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Melbourne have given Cronulla’s
NRL title aspirations a reality check
with a 30-2 win at Remondis Stadium.
The visitors were clinical and looked
like the Storm of old last night as they
leap-frogged the Sharks into fifth spot
with just three rounds to go.
The Sharks had rocketed into
premiership calculation with eight
wins from their previous nine starts but
the Storm gave them food for thought.
The home side was rarely in the
contest as Craig Bellamy’s team kept
their own top four hopes
Cooper Cronk was instrumental
in both of his side’s first two tries,
throwing key balls as the Storm
opened up a 12-2 half-time lead.
While Cronulla proved they could
mix it with the competition’s big guns
with wins over North Queensland,
Canterbury and St George Illawarra in
recent weeks, they were outclassed by
They had their chances and at one
time had four sets on the Storm line,
only for Melbourne to rush up field
and ice the game via Matt Duffie soon
Duffie was outstanding, picking
up a double and continuing to be one
of the side’s good news stories after
overcoming a horrific series
of potentially career-ending
While Cameron Munster, who has
been outstanding since taking over the
No 1 jumper from the injured Billy
Slater, was again a standout, scoring his
side’s final try.
In further bad news for the Sharks,
utility Ben Barba was taken from the
field with five minutes to go with what
appeared to be an knee injury.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said
it was a mental boost for his side to
squeeze a top flight team out of the
game so close to the finals.
“The Sharks have been
going great for the last
eight or nine weeks so it
was especially (pleasing
to win) playing at their
home ground,” he said.
“ It was always going
to be tough for us. You
saw us score a few tries
here at the end and those
tries basically came from
defence I reckon.”
Bellamy said lock Dale
Finucane had suffered a
dislocated forearm and
was unsure how long he
would be out for.
Cronulla coach Shane
Flanagan said Barba
would have scans on his
knee and they would
know his prognosis today.
Flanagan said it was
the Storm’s use of their
techniques which allowed them to get
over the top of his team. — AAP
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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Parramatta 21 8 0 13 2 376 494 -118 20
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The All Blacks selectors have
confirmed there are still a handful
of spots up for grabs in the Rugby
World Cup squad.
Seventeen players have been
released from the current squad to
play for their ITM Cup provinces
over the next couple of weeks as
the 31-man squad for the United
Kingdom is finalised.
Selector Grant Fox said they are
close to confirming the make up of
“There’s still a chance for one
or two people, still a little bit of
debate going on and touch wood
we don’t get anymore injuries
because that could affect things a
Fox said they are having some
rigorous discussions around some
positions, including “three or four
locks, five or six loosies, front row
makeup, and obviously a lot of the
balance in the midfield back three
The World Cup squad is named
on Sunday week.
— New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Tall Blacks Isaac Fotu drives to the basket against the Australian Boomers at
Rod Laver Arena, in Melbourne.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Sharks Paul Gallen tries to get
out of the tackle of the swarming
Storm players in last night ’s game
at Remondis Stadium, in Sydney.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
West Coast basketballer Jared Thomas goes for the hoop in the Tasman Cup match between Coast and
Marlborough, played at the Greymouth High School gym yesterday afternoon. The competition featured
teams from the Coast, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland.
West Coast tied with Buller
for second in the Tasman Cup
basketball tournament, in
Greymouth at the weekend.
Nelson took top spot, with
Westland and Marlborough tied
West Coast ’s first outing was
against Westland, won by Coast
with a four-point margin, 48-44.
Against old rivals Buller, West
Coast went down 50-64 after
Buller flew out of the gates with a
flurry of threes from guard Dave
Evans, which gave them an early
Coast fought back to within a
couple of points with aggressive
full-court defence, but could not
convert that pressure into points
to take the lead. Down seven
at the start of the fourth, Coast
looked to be making a dent in the
lead, when Buller captain Troy
Scanlon found his range and put
the game out of reach.
Coast lost to Nelson 83-70,
in a hard fought game that saw
Coast use the fast break and scrap
for every ball, but were unable
to overcome a barrage of threes
from Nelson Giants captain Sam
West Coast ’s second win was
against Marlborough which they
Nelson wins Tasman Cup
of the New Zealand Herald
The Tall Blacks believe they can
conjure up a perfect display to overcome
a 12-point deficit against Australia and
book a spot in Rio.
