Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014
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SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 SPORT 55 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Brumbies triumph as Chiefs charge falters THEY threatened to blow the biggest lead in Super Rugby finals history, but the Brumbies have advanced to the semi-final after a thrilling win over the Chiefs in Canberra. The 32-30 victory avenged last years grand final loss to the two-time defending premiers, but the Chiefs nearly pulled off one of the great comebacks after trailing 22-3 lead after 29 minutes. In an astonishing game, the scores were level 25-all by the 55th minute, but a rolling maul try from flanker Jarrad Butler proved the decisive play. Butlers first Super Rugby try was converted by Christian Lealiifano, while Gareth Anscombes 77th minute try for the Chiefs wasnt converted by Chiefs skipper Aaron Cruden. You dont knock a side like that over easily, it was a really pleasing performance, Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said. Both sides scored two quick tries while their opponents had a player sin-binned early in each half. Brumbies winger Henry Speight, who was otherwise superb, was binned in the 48th minute. Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow dived over the line from close range soon after, and then centre Tim Nanai-Williams raced over in the 55th minute to even the scores. Aside from his yellow card, Speight has a wrecking machine with ball in hand, creating a raft of breaks. He has yet to play an international but Speight must now be considered among the best wingers in the world. Brumbies halfback Nic White was also superb, scoring his sides first try, having a hand in the next two, and making a try-saving tackle on Chiefs winger James Lowe with six minutes remaining. The 15m rolling maul try to Butler put the Brumbies back in the lead with a quarter of the game remaining. After being run down in last years decider, the Brumbies demons seemed to be resurfac ing as Lealiifano missed two late penalties, but they held firm to advance to the final four. They conceded an early penalty but Brumbies pounced after the fifth-minute sin-binning of Nanai-Williams, scoring two tries in four minutes with the one-man advantage. White crossed a minute after Nanai-Williamss yellow card, with the Brumbies using a rolling maul from a lineout close to the line. White then sparked the next try to Robbie Coleman, catching a Chiefs chip-kick and countering. The Brumbies third try by Jesse Mogg, in the 21st, was even better, coming after 16 phases of attack. Casuarina's unstoppable Tama Di Muro breaks free from Palmerston's defence during his sides 43-0 victory at Rugby Park yesterday Picture: AARON BURTON Souths dispose of Pirates on march to premiership SOUTH Darwins quest for a fifth NT Rugby Union Premiership remains firmly on track after defeating University 24-15 in a spirited match at Rugby Park last night. The Pirates were on the front foot early and Shaun Wauchope almost scored in the opening minutes but spilled the ball five metres out. At the 10 minute mark a deft run by Liam Walker resulted in a try which was converted by Robert Butcher. Souths made numerous line breaks to take play into the Pi rates end of the field but a combination of desperate defence and clumsy handling kept the Rabbitohs scoreless until the 25th minute when lock Colin McCaul barged over. Keegan Neales conversion levelled the score at 7-all. Souths took the lead two minutes before the break when Thomas Hiramatsu took the ball from a line out and sprinted 25m to score. Hiramatsu has played on the wing but was moved to flanker last night to accommodate the return of Tim Atkinson. Neale converted and then Butcher landed a penalty goal on the last play of the half for University to trail 14-10. Neale took the lead back out to seven with a penalty goal early in the second half and the professional foul by Wise Sekitoga resulted in 10 minutes in the sin bin. Hiramatsu, relishing being closer to the ball, darted 25m to score the Rabbitohs third try. Shortly after Hiramatsu went from hero to villain when he too went to the bin for a professional foul. The score didnt change despite the number imbalance with the bunnies defending their line for the entire period. Shaun Wauchope gave the Pirates a glimmer of hope with a try seven minutes from time. Souths will be delighted with the performance of Henry Berns in the centre. Kosta Elenis had a rousing game in the front row for the Pirates. With three losses to both Souths and Casuarina this season it is difficult to envisage University turning the tables on either side during the finals series which starts next week. Casuarina finished the reg ular season undefeated after a 43-0 victory over Palmerston. Tries to Vito Di Mauro and Simaika Salaa in the first five minutes suggested the Cougars might inflict an embarrassing defeat on the Crocs. But when Palmerston did get into their rhythm it took Casuarina 28 minutes to score their third by way of Di Mauro. The Cougars four second half tries were evenly spaced between Joe Albert and Salaa. Darwin Dragons finished the season on a positive note with a 62-14 victory over Swampdogs. Cost sinks Americas Cup hopes Porte bid falters on final climb Philander fined for tampering AUSTRALIAS dream of reclaiming one of the most coveted trophies in world sport is over with Team Australia withdrawing from the Americas Cup. The decision was revealed yesterday but did not come as a complete surprise to sailing insiders. Australia, which won the Americas Cup in 1983, has not been in the Cup fray for more than a decade, although our sailors have major roles on rival teams. Sydney to Hobart veteran Bob Oatley, who had led Australias bid to enter the historic race, said the cost of putting a campaign together had become too much. Our estimate of the costs of competing were well beyond our initial expectation, he said. AUSTRALIAN rider Richie Porte has slipped from second to 16th overall in the Tour de France after cracking on the final climb of the latest stage. Porte finished 27th, losing almost nine minutes. Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali tightened his grip on the race by riding away to his third stage victory on the 197.5km, 13th stage from Saint-Etienne to Chamrousse on Friday. Nibali attacked 6.6km from home and put almost a minute onto nearest rival Alejandro Valverde, who finished fourth on the stage but moved up to second overall. Rafal Majka was second on the stage with Leopold Konig third. Nibali now leads Valverde by 3min 37sec while Porte dropped to 16th overall at 11:11. SOUTH African seam bowler Vernon Philander was fined 75 per cent of his match fee after being caught ball tampering in the first Test against Sri Lanka. The International Cricket Council said the 29-year-old was charged after vision emerged of him attempting to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb. The footage, which was not aired during live coverage, was viewed by the umpires after the close of play. The penalty was accepted by Philander without contest so there was no need for a hearing, the ICC said. At the end of the third day, South Africa, spurred on by fast bowler Dale Steyns impressive figures of 5-50, had reduced Sri Lanka to 9-283, still trailing the visitors by 172 runs. BRUMBIES 32 CHIEFS 30 BRUMBIES Tries: J Butler R Coleman J Mogg N White Conversions: C Lealiifano 3 Penalites: C Lealiifano 2 CHIEFS Tries: B Aki G Anscombe T KerrBarlow T Nanai-Williams Conversions: A Cruden 2 Penalties: A Cruden 2 Referee: C Joubert Crowd: 14,284 at GIO Stadium FULL TIME NTRU - Round 15 South Darwin 24 d University 15; Casuarina 43 d Palmerston 0; Darwin Dragons 62 d Swampdogs 14. By BRIAN ANDERSON RUGBY UNION By JAMIE PANDARAM SUPER RUGBY
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