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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, June 14, 2013. NT NEWS. 59 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-JGE:59 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Skippers testing time Sam Warburton will be keen to impress selectors during tomorrows game against the Waratahs Picture: BRADLEY HUNTER RUGBYUNION By IAIN PAYTEN LIONS captain Sam Warburton has 80 minutes against the Waratahs tomorrow night to prevent the bizarre scenario of missing selection for the first Test, and forcing an all-new skipper to lead the Lions into battle against the Wallabies next week. Warburtons challenge was made clear yesterday as Lions coach Warren Gatland stood firm behind his stance that not even a Lions captain was assured of a Test spot, and also revealed a mounting injury crisis among the Lions backs. Led by Warburton, the Lions side to take on the Waratahs was named yesterday but due to injury concerns, Gatland was unable to field a Test team for a final dress rehearsal. Though Jonny Sexton (hamstring) was cleared to play, Brian ODriscoll (groin), Manu Tuilagi (shoulder) and George North (hamstring) are all on the treatment table. Such is the concern, Gatland flew in English centre Billy Twelvetrees as midfield cover. Ideally you would like to go pretty close to a shadow team but we havent done that, Gatland said. We have a few knocks in the backs at the moment, and we had to rest a few players to make sure we arrive in Brisbane next Saturday fresh. One man aiming to use the Waratahs clash as a platform for a Test spot is, surprisingly, the Lions captain. The Lions backrow is the area of hottest competition for spots, with Warburton, Sean OBrien and Dan Lydiate vying for the No. 7 jersey, and with Tom Croft, Jamie Heaslip and Toby Faletau offering no vacancies elsewhere. Gatland made it clear last year that whoever he made Tour captain would not automatically be Test captain. Its about picking the best players, Gatland said. Lions resist underestimating rivals HE may not have heard of half of the Waratahs side but just one name will ensure Lions backrower Jamie Heaslip pays due respect to his rivals tomorrow night. Heaslip is one of six Irishmen in the Lions squad who played under Waratah coach Michael Cheika at Leinster and, while the Tahs may be missing eight Test stars, he knows his old mentor will have fringe players fired up. Knowing Cheiks, hes definitely sticking it to the guys who are there that this is their chance, because those guys arent around, Heaslip said. I dont know what sort of shape the Waratahs were in before but he will have put in some good systems for bringing through young players. Hes a big believer of hard work and effort. You can have all the skill in the world but if youre not putting in hard work, thats not what Cheiks wants to see. Thats how he played. These guys are going to be well drilled, and a hard team with Cheika in charge. Lions coach Warren Gatland was also effusive in his praise of the Tahs. Their breakdown is excellent, their attacking players stay square, so theyre a really good outfit, Gatland said. Carter following dads boot marks BRUMBIES lock Sam Carter was still two months away from being born when his father David took on the British and Irish Lions in 1989. Exactly 12 years later, David took his 11-year-old son to the third Test between the Lions and the Wallabies in Sydney. Its a Test Sam will never forget. With two minutes left on the clock, Brumbies lock and Wallabies debutant Justin Harrison stole a Lions lineout from just 10 metres out to secure the series win. It was the most amazing thing, especially with the atmosphere, with all the British and Irish Lions supporters out there. It was incredible, Sam said. Now, another 12 years later, Sam will get his own opportunity to face the worlds mostdistinguished representative rugby side when the Brumbies host the Lions at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday night. Its something Sam says he could never have predicted as an 11-year-old. At that age, you never give much thought to that. Obviously you want to play rugby and then you admire the people youre watching, he said. To get the opportunity to play them 12 years later is a real honour. Mega Monday Crossword solution June 10 B A C E L I S C B W S M C P L S R I D E R N A S S E T O R R O U S E O U S U R P R I F E O O N S E T O R E N E G A D E P D I V E R N E E L S E V E R T S U E X T R A D N T A P E D E E D G I N G R O L E E A S T E R N H D I C C O L A N C E R S T E L L O I A T T E N D M H H A S T E N I S R E N D O N E W A Y R L E I E E T R A C E D S T O P X R O U T S P S A L M E N N D S P R E E O D E U M C R I L E T P A I S T I N G S U C N S U S E S L A P P L Y C T T I R U C O P E D A R E A D U I C E D H R H Y T H M G U R G E A G O N E E A T E N O V E R D I E O I L B E N D A B I D E R O A D S A G G E D E O P E R A B L E A D O L L A R S T U B F S E G A R D E N E D B E V E R A G E I L I R A R E R E V E R E U O S O U L E G R A M B L E K N I T A L S S E W E R U I R E F E R B S G B I T I B E D U I E X T E N D R A D O T P P E R R E D E E M E R R I P E N E D B G T R O U N C E R E L E A S E D L E P I A P D A N T I C O N C L I A N G I M A D P L M W D O U S E T H U V I T R R E N E W I N G E D I T I O N F F S T I P E N D I N T E R N E D D U D R E R R E L C O N F E R E R E T A S Y E T G B A S Y L P H R E A R R A S O F G R A G S T R A G I C A A E A R N M R I M P A L E C A P E E E E R A M P A R T S I M P A R T E D E O T R O T S P A D D L E A M E T R I C A L A L I E L O W P E L T T R A D E S E C T S U E H I E M A R E A R I S E R E A R T A I D S O T R I C E D L D A Y S T B U C K R A C H E D R P O E T D S A H I B H R O A N W E O R N A T I O N E I I O L E A D D D R A W N V O C A L U S U V O R A T E E T U D E S R E D S Y E S M E N O N P T I U O U T S E T S P E D U D E S K I E S A L L E T T E R N I R I P S A G A I N S T T T R I L S D E F I L E S A P E S E L E V E N O A R E T E A N A I M E D I A T T U N E R U D E O N A T T Y R A U G U R I N G A I N G O T A G R I D P R I M E C E M E N D U N E Y R I E H E A G E R T D X H D D Y S G S T S T R E Y Breaking camp to line up for Tahs UNCAPPED Brumbies captain Ben Mowen and the reactivated Hugh McMeniman are battling for the contentious No. 6 jersey in the Wallabies pack after Dave Dennis was sent back to the Waratahs yesterday. Dennis, who played in 14 of Australias 15 Tests last year, will front up against the British and Irish Lions tomorrow night after an Australian Rugby Union (ARU) policy backflip but now looks out of the race to start in the first Test. Despite the ARU originally controversially ruling the Wallabies initial 25-man squad would be quarantined from playing Lions tour games, the NSW skipper and teammate Rob Horne have been released to line up for the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium. Fringe forwards Scott Sio and Peter Kimlin were also released from Camp Wallaby to prepare with the Brumbies for Tuesday nights clash with the tourists at Canberra Stadium. Coach Robbie Deans has long said that he didnt want to deny any fringe Wallabies the once-in-acareer opportunity to play the best of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and this will give them that chance, as well as gaining some match practice. Horne was always looking like a midfield back-up once Pat McCabe, a favourite of Deans, proved his fitness for the Brumbies last Friday to be a preferred inside centre starter. Dennis, though, was thought to be in the thick of a fight with Mowen for the blindside flanker position for the June 22 seriesopener, while rugged Western Force forward McMeniman, also a lock candidate, is a selection wildcard.

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