The Northern Territory news Sat 5 Oct 2019
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 2019 SPORT 49 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA was aggressive and looked to have the measure of the NT bowling attack until Taj Glenn trapped the dangerous Jayden Zahra-Smith (49) in front. William Pilkington picked up the next wicket, before skipper Banjo Waring and wicketkeeper Huw Wiltshire combined to effect a run-out to have the batting side 4-158 after 38 overs. At the compulsory closure after 50 overs, ACT/NSW Country was 8-248. Sam Elder continued his good form with the ball for the NT and finished with an outstanding 2-46 off 15 overs. Territory batting mainstay Tom Kelaart was unable to maintain his strong form and fell early. Kelaarts opening partner Ethan Anderson and Waring added 51 for the second wicket before Anderson was dismissed for a patient 19. Waring accumulated 35 off 76 balls but again the Territory batting failed to impress, eventually bowled out for 139. Off-spinner Connor Cook was the chief destroyer, taking 4-44 off 11.1 well-crafted overs. Waring was pleased with the bowling and fielding, but also aware batting was again an issue. We let ourselves down at the end of their innings and the total did not really reflect the way we bowled and fielded, he said. Sam (Elder) again bowled beautifully. While he is not a big turner of the ball, he continually bowls good areas and all batsmen struggle against him. Our fielding was outstanding three runouts shows we maintained our vision and Huw (Wiltshire) was great behind the stumps. Next for the NT is Victoria Metro tomorrow. ARGENTINA are feeding off the emotion of what they know will be a monumental challenge against England today and are determined to express themselves despite the quality of the opposition and their own World Cup hopes being on the line. After losing their opening game to France, defeat by England at the Tokyo Stadium will ensure a pool-stage exit for the team who reached the semi-finals of two of the past three tournaments. The odds are stacked against them they lost 10 games in a row before beating Tonga last week and have lost nine in a row against England but with their backs against the wall and still stinging from the perceived injustice of the French defeat, they have no option but to fight for their lives. We know if we lose we are out but we are not talking about losing, flyhalf Benjamin Urdapilleta told journalists after the squad trained on the match pitch yesterday. Its a high-pressure situation but we are trying to transform this pressure into motivation. Its a magnificent occasion and its up to us to put in the performance to match it. We are very motivated to do that. Batting proves NTs weak link NORTHERN Territory batsmen failed to capitalise on a solid bowling and fielding performance against ACT/NSW Country in Round 3 of the male Under-17 National Cricket Championships in Mackay. It meant ACT/NSW Country finished comfortable winners, prevailing by 109 runs. ACT/NSW Country won the toss and elected to bat at the Harrup Park Complex and they started brightly, their openers sharing in a 52-run stand, before medium-pacer Tom Grose got a breakthrough. The ACT/NSW top order Blossoming belief faces Samoan trial TOURNAMENT hosts Japan go into tonights Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa as favourites after winning their last two meetings. But after the heartbreak of missing out on the quarter-finals four years ago, the Brave Blossoms know there is still work to do. After beating Russia 30-10 and then stunning Ireland 19-12 to top Pool A, Japan will be hoping to take a giant step against the Samoans. We will be hoping to target the bonus point, said winger Kotaro Matsushima, mindful that Scotland loom in their final group fixture. But first we have to make sure we get the job done and win the game. Samoa began with a 34-9 win over Russia but were hammered 34-0 by Scotland. Japan coach Jamie Joseph insisted that will make the Pacific islanders dangerous opponents in Toyota tonight. They lost their game against Scotland and theyll be hurting, the former All Black said.Japans Kotaro Matsushima on the attack against Ireland in Fukuroi Picture: CAMERON SPENCER/GETTY IMAGES Poor record not deterring Argentina for England test MITCH PHILLIPS Argentina's Benjamin Urdapilleta Wallabies regain focus ITS taken a week, but the Wallabies say they have finally parked the frustration of losing to Wales and are primed to get their World Cup back on track when teen star Jordan Petaia makes his debut against Uruguay. While coach Michael Cheika claimed his team had been the victims of an injustice, captain Michael Hooper painted a contrasting image yesterday of the attitude inside the Australian camp. He said the players were focused on where they needed to improve following the dis appointing 29-25 loss to Wales, which left them seemingly destined for a quarterfinal against England. I really wanted to win that game, Hooper said on the eve of their match against Uruguay in Oita. I still thought about a lot of those moments during the week, but were only 24 hours away from playing this next one and Ive moved on totally. The Wallabies have been full of praise for injury-prone Petaia, who is tipped to be the new face of Australian rugby when he makes his long-await ed debut against Uruguay. Had it not been for a tough run of injuries, the 19-year-old could have made his debut several times over the past year. That says a lot about the ability the kid has and the belief the team has in him, Hooper said. Hell do something special. Hes obviously right at the start of his journey so everyone cant wait to see what he puts out there. Despite Cheikas outbursts over Reece Hodges suspension for a high tackle against Fiji, and over decisions that went against them in the Wales match, Hooper said the players were only concerned with what they could control. Theres been a lot of stuff said but we cant control that. Thats very much been the point of this week, how can we improve on last weeks performance. What can we take from the Fiji game into the Wales game and now into this game, the captain said. You would have to know whats being said behind closed doors to know what were thinking about. One area of concern was how to handle the sauna-like conditions inside the roofed Oita Stadium where the All Blacks suffered from multiple handling areas in their 63-0 romp against Canada. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen described the ball as being as slippery as soap and Hooper suggested not clutching the ball too tightly could be the answer. The jerseys will be very wet so keeping it off the chest is important. Catch the ball. Its as simple as that, you have to catch the ball, he said.