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+ MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 Throw could see Jackson miss Origin action BULLDOGS back-rower Josh Jackson faces a nervous wait to find out if a dangerous throw on Penrith's Jamie Soward is set to rub him out of the State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium on July 8. Jackson was placed on report along with teammate Greg Eastwood for a 22ndminute lifting tackle that saw Penrith playmaker Soward upended and land awkwardly. Broncos weather the Storm MELISSA WOODS BRISBANE produced a stunning defensive display yesterday to hold out Melbourne for a 14-12 win and remain on top of the NRL premiership ladder. The Broncos were forced into a mammoth 12 goal-line drop-outs and 385 tackles at AAMI Park but barely cracked in a gripping match. Both teams were missing key players through injury and some were rested following Wednesday's gripping State of Origin contest at the MCG. Melbourne were without injured duo Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, while Maroons Corey Parker and Justin Hodges sat out. Without Slater and Cronk the Storm looked bereft of answers as they tried to penetrate the visitors' defence. Brisbane absorbed a mountain of pressure in the first half, which was dominated by the home side. Melbourne had 59 per cent of possession, completed 18 from 19 sets, and only 112 tackles to their opponents' 187. Despite those statistics, the Broncos only trailed 12-8 at halftime. They scored one of the best tries of the season when they shifted the ball across the field and back through a number of freakish passes before finding centre Jack Reed to score. Melbourne's two first half tries were scored by halfback Blake Green. The Broncos hit the front in the 52nd minute after a try by Corey Oates, that was set up by a perfect kick through by fiveeighth Anthony Milford. That was converted from the sideline by Jordan Kahu, who had missed two previously, for a 14-12 lead. The Storm threw everything at Brisbane and looked like they would get across in the final minute through Felice Kaufusi, but for a stunning ball and all tackle by Matt Parcell. Although neither player put their hands between Soward's legs, the diminutive five-eighth was placed into a dangerous position. A grade one charge seems the best Jackson could hope for given Soward was lifted above the horizontal, according to Bulldogs coach Des Hasler. That charge is worth 125 points, which can be down graded to 93 with an early guilty plea, but Jackson has 67 carry-over points hanging over his head having taken the early plea to a grade 1 tripping charge on Wests Tigers Mitchell Moses in Round 19 last year. That means a grade one charge would put him out of Canterbury's "Back to Belmore" match against Melbourne Storm next weekend but leave him free to join Origin camp for the crucial decider. Anything higher than a grade one would likely see him miss Origin III. Jackson insisted there was no intent in the tackle. "It's just one of those things that happens in a game. Obviously there was no intent there but it happens and it's in the hands of the match review committee now," Jackson said. ---------------------------- ---- ~ BRONCOS 14 BRISBANE Tries: L Maranta, C Oates, J Reed Goals: J l<ahu MELBOURNE Tries: B Green 2 Goals: C Smith 2 Crowd: 14,278 at MMI Park Referees: G Sutton, H Perenara Storm centre Will Chambers is knocked off his perch by giant Broncos winger Daniel Vidot during NRL premiership action at AAMI Park in Melbourne yesterday Picture: ROBERT CIANFLONE JUST FOOTY 23 + Hansen's second grab at big time email@example.com PALMERSTON Raiders captain Brad Hansen will travel to Sydney today to see if he has the skills to make it in the NRL. The 23-year-old, who has represented the NT Titans in every grade since he was 12 and has played with the Raiders since he was four, will need to show off his ball skills, tackling, fitness and general game play in a one-day trial at Sydney's Jubilee Oval tomorrow. If successful, Hansen will be one of 20 players to make the final cut, and will undergo an intensive 10-week high-performance-training program to compete for an NRL contract. The program will be led by former Australian and NSW captain Brad Fittler, who was announced as head coach of the squad on Friday. Hansen said he was excited to head to Sydney for the trial, having already made it through the first round video submission. "My mum and my missus helped make the video - actually it was a whole family effort making it and telling me to submit it," Hansen said. The Palmerston halfback 11Mymumand my missus helped make thevideo actually it was a whole family effort making it and telling me to submitit11 has represented Australia many times as part of the Combined Affiliated States national team and will again head overseas this year to play his preferred hooker role with the team against Tonga. But it's not the first time the Darwin boy has found himself close to the NRL. Some years back he had himself a two-year contract with the Parramatta Eels, bt after one year he was not ready to move his life to Sydney. "It was a two-year contract with the second year optioh111 and at the end of the first year, they said to me if I wanted to make it, I would have to move down there and I couldii't afford it," Hansen said. But this time, he's ready. "Definitely I'll move," he said. The show will air on the Nine Network in 2016. Titans thrown sponsor lifeline THINGS are looking up for NRL club Gold Coast after it signed a major sponsor. Resort development company Aquis Group is Gold Coast's new naming rights and front-of-shirt sponsor for the rest of 2015 and the 2016 season, and negotiations are already under way to extend a deal that comes as a lifeline f~I lowing months of turmoil. The club was placed into voluntary administration in February and several players were implicated in a drugs scandal before Daly CherryEvans reneged on a deal. Aquis also sponsors Super Rugby outfit ACT Brumbies. Melbourne keen to hijack NRL grand final in quest for big-ticket events PETER ROLFE MELBOURNE'S masterful State of Origin hosting has ignited calls to steal Sydney's biggest sporting event - the NRL grand final. Sports Minister John Eren said the bold bid to hijack the rugby league showpiece made sense after a record Origin crowd of 91,513 packed the Vl - NTNEOlZOlMA MCG, far from the game's heartland, on Wednesday. "We want every event that's worth having," he said. "The NRL grand final would be right at home in Melbourne. "We have the greatest stadium of all and a grand final atmosphere like no other. All we need are the goalposts." Committee for Melbourne chief Kate Roffey said Victoria had the gall, expertise and facilities to pinch the NRL showpiece from Sydney. "We could steal the NRL grand final - and certainly if (Melbourne) Storm were in it," she said. ''We could definitely put it on, it would be a hard ask getting it from NSW but we certainly could." Experts say Melbourne should stage a host of huge sporting events, including NBA basketball, Major-league baseball, NHL ice hockey and the first NFL gridiron game on Australian soil. A golf major, more matches with English Premier League soccer sides and even a sumo wrestling bout have been added to the shopping list of events movers and shakers want brought here. Having poached the Formula One Grand Prix from Adelaide in the past, Victoria is also prowling the pride and joy events of neighbouring states to further embellish our bulging sports calendar. Ms Roffey said foreign teams were interested in Melbourne because of its strong sports credentials and the city's sights should be set on big ticket US sports. Premier Daniel Andrews said Melbourne wanted more and vowed that Victoria would be "relentless" in luring ''big events, the big projects, the big investments" under his leadership. "We won't rest in keepmg Victoria number one and I issue this warning: if you have a major event worth taking, we're coming for it," he said. +