The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022
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74 SPORT Saturday, May 21, 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 WAYNE Bennetts Dolphins have ruled out a lifeline for Matt Lodge following his shock decision to quit the Warriors. Lodge had been named to face the Dragons in Sydney on Saturday but the Warriors are seeking a new starting prop after the former Bronco severed ties with the club on Friday, effectively immediately. Lodge has been consistently linked to the Dolphins, partly because the Warriors are temporarily based in Redcliffe, the home turf of the NRLs 17th team as they prepare for their entry to the premiership next season. Lodge has strong ties to the expansion newcomers. Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett resurrected his NRL career at the Broncos in 2018 after an off-field scandal, while the new franchises recruitment boss, Peter OSullivan, is Lodges father-in-law. OSullivan, formerly the Warriors recruitment chief, helped lure Lodge to the Kiwi club from Brisbane last year, but it is understood the Dolphins cannot afford the 26year-old under their salary cap for 2023. The Penrith junior is keen to return to family in NSW after recently buying a home on Sydneys northern beaches, fuelling speculation Lodge could end up at Manly. The one certainty is he will not reunite with Bennett at the Dolphins, who have assembled an experienced pack headlined by premiership-winning Storm trio Jesse and Kenny Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi. The Warriors are due to return to New Zealand for their round 16 clash against Wests Tigers and Lodge confirmed he had no interest in a move across the Tasman. I couldnt see my family living in New Zealand for a long-term future, Lodge said. Therefore we decided that the best thing for the club was for us to mutually part ways. Once was Warrior, but Lodge wont be Dolphin Matthew Lodge. Peter Badel ikin sees cobbo handling cauldron of origin footy STATE of Origins youngest player Ben Ikin believes Selwyn Cobbo would not be fazed by the codes toughest arena if the Broncos teenager is handed a maiden Queensland jumper. Cobbos case for a Maroons debut has hit overdrive in the wake of his sizzling stitch-up of the Knights on Thursday the Broncos wingers third consecutive blinder amid Brisbanes charge into the top eight. Queensland coach Billy Slater will name his maiden Maroons team on Sunday week. There is a four-way fight between Cobbo, Xavier Coates, Kyle Feldt and Corey Oates for two wing spots for the Maroons series opener against NSW in Sydney on June 8. Coates and Feldt both featured for the Maroons last season, but Cobbo is banging down the door as the hottest wing talent in the NRL with seven tries in his past three games. Cobbo turns 20 on June 5, three days before Origin I. I get the sense that Selwyn would handle most things that would come his way with regards to his football, said Ikin, who debuted for the Maroons in 1995 at age 18 years, 83 days. Selwyn Cobbo GROUND DOG DAY AS THE TIGERS INFLICT MORE PAIN Brent Naden started the week as a Bulldog but ended up playing for the Tigers against them on Friday night. Picture: Getty Images sliding doors moment that allowed him to escape the Belmore kennel this week for a new life with the Tigers. He must have felt like a death row prisoner granted a governors pardon five minutes before midnight. Naden threw the last pass for one Tigers try and saved one at the other end with some desperate defence in a solid first-up performance. Canterburys spluttering attack ran on premium unleaded for parts of the second half as it fought its way back into the contest, but the damage was done in a dreadful first-half display. With interim coach Mick Potter in charge against the club that sacked him eight years ago, the Dogs showed very little. The warning signs flashed early, Tigers second-rower Luke Garner pushing through some awful goal-line defence to score after just six minutes. Jackson Hastings somehow missed the easy conversion but was hitting the mark with ball in hand. The No.7 laid on a beautiful short ball for Starford Toa to score on 12 minutes as the Dogs shot here we go again looks at each other. The Tigers were in just before the half hour after Ken Maumalo profited from some lovely work inside to touch down one-handed in the corner. The big left winger was in again on the stroke of half-time, easing the Tigers out to an 18-0 lead. Canterbury did well to be that close following a half spent mostly defending, conceding penalties and failing to get out of their own 50. There is some life left in the Bulldogs of 2022. Legless, directionless and pointless in the 40 minutes, the blue and whites absorbed every word of Potters first NRL half-time speech in eight years before stunning the Tigers with a blitz scoring frenzy. The worst attacking side in the NRL suddenly became the great entertainers, scoring three unanswered tries to draw within two points after being down 18-0. Sadly, it all fell apart from there. The Tigers steadied to pull away, scoring two tries while Canterbury centre Aaron Schoupp was in the sin bin for a lifting tackle on Toa. Nu Brown, in his first NRL game in three years, grabbed the first of the two tries to kickstart the revival. TIGERS 36 (Brown 2, Maumalo 2, Garner, Madden, Toa tries; Madden 4 goals) d BULLDOGS 22 (Burton, Kiraz, Marshall-King, Schoupp tries; Burton 3 goals) THE more things change, the more they stay the same. Canterbury began life after Trent Barrett at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night but it proved Ground Dog day as the wooden spoon favourites crashed 36-22 to fellow strugglers Wests Tigers. The Dogs did show plenty of fight in the opening 20 minutes of the second half to claw their way back from an 18-point deficit, but this one still goes down as another addition to the loss column. The blue and whites remain anchored to the bottom of the table with just two wins for the year. Midweek Tigers recruit Brent Naden was wearing a large grin at full-time, no doubt grateful for the Adam Lucius MAROONS coach Billy Slater has urged the Titans to revamp their handling of David Fifita as the Gold Coasts $3.5m star prepares to make a last-ditch audition for Queensland Origin selection. Fifita has been rated a good chance of returning from a knee injury in Fridays Queensland derby against former club Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium. He will sit out Sundays clash with the Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium, the third game he has missed since injuring his knee in round 8. The Broncos derby will be the 22year-old Fifitas final chance to impress Slater before the new Maroons coach selects his Queensland team for Origin I in Sydney on June 8. Fifita could be considered an outsider for Origin selection following his injury and patchy form after being played at centre and off the bench by Titans coach Justin Holbrook. Slater, a 319-game NRL legend, said Fifita (pictured) had to get his knee right and receive more support from Gold Coasts game plan to get back to his devastating best. The priority for Dave right now is not Origin, its to get healthy and get himself back on the field, he said. Dave can do some special things on the field, but the last thing he needs to be focusing on right now is the flashy stuff. He needs to be doing all the work around it. If I was at the Titans, I would look at getting some continuity around him. He needs players around him who understand how he likes to get the ball and thats the key for the Titans to get the best out of Dave. You see it in strike centres, they need the right service. Sometimes people just think you need to get the ball to Dave and it doesnt matter how he gets it, but defences are so good these days that every team who plays the Titans, the number one guy on their tip sheet is David Fifita. There is a lot of attention around him. The Titans need to create some structures to get him into space and have other guys around him who can do the heavy lifting for him. Slater: Fifita needs help state of origin Travis Meyn & Peter Badel
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