Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019
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SUNDAY MAY 5 2019 SPORT 59 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Mitchell in a class of his own STEVE ZEMEK PENRITH pair Viliame Kikau and Isaah Yeo, and Canberra star John Bateman, might be sidelined for a lengthy period after an afternoon of NRL carnage in Wagga Wagga. James Maloney could also be looking at some time out after being put on report for lifting as the Panthers dismal season continued yesterday afternoon with a 30-12 defeat. Kikau (leg) and Yeo (shoulder) both exited inside an hour, while winger Malakai WateneZelezniak also succumbed to a suspected rib injury. Bateman was taken to hospital with a possible fractured eye socket. It was a gutsy victory for the Raiders, who were already without Jordan Rapana and lost key centre Joseph Leilua pre-game to a neck issue. They also had to overcome the first-half sin-binning of Charnze Nikoll-Klokstad, who bounced back with a crucial second-half try. Hudson Young sealed the win with his maiden fourpointer late, lifting Ricky Stuarts side into second spot provisionally above Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters. For the disappointing Panthers, it is another crushing defeat that has left their campaign on life support despite only being one-third of the way into the season. Coach Ivan Cleary has just two wins from their opening two months since his controversial return to the foot of the mountains. No side has won a premiership from such a lowly position. Raiders win in NRL carnage RAIDERS 30 PANTHERS 12 RAIDERS Tries: M Oldfield, J Wighton, C Nicoll-Klokstad, H Young Goals: J Croker 7 PANTHERS Tries: N Cleary, J Tamou Goals: N Cleary, J Maloney Manly in salute to Hasler half, he really stepped up and thats what he needed to do. Manly, close to wooden spoon favourites before the season such was their form and roster, have won five of their past six matches. They also lost five-eighth Lachlan Croker to a hamstring injury in the win, while prop Addin Fonua-Blake played on with a knee injury but would need scans. Making matters worse, other back-up option Trent Hodkinson is also missing with a knee issue. In the overall scheme of things, two points like that when its on a knifes edge, you want to get them, Hasler said. It wasnt pretty, but it will do us. SCOTT BAILEY DES Hasler hadnt set out to make a point in Manlys 18-10 win over his former NRL club Canterbury, but he might have anyway. In his first dealing with the Bulldogs since reaching an out-of-court settlement with the club, Hasler again showed why he was the perfect fit at the Sea Eagles. Without Daly CherryEvans at No.7 and Tom Trbojevic at the back, Manly were gritty, tough and exemplified every Hasler trait in last nights win over the Bulldogs. Rookie winger Reuben Garrick scored all 18 of Manlys points but halfback Kane Elgey was the star, setting up both of his teams tries as he bamboozled the Bulldogs left-edge defence. It came just a week after Hasler made the call to drop Elgey, before he rebounded with two long cut-out balls for tries to Garrick in the opening 15 minutes. For him personally, it was a really good result, Hasler said. He was really good in the firstThe Roosters' Latrell Mitchell on his way to setting up a try against the Tigers Picture: PHIL HILLYARD Ponga has half thought NEWCASTLE star Kalyn Ponga has refused to shut the door on his five-eighth experiment, saying he doesnt think he played that poorly in the position. Ponga, 21, has shifted back to fullback after spending the opening three rounds in the halves. The Knights flyer produced mixed form at five-eighth, which prompted criticism. The pressure forced Newcastle coach Nathan Brown to move his star playmaker back to his natural fullback position. Ponga is enjoying his return to the No.1 jumper but he hasnt ruled out a return to five-eighth at a later stage, citing Darren Lockyers muchheralded shift from fullback to five-eighth at the Broncos as a 27-year-old. I wouldnt say it isnt an option, Ponga said. In the past, players that have moved to five-eighth have been a bit older. LATRELL Mitchell has shaken off uncertainty about his future to deliver one of the mostdominant individual performances of the year in the Sydney Roosters 42-12 thrashing of the Wests Tigers. All week, Mitchell was dogged by headlines that the club was worried about arch rivals South Sydney going all out for his signature when he came off contract at the end of 2020. If he was fazed by the speculation about his future, he didnt show it as he ran in three tries and set up another two in the seven-tries-to-one win last night at the SCG. The Roosters scored their seventh win on the trot to stay in top spot as they eyed off a showdown with Canberra during Magic Round next weekend in Brisbane. Mitchell showcased his skill, power, kicking prowess as well as scoring two longrange tries, finishing with 169 run metres and a 26-point haul. With Luke Keary back in the side after missing last week with a concussion, the Roosters left side clicked into gear. The in-form No.6 fed Mitchell into open space and he ran 60m to score, finishing the play with a diving put-down. The 21-year-old then ragdolled Esan Marsters and Matt Eisenhuth, broke into the backfield and put in a perfectly weighted grubber which bounced up for Keary to make it 18-6 at halftime. MANLY back-rower and proud country boy Joel Thompson says there is a groundswell of support from current NRL players to finish their careers with a stint in the bush. Thompson is weighing up joining the English Super League next season. But he also has aspirations of playing in the country when he retires. The Ivanhoe-born forward played his junior football with the Forbes Magpies before the Canberra Raiders signed him in 2008. Thompson believes country clubs are crying out for NRL players to return to regional areas and pass on their knowledge. I think it is great for players to go back and play in the bush, Thompson said. Whenever I finish professional footy Id like to go and captain-coach a country team. Bush beckons Thompson CANTERBURY coach Dean Pay has been given the ultimate vote of confidence with the Bulldogs sacking four high-profile staff, including club legend Andrew Farrar which will enable Pay a greater say on his support staff. The Bulldogs decision to extend Pays contract by a further 12 months last month paved the way for Canterbury to revamp its off-field staff which will see team manager Farrar, head of football Gareth Holmes, recruitment manager Warren McDonnell and pathways performance manager Andy Patmore moved on as early as this week. It was a set-up largely inherited by Pay when he joined the club last year but the changes will now allow Pay to have greater control at his club. The quartet were told of the news on Friday. Some were on hand to watch the Bulldogs play Manly yesterday afternoon. Pay can have his way MANLY 18 BULLDOGS 10 SEA EAGLES Tries: R Garrick 2 Goals: R Garrick 5 BULLDOGS Tries: R Smith 2 Goals: R Martin ROOSTERS 42 TIGERS 12 ROOSTERS Tries: L Mitchell 3, D Tupou, L Keary, N Butcher, B Cordner Goals: L Mitchell 7 TIGERS Tries: R Matterson, R Farah Goals: E Marsters 2 89843167 15 HOOK ROAD WINNELLIE Email email@example.com for more details Gates open from 4pm. 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