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The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019



The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019

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THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 SPORT 37 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Mbye and Arrow relishing Maroons chance after overcoming injuries INJURY concerns Moses Mbye and Jai Arrow have declared themselves certain starters for Queensland in next weeks State of Origin opener in Brisbane. Bench utility Mbye yesterday gave himself the green light to make his Origin debut on June 5 after nursing a groin complaint, while Maroons prop Arrow said he had overcome a quad strain. However, both admitted to some anxious moments after being forced to sit out the NRLs last round. Wests Tigers captain Mbye admitted he even considered defying injury and running out in their Round 11 clash with South Sydney after hearing he was in the Origin mix. I didnt think I was a chance to miss Origin because I didnt really put myself in the frame, he said. So when I was started to get tossed up (as a Maroons contender) I was already ruled out and no one knew. I was thinking maybe I should go out and play but it was too late. But I still get to stand here and talk about the Maroons its hard to believe. Arrow claimed he was 100 per cent despite being sidelined for the Titans stirring NRL 36-18 win over Manly last Friday following a captainsrun mishap. The body is fine. I was running at Maroons training yes terday and pulled up really well I will be firing come next Wednesday, he said. Still, Arrow was pinching himself when he arrived in Camp Maroon this week. Twelve months ago the former Brisbane forward was battling to nail down a starting spot for Gold Coast Titans. Now he is one of the first picked for Queensland and will pack down in the frontrow with Canberra wrecking ball Josh Papalii on June 5. Its been pretty surreal to be honest, he said. This is the fourth time walking into camp and every time I look around and think what the hell am I doing here?. Broncos star James Roberts in action for Wynnum Manly in the Queensland Cup last Sunday Picture: AAP/STEVE POHLNER UNSETTLED star James Roberts has reunited with coach Wayne Bennett at NRL ladder leaders South Sydney after being released by Brisbane. The 2018 NSW State of Origin centre was released from the remainder of his Broncos contract yesterday, with CEO Paul White citing compassionate grounds. White said Roberts had reached out to the club and indicated a strong desire to return home to Sydney with his partner and two young children. While we are disappointed to lose James, we understand his position it wasnt in the best interests of the club to stand in the way of a player who has expressed a honest and strong desire to return home, White said in a statement. Almost immediately, Souths issued their own statement announcing Roberts would rejoin them for the next twoand-a-half seasons. Dogged by off-field incidents during his career, Roberts, a South Sydney junior, played 10 games in the top grade for the Rabbitohs in 2011 but was released to play with Penrith in 2013. The Penrith Panthers moved him on and he played two seasons with the Gold Coast Titans before moving to Brisbane under Bennett in 2016. There had been numerous reports this season Roberts had fallen out with Bennetts replacement at Red Hill, Anthony Seibold. He was dropped to the Broncos Queensland Cup feeder club, Wynnum Manly, last weekend. Im really excited to be coming back to Souths and playing under Wayne again, Roberts said. Jimmy jets out of Broncos to join Benny Walters fires up, but Spud says hes losing it QUEENSLAND coach Kevin Walters anti-NSW hysterics have left him looking seriously unhinged and feeling the pressure of State of Origin, NSW greats warn. Walters war on NSW has escalated, with the Queens land coach believed to have threatened his players with fines if they mention the dreaded word Blues. Former NSW enforcer Mark Spud Carroll says Walters attempts to brainwash his players will backfire and have them mentally playing their game a week before kick-off. In one of the strangest Origin moves, Walters has banned his players from referencing NSW or the Blues before Wednesdays opener in Brisbane. Bewildered Maroons stars have towed the line, referring to the Blues as the other state or southern state. It is all part of Walters work with renowned coach whisperer Bradley Charles Stubbs, who encouraged Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to refrain from directly referencing the All Blacks a team Australia has not beaten for the Bledisloe Cup since 2002. Stubbs, who is holidaying in Fiji, texted News Corp yester day saying: I am not sure why you are calling me as I do very little media. The Coach Whisperer. EXPECT TO WIN. DONE DONE DONE. Thank you, very grateful, Bradley Charles Stubbs. It has prompted Blues legends to question Walters behaviour, including the usually jovial Queenslander guaranteeing victory in Origin I. I just think its silly, he sounds seriously unhinged, Carroll said. He is trying to brainwash his players into thinking there isnt a NSW. Guess what? Unfortunately, they still have to play NSW next week. DEAN RITCHIE Eagle on the fly for NSW return TOM Trbojevic could return from a hamstring injury as early as next week in a major boost not only for Manly but NSW coach Brad Fittler. Trbojevic was not named in the Sea Eagles squad for their game against Penrith tonight but Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler says his star fullback could be back for the Round 13 clash with North Queensland. Well see how he goes later this week with his training but weve got our fingers crossed; maybe an outside chance of Cowboys, Hasler said yesterday. So thats a good result. Trbojevics return could also have implications for the Blues in State of Origin II. Having played wing for NSW last year, a fit Trbojevic is considered a certainty to replace Nick Cotric or right-centre Josh Morris in Perth. Trbojevic played centre for the Kangaroos in their most recent Test last year. The positive news for the Sea Eagles comes after news Brad Parker bravely played almost an hour with a broken jaw in last weeks loss to Gold Coast. The improved centre will be sidelined for up to six weeks, forcing Hasler to shuffle Reuben Garrick in one from the wing against the Panthers. Fullback Brendan Elliot will likely move to the centres should Trbojevic reclaim his No.1 jumper in Townsville. Really tough for Brad. Hes gone in for surgery straight away, Hasler said. Its like comedy its all about timing, isnt it? I think (Parker) did it early in the first half in a collision. With skipper Daly CherryEvans and lock Jake Trbojevic also away on State of Origin duty, Hasler said the next six weeks were about survival. While he is satisfied with Cherry-Evans rehabilitation allowing him to take his place as Maroons captain, he declined to rule out resting his star from club games during the Origin series. Hes got to get to Origin first and well asses it from there. Thats all I can do, all I can say, Hasler said. Injuries and Origin representation have also caused havoc for the lowly Panthers, who have been forced to field a new centre combination. Waqa Blake (knee, 10 weeks) and Dean Whare (hamstring, six weeks) give way to Isaah Yeo and debutant Brent Naden in their place. James Maloney comes back from suspension to fill in for Blues halfback Nathan Cleary while rookie Jarome Luai will again play in veteran Maloneys regular five-eighth spot. MATT ENCARNACION

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