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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018

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78 SPORT SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 PAUL CRAWLEY Reynolds likened to terrier Toovey WHEN it comes to rugby leagues toughest pound-forpound player, it is hard to go past former Manly skipper Geoff Toovey. Standing at five-foot-six and weighing 70kg, Toovey looked more like a trackwork jockey than an NRL warrior. Despite his obvious size disadvantage, the man nicknamed Tooves never let his diminutive frame dictate his success. The Sea Eagles, NSW and Australia hooker played 286 first-grade games, which included a World Cup title in 1995 and a premiership in 1996. Fifteen years after Tooveys retirement, South Sydney veteran John Sutton believes he has found another pint-sized hero to rival the legendary Sea Eagle. I think Adam Reynolds is just as tough as Tooves, Sutton said. Adams shoulders arent 100 per cent, but he plays through the pain he is a real goer. He is only a little bloke and he rips in and gets through a lot of defence because people try and run at him. I thought he was enormous for us against the Dragons in defence. He gets targeted but he always puts his body on the line and against the Dragons he was actually running people back with his tackling. Roosters coach demands Mini statue HOW do you celebrate the man who has played more games and scored more tries at Allianz Stadium than anyone in NRL premiership history? You erect a statue in front of the new arena. According to Fox Sports Lab, former Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello holds the record for matches (157) and tries (77) at the venue. Current head coach Trent Robinson says Minichiello de serves to have the impressive feat honoured and even suggested starting a campaign to make it happen. There should be a statute of Mini out here. Hes a legend of the Roosters and the number of games he has played for us is unparalleled. Hes scored more tries and delivered at this ground as much as anybody else in the history of Allianz (Stadium), Robinson said. The former superstar full back said that he was feeling sentimental about the ground being knocked down. It was my favourite stadium, Minichiello said. When I look back on that record, which I really didnt know about until a couple of months ago, yeah its something that makes me proud. You think of all the players who have played on that ground and I feel lucky to have both of those records. RICKY Stuart, one of rugby leagues champion halfbacks, always says it is the No.7 who owns the result. Now no one is going to argue that Andrew Johns and Johnathan Thurston arent rightfully rated the two best halfbacks of the modern era. But when it comes to guiding a team into a grand final, Cooper Cronk has a record that no other No.7 in the games history can match. After playing in seven deciders during his 14 seasons at Melbourne, the 34-year-old is now knocking on the door to become only the 10th player in history to make eight grand final appearances, heading into the Sydney Roosters preliminary final showdown with South Sydney. A victory here would also make Cronk the first halfback to join this illustrious list. Fox Sports stats show that on top of the all-time grand final tally are St George greats Brian Poppa Clay and Norm Provan, who played in 10 grand finals, ahead of Ron Coote and Eddie Lumsden with nine appearances. Cronk has the chance to join Immortal Johnny Raper, John ONeill and Kevin Ryan on eight. While Steve Edge and Ray Price are also on the list of eight grand finals, their tally does include the 1977 replay. That makes Coote the last player to make eight grand finals in separate seasons, and that is going back 44 years. Coote played his eighth grand final for the Roosters in 1974 and backed it up the next year under Jack Gibson. pearances of any halfback after playing for Melbourne in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017. Cameron Smith and Billy Slater played in six of those grand finals, but Smith missed 2008 through suspension and Slater 2016 through injury. Cronk arrived at Bondi this year under enormous pressure after the Roosters made the tough decision to bring him in over the top of Mitchell Pearce following their defeat in last years preliminary final. After a mixed start to the season, the Roosters found their groove and went on to claim the minor premiership with Cronk pulling the strings. Cronk certainly lived up to Stuarts theory about the halfback owning the result in the Roosters win over Cronulla in week one of the finals when Its a great achievement for Cooper in this modern game, Coote told the NT News. Cooper is an outstanding player. He has such a good football brain and he brings so much to a team. Clay was the five-eighth in the great St George while Kevvie Walters was also a fiveeighth who played in seven grand finals. But Cronk has the most ap Cooper has a terrific kicking game, no doubt about it A N T H O N Y S E I B O L D Cooper Cronk of the Sydney Roosters reacts following his teams win over the Parramatta Eels in the Round 25 NRL match earlier this month. Cronk is chasing an eighth grand final appearance and in doing so would become the first halfback in NRL history to achieve this Picture: AAP he iced that late field goal. And last week for the Rabbitohs, Adam Reynolds was super impressive scoring all the points, including three field goals, in the one-point win over St George Illawarra. Tonight the kicking games of both halfbacks no doubt will again be crucial to the result. Souths coach Anthony Seibold knows exactly what he is up against in Cronk, having worked alongside him during their time at the Storm. Cooper has a terrific kicking game, there is no doubt about it, Seibold said. He puts those cross-field kicks for (Blake) Ferguson and (Anthony) Tupou, and they are very dangerous. So we need to make sure we put Cooper under pressure and make him kick on our terms rather than his. Tribute for Clark to fire up Souths DO it for Clarky. Thats the mentality South Sydney will carry into Saturdays blockbuster NRL qualifier as they seek to give local junior Jason Clark a fitting send-off. The Rabbitohs forward has been ruled out of Saturdays grand final qualifier against the Sydney Roosters because of an ankle injury, with Junior Tatola promoted to the bench. Anthony Seibolds squad have plenty of fire in their bellies coming up against their local rivals and with a spot in the season decider on the line. But the loss of the highly respected 29-year-old has delivered them extra motivation. After a decade at Redfern, the Coogee Randwick Wombats junior will move to the English Super League next season to join Warrington. And now the Rabbitohs want to win it for Clark so that he can pull on the cardinal and myrtle one last time. He wont play tomorrow night; its a real shame for Jason, hes a South Sydney junior, Seibold said. We made a decision this morning, that will be our only change to the 17. Its a great opportunity for Junior to come in here. But its obviously very sad for Clarky because being a local guy, playing against the Roosters in a game like this would have been an unbelievable experience. Weve got to get the job done so he can wear the jersey one last time. Seibold was glowing in his praise for the 169-gamer and member of their 2014 premiership-winning side. Hes definitely on the podium as the best club person Ive been involved with, Seibold said. Hes a terrific person, a terrific father, he has three beautiful daughters and a lovely wife, he represents everything about South Sydney: being a local junior and aspiring to play for their local club to win a premiership and going on to play over 150 games. Seibold said he had no concerns about Greg Inglis (ribs) and Adam Reynolds (shoulder), who have been playing with niggling injuries since week one of the finals. STEVE ZEMEKCronk has history of kicking on to grand final berth ROOSTERS $1.80 RABBITOHS $2.05

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