The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Nov 2017
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 6 2017 SPORT 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Monday, November 6, 2017 17 cruised to a historic win over Wales in front of 7732 fans. Hayne leapfrogged Immortal Bob Fulton as the tournaments greatest try scorer in Fijis biggest Cup victory, eclipsing their 58-12 margin against the USA last week. The Batis 14-tries-to-one rout also marked Wales biggest ever Cup loss. IT WILL be Shane Flanagans desperate search to find an 80 per cent first-string goal kicker. And it could make-or-break Cronullas season. The Sharks coach will ask four makeshift goal kickers to step up next season to replace James Maloney. The search, however, will be difficult. The contenders to replace Maloney, pictured, as No.1 goal kicker are Josh Dugan, Val Holmes, Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend. Each will be required to put in intense goal kicking training over the off-season. Maloneys impending decision to join Penrith will suddenly leave Cronulla without a regular top-flight goal kicker. Dugan has kicked 24 goals from 43 attempts for a humble 55.8 per cent success rate. Moylan has landed 29 from 47 for 61.7 per cent while Townsend has kicked 50 from 84 for 59.5 per cent. Maybe Flanagans best option would be Holmes, who has kicked 23 from 32 for a 71.9 per cent success rate. None compare to Maloney, who has landed 707 career goals from 875 attempts for a strike rate of 80.8 per cent. And his success rate is even better at Cronulla, where he has kicked 165 goals from 202 attempts for 81.7 per cent. In his 45 games at Cronulla, Maloney has scored 380 points 8.4 per game consisting of 11 tries, 165 goals and six field goals. If Jimmy leaves, we have options. Chad, Moylan if he comes to us Holmes, Dugan they havent been number one goal kickers for a couple of years, they have all been part timers, Flanagan said. They will have to step up MONDAY ntnews.com.au/sport RUGBY LEAGUE Sharks on hunt for solid kicker and get more practice in well be fine in that area. They have always known that Jimmy has been around for the past couple of years. If there was an injury, they would do a bit of practice but it wasnt their main focus. This will have to change their focus and one of them will be the main goal kicker. Reminded how important turning four points into six was at NRL level, Flanagan said: One hundred per cent, mate. You have to be in that 80 per cent zone. We have to see which one will take that role. The best goal kicker in the club is actually Flanagans son, Kyle, who is expected to make his NRL debut at some stage of next season. Sharks officials hope to nail down the Moylan-Maloney swap sometime this week. Once Maloneys deal with Penrith is finalised, the Sharks will grant him a release. It is then that Cronulla can move on Moylan. The Sharks have the financial capacity to lure Moylan and Mitch Pearce to the club for next season. It is understood Cronulla have plenty of space in their salary cap to accommodate Pearce, should he leave the Sydney Roosters. The Sharks arent heavily pursuing Pearce until they know the NSW State of Origin halfback definitely wants to quit the Roosters. Should Pearce arrive, Flanagan could play Pearce and Moylan in the halves with Holmes at fullback and Dugan in the centres. He could also use Moylan at fullback and play Pearce and Townsend in the halves. DEAN RITCHIE Australian Kangaroos player Josh Mansour training for the Rugby League World Cup. Mansour could be selected to play against Lebanon, the country of his fathers birth, on Saturday. INSET: Mansour with his newborn baby Picture: AAP Josh expects torrid time KANGAROOS winger Josh Mansour expects plenty of banter to come his way should he get selected to face Lebanon next Saturday. Mansour capped off a memorable week on Friday when he returned to the Australia side in its win over France, almost one year after tearing his ACL during the 2016 Four Nations. It also came less than 24 hours after the birth of his first child. It was a massive week. Just reflecting on the last 12 months, Im very lucky and fortunate to be back in this squad, he said. You dont get many opportunities to represent your country in the green and gold. Im definitely lucky to be here. Its a privilege and Im relishing every opportunity. However, Mansours emotional season is set to hit another wave with possible selection to take on the country of his fathers birth in Syd ney. Mansour played three Tests for the Cedars in 2009, which included current Lebanon squad members Travis Robinson, Jamie Clark, Ahmad Ellaz and Nick Kassis. Then-coach John Elias also remains part of the teams coaching staff. If I get the opportunity, itll definitely be mixed emotions, Mansour said. I played for Lebanon in 2009 and made a lot of good memories and a lot of mates. Obviously being of Lebanese heritage, hopefully I can get my family on my side. Being on the sideline as a winger, you hear a lot of strange things coming from the crowd. No doubt therell be a lot of stick thrown my way. England winger Jermaine McGillvary will have to wait until this afternoon to learn if hell be charged over an alleged bite on Robbie Farah that threatens to end his Cup. McGillvary was placed on report in the 42nd minute of his teams 29-10 win over Lebanon in Sydney on Saturday. MATT ENCARNACION backline, kicked through and won the race to the ball to score. The win kept Papua New Guinea unbeaten after two rounds and atop Group C from which only one team will progress to the playoffs, likely to face England in the quarterfinals. It feels great, Kumuls player Kurt Baptiste said. Hayne soars in Wales rout DESPITE some pre-match turbulence, the Hayne Plane has taken flight to help Fiji thrash Wales 72-6 in Townsville yesterday and all but book a Rugby League World Cup quarter-final berth. Jarryd Hayne overcame renewed speculation about his NRL future to score a record 14th World Cup try as the Bati Italy crushes US to stay alive FINALLY, Italy has shown some fight on the field to keep its slim Rugby League World Cup finals hopes alive with a 46-0 rout of United States in Townsville yesterday. The Azzurris preparations were marred by an NRL integrity unit investigation into James Tedescos Cairns nightclub dust-up with teammate Shannon Wakeman. But that didnt stop world No.12 Italy coming out swinging and earning their opening victory of the 2017 tournament by running in eight tries. Man of the moment Tedesco scored two of them. Winger Josh Mantellato kicked a record seven goals for Italy in a Cup match. Kumuls get past tough Ireland WATSON Boas scored two minutes from full-time to clinch Papua New Guineas 14-6 win over Ireland at the Rugby League World Cup yesterday, likely propelling the Kumuls into the quarter-finals. Papua New Guinea held a two-point lead for 52 minutes before Boas pounced on a dropped pass in the Ireland
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