Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017
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66 SPORT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 JAPAN 30 AUSTRALIA 63 WALLABIES Tries: T Kuridrani 3 S Kerevi 2 H Speight T Polota-Nau R Simmons N Phipps Conversions: R Hodge 9 CHERRY BLOSSOMS Tries: W van der Walt A Mafi K Himeno Conversions: R Matsuda 3 Penalty Goals: R Matsuda 3 Referee: B Skeen (NZ) THE experiment with Reece Hodge was never about him going solo as the Wallabies new five-eighth but how often Kurtley Beale could job-share by gliding in and out of the action in Yokohama. The pair worked it smartly during the landslide 35-3 first half which set up the 63-30 thrashing of Japan yesterday at the Yokohama International Stadium where they are aiming to be in the Rugby World Cup final in 2019. Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper had urged on Test eve that his side had to show their improved mindset by playing every opponent with the same mentality as the one which slew the All Blacks. The fragility of Japans new defensive system made that easier than it should have been, but the Wallabies were crisp with their five try-plays and some deft off-loading in the decisive first half. Fullback Beale moved into first receiver as swiftly as the fifth minute to throw a long ball to send centre Samu Kerevi over untouched. Not to be outdone, Hodge slipped a lovely ball inside for Henry Speight to score five minutes later off a well-worked lineout play. Cahill pain shared by the nation WILL a rolled ankle cost Australia a place at the World Cup? After sustaining the injury on the eve of do-or-die qualifiers with Honduras, Socceroos star Tim Cahill spent yesterday receiving treatment in a bid to fly to Central America. Neither Cahill, A-League club Melbourne City or the national team would comment on the severity of the injury. Instead, Sydney FC and exSocceroos coach Graham Arnold has urged the country to cross fingers for the health of Australias all-time leading scorer. Cahill was forced from the field in Friday nights 1-0 A-League loss to Sydney FC at AAMI Park after landing awkwardly in attempting to hurdle Sky Blues defender Jordi Buijs. Cahill was due to leave Melbourne today, a 30-hour journey involving three flights to arrive in San Pedro Sula. The veteran scored twice and played the full 120 minutes in Australias second leg victory against Syria to set up the showdown with Honduras. Its why Arnold, who coached Cahill as Socceroos boss a decade ago, has suggested Australian fans should say a little prayer. Lets all keep our fingers crossed hes OK, Arnold said. The away leg with Honduras will be played on Saturday (AEDT), before the return tie in Sydney on November 15. Dynamic duo strike Hodge performed ably considering he was thrown into No. 10 without a Super Rugby start in the position in three months of Wallabies training camps. His goalkicking was eyepopping nine from nine to convert every try because he wasnt taking the lottery shots from 45m and further. He had one pass intercepted playing flat at the line but showed quick hands in the face of another defender to shift the ball to Beale for the first of centre Tevita Kuridranis three tries. Hodge directed teammates into position, linked in the backfield with Beale to start a kick-return try for Kuridrani and was excellent in defence under high kicks. In the second half, he jolted Japanese five-eighth Rikiyo Matsuda with a front-on tackle, forcing out the ball for halfback Nick Phipps to dot down for another try. The Hodge experiment is worth pursuing and the next step will be making sure he plays fly half for the Melbourne Rebels next season. Beale, who had a hand in four tries, during his hour on the field showed again that his creativity and ability to bob up in support transforms the Wallabies. JIM TUCKER Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu looking to pass in heavy traffic against Japan in Yokohama yesterday Predict the winner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup with Australias #1 horse racing form guide & app. FORM PREDICTOR SPEED RATING 1st GOOD 4 Flemington Race 7, 3200M $6m 4 Almandin 10 Marmelo 9 Red Cardinal 100% 2nd95% 3rd90% Emirates Melbourne CupTuesday 3:00pm, 15o Overcast 11:47amTelstra Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghhelponline.org.au NEED A MELBOURNE CUP TIP?
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