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Canterbury have shaken off a week of
turmoil to move within two points of
the NRL top eight after a dour 16-2
upset of St George Illawarra at ANZ
After a try-less first half, the dogs
scored three second-half tries to snap a
four-game losing streak and relieve the
pressure valve on coach Des Hasler.
The dogs came into round 14 under
the microscope with their fans in
revolt over recent performances, in
particular last weekend ’s flogging from
They rebounded with a defeat of the
fourth-placed St George Illawarra
who squandered a plethora of
opportunities in Canterbury’s red zone
and failed to score a try for the first
time this year.
“I never really ever doubted the
ability of this team, plenty have,” Hasler
said. “It was a good win today. I just
think we were tidier in all facets but
it seems you (the media) are not really
interested in that part of the game.
You’re interested in all the distractions
that go on around it.”
After last week’s loss dogs fans took
to social media to hammer the side
while Hasler was accused of ducking
members after failing to show up to a
Chairman Ray Dib
addressed the playing
group calling for them to
show some support for
Hasler while the
team used their day off to
have an honesty session at
a local pub.
“The beer must have
been good,” Hasler
The bulldogs remained
in 12th spot with the win
however moved to
within two points of
After the only points
of the first half came
through a Gareth
Widdop penalty goal, the
turning point in the game
came when Josh Morris
crossed for his side’s first
try in 188 minutes.
Will Hopoate floated through the
line from broken play and sent Josh
Morris inside for what was Canterbury’s
first four-pointer since Brenko Lee
crossed in the first half against Cronulla
in round 12.
With five-eighth Josh Reynolds
again watching from the sidelines,
the bulldogs were often their own worst
enemies with Moses Mbye and Matt
Frawley ’s kicking game leaving a lot to
However they took control of the
game in the second half with Michael
Lichaa burrowing over for his first try
of the season and Marcelo Montoya
diving over after Jason Nightingale
made a mess of an attempt to bat-back
the ball in his own 10m zone.
The dragons were denied a try
midway through the second half when
Josh D ugan crossed following a scrum
however it was called back because the
bulldogs failed to pack within the time
“The bounce back was always going
to be there,” dragons coach Paul
“They were a team that was under
some pressure and they ’d lost their last
four. We were looking for ward to that
challenge. “I’m not too disheartened
about the loss but there’s some things
we’ve got to be better about.” — AAP
8 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017
PICTURE: Getty Images
Bulldogs Josh Morris dives over to score a try against the Dragons yesterday at ANZ Stadium, in Sydney.
The State of Origin
careers of three long-serving
Queensland for wards may
be over after the maroons
underwent the biggest team
upheaval in 15 years ahead of
next week’s must-win game
two in Sydney.
Queensland coach Kevin
Walters said the maroons
were officially in transition
after wielding the axe
yesterday, making seven
changes and naming four
debutants for the June 21
The maroons welcomed
back fullback Billy Slater after
his shock game-one snub
and playmaker Johnathan
Thurston has finally overcome
a shoulder injury that
sidelined him for the record
28-4 Origin I loss to NSW.
However, the Origin future
of veterans Sam Thaiday, Nate
Myles and Jacob Lillyman
— who have played a total of
75 Origins — is up in the air
after their axing. They were
dumped along with bench
backrower Aidan Guerra,
unlucky winger Corey Oates,
injured five-eighth Anthony
Milford and centre Justin
Test winger Valentine
Holmes, Melbourne bolter
Tim Glasby and fellow
for wards Coen Hess and
Jarrod Wallace are all in line
to make their Origin debuts.
The last time Q ueensland
made six or seven changes
to their 17 was way back in
game two of 2002. Thaiday,
Myles and Lillyman may pay
a high price.
Walters said it was time to
inject new blood after the
NSW pack dominated the
maroons in Brisbane.
“It ’s no secret we got beat
up through the middle, our
for wards didn’t aim up, so
we’ve made some changes
there,” he said. “For game one
we picked a team that won
last year’s series and a majority
were afforded the luxury to
perform in game one and we
didn’t get the result that we
needed so we went to plan B.
“The transition period for
Queensland is right now, not
next year or the year after.
We feel the time is right to
introduce some new players
who will benefit Origin.”
While officially the Origin
door is still open for Thaiday,
Myles and Lillyman, Walters
hinted that the end was nigh
for the trio.
Myles, 32 this month, has
played 32 Origins — one
short of Origin’s most capped
prop Petero Civoniceva —
while Thaiday is a veteran of
29 and 33-year-old Lillyman
has 14 maroon caps.
“Unfortunately the players
we have left out of the side,
three of them are at the end
of their careers,” Walters said.
“Justin O’Neill is different. I
expect him to bounce back at
clubland . . . same with Aidan
Guerra, same with Oates.
