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The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011

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54 NT NEWS. Saturday, September 10, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -S E P -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 4 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 France desperate for revival FRANCE is looking for a convincingwin over Asian champions Japan today to revive its RugbyWorld Cup hopes after an uncertain lead-in to the tournament. Les Bleus should have few problemswith the Brave Blossoms at North Harbour. France is still smarting from first-ever loss to Italy in the Six Nations. Weve learned our lessons from our loss in Rome.Wewere arrogant and it wont happen again, lock Lionel Nallet said this week. Challenge hots up for Scotland ANDY Robinson has thrown down the gauntlet to his Scotland team towin all four of its RugbyWorld Cup games in Pool B, starting against Romania in Invercargill today. Scotland has never failed to reach the quarter-finals of aWorld Cup and though seeded third behind England and Argentina, has enjoyed recent success against its group rivals. We have beenworking hard to create opportunities but now its about nailing them, Robinson said. Troubled Fiji craves top display FIJI hopes an explosive RugbyWorld Cup start against ultra-minnows Namibia will help banish a troubled build-up and propel it towards a second successive quarter-final. A diplomatic row, illness and a string of poor results have all overshadowed preparations for the Pacific islanders, who are now sitting on their worst ever world ranking of 15th. The boys know the task ahead of them, Fiji coach Samu Domoni declared ahead of the clash. NTs Chambers chooses Irish rugby over NRL Will Chambers By JIM MORTON DISCARDED Queensland Reds centre Will Chambers has put off a return to the NRL until at least 2013 after signing with Irish rugby giants Munster. Territorian Chambers is set to link with the Celtic League champions early next month on an open-ended short-term deal after being cut by the Reds for their Super Rugby title de fence. The 23-year-old, who played in the 2009 NRL grand final for the Melbourne Storm, initially showed interest in making a return to the Storm or signing with Canterbury. But his agent, Peter Apolakiatis, said that Chambers was now more interested in playing rugby overseas, especially in Japan, and may not look to return to Australia until 2014. He will link with Munster, coached by Australian Tony McGahan, once he has gained a work visa and has the option to extend his sixmonth deal through to the mid-year end of the European season. A powerful ball-runner, Chambers had impressed Wallabies coach Robbie Deans in his Super Rugby debut season last year but shoulder surgery dented his confidence in 2011 when he started just six games. Apolakiatis said the NT product was in no rush to return to league. Weve missed the (NRL) boat this year, he said. The offers are still there, but Will just needs to get away for a while and enjoy this opportunity. Were seeing how he goes over there (in Ireland) for six months. Beyond that, were definitely looking at Japan more than anywhere else to tie in with the end of the (European) season, which may rule him out of an NRL return for another two years. New Zealands Ali Williams and Tongas Joseph Tuineau clash during last nights World Cup opener in Auckland Picture: GETTY IMAGES Fringe All Blacks star in Cup opener RUGBYUNION BY IAIN PAYTEN in Auckland SCORES NEWZEALAND41 (Israel Dagg 2, Richard Kahui 2, Jerome Kaino, Maa Nonu tries Daniel Carter 3, Colin Slade cons Carter pen) dTONGA10 (Arizona Taumalolo try Kurt Morath con pen) at Eden Park.Referee: George Clancy. Crowd: 60,000. ALL Black coaches will wake this morning with headaches to match their partying fans after a trio of backline experiments starred in New Zealands opening World Cup win over brave Tonga. Selected from the fringes of the squad for the first night clash, Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui and Israel Dagg took their opportunit ies brilliantly and dared coach Graham Henry to drop them next game after having a hand in every try of the 31-point win. A clinical first-half by New Zealand saw them lead 29-3 at half-time and tee up expectations of a cricket score, but the Tongan side did its many supporters in Auckland proud by holding New Zealand to 12-7 in the second. The All Blacks fade out will be of concern for Henry but it wont be the only thing to bring on a migraine after three men on trial were the pick of Henrys troops. Williams offloading was superb and Dagg was typically elusive but none was better than makeshift winger Kahui, who scored two tries and was involved heavily in another two. With regular players Conrad Smith, Mils Mulaina and Cory Jane waiting in the wings, either star men or inform ones will be sidelined for New Zealands next game against Japan. It was a solid but not spectacular performance by the All Blacks, who were rated by bookies as a 60-point better side than the Tongans. It was a start, definitely some good patches, said All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw. The second half we spent time in their half and didnt capitalise. We spoke about it at half time, when you are up by a bit it is easy to get a bit loose. Perhaps we just expected things to happen instead of working hard for it. Earlier, All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu and a giant flying ball were the ceremonial highlights in the opening of the seventh World Cup. Bring on Italy JAMES OConnor is desperate for another shot at Italy after confirming his place on the Australian bench for tomorrows Rugby World Cup opener in Auckland. OConnor sat out training midweek while suffering a bout of the flu but the 21-yearyear-old utility declared himself all systems go after training yesterday. Bruising start to campaign ENGLAND and Argentina are set for a bruising encounter in their Pool B Rugby World Cup opener in Dunedin today. Not for either side the luxury of a warm-up match against underdogs Georgia or Romania. This match could determine the pool winners who, should New Zealand top its pool, will then avoid the All Blacks until the final. England manager Martin Johnson, bidding to become the first man to win the World Cup as both player and a coach, said: This is it now, this is the real thing. Four years ago England started the 2007 World Cup with an unconvincing win against the US and were then thrashed 36-0 by South Africa before recovering to finish runners-up after a 15-6 loss to the Springboks in the final. Argentina, by contrast, was out of the blocks straight away stunning hosts France and defeating Les Bleus again to finish third. They do what they do very well but theyve got more dimensions to them than is sometimes made out in the media, Johnson said of an Argentina team renowned for its strong scrum. England, however, knows it must match Argentina up front, having been overpowered last season by reigning champions South Africa and Ireland. Nobody wants to give an inch, and we have to match that so we dont suffer the same way as the French four years ago, said England prop Dan Cole.