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The Northern Territory news Tue 28 Feb 2017



The Northern Territory news Tue 28 Feb 2017

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28 2017 SPORT 27 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA England pair Jack Nowell and Ben Youngs clash with Italians Sergio Parisse and Ornel Gega. INSET: Eddie Jones Picture: GETTY IMAGES ENGLAND coach Eddie Jones launched an extraordinary attack on Italys innovative Six Nations breakdown tactics, saying thats not rugby and that the fans should get their money back. England won 36-15 to stay on course for back-to-back grand slams but the victory, which needed a late surge of tries to put a gloss on the result, was almost forgotten in the immediate aftermath as the opposing coaches took markedly different views of Italys tactic of not putting any players into a ruck. That allowed their players to legally drift behind the tackle area and obstruct the England scrumhalf without being offside. England required a long time to get to grips with the situation, with French referee Romain Poite at one stage telling them: Im the referee, not the coach, you have to find a solution, after flanker James Haskell asked for clarification. The situation became even more bizarre when England briefly adopted the same approach at the breakdown in the second half. Jones, however, did not see it as a clever variation, comparing the tactics to Australian Trevor Chappells infamous underarm delivery to prevent the batsman hitting a boundary with the last ball of a one-day cricket international against New Zealand in 1981. That wasnt rugby today, if thats rugby Im going to retire, I dont want to be involved in that, he said. If your halfback cant pass the ball, theres something wrong with the game. If the 10 cant see the ball, how do you play rugby? We lost the ruck from the game and it ceases to become rugby so if you paid for your ticket, ask for your money back. I cant answer questions on rugby because there wasnt any today. We probably got flustered a bit by their tactics, which is normal, added Jones, who got very agitated when it was suggested his team should have been quicker in reacting. Frustrated Jones hits out at Italian tactics Homegrown threats to ensure Wanderers wary THE temptation for Western Sydney will be to concentrate on the Brazilian stars brought to Shanghai SIPG for tens of millions of dollars. But for all the attacking talent their visa players like Oscar, Hulk and Elkeson bring, theres a swathe of local products just as likely to hurt Western Sydney in the Asian Champions League tonight. Thats according to the Australian who knows the club as well as anyone, after Daniel McBreen spent more than a year at the club known then as Shanghai East Asia from 2013. In 12 years the club has gone from inception to a self-proclaimed desire to dominate Asian football, backed by huge spending from the Shanghai International Ports Group but the players at the core of it havent changed hugely, said McBreen. What you have to realise is that the club initially began as an academy (in 2000) but by 2005 the kids coming through needed a professional team to play for so the club was founded, he said. When I was there SIPG was the sponsor but then they bought the club, wanting to turn it into one of the biggest in Asia, so they have pretty lofty ambitions. But beyond the visa players they have a core of more than 20 who are actually from Shanghai, so they have a real emphasis on local products coming through the academy. Since the beginnings of the club theyve been pushed to the limit, they know pressure and just get on with it. All of that comes on top of Western Sydneys own week from hell, including a 4-0 ACL loss to Urawa, a 2-0 defeat to Perth and all the associated travel. Every year we talk about the travel and the weather but thats because it has an effect, said McBreen. TOM SMITHIES Kelly to take on familiar mission THE Oscars have seat fillers; the NRL has Luke Kelly. The 27-year-old from the Katherine Bushrangers has played 47 NRL games, filling in for the likes of high-profile star Cooper Cronk at the Storm and Kieran Foran at the Eels when theyre unavailable. Now hes set to slot into the hot seat left vacant by injured Rabbitoh Adam Reynolds. The NT News understands South Sydney coach Michael Maguire will name Kelly as his replacement for Reynolds, who is suffering from appendicitis. And Kelly will feel the heat facing Wests Tigers on Friday night in front of 25,000 fans at ANZ Stadium. Kelly played his junior rugby league at Katherine before linking with Melbourne and then Parramatta. He played six games for Melbourne and 41 for Parramatta over eight seasons but hasnt played an NRL game since round one last year. A knee injury ended his 2016 season after four games for Wentworthville. Maguire has several options to replace Reynolds, who will be out for up to four weeks. They are: * Selecting Kelly; * Moving Cody Walker into halfback with John Sutton reverting back to five-eighth; * Shifting Greg Inglis into the halves; and * Playing Damien Cook at halfback although that would mean Robbie Farah plays the entire 80 minutes. He (Maguire) will name his team but we have Luke Kelly who is an out-and-out seven so I would imagine that would have the least impact (on the side), Souths star Sam Burgess said. DEAN RITCHIE Luke Kelly passes during South Sydney training NRL - ROUND 1 Thursday: Sharks v Broncos 6.35pm Friday: Bulldogs v Storm 4.30pm, Rabbitohs v Tigers 6.35pm Saturday: Dragons v Panthers 3pm, Cowboys v Raiders 5.30pm, Titans v Roosters 7.30pm Sunday: Warriors v Knights 12.30pm, Sea Eagles v Eels 2.30pm OConnor set for fine FORMER Wallabies star James OConnor reportedly looks set to escape with a fine after being charged with possession of cocaine following his arrest in Paris over the weekend. AFP reported that OConnor and former All Black Ali Williams, who faces the more serious charge of buying co caine, were charged and later released from custody. While Williams is due to appear in court at a later date, OConnor can escape with a fine for possession. OConnor and Williams were allegedly found to be in possession of 2.4 grams of the substance outside a nightclub near the Champs Elysees. Red Devils in final thriller MANCHESTER United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice including a late headed winner as they edged Southampton 3-2 in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley yesterday. With extra time looming, the Swede nodded Ander Herreras cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster to score his 26th goal of the season in all competitions and secure Jose Mourinhos first trophy since the Portuguese coach took charge. United had taken a 2-0 lead with Ibrahimovics free kick and Jesse Lingards shot, but Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadinis double either side of halftime breathed life into the showpiece match. Fowler back in top 10 RICKIE Fowler may be returning to golfs top 10 but the American isnt ready to place himself alongside big guns Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth just yet. The 28-year-old claimed his fourth US PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic in Florida, overcoming a final round stumble to finish at 12-underpar 268, four shots ahead of fellow Americans Morgan Hoffmann (68) and Gary Woodland (69). Fowler started yesterdays round at the PGA National course in West Palm Beach with a four-shot lead but suffered three dropped shots in his first six holes en route to a final-round 71.

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