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Kurt Gidley

Kurt Gidley in movement for a Knights. Picture: Gregg Porteous
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IF a NRL ever indispensable justification of a income cap’s efficacy they need demeanour no serve than a foe ladder as we conduct into turn 24.

Even after 6 months of weekly fixtures, usually 3 points apart seventh place from 13th.

And with a Bulldogs and Sharks effectively jacket adult their finals spots, these 7 teams are now sealed in a dogfight for a remaining dual positions. 

But what creates this turn so engaging and even some-more crucial, is that many of these border sides play any other this week.

Here’s how your group shapes up.

Rabbitohs v Bulldogs:
After pulling 3 points transparent of a seven-team cluster, a Bulldogs have all yet requisitioned their place in a sudden-death subordinate final. Although they have no control over who they will face, they have a large contend in where this diversion will take place. Des Hasler and his boys contingency win during slightest dual of their 3 remaining fixtures to secure an all-important home advantage in week one of a finals. They face Penrith during home and Brisbane divided in a final rounds – dual games they will no doubt place a complicated importance on deliberation their chances of violence a resurgent South Sydney outfit yet Ben Barba, Sam Kasiano or Greg Eastwood, are not high. However, with a Bunnies again yet Sam Burgess, an dissapoint wouldn’t be a strangest thing to occur this season.

With threats appearing to his No.1, Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman turns in a blinder opposite a untimely Eels.

Panthers v Broncos
The Broncos haven’t mislaid in their past 4 matches, while a Panthers finished a three-match losing strain opposite a Warriors opposite a embankment final week. Penrith will be increased by a home belligerent advantage, yet hindered by a fact they have divided matches opposite a Bulldogs and Sea Eagles to come. Brisbane however, have some-more wish for their deteriorate deliberation they have dual home games opposite a Knights and a Dogs to finish 2013. Psychologically, this might be adequate to get them over Penrith on Friday night. Both teams will margin a same 17 as turn 23.

Dragons v Tigers
The many engaging aspect of this compare is Benji Marshall has again been named during five-eighth notwithstanding another gloomy display on Monday night. Surely, if he isn’t means to lead his side to during slightest a rival opening opposite a exceedingly understrength St George Illawarra, he will make approach for immature gun Luke Brooks in a entrance weeks. However, Mick Potter could be gripping him around to time adult his 200th compare before he leaves a NRL. Saturday will be his 199th initial class game, and with Robbie Farah and Blake Ayshford out, it looks as yet it won’t be a happy one.

Titans v Warriors
Forget remarkable genocide subordinate finals – this week is do-or-die for both a Gold Coast and a Warriors. With a integrate of formula going their approach in turn 23 a Titans narrowly defended eighth spot, notwithstanding their detriment to a Cowboys. But deliberation they play dual of a tip 4 teams divided from home in a remaining rounds, a finals berth shapes as rarely unlikely. Even with a lapse of Albert Kelly and Matt Srama this week, they face a Warriors side hell-bent on finale a three-match losing strain and giving life to their slim finals hopes. The Auckland boys have 3 winnable matches to finish 2012, yet a bad differential means they might not make it even if they can secure all six-points. Whoever believes in their slim finals chances some-more will overcome come Saturday.

Cowboys v Knights
The Knights have a advantage of sitting during slightest one indicate transparent of a other contenders and have 3 winnable matches remaining, generally a Eels in turn 26. But a Cowboys are a form group of a foe and are personification as yet theirs lives count on winning. One some-more detriment will all yet close them out of finals contention. Neville Costigan earnings for Newcastle in place of Korbin Sims, and will yield a most indispensable boost for his brazen container off a bench. Zane Tetevano and Kade Snowden have a tough charge of relating it with a Australian front-rowers if they wish to give their outward backs a good height to measure points.

Paul Kent gives his discernment into a startle sacking of Canberra Raiders manager David Furner on a Fox Sports News Channel 513.

Raiders v Sea Eagles
A deteriorate that started with so most guarantee will roughly positively go down a empty during Canberra on Sunday. The Raiders, yet Blake Ferguson, Jack Wighton, Terry Campese and David Furner, will be no compare for an unvaried Sea Eagles outfit looking to rebound behind from a argumentative detriment to South Sydney. But if we trust in a “sack a coach, win a game” speculation a Cowboys gave serve explanation to, there is still wish for a Raiders. Manly will have labelled  this diversion a must-win deliberation they play a Storm subsequent week and a Bulldogs usually lay 3 points behind them.  The Broncos will no doubt be examination how Anthony Milford performs during five-eighth.

Storm v Eels
With Melbourne during full strength and Jarryd Hayne out again, this will get ugly.

Sharks v Roosters
Hopefully a latest complement of Cronulla’s ASADA tale doesn’t have too most of an outcome on what shapes as a initial peculiarity Monday night compare we have had in a prolonged time. With a lapse of Wade Graham, a full-strength Sharks will wish to indurate their finals mark and safeguard they stay good transparent of a awaiting of a remarkable genocide subordinate final divided from home. To do this, they have to hindrance a eight-game winning strain that has catapulted a Roosters to a tip of a table. The deficiency of Boyd Cordner, Anthony Minichiello and Luke O’Donnell joined with a highway outing to a cold Remondis Stadium creates Monday’s diversion a biggest exam a Chooks have faced in a past month.

