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24 JUST FOOTY MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 veteran of 31 Origin matches. To me it should be about picking the blokes playing to the best of their ability. If youre asking me about Ben Hunts future, every time he has been tested, hes handled it with great success. Playing under Wayne Bennett this year, Hunt has adopted more responsibility which has polished his game a fair bit. He played for Australia last year, so Hunt would not let Queensland down he would handle State of Origin. Meninga would prefer to show faith in Cherry-Evans given his investment in the Sea Eagles shot-caller, who has been slated for Origin greatness since his debut in 2013. But Cherry-Evans was badly exposed in Origin II at the MCG, particularly in defence, where he failed to communicate with his inside and outside men. At 89kg, Hunt is 5kg heavier than Cherry-Evans and his chunkier frame makes him an insurance option for Cameron Smith at hooker. The Broncos No.7 proved his representative pedigree last year, impressing in his Test debut during Australias Four Nations campaign. 64 NRL MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU TELE01Z01MA - V1 W L D B F A PTS +/ T G FG P T S NEXT WEEK TOP POINTSCORERS 2015 TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP DALLY M POINTS Raiders v Cowboys Judge: Jimmy Smith J Thurston (NQL) 3 S Soliola (CAN) 2 J Granville (NQL) 1 J Thurston (NQL) 19 A Woods (WST) 18 B Marshall (STG) 14 M Moylan (PEN) 13 B Austin (CAN) 13 D Cherry-Evans (MAN) 12 B Matulino (NZ) 12 C Sandow (PAR) 12 A Sezer (GCT) 11 Titans v Warriors Judge: Gary Belcher B Matulino (NZ) 3 S Johnson (NZ) 2 S Mannering (NZ) 1 Bulldogs v Panthers Judge: Brett Kimmorley J Reynolds (CBY) 3 D Klemmer (CBY) 2 S Kasiano (CBY) 1 Knights v Sharks Judge: Braith Anasta J Bird (CRO) 3 M Ennis (CRO) 2 K Gidley (NEW) 1 Sea Eagles v Tigers Judge: Brad Fittler K Foran (MAN) 3 D Cherry-Evans (MAN) 2 M Moses (WST) 1 Origin Game II Judge: Andrew Johns A Woods (NSW) 3 M Jennings (NSW) 2 J Thurston (QLD)* 1 *Doesn't count because Cowboys had the bye Storm v Broncos Judge: Wally Lewis M Gillett (BRI) 3 C Smith (MEL) 2 A McCullough (BRI) 1 C Rona (CBY) 16 J Roberts (GLD) 14 A Don (GLD) 11 S Radradra (PAR) 11 S Kata (WAR) 11 J Tedesco (WST) 11 B Stewart (MAN) 10 A Johnston (SOU) 10 B Austin (CBR) 10 M Vatuvei (WAR) 10 * All times AEDT Sea Eagles 30 Tigers 20 Cowboys 21 Raiders 20 Warriors 36 Titans 14 Bulldogs 24 Panthers 12 Sharks 30 Knights 28 Broncos 14 Storm 12 THE RESULTS BRISBANE 11 3 0 1 311 226 24 85 NORTH QLD 11 3 0 1 309 275 24 34 ST GEO ILLA* 8 4 0 2 212 155 20 57 MELBOURNE 8 6 0 1 258 202 18 56 SOUTH SYDNEY 8 6 0 1 274 254 18 20 SYD ROOSTERS* 7 6 0 1 279 176 16 103 WARRIORS 7 7 0 1 297 306 16 -9 CANTERBURY 7 7 0 1 290 312 16 -22 Cronulla 6 7 0 2 225 264 16 -39 Canberra 6 8 0 1 339 324 14 15 Penrith 5 8 0 2 202 244 14 -42 Gold Coast 6 8 0 1 301 348 14 -47 Wests Tigers 5 9 0 1 265 278 12 -13 Parramatta 5 9 0 1 282 336 12 -54 Newcastle 5 9 0 1 258 320 12 -62 Manly 4 9 0 2 202 284 12 -82 *Play tonight FRIDAY Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium, 7.45pm Broncos v Knights at Suncorp Stadium, 7.45pm SATURDAY Warriors v Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium, 3pm Cowboys v Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium, 5.30pm Eels v Dragons at Pirtek Stadium, 7.30pm SUNDAY Roosters v Titans at Central Coast Stadium, 2pm Tigers v Panthers at Leichhardt Oval, 4pm MONDAY Bulldogs v Storm at Belmore Oval, 7pm TOP TRYSCORERS J Croker (CBR) 6 55 0 134 J Maloney (SYD) 4 45 1 107 P Richards (WST) 9 35 1 107 J Thurston (NQL) 2 46 4 104 A Sezer (GLD) 3 44 1 101 S Johnson (WAR) 5 39 2 100 G Widdop (STI) 4 37 0 90 C Smith (MEL) 1 39 0 82 >> LEADERBOARD Newcastle duo sweat on charge sheet NEWCASTLE forwards Kade Snowden and Tariq Sims face a nervous wait for the match review committees charge sheet to come out today after both were placed on report during yesterdays disappointing 30-28 loss to Cronulla yesterday. There were several contentious calls including the