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52 NT NEWS. Wednesday, June 20, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 2 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Petero to join Locky in 300 club NRL 300 CLUB 355.Darren Lockyer (Brisbane). 350. Terry Lamb (Western Suburbs, Canterbury). 349. SteveMenzies (Manly, Northern Eagles). 336. Brad Fittler (Penrith, Sydney Roosters). 332. Cliff Lyons (North Sydney, Manly). 328. Andrew Ettingshausen (Cronulla). 320. Geoff Gerard (Parramatta, Manly, Penrith). 318.Jason Croker (Canberra). 317.Hazem El Masri (Canterbury). 315. Paul Langmack (Canterbury, Wests, Roosters); Luke Priddis (Canberra, Brisbane, Penrith, St George Illawarra). 313. Steve Price (Canterbury, Warriors). 312. RubenWiki (Canberra, Warriors). 307.Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta); Brett Kimmorley (Newcastle, Hunter Mariners, Melbourne, Northern Eagles, Cronulla, Canterbury). 301.Luke Ricketson (Roosters). ITS fitting Petero Civoniceva will join his longtime captain Darren Lockyer and representative front-row partner Steve Price in rugby leagues elite 300 game team this weekend. When the 36-year-old Fijian-born prop steps out in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium crowd on Friday night for his 300th NRL game, hell become the 17th player, and the third Queenslander since 1908, to achieve the milestone. His journey began at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on April 26, 1998. Hes played 45 Tests for Australia and 32 State of Origins for Queensland both records for a forward. Hell play his 33rd and final Origin in next months series decider, also at Suncorp Stadium, as he drops the curtain on his career. As the 17th player to notch 300 games, Civoniceva completes a squad headed up by his former club, state and national skipper Lockyer who tops the list on 355 games. He will be reunited in the front row with another warhorse Price (313 games), with whom he played so many Origins and Luke Priddis (315) who claimed premierships with Brisbane and Penrith. Making up the 300-game team back-row is New Zealand legend Ruben Wiki (312), Parramattas tireless Nathan Hindmarsh (320), the only player along with Civoniceva still going around today. Canterburys Terry Lamb, who held the record of 350 until Lockyer broke it last year, would be the lock. The backline would be Lockyer at fullback, Andrew Ettingshausen (328) and the games most prolific point-scorer Hazem El Masri (317) on the wings with Brad Fittler (336) and Steve Menzies (349) in the centres. The halves would be Manly genius Cliff Lyons (332) at No.6 and Brett Kimmorley (307) at halfback. Making up the bench would be Luke Ricketson (301), Jason Croker (318), Paul Langmack (315) and Geoff Gerard (320). Given he has won seven premierships with two different clubs, the 300-game coach would have to be Wayne Bennett. Thaiday not looking forward to battle of giants IT takes a bit to scare Brisbane captain Sam Thaiday on the football field. But visions of the 124kg Dave Taylor and equally imposing Greg Inglis heading his way at full pace come pretty close. Thaiday loves nothing more than pulling on a Queensland jumper with the two South Sydney juggernauts. But on Friday night hell have the job of stopping both giants from crashing Brisbane legend Petero Civonicevas 300 NRL-game party at a packed Suncorp Stadium. Taylor heads north under immense pressure to retain his place in Queenslands 17-man squad for the July 4 series decider after being widely criticised for his efforts in Origin II in Sydney. Thaiday expected the criticism levelled at Taylor to have the Coal Train steaming when he returns to the club that dumped him. Im not looking forward to it actually, said Thaiday. You (media) guys shouldnt have said that stuff about him, you should have left him alone. Im sure hes going to be fired up and and hes got a big point to prove. We all know hes a great player and hell play some great footy. Im sure Dave will give everything hes got to keep his place in the Queensland side, he said. Thaiday slipped on a selectors hat when asked about Inglis switching to fullback for the Origin decider with Melbournes Billy Slater virtually no hope of playing. He could play in the frontrow (for Queensland) if we needed him to, he said. Stewart out of Origin RUGBY LEAGUE NSW assistant coach Trent Barrett believes NSW has the depth to cope with the loss of the experienced Glenn