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8 - Saturday, July 18, 2015
Melbourne did their best to make
sure captain Cameron Smith’s 300th
NRL game was one to remember
with a record win over Penrith.
The skipper became the first Storm
player to reach the elite milestone
and was able to celebrate in style after
a 52-10 victory at AAMI Park.
It was the biggest win of the NRL
season, eclipsing the previous best
margin by two.
After four successive losses heading
into the match, the 10-try romp
looked a return to Melbourne’s
glory days, when they were almost
unstoppable on their home turf.
Smith starred but his team-mates
did their best to steal some of the
Halfback Cooper Cronk was a
stand-out as he, winger Marika
Koroibete and second-rower Kevin
Proctor each scored two tries apiece.
Koroibete showed off his amazing
athleticism to dive onto a Smith
kick for his first, he then raced 90m
to touch down for his second, after
diffusing a Panthers bomb.
Melbourne had the match won
by half-time, leading 26-0 after a
Cronk opened the scoring in the
fifth minute thanks to a perfect chip
kick into the in-goal by Smith that
popped up into his arms.
Koroibete all scored before Cronk
took advantage of Penrith losing
centre Isaah Yeo to the sin-bin for a
Yeo was given a stint on the
sidelines for holding Cronk back as
he attempted to get to a ball in the
in-goal but the Storm No 7 made the
most of a second chance just a minute
After almost 60 minutes, the
Panthers finally got their first points
through winger Waqa Blake and they
were able to double it soon after with
fullback Will Smith touching down.
To Penrith’s credit the second half
was fairly level everywhere but the
scoreboard, but the heavy defensive
work took its toll, with late Storm
tries by Mahe Fonua, Proctor and one
by Richie Kennar capping the night.
Smith said the night could not have
gone any better and felt humbled
by the effort of his team-mates and
words of praise from his coach Craig
“It was very pleasing that we got a
good result,” Smith said.
“ Win or lose it was still going to be
my 300th and the celebration but it
makes it a pretty memorable night
tonight now that we’ve had a good
Penrith skipper Peter Wallace said
his team, hit by a number of injuries
to key players, never recovered from
a poor start.
“ Before the game we prepared well
and we knew the Storm were going
to turn up and play how they did,”
“ But we were on the back foot the
whole game. We dropped the ball
on the first set and we just couldn’t
get back into it and the first half was
pretty much perfect from them. ”
Compounding the loss, Penrith
second-rower Bryce Cartwright will
undergo scans on his right knee with
suspected cartilage damage.
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Storm captain Cameron Smith is chaired off after playing his 300th game last night against the Penrith
Panthers at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Josh Jackson has inspired Canterbury to a 28-4
win over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium last night.
Frank Pritchard scored a double for the
Bulldogs, with Jackson crossing for one himself, a
reward for constantly menacing the Eels defence
with his strong running.
Pritchard scored the opener in the 21st minute
when Trent Hodkinson dummied his way
through the Eels defensive line, and in the 46th
minute when he latched onto a Josh Reynolds
Jackson’s carving 30m run in the 52nd minute
put the Dogs further ahead, before a scintillating
80m effort from Brett Morris two minutes later
put the result beyond doubt in front of 17,082
In an ugly stop-start first half, the Eels did
their best to stay with the Dogs, matching it
with Canterbury ’s monster pack in the middle of
the park, with centre Brad Takairangi providing
impetus out wide.
Semi Radradra burrowed his way over from
close range for the Eels just three minutes before
halftime for a deser ved try for the home side, and
a 6-4 halftime lead in favour of the Dogs.
But it was a different story in the second half,
with the Dogs clicking into gear. The final score
could have been much greater with Tim Lafai
ignoring an unmarked Sam Perrett outside him
and Josh Morris dropping the ball with the line
beckoning late in the game.
Curtis Rona’s 80th minute try was the Dogs’
fifth of the night.
Parramatta now need to win all of their final
seven matches to ensure a final eight spot.
To make matters worse for the Eels, Corey
Norman is set for a month-long stint on the
sidelines after suffering a knee injury in the
Parramatta forward David Gower was put on
report in the first half for dangerous contact in a
tackle on Brett Morris.
The win should ensure Canterbury remain in
the top eight at the end of round 19.
Moses Mbye was rested by Dogs coach Des
Hasler with Reynolds and Hodkinson forming a
settled combination throughout the night in the
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was not impressed
with his side’s first half effort but was happy with
their performance after the break.
