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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015

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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015

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NT news

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The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

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2015-05-04

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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News Corp Australia

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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MONDAY MAY 4 2015 SPORT 23 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Mitchell, Giteau well suited by new ARU law TWENTY-FOUR hours before he secured Toulons status as European champions with a match-winning solo try, Drew Mitchell went suit shopping with Matt Giteau in London. What kind of suit counts, because despite thrusting his name into the Wallabies World Cup selection frame at Twickenham, Mitchell was yesterday still humbly deflecting talk of him being a good bet to join Giteau back in gold at the same venue later this year. Yesterday Gits and I went into Regent Street and got measured up for top hat and tails, for the Royal Ascot races, Mitchell revealed. And it fits, because still to this point, I am still riding on his coat tails. Gits has been someone who has done it for a number of years, and today again, he orchestrated the win. I just had a five second burst of success. Though never one to withhold an opinion, Mitchell shies away from talking himself up but with the capacity to score five-second tries like the one in a final at Twickenham, he barely has to. Mitchells sizzling 40m try in the 70th minute beating six defenders nailed down Toulons third straight Champions Cup trophy; a record. Giteau was the star in their last title win but this time Mit chell was the Aussie toast of Europe, and it gave Wallabies coach Michael Cheika a perfect reminder of his class on one of the biggest stages outside of Test rugby. Along with Giteau and George Smith, 63-cap Wallaby Mitchell became eligible to play for Australia again under the ARUs new law which some dub Giteaus Law. Speaking from London post-match, Mitchell wont presume to pick himself but he said hed jump at the chance to wear the Wallaby jersey again. Hed vie with Henry Speight, Rob Horne, Joe Tomane, James OConnor and Nick Cummins for a wing spot, but does cover fullback as well. I came over here thinking perhaps my Wallaby career was over. Now, a couple of weeks ago, a small window of opportunity arose for it to continue and of course that excites me, he said. Its a World Cup year. For anyone who is eligible to play for Australia, it excites them. I am no different. I would love nothing more than to pull the green and gold on again, but thats not for me to determine. If Cheik and the selectors feel like I can add something, then Id be champing at the bit to give all I could. Asked about his try, Mitchell said the secret of his de ception was the fact he didnt think hed score either. I managed to beat the first couple of guys and after that, to be honest, if I was genuinely honest, I was looking to pass it off. I still had a fair way to go, he said. I think maybe by looking for someone to pass it to, it helped me evade the next defender and then I just had the last guy to beat. Giteau said post-match that his friend was not just a tryscorer, but defensively sound and safe in the air. Im a bit biased, because hes my best mate, but to see him do something so special was amazing, said Giteau. Colby Faingaa of the Rebels celebrates the defeat of the Chiefs at AAMI Park on Saturday. Picture: GETTY IMAGES Rebels with cause to celebrate but no talk of finals TONY McGahan refuses to entertain the prospect of the Melbourne Rebels contesting Super Rugby finals despite last years wooden spooners historic win over the Waikato Chiefs. Sitting in 10th place with five wins from 10 matches with six games left, the Rebels could reach the playoffs if results fall their way. But McGahan, ecstatic after Melbourne overcame a severely disrupted preparation to beat the Chiefs 16-15, says the finals are a long way in front of us. We feel like weve got a good enough side to play finals, absolutely, he said. But whether thats here or in