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The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Apr 2022



The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Apr 2022

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68 SPORT Saturday, April 16, 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 bunnies hop to it at easter Cameron Murray leads the Bunnies out for their Good Friday showdown against the Bulldogs at Accor Stadium. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty FOR 25 minutes it looked like Bulldogs fans were set for a very Good Friday. Instead, its going to be another long weekend for the blue and white brigade after they fell apart following a sin bin and a sickening head clash. The Rabbitohs walked away with the two competition points after they kicked clear to triumph 36-16, but they have issues of their own as they looked way off the pace until NSW Origin hooker Damien Cook turned the game on its head. The nippy No.9 scored two tries in as many sets to turn a 6-0 deficit into a 12-6 lead before the Rabbitohs made it three tries in five minutes when Alex Johnston scored untouched in the corner after hed already had one disallowed. Cook then capped one of the best games of his life when he scored the first hat-trick of his NRL career, strolling through some soft defence from a scrum. The race to be Kangaroos hooker at the World Cup just got a lot more interesting between him and Storm rake Harry Grant. The blitz masked what had been a poor start to the afternoon. The Rabbitohs looked slow, disinterested and clunky with the ball, but the complexion of the contest changed when the Bulldogs were rightly reduced to 12 men. ORIGINAL SIN THE Bulldogs started Fridays game with plenty of aggression in defence and looked threatening in attack, albeit with limited opportunities. Fullback Matt Dufty brushed aside last weeks shocker with more metres than anyone else on the field, while Kyle Flanagan showed what he can do with the ball when he floated a perfect pass to set up Brent Naden for the opening try. But they undid all the hard work with a slew of penalties, before referee Gerard Sutton eventually lost patience and sent Jeremy MarshallKing to the sin bin for slowing down the ruck. They barely touched the ball after that and Flanagans impressive sideline conversion and Matt Burtons untouchable spiral bombs were quickly forgotten. To their credit, the Bulldogs didnt fold in the second half. They did eventually get their second try and it was a massive weight off Josh AddoCarrs shoulders when he raced away for his first four-pointer of the season. BLOODY AWFUL THERE have been some ugly head clashes in rugby league, but few as graphic as the one between Bulldogs teammates Chris Patolo and Josh Jackson. With their side already reeling with Marshall-King in the bin, the forwards clashed heads while making a tackle. Jacksons face was covered in blood but there was more concern for Patolo, who had to be helped from Accor Stadium on a medicab. In a positive sign, he was able to walk to the vehicle. In further bad news for Canterbury, Braidon Burns appeared to injure his hamstring while chasing Cook as he scored his second try. With no outside backs on the bench, the Bulldogs had to shift Burton to left centre which hurt their structure and creativity. MARTIN GABOR Wily rake Cook saves day as sin-binning and head knock leaves Bulldogs floundering PANTHERS skipper Nathan Cleary could find himself in hot water after being put on report for dangerous contact during the Panthers 40-12 win over the Brisbane Broncos. Cleary, who along with father and coach Ivan this week signed a contract extension until the end of 2027, was put on report midway through the second half after a tackle on Billy Walters in which he appeared to sling the No.6 to the ground. It was one of few marks in an otherwise typical Panthers second half. Despite gaining big metres in each of their early sets, the Panthers were unable to penetrate a spirited Broncos defence. It was the Broncos who were first on the board, Kotoni Staggs putting Tesi Nui over the line in the 10th min ute. That was as good as it got for the visitors. Once Jarome Luai opened the scoring for the Panthers in the 21st minute on Friday night, the momentum was never returned. Despite the 12-6 halftime score, the Broncos never looked like knocking off the premiers in front of the 19,406strong crowd. Five second-half Panthers tries saw them extend their BlueBet Stadium winning streak to 20 games. Staggs was the standout Bronco in the first half, making six tackle breaks and setting up Nui to score the first points of the game. He looked to have scored one of his own in the 26th minute, but a bunker review determined he had lost the ball millimetres above the turf. A hamstring injury to Nui sus Worry over Cleary tackle takes away from Penriths dominant display tained scoring his try saw Selwyn Cobbo get his chance at fullback. Nui would not return for the second half. A 47th-minute penalty saw Dylan Edwards and Keenan Palasia both sent to the sin bin after both appeared to slap each other in the face. With both teams a man down, it was the Panthers who forced their way through the tiring Broncos defence. Tries to Charlie Staines, Taylan May and Liam Martin in the next 11 minutes put any hope of a Broncos upset to bed. Despite the dominating performance, the Panthers may have a small sweat next week, after skipper Cleary was put on report. Cleary may only be facing a grade 1 charge, and a week at best, but it was a problem the Panthers didnt need. Penrith forward Scott Sorensen celebrates scoring a try with teammates during the win over Brisbane on Friday night. Picture: Getty Images