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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, August 6, 2012. NT NEWS. 27 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-AGE:27 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Injured Parker calls on Broncos to lift RAIDERSVBRONCOS By STEVERICKETTS and SHARONMATHIESON Corey Parker TEST forward Corey Parker put aside the pain of a possible season-ending shoulder injury to implore his Broncos teammates stick tight on a perilous road to the NRL finals. Parker and Kiwi international Alex Glenn (hamstring tear) joined the long list of Broncos wounded after yesterdays 28-12 loss to the Raiders at Canberra Stadium, with Parker leaving the ground with his left arm in a sling. The defeat relegated the Broncos to seventh place on the table with four rounds to go. It was Brisbanes fifth loss from its past seven games. I had the shoulder strapped and played on but its no good, Parker said. Ill have scans and see how it goes. Its a tough run home and we have a few wounded soldiers. Weve got five weeks to do it. The only way we will get through this is together and stick tight. Weve been there before. I remember in 2006 we lost five in a row and won the premiership. The good thing about this group is that it runs deep when youre in this position. Canberra finally found the secret to winning an NRL game at home pretend it is an away game. The Raiders packed their bags on Saturday afternoon and headed across the border to set up camp at a hotel at Eagle Hawk in NSW. After a night of team bonding, they piled on to the bus yesterday to make the 25-minute trip back to the national capital to play Brisbane. It worked, the Raiders keeping alive their hope of making the NRL finals by moving into 11th place, equal on 22 points with the eighthplaced Gold Coast, Newcastle, Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra. Canberra skipper David Shillington said given his teams poor performance at home this season, they were happy to treat yesterdays match as an away game. Sometimes its just a mental thing, he said. You go away, youre in that footballprepared frame of mind. SCOREBOARD NRLRound 22 SYDNEYROOSTERS 26 (M Pearce 3 J Leilua tries BAnasta 5 goals)d STGEORGE ILLAWARRA 10 (B CreaghM Prior tries BHornby goal) at Allianz Stadium.Referees: Matt Cecchin, GavinMorris. Crowd: 12,528. MELBOURNE 46 (C Cronk 2 J ONeill 2 SWaqa 2 J Bromwich S Manu tries C Smith 7 goals)d PENRITH 6 (MRobinson try L Walsh goal) at AAMI Park. Referees:AdamDevcich, Ashley Klein.Crowd: 9223. BULLDOGS 26 (JWright 2 J Reynolds J Romelo tries K Inu 5 goals)dNEWCASTLE 10 (A Uate 2 tries T Roberts goal) at Hunter Stadium.Referees: Jason Robinson, Brett Suttor. Crowd: 29,482. MANLY 8 (K Foran try J Lyon 2 goals)dNORTHQUEENSLAND 6 (K Linnett try J Thurston goal) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referees: ShayneHayne, Gerard Sutton.Crowd: 14,401. CRONULLA 45 (T Carney 2A Fifita 2 JWilliams 2 J Robson tries T Carney 8 goals T Carney field goal)dWARRIORS 4 (B Tupou try) atMt Smart Stadium.Referees: Tony Archer, Alan Shortall. Crowd: 13,812. RAIDERS 28 (J Dugan 2 J Croker S FensomTWaddell tries J Croker 4 goals) dBRISBANE 12 (AGlenn 2 tries PWallace 2 goals) at Canberra Stadium. Referees:Gavin Badger, Chris James.Crowd: 9850. SOUTHSYDNEY 22 (J Hunt 2 A EveringhamDFarrell tries A Reynolds 3 goals)dGOLD COAST 18 (K Gordon SMichaels A Sezer tries S Prince 3 goals) at Skilled Park.Referees:Ben Cummins, Phil Haines. Crowd: 20,187. LADDER Team W D L B +/- Pts BULLDOGS 15 0 5 2 186 34 