Stewart for next months State of Origin decider. Stewart was diagnosed with a partial tear to the medial ligament in his left knee late last night that will sideline him for between three and four weeks, ruling him out of selection for the much-anticipated July 4 encounter at Suncorp Stadium. Barrett said earlier that the 2011 Clive Churchill Medal winner would be given up until the eve of the game to prove his fitness, with the early prognosis pointing to just strain. But the club confirmed last night that Stewart would miss up to a month. Barrett admitted earlier that the Stewarts unavailability would be a huge blow as the Blues look to win a first series since 2005. Well be OK but hes a huge loss, Barrett said. Hes a very important part of our side. Melbournes Ryan Hoffman and St George Illawarras Beau Scott are candidates to replace Stewart, as is Manly teammate Tony Williams, who is getting over a back injury from Origin I. Ryans there and theres also Beau Scott, who has been there and done a terrific job for us before and T-Rex may be fit, Barrett said. NSW back-rower Luke Lewis admitted the injury to Stewart was a body blow for the Blues. Weve got a great bunch of blokes and everyone gets on well and it wouldnt be the same without him. Hes played a lot of footy and played in a lot of big games and has been a vital part of the NSW team. Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah has put his hand up to play, despite the recent death of his mother Picture: DAN HIMBRECHTS Farah named despite sad loss ONLY days after his mothers sad passing, a brave Robbie Farah has asked to play for the Wests Tigers in their clash in Newcastle on Monday night. But Farah will not make a final decision on his availability until later this week after his mum Sonias funeral in Sydney today. Farah pulled out of last Sundays loss to Sydney Roosters at Leichhardt Oval after his 63-year-old mother lost her battle with pancreatic cancer just hours earlier. Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens said after the game their captain would be given time to cope with the shattering loss. But Farah was surprisingly named to take on the Knights at Hunter Stadium when the team was released late last night. Captain and hooker Robbie Farah asked to be named in the team but a final decision will be made later in the week, the Tigers said in a statement. Wests Tigers players hope to form a guard of honour at todays funeral service and raise money with pink jerseys worn for this weekends Women in League round auctioned off, with the proceeds to be donated to the Concord Cancer Centre, where Sonia was treated. The club also pays special tribute to a woman each season, an honour that will now be known as the Sonia Farah Memorial Award. Meanwhile, the likely return of star signings Jamal Idris and Beau Champion will only add to the Gold Coast Titans self-proclaimed top four chances much to coach John Cartwrights annoyance. Last years wooden spooners are suddenly flying high with four wins in their last five games ahead of Fri day nights clash with the Dragons at Wollongong. And with Idris and Champion expected to overcome ankle complaints and combine in the Titans centres, the hype is only going to get louder. And thats a problem, according to Cartwright. Cartwright said he wanted the Titans (who are 10th with a 6-8 record) to maintain their momentum, not work out their finals chances. As soon as you start talking about that you lose focus on where you are thats not a cliche, thats fact, he said. If we win the majority of our games from now until the end of the year then we will be there. Queensland forward Nate Myles slots in for NSWs Greg Bird in the Titans back row and Matt White moves to the front row. North Queensland will also need to reshuffle their pack for Saturday nights home clash with Canberra, with the suspended Ashton Sims expected to be replaced by either Cory Paterson or Scott Bolton. Canberra will welcome back Queensland forward David Shillington and keep Josh Dugan at five-eighth, ensuring that he lines up against Test pivot Johnathan Thurston. Reacting to yet another loss, Panthers coach Ivan Cleary named an 18-man squad for Saturday nights home clash with the Eels, with Josh Mansour and Geoff Daniela in the backline for Sandor Earl and Brad Tighe respectively while New South Wales Luke Lewis is back at lock. Suspended Eel Reni Maitua has been replaced by Taniela Lasalo in their only change.