NRL: A late burst* from the Melbourne Storm set up an impressive 52-30 victory over St George Illawarra last night.
The ladder-leading Dragons took a 30-28 lead with 20 minutes to go but the home side ran in four tries in a 10-minute period to shock the visitors. Melbourne’s backline trio of Jahrome Hughes, Cheyse Blair and Ryley Jacks all crossed before a 70m run from Suliasi Vunivalu sealed* the win.
AFL: Geelong defeated Sydney by 12 points in a low-scoring AFL thriller at the SCG last night overcoming poor kicking to win 8.23 (71) to 9.5 (59).
The Swans kicked more goals than the Cats despite Geelong having more than twice the number of scoring chances. The Swans’ loss means they will slip out of the top four if Port Adelaide defeat St Kilda tomorrow.
It could also prove incredibly costly on the injury front, with veterans Kieren Jack (knee), Jarrad McVeigh (broken collarbone) and Dan Hannebery (calf) all likely to miss future matches.
TENNIS: Bernard Tomic has fallen short of setting up a first-time showdown with fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios on an otherwise successful day for Australia at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios, teenage ace Alex de Minaur, in-form Matt Ebden and seeded women’s stars Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova have given Australia five players in the third round for only the second time in 20 years.
Tomic lost to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a tight four sets. Nishikori now plays Kyrgios while De Minaur will play in-form Spanish champ Rafael Nadal. Ebden takes on Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Barty’s 6-4 7-5 win over 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard advanced the 17th seed to a third-round meeting with Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina. Gavrilova plays unseeded Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich next after ending fellow Australian Samantha Stosur’s tournament with a dominant 6-4 6-1 victory.
CRICKET: Australia’s reliance* on captain Aaron Finch has been exposed* in their heaviest Twenty20 international loss to Pakistan.
Pakistan’s record 45-run win came after Finch was dismissed for only 16 and the rest of team failed to perform. Pakistan had powered to 7-194 — their highest T20I score against Australia — after being sent into bat by Finch at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.
burst: a sudden brief period of action
sealed: made certain
reliance: dependence or trust in someone
exposed: uncovered or revealed
1. How many points did Melbourne Storm win by?
2. Name the three Swans players injured last night
3. How many Australian players are in Wimbledon’s third round?
4. What position does Aaron Finch hold for Australia?
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many connectives as you can find in pink. Discuss if these are being used as conjunctions, or to join ideas and create flow.
QUESTION: Tell us what you think about last night’s sporting achievements by our Aussies.
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your reasons.