After falling 71-59 in Melbourne to
the NBA-laden Boomers side, the Tall
Blacks have to win by 13 points or
more in Wellington tonight to qualify
for the 2016 Olympic Games — a task
requiring a monumental effort.
There is a blueprint available for Paul
Henare’s side to follow, however, with
the Tall Blacks overcoming a seven-
point deficit in the 2009 first leg to
crush Australia 100-78 at TSB Arena
— the same venue where tonight’s clash
will take place.
Although this Australian side is
much stronger than the one beaten six
years ago, several Tall Blacks who were
present for that stunning victory believe
a repeat dose is possible.
“ We’d love to emulate that, it’s a
different group of guys but everyone is
confident with what we can do,” power
for ward Mika Vukona said, who had
25 points and 12 rebounds in the 2009
The immense task facing them would
have been more manageable but for a
late run in Saturday ’s first leg of the
two-leg series, where the Boomers
stretched out a three-point lead with
three minutes left into the 12-point
margin now needed.
San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills
hit his usual tough shots on his way to
17 points, while former NBA for ward
David Andersen chipped in with an
efficient 17 as the Boomers capitalised
on a few defensive miscommunications
from the Tall Blacks.
Henare is well aware those errors can’t
occur tonight if his side is to have any
chance of qualifying for Rio.
“They’re such a good side that you
have to be near perfect at the defensive
end so you don’t come up with those
sorts of errors.”
Led by NBA defensive standouts
Matthew Dellavedova and Andrew
Bogut, the Boomers largely put in a
good defensive effort on Saturday, but
open shots were available for the likes
of Rob Loe and Thomas Abercrombie
who couldn’t cash in, going 1-6 and 0-4
from deep respectively.
As a result, Henare believes his side
can improve their shooting splits
which saw them fire at a below-par
38% clip from the field and 25% from
“For me the shooting percentages
we had, out of the two teams we are
the one that can make the biggest
improvement, for sure.”
If they cannot overcome the deficit,
the Tall Blacks will get another shot
at qualifying for Rio, but Henare says
that ’s the last thing on their minds.
“ We’re definitely not thinking about
any other route of getting to Rio,” he
“This is the one we’re focusing on for
The Australian Opals have secured a
spot at next year’s Rio Olympics with a
17-point win over New Zealand to close
out their two-game qualifying series.
Building on their 20-point first-leg
victory in Melbourne on Saturday, the
national women’s basketball team put
on a dominant second-half display in
Tauranga last night to claim the 80-63
Three-time Olympian Laura Hodges
led the way with 22 points and five
rebounds, helped by experienced duo
Suzy Batkovic (15 points) and Rachel
Jarry (nine points).
Micaela Cocks top scored for the Tall
Ferns with 21 points and seven rebounds,
while Lisa Wallbutton added 10.
While both sides had improved on
Saturday night ’s effort, they again
struggled to knock down shots early on.
The Opals found it especially hard,
particularly from long-range, as the Tall
Ferns dictated the pace and stepped it up
Their first four points all came via
free-throws, and it took more than three
minutes to land any from the field.
It was a tough and defence-dominated
opening quarter, which ended level at
The experience of Hodges, Batkovic
and Jarry lifted Australia in the second
term for a 40-33 lead at the main break.
Their high-energy continued into the
third quarter and the Tall Ferns felt it,
committing four fouls in the opening
The momentum swung entirely the
visitors’ way after that, with the green
and gold flexing their muscle and
showing why they are ranked No 2 in
Hodges sealed the victory with the last
The Opals have now won every
Oceania series since 1974, and are on
their way to a sixth successive Olympics.
They have won a medal at every games
since Atlanta in 1996, including three
silver and two bronze. But legend Lauren
Jackson said she believed Australia were
better placed than ever to go one better
and win gold at Rio.
“I’ve been in championship teams my
whole career ... and you have this feeling
going into it, this air of success,” the
four-time Olympian told AAP.
“I feel like at the moment, we have that.
I really believe that we can do something
special in Rio — we could win a gold
medal, absolutely. Whether I’m on the
team or not, they have probably the best
opportunity they ’ve ever had to win that
gold — especially if Liz (Cambage) is
healthy and fit.
“I’m really excited.”
