The Northern Territory news Mon 23 May 2016
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MONDAY MAY 23 2016 SPORT 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Peachey howler lets Titans run away with victory A TYRONE Peachey brain snap in the 78th minute gifted Gold Coast an unlikely 28-24 win at Pepper Stadium yesterday. With scores locked at 24-all, Peter Wallace was chased out of a field goal attempt when he threw a pass to Peachey, who dropped the ball, then inexplicably failed to dive on it. Titans halfback Ashley Taylor then picked it up and raced downfield, before Anthony Don acrobatically dived over in the corner one play later to steal a bizarre win. It was yet another heartbreaking loss in a season of many for the Panthers, who may also have lost centre Peta Hiku with a season-ending injury and are now clinging on to their spot in the top eight. The New Zealand international was stretchered off after an awkward tackle early in the second half, and could now join fellow Kiwi Dean Whare on the long-term casualty list at Penrith. One day before NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley names his team for game one, none of Penriths five Blues hopefuls stood out in front of the crowd of 11,210. Skipper Matt Moylan led a troupe of Panthers, including Josh Mansour, Bryce Cartwright, Trent Merrin and Peachey that have been in contention for Blues call-ups over the past month. The two teams went try for try from the moment Titans fullback William Zillman attempted to save a Peter Wallace 40-20 attempt only to flick the ball straight to Panthers winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak who opened the scoring. TITANS 28 PANTHERS 24 GOLD COAST Tries: G Bird A Paasi N Peats A Taylor A Don Goals: T Roberts 2 A Taylor 2 PENRITH Tries: D Watene-Zelezniak T Peachey J Mansour L Latu Goals: J Soward 4 Agnatius Paasi of the Titans attacks the Penrith defence questions to emerge from yesterdays game. Did Reynolds play his way into Origin I from the bench? What about Morris? Did Mitchell Pearce do enough? Did Blake Ferguson play his way out of Origin I? It would seem unlikely Reynolds would win a bench spot and it is almost certain Adam Reynolds has fended off Pearces late bid. I couldnt care less about the Origin team, Roosters coach Trent Robinson said. Ive got other issues to sort out. I thought Mitchell tried hard. He was the one on the ball, he kept pushing us around and kept trying to come up with something. He was playing a lot of footy today. Ferguson was dodgy under the high ball, a concern for NSW given the kicking games of Maroons Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cam Smith. Canterbury looked crisp in patches yesterday, scrappy during other periods. The Dogs did, however, do enough to collect the two competition points for a second successive win. It was always going to be a hard game, Hasler said. The Roosters have had an up-anddown year and we spoke about it pre-game, their bounce back. They are a quality side. We did what we had to do. From a purist point of view, we probably had some patches where we were a little bit disappointing. Asked did his side have plenty of improvement left, Hasler said: Thats probably a fair way to describe it. We are trying to get some momentum going, we have now had two wins in a row. We are trying to build on that now, but it gets a bit harder now with Origin. The game started in unbelievable fashion. Aidan Guerra, who had shifted to centre, was pushed into touch on the first tackle. The Bulldogs then went into touch on the first tackle of a kickreturn and Ryan Matterson fumbled the ball on tackle one from a scrum win. All in four minutes. DOGS PUSH JOSHS BARROW Latrell Mitchell gets a pass away for the Roosters against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium yesterday Picture: BRETT COSTELLO Roosters season is slowly slipping away Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds scores. I keep hearing it (that weve got the roster to turn it around) and seeing it, and these guys (the players) hear it, but weve just got to get it done, Roosters coach Trent Robinson said. Its getting away from us. Were 11 games in and weve got to find something. We pride ourselves on the way we play and were not living up to that at the moment. You have to feel for the Roosters. They have had injuries, suspensions and the Mitchell Pearce drama. It has been one of those years. Robinson, as always, handled the media with class yesterday, answering difficult questions honestly and openly. The club and the team are fine but weve got to get some results. Every week we go in thinking were going to have a good day. Were positive, were tight, but at moments like this were really down and it hurts, he said. It hurts a lot. Weve got to get it done next game. THEY sent out five State of Origin stars yesterday. Five internationals too. Two City representatives. Two forwards who have represented the Prime Ministers XIII. And another Test star Shaun Kenny-Dowall is out injured. It seems somewhat inconceivable to think a team with such firepower and ability the mighty Sydney Roosters could be knocked out of finals contention in late May. No side though has ever played finals footy after starting the season at 2-9. The Roosters sit second-last after winning the past three minor premierships. These are tough times at Bondi. The Roosters have their reasons, no doubt. Canterbury yesterday added to the Roosters misery with a 32-20 win at ANZ Stadium. The Roosters season is all but over. Bulldogs David Klemmer is tackled by the Roosters Mitchell Pearce Picture: BRETT COSTELLO DEAN RITCHIE
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