in
front of a packed grandstand and laid on
his back, covering his face as his caddie
came to his aid.
Day’s wife Ellie told reporters on the
edge of the par three ninth green that
her husband had felt dehydrated and
suffered a dizzy spell as he approached
the putting surface.
Day’s playing partner and Masters
champion Jordan Spieth told host
broadcaster Fox television, “I turned
around and he was laying down there.
All I heard was that it was dizziness.
“ I think coming into the week he was
a little under the weather. For him to go
finish the round, he could barely walk
when he got up, so it was pretty strong
of him. ”
Day had been concerned with his
occasional problems with vertigo while
heading into this week’s tournament.
He had suffered from dizziness during
the final round of the Zurich Classic in
New Orleans in late April and withdrew
from last month’s AT and T Byron
Nelson after not being able to complete
the pro-am competition due to further
It first appeared the world’s 10th
ranked golfer had turned his ankle on
the treacherous Chambers Bay links-
style layout but later television said the
Australian had suffered a dizzy spell.
Day was helped to his feet by medics
and after a discussion with officials,
completed the ninth hole, his last of
the day, firing an even par 70, before
dropping to his knees again as medics
came onto the green.
The 27-year-old, a three-time winner
on the PGA Tour, was immediately
hooked up to IV drip and helped to a
waiting van after signing his scorecard.
New Zealand has been
dropped off the World
Series triathlon calendar.
Auckland has hosted
a round of the premier
multisport circuit for
five years and part of the
blame for the loss of the
event has been sheeted
back to New Zealand ’s
Triathlon New Zealand
boss Craig Waugh said
while it was not the sole
reason for New Zealand
losing its place, the
failure of the country ’s
elite athletes inspiring
the public had not
helped their case.
Waugh said New
Zealand would work
hard to get Auckland
back on the calendar in
In its eighth season, the
WTS has at least eight
stops, with two cities on
the programme for the
Leeds - home to the
brothers, Alastair and
Jonny — and Cozumel,
Mexico are to make their
debut on the schedule.
Cozumel, a regular
host on the second tier
Union circuit, will
host the grand final in
September next year.
Other hosts for next
year include Abu Dhabi,
which hosts the opening
round on March 4-5, the
Gold Coast, Yokohama
— which will double
as the final chance
for athletes to secure
points for Rio —
Cronulla have set their sights on enticing
local junior Chad Townsend back home to
partner prized signing James Maloney in
what will be a potent halves combination next
The Sharks announced yesterday they
had landed the signature of the 29-year-
old Maloney on a three-year deal from the
beginning of 2016. And with the finishing
touches just about set on skipper Paul Gallen’s
one-year extension, coach Shane Flanagan
revealed Townsend was firmly on their radar.
“Chad’s expressed his interest,” F lanagan
“He wants to come back home, so we’re
working hard on that one. But nothing’s been
guaranteed just as yet.”
Despite speculation Maloney was close
to re-signing with the Roosters, the former
NSW State of Origin representative agreed
to terms with the club on Thursday night.
Flanagan said Maloney’s ability with the
boot would be a huge asset for a side that
had struggled to replace the attacking nous of
former point man Todd Carney since sacking
him last year.
Back-up halves Fa’amanu Brown and Kyle
Stanley were also lost to ACL injuries early
in the season.
“If anyone watched the game last week for
the Roosters (against the Warriors), he single-
handedly won it for the Roosters,” he said.
“Moving for ward, it ’s a great signing for our
club. His attacking ability, his general field
kicking and his over 80% goalkicking is a
massive boost for the club.”
Cronulla will be Maloney’s fourth NRL club,
having previously played with Melbourne, the
Warriors and Roosters.
He has never re-signed with a club.
Flanagan also said the Sharks were close to
announcing a new deal for Gallen that would
see him finish his NRL career as a one-club
“Gal’s contract ’s not an easy one because it’s
his last year at the club,” he said.
