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Canberra have posted a 34-18 NRL
win over Penrith to round out an
otherwise disappointing NRL home
The 13th-placed Raiders had
endured their worst home record since
entering the competition in 1982,
with the victory over the 15th placed
Panthers just their third at Canberra
Stadium in 2015.
Jack Wighton, Josh Hodgson, Sam
Williams, Blake Austin, and David
Shillington were the best for the home
side, with Shillington playing in his
last game at Canberra Stadium before
joining Gold Coast in 2016.
It was a bittersweet night for Austin,
however, after he was forced off in the
50th minute with an injury to his right
The Raiders announced before the
match that Austin had penned a new
deal with the club through until 2018.
Second-half tries to Kurt Baptiste
and Sisa Waqa confirmed the final
scoreline, with Canberra captain Jarrod
Croker kicking five from six.
Centre Mitch Lewis and fullback
Will Smith scored second-half tries
for Penrith, while halfback Jamie
Soward played no part in the game
after half-time following a hit in a
heavy tackle just before the break.
Canberra fullback Wighton was
lucky not to be placed on report for
the incident, replays inconclusive
about whether contact with the head
had been made.
Halfback Williams opened the
scoring in the seventh minute, when
he strolled through some very flimsy
Canberra enjoyed the bulk of
possession in the first half, with
captain Croker and backrowers Jarrad
Kennedy and Shaun Fensom scoring
Penrith finally got on the board just
before half-time, when hooker James
Segeyaro burst through some soft
Canberra defence to score under the
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart described
the match as the start of the 2016
“ We know we’re heading in the right
direction,” Stuart said.
“O ver the last eight months it’s
shown, and we feel and we certainly
hope our fans believe we’re going in
the right direction, too. We know
we have a lot to work on. We’ve got
a make our home ground here more
of a tough place to come for the
opposition, and we’ve got to win more
games at home.”
Shillington, who stayed on the field
talking with fans well after the end of
the post-match formalities, said the
win was a great way finish his time in
the nation’s capital.
“ We’ve struggled to win all year, and
my last game here, I wanted to finish
on a high,” he said.
“I’m extremely appreciative of the
club. I came down here looking for
opportunity from the Roosters, and I
wanted to be a starting player and they
“Under (former coach) Dave Furner,
I became a representative player, and I
can’t thank the club enough.”
Other results.— Brisbane 47, South
Sydney 12; Sydney Roosters 46,
Manly 10; Cronulla 35, Parramatta
28; Canterbury 20, Newcastle 18;
Melbourne 14, North Queensland 6;
West Tigers 50, Warriors 16; Gold
Coast 28, St George Illawarra 26.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Cronulla 2314092457462-5 32
Melbourne 23 13 0 10 2 452 340 112 30
Canterbury 23 13 0 10 2 496 458 38 30
Dragons 2311012240337825 26
Parramatta 23 9 0 14 2 424 545 -121 22
GoldCoast 23 9 0 14 2 427 594 -167 22
WestTigers 23 8 0 15 2 457 530 -73 20
Newcastle 23 8 0 15 2 446 582 -136 20
New Zealand crews
made another solid start
on day two of heats at
the 2015 World Rowing
boasted perfect rowing
conditions for the
second day in a row with
the biggest result of the
day being the women’s
eight booking their spot
in the A final.
progressed to an A final,
two semi-finals and
a quarter-final while
two crews will contest
The women’s quad
were the first in action
on day two. The
foursome started out in fourth and
held that placing throughout the
race finishing behind Australia,
United States and China.
Only the heat winner Australia
advances to the semi-finals while
the remaining crews, including
New Zealand will race in the
World cup winners Zoe
Stevenson and Eve McFarlane of
the women’s double demonstrated
their prowess winning their heat
comfortably to qualify for the
The men’s double of Robbie
Manson and Chris Harris also
made a solid start, while they led
through the middle of the race,
they were challenged in the latter
stages by France who pushed them
into second place.
However, they will still progress
to the quarter-finals.
The men’s lightweight four
inched their bow ball in front by
the halfway mark and went on to
dominate securing a comfortable
win and qualifying for the semi-
The last New Zealand events of
the day were the much anticipated
men’s and women’s eights both
endeavouring to move one step
closer to Olympic qualification.
