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Man mountain David Klemmer
fired a warning shot across
Queensland ’s bow while ensuring
Canterbury enjoyed a happy
homecoming to Belmore Oval
with a 20-4 win over Melbourne.
The Bulldogs blew the Storm off
the park from the opening whistle
and it was one-way traffic from
there with the Dogs front rower
leading the onslaught last night.
Klemmer looks primed for a big
performance in next week’s State
of Origin decider for NSW after
a mammoth night against the
The sell-out 16,764-strong
crowd rose to their feet every time
Klemmer carried the ball as he
ran for 206m from 18 runs, made
four tackle busts and 21 tackles.
Des Hasler’s team jumped
back into the top eight in fitting
circumstances in the side’s first
premiership match at their
spiritual home since 1998.
The crowd went into raptures
in the third minute when the
competition’s top try-scorer Curtis
Rona turned provider, putting in a
deft kick for Brett Morris.
The Bulldogs then zeroed in on
the Storm’s vulnerable left edge
and piled on two rapid-fire tries.
Trent Hodkinson took on the
line and sent Shaun Lane sailing
over, six minutes later they
combined for an almost identical
four-pointer only this time the
rookie second-rower shovelled it
onto Sam Perrett.
Hodkinson was at his brilliant
best while the Bulldogs look to
have found a talent in man-of-
the-match Lane, playing just his
third NRL game and first in the
Hodkinson had his best game of
the season but was still substituted
at the 66-minute mark for Josh
Reynolds, who received a standing
ovation from the Belmore faithful.
The Dogs took a 16-0 lead
into half-time and Josh Morris
extended the advantage six
minutes after the break when Sam
Kasiano delivered a lobbed pass
over several defenders.
The Storm badly missed Cooper
Cronk (knee) and Billy Slater
(shoulder) however were hardly
given a chance by the Bulldogs
who had a mountain of possession
in the first half.
After the Bulldogs’ defence
was resolute for most of the
match, the Storm crossed for a
late consolation through Marika
Bulldogs captain Aiden Tolman
said the crowd felt more like
40,000 and Hasler said they
played a big part in the win.
After an indifferent start to
the season, the Dogs have now
won four of
their last five
and appear to
had been in
and we tried to
are good at,”
to a good start
and good field
The loss is
third in a row
and puts them
footing on the
edge of the
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy
said his team were blown off the
park early and needed to learn
how to win without Cronk and
He said he was not too
displeased with the loss and
that they needed to adapt to not
having two of their “Big Three” on
“ We know we have to change
our attack a little bit especially
with not having Billy and Cooper
there, with different players with
different strengths there,” Bellamy
“It just happens the time to
thought we were a little bit better
with the footy tonight than we
were last week. There’s a lot of
improvement there but the Dogs
defended really well and made it a
little bit hard for us.” — AAP
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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The big three — Blaketown, Kiwi and
Marist — again asserted their superiority
in the West Coast Rugby Union’s Muir
Trophy competition, on Saturday.
This trio, plus South Westland, have
opened up gaps over the tail-enders
Wests and Grey Valley and, with just
one round of pool play left, are
guaranteed of contesting the semi-finals
on July 11.
In high scoring games, Marist beat
Grey Valley 60-10, Blaketown downed
South Westland 45-17 and Kiwi beat
Kiwi, who next face South Westland,
have 19 Muir Cup points followed by
Blaketown on 17, Marist 15 and South
Victory on Saturday will gift Kiwi
the Muir Cup, but all interest will be
in Greymouth, where Blaketown and
Marist clash in a game that will decide
who is the top qualifier for the semi-
At this stage, Blaketown has 37 points
overall with Kiwi and Marist second
equal on 35 and South Westland fourth
on 22, but well ahead of Wests 8, and
Grey Valley 3..
Results from Saturday were. —
Marist 60 ( J Winter, G Fahey 3,
I Robyn, M Mudu, J Costello, I Lewaqai,
H Torres tries, Torres 6 cons, pen); Grey
Valley 10 (B Ferguson, F Auwereda
tries); Blaketown 45 ( J Lynch 2, N Davy,
A Torrance 2, B Houston, P Thomson
tries; Thomson 5 cons); South Westland
17 (K Nolan, C Deans tries; Deans
pen, 2 cons); Kiwi 45 (S McClure 2, D
Tauwhare, T Tauwhare, P Te Rakau
2, T Struthers tries; Struthers 5
cons); Wests 20 E Matahomani,
B Alexander tries; L Ross 2 cons, 2
The under-18 West Coast Rugby League
grand final on Sunday between Hokitika and
Suburbs was a fitting end to a closely contested
competition all year.
All teams in this grade have beaten each other
in the round robin play and this pointed to a
hard fought final that eventually swung the way
Suburbs had first use of a handy breeze and
started well, shooting out to a 12-0 lead, with
two tries to the hard running and pacy
fullback Navare Jacobs, who also converted both
Suburbs were energetic in defence, forcing
Hokitika into errors. Go forward for the
maroons was provided by props George Watson,
Thomas O’Dea, Rabahn Sopp and Ryan
However, Hokitika bounced back after about
25 minutes with two well worked long-range
tries to Tayne Foster and Jayden Singer.