“There’s some concessions in there that,
with the NRL, we can obtain. So we’re just
going to make sure that we do that and we’re
working really hard with the NRL to get that
“ We’d like to think that ’d get done before
the next Origin.” — AAP
of the New Zealand Herald
The big show is finally here. After 50 games
played between 24 hopefuls in front of more
than 300,000 fans, only two — Brazil and
Serbia — stay in the hunt for the Fifa U-20
World Cup trophy at North Harbour Stadium
While the pitting of South America against
Europe may follow a familiar storyline, there is
no doubting which nation is more accustomed
to this stage.
Brazil, after all, are playing in this final for a
ninth time and will start as favourites to claim
a record-equalling sixth U-20 World Cup title.
Serbia, on the other hand, are participating
in the tournament — never mind the final —
for the first time as an independent nation,
though their Yugoslavian predecessors did
secure a famous win in 1987.
They deser ve their spot after a series of
stirring performances and look sure to provide
the Brazilians with a tough test.
The Orlici arrived in New Zealand with
designs on going one better than they managed
at the 2014 UEFA European Under-19
Championship, when they were knocked out
in the semifinals by Portugal on penalties.
But after losing their opening game against
Uruguay in a tough group, the outlook was
grim. Only the most loyal Serbian supporters
would have predicted the five successive wins
that would follow.
The secret to Serbia’s success is their ability
to work as a team, a team where the defenders
are the first to attack and the attackers are the
first to defend.
Beyond the togetherness and never-say-
die spirit the Serbians also have talented
individuals within a well-balanced side.
Goalkeeper and captain Predrag Rajkovic
has been one of the tournament ’s best, while
Andrija Zivkovic, Nemanja Maksimovic and
Sergej Milinkovic provide class and creativity.
The only concern for Serbia heading into
today ’s final is the number of leg-sapping ties
they have played over the past 10 days.
They needed extra time to beat Hungary,
USA and Mali, and as their energy levels fell in
Wednesday ’s semifinal and the game dragged
on, the Serbians looked their most vulnerable.
Serbia have already exceeded expectations
with their journey to the World Cup final but
you wouldn’t bet against the steely European
nation going one further.
Player to watch: Milos Veljkovic.
The giant central defender is on the books
of EPL club Tottenham and has played every
minute of Serbia’s campaign, during which
they ’ve conceded three goals in more than 10
hours of football.
Andy Murray overcame a first-set wobble
to keep alive his hopes of a fourth Queen’s
Club title with a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 quarter-
final victory over Luxembourg giant-killer
Gilles Muller at the Aegon Championships
A day after Muller felled 2014 champion
Grigor Dimitrov, the big-ser ving left hander
looked to be on the verge of another shock as
he over whelmed the British top seed in the
first set with some bullet-like ser ving before
the pair went toe-to-toe in the second.
However, a misfired smash that flew wide
in the tiebreak appeared to take the fight out
of Muller and Murray levelled the contest to
the delight of the cheering crowd at the pre-
Wimbledon grasscourt event.
The Scot gave the partisan fans plenty more
to cheer about when he broke Muller in the
opening game of the third set and made sure
he did not relinquish his advantage.
Muller saved Murray’s first match point
with an ace but in the next game the 2013
Wimbledon champion brought up his second
match point with a running crosscourt
An unreturnable ser ve finished off the job
and set up a semi-final date with Serb Viktor
Troicki who defeated American John Isner
7-6 (5), 6-3.
“ I started to read the ser ve a little bit better
in that tiebreak at the end of the second set
and that is when the match changed,” Murray
said in a courtside inter view.
“ It ’s always tough when you are behind and
I wasn’t getting many chances on his ser ve so
it was a bit frustrating. In the second set I was
holding my ser vice games well but wasn’t able
to get the break through.
“ But towards the end I started to relax more
and returned better and played some really
good tennis at the end and hopefully I can
carry that form through to tomorrow,” added
Murray. “P hysically I feel good and with
Wimbledon around the corner it’s always
good to pick up some wins.”
