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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter says his
young side's 21-18 win over Parramatta
without inspirational skipper Robbie Farah
last night was a huge step forward in their
A halfback masterclass from 19-year-old
Luke Brooks, who kicked the go-ahead
eld goal three minutes from full-time
--- having earlier scored a runaway try ---
was the di erence between the sides in an
enthralling encounter in front of a crowd of
more than 50,00 at ANZ Stadium.
Both sides made their fair share of errors
but in a topsy-turvy a air, it did little to
detract from a thoroughly enjoyable game
that was only sealed in the Tigers' favour
with Pat Richards' booming penalty goal
from halfway with under two minutes
remaining. However, it was Brooks who
stole the show and Potter was delighted
with how the youngster, already tipped as
a future NSW Origin representative, coped
with the occasion.
"I think he's still developing, but he kicked
a match-winning eld goal and his kicking
got better once he got into a routine," Potter
"He takes it in his stride, if he was playing
park footy he would be the same. It really
doesn't faze him. He's good to coach and
he's good to watch. Winning without
Robbie, ( James) Tedesco and Liam Fulton
was above and beyond for these players. I
think the con dence the young guys will get
from this result is going to stand us in good
stead for when things get tight and tough
later in the season."
Stand-in Tigers captain Braith Anasta
echoed Potter's sentiments about Brooks.
"He doesn't seem to be put under pressure
too much and he handles every situation
with ease," Anasta said.
"He stays really relaxed and I asked him
leading up to the eld goal if he wanted to
take it and he said 'give it to me' and I teed
him up. He put it over the middle like it was
just routine. We've come a long way in 12
months. We didn't play our best but we won
in adversity as they were all over us."
e vastly experienced Anasta said playing
alongside Brooks and young guns like
fullback Kurtis Rowe and winger David
Nofoaluma had reinvigorated his career.
"It's been good for me, I am coming to the
end and it has given me a new lease of life
and motivates me every day looking at the
young blokes and how good they are," he
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said his
side were let down by a lack of composure
but refused to point the nger of blame
at Chris Sandow, who missed three very
kickable conversions. --- AAP
Something has clicked for
the Crusaders, coach Todd
ere is belief, that much is
obvious --- you cannot win at
Waikato Stadium without it ---
but there is also enthusiasm and
energy and underpinning it all
a game plan which is becoming
devastatingly e ective and will
likely become more so as the
weather closes in and games get
After several poor performances
which resulted in losses to the
Chiefs, Blues and Hurricanes,
and a narrow win over the
Stormers, the Crusaders put their
South African trip to good use.
e game plan was put under the
microscope; the good stu kept,
the stu that did not add value
e kick- rst-ask-questions
later plan worked against the
Lions in Johannesburg, the
smash them up front and run
them ragged in the backs did
likewise against the Cheetahs in
Bloemfontein. Against the Chiefs
it was back to the Lions plan of
kick for territory and keep the
" ere was a real turning
point for us in that win against
the Lions," Blackadder said.
"Something has just clicked for
us. We've got that belief; coming
up here, even though we came
back from South Africa last week
and had limited preparation, that
hunger was there and often that
can be the di erence.
"What we talked about at
halftime was to play at the right
end of the eld and put the
pressure on and we did that and
controlled the game. We worked
our way back into it which was
e Crusaders could only
work their way back into it
after weathering a
on their line that in
the past might have
resulted in a try to
Ben Tameifuna or
in years past Soma
"You talk about
and that probably
turned the game.
Our attitude was
from old, the fact
that they had to
defend so much
and turned it over
Probably in the
past we might
have tried too
hard or capitulated
and that shows
the di erence in
e bye comes at
a good time for the Crusaders,
who lost skipper Kieran Read
to a failed concussion test in the
rst half. Lock Dominic Bird has
been cited for his no-arms tackle
on Liam Squire which resulted in
a head injury to the No 8.
However, Luke Romano is due
back from a calf strain and All
Blacks captain Richie McCaw
could return from a broken
thumb for the Crusaders' next
match against the Brumbies in
Christchurch on Saturday, May 3.
Other results.--- Hurricanes
39 beat Blues 20; Melbourne
Rebels 22 beat Western Force
16; Crusaders 18 beat Chiefs 17;
NSW Waratahs 19 beat Bulls
12; Sharks 19 beat Cheetahs
8; Stormers 18 beat Lions
3. Brumbies, Highlanders,
Queensland Reds had bye.
Benji Marshall says he is an "average" rugby
union player but insists he is better for his
failed experiment at the Blues.
Marshall left the franchise yesterday by
mutual consent after struggling to adapt from
the NRL. He will attempt to switch back to
league, saying he has no regrets despite the
move from Sydney to Auckland.
"My lack of the technical aspects of rugby
union was what was letting me down and I
felt like I was playing rugby league on a rugby
eld with 14 other rugby players," he told the
Sydney Morning Herald.
