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MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 SPORT 23 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Springboks see off World XV stars SOUTH Africa survived an early scare to begin their international rugby season with a thumping 47-13 win against a World XV in Cape Town yesterday. Two tries from hooker Bismarck du Plessis helped the Springboks see off a starstrewn side. From the kick-off the World XV which included All Black legend Carl Hayman and European player of the year Steffon Armitage challenged the South African lineout, unperturbed by the presence of reunited veterans Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield, each at two metres tall and with almost 200 Tests between them. Matfield, 37, was making his return to the international game three years after retiring and was named interim cap tain in Jean de Villiers's absence. The World XV hit the early rucks at ferocious speed and startled the Boks. But as the game progressed the Springboks hit their stride. The first half was a little bit difficult, admitted Springbok man of the match Botha. We were just happy we could get back to structure in the second half. KNIGHTS 20 TIGERS 23 WESTS TIGERS Tries: C Lawrence P Richards J Tedesco Goals: P Richards 5 Field Goals: P Richards NEWCASTLE Tries: A Uate 3 T Roberts Goals: T Roberts 2 Crowd: 22,173 at Hunter Stadium Referees: A Shortall, A Klein Inglis adds to Maroons woes QUEENSLANDS bid to win a ninth straight State of Origin title took another blow on Saturday night when star back Greg Inglis injured his ankle in South Sydneys 34-18 NRL win over the NZ Warriors in Perth. Inglis could hardly walk after his right leg twisted awkwardly under the weight of two players. The 27-year-old was clearly in pain as he limped off and his injury could prove to be the breaking point of Queenslands eight-year Origin domination. The Maroons are already 1-0 down in the series, meaning the June 18 clash in Sydney is a must-win affair. But with star fullback Billy Slater still under an injury cloud, the last man Queensland could afford to lose was Inglis. Rabbitohs winger Bryson Goodwin, a late replacement for Alex Johnson, was also in the casualty ward after hyper-extending his left elbow in a second-half tackle. Despite the double injury blow, the Rabbitohs ran in five tries in the final 21 minutes to secure the come-from-behind win in front of 20,267 fans. The situation wasn't looking so bright early when tries to David Fusitua and Shaun Johnson put the Warriors 10-0 up after just eight minutes. Superman would have been proud of Fusitua, the winger launching himself full stretch and dotting down in the corner despite more than half of his airborne body being in touch. The Rabbitohs took a while to get into the contest, but looked dangerous once they did. ROOKIE of the year candidate Luke Brooks kicked a pivotal 40-20 which set up a come-from-behind 23-20 NRL win for the Wests Tigers over slumping Newcastle. The Knights have now lost six matches in a row, finding a new way to lose at Hunter Stadium yesterday after they led 16-14 with 16 minutes left on the clock. Outstanding young halfback Brooks found the left touchline with a momentumturning 40-20 kick, with captain Robbie Farah racing for a quick tap. Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley was running back onside when he appeared to deliberately ram into Farahs back to prevent the restart, but the referees werent about to be fooled and put the hooker in the sin bin. Gidleys action proved costly, as the Knights capitulated with him off the field. Pat Richards kicked the penalty to lock the scores up at 16-16, and three minutes later the wingers magic boot landed arguably the field goal of the season. After a flurry of desperate last-tackle passes, the Tigers continued to lose ground, before Richards got the ball for the second time in the movement and snapped a field goal from 32 metres out, near the left touchline. The Knights woes continued to snowball when prop Kade Snowden found himself on report for the second time in the match, and off the back of that, Chris Lawrence scored and Richards converted from out wide to put the visitors in front by seven. When Gidley returned to the field, Akuila Uate crossed for his third try of the match with three minutes on the clock to give the Knights a glimmer of hope. But after knocking back a shot at goal, the Knights werent able to break up field and set themselves up for a miracle finish and the Tigers secured their place in the top eight. There were two silver linings for Newcastle, with Uate breaking the Knights highest tryscorers record and muchmaligned Newcastle fullback Darius Boyd once again showing his big-moment ability. Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco, who has re-signed with the club after rejecting an offer from the Canberra Raiders, runs into trouble against the Knights yesterday Picture: MARK EVANS Dugan in line for Blues spot ST GEORGE Illawarra coach Paul McGregor believes Josh Dugans form is tailor-made for him to be picked at centre by NSW coach Laurie Daley. Dugan scored a hat-trick of tries against Cronulla on Saturday to put his hand up for selection for State of Origin game two on June 18, which would see the Blues seal a first series win in nine years if they beat Queensland. The former Canberra man has played three games at fullback for the Blues but lost his place to Jarryd Hayne. However, with Josh Morris missing the game due to injury Dugan is competing with Eels star Will Hopoate and Newcastles Beau Scott, who played in the back-row in game one, for the right centre spot. Former Blues centre McGregor has been part of Daleys backroom team for the past two years and made the decision to switch Dugan to the No. 3 jersey after taking over from Steve Price and is sure he can do a job for NSW. Dues is a footballer and he likes challenges, McGregor said. From making five tackles in a game to making 25 two games in a row and being effective at it is hard to do. I am an ex-centre. I know how much energy it uses and he just seemed to find something and scored a couple of tries as well. The treble was Dugans sec ond in the NRL having scored three in a big win for the Raiders over Newcastle in 2011, and McGregor said his aggressive running game makes him a natural centre. Hes always going to beat people because that's what he does, he said. I wasnt unhappy with how he played against Souths, but he maybe needs to learn the trade a bit more. Hell be better for this run. Hes going to grow and he wants to play there. If a player wants to play in a position he's going to play well. Hes more than a good player. Hes one of the best in the game. He didn't do himself any harm tonight. Knights fall under Brooks magic spell RABBITOHS 34 WARRIORS 18 SOUTH SYDNEY Tries: D Tyrrell 2 D Walker 2 J Reddy K Turner Goals: A Reynolds 5 NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Tries: D Fusitua K Hurrell S Johnson S Mannering Goals: S Johnson Crowd: 20,267 at nib Stadium Referees: J Maxwell, D Munro Ireland struggle in win over Pumas SIX Nations champion Ireland beat Argentina 29-17 on Saturday. Winning for the first time in Argentina in four attempts since 2000, Ireland scored three tries to two against an Argentine side picked mainly from local clubs with only a sprinkle of European-based professionals. Yet, Argentina proved tough to put away, finding holes in the Irish backline and staying in the entertaining match on the scoreboard, at least, until Andrew Trimbles interception try bumped the visitors to a safe 23-10 lead. Argentina scored the first try while No. 8 Benjamin Macome was in the sin bin. But the lead lasted only three minutes, as Ireland replied with a rolling maul to carry flanker Chris Henry over and take an 11-10 lead into halftime. Soon after the restart, Ireland debutant flanker Robbie Diack stole a Pumas lineout throw-in, and Sexton doubled round his centres to scoot in. Trimble's intercept of Sanchez made the scoreline safe for Ireland. Ian Madigan, who replaced a limping Sexton, kicked a couple of penalties. NRL RESULTS SEA EAGLES 32 BULLDOGS 10 EELS 18 COWBOYS 16 TITANS 14 PANTHERS 36 DRAGONS 30 SHARKS 0 ROUND 14 FRIDAY Rabbitohs v Tigers ANZ Stadium 7.15pm SATURDAY Panthers v Dragons Sportingbet Stadium 5pm Roosters v Knights Allianz Stadium 7pm SUNDAY Bulldogs v Eels ANZ Stadium 2.30pm MONDAY Titans v Storm Cbus Super Stadium 6.30pm
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