Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014
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54 SPORT SUNDAY AUGUST 24 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Powerful round rockets Scott to share of the lead in Barclays WORLD No. 2 Adam Scott produced one of his best ballstriking rounds of the year yesterday to catapult into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. Scott carded an impressive six-under-par 65 which could have easily been a much lower score had his putter been more co-operative, to jump to eight under at the halfway mark of his title defence in the US PGA Tours opening playoff event. It was good enough to share the top spot with American Cameron Tringale (68) one clear of Americans Kevin Chappell (67), Brendon Todd (69) and veteran Jim Furyk (69) who sit seven under. Jason Day bettered Scotts round by one with a sublime bogey-free 64, storming 67 spots up the leaderboard to sixunder and a tie for sixth. Scott split a birdie and a bogey over his first three holes then found his groove, reeling off four straight birdies on holes five through eight to catapult to just one shot off the lead. He could have easily carded eight straight after close chances on nine and 11 slid by while his long-range birdie putt on the 10th did a complete lap of the hole before somehow lipping out. But after another close ap proach on the 12th the Queenslander made no mistake, brushing in the birdie to join the lead. He missed makeable birdie chances on 14, 15 and 16 and then missed the green from close range on 17 before scrambling for par but ended on a superb note with an approach from 141m to a foot, bringing a final birdie. I am pretty pleased but it really could have been a lot better. I played some of the best golf tee to green that I have this year, Scott said. I guess you cant get too greedy but I would like a few more putts to go in over the weekend. It is always hard to put numbers on it but I think I left six or seven shots out there. Stuart Appleby, with his position in the playoffs on the line, put together a nice 66 to move to three-under, putting him in the box seat to survive to week two of the playoffs. He is joined by John Senden (71) in a tie for 27th. Steven Bowditch couldnt much his performance from round one, shooting 72 to be two-under, but still an outside chance should he get hot over the weekend. It was the end of the tournament for Matt Jones (+2), Aaron Baddeley (+2), Robert Allenby (+4), Marc Leishman (+5) and Geoff Ogilvy (+7). World No. 1 Rory McIlroy shot 65 to easily make the cut. By BEN EVERILL GOLF Overpowered Wallabies will bounce back against SA Hooper BEATEN skipper Michael Hooper insists the Wallabies arent a broken entity after suffering another All Black demolition at Eden Park. Australia waved goodbye to the Bledisloe Cup for a 12th straight year as a rampant New Zealand ran in six tries for their biggest scoreline in trans-Tasman history. The 51-20 hammering showed exactly why the world champions are No.1 and theres daylight to No. 2 by delivering a sobering dose of reality to Ewen McKenzies team. New Zealand, stinging from last weeks 12-12 draw in Sydney, dominated every facet of the game to continue an amazing 33-match winning streak against allcomers at their spiritual home. The Wallabies, coming into the match confident and with momentum after being unbeaten in their past eight Tests, have to pick up the pieces. They never looked like ending their own 28-year Bledisloe drought in Auckland as they battled to cope with the hosts early onslaught. Even with Richie McCaw sin-binned in the first half-hour, Australia were down 21-6 after a pushover penalty try was followed by a Julian Savea breakout. Coach Ewen McKenzie lamented the passive start by his overpowered side while star fullback Israel Folau called it one of the most disappointing losses in his career. There was no urgency shown as they scored those tries back to back, Folau said. Led by a two-try performance by McCaw, the All Blacks ruthlessly continued to punish Wallaby errors with four second-half tries in front of a capacity crowd of 48,000. But Hooper stressed Aus tralia could, and would, bounce back against South Africa in a fortnight in Perth. Were not broken or a broken entity, he said. Theres some good things that have come out of (the last two games). Theres some things that need some serious improvement. We have to learn how to win the big moments ... Mozzies squash Warriors THE Northern Territory Mosquitoes defeated the Australian Services Warriors 33-20 in a tough encounter at Rugby Park last night. The match was less than three minutes old when the Warriors switched to the blind side and ran the ball from deep inside their territory and with excellent support play Sam Brewer scored under the posts. Jared Lewthwaite who was a late replacement for skipper Tony Luxford landed the conversion and the visitors had a 7-0 lead. Robert Butcher reduced the margin to four with a penalty goal before a turnover by the Services just outside their twenty two enabled a quick counter attack by the Mozzies and a try to Bobby Nurse. The Warriors regained the lead with a penalty goal to Lewthwaite but it was shortlived. Wise Sekitoga toed a loose ball into the in-goal and was able to regather and score. The Butcher conversion followed by two penalty goals had the Mozzies up 21-10 at half time. Penalties at the breakdown had proven costly for the Warriors surrendering possession and field position. Despite those penalties the forward battle was evenly matched. The second half was just two minutes old when Butcher dashed through a yawning gap to score under the posts. It took another 28 minutes for the next points to be scored when ASRU number 8 Alex Brown crashed over. The Warriors improved as the match went on and they were able to establish some continuity. Josh Gray scored in the corner and the Warriors were well and truly back in the match trailing 28-20 after Lewthwaites conversion attempt hit the up right. However the Mosquitoes regained the ball from the restart and a few phases later Simaika Salaa scored wide out to end the visitors hopes of a come-from-behind victory. Mosquito flanker Bobby Nurse was judged best on ground while Alice Springs flyer Chaz Solomon, impressed with his limited touches. Vito Di Muro on debut for the Mozzies had a strong game while Robbie Harlow and Lewthwaite stood out for the men who defend our country. In the earlier matches a Brigadiers XV defeated an NTRU Presidents XV 27-15 after the NT Women defeated 1st Brigade 24-15. Toby George on the attack for the NT Mosquitoes against the Australian Services Warriors last night Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD ALL BLACKS 51 WALLABIES 20 NEW ZEALAND Tries: R McCaw 2, J Savea, K Read, S Luatua, penalty try Conversions: A Cruden 5 A Smith Penalty Goals: A Cruden 3 AUSTRALIA Tries: I Folau, M Hooper Conversions: K Beale 2 Penalty Goals: K Beale 2 By BRIAN ANDERSON RUGBY UNION FULLTIME NT Mosquitoes 33 (S Salaa, W Sekitoga, B Nurse, R Butcher tries; R Butcher 3 pen, 2 con) d Australian Services Warriors 20 (A Brown, S Brewer, J Gray tries; J Lethwaite pen, con) By JIM MORTON in Auckland
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