decision to put Snowden on report for dangerous high contact in the 21st minute, while the Sharks felt they deserved an eight-point try when Luke Lewis was hit high by Sims when scoring a try in the second half. Then in the final minute Knights young gun Jake Mamo was hit high by Cronulla half Jeff Robson. But despite Mamo staying down and having a bloodied nose, the tackle did not result in a penalty that could have given the Knights a chance to win. Knights captain Kurt Gidley could not understand the decision. I dont think there is a grey area any more, Gidley said. If you get hit in the face, if you get a swinging arm to the head. Jake clearly got one, he had a bleeding nose at the end of it and he was knocked around. Look, we should not have been in that position where we needed a penalty in the last play of the game, that is for sure. But there isnt a grey area in it any more. If you get a swinging arm to the head it is a penalty. PAUL CRAWLEY Newcastles Kade Snowden. THE message was simple and straight to the point. Go out and change the game. They were coach Shane Flanagan instructions as Ben Barba stripped off his tracksuit and readied himself to enter the fray in the second half at Hunter Stadium yesterday. With his side down 22-12 and struggling to wrest back the momentum from the Knights, Cronulla desperately needed a dose of Barba brilliance. The sort of game-breaking brilliance we havent seen enough from him in recent seasons. He delivered. Thrown into the game early in the second half after an injury to winger Sosaia Feki, Barba was on the field only two minutes before being heavily involved in the lead-up to Luke Lewiss try. Then, just three minutes later, he steamed on to a no-look inside pass from Wade Graham to burst through and score next to the sticks. As per his instructions, he had turned the game on its head. When five-eighth Jack Bird grubbered for himself and scored soon after for a 30-22 lead, the Sharks had scored three tries in six minutes to take a sudden stranglehold on the game. He had a fair impact there, Flanagan said of Barbas cameo. Everyone is talking about Benny getting his confidence back and that would be a fair shot in the arm today. Flanagan refused to take the credit for the timing of Barbas entrance. It wasnt planned but Sosaia Feki strained his knee there and wasnt feeling real comfortable at half-time, so it gave me the opportunity to get him (Barba) out there and it worked today. As for whether the former Dally M Medallist will be used as a shock weapon off the bench or start games in the future, the Sharks coach said: His form will dictate that. Barba, who was returning after a rib injury, said his only focus while biding his time on the bench was on making a difference when he finally got out there. I knew I probably wasnt going to get on until the second half, he said. Flannos only message was when you get on, change it. I thought if I could score a try or make a break or set one up, that was my main focus. I did what was asked of me and Im just stoked we got the win. Adding further kudos to the Sharks win, they twice fought back from 10-point deficits to secure the two competition points. They trailed 16-6 in the first half after the Knights scored twice in the space of six minutes with tries to fullback Jake Mamo and backrower Beau Scott. Then the Knights extended a 16-12 half-time lead into a 22-12 advantage after Mamo came up with some freakish brilliance to bat a ball back that was headed over the dead-ball line for Carlos Tuimavave to score. But the lack of mental toughness and defensive frailties that have plagued the Knights for most of the season returned to haunt them as Barba, Bird, Graham and Lewis lifted a gear and took the game by the scruff of the neck. The Knights have now lost nine of their past 10 games and with key forwards Tariq Sims and Kade Snowden on report and a game against the Broncos on Friday night in Brisbane beckoning, it doesnt look like getting any better soon. Skipper Kurt Gidley was gutted by the way his side capitulated and coach Rick Stone admits they are