the future, weve got too much in front of us to worry about that. All we know is that weve got the Blues next week and thats enough for us at this stage. Despite McGahans conservatism, there is undeniable recognition among rival clubs that the competitions youngest club has evolved into an uncompromising and dangerous unit. Adding further to its impressive bunch of scalps, the Rebels have now beaten three perennial finalists 2012-12 champions Chiefs, seven-time winner Crusaders and the Brumbies. And if not for refereeing blunders it might have beaten reigning champion NSW twice this season. Given an ordinary run with injuries and officiating, Melbourne will set a new record for the most wins in a season as a talented playing group continues to thrive. The Rebels face the Blues at AAMI Park on Friday before travelling to Brisbane to clash with the Reds. They will then tackle the Stormers in Cape Town and Sharks in Durban before re turning home to host the Pretoria Bulls and Western Force. McGahan will not let his squad even contemplate contesting finals when it reassembles today. Were still building really slowly with what were doing, he said. Weve got heaps of improvement left in us, heaps of hard work left to do. Weve got a pretty hard draw in front of us and well get back to work on Monday. LEO SCHLINK DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU MONDAY MAY 4 2015 SPORT 57 V0 - TELE01Z01MA SUPER RUGBY SCOREBOARD STANDINGS P W D L PD BP PTS HURRICANES 10 9 0 1 107 7 43 BULLS 11 7 0 4 48 6 34 BRUMBIES 11 6 0 5 93 8 32 CHIEFS 11 8 0 3 77 6 38 HIGHLANDERS 10 7 0 3 53 5 33 WAR ATAHS 10 7 0 3 32 3 31 STORMERS 11 7 0 4 25 2 30 LIONS 11 6 0 5 -45 3 27 CRUSADERS 11 5 0 6 59 6 26 REBELS 10 5 0 5 -17 4 24 SHARKS 11 4 0 7 -73 5 21 CHEETAHS 11 4 0 7 -88 4 20 BLUES 11 2 0 9 -47 8 16 REDS 10 2 0 8 -131 3 11 FORCE 11 1 0 10 -93 7 11 AUSTR ALIA CONFERENCE P W D L PD BP PTS BRUMBIES 11 6 0 5 93 8 32 WARATAHS 10 7 0 3 32 3 31 REBELS 10 5 0 5 -17 4 24 REDS 10 2 0 8 -131 3 11 FORCE 11 1 0 10 -93 7 11 NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE P W D L PD BP PTS HURRICANES 10 9 0 1 107 7 43 CHIEFS 11 8 0 3 77 6 38 HIGHLANDERS 10 7 0 3 53 5 33 CRUSADERS 11 5 0 6 59 6 26 BLUES 11 2 0 9 -47 8 16 SOUTH AFRICA CONFERENCE P W D L PD BP PTS BULLS 11 7 0 4 48 6 34 STORMERS 11 7 0 4 25 2 30 LIONS 11 6 0 5 -45 3 27 SHARKS 11 4 0 7 -73 5 21 CHEETAHS 11 4 0 7 -88 4 20 COMING UP FRIDAY Crusaders v Reds AMI Stadium, 5.35pm Rebels v Blues AAMI Park, 7.40pm SATURDAY Hurricanes v Sharks Westpac Stadium, 5.35pm Force v Waratahs nib Stadium, 7.40pm Lions v Highlanders Ellis Park, 11pm SUNDAY Stormers v Brumbies Newlands, 1.05am Bye: Bulls, Chiefs, Cheetahs ROUND 12 HIGHLANDERS 48 SHARKS 15 HIGHLANDERS (E Dixon, B Edmonds, G Evans, W N, P Osborne, M Reddish, A Smith tries L Sopoaga 5 cons pen) bt SHARKS (B du Plessis, T Mtawarira tries F Zeilinga con pen). WARATAHS 13 BRUMBIES 10 WARATAHS (A Ashley-Cooper try B Foley con K Beale, Foley pens) bt BRUMBIES (J Tomane try C Lealiifano con pen). BLUES 41 FORCE 24 BLUES (M Nanai 2, A Ioane, S Luatua, I West tries D Bowden 2, West 2, L Visinia cons Bowden, West pens) bt FORCE (P Cowan, M Hodgson, R Louwrens, B McCalman tries L Burton, S Ebersohn cons). HURRICANES 29 CRUSADERS 23 HURRICANES (B Barrett, Re Goodes, B Shields, B Thomson tries Barrett 3 cons pen) bt CRUSADERS (D Carter, C Slade tries Slade 2 cons 3 pens). REBELS 16 CHIEFS 15 REBELS (S Higginbotham, N Stirzaker tries J Debreczeni 2 pens) bt CHIEFS (M Leitch, C Ngatai tries D McKenzie con A Horrell pen). CHEETAHS 25 STORMERS 17 CHEETAHS (R Benjamin, C Blommetjies, M van der Spuy tries J Pietersen 2 cons 2 pens) bt STORMERS (D Leyds, D Vermeulen tries D Catrakilis, K Coleman cons Catrakilis pen). BULLS 35 LIONS 33 BULLS (P van Zyl 2, JJ Engelbrecht, P Spies tries H Pollard 3 cons 3 pens) bt LIONS (F de Klerk, J Kriel, J van Rooyen tries E Jantjies 3 cons 4 pens). Bye: Reds TWENTY-four hours before he secured Toulons status as European champions with a match-winning solo try, Drew Mitchell went suit shopping with Matt Giteau in London. What kind of suit counts, because despite thrusting his name into the Wallabies World Cup selection frame at Twickenham, Mitchell was yesterday still humbly deflecting talk of him being a good bet to join Giteau back in gold at the same venue this year. Yesterday Gits and I went into Regent St and got measured up for top hat and tails for the Royal