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Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017



Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017


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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2017 SPORT 63 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA it top its previous highest score in test matches 72-0 over a Pacific Island combination in 2008 while Scotland suffered its heaviest ever international loss. Te Maire Martin and Peta Hiku scored three tries each for the Kiwis, while veteran winger Jason Nightingale crossed twice. Kenny Bromwich, Dean Whare, Elijah Taylor, Russell Packer, Joseph Tipene and before reserves Peni Terepo and Ben Murdoch-Masila finished off the job, rendering a second-half Samoan fightback in vain. Manu Mau then scored a late Tongan clincher. Tongas victory sets it on a collision course with the Kiwis next weekend, with the loser likely to face Australia before the final. The prospect of Kiwi defectors including Jason Taumalolo, Taukeiaho and Mau playing against the country of their birth will get tongues wagging. Samoa, meanwhile, will play for third place in the pool against Scotland. Were just happy with the win, Taukeiaho said. With this game, we play with a lot of pride, it was a lot down to the fans it was good, we put on a show for them. They were really physical out there, I got smashed in the middle as well, but it was an awesome game, (especially) that second half. NEW ZEALAND v SCOTLAND SAMOA V TONGA TODAYS MENU 2017 Rugby League World Cup In Port Moresby (3.30pm): Papua New Guinea ($1.16) v Ireland ($5.25) In Townsville (3.30pm): Italy ($1.09) v United States ($7.50) In Townsville (6pm): Fiji ($1.01) v Wales ($26) England chomps on rival MATT LOGUE Shaun Johnson also scored tries for the home side while Johnson added nine conversions for a personally tally of 22 points. Scotland scored a late consolation try through Oscar Thomas, nine minutes from full-time. Conceding tries is something we dont want to happen but just one try, New Zealand captain Adam Blair said. Im sure the coach will be happy with that but the players will look back and try to fix it. Star Wade resigned to coming off bench NICK CAMPTON Killer Kiwis cruise into quarters NEW Zealand joined tournament co-hosts Australia in qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup with a record 74-6 win over Scotland in Christchurch yesterday. New Zealand followed up its 38-8 win over Samoa to remain on top of the Group B standings, and assured of a spot in the playoffs with its pool match against Tonga still to come. New Zealands 14 tries to one victory over Scotland saw Tongan power heading NZs way TONGA outmuscled Samoa 32-18 in yesterdays Rugby League World Cup pool match in Hamilton, setting up a winner-takes-all clash with New Zealand next week. Tonga made almost 700 more running metres than Samoa including 178m to Andrew Fifita and a whopping 272m to Sio Siua Taukeiaho and enjoyed 58 per cent possession, eventually nabbing five tries to three. Centre Michael Jennings bagged a first-half double WADE Graham created his own piece of history with his four-try performance against France on Friday night but the Cronulla backrower is almost certain it wont be enough to keep him in the starting side for Australia. Graham dazzled the French in Canberra, running in a quartet of four-pointers, becoming the first forward since Gorden Tallis against Papua New Guinea in 2000 to score four tries in a game. It was a star turn for Graham in his second Test but after the match he seemed resigned to the fact his stint in the starting 13 was all but over. I know I played well tonight, but theres a fair backrower who normally plays on the left who didnt play tonight by the name of Boyd Cordner, Graham said. Im pretty sure hell be lining up in the 11 for the rest of the tournament. Im just happy we performed as a team, we were a little bit better than last week. Cordner and Matt Gillett appear to have a mortgage on the Australian backrow positions but Graham is a handy back-up for either player, and can also cover the halves, hooker and centre. His versatility was one of the reasons coach Mal Meninga chose him for this tournament, and gives him a chance of securing the Kangaroos utility role for the knockout stages if he performs strongly against Lebanon next weekend. Graham will face some stiff competition for the role in Cameron Munster, who scored a double on debut at halfback and had a hand in a number of other tries. But Graham says hell take whatever role he needs to in order to help the team succeed. Im very grateful to be in this team, its a hard team to get into, he said. Theres a lot of quality players that arent in this team that wish they could be here. Whether its coming off the bench or carrying water bottles, I just want to contribute to this team, to have success, and whatever that role means to me Im willing to do it. Excited Panthers plan to greet Maloney with open arms PENRITH stars Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Josh Mansour have praised the imminent recruitment of James Maloney to the NRL club next season. Maloney is all but certain to move to the Panthers in a reported $6 million player swap with disgruntled captain Matt Moylan, who will link with Cronulla. The two clubs are likely to confirm the switch as early as tomorrow, ending almost three months of speculation over the future of Maloney at the Sharks. Penrith will be Maloneys sixth team in the NRL premiership. Moylans time at the foot of the mountains has also been under intense scru tiny since he was mysteriously given leave to address personal issues on the eve of this years NRL finals series. Its understood Maloney will receive $2.5 million over three years at Penrith, while Moylan will take up a fouryear deal in the Shire for $3.6 million. Campbell-Gillard believes the addition of Kangaroos teammate Maloney would be a huge boost in the development of teen sensation Nathan Cleary. Ive always been a strong believer that Nathan needs a real dominant half there to help his game and take the pressure off him, CampbellGillard said. Mansour said Maloneys experience would be invaluable to the club. Hes been to three grand finals, hes won two, he said. Hed be a good addition to the squad. Obviously Nathan was our main playmaker. To have another player like Jimmy will share the load around the team, release pressure off Nath. ENGLANDS World Cup campaign is back on track but its commanding 29-10 win over a spirited Lebanon last night in Sydney has been marred by a biting allegation. The English teams first win of the tournament was overshadowed early in the second half when winger Jermaine McGillvary was placed on report for appearing to bite Lebanese skipper Robbie Farah on the forearm. Farah complained to match officials, who referred the incident to the judiciary. Its the second biting allegation this World Cup after Welsh forward Ben Evans suggested he was bitten by PNG prop Wellington Albert. Despite the biting incident, England proved too good for Lebanon and now faces France in its final pool match in Perth next Sunday before a quarterfinal, most likely against Papua New Guinea. In a showcase of speed and skill, Wayne Bennetts men proved they possess the strikepower to be a threat. The English were without leader Sam Burgess through injury, but they looked classy in the big moments. Five-eighth Gareth Widdop proved the difference with his pinpoint kicking and passing game, including a field goal on the stroke of full-time. Widdop looked like he had the ball on a string at stages, while he was well supported by hooker Josh Hodgson. The Canberra No.9 created endless space around the ruck for Englands outside backs. Veteran Leeds winger Ryan Hall scored a double, while fellow flyer McGillvary scored a try and looked dangerous every time he touched the ball. The Lebanese play Australia in their last pool game in Sydney next Saturday night. Brad Fittlers troops can still qualify for the quarter-finals depending on their result against the Kangaroos, while theyd need France to lose to England. Boisterous English and Lebanese supporters converged on Allianz Stadium to create a carnival-like atmosphere with singing and drums. In the opening exchanges, it was England marching to the beat. Despite some dogged Lebanon defence, England opened the scoring after nine minutes through centre Kallum Watkins. Lebanons Alex Twal has no where to go as he confronts the English defence during last nights controversial World Cup clash at Allianz Stadium in Sydney Picture: MARK NOLAN FULLTIME World Cup - Group A: ENGLAND 29 (T Burgess B Currie R Hall J McGillvary K Watkins tries; G Widdop 4 goals, G Widdop field goal) d LEBANON 10 (N Kassis J Wehbe tries; M Moses goal) at Allianz Stadium. Referee: B Thaler (Eng) Crowd: 10,237