The Northern Territory news Mon 10 Jun 2013
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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, June 10, 2013. NT NEWS. 23 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:10-JGE:23 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Thurston out to rally Cowboys and take on Dragons Thurston NEW dad Johnathan Thurston says he is determined to return against the Dragons this Friday night to revive the Cowboys season and his own Origin campaign. Thurston aggravated a groin complaint in the opening minutes of Origin I, an injury that forced him to watch from the sidelines as the Cowboys crashed 36-26 against Canterbury on Saturday night. The champion pivot failed a fitness test on Saturday morning and it was initially feared the adductor ailment was serious enough to jeopardise his availability for Origin II on June 26. But with the Cowboys in disarray on a 4-9 win-loss record, Thurston is planning to face the Dragons at WIN Stadium in a return that would also buoy Maroons coach Mal Meninga. North Queensland coach Neil Henry is expected to name Thurston in his starting side tomorrow and believes fatherhood could take the Test playmaker to another level. Its special for JT he is on cloud nine at the moment, Henry said. He and (partner) Samantha have brought a little girl into their life and anyone who has had kids knows its a life-changing experience. Hes got plenty of family support up here for his daughter. She is certainly a welcome addition to the Cowboys clan. He should be OK (to play against the Dragons). While Thurstons planned return is one positive, Henry said his squad needed to lift collectively, admitting a series of heartbreaking losses had destroyed North Queenslands self-belief. SCOREBOARD NRLRound 13 SYDNEYROOSTERS 38 (D Tupou 2MKennedy S Kenny Dowall AMinichiello R Tuivasa-Sheck tries J Maloney 7 goals)d PARRAMATTA 24 (J Hayne J Mullaney K Sio P Terepo tries C Sandow4 goals) at Parramatta Stadium. Referees:GavinMorris, Adam Devcich.Crowd: 12,135. STGEORGE ILLAWARRA 14 (J Dugan 2 tries J Dugan 2CKing goals) dNEWCASTLE 8 (J Leilua try T Roberts 2 goals) at Hunter Stadium.Referees: Jason Robinson, Henry Perenara.Crowd: 19,214. BULLDOGS 36 (B Barba 2M BrownG EastwoodT Hodkinson TWilliams tries T Hodkinson 6 goals) dNORTH QUEENSLAND 26 (C Greenshields D Johnson R Lui B Tate tries R Lui 5 goals) at 1300SMILES Stadium. Referees:Matt Cecchin, AdamGee.Crowd: 12,775. WARRIORS 18 (G Fisiiahi K Hurrell E Taylor tries S Johnson 3 goals) dMANLY 16 (P Hiku J Horo SMatai tries J Lyon 2 goals) atMt Smart Stadium.Referees:Ben Cummins, Brett Suttor. Crowd: 11,142. WESTS TIGERS 20 (D Nofoaluma 2ASeumanufagai T Simona tries BMarshall 2 goals) dPENRITH 18 (MMasoe D SimmonsDWhare tries L Walsh 3 goals) at Centrebet Stadium.Referees: Jared Maxwell, Phil Haines. Crowd: 16,827. MELBOURNE 38 (MBlair T Harris RHoffman JONeill K Proctor B Slater GWiddop tries C Smith 5 goals) d CRONULLA 6 (B Ryan try T Carney goal) at AAMI Park. Referees:Chris James, Ashley Klein.Crowd: 16,231. LADDER Team W D L B +/- Pts RABBITOHS 10 0 2 1 121 22 STORM 9 1 2 1 117 21 ROOSTERS 9 0 3 1 148 20 SEAEAGLES 7 1 4 1 75 17 TITANS 7 0 5 1 47 16 SHARKS 6 0 6 1 -14 14 BULLDOGS 7 0 6 0 -23 14 KNIGHTS 6 0 7 0 43 12 PANTHERS 5 0 7 1 33 12 nRAIDERS 5 0 6 1 -55 12 nBRONCOS 5 0 7 0 -11 10 DRAGONS 5 0 8 0 -58 10 WARRIORS 5 0 8 0 -77 10 TIGERS 4 0 8 1 -160 10 COWBOYS 4 0 9 0 -43 8 EELS 3 0 9 1 -143 8 n Playing tonight Top Point Scorers: James Maloney (Roosters) 112; AdamReynolds (Souths) 98; Cameron Smith (Storm) 86; Shaun Johnson (Warriors) 83; Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles) 76; LukeWalsh (Panthers) 75; Aidan Sezer (Titans) 74; Kurt Gidley (Knights) 68; Chris Sandow (Eels) 64;Michael Gordon (Sharks) 62. Top Try Scorers: James McManus (Knights) 11, NathanMerritt (Souths) 11, Greg Inglis (Souths) 11; Josh Hoffman (Broncos) 10; David Simmons (Panthers) 9; Akuila Uate (Knights) 8,Michael Jennings (Roosters) 8, Jorge Taufua (Sea Eagles) 8, Sam Perrett (Bulldogs) 8, Antonio Winterstein (Cowboys) 8, JarrydHayne (Eels) 8, Albert Kelly (Titans) 8,Manu Vatuvei (Warriors) 8. Round 14 (NT Times) Friday:Dragons v Cowboys at WIN Stadium (7.05pm); Sea Eagles v Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval (7.05pm). Saturday:Raiders v Panthers at Canberra Stadium (5pm), Sharks v Eels at Sharks Stadium (7pm). Sunday:Rabbitohs v Titans at Cairns Stadium (1.30pm), StormvKnights at AAMI Park (2.30pm); Roosters vWarriors at Allianz Stadium (6pm). Monday:Broncos v Tigers at Suncorp Stadium (6.30pm). Tigers veteran Braith Anasta tries to escape the clutches of Penrith skipper Kevin Kingston yesterday Picture: PHILIP HILLYARD Tiger cubs step up to snatch victory PANTHERSVTIGERS By IANMcCULLOUGH It would be one of the gutsiest for sure STAND-in Wests Tigers skipper Benji Marshall hailed the performance of his young teammates as the jointventures battered, bruised and patched-up side came from behind to beat Penrith by 20-18 yesterday. Trailing 18-4 just before half time to one of the NRLs form teams, whod won four of their last five games, the Tigers hit back with three unanswered tries to David Nofoaluma his second Ava Seumanufagai and Tim Simona to seal victory at Centrebet Stadium. Marshall, who made his debut for the Tigers in 2003, said the result was one of the best he could remember with a dozen first graders, including captain Robbie Farah, sidelined through injury and winger Marika Koroibete joining them for up to six weeks after dislocating his elbow in the first half. It would be one of the gutsiest for sure, Marshall said. At half time we said if we could run a bit harder and tackle a bit harder we would give ourselves a chance. The try before half time definitely helped, we were on the back foot for a while there and it gave us the confidence to come out and have a go. Tigers coach Mick Potter admitted he feared the worst when his side had to defend five successive sets of six in the opening five minutes before David Simmons opened the scoring for the hosts. I thought we did really well considering we didnt have any ball for the first five sets, Potter said. I think the tackle count was zero for them and when they did get the ball they beat us up a bit. But we showed real resilience to hang in there and the try from Tim Simona to win the game was fantastic. Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was philosophical about the loss. We opened the door and it was a stirring comeback and they should be congratulated, Cleary said. It was a tough game and it was close, the second half was one of the games where we had chances but we couldnt nail it. Then when we went behind, because it is something we havent had to do for a while, we didnt handle it too well. Cleary admitted last rounds bye could have disrupted the momentum created by the Panthers recent run but refused to use it as an excuse.