The women’s eight finished second,
executing a well timed race and
moving from fourth early on to
challenging the winning Canadian
crew in the dying stages. Their
second place ensures that they have
booked their place in the A final
with the chance to gain Olympic
qualification by achieving a top five
finish in the final.
The men’s eight were right in
the mix for the first half of the
race but dropped off a little as the
race progressed. After giving it
everything the New Zealander’s
finished fourth and with just
the heat winner Great Britain
progressing to the final the
eight will contest the repechage
It will be a quiet day for New
Zealand rowers tonight with
just the men’s four contesting a
The action will ramp up again the
following day with the quarter-
finals of the men’s lightweight
single, men’s pair, men’s and
women’s lightweight doubles, men’s
and women’s single and repechages
for the women’s quad and men’s
The men’s four will feature in the
— New Zealand Herald
Jim Doyle has reiterated his
support for under-fire coach
Andrew McFadden and slammed
suggestions former coach Ivan
Cleary could replace him next NRL
McFadden’s position has come
under increasing scrutiny as his
side’s finals hopes disappeared on
the back of seven straight defeats,
with Sydney ’s Triple M radio Grill
Team breakfast hosts Matt Johns
and Mark Geyer today suggesting
Cleary, coaching at Penrith, could
replace him at the Warriors in 2016.
“Andrew McFadden must be
on borrowed time over there,”
Johns said. “Here’s the story I keep
hearing, I don’t know if there’s any
truth to it, but I keep hearing Ivan
Cleary ’s going back to the New
Zealand Warriors next year.”
Geyer added weight to the
rumour, saying talk was strong that
McFadden was to be ousted from
his post and replaced by Cleary.
“ Yep, I’ve heard it as well, by more
than one bloke,” Geyer said.
“I ’m hearing he’s going back to
New Zealand. McFadden’s out and
Garth Brennan, who is a first grade
coach in waiting, will take over at
Penrith. That ’s the rumour in rugby
league at the minute. How true it is
we don’t know.”
Doyle was adamant the Warriors
have not inquired about Cleary
or any other coach’s availability
or interest in taking over from
McFadden, saying: “100% correct
we have not explored that at all.”
He suggested the rumour was
merely the result of speculation over
the futures of both coaches, with
the 11th-placed Warriors and 15th-
ranked Panthers clearly struggling
for results. “I’ve got no idea where
that ’s come from,” Doyle said. “No
idea whatsoever. I don’t know why
people make stuff up. I can only
imagine it is probably just people
talking about what could happen,
what might happen, or ‘what would
you do’ type of thing, or would the
Warriors be better to get Ivan back.
I’ve got no idea.”
guaranteeing McFadden’s role was
secure through to the end of his
contract at the conclusion of the
2017 season. But he made it clear
the man nicknamed Cappy would
be at the helm next year.
“ You can’t predict anything
obviously but we support him and
my job now is to get good people
around him to make sure that we
can make him successful. From my
point of view, that’s where our focus
is. Cappy ’s our coach and we intend
to put people around him to support
him and we’ve got high expectations
for next year,” Doyle said.
“There’s no doubt about it, and he
knows we’ve got high expectations
for next year.”
Meanwhile, prop Charlie Gubb
is facing a four to five-week ban,
or three weeks with an early guilty
plea, after being charged for two
shoulder charges in Sunday ’s loss.
Raiders push aside Panthers
PICTURE: Getty Images
Panthes Lelani Latu is tackled by Canberra Raiders David Shillington, left, Brenko Lee and Blake Austin in last night ’s
clash at GIO Stadium, in Canberra.
Warriors squash Cleary return rumours
PICTURE: NZ Herald
New Zealand’s Curtis Rapley, James Lassche, Alistair Bond, James Hunter in the
men’s lightweight coxless four.
of the Herald on Sunday
The All Blacks have convinced
themselves the 2015 Rugby World
Cup will be harder to win than any
other in history.
They have not offered any particular
reason why but that hardly matters.
What matters is that they believe
it and that their thinking has been
altered to reflect that.
Early in squad announcement
proceedings, head coach Steve
Hansen was clear to make the point
that the All Blacks are not going to
England to defend the World Cup.