RABBITOHS 14 0 6 2 107 32 STORM 13 0 7 2 187 30 SEAEAGLES 12 0 8 2 37 28 SHARKS 11 1 8 2 29 27 COWBOYS 11 0 9 2 80 26 BRONCOS 11 0 9 2 46 26 TITANS 9 0 11 2 -6 22 KNIGHTS 9 0 11 2 -20 22 nTIGERS 9 0 10 2 -35 22 RAIDERS 9 0 11 2 -53 22 DRAGONS 9 0 11 2 -66 22 WARRIORS 8 0 12 2 -18 20 ROOSTERS 7 1 12 2 -138 19 PANTHERS 6 0 14 2 -165 16 n EELS 5 0 14 2 -171 14 n Playing tonight TopPoint Scorers: Jarrod Croker (Raiders) 176; Adam Reynolds (Souths) 163; James Maloney (Warriors) 141; Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles) 140; Benji Marshall (Tigers) 126; Cameron Smith (Storm) 120; ToddCarney (Sharks) 119; Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) 118; Braith Anasta (Roosters) 112, Scott Prince (Titans) 112. Top Try Scorers:BenBarba (Bulldogs) 17; JoshMorris (Bulldogs) 16, Akuila Uate (Knights) 16; JarrodCroker (Raiders) 15, AshleyGraham (Cowboys) 15; Andrew Everingham (Souths) 14; NathanMerritt (Souths) 12, KonradHurrell (Warriors) 12, Ken Sio (Eels) 12; Reece Robinson (Raiders) 11, JonathanWright (Bulldogs) 11, Alex Glenn (Broncos) 11, Brett Morris (Dragons) 11, Billy Slater (Storm) 11,Will Chambers (Storm) 11, David Williams (Sea Eagles) 11. Round 23 (NT Times) Friday:Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium (7.05pm); Stormv Titans at AAMI Park (7.05pm). Saturday: Eels v Roosters at Parramatta Stadium (5pm), Tigers v Dragons at Allianz Stadium (7pm); Cowboys v Warriors at Dairy Farmers Stadium (7pm). Sunday:Panthers v Raiders at Centrebet Stadium (1.30pm), Bulldogs v Broncos at ANZ Stadium (2.30pm). Monday:Knights v Sharks at Hunter Stadium (6.30pm). Warriors second rower Elijah Taylor desperately tries to hang on to Sharks counterpart Jeremy Smith in Auckland yesterday Picture: GETTY IMAGES McClennan endures his darkest day WARRIORSVSHARKS ByDANIEL GILHOOLY WARRIORS coach Brian McClennan described it as the darkest day in his first NRL season as a Todd Carney inspired Cronulla dished out a 45-4 flogging in Auckland yesterday. Last years beaten grand finalists slumped to 13th on the ladder, four points adrift of the top eight with four ga mes remaining, and suffered serious damage to their forand-against in what was their fourth straight loss. This would be our darkest day this year, McClennan said. They were just way too good for us today . . . Todd Carney was very, very good. They ended up with a lot of possession and most of it was our fault. Youre going to get beat up a lot when the other team has 14 more sets. Carney scored 25 points, including the first two of their seven tries, while landing eight from eight goals and a field goal as the Sharks ran rampant to end their own three-match losing streak. Winger John Williams and impressive interchange prop Andrew Fifita also crossed for doubles as the Sharks leapfrogged North Queensland to consolidate their position in the top eight. Paul Gallens return from injury was nearly as impressive, the skipper racking up a game-high 195m in his first club game for almost two months. For someone who hasnt run for six weeks since Origin, to do that was a pretty special effort, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said. Gallen said he felt pretty busted at half-time but was relieved to come through un scathed and for his team to end its slump. Every team hits a flat spot, he said. Its good to get back on the winners list. The Warriors were listless and offered little in attack, particularly after playmaker James Maloney left the game in the 16th minute with a knee ligament injury. He is an unlikely starter this round.