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Maria Sharapova announces her withdrawal

Maria Sharapova has been forced to repel on a eve of a US Open with a right shoulder injury. Picture: Getty Images
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MARIA Sharapova has been a startle late withdrawal from a US Open on a eve of a tournament.

A shoulder damage has forced a universe No.3 out of a final Grand Slam eventuality of a year, due to get underway during Flushing Meadow this weekend.

US Open contest executive David Brewer announced a withdrawal.

“Maria has sensitive us that she will be incompetent to contest during a US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has cold from a tournament,” he said.

“We wish her a rapid liberation and demeanour brazen to her lapse to New York subsequent year.”

Sharapova has played only a singular compare given being bundled out of Wimbledon in a second round.

In Jul she separate with long-time manager Thomas Hogstedt, before transfer his deputy – former good Jimmy Connors – after only one match.

The 2006 US Open champion continued to make headlines in a lead-up to this year’s event, reportedly formulation on changing her name to “Maria Sugarpova” for a generation of a contest to foster her code of sweets.

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Spurs are in a final stages of finalising their $161 million sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and are anticipating to use some of that price to squeeze Willian and Erik Lamela.

TOTTENHAM Hotspur authority Daniel Levy was sealed in negotiations on Wednesday night to finalise Gareth Bale’s universe record £94million ($163.5m) send to Real Madrid.

Levy spent a day variable over a sale of a Wales star, creation certain his bar perceived as most income as probable for their 24-year-old talisman.

Madrid chiefs have grown undone during Levy’s hardball approach, and his tough position was confirmed on Tuesday during another day of high-level negotiations.

Levy is austere Fabio Coentrao’s tentative switch to White Hart Lane should sojourn apart from Bale’s transfer, while Real Madrid wish to use a left behind as a makeweight in a deal.

Speaking brazen of Thursday’s Europa League qualifier here opposite Dinamo Tbilisi, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted a understanding for Bale was not complete.

But Real chiefs are assured a transfer, that will obscure Madrid’s £80m universe record constraint of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, will go by before a Sep 2 deadline.


Gareth Bale is finally set to secure his long-awaited pierce to Real Madrid.

All a indications indicate to a forward’s approaching exit. Having already spent tighten to £60million on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue, Levy, executive of football Franco Baldini and Villas-Boas continue to strengthen Spurs’ squad.

Anzhi Makhachkala brazen Willian is roughly certain to join in a £30m deal, and a bar were in modernized talks with Roma to land Argentinian brazen Erik Lamela, another understanding that could be value around £30m

Given UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, spending what could be around £120m, though offered cherished item Bale, is rarely unlikely.

When asked directly either a understanding to take Bale to Madrid was complete, Villas-Boas replied: “I can’t tell we anything about that. That is not true.”

But when pressed, a Portuguese manager’s position seemed to soften.

“Ideally we wish to keep everybody to make us stronger — that is a design of a club. But we are boring ourselves into a final weeks of send activity and it can turn very, really frantic. We will continue to do some activity in a market, both ways.”

Losing Bale would be a sour blow to Spurs’ debate though after their mega-spending spree, Villas-Boas insists his side — even though a Welsh flyer — will be stronger than final season.

The ex-Porto manager added: “On a players that we have signed, it shows we have extensive ambition.”

“We demeanour brazen to being stronger than a year before, and we resolutely trust we can be stronger. What we are doing during a impulse shows a intentions.

“It depends on a deals we are means to finish before a marketplace finishes — and it hasn’t finished nonetheless for us.

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Brent Macaffer

Brent Macaffer is enjoying his new run-with purpose during Collingwood.
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COLLINGWOOD midfielder Brent Macaffer is relishing his new run-with role, though we clarity he will get additional compensation if he were to close down former teammate Sharrod Wellingham.

Both Collingwood and West Coast will margin players holding on their former sides for a initial time when they accommodate during a MCG tomorrow night.

Wellingham, who has found form in new weeks, will line adult for a Eagles while Pies large male Quinten Lynch will also be penetrating for a large diversion opposite his aged mates.

Macaffer insisted before training this morning he had not nonetheless been reserved his purpose by manager Nathan Buckley.

But a devious laugh on a face of a male who tomorrow night will strech his 50-game miracle suggested he would face off with Wellingham during some stage.

“It’d be good to play opposite him,” Macaffer said.

“He’s a much-loved actor here during Collingwood, a premiership player, who played with a lot of us as well. So it’ll be good to see him out there and cranky paths with him.

“They’ve got a few flattering good players in there with (Matt) Priddis, (Andrew) Gaff, Wellingham and (Chris) Masten, guys like that. We’ll wait and see what Bucks says after training.”

Macaffer pronounced Lynch’s insights into a Eagles had been accessible in credentials for this week’s game.

“He’s given us a small bit,” Macaffer said.

