The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020
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36 SPORT MONDAY MARCH 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Marshall top gun as Tigers maul Dragons BENJI Marshall produced a vintage performance to lead Wests Tigers to a hard-fought 24-14 victory over St George Illawarra in their NRL seasonopener. On the same day scans revealed Luke Brooks would miss a month with a calf injury, Marshall stepped up with a try and two try assists at WIN Stadium. At 35, the leagues secondoldest player also added four goals from four attempts in what was his first match with the kicking tee since 2013. Marshall combined with another former Dragon in Luciano Leilua to break a 14-14 scoreline in the 60th minute. Both teams had multiple chances in the final 20 minutes, but none bigger than Paul Vaughans error in front of the posts. Tyson Frizell broke into the backfield in the final minutes but couldnt find support. Tigers winger David Nofoaluma sealed the win with a try on fulltime. Nofoaluma was also instrumental in the victory, carrying the ball for a game-high 179 metres, scoring two tries, breaking five tackles. The Tigers started disastrously last night after Dragons winger Mikaele Ravalawa was awarded a penalty try in just the second minute. Ravalawa went 50 metres after fielding a bomb, only to be edged off the ball by Corey Thompson. Dragons recruit Brayden Wiliame doubled the lead in the eighth minute, but the Tigers responded quickly with Marshalls pinpoint kick for Nofoaluma. Thompsons horror night continued when the ball slipped out of his grasp on a routine kick return, gifting the Dragons a 12-8 halftime lead. Thats when Marshall took over the contest. Defeat will spur Saints season, says Rioli SHANNON Rioli took a deep breath before declaring Saturday nights grand final loss to Nightcliff would be the catalyst for a big 2020-21 season from St Marys. Rioli was aiming for his seventh premiership medal in the grand final before 22 players in black-and-yellow jumpers blocked his view. The 29-year-old St Marys joint captain is determined to reach double figures in premiership wins before closing the book on his playing career. I want to win 10 flags, so Ive got four more to go which means Ill be around for a while, he said. We had chances to win this one after fighting hard to get back in the game, getting to within a point or something like that by believing we could mount a challenge. They got a good first half and we came back at them, but they were able to hold on. Rioli said his sides inability to score from several forward forays in the third and last quarters had been costly. They capitalised on what scoring chances they had while we werent able to do it and that kicked us in the guts and took the wind out of us, he added. But he remains optimistic the green and gold jumpers will be on show when next seasons silverware is up for grabs. You look at the development we got out of our guys this season as opposed to last year and its probably five times as much, he said. Well take what we can from this game and the season as a whole after coming from last to make the grand final and see if we can improve a bit more. We only need to lift less than half as much as we did this year to be a real chance to win it. Storms hot run goes on Vunivalu scores two tries, Smith in control as usual SCOTT BAILEY SULIASI Vunivalu scored two tries in three minutes to give Melbourne their 18thstraight season-opening NRL win with a tough 18-4 victory over Manly. In a bizarre Sunday afternoon at Lottoland, the game was tryless for 60 minutes while ballkids wore gloves and the ball was cleaned every time it went into the crowd. With the coronavirus pandemic overshadowing the game, Manlys high performance unit ordered the extreme measures of using bleach. But on the field, both sides put on a display which appeared to have far more at stake than a Round 1 contest. With each team exchanging penalty goals, the match sat at 4-2 in Manlys favour before Vunivalu gave Melbourne the lead with twostraight tries from kicks. The first in the 61st minute came when Jahrome Hughes kicked perfectly for Vunivalu behind Manly winger Jorge Taufua to score. From the next set, Melbourne were on the attack again, as Hughes kicked for Vunivalu for a second time after scooping up a loose ball. There appeared to be a question mark over the Storm winger getting the ball down, but the try was awarded by the bunker. Melbourne wrapped the game up when Cameron Smith grubbered out of dummy-half for Tom Eisenhuth with six minutes to play. In the first game of his 19th season, Smith again controlled the game perfectly, forcing two line dropouts, while Tui Kamikamica ran 149 metres at prop. Vunivalu might attract match review committee attention for raising his knees and making contact with Dylan Walkers head in a tackle which went unpenalised. Manly were gritty even if they couldnt break Melbournes line. Their own goalline defence was particularly impressive, as they made 15 tackles inside their own 20metre zone without breaking in the first half. Tom Trbojevic pulled off two try-savers, including one in which he rushed across and put a flying Marion Seve into touch metres from the line. Jorge Taufua, repeating his heroics from last season, laid on what will likely be the hit of the year on Seve. 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