The other semi-final will feature Frenchman
Gilles Simon against South African Kevin
Simon knocked out Canadian third seed
Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 while Anderson
beat Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6
(7), 7-5. — Reuters
Sharks sign Maloney, chase Townsend
Murray advances despite wobbles
Day collapses on final hole at US Open
Ford have set themselves up to make V8
Supercars history in Dar win this weekend
after showing off their record-breaking pace
Prodrive Racing Australia’s (PRA) David
Reynolds took advantage of the new track
surface at Hidden Valley to set the fastest laps
in both of yesterday ’s sessions.
His best time of 1min 6.73secs was 1.12secs
quicker than the previous practice record set
by Holden’s Jason Bright in 2002.
PRA stablemate and championship leader
Mark Winterbottom also fell inside that time
despite being on the slower, harder tyre
compound. He was 0.083secs off Reynolds in
second, ahead of Holden’s Fabian Coulthard
and PRA team-mate Chaz Mostert.
“This year’s been quite good for our new
FG X program and the whole four cars,”
“Every time we turn up to a new track, we’re
constantly changing and chopping bits in and
out, but today we rolled out ... and the car
really really liked it.”
Yesterday ’s results bode well for PRA, who
between Winterbottom and Mostert —
have taken the past six pole positions.
If they do it again on Saturday, it will be
the longest streak in the championship since
Peter Brock’s Holden Dealer Team did it in
Winterbottom, who holds a narrow
12-point lead over Holden rival Craig
Lowndes on the overall standings, said the
car felt surprisingly nice. “ The track surface is
massively better as well; it ’s really fun to drive
on,” he said. “ We’ve seen good on both tyres
so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. The best
part of our sport is when you get new tyres
on a new track and you can really drive the
wheels off it.”
Lowndes finished the day ninth, behind his
Red Bull Racing team-mate Jamie Whincup
in seventh. — AAP
Reynolds sets new V8s record in Darwin
JUMBO CROSSWORD SOLUTION 1109
ACROSS: 1 Jetty, 4 Doubtful, 9 As well, 14 Sheer, 15 Sure as eggs is
eggs, 17 Set up, 18 Dew, 19 Attempt, 20 Sugar cane, 21 Purify, 24
Forfeited, 25 Eleven, 26 Helped, 29 Persuading, 31 Hub, 32 Racket 33
Moth, 35 Ewe, 37 Ogre, 39 Innkeeper, 40 Migration, 41 Scare, 42
Buttress, 47 Ceremony, 51 Wires, 55 Narrative, 56 Handcuffs, 58 Tile, 59
Via, 60 Leek, 61 Waylay, 62 Cur, 63 Sauerkraut, 66 Layers, 67 Chases,
69 Disregard, 72 Elixir, 73 Nightclub, 75 Kibbutz, 77 Sex, 80 Eager, 81
Getting on in years, 82 Recur, 83 Strobe, 84 Lingered, 85 Chide.
DOWN: 2 Equitable, 3 Theme, 5 Orgy, 6 Biscuit, 7 Fish and chips, 8
Logic, 9 Absence, 10 Wasp, 11 Litmus, 12 Ready, 13 Browned, 14
Spoiled, 16 Superlative, 22 Resign, 23 Welcome, 24 Fastest, 25 Embers,
27 Proviso, 28 Reggae, 30 Glee, 32 Renal, 34 Handy, 36 Safe, 38 Gnu,
42 Banal, 43 Tersely, 44 Road, 45 Spinal, 46 Gravy, 48 Reservation, 49
Matured, 50 Nil, 51 Wealthy, 52 Shacks, 53 Introduction, 54 Aces, 57
Fouled, 64 Unaltered, 65 Trainer, 66 Leisure, 68 Shingle, 70 Snuggle, 71
Fidget, 72 Exact, 74 Hotel, 76 Beech, 78 Trio, 79 Once.
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