The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015
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22 SPORT MONDAY MAY 4 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 CAN'T SEE IT IN THE PAPER? Check out for all the latest news, scores and highlights The NT News Sport @NTNewsSport Hoo-Roo time after Kiwis seal Test glory THE era of Kangaroos dominance has officially ended and the international careers of several Australian greats and coach Tim Sheens are set to follow suit. New Zealand shocked the Kangaroos 26-12 at Suncorp Stadium in front of 32,681 fans. The result will surely cost several high profile players their jobs. Australia conceded 26 points in the first half, the most in the teams history. It was New Zealands first win in a mid-season Test since 1998. The Kiwis have now beaten Australia three times in a row, the first time they have achieved that since 1952-53. New Zealands pack dominated the 2013 World Cup champions, who had no excuses with the majority of players available for selection. The Kiwis rumbled up the field on the back of several 60m sets in the first half as they shot to a 26-6 lead after 40 minutes, a lead that ultimately won them the game. Australia fielded six players aged above 30 and two players who will turn 30 this year but omitted centre Justin Hodges, who will not be available for the next World Cup. The Kiwis decided to focus on the World Cup before last years trans-Tasman Test and their much younger team has combinations and confidence after winning last years Four Nations final 22-18. They can claim the world No.1 status with end-of-year Test victories over England while the Aussies work on their suntans. The contract of Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens expires at years end. He began coaching the side in 2009 after their 2008 World Cup loss under Ricky Stuart. Australia does not know if they want to focus on the World Cup by picking players in their mid-20s or hope that last nights veterans such as Luke Lewis, Greg Bird, Nate Myles and Corey Parker pull through. For more than a year the Kiwis have been vocal about ignoring Benji Marshall in favour of the younger Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran. New Zealands four-member spine has an average age of 24 Australias is 30. CHRIS GARRY Alice magic touch: title three-peat ALICE Springs claimed their third straight championships at the NT Touch Football Titles, with a four-point win over Palmerston and Rural. Led by captain Jack Caspani, Alice Springs scored seven tries to Palmerstons three, with his brother Kelvin Caspani named MVP for the tournament. Palmerston and Rurals women looked like delivering the state title when their upset semi-final win over Katherine put them face to face with cross-town rivals Darwin Blue in the final. But Kiah Hazels single try was no match for Darwin Blues eight, with Caitlyn Costello top scoring with three tries and Charlene Boyd with two. In the under-18 mixed competition, Darwin City Mustangs came from behind to down Alice Springs, despite being down two tries at halftime. Double tries from Clancy Dorman and Jordan Carriera helped the Mustangs turn around their game to win 7-5. More than 20 teams came from across the Territory, including remote areas of Arnhem Land, to vie for the titles. Daley impressed as Moylan shows his class in Countrys win NSW coach Laurie Daley last night described fullback Matt Moylan as a very classy player. Daleys not wrong. Moylan moved a small step closer to NSW Origin selection with a robust performance in Countrys 34-22 win over City yesterday in Wagga Wagga. The Penrith and City fullback yet again showed he can lift to another level with aplomb. Barring injury, Josh Dugan is certain to be chosen in the Blues side for State of Origin I on May 27 at ANZ Stadium but where remains the question. When asked where Dugan would play, Daley said: That will depend on the halves. Dugan on one wing and Moylan at fullback is a strong chance. Moylan did though have some defensive issues yesterday, a problem the NSW camp noticed. Matt is a very classy player, Daley said. He has been around representative teams and players for the last year now. He certainly has a lot of skill. Moylan is a fine attacking player, and the NSW camp are aware they need to replace Jarryd Hayne with someone who can generate points. Immortal Andrew Johns went as far yesterday to compare Moylan with Queensland and Kangaroos great Darren Lockyer. He reminds me so much of Darren Lockyer at a young age, Johns said on Channel Nine. The stories you hear about how much he loves getting to training, hes the first to training and last one to leave. I love hearing those stories. I am blown away with how much time he has got. Daley also gave special mention to City halfback Blake Austin, who scored a hat-trick of tries. It is unlikely however Austin would be considered although no halfback is really demanding selection in the No. 7 jumper. Daley could look at playing two halfbacks Trent Hodkinson and Mitchell Pearce in his halves. DEAN RITCHIE Trent Merrin of Australia is tackled by Kevin Proctor of New Zealand during the Kiwis 26-12 win in yesterdays one-off trans-Tasman Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Picture: GETTY IMAGES AUSTRALIA 12 NEW ZEALAND26 AUSTRALIA Tries: S Thaiday, W Chambers Goals: J Thurston 2 NEW ZEALAND Tries: M Vatuvei 2, S Johnson, S Kenny-Dowall Goals: S Johnson 5 Big Mal liking idea of McGuire for Origin side QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga has given the greatest indication yet Josh McGuire will claim a Maroons debut by stating it is nearly time for the Brisbane enforcer to get a call-up for State of Origin I on May 27. Samoan international McGuire, 25, heads the list of forwards being considered by Meninga and Maroons selectors for Origin I in Sydney as Queensland aims to pick a pack that can overpower the Blues on the slippery ANZ Stadium surface.