Ascot races, Mitchell said. And it fits, because still to this point I am riding on his coattails. Gits has been someone who has done it for a number of years and today again he orchestrated the win. I just had a five-second burst of success. Mitchell shies away from talking himself up but with the capacity to score fivesecond tries like the one in a final at Twickenham, he barely has to. His sizzling 40m try, in which be beat six defenders, in the 70th minute nailed down Toulons third straight Champions Cup trophy a record. Giteau was the star in their last title win but this time Mitchell was the Aussie toast of Europe, and it gave Wallabies coach Michael Cheika a perfect reminder of his class on one of the biggest stages outside of Test rugby. Along with Giteau and George Smith, 63-cap Wallaby Mitchell became eligible to play for Australia again under the ARUs new laws. Speaking from London after the match, Mitchell said he would jump at the chance to wear the Wallaby jersey again. He will vie with Henry Speight, Rob Horne, Joe Tomane, James OConnor and Nick Cummins for a wing spot, but covers fullback as well. I came over here thinking perhaps my Wallaby career was over, he said. A small window of opportunity arose for it to continue and that excites me. Its a World Cup year. I would love nothing more than to pull the green and gold on again, but thats not for me to determine. If Cheik and the selectors feel like I can add something, then Id be champing at the bit to give all I could. Asked about his try, Mitchell said the secret of his deception was the fact he didnt think hed score, either. I managed to beat the first couple of guys and after that I was looking to pass it off. I still had a fair way to go, he said. I think maybe by looking for someone to pass it to, it helped me evade the next defender and then I just had the last guy to beat. Giteau said his friend was not just a try-scorer but defensively sound and safe in the air. To see him do something so special was amazing, Giteau said. He always performs on the big stage. I would think hes in the top 30 players in Australia. The fact both Mitchell and Giteau stood up in Toulons 24-18 win over French rivals Clermont in the European Cup final at a packed Twickenham, where the World Cup will be won and lost this year, wont have escaped Cheika. Made to measure Solo man Drew can swap new top hat and tails for a Wallaby blazer IAIN PAYTEN Toulons Drew Mitchell on a brilliant solo run to the tryline, and (inset) Mitchell and fellow Aussie Matt Giteau celebrate victory. Main picture: Getty THEYVE won just a single game this year and lost their last 10 straight. But the Waratahs remain genuinely wary of the Western Force ahead of their trip to Perth on Saturday, and its no cliched lip-service. That solitary team the Force have conquered was the Waratahs in Sydney in round one, and that victory came after NSW were similarly stifled in Perth in round 9 last year. Disregarding their respective places on the ladder, the Force have proven themselves as a bogy team for the Waratahs, who are acutely aware Matt Hodgsons side will be seeking to extract pride from a disastrous season at their expense. Any time we play the Force it is not an easy game for us, Tahs lock Will Skelton said. I come in and see the games, and when we have to play the Force I am like (shivers). I dont know why. The physicality goes up, they tackle very well, guys like Hodgo and Benny McCalman leading from the front in the tackle count. They hit hard. Its going to be a challenge for us to come off this high and really stay grounded going into the next game. They beat the Chiefs last year when they were on a roll, and they beat us after we beat the Stormers. Its a challenge for us to not take them lightly, and to improve this week in training. The Waratahs gritty win over the Brumbies last Friday was crucial, given the potential for them to fall eight points behind the ACT in the Australian conference if they were beaten. While it appeared to give some momentum to a Waratahs finals push, coach Michael Cheika jumped all over suggestions it could, like last season, ignite a run to the title. If you let yourself think like that, youll get on the plane to Perth and youll get slammed, Cheika said. Tahs determined not to be blown off course by Force IAIN PAYTEN Waratah Will Skelton. *all times AEST


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