The southerners were beginning to make
inroads down the Suburbs’ flanks and were
looking for ward to the second half when they
would have the use of the increasing wind
and rain at their back, and with standoff Ben
Alexander using his kicking game effectively,
things at this point did not look good for the
maroons, who were ahead just 12-8 at half-time.
This is not how the game eventuated, though,
as Suburbs rebounded with a gutsy effort into
While Hokitika made errors attempting
to play an expansive game, Suburbs played a
simple game suited to the conditions, with all
Centre Aidan Stewart and wing Ben
Whitmore both crossed to extend the lead to
20-8 . The win was sealed for Suburbs with a
nicely worked scrum move involving Sopp and
halfback Brad Campbell, who combined to put
Whitmore in for his second try, taking the score
to 24-8 .
defence in the second
half was outstanding
and kept Hokitika
well ser ved by
Alexander and strong
Josh Tomlinson and
The team looked
likely on many
occasions and perhaps
drier playing conditions may have suited their
style better, but ultimately handling let them
down at crucial times.
The smaller and younger Suburbs team, with
six players stepping up from the under-16
grade, made better use of their possession and
defended stoutly in the second half.
The Suburbs for ward pack was also hard
Major contributors were Campbell with a
handy all-round game, Jacobs and Andrew
McCallum, a slightly built second rower, who
displayed a copybook tackling technique.
of the New Zealand Herald
A blockbuster trans-Tasman seven-
year deal and prizemoney of $1 million
has convinced New Zealand Cricket to
bow to Australia’s wishes for a day-night
The deal, which will be officially
announced today, includes this year’s
five-test home-and-away summer, will
reinvigorate the dormant Chappell-
Hadlee Trophy and capitalise on New
Zealand’s new-found respect on the
As part of the deal, NZC has agreed
to play the world’s first day-night test
under the Adelaide O val lights starting
November 27. New Zealand was initially
opposed to the test, not wanting to be
pink-ball guinea pigs, but the lure of
guaranteed contact with the best team
in the world over multiple years was too
enticing to take a trenchant position.
In a sweetener to players who have
been cynical to the point of hostile about
toying with the purity of test cricket, a
$1 million prize pool will be put up for
the three-test series in Australia.
“It’s fair to say our players are ner vous
about the day-night test,” players’
association boss Heath Mills said.
“ It ’s uncharted territory and because
of that there will be uncertainty and
apprehension. While the players have
reser vations about playing test cricket at
night, they see the bigger picture in the
new agreement, and the greater good it
brings to all levels of the game in New
New Zealand is guaranteed 10 test
matches and eight Chappell-Hadlee
series (28 ODIs) during the seven-year
period and that, ultimately, was the day-
night selling point.
“In today’s world, test cricket is
relatively inaccessible to the public —
particularly during the non-holiday
and non-weekend periods,” NZC chief
executive David White said. “ This is a
concept that allows more people to access
the event, either by direct attendance or
by watching on television.”
White said the day-night format
would not “take over” test cricket but
was another step for ward in the constant
evolution of the game. “As administrators
we owe it to the game to keep exploring
ways of moving for ward.”
New Zealand has not played a test
against Australia since 2011, when they
upset the hosts in Hobart to draw a
two-test series 1-1. Despite the creation
of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in
2004, it has been even longer since the
neighbours have played a bilateral ODI
series. In 2010 Australia won a close-
fought series here 3-2.
The day-night concept has been
top of Cricket Australia CEO James
Sutherland’s agenda for some time.
While gates might not initially improve
substantially, broadcast partner Channel
Nine is expected to reap the benefits
of more eyeballs tuning in during
“It’s a significant breakthrough,” White
“NZC and CA worked well together
as co-hosts of the ICC Cricket World
Cup and the goodwill engendered there
has played a major role in this latest
agreement. It says something about the
respect the Black Caps have earned over
the past 18 months that we could agree
on such a long-term programme.”
The players have at best been lukewarm
but Australia coach Darren Lehmann
has backed the concept.
“As a coach I’m looking for ward to it
to see what it brings, looking for ward to
seeing how both teams perform under
lights, and looking for ward to seeing a
massive crowd,” he said.
The first test will be staged at Brisbane
from November 5-9; the second at Perth
from November 13-17, with at least two
warm-up games under lights using a
pink ball — ahead of the historic third
test at Adelaide.
Former Australian captain Greg
Chappell has experienced day-night
long-form cricket during the packer
revolution and was confident it can work.
“Having played under lights in Super
Test cricket many years ago, it was a
great challenge; a little bit different from
normal red ball cricket,” Chappell said.
“It created some challenges for the
players, obviously. You’re playing during
the sunlight in the first session of the
day, and then progressively it gets darker
and then the last session is definitely
played in night conditions.”