“It’s been good to be means to collect his mind in group meetings and things like that. He’s flattering vehement to get out there and stir opposite his aged group as well.”

Collingwood were last-start losers to Hawthorn, though before to that had scored enlivening wins opposite tip 8 teams Essendon and Sydney.

Macaffer pronounced that, notwithstanding a detriment to a Hawks, a side is still in good form streamer into a finals.

”They are one of a best in a competition,” he pronounced of Hawthorn.

“We were apparently unhappy to lose, though were flattering happy with a bid we put in, we fought it out unequivocally good since in a past we competence have forsaken divided and unequivocally got blown out of a water.

“It was substantially unsatisfactory that they kicked dual or 3 late goals to give them that 5 or 6 idea win, though we took a lot out of that diversion and hopefully we get another moment during them.”

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Supreme Court writ

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JAMES Hird’s marvellous Supreme Court command opposite a AFL alleges joining trainer Andrew Demetriou and his emissary Gillon McLachlan “tipped off” Essendon that a players had taken opening enhancing drugs.

Court papers fact a phone call from Demetriou to afterwards bar authority David Evans on a night of Feb 4 that allegedly alerted a Bombers to investigations into drug use during a bar in 2012.

“Evans communicated a Demetriou ‘tip off’ to Hird and other Essendon officials including (football boss) Danny Corcoran and (then CEO) Ian Robson,” a request says.

It is also purported a league’s emissary CEO McLachlan pronounced to Hird during a assembly during AFL House a following day difference to a effect: “You can’t contend Essendon did not use drugs, since my information is we have used them. Brett Clothier knows a names of a drugs and he will be here soon. The bar should come brazen to a AFL and ask for an investigation.

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“Essendon should go open about a doubt surrounding a addition procedure in 2012.

“The Australian Crime Commission is going to palm down a report. There is going to be a assembly of all a (sporting) codes”

“If we come brazen progressing and entice ASADA to investigate, afterwards a review will demeanour improved for you”.

The AFL opted not to criticism on a justice claims when contacted now by Herald Sun.

Supreme Court

A matter of explain filed with a justice now has asked a justice to need Hird’s box be listened by an eccentric tribunal.

It has asked for injunctions, both interlocutory and final, confining a AFL from permitting Andrew Demetriou to lay on any tribunal.

It also wants any commissioner who has been given entrance to a ASADA Intererim news to be criminialized from destiny hearings

Hird is also seeking an explain confining a AFL from pierce with any discussion until he has been given:

PROPER details of a charges opposite him

DETAILS of a witnesses ther AFL proposes to call

DETAILS of a piece of a justification they will give and

COPIES of all papers a AFL will find to offer during a hearing.

Hird is also seeking indemnification for division with contractactual family and costs.

The explain has indicted a AFL of not behaving impartially.

It has also lifted concerns that Hird will not be means to accommodate his contractual obligations with Essendon for a residue of a deteriorate and finals series.

Within a command Hird’s lawyers make ti transparent they trust a AFL attempted to publicly allegation a Bombers manager by creation open information Hird believed he gave confidentially.

Claiming a AFL acted “in bad faith” a papers lay a AFL leaked information gained in a ASADA information in a Bombers that was “unfavourable to Hird” and that he has been given “no event to answer”.

It says a AFL expelled a information that “would attract endless broadside inauspicious to Hird’s interests” and that many of it was given directly to Fairfax media.

Lawyers for Hird filed a command with a justice about 10.50am.

“We will be instituting record in a morning,” a Essendon coach’s lawyer, Stephen Amendola, told a Herald Sun yesterday.

Gerard and Robbo demeanour during a vital charges entrance opposite a Bombers.

The pierce comes as it emerged a AFL wanted a Bombers to accept a chastisement understanding that would have enclosed Hird’s head, a multi-million-dollar fine, a detriment of presumably dual years of breeze picks and ostracism from this year’s finals.

Essendon pronounced it never deliberate a due “deal” from a AFL since it deliberate a permit “armageddon”.



Essendon manager James Hird launched a sardonic conflict during a AFL during a press discussion into a use of opening drugs during a Essendon Football Club

Meanwhile, Western Bulldogs authority Peter Gordon pronounced he believes all other football clubs will mount behind a AFL.

His comments come as AFL Commission authority Mike Fitzpatrick called an unusual assembly of 18 bar presidents for this afternoon.

Speaking on a ABC’s Jon Faine morning show, Mr Gordon pronounced “it’s time” clubs done it transparent they would support a AFL over a saga.

He pronounced a clubs – detached from Essendon – were apropos increasingly endangered by a brawl and called for “cool heads and mediation”.

He said: “I’ve put it (a grave offer for mediation) out there and I’m not a usually authority to have put it out there.

“We have, to a really vast extent, wanted to concede Essendon to allege a counterclaim and to control itself as it sees fit yet we do consider it’s time that we as a other clubs make it transparent that not usually do we support a AFL yet we design a AFL to a pursuit and strengthen a firmness of a game. From my indicate of perspective that’s what they’re doing.

“I design as a stakeholder bar in a AFL – and we know that this is loyal from some of a other presidents that I’ve had communication with – we wish relatives of players and immature players to know that it’s not something that’s going to be a customary partial of a attention from time to time.”

