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The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015



The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015

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+ 26 JUST FOOTY + Wallabies to take on England at smaller stadiums MELISSA WOODS THE Australian Rugby Union says it is listening to fans by downsizing the venues for two Tests next year against E.1Jgland. The Wallabies will play England in three Tests, with the first on June 11 at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium. But the remaining matches will be played on June 18 at the 30,000-seat Melbourne Rebels' home ground of AAMI Park and Sydney's 45,000-seat Allianz Stadium on June 25. This is a switch from the larger Etihad Stadium (45,000) and ANZ Stadium (83,500), which the Wallabies have preferred in the past but have failed to sell out. ARD general manager of professional rugby, marketing and operations Rob Clarke said fans had been clear that they preferred a more-intimate venue. "We put together a fan survey with 8000 respondents from the rugby community," Clarke said. "The overwhelming feedback was that the fan experience is enhanced when they can sit in a stadium like AAMI Park and feel as though they are engaged and close to the activity." Last year, the Wallabies played France at Etihad, with a disappointing crowd and lacklustre atmosphere. While England are a much greater drawcard, Clarke said other research by the ARD showed more interstate visitors would travel for the intimate experience at the smaller ground than would attend a Test at a largei; venue. AAMI Park has never hosted a Test but the touring Brit ish and Irish Lions played against the Rebels there, while it recently was the venue for the A-League grand final and Asian Cup opening ceremony. "It shows that people will travel when they're going to get a brilliant experience," Clarke said. He said the results would be monitored and, if there was a push for a return to larger venues, they would consider it. "We will look at it year by year," he said. "We will start off with a blockbuster and, assuming that goes well, we'll then look at 2017 and 2018." Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said there was no question England were Australia's greatest rivals from the north. "This is guaranteed to be a really hard-fought and physical series," he said. England coach Stuart Lancaster said a Test series in Australia was a massive challenge and one to really look forward to. ''We haven't toured Australia since 2010 so, for most of our squad, it will be their first opportunity to play a senior Test there and I'm sure it will be a great series," he said. ------------------ ------ ------------------- ------------------------ Moore needed out of the ACT JAMIE PANDARAM BRUMBIES skipper Stephen Moore says his side must find more within themselves to defeat Super Rugby favourites tire Hurricanes following their sensational upset win over the Stormers. . _.-But history shows that the Brumbies' are the Canes' bogey team, with the Canberra side on a four-game winning st;reak against them. Days after Stormers coach Allister Coetzee sledged the Brumbies as less physical than the Waratahs, Moore's men bashed and barged their way to a comprehensive 39-19 win in their elimination final in Cape TuWn, marking the second time in three years they've won a finals match in South Africa. _._The victory has set up the daunting prospect of facing minor premiers the Hurricanes in Wellington, and the Brumbies will likely be missing strike winger Henry Speight, who was sent off for a dangerous throw late in the match against the Stormers. Speight up-ended Juan De Jongh on his head next to a bi:_eakdown in the 74th minute, and the Stormers centre landed awkwardly. Given SANZAR's crackdown of dangerous throws and tackles this season, Speight is likely to ----- ---- be sidelined for the semi-final and final if the Brumbies qualify. With the Brumbies having to travel 30,000km if they're to claim the premiership, the club had discussed using major sponsor Aquis's private jet for the trip to Cape Town and then directly to Wellington . However, the jet was unavailable and the players will fly commercially back to the capital city today, before heading to Wellington on Thursday, where the best team in the competition awaits. "There's no way around it, you've just got to dig deep and find that extra little bit," Moore said. "There's no avoiding the fact that it's not ideal, you've got to travel halfway around the world, and then fly to New Zealand. "All those things are in play, but that's when the character of the side comes in, you've just got to find that bit extra if you want to win the game." No team has ever managed to win the title by claiming successive victories in South Africa and New Zealand. If the Brumbies are to become the first, they'll need to call upon their strong history against the Canes, having not tasted defeat to them in five years. BRUMBIES Tries: J Tomane 3, J Mogg, 5 Sio, I Va ea Conversions: C Leali'ifano 3 Penalty Goals: C Leali'ifano STORMERS Tries: C Kolbe Conversions: D Catrakilis con Penalty Goals: D Catrakilis 4 Venue: Newlands, Cape Town Referee: J Peyper Brumbies winger Joe Tomane is all smiles after scoring one of his three tries against the Stormers during yesterday's Super Rugby qualifying final at Newlands in Cape Town Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN . . . . MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 Stiff test for Phipps with Smith on the way RUSSELL JACKSON SCRUMHALF Nick Phipps has the toughest marking assignment in the NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders and that's saying something considering their strikepower. The Highlanders set up a semi-final with the defending champion Waratahs by downing fellow New Zealanders the Chiefs 24-14 in their qualifying final in Dunedin on Saturday. The hosts had stars all over the park, including All Blacks fullback Ben Smith and electrifying winger Waisake Naholo, who scored both of the Highlanders' tries. But for Phipps (pictured), the player he will mark at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, slick and slippery All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith, was the man for the Highlanders. "I thought it was a great game - both teams were having a real crack and it was on a knife's edge for a lot of the game," Phipps said. "I thought Aaron Smith seemed to be the deciding factor in the end there. "They just took their opportunities better than the Chiefs did." Smith was in everything for the Highlanders, who were hosting their first post-season game since 1999. He created both ofNaholo's tries with terrific runs from scrums and will need to be watched closely. Meanwhile, Phipps said the Waratahs enjoyed a typically tough "week off' under coach Michael Cheika, after topping the Australian conference. ''We had the Monday off and that was it, he got stuck into us in the back half of the week," Phipps told Fox Sports. The Highlanders beat the Waratahs 26-16 in their regular season meeting in Dunedin in March, with Naholo among the tryscorers. "It's going to be a great game, it's finals footy, they are going to be up for it," said Phipps. "They haven't seen a finals series for a while and they'll be looking forward to the opportunity over here." Super Rugby Semi-Finals {NT times) Saturday, June 27 In Wellington: Hurricanes v Brumbies at Westpac Stadium (S.OSpm) In Sydney: Waratahs v Highlanders at Allianz Stadium (7.25pm) NTNEOlZOlMA - Vl

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