The victorious Suburbs under-18 side, after winning the grand final at
Wingham Park, on Sunday.
Team effort in Suburbs U18 win
STATE OF ORIGIN
Queensland coach Mal Meninga
says Michael Morgan’s versatility in
a reshuffled maroons backline forced
them to make the “difficult” decision
to cut Daly Cherry-Evans for State of
Selectors could not find room for
game two halfback Cherry-Evans in
their 17 after the return of maroons
No 7 Cooper Cronk from a knee
North Queensland’s Morgan kept the
bench utility spot ahead of Cherry-
Evans who failed to impress as starting
halfback in the maroons’ Origin II
26-18 loss in Melbourne.
There was speculation Cherry-Evans
was on the outer after the Manly
playmaker attended a Sea Eagles
corporate golf day rather than fly
to Brisbane for Queensland ’s team
Meninga said Morgan got the nod
over Cherry-Evans because he covered
“ It was a tough decision, obviously,”
“ We feel that at this point Michael is
the best option, he plays more positions
— simple as that.
“ It wasn’t something we would like
to make but we think we have made
the right one (decision). From a team
perspective we thought Michael was
the best option.”
Morgan was seen as the ideal option
for a new look Queensland backline
that will feature debutant Dane Gagai.
Newcastle’s Gagai slots into a backline
reshuffled after fullback Billy Slater’s
season-ending shoulder injury.
Greg Inglis moved to fullback with
Will Chambers filling his centre
vacancy and rookie Gagai on the wing.
Queensland picked Cronk despite the
halfback not playing since being ruled
out of the maroons’ game two loss.
Canberra giant Josh Papalii was named
as the bench forward replacement for
Broncos prop Josh McGuire (Achilles).
He played the last of his three Origins
in game one last year and his experience
edged out contenders Korbin Sims
of Newcastle and Sydney Roosters
enforcer Dylan Napa.
“Josh’s experience got him over the
line. He understands what Origin is all
about,” Meninga said.
Meninga said prop Matt Scott would
join the Origin camp later in the week
after staying in hometown Townsville
receiving treatment on his neck. He
dismissed concerns for winger Darius
Boyd who suffered a groin complaint in
Brisbane’s NRL win over Newcastle on
“It has settled down really well. He
will be right to train probably Thursday,”
Queensland will flew out for a fan day
today in Proserpine before settling into
their Gold Coast camp tomorrow.
Marina Erakovic has had another
campaign losing in the first round this
The world No 95 fell to Kazakh Yulia
Putintseva in straight sets 7-6, 7-5.
Putintseva will play Serena Williams in
the second round.
Erakovic also lost in the first round last
year and it is the third time in 2015 that
she has failed to reach the second round
at a grand slam.
Eravokic reached the third round in
2008 and 2013.
— New Zealand Herald
of the New Zealand Herald
The Hurricanes will cancel any tickets
to this weekend’s Super Rugby final
believed to have been scalped after
26,000 seats were sold in less than a
Long lines of rugby fans queued in
Wellington yesterday for a chance to
witness history but their efforts seemed
to be in vain when tickets appeared on
Trade Me soon after they went on sale,
Hurricanes chief executive James
Te Puni said where it was proved that
tickets were purchased from a scalper,
they would “invalidate them” as it was
against the terms and conditions to
resell the tickets.
One listing asked for $399 for two
seats “ located generally behind the goal”
for the match against the Highlanders at
Other listings were selling tickets for
$300 or $400 each last night.
Official ticket prices ranged from
$35 for adult bronze tickets to $75
for platinum seats under cover with
children’s tickets going for $20 to $30.
Mr Te Puni said his office had
contacted Trade Me and asked it not to
support the resale of finals tickets at an
“O ur ticket prices have been set to
enable the fans to come to the game, not
to fund the activities of ticket scalpers.”
However, Trade Me spokesman Paul
Ford said the company did not enforce
third party terms and conditions. They
were only enforceable by the ticket
agency against the original purchaser.
He added that Trade Me would remove
listings where it believed the ticket was
not in the seller’s possession.
About 30,000 tickets have already been
snapped up for the final.
Tickets for the much-anticipated clash
between the New Zealand teams at
Westpac Stadium went on sale at 4pm
Wellington Rugby was hoping to build
temporary seating to add 1500 to 1800
extra seats, a spokeswoman said.
Around 5000 remaining tickets are
expected to go on sale tomorrow when
the balance of those held for members
and commercial partners’ needs are
released back into the public domain.
The spokeswoman said it was expected
to be the biggest Super Rugby crowd in
the Cake Tin’s history.
Canes to cancel scalped tickets
PICTURE: Getty Images
Bulldogs Shaun Lane makes a break from Storm’s Cameron Smith in last night ’s game at Belmore Sports
Ground, in Sydney.
Dogs’ Belmore return pays off
Queensland cuts DCE
Erakovic out in first round
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