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The Northern Territory news Mon 11 Sep 2017



The Northern Territory news Mon 11 Sep 2017

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2017 SPORT 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Monday, September 11, 2017 17 MONDAY ntnews.com.au/sport NRL Broncos star Ben Hunt is off to the Dragons in 2018 Picture: AAP best way to approach the game. Im going to go into every game thinking that Ive got another one the week after, he said. I dont really want to go into any game thinking its going to be my last, until we make the grand final if we do that. Knockout finals makes it a little bit different but Im just going to prepare like its any other game and go out there to win it. Whenever that time comes (to finish with Brisbane), Ill see what happens then. After signing with the club as a teenager, Red Hill has been Hunts home for nearly a decade. But the reality is, if Penrith manage to upset Brisbane this weekend, his time in the maroon and gold will be over. Hunt said the fact he will be playing for the Dragons next year has not hit home for him yet. While at the start of the season he thought he would be used to the idea by finals time, he said that was not the case. Its crept up on me pretty quick, he said. Ive been pretty focused on just trying to play some good football. The finals have come up and all Ive been thinking about is that. So we talk about decisions, crucial decisions all wrong C R O N U L L A C O A C H S H A N E F L A N A G A N Cronulla captain and lock Paul Gallen making a point during yesterdays dramatic NRL elimination final against North Queensland at Allianz Stadium Picture: PAUL MILLER SHARK FRENZY semi-finals 3 BRisBane v 7 PenRiTH at suncorp stadium (2nd semi-final) friday, september 15, 7.25pm WinneR v 1 melBOURne in Preliminary final at aami Park friday, september 22, 7.25pm 4 PaRRamaTTa v 8 nORTH QUeenslanD at anZ stadium (1st semi-final) saturday, september 16, 7.10pm WinneR v 2 sYDneY ROOsTeRs in 2nd Preliminary final at allianz stadium saturday, september 23, 7.10pm NRL SNAPSHOT Looming Broncos departure still hard for Hunt to digest BEN Hunt thought he would be hit by the reality that he was leaving the Broncos at seasons end by the time the finals series kicked off. But as Brisbane approach their first elimination match this Friday night, the star playmaker says it still doesnt feel real. Hunt will head into the door-die showdown against the Panthers and former coach Anthony Griffin with the mindset that his Brisbane career is not over yet. For the Dragons-bound playmaker, that is simply the RIKKI-LEE ARNOLD match press conference. I just wanted to make sure that we could talk about decisions and Im not talking about the integrity of the referees, Flanagan said yesterday. We talk about the games, we want to get people here. Weve got bigger issues. Weve got to fix this up. Among Flanagans list were Paul Gallens knock-on in the final minute of regular time and James Maloneys first-half sin-binning for a professional foul. When is James Maloneys a professional foul? Its not a professional foul. Its a penalty, if that, he said. Luke Lewis got run off the ball every time. Go and watch the video how many times he got knocked to the ground in kick-chase. Jayden Brailey going in to tackle the kicker, the kicker kicks the ball at him. He doesnt play at it. Scrum, Cow boys feed. If anyone on this planet thinks Andrew Fifita knocked the ball on, it went tunnel ball through his legs. Flanagan had two more he believes cost them the game the first of which was Gallens late error, and a penalty against Matt Prior soon after that resulted in the Cowboys sending the game into extra time with a penalty goal. Paul Gallen, trying to get up to play the ball, and theres a bloke that pulls the ball out, Flanagan said. But go down the other end of the field, Matt Prior affecting the tackle, they say he pulls it out and they kick a goal. Paul Gallens should have been a penalty, game over we win the game, full stop. So we talk about decisions, crucial decisions all wrong. Flanagan is the third NRL coach to take aim at the games officials in the space of 24 hours, joining Manlys Trent Barrett and Parramatta coach Brad Arthur. The Sharks coach said it was disappointing that he had to talk about the referees. I had to come and talk about it because in my view, it impacted on the result, he said. Those things get factored in the result. In my view, we need to fix it up. Imagine if that was a grand final well those two (referees) wont be there. CRONULLA coach Shane Flanagan has launched a stunning tirade against the referees after his team was eliminated from this years finals by North Queensland, denying the Sharks a chance to defend their NRL title. Flanagan took the rare step after the game of reading out a prepared list of what he believes were errors made by the officials in the 15-14 extra-time defeat. He also took the extreme measure of clarifying his prepared statement with NRL head of football Brian Canavan after the game, but before he fronted the mandatory post MATT ENCARNACION WEEK one of the finals. Results: Qualifying final 1: Sydney Roosters 24 d Brisbane 22. Qualifying final 2: Melbourne 18 d Parramatta 16. Elimination final 1: Penrith 22 d Manly 10. Elimination final 2: North Queensland 15 d Cronulla 14. THE WASH-UP: Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters book preliminary finals and get a week off. The season is over for Cronulla, the defending premiers, and Manly. Penrith and North Queensland prevail in thrilling but controversial knockout games. Brisbane and Parramatta lose but cash in double chances to play again. INJURIES: Sea Eagles: Curtis Sironen (hamstring); Eels: Tepai Moeroa (concussion); Roosters: Daniel Tupou (groin). JUDICIARY: Broncos: Adam Blair (tripping). Sergis picked to tackle PNG SHE made one of the best rugby league debuts in recent times and now Jessica Sergis has been rewarded for her speed and try-scoring ability with a spot in the Jillaroos side to tackle PNG in a historic clash this month. Sergis is one of six women named by Jillaroos coach Brad Donald for the first ever match against the Papua New Guinea Orchids in Port Moresby on September 23. Sergis, 19, played herself into the national mix at the recent interstate challenge where she ran in three tries in her first game for the Blues in their win against Queensland. Im still in shock, Sergis said yesterday. But I just feel lucky to have the opportunity.

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