The Northern Territory news Mon 10 Jun 2013
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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, June 10, 2013. NT NEWS. 21 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:10-JGE:21 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Defiant Henry in it for the long haul By PETER BADEL I have been told I will see out the year A DEFIANT Neil Henry says he wont be tendering his resignation and insists he has the support of the dressing room as the Cowboys coach fights to save his job and North Queenslands season. Henry has reached the coaching crossroads after Canterburys 36-26 win last Saturday night left the starstudded Cowboys languishing in equal last place with a dismal 4-9 win-loss record. A report a fortnight ago claimed Henry had two games against the Titans and Bulldogs to prove his worth. The Cowboys have since lost both amid a five-game losing streak that fuelled the perception Henry is a deadman walking in Townsville. I have been told I will see out the year, said Henry, who in March received a 12-month extension until the end of 2014. There has been talk about getting another coach or so many games for me to go. The media speculation said I had two games during the Origin period and I was apparently gone if we didnt win those games. But all I have been told is there is no plan to recruit another coach. NSW Origin assistant Trent Barrett and former Parramatta caretaker Brad Arthur have been mentioned as possible replacements, but Henry revealed the Cowboys board has not informed him of any contingency plan. The former Raiders coach is determined to see out his existing deal. Look, I am a realist, he said. The board are chartered with looking after the club, but for me the senior players are very solid behind me. Im here for the long haul. We have been through difficult patches before and come out the other side and I believe we can do it this time. Raiders expect humiliated Broncos to fire up RAIDERSVBRONCOS ByDAVIDBARBELER Brett Kimmorley CANBERRA assistant coach Brett Kimmorley says Brisbane will be all the more dangerous tonight following their humiliating NRL loss to the Warriors. Kimmorley said he had heard plenty of current and ex-NRL players remark that the Broncos 56-18 round 12 loss had not been good for the teams brand. Theyre a very proud club. Youd expect them to re spond, he said. The Broncos will be buoyed by the return of their Maroons Origin players, with Corey Parker, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges all expected to play courtesy of the fiveday turnaround. Also working in the Broncos favour is that nine teams this season have lost by more than 30 points and bounced back to win their next match. The Raiders are glad to be returning home to Canberra Stadium, where they will be gunning for nine straight wins for the first time since 2000. Raiders captain Terry Campese yesterday was confident the chilly Canberra weather conditions would work in his sides favour. Against the Queensland sides, the cold weather definitely does (help), he said. Its going to be freezing at Canberra Stadium and the ball is going to be slippery as well, so the main thing will be ball control. Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin admitted the Raiders were a hard nut to crack in the nations capital. Theyve got a great record at home. We dont need anything cheap at the moment . . . after the way we played the other night, he said. We need a tough assignment to attack. Campese has also backed Canberra enforcer Josh Papalii to make a huge statement after returning from the Maroons Origin camp as 19th man. Gillett, hes a backrower, and thats one of the positions that Papalii will be putting his hand up for (for State of Origin), Campese said. Theyll be fighting it out for that. Territorian Will Chambers proved a handful for the Sharks as the Storm ran riot in Melbourne last night Picture: COLLEEN PETCH Gallen laments as Storm run rampant STORMVSHARKS ByRUSSELL GOULD CRONULLA captain Paul Gallen spent the second half of last week justifying his State of Origin fisticuffs as the moment NSW needed. But maybe he should have spared a thought for the other team he captains, Cronulla, who without their suspended leader, were humbled 38-6 by Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park last night. With the momentum of four straight wins broken up by a bye, and minus Gallen up front, the Sharks were blown away early, and never found a way back. The home teams four Origin combatants all started on the field in Melbourne skipper Cameron Smiths 250th game and the result was five first half tries to zero, a 28-0 lead at the break, and a lesson in perfect football. Cronullas Origin representatives who did back up, Luke Lewis and Andrew Fifita, watched the opening 15 minutes from the bench but even their injection could not quell Storms rampage. Two tries in two minutes just after the long break ended any chance of a Cronulla comeback in what was Storms best performance during the Origin period in years. Playing for their skipper in his milestone match, Melbourne were electric from the outset. Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney wasnt making NSW coach Laurie Daley look a fool for not picking him, fail ing to muster anything by hand or foot when his team was attacking. In fact Cronulla halfback Jeff Robson was left to do much of the fifth-tackle kicking and most times they were easily diffused by the Storm. And it was with their kicking game that Melbourne were piling on the pressure. Cooper Cronk nailed a 40-20 as his team returned serve from a Cronulla attacking raid, and after two tackles, Melbourne had the opening try through Maurice Blair. He finished off a sweeping move to the left hand side of the field, which was exactly where Storm scored their second a few minutes later through Ryan Hoffman. Sharks winger Sosaia Feki spilt a Cronk bomb which fell to Storm forward Kevin Proctor who scored his teams third. A fourth and fifth soon followed from Tohu Harris, then Gareth Widdop. There might have been 40 minutes to go, but the Sharks had no bite.