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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, July 8, 2013. NT NEWS. 23 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:8-JUGE:23 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Veterans Will-ing, able Newcastle forward Chris Houston is crunched by Canterbury defenders Tony Williams over the top and Josh Reynolds in yesterdays NRL clash at Virgin Australia Stadium in Mackay Picture: MATT ROBERTS WE keep hearing its a young mans game. Dont believe it for a minute. Two of the codes oldstagers yesterday may just have helped turn Newcastles spluttering campaign into something the Knights can genuinely build on. Willie Mason is 33. But he turned the clock back a decade against his old club in Mackay back to the days when he used to put the wind up rival sides, with intimidation his weapon of choice. If he wasnt charging at the Dogs line and attracting three and four defenders at a time, he was picking his own mark in defence. He rattled James Graham with a textbook shot midway through the first half that must surely have loosened a filling or two. Sure, he had a mistake or two in his game. Like his knock-on in the opening tackle of the match from the kick-off. But he more than made up for the negatives. Then there was his hooker. Danny Buderus is 35. Hes had two back operations this season just to get on the field. The bones might creak a little more and he might not quite have the zip he used to out of dummy half but he hasnt lost the smarts. When the game was on the line in the second half, it was the little hooker who came up with the most influential play of the 80 minutes. Trailing 12-8 in the 59th minute, Buderus got himself into dummy-half seven metres out from the Dogs line. With the defence on full alert, he had no right to score. But he went left and with determination his only real ally, he pushed through Graham and Josh Jackson and reached out to plant the ball. The Knights had their nose back in front 14-12 when Tyrone Roberts converted They stretched it to 18-12 when Chris Houston picked up the crumbs when a Jarrod Mullen cross kick was spilt by Bulldogs winger Sam Perrett 10 minutes later. There were some anxious moments in the dying minutes as the Dogs pressed their opponents line but the Knights hung on for only their third consecutive win of the season, a win that saw them leapfrog the Dogs and the Titans into sixth spot. Mannah tips Manly upset Tim Mannah THEY may have little chance of making the NRL finals but Tim Mannah says cellar-dwelling Parramatta can cause an upset and beat Manly at Brookvale Oval tonight. After a brilliant start to the season Manlys form has hit the buffers recently with the Sea Eagles winning just one of their last six matches. The Eels run of results has also been wretched with Ricky Stuarts side going into the game on the back of five successive defeats and without talismanic fullback Jarryd Hayne whose return from a hamstring injury has been put on hold. Mannah said last weeks bye came at a good time for his side and despite having yet to record a victory on their travels this year, the Eels co captain said theres a feeling they can break their duck against their bitter rivals. Its been great this week having the bye, we all needed some freshening up mentally and weve come back recharged in training this week, Mannah said. Jake Mullaney is back for Jarryd at fullback and he has been great for us. When hes played hes taken the chance with both hands and hopefully he can do that again on Monday night. Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey yesterday admitted to being wary of the Eels who have won three of the last six meetings between the two. SCOREBOARD NRLRound 17 MELBOURNE 32 (MBlair 2 J Bromwich RHinchcliffe J ONeill SWaqa tries C Smith 4 goals)dBRISBANE 0 at AAMI Park. Referee: Gerard Sutton, Luke Phillips. Crowd: 16,828. CRONULLA 36 (A Fifita 2 J BukuyaWGrahamL Lewis N Stapleton tries T Carney 6 goals)dWESTS TIGERS 22 (T Simona 2 J Tedesco B Thompson tries BMarshall 3 goals) at Remondis Stadium. Referee:Matt Cecchin, Ben Cummins. Crowd: 13,843. SYDNEYROOSTERS 36 (B Cordner AGuerraM Jennings S Kenny-Dowall JMaloneyD Tupou tries JMaloney 6 goals) d STGEORGE ILLAWARRA 0 at WIN JubileeOval. Referee: Chris James, AdamDevcich. Crowd: 11,857. PENRITH 40 (J Roberts 3 D Simmons 2 KKingston LWalsh tries LWalsh 6 goals)dGOLD COAST 18 (DMead 2AKelly tries A Sezer 3 goals) at TIO Stadium. Referee: Alan Shortall, Henry Perenara. Crowd: 8050. CANBERRA 26 (JMcCroneA Milford J Papalii S Sauiluma tries J Croker 5 goals)d NORTHQUEENSLAND 18 (R Lui J ThurstonAWinterstein tries J Thurston 3 goals) at Canberra Stadium. Referee: GavinMorris, Jason Robinson. Crowd: 10,515. NEWCASTLE 18 (CHouston 2 D Buderus JMcManus tries T Roberts goal)dBULLDOGS 12 (K Inu JMorris J Reynolds tries) at Virgin Australia Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne, JaredMaxwell. Crowd: 9742. SOUTHSYDNEY 30 (B Goodwin 2 A EveringhamCMcQueen J Sutton tries A Reynolds 5 goals)dWARRIORS 13 (K Hurrell SMannering tries S Johnson 2 goals S Johnson field goal) at nib Stadium. Referee: DavidMunro, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 20,221. LADDER Team W D L B +/- Pts RABBITOHS 14 0 2 1 194 30 ROOSTERS 12 0 4 1 181 26 STORM 11 1 4 1 127 25 SHARKS 8 0 7 2 -2 20 n SEAEAGLES 7 1 6 2 67 19 KNIGHTS 8 0 8 1 77 18 PANTHERS 7 0 8 2 58 18 TITANS 8 0 8 1 -5 18 BULLDOGS 8 0 8 1 -29 18 RAIDERS 8 0 8 1 -58 18 WARRIORS 7 0 9 1 -81 16 COWBOYS 6 0 10 1 -25 14 BRONCOS 6 0 10 1 -37 14 TIGERS 6 0 10 1 -171 14 DRAGONS 5 0 11 1 -115 12 n EELS 3 0 11 2 -181 10 n Playing tonight TopPoint Scorers:Adam Reynolds (Souths) 138; James Maloney (Roosters) 132; Luke Walsh (Panthers) 102; Aidan Sezer (Titans) 98, Cameron Smith (Storm) 98; Shaun Johnson (Warriors) 97; Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles) 94; Jarrod Croker (Raiders) 82; Trent Hodkinson (Bulldogs) 78; Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) 76. Top Try Scorers: James McManus (Knights) 16; David Simmons (Panthers) 13, Josh Hoffman (Broncos) 13; Nathan Merritt (Souths) 12, Greg Inglis (Souths) 12; Albert Kelly (Titans) 11, Antonio Winterstein (Cowboys) 11, Michael Jennings (Roosters) 11;ManuVatuvei (Warriors) 10; Jorge Taufua (Sea Eagles) 9. Round 18 (NT Times) Friday:Broncos V Sharks at Suncorp Stadium (7.15pm). Saturday: Eels v Panthers at Parramatta Stadium (5pm). Sunday:Bulldogs v Stormat ANZ Stadium (2.30pm). Monday:Cowboys v Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium (6.30pm). Bye:Roosters, Knights, Dragons,Warriors, Titans, Tigers, Rabbitohs, Raiders. Revival facts are Cleary Ivan Cleary HAVING surged into the NRL top eight, Penrith coach Ivan Cleary is putting no limits on what his unheralded side can achieve. But Cleary is also the first to admit the Panthers remain very much a work in progress. Penrith won their fifth game from their last seven starts with a 40-18 thumping of Gold Coast in Darwin on Saturday night, the victory lifting them to sixth place on the ladder. While a finals appearance would be welcomed at the foot of the mountains, Clearys goals remain far more long-term. As a club we are rebuilding, but as a football team, players dont understand that term, Cleary said. The boys are actually getting bet ter, theyre playing better together, theyre playing as a team. Such is the state of the Panthers rebuild that two of the most influential players dur ing their recent good run Luke Walsh and skipper Kevin Kingston wont be with the club next year. Kingston has been told he will not be offered a new contract, while Walsh is set to join Super League side St Helens in 2014. The Titans, who have lost three of their last four, have the week off to regroup and attempt to get their season back on track. They face a monster fortnight after the bye with games against Manly and Souths.
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