The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012
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26 NT NEWS. Monday, August 6, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Tigers hopeful lucky charm Galloway will do trick against Eels TIGERSV EELS ByRUSSELL JACKSON WESTS Tigers welcome back their lucky charm Keith Galloway for tonights NRL clash with Parramatta and the big prop cant wait to help his struggling teammates out. The Tigers are 0-6 this season without Galloway, who returns after spending two weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. In that time Big Keith watched his side go down to North Queensland before they were hammered 32-6 by South Sydney and it was that performance against the Rab bitohs that has Galloway fired up for the Campbelltown match with the Eels. It was pretty disappointing watching it and being on the sideline not being able to help, Galloway said. Weve got to try and get things in place and get a win and try and get a roll on. The middle of the year we won seven in a row, so we know we can play good football, its just a matter of doing it. The Tigers sit just outside the eight and with five games remaining, a win over the Eels is vital. Last placed Parramatta has responded to the axing of coach Stephen Kearney with victories over Melbourne and Brisbane. The Eels 42-22 win over the Broncos was impressive and Galloway is expecting a tough clash, noting the Tigers will have a difficult job stopping halfback Chris Sandow. They looked really im pressive and its going to be a hard match, Galloway said. We played them earlier in the year and we were beating them convincingly and then they scored 30 points. We know what they are capable of. Sandow is a confidence player and hes got some confidence at the moment. SNAPSHOT THEYSAID IT: Obviously the referee attack was to stop you (themedia) talking about his team, because he knows they read the paper too Veteran Newcastle coachWayne Bennett about Canterbury counterpart Des Haslers rant over referees after the Bulldogs beat the Knights. MANOFTHEROUND: Todd Carneymade a cracking return from injury for Cronulla. The NSW fiveeighth scored two tries and kicked eight goals and a field goal for a tally of 25 points as he steered the Sharks to a 45-4 romp over theWarriors. STATOF THEROUND: South Sydneys victory over Gold Coast gave the Rabbitohs six straight wins for the first time since 1994. MAGICMOMENT: Sydney Roosters rookie Roger Tuivasa-Sheckmade a 60m burst from his own in goal which included a couple of classic sidesteps before passing to Mitchell Pearce, who raced away to score under the posts in the Chooks gutsywin over St George Illawarra. TALKINGPOINT: The obstruction rule is back in the spotlight after Manly had two tries disallowed in Saturday nights 8-6win over North Queensland. Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey urged authorities to review the obstruction rule at the end of the NRL season after video referee Phil Cooley denied tries to Tony Williams and Brett Stewart. INJURYUPDATE:Manly: SteveMatai (ankle), Brett Stewart (knee);Roosters: Aidan Guerra (ankle); Warriors: JamesMaloney (knee); Cowboys: Ricky Thorby (hip);Bulldogs: James Graham (knee); Sharks: Anthony Tupou (leg);Broncos: Alex Glenn (hamstring). JUDICIARYUPDATE: Manly:Darcy Lussick (high tackle); South Sydney: SamBurgess (high tackle). UNDERPRESSURE: Warriors coach Brian McClennan. After inheriting last years grand finalists, McClennans side slumped to a fourth straight loss after being taken apart by Cronulla to leave the Auckland-based side 13th on the ladder. Refs a big concern for Rabbitohs boss Souths veteran Michael Crocker carts the ball forward against the Titans on the Gold Coast yesterday Picture: SCOTT FLETCHER TITANSVRABBITOHS ByWAYNEHEMING COACH Michael Maguire expressed concerns refereeing calls had the potential to hurt all NRL teams after two controversial decisions featured heavily in South Sydneys 22-18 victory over the Gold Coast yesterday. Just 24 hours after frustrated Manly coach Geoff Toovey called on the NRL to urgently review the obstruction rule after claiming it cost his side two tries in its 8-6 win over the Cowboys, video referee Sean Hampstead again found himself in the spotlight following two disputed firsthalf decisions both of which fell Maguires way. I think coaches over the past few weeks have emphasised everything about the refs and there were obviously some interesting ones out there again, the Rabbitohs coach said. Ill go through the right channels and talk to them about it. I just hope at some stage it doesnt hurt us. Hampstead disallowed a 33rd-minute try to Gold Coast winger David Mead, ruling teammate Luke ODwyer had pushed rival forward Chris McQueen in the back. A minute later he gave the green light to a try up the oth er end of the field to Rabbitoh winger Justin Hunt after numerous looks at the video. Titans skipper Scott Prince felt a slight touch by McQueen had deflected the ball forward. Titans coach John Cartwright was prepared for the line of questioning. I dont think anyone would have been surprised if they both had gone the other way, he said. Souths deserved the win, their sixth in a row for the first time since 1994. The final scoreline made closer after late Titans tries to Aidan Sezer and Kevin Gordon. Prince, revealed he had copped a decent spray from Souths players after speedy winger Andrew Everingham picked off his cut-out pass and sprinted 90m to score in the 51st minute to extend the lead to 16-6. Wayne on to Hasler strategy WAYNE Bennett has dismissed Des Haslers latest attack on the referees as nothing more than a ploy to take the focus off Canterburys brilliant NRL form. Instead of celebrating his clubs 10th successive win, a 26-10 victory over Newcastle on Saturday, Hasler launched yet another outburst on the standard of refereeing in the NRL, a spray that may attract a $10,000 fine. The Bulldogs (first, 34pts) coach labelled referees Jason Robinson and Brett Suttor as out of touch and very poor and claimed they colluded to allow Newcastle back into a game the Bulldogs led 24-0 after just 18 minutes. I wasnt impressed, Hasler said. Bennett said it was a move he could understand four weeks out from the finals. Gal backs Gould for Blues job NSW captain Paul Gallen believes it would be great for the Blues if Phil Gould returned to coaching at State of Origin level next year. The Blues are on the lookout for a new coach after Ricky Stuart announced at the weekend he was stepping down from the role. Candidates such as former players Laurie Daley, Brad Fittler and Trent Barrett have also been thrown up. Gallens interest was sparked with the mention of the Blues most successful coach Gould, who is currently the general manager of Penrith. Thatd be great if he put his hand up for it, Gallen said. Thats up to him I suppose. I wouldnt be saying no to him if he put his hand up. I think hes New South Wales greatest coach.