The seven-month drugs liaison exploded yesterday after a AFL chose to recover a full list of charges opposite a Bombers.

The 34-page request suggested a litany of allegations detailing drug injections, substances brought behind from China by a convicted drug play and claims of a health shock for Hird after he was injected with an outlandish substance.

Essendon described a pierce as an “ambush”, and pronounced a opposite set of charges had been presented to a bar by a joining in moving negotiations final week.

AFL CEO Andrew demetriou tells of because charges opposite a Essendon Football Club had to be done open for a good of a game.

Hird, dressed in Essendon garb, emerged from his Toorak home this morning yet was in no mood speak to a watchful media pack, charity a brief grin before he fast gathering away.

The list of charges states:

PLAYERS might have been given criminialized performance-enhancing drug Thymosin Beta-4, among 15 substances administered.

HIRD had suffered vague “significant” side-effects from drugs he injected in 2012.

CLUB alloy Bruce Reid voiced his regard and disappointment over a supplements regime in his blank minute to other bar officials.

Essendon manager James Hird fires behind during AFL, job for an eccentric review into charges after a ‘frenzy of releases’ from a sport’s ruling body.

HIRD was warned by an AFL firmness officer to equivocate peptides.

PLAYERS were to accept 1500 injections of AOD-9604 and a chronicle of Thymosin and some-more than 16,500 doses of Colostrum and 8000 doses of Tribulus.

Essendon charge

AFL, Bombers control for authorised showdown

“The AFL is dynamic to retaliate a Essendon Football Club, and 4 people personally, as yet we were drug cheats,” bar authority Paul Little said.

Detailing a charges, AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou said: “The Essendon Football Club and other parties will be given each reasonable event to answer these charges. There has been no conclusion of this matter.”

AFL Players’ Association CEO Matt Finnis labels a Essendon assign piece is a “disturbing read”, observant a AFLPA has a no toleration process for control that compromises a avocation of caring for players.

One bar trainer told a Herald Sun he approaching a joining to find bar support in punishing a Bombers and, potentially, kicking them out of a finals.

Hird health shock claims

Little reliable he would front a meeting.

The joining is dynamic to solve a brawl in a discussion before a AFL Commission.

But Hird’s lawyers, behaving with a support of a club, will now ask a Supreme Court to behind a coach’s final for an eccentric discussion and a dismissal of AFL arch executive Andrew Demetriou from any proceedings.

James Hird

Bombers manager James Hird told a media that AFL has ”continued a hearing by media”. Picture: Getty Images

The Supreme Court matter of explain is also approaching to fact a events of early Feb and a AFL’s purported impasse in a club’s preference to “self-report” to a joining and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

What Little and Hird pronounced in full

The AFL charged Essendon and a 4 officials – Hird, bar alloy Bruce Reid, partner manager Mark Thompson and footy trainer Danny Corcoran – with bringing a diversion into shame 10 days ago over a 2012 supplements program.

The full content of Dr Reid’s minute and ancillary support relating to a probable use of criminialized drugs underline in a 34-page request released.

Essendon also took aim during a AFL over claims a former member of a AFL’s anti-doping judiciary was told in Feb that AOD-9604 was protected and not prohibited.

AFL trainer Andrew Demetriou has publically anounced a charges Essendon will be facing, while also confirming a assembly of all bar presidents will be hold in a nearby future.

Dr Andrew Garnham, now operative as a consultant for Essendon, pronounced systematic justification showed AOD-9604 had minimal side-effects.

Doc’s minute reveals he was kept in dark

“That a AFL has famous this for 6 months yet let questions hang over a control of a bar and many unforgivably a players, is reprehensible,” Little said.

ASADA confirmed it had never authorized a use of AOD-9604.

A daring Hird said: “The AFL now continued a hearing by media of me. We usually perceived presentation mins before a AFL charges were done public.

A former member of a AFL’s anti-drug judiciary tells AFL 360 a addition during a centre of a Essendon liaison was “not illegal”.

“The proclamation by waylay confirms a AFL is using an agenda, that again calls into doubt a impartiality.”

Demetriou pronounced a charges were usually alleged, and that Essendon and a officials, had “every opportunity” to urge themselves.

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Chelsea have degraded Aston Villa 2-1 in a argumentative midweek strife during Stamford Bridge.

IT’s removing down to a irritated finish of a send window, and Thursday’s Rumour Mill facilities some large guns as Bale closes in on Madrid and Chelsea re-ignite their seductiveness in Wayne Rooney.

ARE Jose Mourinho’s mind games back?

The self-appointed ‘Happy One’ and Chelsea will wait until after their Barclays Premier League strife with Manchester United to make a third proceed for send aim Wayne Rooney.

Chelsea have seen dual offers for Rooney rebuffed by United, who insist a England striker is not for sale. Mourinho will exam that resolve, yet not until after a outing to Old Trafford.

“I don’t wish Chelsea to do it before we go there,” pronounced Mourinho, following Chelsea’s 2-1 better of Aston Villa.