learning some tough lessons. Its about learning in the NRL and its a tough environment to learn because it is pretty relentless, Stone said. BEN TURNS BACK THE CLOCK Barbas late cameo sinks the Knights BARRY TOOHEY HUNTER STADIUM SHARKS 30 KNIGHTS 28 SHARKS Tries: J Bird 2, B Barba, V Holmes, L Lewis. Goals: M Gordon 5 KNIGHTS Tries: Jake Mamo, Beau Scott, Kade Snowden, Carlos Tuimavave Goals: Kurt Gidley 6 MAROONS icon Wally Lewis says Daly Cherry-Evans can no longer be a selection untouchable as he urged coach Mal Meninga to consider blooding Ben Hunt in the Origin decider. As Cooper Cronk races the clock to be fit for Game Three, Lewis believes in-form Bronco Hunt must be an option either as a starting halfback or an interchange shock weapon. Cherry-Evans bona fides as an Origin playmaker are firmly under the microscope after he once again failed to fill the Cronk Wally says Ben in the hunt for DCEs spot void in Queenslands 26-18 loss in Origin II. There is a school of thought Hunt should be rewarded with an Origin debut for his outstanding club form. The Australian representative has piloted the redhot Broncos to the top of the league, while Cherry-Evans Manly side are equal last. Lewis, The King of Origin, admires Queenslands loyalty, but insists Hunt and Michael Morgan must be considered to replace Cherry-Evans for Origin III on July 8 at Suncorp Stadium. Id say that Hunt is now a definite chance, said Lewis, a BEN Barba came up with a brilliant cameo as Cronulla scored a crucial 30-28 win over the Knights at Hunter Stadium. Thrown into the game off the bench after 49 minutes with his side down 22-12, Barber had a hand in a try three minutes later before scoring one himself as the Sharks crossed three times in seven minutes to take control of the game. The Knights, who led by 10 points on two occasions during the game only to be run down both times, scored late through prop Kade Snowden to set up a PETER BADEL Knights winger Akuila Uate is wrapped up by the Sharks defence during yesterdays NRL premiership clash at Hunter Stadium Picture: ASHLEY FEDER Barba bristles class as Sharks net win thrilling final few minutes but the Sharks werent to be denied. Five-eighth Jack Bird and backrowers Luke Lewis and Wade Graham were also highly influential in the win. The loss was Newcastles ninth in 10 games and they have now lost six of their past seven games at home to be on the bottom of the premiership ladder with Manly and Parramatta. Its a far cry from the opening month of the season, where they were unbeaten competition leaders after four rounds. A Sharks try right on halftime to five-eighth Jack Bird left the Knights with a 16-12 advantage at the break. Newcastle led 4-0 early after two Kurt Gidley penalty goals before the Sharks hit back to level it up with a try from winger Valentine Holmes out wide 16 minutes in. It was 6-4 to the Sharks soon after when Michael Gordon kicked a penalty goal after Knights prop Snowden was put on report for the shoulder charge. But the Knights grabbed control off the back of two tries in the space of six minutes. Fullback Jake Mamo crossed for the first after capitalising on a Dane Gagai bust for a 10-6 lead and it was 16-6 after 34 minutes when Gidley put replacement forward Robbie Rochow in a hole before back-rower Beau Scott loamed up on the outside to take the final pass. But it was Gidley who made the mistake that y led to Birds try late in the half, putting his foot on the touch line from dummy half to give the visitors possession near the Knights try-line. Some Mamo magic stretched the Knights lead to 22-12 when he brilliantly flicked the ball back from over the dead-ball line to deliver a try for five-eighth Carlos Tuimavave. But the introduction of Barber 49 minutes in changed the whole completion of the game. BARRY TOOHEY KNIGHTS 28 SHARKS 30 CRONULLA Tries: J Bird 2, B Barba, V Holmes, L Lewis Goals: M Gordon 5 NEWCASTLE Tries: J Mamo, B Scott, K Snowden, C Tuimavave Goals: K Gidley 6 Crowd: 14,081 at Hunter Stadium Referees: G Badger, A Shortall
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