Just as he did not like the idea
that the All Blacks were going to
Twickenham in 2013 to seek revenge
for the defeat they suffered there in
2012, he’s not keen on the idea that
his side has any kind of proprietorial
claim to the World Cup.
“There is not an expectation that
we should win it by right,” Hansen
said. “ We’re not going to defend the
World Cup because it ’s not ours to
Buried in this is some of the
lessons of 2007. Every part of that
failed campaign has been picked
apart but Hansen is happy enough
dumping the blame on just one
mistake. He felt that the All Blacks,
having been so dominant in the
preceding 12 months, turned up in
France expecting to win.
They were not hungry enough; they
were not urgent or desperate and
after cruising through a soft pool,
they came horribly unstuck when
they met their first real challenge.
He, in conjunction with captain
Richie McCaw, will not make that
mistake again — hence he is quite
happy for everyone to believe this
will indeed be the hardest World
Cup to win.
That sort of thinking will not
do the All Blacks any harm. They
simply cannot afford to see things
any other way, says McCaw.
“ Without a doubt and if we go
there thinking it won’t be we’re
kidding ourselves, but someone has
to win it,” he said. “ We’ve got to have
some confidence, we’ve got some
top men but realise that we need
to get everything right from this
point onwards so we give ourselves
One of those things they plan
to get right is to be ruthless right
through the pool round and ignore
the respective world rankings of
As part of the sense of entitlement
that dogged the 2007 campaign, the
attitude in the pool rounds edged
too close to festival. It was all a bit
of a giggle running riot against Italy,
Romania and Portugal and the All
Blacks were slow to adjust mentally
to the different reality of knockout
This time around, they are going
to be in ruthless mode from the first
game and will not let up until they
are either knocked out or crowned
“ We’re guaranteed four games,”
McCaw said. “ We’ve got to get that
dead right and then you go week-by-
week. Winning a World Cup should
be tough but that brings out the best
in you. That ’s where you want to be
as a rugby player. You want it tough.
That ’s what makes it worthwhile.
That ’s what we’re expecting.”
Jarryd Hayne has sur vived the first
round of roster cuts at the San Francisco
49ers, but the team’s announcement
offered a lesson to the former NRL star.
The 49ers will take gambles on project
players from other sports, but if the
development is not quick enough they
will show them the exit door.
That is what happened to 198cm, 138kg
former British Olympic discus thrower
Lawrence Okoye who was among 10
players waived by the 49ers in the first
round of roster cuts today.
It reduces the squad to 75 players.
performances for the 49ers in recent pre-
season games, is expected to sur vive the
final cut later this week when the team
announces its 53-man roster for the
When Hayne announced late last year
he was quitting the Parramatta Eels and
crossing the Pacific in an attempt to
break into the NFL, it was Okoye who
many compared him to.
Just like Hayne, Okoye was taken
under the wing of San Francisco 49ers
head coach Jim Tomsula in 2013 and
developed as a defensive lineman.
Tomsula was the defensive line coach
at the time.
A year ago Okoye was cut, but then
picked up and placed on the 49ers
practice squad for more development.
It may happen for Okoye again, with
the 49ers announcing their practice
squad on Sunday.
The 49ers have until Saturday afternoon
to reduce the squad to 53 players for
the opening game of the NFL regular
season against the Minnesota Vikings
on September 14.
Earlier this year when Hayne entered
the 49ers training camp and needed
to tuck a cheat sheet of plays into his
pants to guide himself on the field, a
practice squad position would have been
considered a success.
Showing so much potential in the
trial games against the Houston Texans,
Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos
the past fortnight, Hayne will likely force
the 49ers to include him in their 53.
When a player is waived, other teams
can snap him up before the 49ers sign
him to the practice squad.
The 49ers know if they waive Hayne
another NFL team will swoop in and
sign him before they can put him on the
The other 49ers cut today were
kicker Corey Acosta, linebackers Steve
Beauharnais and Shawn Lemon, corner
back Mylan Hicks, tackle Sean Hooey,
wide receivers Mario Hull, Chuck
Jacobs and Nigel King and fullback Trey
Millard. — AAP
Hayne survives first NFL cut
Hansen happy with
‘toughest ’ tag
Richie McCaw is handed a commemorative jersey from coach Steve
Hansen after the Bledisloe Cup match.
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