“I consider this period, by a reliable indicate of view, is a duration where we’re going to be quiet.”


Is Wayne Rooney set for a pierce to Stamford Bridge?

The send window closes on Sep 2, so Mourinho and Chelsea competence bide their time over Rooney.

THEY might be geographical neighbours, yet Arsenal and Tottenham have been worlds detached in their send exchange this European summer.

Arsenal’s usually acquistation has been Yaya Sanogo – a giveaway send – while Tottenham are set to go past a £102m (A$170m) mark.

The Metro says that could be about to change, with a Gunners to offer a club-record £40m (A$69m) for Real Madrid brazen Karim Benzema.

Carlo Ancelotti competence not be so penetrating on a deal, carrying already sole associate striker Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli, yet Gareth Bale’s approaching attainment in Madrid could lean his decision.

Jose Mourinho finished a winning lapse as Chelsea manager with a 2-0 success during home to promoted Hull City.

Arsenal trainer Arsene Wenger has come underneath heated vigour from fans for his send shortcomings – quite blank out on Luis Suarez – yet a constraint of 25-year-old Frenchman Benzema could be only a tonic to palliate a concerns of a Gunners masses.

IT doesn’t finish there for Gunners fans.

The London Evening Standard claims Arsene Wenger’s elite striker is Swansea City’s Michu.

Wenger is eyeing a double swoop for a Spanish prodigy and Swans skipper Ashley Williams.

The pierce – value a reported £35m (A$61m) would block dual critical holes in a Gunners side.

Hull City and Crystal Palace have both depressed in their initial Premier League matches given promotion, as Chelsea and Tottenham racked adult easy victories on Sunday.

TOTTENHAM were sealed in negotiations on Wednesday night to finalise Gareth Bale’s universe record £94million (A$163.5m) send to Real Madrid.

Sources in England are stating that a understanding could be announced as shortly as Thursday.

Madrid wish to use Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao as makeweight in a deal, while Tottenham contend he should sojourn apart from Bale’s transfer.

The long-awaited understanding will obscure Madrid’s £80m (A$139) universe record constraint of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

All a indications indicate to a forward’s approaching exit. Spurs have already spent tighten to £60million on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue, and they aren’t finished there.

Spurs are in a final stages of finalising their $161 million sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and are anticipating to use some of that price to squeeze Willian and Erik Lamela.

Brazilian playmaker Willian – valued during £30m (£52m) is in London and will shortly be announced as a Tottenham actor while talks are during an modernized staged with  Roma’s Argentinian brazen Erik Lamela, who should go for identical income to Willian.

ON Wednesday it was Manchester United interested, yet a latest rumours on Iker Casillas are even some-more left-field.

Bitter rivals Barcelona are meddlesome in a Real Madrid goalkeeper, The Daily Express claims.

The one-club male fell out of foster with Jose Mourinho final deteriorate and non-stop this debate on a bench.
Arsenal and Chelsea are also on high warning for a 32-year-old.

DEMBA Ba is capricious of his destiny during Stamford Bridge and righteously so.

The Senegal general found himself on a dais for Chelsea’s Premier League opener and saw associate striker Romelu Lukaku come on in a second.

Add Jose Mourinho’s diligence to pointer Wayne Rooney, and we can see because Ba is deliberation his options – that during this theatre embody Roma and a striker’s former club, West Ham United.

The Hammers wish a brazen on loan, yet Chelsea would most rather a permanent deal.

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Rugby commentator Greg Martin dissects a opening Bledisloe Cup diversion and where a Wallabies contingency urge for diversion II.

ALL is not lost. The Wallabies were on a wrong finish of a large Bledisloe Cup scoreline final weekend though they can spin it around.

Rugby is a humorous game. We’ve seen teams get belted one week and afterwards come behind and win a subsequent week. I’ve got no doubts a Wallabies can win opposite a All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.

After a opening turn of a Rugby Championship we would have to contend that a opening between a Wallabies and All Blacks is a small bit wider than we suspicion it would be after examination Super Rugby.

But a good thing about rugby is that with a earthy side of a game, mostly if we get that unequivocally right it can make a outrageous difference.

And we consider that is not a outrageous blank for a Wallabies to fill in a space of 7 days.

If they get their plan right and play a approach that manager Ewen McKenzie is envisaging them to play, afterwards we consider winning is a possibility.

I will contend I’m not as assured as we was before a initial Bledisloe, when a peculiarity of a stream All Blacks side was unequivocally evident. They rubbed all that Australia threw during them flattering well. Their gifted players who we maybe haven’t listened as most about this year – Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Kieran Read and of march Richie McCaw – all stepped adult and achieved good that has been a genuine strength of a All Blacks over a past 4 or 5 years.

Those guys perform consistently good that is what we need, and afterwards we get a integrate of guys like Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden who have large games and it completes a flattering good performance.

Rob Simmons

Rob Simmons was clever for a Wallabies in theor detriment to a All Blacks.

Despite a scoreline there were positives for a Wallabies. Their vigilant to use a round was transparent and they wanted to attack, that was great. In further a lot of guys got a ambience of Test rugby. we suspicion that it would be a lot closer diversion on a basement of Super Rugby though it only shows we a step adult – it’s a totally opposite game.

