NRL: The Wests Tigers produced a second half comeback last night to defeat the Manly Sea Eagles 22-20 and keep themselves in the hunt to play finals footy.
Down 8-6 at the break, the Tigers avoided an eighth straight loss at Campbelltown Stadium, but they did it the hard way.
Three tries in five minutes after halftime gave the Tigers a 22-8 lead. But Manly, on the back of a starring role from Tom Trbojevic, stormed back into the contest. Daly Cherry-Evans had a brilliant two-try match, the second of which drew the Sea Eagles within two points, with just seven minutes left on the clock. Cherry-Evans had a sideline penalty goal from the halfway point to try to force golden point* on the bell, but the ball fell short.
Kevin Naiqama was exceptional* for the Tigers, scoring two tries.
CRICKET #1: Australia A suffered a five-wicket defeat to India A in the opening match of their quadrangular* one-day series in Bangalore.
Captain Travis Head won the toss and elected to bat, however Australia A were bowled out for 151 in the 32nd over.
Head (28) and Ashton Agar (34) were the only Australians to pass 20 with the bat.
Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj (4-68) and off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham (3-31) claimed multiple wickets for India A.
Ambati Rayudu (62 not out) and Krunal Pandya (49) marshalled the chase for India A, reaching their target for the loss of five wickets in the 39th over despite a determined Australian bowling effort.
CRICKET #2: English Test captain Joe Root will polish* his Twenty20 game in Australia after signing on to the Big Bash League with Sydney Thunder.
The 27-year-old Brit will join countryman* Jos Buttler for the first half of the BBL season during a six-week window between the Test team finishing its tour of Sri Lanka and starting a Caribbean campaign.
Root, who has never played in an overseas T20 tournament, could make his Thunder debut against the Melbourne Stars on December 21.
RUGBY UNION: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made changes for tomorrow’s second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland, naming a reworked* front row and Dane Haylett-Petty as his new fullback to replace Israel Folau.
Reserve hooker Tolu Latu was dropped and replaced on the bench by uncapped Brumbies man Folau Faingaa.
“We’re trying to give some experience and blooding* a few guys and trying to get their heads around it,” Cheika said. “I want to give them an opportunity to compete against each other and see who comes out on top.”
Cheika has also dumped both of his starting props following the 38-13 loss at the hands of the All Blacks in Sydney. NSW duo Sekope Kepu and Tom Robertson will start on the bench.
golden point: overtime to decide a winner by whoever scores first
exceptional: surprisingly good
quadrangular: sporting contest with four teams
countryman: someone from the same country as you
reworked: changes made
blooding: introducing new players to the team
1. Where did Cherry-Evans’ attempt to kick his sideline penalty goal from?
2. Who was Australia A’s highest scorer against India?
3. Which English player will join Joe Root in the Sydney Thunder BBL team?
4. Who did the Wallabies coach name as fullback for the Bledisloe match tomorrow?
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