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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 Jun 2018



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 Jun 2018

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FRIDAY JUNE 22 2018 SPORT 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Storm always sure of Bellamy: Donaghy MELBOURNE boss Dave Donaghy says he never doubted Craig Bellamy would resign with the NRL club and spurn a huge Brisbane offer. The 58-year-old coach put to bed weeks of speculation he would leave for the Broncos when he inked a new threeyear deal last weekend. While the rumblings out of Brisbane were loud and Bellamy appeared genuinely conflicted on his future, Donaghy felt certain they would get their man. I never at any point felt Craig was going to do anything but stay, Donaghy said. It was a longer process than it needed to be and we both played our best poker faces during the negotiations. I heard different things but it was exaggerated noise. Donaghy said it was Bellamy weighing up whether to leave his Melbourne-based grandchildren and his ties to the club where hed spent the past 16 years rather than length of the contract or dollars offered that were behind the protracted negotiations. Lodges quest to repay NRLs faith ADMITTING it is a weight off his shoulders, Matt Lodge says hell stay away from alcohol and continue to repay the faith shown in him after settling with the victims of his New York rampage. CCTV footage of the incident shows a drunken and aggressive Lodge attacking a defenceless man after barging into his home, having already threatened a woman on the street. Lodge avoided a 12-month jail term in the US over the 2015 attack with a plea deal, but was hit with a $1.6 million damages bill from a civil suit. There was widespread condemnation earlier this year when details of his predica ment surfaced, with the underfire NRL refusing to sign off on a new deal until his civil suit was sorted. But after agreeing to a confidential settlement amount last week, the 23-year-old has taken out a bank loan and will pay it in full to his victims, paving the way for an extension to his initial one-year deal. South Darwins Billy Burn has transformed his game in the 2018 NTRU premiership since moving from fly-half to halfback. Souths have already booked their ticket to the grand final Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI At last, Burn will get the chance to appear in his first grand final JACK HISLOP HAVING played rugby since he was a young boy, one thing has eluded Billy Burn a grand final. That will change on June 30 when Souths halfback takes the field in search of NTRUs biggest prize against either Casuarina or Palmerston at Rugby Park. The Rabbitohs qualified last Saturday by beating the Crocs 3519. Burn played with poise at scrumhalf, as he has for the majority of 2018 since moving from five-eighth in the off season under first-year coach Brad Hunt. We are getting good numbers at the breakdown, so that makes it a lot easier for me, Burn told the NT News after Souths major semi-final victory. Its probably not the biggest forward pack but they go in hard, so Ive got to give them credit. The Bunnies have dominated first grade this season, claiming the minor premiership by 15 competition points ahead of second-placed Palmerston. It was a similar story in 2017 before they bombed out of the playoffs in straight sets. It took a while to get over last year, Burn said. But were in (the grand final) this year, so well have a good crack. We will get a few more players back (Gordon Pirret, Sky Wanahi, Regy Manu), and we dont really care who we play. Either side will be hard to face on the day, but well be confident. FRESH from getting smashed by a park footballer, giant Lukhan Tui has been brought into the Wallabies starting side to do the same to Irelands forwards in the series decider tomorrow night. Tui replaces Caleb Timu, who has been dumped from the squad altogether, while as expected Nick Phipps replaces injured Will Genia as the only two changes to the starting Tui, Phipps get the nod Cheika makes changes for crucial Test against Ireland line-up that lost to Ireland in Melbourne last Saturday. Tuis introduction at blindside flanker sees David Pocock shift back to No.8, the position hes played most often for Australia in the past three years. As Wallabies coach Michael Cheika seeks more physicality from his pack, who were dominated in the last outing, the 198cm, 121kg Tui will be tasked with overpowering Irelands strong forwards at Allianz Stadium. Waratahs forward Ned Hanigan has been named on the 6-2 split bench, in his first match since injuring his knee one month ago. Brumbies halfback Joe Powell also comes on to the bench as Phipps back-up. Australia claimed the first Test in Brisbane 18-9, before world No.2 Ireland bounced back to square the series 1-1 with a 26-21 victory last weekend. Tomorrows decider in Sydney will be the first time the two nations have clashed in the city since 1994, when the Wallabies prevailed 32-18 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. WALLABIES TEAM: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Scott Sio; Reserves: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Joe Powell, 23 Reece Hodge. JAMIE PANDARAM RUGBY UNION - THIRD TEST AUSTRALIA V IRELAND TOMORROW, SYDNEY, 7.30PM WATCH LIVE ON