It was good for Australia to get a lot of immature guys some knowledge during that level. A diversion like final weekend was substantially a good thing for some of a newer players to come in and learn what Test rugby’s about.

If we demeanour during a best Test players, they don’t make a lot of mistakes given they’re wakeful that a smallest of errors can cost we badly. Unfortunately a Wallabies done some-more mistakes than a All Blacks did final Saturday night.

That said, Australia’s got that ability to always have a large opening opposite a All Blacks and we consider you’ll see a most closer diversion this weekend.

A few of a Wallabies played unequivocally good final weekend – Rob Simmons and Michael Hooper were good and Scott Fardy did unequivocally good when he came on. If those guys can play to that turn again and take a rest of a side with them, though a doubt they can do a job. But a Wallabies will have to be a lot some-more accurate and a lot some-more clinical to get tighten to a All Blacks.

If there’s one area of a Wallabies diversion that needs genuine alleviation it’s a collision zone. The All Blacks tended to find it distant easier to get half a shoulder by a tackle and get some-more movement by their round carry.

On a other side a All Blacks’ counterclaim was unequivocally clever and Australia substantially attempted to be a small bit too parallel during times. They upheld a round aside though changing a angles, that can be profitable if a group straighten their using in conflict though didn’t upset a counterclaim given it was too low – and New Zealand’s counterclaim didn’t concede Australia to get on a front feet with a ball.

Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper on a assign for a Wallabies.

Ewen McKenzie has been in a Test sourroundings before though a diversion has developed given he was final there. Like anyone in life, we learn from any opening and I’m certain he’ll be no opposite after final weekend.

He’s an intelligent coach, and really thorough. He’ll have left divided and suspicion about a few opposite things. There won’t be large changes, he’ll only wish to see his players give some-more of what he substantially asked from them in a final game, some-more consistently.

I consider there were some things there that worked well, there were a few pieces of play that strategically can work good opposite a All Blacks – they only need to be executed a bit better.

One of those areas could be a lineout, where a Wallabies competence wish to plea in a air. we suspicion a Australians put a lot of vigour on a New Zealand hookers, so there competence be a few small tactical changes there.

And a diversion is in Wellington where we don’t know what a weather’s going to move so there competence be an event to vigour that area.

Matt Toomua gets another possibility during flyhalf for a Wallabies. One of a strengths of his diversion this year for a Brumbies was holding a round to a line and flattening adult a attack. It would be good to seem him do that and get a bit of movement on to a ball, so that a backs outward of him can do a same.

He will get improved with any game. It was his initial Test compare opposite a best group in a universe during a moment.

The Wallabies have arrived in New Zealand prepared to quarrel for a Bledisloe crater with Coach Ewen McKenzie austere to keep his starting patrol unchanged.

He’s a category act and he’s served a prolonged tutelage that we always consider is healthy for a actor given they conclude a opportunities that they’re given and they know a event they have to learn from players around them. He’ll be around for a prolonged time and he’ll wish to get improved any game.

The All Blacks have also got a immature playmaker with Tom Taylor in a No.10 jersey. It’s his initial Test though we don’t consider there’s any indicate focusing too most on him as an individual. They can put vigour on Tom Taylor by putting vigour on a All Blacks.

The Wallabies are going to have to try and put vigour on Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith in a centres. They’re going to have to put vigour on Israel Dagg – he’s going to step adult and take a lot of a clearway kicking duties.

They’re going to have to stop halfback Aaron Smith around a bottom of a rucks – he done a lot of yards only sniping around a relapse final weekend and a forwards have to arise to that challenge.

If they can do that collectively as a team, afterwards they’ll be means to put vigour on Tom Taylor.

I don’t consider rushing out of a line and perplexing to get vigour on him in a one-off business is going to be tolerable via a diversion given a All Blacks have so many other threats.

But if they put vigour on a players around him, afterwards Tom Taylor will feel a pressure.

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Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin should cruise staying put during Richmond for his possess sake, says Glenn McFarlane.
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DEAR Dusty (Martin) and Daisy (Thomas),

First, let us say, that in entrance out of agreement with Richmond and Collingwood, we are good within your rights to exam a marketplace and get a probable financial understanding possible.

You are both superb footballers and form pivotal planks of your teams’ skeleton in chasing their subsequent premiership.
So we merit your satisfactory whack.

And in Daisy’s case, we have warranted a right by your time in a diversion to practice your limited giveaway group rights.

But in observant all that, usually since we are out of agreement and in direct from antithesis clubs doesn’t meant we have to leave a clubs we are during right now.

In fact, this mainstay believes both of we are improved off – from a footy viewpoint during slightest – in staying with a Tigers and a Magpies.

Let’s start with you, Dusty. All deteriorate we’ve waited for we to pointer on a bottom line, yet no signature has been forthcoming. The conjecture has continued to grow.

There was a early Richmond offer followed by a pull to find some some-more dollars in a Punt Rd bottom line.

And still no deal, notwithstanding assurances from clearly all and various that a negotiations were “very close” and “almost done.”

