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NRL great Johnathan Thurston says Storm will be back-to-back champions

Staff writers, September 19, 2018 8:07AM Kids News

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Cameron Smith and Craig Bellamy of the Storm hold up the 2017 NRL premiership trophy. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraCameron Smith and Craig Bellamy of the Storm hold up the 2017 NRL premiership trophy. Picture: Getty Images

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NRL: Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston has declared Melbourne will become the first team in the NRL’s 20-year era* to win back-to-back* premierships.

Since the start of the NRL in 1998, no team has won consecutive* titles, with the Storm having previously failed to defend their crown four times in two decades.

But as Melbourne prepare for Friday night’s grudge match against the Cronulla Sharks, Thurston said not even the loss of star Roosters recruit Cooper Cronk could halt the Storm’s run to the premiership.
“Melbourne are the team to beat, they can go all the way,” Thurston said. “When they get into the trenches*, there is no better team.”

Giants Dylan Shiel is expected to ask for a trade. media_cameraGiants Dylan Shiel is expected to ask for a trade.

AFL: Some Giants players are already resigned* to losing Dylan Shiel, with the gun midfielder reportedly set to request a trade to a Melbourne-based club within days.

Shiel is contracted to the Giants until the end of 2019, but speculation continues to increase that he’ll be moving clubs during the upcoming AFL exchange period.

Hawthorn, Essendon, St Kilda and Carlton are the four clubs that have been constantly linked to Shiel.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia is spoken to by umpire Mohamed Lahyani during the US Open match. media_cameraNick Kyrgios of Australia is spoken to by umpire Mohamed Lahyani during the US Open match.

TENNIS: The umpire who left his chair to offer Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios a bizarre mid-match pep-talk at the US Open has been punished for his actions with a two-week suspension without pay.

Kyrgios was a set and a break behind in his second-round match against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert when the Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani pleaded with Kyrgios to improve his on-court attitude, saying, “I want to help you.”

ATP Executive Vice President of Rules and Competition Gayle David Bradshaw said in a statement: “Mohamed is a world-class and highly respected official. However, his actions during the match crossed a line that compromised his own impartiality as a chair umpire.”

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi takes a shot against PSV Eindhoven. Picture: AP media_cameraBarcelona forward Lionel Messi takes a shot against PSV Eindhoven. Picture: AP

SOCCER: Lionel Messi has lit up the first matchday of the Champions League with a brilliant hat-trick* against Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, whose two Australians Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich were left on the bench.

Messi started with a free-kick into the top corner, before his hat-trick added to four La Liga goals for the Argentine so far this season.

Liverpool sped to a 2-0 lead at home to PSG by the 36th minute, before the French side fought back to level at 2-2 with a handful of minutes to go.

Then Firmino — who has hardly trained this week due to a scratched eye — came off the bench to score the matchwinner in extra time.

GLOSSARY

era: period of time

back-to-back: one after the other

consecutive: one after the other

in the trenches: a difficult situation

resigned: having accepted something unpleasant

hat-trick: three in a row

QUICK QUIZ

1. How many NRL teams have won back-to-back premierships?

2. What position does Giants player Dylan Shiels play?

3. What suspension did the tennis umpire receive?

4. How many goals did Lionel Messi score against PSV Eindhoven?

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you agree with Johnathan Thurston that Melbourne Storm will win back-to-back premierships?

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