“ We probably didn’t execute as well as we
needed to,” he said.
“But now the Origin period is over and we have
everyone back, we should be able to get some
continuity. We have to be pleased with a 24-0
effort in the second half. That was an important
game for both sides.
“Josh Jackson was really good and he was
supported by Brett Morris at the back.”
Coach Brad Arthur said the effort was there
“I thought we tried really hard but we were just
outclassed,” he said.
“Our composure wasn’t great and that got the
best of us.”
Arthur said Paulo (concussion), Danny Wicks
(shoulder — likely season ending) and David
Gower (knee) were other injury worries for the
Australia ripped out England’s top order
to take a vice-like grip on the second
Ashes test after completely dominating
the second day at Lord’s today.
Steve Smith struck a magnificent 215
to lead the touring side to 566 for eight
declared before their rampant pace attack
knocked over Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance,
Ian Bell and Joe Root to leave England
tottering on 30 for four.
Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes clung on
grimly to prevent further damage as the
Australians smelt blood.
Stokes lifted spinner Nathan Lyon over
long-on for six and the pair completed
a gritty 50 partnership before England
reached the close on 85 for four with
Stokes unbeaten on 38 and Cook 21.
Lyth fell to the second ball of the innings
for nought, wafting loosely at a wide ball
from Mitchell Starc and nicking a catch
to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.
Ballance, on 23, was bowled by a full
straight delivery from Mitchell Johnson
and a similar ball from Josh Hazlewood
crashed into Bell’s stumps to send the
right-hander back to the pavilion for one.
Root, so often England ’s saviour and
fresh from a superb century in the first
test in Cardiff, was caught by Nevill off a
pumped-up Johnson for one.
Australia had resumed in the morning
on 337 for one and James Anderson
struck Chris Rogers on the helmet with
the first ball of the day.
The left-hander, however, continued to
flay the ball through the covers and it was
a surprise when, on 173, he misjudged a
full delivery from Broad which nipped
back in to shatter his stumps.
The 37-year-old, who shared a second-
wicket partnership of 284 with Smith,
left the field to a standing ovation after
making his highest test score which
included 28 fours.
Michael Clarke never settled and, on
seven, he mistimed a pull off a short
ball from Mark Wood, Ballance taking a
catch high to his right at square leg.
Smith and Adam Voges took Australia
to 424 for three at lunch but Broad
dismissed Voges (25) and Mitchell Marsh
(12) shortly after the inter val.
Smith reached his double century by
hitting Moeen Ali for four, leaping in the
air and flamboyantly waving his bat to a
standing ovation as he became the first
Australian to score a double-century at
Lord’s since Bill Brown in 1938.
He looked intent on inflicting more
misery on the tiring England bowlers,
only be trapped lbw by Root ’s part-time
off-spin as he attempted a reverse sweep
and he walked off after batting more than
eight hours and hitting 25 fours and one
Peter Nevill made a bright 45 on his
debut before he too fell to Root, chipping
a catch to Moeen at mid-off.
Australia took tea on 562 for seven and
when Johnson was caught soon after the
inter val they declared, barely dreaming of
the carnage they were about to inflict on
their shell-shocked hosts and primed to
level the series at 1-1 . — Reuters
Team New Zealand ’s campaign will
finally take to the water next week with
the new-look crew hoping to put the
months of turmoil behind them.
The New Zealand syndicate has
undergone massive personnel changes
this year, firstly as a result of a
restructure, in which former skipper
Dean Barker was the major casualty,
before a flurry of walk-outs in late
May. Grinders Winston Macfarlane
and Derek Saward, along with pitman
Jeremy Lomas all resigned in quick
succession less than two months ago,
with the latter two joining Barker at
The late resignations of the trio,
who were all part of the crew for the
team’s unsuccessful challenge in San
Francisco two years ago, left Emirates
Team New Zealand scrambling to get
a crew together for the first stop on the
America’s Cup World Series circuit in
Portsmouth, beginning on Thursday.
The team trialled several youngsters
during a week of testing in the team’s
new foiling AC45 catamaran in
Southampton last month, with Guy
Endean and Harry Thurston selected to
join the existing crew of Glenn Ashby,
Ray Davies, Peter Burling and Blair
Tuke for the opening regatta.
— New Zealand Herald
Jackson stars as Bulldogs maul Eels
Aussies rip through England
New-look Team NZ get five
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