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Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010



Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 21 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:4-APGE:21 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K m g 3 7 0 5 0 1 SPORT STOP HIM: Cowboys Willie Tonga is tackled by Titans Ashley Harrison and Michael Henderson. Picture: GETTY IMAGES Rejigged Cowboys out-muscle Titans T O W N S V I L L E : N e i l Henrys youth policy paid off for North Queensland as his new-look side defeated Gold Coast Titans 32-18 in yesterdays NRL clash at Dairy Farmers Stadium. The Cowboys mentor made four changes to his side after an indifferent start to the 2010 season, with experienced campaigners Steve Southern, Grant Rovelli and Carl Webb omitted along with Michael Bani while Ty Williams was a late scratching with ankle and biceps complaints. Centre Will Tupou, prop Leeson Ah Mau and fullback Shannon Gallant all made their debuts for the C o w b o y s w h i l e R a y Thompson played just his second NRL fixture. The Gold Coast had its own concerns, with representative playmaker Scott Prince (thumb) not making the trip and former intern a t i o n a l A n t h o n y Laffranchi ruled out late with a lower back injury. After failing to score a try in the first half in any of their games this season, the Cowboys broke the shackles early and scored three tries in the opening exchanges to set up a commanding lead. Willie Tonga scored two on his way to a hat-trick, while 20-year-old fiveeighth Thompson lived up to his hype with a sweet flick pass to Luke ODonnell who dragged three defenders over the line. The Titans struck first through Mark Minichiello, who waltzed through some soft defence, and a tearaway Joseph Tomane would have scored if not for a desperate ankle tap from Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston. Ash Graham was denied by video referee Chris Ward in the 54th minute when his elbow hit the sideline a fraction before he grounded the ball but Tonga put the game beyond doubt in the next set, scoring his third of the n i g h t f o l l o w i n g a Minichiello knock-on. Ward was called into action again in the 69th minute when Minichiello crossed for his second, the crowd screaming for a knock-on from Preston Campbell in the lead-up with his fumble ruled to have gone backwards. T h u r s t o n r u b b e r stamped his good form in the 73rd-minute when he scooted past Tomane to score under the sticks while some desperate last-ditch d e f e n c e f r o m J o h n Williams and Tonga prevented a David Mead fourpointer with five minutes left on the clock. NORTH QUEENSLAND 32 (W Tonga 3 L ODonnell J Thurston tries J Thurston 6 goals) d GOLD COAST 18 (M Minichiello 2 S Tagataese tries M Rogers 3 goals) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referee: Steve Lyons, Alan Shortall. Crowd: 15,551. Locky silent on rep future By IAN McCULLOUGH in SYDNEY BRISBANE skipper Darren Lockyer remained tight-lipped about his representative future following Fridays 25-6 NRL loss to Sydney Roosters, but hinted the injury-hit Broncos poor form may be a factor in his decision. Lockyer (pictured) will announce on Tuesday if he will continue as Queensland and Aust ralia captain, but after a Todd Carney-inspired Roosters consigned his young side to a third successive defeat, the 33-year-old admitted it will be a tough decision to make. Ive been thinking about it a lot, but I am not too sure yet what I am going to do. I have a couple of days to kick back and give it some hard thought, and Tuesday is when I will come up with what I am going to do, said Lockyer. We are in a bit of a tough spot at the moment, we are a young team, we have a few bodies on the sidelines and we have a game in W o l l o n g o n g a g a i n s t t h e D r a g o n s n e x t week, but the important thing is we hold the place together until we get some reinforcements. Roosters and Queensland for ward Nate Myles hopes Lockyer stays on with the Maroons, who are looking for a record-breaking fifth successive State of Origin series win over NSW this year. He is a fantastic team player and I obviously hope to see him there as things run a lot smoother when he is around, but I dont think tonight will make a difference to his decision, he is a biggame player, Myles said. But the decision is totally up to him and we will all respect whatever he wants to do. The Broncos fielded nine players aged 21 or under against the Roosters, and with key players such as Israel Folau, Justin Hodges and Corey Parker sidelined with injuries, it is shaping up as a tough season for the six-time premiership winners. Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak maintained the club will not pressure Lockyer to make a decision to dedicate himself solely to the Broncos, but said his young players needed to grow up fast following a mistake-riddled performance. We looked pretty tired in the ruck, there were good little passages here and there, but just not consistently enough, there were a few basic errors that players shouldnt be making at this level, he said. Campese in Marshalls cross-hairs SYDNEY: Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens will be looking for another mature game from five-eighth Benji Marshall as the Kiwi superstar braces for todays NRL battle with Canberra linchpin Terry Campese. Marshall exercised as much control as brilliance behind a dominant pack in engineering last weeks win over Parramatta and Sheens is after more of the same at Canberra Stadium. I was happy Benji didnt overplay his hand, I thought he did what he had to do, all the basics were really well done, Sheens said. He played off the front foot a bit more which is what we want to do this week. The showdown between the two No. 6s will be crucial as the Raiders try to prolong an unbeaten record at home since the Tigers beat them in round 20 last year. Pritchard set for shock return SYDNEY: Penrith wrecking ball Frank Pritchard could make a surprise comeback from a shoulder injury tomorrow after the 112kg forward trained yesterday. Pritchard will be given until tomorrow morning to prove his fitness, with the Panthers desperate to add grunt to their engine r o o m f o r t h e EnergyAustralia game against the Knights. He got out on the field today but well have to see how he pulls up, coach Matthew Elliott said. He has bruising on his shoulder bone but were trying to guard it up. Elliott claimed Pritchard was primed to make an impact this season and also dismissed concerns about the Kiwi forwards rumoured attitude problems. A lot of people question his attitude, Elliott said. But hes fired up and ready to go. His attitude has been fantastic and people overlook the fact he puts himself out for the team. Sea Eagle has point to prove to Kiwis SYDNEY: Thirteen months after Stacey Jones conjured an improbable NRL win for the Warriors over Manly, the Kiwi legends heir apparent Kieran Foran will look to leave his mark on the clash but as a Sea Eagle. Jones was the focal point in a s t u n n i n g c o m e b a c k a t Brookvale Oval 18 months after retiring, two improbable plays securing a 26-24 triumph. This time Foran, 19, makes a rare return home, keen to prove he is a worthy partner for Benji Marshall in the one-off Test against Australia in Melbourne on May 7. Although the teenagers maiden first-grade appearance at Mt Smart Stadium will be just his 13th career match, Kiwis coaches past and present are already aware of his capabilities. Current boss Stephen Kearney handed Foran his Test debut against England in last years Four Nations tournament. Foran admits he is keen to add to his single Test cap but his first priority is helping the 1-2 Sea Eagles build on last weekends morale-boosting 36-12 win over Newcastle. Itll be tough, they (Warriors) went great against the Broncos and theyll probably get a full house, said Foran, whose family relocated from Auckland in 2001. Playing the Warriors in Auckland holds little fear for Manly, who have a 6-2 record there.