We know we are chasing around $600,000 per deteriorate – some-more than $150k adult on your stream understanding – yet a Tigers are not peaceful to go many past a $500k mark.

And a financial squirm room during Richmond is miniscule, with a income top tighten to a brim.

St Kilda is pronounced to be penetrating to open a pursestrings on a actor such as you, while North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney have also been related to your 22-year-old self.

But, a thing that we need to ask yourself is – haven’t a Tigers finished a right thing by you, during times when we have indispensable them a most?

Remaining a one-club actor competence cost we a small bit of money now, yet it competence go a prolonged approach to removing a many out of his footy prospects and maybe even your future.

It’s satisfactory to advise that Richmond has finished all in a energy to say a fortitude around you.

I’m certain even we would acknowledge that we are not a easiest actor to hoop and bar officials and your teammates have been there for we – infrequently on a daily basement – if we need them.

That includes unchanging lunch and cooking appointments with teammates. And a likes of captain Trent Cotchin and growth manager Mark Williams, not to discuss comparison manager Damien Hardwick, have been ready, peaceful and means to support we during all times.

For a many part, it has worked.

But if we trust during slightest a dash of a scuttlebutt, it wouldn’t take many for it not to work. And changeable clubs, maybe even changeable states, could put that during some risk.

So, hopefully for a Tigers’ sake, and for your own, we and your manager Ralph Carr come to a end that a risk is not value taking.

Besides that, Richmond is quick entrance a premiership window, and if we hang around prolonged adequate to turn a member of a initial Tigers’ group to win a dwindle in some-more than 30 years, we would go down as one of a immortals.

And that would lead to a financial bonus for a club, and prolonged over your personification career, for you.

Hopefully we can finalise a new understanding to stay during Punt Rd before a finals, so that a daze can go away.

Just ask Travis Cloke now if his 2012 agreement tale influenced his form.

Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas has been ruled out for a rest of a deteriorate with an ankle injury.
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As distant as Daisy goes, we’d like we to sojourn during Collingwood for unequivocally opposite reasons than we’d like to see Dusty dedicate to Richmond.

The usually fortitude that we are disturbed about with you, Daisy, is with a heavy ankle damage that has stalled your personification career.

As a limited giveaway agent, several clubs have enquired about you, primarily Carlton, yet a Blues have played down a suggestions that we could be reunited with Mick Malthouse in 2014.

But for a consequence of your footy career, it competence be improved to hang it out with a Magpies.

You usually managed 5 matches this deteriorate after medicine in April, and a near-certainty of some-more medicine in a entrance weeks or months.

All of this puts your 2014 deteriorate in danger as we find what your manager Nathan Buckley terms “second and third opinions” on how we can best get yourself behind on a field.

The final thing we need subsequent year is a heightened expectancy that will come from signing a large understanding to go to Carlton, or Gold Coast, or anywhere for that matter.

Just suppose a vigour that will be on we when we try and run out for your initial diversion in navy blue, or whatever colour it competence be.

Sure, there will still be vigour on we if it is in black and white, yet it won’t be as intense. You can usually get on and, hopefully, play footy.

The offers that have – and will come – will expected be some-more than Collingwood has range to pay. But as your boss always says, Magpie players are always looking after prolonged over a terms of personification careers.

So it will be a tough call because, during 26, this will be a biggest agreement of your career. You have to import adult all a costs, and a risks, to make a right decision.

Anyway, interjection for listening, guys.

We unequivocally adore examination we both play, yet for a reasons outlined, we reckon we are improved off staying than chasing a additional coin.

Yours Sincerely,
Glenn McFarlane

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Garrick Ibbotson

Fremantle’s Garrick Ibbotson faces a competition opposite time to get fit for a finals. Picture: Daniel Wilkins
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FREMANTLE’S credentials for a finals is being hampered by stability damage woes, with a Dockers in a unfortunate competition opposite time to get their harmed players match-fit before their subordinate final in a fortnight.

Sidelined defenders Garrick Ibbotson (Achilles) and Clancee Pearce (calf) will again skip when a Dockers horde Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

Ibbotson is no pledge to be prepared for a start of a finals, while Fremantle hopes to move behind Aaron Sandilands (cheekbone), Luke McPharlin (calf) and Pearce for a Round 23 compare opposite St Kilda.

Sandilands was due to have medicine currently on his fractured cheekbone and is approaching to be accessible for Round 23.

Hayden Ballantyne, who harm his shoulder opposite Melbourne on Sunday, has been announced fit for this weekend.

“He’s unfortunate to play and he’s been privileged to play by a doctors,” manager Ross Lyon said.

“He’ll sight and afterwards we’ve only got to make a preference on is it a intelligent thing to do?”

Ibbotson was discussed in All-Australian calculations before blank a past 3 games.

“Garrick has been slower than what we’d like, so he’s starting to get to a concerning theatre obviously,” Lyon said.

“Which is unsatisfactory for Garrick and us, only a paltry Achilles. He’s not removing over a hump.

“We’ve lonesome a lot of waste this year and we need to do it again.”