The Tall Ferns will get a second chance
at qualifying in a repechage tournament
involving 12 teams in June next year,
with the top five earning a spot. — AAP
PICTURE: NZ Herald
Tall Ferns player Penina Davidson, centre, is flanked by Australian Opals
player Natalie Burton, left, and Laura Hodges in last night ’s match.
Kiwis are prominent in a list of NRL
players who can follow Jarryd Hayne’s
magical footsteps into America’s NFL
footballers could be under siege
from the super rich American
football franchises, after former Aussie
NRL star Hayne’s surprisingly strong
start in his effort to crack the NFL
Whether the reaction to Hayne’s pre-
season debut for the San Francisco
49ers is overly excitable or close to
the mark remains to be seen, but he
has certainly made a splash in his old
Australia’s former NFL player
Colin Scotts said he had fielded calls
from scouts about other league players
with the capacity to make it in the
Tuivasa-Sheck, Sam Kasiano, Jared
Taumalolo are the Kiwis named with
the potential to make it in American
football, Sydney ’s Daily Telegraph has
The others on Scott ’s list are Greg
Inglis, Jack Wighton, Semi Radradra,
Dave Taylor, George Burgess, Josh
Papalii, James Roberts and goalkicker
Jarrod Croker along with Wallaby rugby
union players Israel Folau — who made
his name in the NRL — and massive
lock Will Skelton.
Excitement is building, or is being
whipped up, after Hayne’s promising
pre-season debut for the San Francisco
Scotts, 52, had a brief career with the
Arizona Cardinals in 1987.
Scotts said it was a difficult and
complex business to take on an
American football career, but indicated
the raw material to do so existed in
Scotts said: “Jarryd is a freakish
athlete who is breaking the mould — if
Jarryd goes straight into the pros, that is
mind-blowing. He is proving everyone
wrong. The NRL is more like the NFL
than any other sport in the world. NFL
clubs will be here boots and all — they
won’t take any prisoners either.”
— New Zealand Herald
Kiwi league stars
on NFL watch-list
Storm leap-frogs Sharks with NRL win
A new Hawk-Eye system will be
used in the upcoming rugby World
Cup to aid referee’s decision making
following a series of successful
trials, the sport ’s governing body
implemented alongside the existing
Television Match Official (TMO)
process to enhance officials’ instant
access to multiple angle replays in
real-time and slow motion, World
Rugby said in a statement.
“ Technology is an important
performance and fan engagement
environments and rugby World
Cup 2015 is set to showcase
innovation and performance to
a record global audience,” World
Rugby Chief Executive Brett
Gosper said in a statement.
“The system has clear benefits for
the match official team, the medical
team and fans around the world.”
The Rugby World Cup begins on
September 18 with hosts England
facing Fiji at Twickenham.
Mick Fanning has
missed a big chance to
leap to the top of the
World Surf League
standings, eliminated by
Aritz Aranburu at the
Billabong Pro in Tahiti.
The Australian was
out of sorts in the
third-round battle at
the iconic reef break
of Teahupo’o today,
only managing to log
scores of 5.17 and 1.50 to lose
comprehensively to the 39th-
For Fanning, it was a golden
opportunity missed in the first
event since being attacked by a
shark at Jeffrey’s Bay in South
Series leader Adriano De
Souza was eliminated in the heat
immediately prior, opening the
door for Fanning to move into
pole position as he chases a fourth
Fellow Australian Julian Wilson
is now well placed to shoot from
third to the top of the standings.
Aranburu was surfing in just his
second championship event of the
season, but wasn’t overawed and
whizzed to an early advantage
with back-to-back wave
scores of 7.00 and 8.17
in four-foot surf.
That combined score
of 15.17 proved to be
more than enough with
to find any fluency as
he searched for the
big barrels for which
Teahupo’o is renowned.
talked about his relief in
returning to competition
following the shark attack
in the final of the J-Bay Open.
He has four events remaining
this season — at Trestles in
California, Landes in France,
Cascais in Portugal and the Pipe
Masters in Hawaii — to get back
to winning ways and add to the
world crowns he claimed in 2007,
2009 and 2013.
RUGBY WORLD CUP
Handful of All Blacks spots open
World Cup to adopt hawk-eye system
Fanning eliminated in Tahiti
Mick Fanning in action at Teahupo’o.
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