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The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, July 12, 2013. NT NEWS. 51 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:12-JGE:51 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Mega Monday Crossword solution Jul 8 Slipper ready to fill big boots for Reds TEAMS QueenslandReds: Ben Lucas, Rod Davies, Ben Tapuai, Mike Harris, LukeMorahan, Quade Cooper, Nick Frisby; Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Eddie Quirk, Rob Simmons, Ed ODonoghue, James Slipper (capt), Saia Faingaa, Greg Holmes. Res: Albert Anae, Jono Owen, Radike Samo, Jarrad Butler, Beau Robinson, Anthony Faingaa, Dom Shipperley. NSWWaratahs: Cam Crawford, Tom Kingston, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Peter Betham, Bernard Foley, BrendanMcKibbin, Dave Dennis (capt), Michael Hooper, Jed Holloway, Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani, Sekope Kepu, John Ulugia, Benn Robinson. Res: Luke Holmes, Jeremy Tilse, Will Skelton, Pat McCutcheon, Mitchell Chapman, Matt Lucas, Tom Carter, Ben Volavola. PROP James Slipper has been promoted to captain the Queensland Reds against the NSW Waratahs in tomorrows Super Rugby clash in the absence of injured leaders James Horwill and Will Genia. Going into his 50th game for the Reds, Slipper regains the captaincy role he held during the opening month of the competition with Wallabies captain Horwill (calf) and vice-captain Genia (knee/hand) to miss one week through injury ahead of next weekends start of the Super Rugby finals series. While the Waratahs are out of contention, the ANZ Stadium match is crucial to the Reds, with the Queens landers locked in a battle for fourth place and a home qualifying final at Suncorp Stadium. I really enjoyed the experience and learned a huge amount from captaining this team earlier in the year, said Slipper. Its disappointing to be without James and Will, but to get this opportunity again is very rewarding and Ill be doing everything within my power to get a Reds win on Saturday. In Horwills absence, Ed ODonoghue will partner Rob Simmons in the second row. Nick Frisby gets his second straight opportunity at halfback in place of Genia, having starred in Queenslands tour match against The British and Irish Lions last month. Reds coach Ewen McKenzie stressed the importance of the match. Were in a unique circumstance where weve only got one game before the finals so its important we begin to get our combinations right . . . for the next stages of our campaign, McKenzie said. NSW coach Michael Cheika is ordering the Waratahs to treat the match like trench warfare. I was saying to the boys that if we can beat the Reds this week, were going to finish with the same number of wins as them, Cheika said. Nothing sinister about OConnors axing, Hill says OUTGOING coach Damien Hill says the Melbourne Rebels havent mistreated their axed Wallaby James OConnor, as claimed by AFL star Lance Franklin. While OConnor has remained tight-lipped, the Test five-eighths close friend Franklin slammed the Rebels on Twitter after they announced this week they wouldnt offer him a new deal. Just dont understand how a club could treat an individual so badly, Franklin tweeted on Wednesday night. Believed to have alienated some at the Rebels with his at-times brash manner, OConnor is yet to find a new Super Rugby club. He has been named on the bench for Melbournes final match of the season, against the Highlanders at AAMI Park tonight. OConnor completed their final training session ahead of the game and looked relaxed among teammates. Hill, who has been replaced in his role by Wallabies as sistant coach Tony McGahan, said the club hadnt wronged the 23-year-old. Not one bit, Hill said. Everybody commences their time at a football club with a start date and an end date with their contract. Im no different. Decisions are made based on behaviours and perform ances when those things are being reviewed and thats all thats happened in Jamess case. Nothing more should be read into it. Skipper Gareth Delve said OConnor was being professional about his predicament. Every time Ive played with James hes put his body on the line, Delve said. Smith on bench as Brumbies test stars BRUMBIES JesseMogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Matt Toomua, Ian Prior, Ben Mowen (c), Colby Faingaa, Peter Kimlin, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, StephenMoore, Scott Sio. Res: Siliva Siliva, Ruan Smith, Fotu Auelua, George Smith, Robbie Coleman, Andrew Smith, Mark Swanepoel. THE Brumbies have named Wallabies great George Smith on the bench for their Super Rugby clash with the Western Force but say its not because of the head knock he suffered in the third Test. Coach Jake White named all seven of his third Test players for the final round clash in Perth tomorrow. The other six are all part of the starting team. He said he was rewarding Melbourne Rebels-bound flanker Colby Faingaa for recent standout performances by starting him ahead of Smith, who recently missed several weeks with a knee injury. Not only that, but I think were going to need George going into the big (finals series) games, said White. Were going to need his experience, Im going to need him to be 100 per cent. White said Smiths benching was not related to the heavy clash of heads he suffered early in the final Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday, stating the 111-Test veteran would definitely play at some point in the match. He will get on, White said. Ive got to make sure everyone is on the same page. Hes not on the bench because of what happened last Saturday, hes on the bench because its the best call for our team. Our doctor was actually the (Test) match doctor as well. Hes a very conservative doctor and he would never have been gung ho about a decision like that (letting Smith back onto the field against the Lions). He said Smith wouldnt have gone back on unless he was 100 per cent right. Frank Jennings will captain the Territory Mozzies in the SA Challenge tournament in Adelaide this weekend Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Mozzies aim to bite in SA RUGBYUNION By IANBUTTERWORTH SQUAD NT squad for the 2013 State Representative Challenge Forwards: Frank Jennings (captain), Clint Wauchope, Martin Kelly, Eric Erickson, Jack Lawrence, Kosta Elenis, Rhys Hitchcock, Tikiko Korocawiri, Josh Hes, Joe Albert, Wise Sekitoga, Tom Capel, Wayne Robinson, Bobby Nurse.Backs: Luke Cummins, ShaunWauchope, Henry Burns, Sunia Radravu, Chris Ewin, Jake Rainger, MattWeyers, Dwight Sheppard, Drew Tobin. NT MOSQUITOES will contest the South Australia Rugby 2013 State Representative Challenge tournament in Adelaide this weekend. The Challenge will be held at Woodville Rugby Union Club and features a threeteam under-20 competition and a four-team seniors tournament. The Mozzies will compete in the senior event and play South Australia, Queensland Country and Tasmania in a round-robin format. The Territory is drawn to meet Queensland in their first game today. The winner of the tournament will be the team which finishes in first place on completion of all matches. Mozzie coach Peter McGrath is unhappy that he cant take a full-strength squad away, but nevertheless believes the group he has will be up to the challenge. He is also without a regular half-back after first choice No. 9 Sam Batty recently suffered rib damage. It is unfortunate we wont be taking a full-strength squad down because some players cant afford the substantial levy and others are unable to miss days at work, he said. We worked hard to get sponsorship to cover the costs but that hasnt eventuated. Weve run out of halfbacks our first choice Sam Batty is injured and unavailable. Alex Munro has relocated to Townsville, Liam Walker cant afford the trip and Rhys Mulholland is also unavailable. We will probably use utility backs Henry Burns or Drew Tobin in the No. 9 jersey. But its not all doom and gloom the squad is strong, especially in the forwards, with Frank Jennings the captain. But it will be a challenge to play three games in three days and we will need all that depth. Our expectations are to go down and win weve got Queensland first and we will know where we are at after that.