Meanwhile, Lyon pronounced he had magnetism for all parties concerned in a Essendon supplements saga.

“I don’t consider we can make personal judgments on anyone,” he said.

“They’re all unequivocally good people and all of us during times can remove a approach and get confused.

“There’s a lot of good football coaches, players and good AFL administrators that are during loggerheads and perplexing to arrange out a problem.

“The diversion will always tarry since it’s a good diversion and we all adore it. Amongst that angst, there’s some good football being played and some good immature players emerging.

“As a football manager it is a bit romantic since it’s a distraction. we still have good faith in a care of a (AFL) Commission. I’m certain everybody will work their approach by it and a diversion will continue to flower and it’s a diversion we all adore so much.”

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Paul Kent gives his discernment into a startle sacking of Canberra Raiders manager David Furner on a Fox Sports News Channel 513.

DAVE Furner’s invariable support for uneasy centre Blake Ferguson cost him his coaching pursuit during a Canberra Raiders on Tuesday.

The Daily Telegraph can exhibit Furner mislaid a sauce room as discontented players staged a rebel and fronted government over his hostility to fortify a Origin centre over new incidents.

And in a conspicuous twist, it was suggested on Tuesday night night that Ferguson can now travel out on a Raiders given he has a get-out proviso in his agreement if Furner is not coaching.

Furner pronounced he was “shocked and devastated” after being sensitive by his brother, CEO Don Furner, that his agreement had been terminated, effective immediately.

He was in stay during Bateman’s Bay, scheming for this weekend’s semi-final presence diversion opposite Manly, when a news came through.

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Furner became a initial manager to be sacked in Canberra Raiders history, phoning The Daily Telegraph to mangle a news.

“They’ve usually consummated my contract,” Furner pronounced as he left a organisation stay to lapse to his family in Canberra.

It has been a tough integrate of years for Furner, whose mother Kellie has been bravely fighting breast cancer.

“The house done a preference and it’s come as a genuine shock,” he said.

Raiders CEO Don Furner emphatically denies that Blake Ferguson has requested a recover form a final dual years of his contract.

“There’s a few things — my support for a immature child (Blake Ferguson) was one of a issues.

“It’s a formula driven game, yet during a same time we’ve had a satisfactory share of dramas.

“I was with a organisation perplexing to get them focused for a weekend when we got told.

“I found out by my brother. I’m repelled and devastated.

“But they make these decisions and coaches need results. We’ve mislaid 3 in a row. There’s zero we can do about it.”

Raiders government described it as “one of a saddest days in a club’s history” in a press recover late Tuesday afternoon.

Furner has been in assign given 2009 in Canberra and is a partner Kangaroos manager to Tim Sheens.

He coached 121 NRL games for 53 victories with a win commission of usually 43.8 per cent.


David Furner watches one of his final games in assign of a Raiders. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Furner’s sacking has non-stop a approach for problem child Ferguson now to travel out on a club.

In a sour irony, Ferguson, who told those tighten to him final week that he wants a release, has a proviso in his agreement permitting him to leave a bar on one condition: if Furner is no longer coach.

Nothing stands in a approach of that now.

It highlights a frustrations within a comparison personification organisation that were during a core of Furner’s demise.

The comparison personification organisation was undone during ceaselessly being forced to play second fiddle to a likes of Ferguson and former Raider Josh Dugan.

The players believed their considerations were ignored during their expense.

Trouble began to reveal when Furner listened whispers of a actor rebel following a detriment to Canterbury on Saturday.

He approached partner manager Andrew Dunemann, who reliable a unrest.

Furner afterwards called a players into a assembly and asked them, indicate blank, if there were problems.

Conceding 124 points in a final 3 waste didn’t help.

The players denied any issues.

In a bid to iron out whatever unused issues existed, Furner organized a brief mangle during holiday inlet Bateman’s Bay.

Before leaving, though, 9 of a club’s comparison players hold a private assembly on Monday night where it was motionless to tell a house they no longer had faith in a coach.

Furner was in Bateman’s Bay on Tuesday, with a players, when a predicament house assembly was hold and he was told he was sacked.

The Raiders have allocated Furner’s partner Dunemann as conduct manager for a residue of a season.

Finding a permanent deputy for subsequent deteriorate has not been discussed.

Sources on Tuesday night suggested Parramatta manager Ricky Stuart, a long-time crony of maestro authority John McIntyre, could be approached.

Stuart is underneath agreement to Parramatta for another dual years yet is about to collect a wooden spoon.

McIntyre told The Daily Telegraph final year that Stuart would one day lapse to a Raiders as a manager or comparison administrator.

In a statement, a Raiders said: “The house done a tough decision, feeling a team’s unsuitable performances were not contemplative of a talent within a squad, and have motionless to pursue a opposite instruction for a destiny of a club.

“The house remarkable a smashing use over many years that David Furner has done to a bar from his days as a actor and some-more recently a manager and pronounced he will leave his reign during a bar as one of a Raiders’ many constant and reputable figures.

“They remarkable a problem in a preference and pronounced it was one of a saddest days in a club’s history.

“The house will take a time required to designate a best conduct manager for a club.”  

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