The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 SPORT 49 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA PENRITH will be sweating on Saturdays charge sheet after star centre Matt Burton was penalised for a crusher tackle, while Scott Sorensens finals campaign is in serious doubt after he suffered an arm injury in the 40-6 win over Parramatta. Panthers coach Ivan Cleary would have been hoping for a drama free night on the Gold Coast after the Storm had wrapped up the minor premiership earlier in the evening. But things rarely go to plan when the finals roll around. Burton was penalised for a crusher tackle on Eels skipper Will Smith in the 24th minute, but the incident wasnt placed on report. Teammate Viliame Kikau also earned the ire of the referee for a late shot on Jakob Arthur. But a lack of force meant he, too, avoided being put on report. Both men will face a nervous wait when the match review committee releases the charges. But the lack of on-field action suggests they should be fine to play next week. Sorensen, who has been brilliant coming off the bench this year, copped some friendly fire in a second-half tackle and looks to have dislocated the ulnar in his right arm which would most likely end his season. It was an otherwise cruisy night at the office for Penrith, which headed into the western derby knowing that itd play the Rabbitohs in the first week of the finals unless it somehow won by a record 144 points. The sides attack still isnt humming as it was earlier in the season. But it was able to put on a couple of nice set plays from scrums to send Brian Too over for the first hat-trick of his career as its left edge ran riot in the second half. Panthers derby victory over Eels comes at a cost Injured Scott Sorensen. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty MARTIN GABOR GLENN PUT TEAM FIRST EVERY STEP OF THE WAY WAYNE Bennett, the super coach who signed Alex Glenn, has lauded the Brisbane captains fighting spirit in overcoming a career-threatening back injury to become the most professional player in Broncos history. Glenns decorated 14-year career at the Broncos will officially come to an end on Saturday when the retiring skipper plays his 285th game in Brisbanes final regular-season showdown with the Knights at Suncorp Stadium. Right until the end, Glenn is fiercely devoted. Not even an eleventhhour stomach bug, which saw Glenn miss Brisbanes final training session on Friday, will stop him running onto Suncorp one last time, 4459 days after his Broncos debut in 2009. It was Bennett who put Glenn on the path to Broncos immortality. The New Zealand-born Glenn was a 19-year-old painting houses on the Gold Coast when Bennett personally phoned him armed with a Broncos contract. Even when Glenn hung up on Bennett, convinced it was a prank call, the master coach persisted. Indeed, persistence has been the narrative of Glenns career after a back injury as a teenager sidelined him for three years. I just rang Alex back and convinced him I was the real deal, Bennett says with a laugh. Alex has had a wonderful career. He should be proud when he runs out for the Broncos one last time this weekend. Alex was the last player I recruited before I left the Broncos in 2008 (to coach the Dragons). Andrew Gee (former Broncos football manager) and myself went down to meet with Alex and his mum on the Gold Coast. His mum was a tragic Broncos fan and from the moment I met Alex, I liked how he presented himself. We got a deal done and the rest is a 285-game player for the Broncos who has never put a foot wrong. He has been a wonderful ambassador for the Broncos. Glenn will walk off into the Suncorp sunset on Saturday as the fourth most-capped player in Broncos history, behind only triple centurions Darren Lockyer (355), Corey Parker (347) and Sam Thaiday (304). Bennett says back-rower Glenns strength has been his team-first simplicity. Low maintenance. Just get the job done. Alex has never been a superstar, never stolen all the headlines, Bennett said. But he is a great example for all young aspiring NRL players. Alex was prepared to do whatever was required for the team. Former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett (left) and Alex Glenn in 2018 and (inset) Glenn after Brisbane training this week. Picture: AAP Image PETER BADEL RYANS RUNNING GAME IS BACK AS STORM SNARE MINOR PRIZE THE Storm defeated the Sharks 28-16 on the back of a starring display from a reborn Ryan Papenhuyzen (pictured) to lock up a fourth minor premiership in six years. All the talk coming into the game was around Papenhuyzen and whether he could play himself back into form before the finals. Based on what he produced in the victory over the Sharks, Papenhuyzen is assured of the fullback jersey for the first final next week. Papenhuyzen finished with 204 run metres, 14 tackle busts, three linebreaks and three tries in his best performance since coming back from a long lay-off due to concussion. Papenhuyzens second try in the second half came from some excellent support play that was the key to his game before the concussion injury and truly announced that he is back to his best. Steve Roach paid tribute to the influence of Harry Grant, who set up the try with a superb run out of dummyhalf. I think he is the best dummyhalf in the game, Roach said. This kid has got a great nose of when to run.