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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 67 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:15-GE:67 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Raiders strike by stunning Storm STORM 12 RAIDERS 20 CANBERRA 20 (B Ferguson J McCrone RRobinson tries; J Croker 4 goals)dMELBOURNE 12 (MDuffie K Proctor tries; C Smith 2 goals) at AAMI Park.Referees: Gerard Sutton, Chris James. Crowd: 9,628. Canberra Raiders captain Alan Tongue (left) puts a shot on Storm second rower Adam Blair during last nights NRL clash at AAMI Park in Melbourne Picture: GEORGE SALPIGTIDIS THE Canberra Raiders lifeless NRL season has a pulse again after they shocked the Melbourne Storm 20-12 to break an eight-game losing streak. The Raiders were staring down the barrel of a club record ninth successive loss but out-enthused and outplayed their more highlyrated rivals at a wet and slippery AAMI Park last night. Canberra centre Jarrod Croker broke a 12-12 deadlock with 11 minutes remaining after Storm skipper Cameron Smith was penalised for stripping the ball as he tackled prop Dane Tilse. And then winger Blake Ferguson scored an amazing individual try as the clock wound down to seal the victory. Ferguson, who otherwise had a quiet game, took the ball 60m from the tryline. He chipped ahead and managed to collect the ball with an outstretched hand over the sideline and beat Gareth Widdop and Billy Slater to touch down. Video referee Paul Simpkins ruled benefit of the doubt when it was unclear if Fergusons boot had touched the sideline. It was just reward for a gutsy effort from the visitors, who had not won in Melbourne since 2000. Dragons to fire up NSW Origin side NSWLINE-UPS Likely Blues Team 1 JOSH DUGAN (Raiders) 2 BRETTMORRIS (Dragons) 3 JAMAL IDRIS (Bulldogs) 4MARK GASNIER (Dragons) 5 AKUILA UATE (Knights) 6 JAMIE SOWARD (Dragons) 7 MITCHELL PEARCE (Roosters) 8 KADE SNOWDEN (Sharks) 9MICHAEL ENNIS (Bulldogs) 10 TOM LEAROYD-LAHRS (Raiders) 11 BEN CREAGH (Dragons) 12 PAUL GALLEN (Sharks) 13 GREG BIRD (Titans) Interchange 14 KEITH GALLOWAY (Tigers) 15 AIDEN TOLMAN (Bulldogs) 16 LUKE LEWIS (Panthers) 17 DEAN YOUNG (Dragons) 18thMan: BEAU SCOTT (Dragons) David Whites Blues Team 1 JOSH DUGAN (Raiders) 2 BRETTMORRIS (Dragons) 3 JAMAL IDRIS (Bulldogs) 4MARK GASNIER (Dragons) 5 AKUILA UATE (Knights) 6 GREG BIRD (Titans) 7 JARRODMULLEN (Knights) 8 KADE SNOWDEN (Sharks) 9 ROBBIE FARAH (Tigers) 10 TOM LEAROYD-LAHRS (Raiders) 11 BEN CREAGH (Dragons) 12 BEAU SCOTT (Dragons) 13 PAUL GALLEN (Sharks) (c) Interchange 14 JARRYDHAYNE (Eels) 15 GLENN STEWART (Sea Eagles) 16 ANTHONYWATMOUGH (Sea Eagles) 17 LUKE BAILEY (Titans) 18thMan: LUKE LEWIS (Panthers) Ben Creagh ST GEORGE Illawarra second-rower Ben Creagh has called on NSW to reward not only Dragons players but adopt the defending premiers playbook in the State of Origin opener. As many as nine Dragons are in contention for Blues selection today, but Creagh believes the successful blueprint created by Wayne Bennett in recent years should also be considered. With St George Illawarra developing into an almost unstoppable NRL machine this season, Blues coach Ricky Stuart has the chance to pick a side with a Dragons backbone. Hopefully a few of the guys get a run and I know theyll do well, whoever gets the opportunity, said Creagh. Sowie (Jamie Soward), Beauy Scott, Gaz (Mark Gasnier) just to name a few. You never know if they want some good front-rowers like Dan Hunt. Matty Priors playing great at the moment too so theyve got plenty of options there. The Dragons style of play which has seen them drop just one game on their way to the top of the NRL ladder after 10 rounds is based on two simple theories: ensuring an iron-clad defence and maintaining constant pressure in attack until the other team finally cracks. Crucial month for the Knights NEWCASTLE has described the next month, starting with todays clash with the Warriors, as the most pivotal in its season. The Knights have overcome a horrific injury toll to be right in the thick of the top eight battle with four wins from eight games, and winger James McManus believes the key to contending for the title this year could come down to the results they can generate before their bye in Round 14. Its definitely an important period for us, wed like to get four from four but weve certainly got to come up with a few wins (before the bye), McManus said. The Knights finish the season with eight of their final 12 games to be played at Ausgrid Stadium, which McManus hopes will help them generate momentum coming into the finals. I guess if we can get a few wins here weve got a pretty decent run home, he said. Sharks pivot ready for Carney CRONULLA five-eighth Wade Graham is looking forward to opposing Todd Carney when the Sydney Roosters star makes his return, but he admits that it could be ominous for the Sharks today. Carney was stood down by the Roosters three weeks ago after it was revealed he had