RUGBY UNION: Jack Maddocks looms* as the second-half game-breaker* to guide the Wallabies to Bledisloe Cup glory after being handed a dream Test debut against the All Blacks in Sydney.
Coach Michael Cheika named Reece Hodge in the vacant outside centre position, Tatafu Polota-Nau at hooker and brought Tom Robertson in to play tighthead prop after a shoulder complaint forced Scott Sio out of Saturday night’s showdown.
But it was Cheika’s inspired selection of 21-year-old Maddocks on the bench that will give hope to Australian fans that 2018 could be the year to finally end New Zealand’s decade-and-a-half-long grip on the Bledisloe Cup.
NRL: Brisbane’s finals hopes are alive after they won a see-sawing* contest with South Sydney last night.
The Broncos put aside the distraction of their coach Wayne Bennett’s future to win 38-18 and ensure a place in the NRL’s top eight with two rounds remaining.
The Rabbitohs awoke from a sloppy* start, where they knocked on four times in the opening 15 minutes, to level the scores with 25 minutes to play. Winger Richie Kennar scored either side of the break and former Brisbane schoolboy Hymel Hunt crossed in the right corner.
But, just as the Rabbitohs looked to be gaining control, the Broncos responded.
First Oates rose highest to collect an Anthony Milford bomb*, before David Fifita drove and spun 10m to score a memorable first NRL try. Kodi Nikorima then sealed the win with a runaway intercept try in the 78th minute.
In other NRL news, Cronulla veteran Paul Gallen has revealed he will play on for one-more season — his 19th in the league.
SURFING: Australian Owen Wright has threaded* an eight-point barrel to knock former world champion Joel Parkinson out of his final Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o event. The world No.11 overcame the 2012 Tahiti runner up by 14.27 to 10.83 in their third round heat at the world-class left-hand reef break this morning. The 2012 world champion managed to find a tube on his first wave for a score of 6.40 to grab an early lead.
But that was undone by Wright’s precision 8.0 barrel on his fifth wave with Parkinson unable to find a better score in the time remaining.
looms: about to happen
game-breaker: person who helps the team win
see-sawing: when the lead changes often
sloppy: not organised
bomb: big kick
threaded: pass through the centre of the wave
1. Where will young gun Jack Maddocks start for the Wallabies on Saturday night?
2. Which Cronulla veteran will play on for a 19th season?
3. What world ranking does surfer Owen Wright currently hold?
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