"But I de nitely don't regret it because I
have got everything I wanted to get out of it
except the performance on the eld, which just
hasn't worked out the way I wanted it to and
I am just an average rugby player. I got a fresh
start back in New Zealand, got t, got the
motivation, got the hunger and I feel real good
and feel fresh."
e 29-year-old former Tigers player has
instructed his agent Martin Tauber to open
talks about joining a new NRL club.
"I had a crack at it and it just didn't work out,
but honestly I haven't been this happy for a
long time and I feel like I am a better person
for being here."
He said he had watched "every game"of NRL
"It might take a few weeks to get a feel for it
again but in my head I understand the game
properly which is probably the most important
e former Kiwis player has been given just
212 minutes of game time in eight Super
Rugby matches for the Blues this season.
Last night Blues coach Sir John Kir win
agreed Marshall's switch to rugby union was
not working out.
Marshall told the SMH that his lack of the
technical aspects of rugby union had let him
"I felt like I was playing rugby league on a
rugby eld with 14 other rugby players. But
I de nitely don't regret it because I have got
everything I wanted to get out of it except the
performance on the eld, which just hasn't
worked out the way I wanted it to and I am
just an average rugby player."
e 29-year-old said he had learnt a lot in
the eight months since he left Wests Tigers
and was keen to bring that knowledge to the
" e thing that coming here has made me
realise is that I got comfortable and probably
took it for granted a bit (at the Tigers),"
"When I came here I had to work so hard
for it and I was in a position I hadn't been in
before, and it has given me that motivation
back to be the best.
"I had a crack at it and it just didn't work
out but honestly I haven't been this happy
for a long time and I feel like I am a better
person for being here. It has helped me having
to put myself out there a bit more and get to
understand the younger guys."
Cronulla, St George Illawarra, Parramatta,
South Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane were
all likely to be interested in a star playmaker
of Marshall's calibre and experience, SMH
After shifting between fullback and ve-
eighth in his limited appearances for the
Blues, Marshall said he could play a number of
positions in the NRL.
"I think I could play halfback, ve-eighth or
fullback," Marshall said.
"I have learnt some new skills while I have
ready for the next part.
"It might take a few weeks to get a feel for it
again but in my head I understand the game
properly which is probably the most important
Following a Blues loss against the Hurricanes
on Friday night, Marshall had a meeting
with Kirwan on the weekend in which it was
suggested he either play the rest of the season
in the lower tiers to help prepare him for the
2015 Super Rugby competition or return to
"My options were to either go back and play
club rugby for the rest of the year and develop
that way, then play in the ITM Cup and
come back after having that experience and
knowledge to try and make it again next year,"
" e other option was to go back to what I
already know the best."
In the 11 seasons after joining the Tigers as a
schoolboy in 2003, Marshall played 201 NRL
matches and was considered the face of the
joint venture after leading the club to the 2005
He also played 25 tests for New Zealand and
spearheaded the Kiwis to victory in the 2008
World Cup before taking over the captaincy
the following season.
--- APNZ-Sydney Morning Herald
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
QueenslandReds 8 3 0 5 186 212 -26 4 16
SydneyRoosters 7 3 0 4 0 138 107 31 6
Eels Jarryd Hayne is tackled by Tigers
Luke Brooks in yesterday's game at
ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Ex-Coaster in trans-Tasman
Former West Coast teenager Cory McLennan set sail today from New
Plymouth in his yacht Atom Ant, which he hopes will carry him all the way to
Australia within 10 days. e 19-year-old is the youngest of the 13
competitors in the Solo trans-Tasman Yacht Race, which began at Port
Taranaki at 1pm today and will nish 1380 nautical miles away at
Mooloolaba, Australia. First boat to Mooloolaba wins the Sir Francis
Hokitika axeman Adam
Lowe's domination of the
scene continued at the
Royal Easter Show,
in Sydney, where he
reclaimed the 375mm
standing title and also
teamed up with Jason
Wynyard to win the
e standing title was
the Coaster's prime
focus, Lowe having won
it twice (2010 and 2012),
and nished runner-up
in the other two years.
Yesterday, he nished
two blows clear of
Laurence O'Toole, with
Wynyard claiming third
Lowe, who was also
third in the world
championship single saw,
won a non-championship
handicap chopping event
o a tough back mark
and produced probably
his most impressive
e ort to guide New
Zealand to victory in
the third and nal 'test'
with Australia, giving
the Kiwis their rst clean
sweep in 13 years.
When Lowe lifted his
axe his New Zealand
team was trailing by four
blows but when he sliced
through the log seconds
later he was two blows in
Lowe had previously
won the world double
saw title in 2011 and
2012 with John Aitken,
also from Hokitika, but
had not cut competitively
with Wynyard before the
Gold Coast have relinquished their spot
at the top of the NRL ladder, going down
14-12 to a dogged Penrith.