broken an agreement with the club by taking part in a late-night drinking session with fellow Roosters player Anthony Watts. The Dally M Medal winner has undergone treatment for personal issues, as well as ongoing physiotherapy for a groin injury. Graham expects Carney to come out firing at Toyota Stadium for the clash between two sides desperate for victory after managing just a couple of wins each in 2011. Roosters full back Anthony Minichiello believes a combination of brains and brawn will be the key to victory against Cronulla. Cougars beat brave Rabbitohs CASUARINA stretched its Northern Territory Rugby Union winning run to 24 games by beating South Darwin 34-6 at Austar Rugby Park last night. The Cougars trailed early against the Rabbitohs and had to call on all of their skill and patience to take a 12-6 lead into the main break. But with Josh Phillips dominating on the open side of the ruck it was all the Cougars in the last half. A 22-0 run saw them run out 28-point winners and move 16 points clear in the premiership race. Coach Peter McGrath later credited the Rabbitohs for their intensity, saying it was the hardest his side had been pushed all season. We were able to regroup following the Souths surge early in the game, but they should take great heart from this game, he said. Hats off to them. Im sure youll see Souths at the top of the rugby tree very soon and good luck to them. As for us, well keep raising the bar because we know the season will get harder. University moved to within a point of the top four with its comprehensive 24-5 dismissal of Dragons. Isaac Taulealis move to outside centre set the Pirates alight, who romped to a 17-0 half-time lead. Taulealis work ensured three tries from line breaks and a match winning lead. GREY MORRIS Brumbies stumble to new low Mils Muliaina THE Lions have spoiled Brumbies captain Matt Giteaus 100th Super Rugby match, with an historic 29-20 win in Canberra. The Johannesburg-based sides four-to-two-tries win last night was its second for the 2011 season and its first in nine attempts at Canberra Stadium. For a second consecutive week, the intensity of the Brumbies fell sharply in the second half. Their 2011 season goes on to plumb new depths, with the twice winner of the Southern Hemispheres provincial competition continuing to post new records. The loss was their ninth of the season and fourth at home both records since the competition began in 1996. Meanwhile, the Chiefs rallied from 20-3 down at halftime, to score three second half tries and beat the Stormers 30-23 in Hamilton yesterday. Stormers winger Gio Aplon was both hero and villain, scoring a brilliant firsthalf try possibly the best of the season to help build an imposing first-half lead, then conceding a penalty try to spark the Chiefs comeback in the second half. Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina celebrated his 100th Super game with his teams fifth win from 12 outings. Cowboys blitz shocks Parra COWBOYS 40 EELS 26 NORTHQUEENSLAND 40 (J Thurston 2,WTonga 2, K FaifaiLoa, GHall, AWinterstein tries; J Thurston 6 goals)dPARRAMATTA 26 (J Hayne, J Loko, CMcGuire, J Reddy, B Smith tries; L Burt 3 goals) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referees: Luke Phillips, Ashley Klein.Crowd: 13,610. A STUNNING second-half comeback gave North Queensland a dramatic 40-26 win over Parramatta in their NRL premiership clash in Townsville last night. The Eels led 16-10 at halftime and were in front until the 70th minute, the Cowboys getting home thanks to late tries to Johnathan Thurston and Glenn Hall. Parramatta full-back Jarryd Hayne put himself in the box seat for NSW Origin selection with a master performance, scoring one try and setting up two others. Hayne helped Parramatta to a 16-point lead inside 30 minutes. But the Cowboys hit back with two tries before halftime, with centres Antonio Winterstein and Willie Tonga getting on the scoreboard in the 35th and 40th minutes, respectively. Tigers fail to stop Sandow RABBITOHS 29 TIGERS 18 SOUTHSYDNEY 29 (D Farrell, N Merritt, F Talanoa, RWesser tries; C Sandow6 goals, field goal)d WESTS TIGERS 18 (R Farah, B Marshall, MUtai tries; BMarshall 3 goals) at ANZ Stadium.Referees: Steve Lyons, JaredMaxwell. Crowd: 18,245. SOUTH Sydney showed what an attacking force they can be this season in their comprehensive 29-18 defeat of Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium last night. In bitter-sweet news for Rabbitohs fans, departing star Chris Sandow continued his rare form, with a personal tally of 13 points and a hand in almost all of Souths enterprising play. Even though hes leaving Redfern for Parramatta at seasons end, with Sandow firing, Souths again proved they could be the sleeping giant in the finals race. The Tigers, who trailed 27-0 at half-time, scored 18 points in the second 40 to keep alive some hope of a miracle comeback, but they never really deserved it. Winger Nathan Merritt scored his 100th career try from a Sandow kick.