“They are still part of it. The
younger ones have to go back
and get better.”
Walters kept NSW guessing
by naming an alphabetical
17-strong squad yesterday.
However, Slater is expected
to slot into fullback with
Darius Boyd switching to the
left wing at the expense of
Brisbane flyer Oates.
Canberra’s Josh Papalii is
expected to move into the
starting front row for Myles
with Cowboys secondrower
Gavin Cooper recalled to the
maroons backrow at the age
Queensland are sweating
on Gold Coast ’s Wallace
who must successfully fight
a shoulder charge offence at
the NRL judiciary tonight to
play. “ There is always pressure
but I know I am doing all that
I can,” Walters said of what
looms as his toughest match
of his two-year tenure.
Queensland.— Billy Slater,
Darius Boyd, Will Chambers,
Dane Gagai, Valentine
Holmes, Johnathan Thurston,
Cooper Cronk, Dylan Napa,
Cameron Smith (capt),
Josh Papalii, Gavin Cooper,
Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire.
Morgan, Tim Glasby, Coen
Hess, Jarrod Wallace.
NSW coach Laurie Daley has warned the
Blues to brace for a wounded beast in State
of Origin II in Sydney next Wednesday.
The maroons have been accused of hitting
the panic button after making seven changes
to the side humiliated 28-4 on home soil in
Brisbane in the series opener.
Daley, in contrast, is the first coach in
21 years to have selected the same NSW
line-up for two games straight.
He is anything but complacent, reminding
his troops — just in case they did not
already know — that Queensland recalling
superstar fullback Billy Slater and 10-times
series-winning half Johnathan Thurston
“Any team that brings back two future
Immortals are always a better team,” Daley
said on Fox Sports’ NRL 360.
“Q ueensland, they weren’t at their best in
game one but with these two guys around,
they ’ll certainly be a lot better than they
Daley expects the maroons to grow an
extra leg with their champion spine reunited
at Sydney ’s ANZ Stadium.
“ When you look around the dressing
room and you see Cooper Cronk, Cameron
Smith, Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston,
you know you’ve got your world’s best,” the
Blues coach said.
“(Team-mates) will look at it and think ‘if
everyone in our team does their job, they ’re
the icing on the cake’.
“I also know they ’ve probably got a lot more
leg speed in the middle. So it ’s a dangerous
team and a team that ’s a lot quicker than the
first team that was selected and we face a lot
more challenges, most definitely.”
Daley also suspects the maroons’ bruised
egos will be a factor as the the Blues strive
to clinch only their second series win since
“This Q ueensland team have been battered
by the media and they ’re far too good to be
copping the criticism without being hurt,”
“So we know what to expect. We know
that they ’re going to come at us and we’d be
silly if we thought we didn’t have to change
because we’ ll have to be a lot better and
clinical in what we do.
“It ’s great to be able to name the same
17 guys again. They did such a great job in
game one. But the key for us is to try and
repeat that performance,” Daley said.
Brett Morris, Josh D ugan, Josh Jackson,
Tyson Frizell and David Klemmer were
all named after coming through yesterday ’s
NRL clash between St George Illawarra
and Canterbury unscathed.
Boyd Cordner will again captain the side
despite being rested for Sunday ’s match for
the Sydney Roosters due to a knee issue,
however the injury is not considered serious.
Daley admitted the blues’ preparation was
shortened because of the Canterbury-St
George Illawarra game yesterday.
“ We’ve had to tinker with our training a
little bit given a number of our guys (played)
on Monday. We won’t start our training
until later in the week,” he said.
“ We need to give those guys time to
recover — that knocked us around a bit.
Whereas most of the Q ueensland players
finished up on Saturday so they ’ve had two
extra days preparation in terms of recovery.
That ’s massive these days.”
It is the first time since a Brad Fittler-led
blues swept the maroons in 1991 that NSW
have enjoyed the luxury of not needing to
alter their team in a series. That year, the
Blues did not make a change for the entire
In the only alteration to the squad, Manly
star Tom Trbojevic will join the Blues camp
at The Star in Sydney as the 18th man in
place of injured Melbourne prop Jordan
McLean is out for at least three weeks
with a fractured cheekbone suffered in the
Storm’s last-start win over Cronulla.
“It’s obviously, hard for Jordan. He’s so
close and then to receive that eye socket
injury is bad news, but we’ve been lucky to
have Tom come back from injury,” Daley
James Tedesco, Brett
Morris, Josh D ugan, Jarryd Hayne, Blake
Ferguson, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce,
Aaron Woods, Nathan Peats, Andrew Fifita,
Josh Jackson, Boyd Cordner (capt), Tyson
Frizell. Interchange: David Klemmer, Wade
Graham, Jake Trbojevic, Jack Bird. — A AP
Daley wary of wounded maroons
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