Giant centre Jamal Idris had his best
game for the Panthers against his old
club, after leaving the Titans in January,
and along with halfback Peter Wallace
ensured the home side dominated the
majority of what was a gripping Easter
Two Jamie Soward kicks left to chance
by the Titans that resulted in 30th- and
50th-minute tries were the di erence in
a contest in which both sides also lacked
Meanwhile, Titans forward Matt
White is in the cross hairs of match
review o cials amid the NRL's new edict
on lifting tackles after being placed on
report for a dangerous throw on Adam
Docker in the 61st minute.
e Titans now have ve wins after
seven rounds along with Canterbury,
Wests Tigers and Manly but their
negative for and against drops them to
Dean Whare drew rst blood for the
Panthers in the seventh minute when
they went wide 20m out after a Wallace
bust. e pacey Kiwi centre simply sliced
through the Titans' line, and Soward
converted for a 6-0 lead.
Penrith's second try came when Titans
fullback David Mead and forward
Paul Carter failed to defuse the rst of
Soward's telling kicks, allowing Matt
Moylan to touch down.
Ryan James crashed over for a converted
Titans try three minutes before half-time
for a 12-6 scoreline at the break.
A Soward penalty put the Panthers two
points further ahead in the 51st minute.
e Gold Coast were never out of the
contest, though, and an Aidan Sezer try
from a close-range Albert Kelly grubber
in the 78th minute and the halfback's
conversion brought the score to 14-12.
e Titans had a chance to win it in the
dying seconds but Kelly put his cross kick
over the dead ball line on the full.
Titans forward Greg Bird might also
have a case to answer after Wallace
accused him of a "squirrel grip" on Sika
Manu late in the game. "He grabbed him
on the nuts," Wallace protested to referee
Other results.--- Bulldogs 15 beat South
Sydney 14; Brisbane 32 beat Newcastle 6;
Manly 26 beat North Queensland 21;
St George 20 beat Warriors 10; Sydney
Roosters 24 beat Cronulla 18; Canberra
24 beat Melbourne 22; Wests Tigers 21
beat Parramatta 18. --- AAP
Former Wallabies and
Crusaders coach Robbie
Deans is said to have
signed with Japanese
club the Panasonic Wild
Clubs throughout Japan
and Europe were keen on
Deans' services following
his sacking by Australia
last year, including
London club Harlequins,
but Panasonic has won
While Deans was
a success with the
Wallabies when he joined
them from the Crusaders
in 2008, the team failed
to kick on and he paid
the price after the series
defeat to the British and
Irish Lions last year.
Benji --- 'I'm an average rugby player'
Marshall seeks new NRL home
e Wests Tigers have ruled out
re-signing club great Benji Marshall
with the New Zealand superstar seeking
an immediate release from his Super
e former New Zealand rugby
league test skipper has failed to make an
impression in limited opportunities for
the Auckland-based Blues during eight
Super Rugby games since his move from
the Tigers at the end of last season.
However, Tigers CEO Grant Mayer
says the joint-venture have moved on
from Marshall and their main focus is on
keeping young fullback James Tedesco
and Curtis Sironen.
"Benji made a decision last year in
regard to his future," Mayer said last
night. "It was disappointing at the time
for the club and the fans but we've
moved on and we have been pretty active
in keeping our kids; that is my priority.
But he'll nd a home somewhere, we
just don't have the room in the (salary)
Marshall has instructed his manager
Martin Tauber to open talks with NRL
clubs. Cronulla, St George Illawarra,
Parramatta, Melbourne, Brisbane and
the Warriors are all being linked to him.
e move comes less than a year after
Marshall pledged he would never play
against the Tigers.
"I will honour my words about not
playing for another (NRL) club," he
said in July last year, announcing his
intention to leave the code. ere is no
other NRL club for me to play for. e
Tigers are my home and will always be
"I have seen guys like Mark O'Neill
leave, go to England and then come back
to the club. I am hoping to do the same
in some capacity after I retire."
e move comes after a weekend
meeting with Sir John Kirwan in which
the Blues coach suggested he either play
the rest of the season in the lower tiers
to help prepare him for the 2015 Super
Rugby competition or return to league.
"It just hasn't worked out, it is
disappointing," Tauber told News Corp.
"He's not had the game time he'd like.
is has all happened over the last 36
Asked if Marshall would be moving
back to Sydney, Tauber said they had not
spoken to any NRL clubs yet.
"It might be Queensland or it might
be NSW, it depends who is interested in
him," he said. --- AAP
Tigers door shut on Benji
Deans signs with
game plan starts to threaten
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Crusaders Ryan Crotty is tackled by Chiefs Sam Cane in their clash at
Waikato Stadium, in Hamilton on Saturday night.
Panthers edge Titans
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