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NRL:Newcastle coach Nathan Brown says ill-discipline has cost his side more wins this season in the aftermath of the Knights loss to Penrith on Friday night

Try-bound: Knights five-eighth Connor Watson surges through to score his side’s opening try on Friday night. Picture: Darren Pateman/AAPNathan Brown has publicly taken theblow-torch toindividualplayers and issued a blanket warning to his squad to improve their discipline in the wake ofFriday night’s loss toPenrith.

Newcastleremain in10thspoton the premiership ladder but have slipped two points out of the top eight aftertheir29-18 defeat which the Knights coach blamed on ill-discipline at key moments.

Since taking the coaching reins, Brown has generallybeenprotective of his players, sighting their youth and inexperience during a period that saw them collecttwo wooden spoons and struggletobe competitive in severalgames.

But it is clear his patience with the development of the squad heisrebuilding is starting to wear thin.

After the side’s round nine loss to South Sydney, he dumped four players including co-captain Jamie Buhrer in the biggest selection shake-up since taking over.

He followed that up after the Penrith loss by publicly calling out Connor Watson, Daniel Saifiti and Josh King for individual examplesof poor discipline whichhe claims is killing theside’s chancesof consistently winning games.

He said the Panthers game was won and lost on the penalty Watson gave away that cost the Knights a try in the first half and hisline-break error that led to a runaway Penrith try justminutes later.

Daniel Saifiti takes it up

”That’s where the game was won and lost,”he said.

“We’ve got a lot of 25,35, 40 gamers at the moment and if you look at Connor for example, he had some great stuff tonight and then he comes up with giving that penalty away when we score that try.

“So all the good stuff just comes undone.

“Josh King -first game of the year -he had some really good stuff but he gives two tackle five penalties away.

“Daniel Saifiti coming out of trouble – two dropped balls. It’s not first grade football when you do that but at the end of the day, they are all 30 or 40 gamers, who, I suppose, are finding their way.”

READ MORE: Newcastle Knights newsBrown claimed the ill-discipline of some players was having a deflating effect on the rest of the team.

“They’ve got to understand what they are doing to the team when they do those poor acts of discipline, whether it be in yardage dropping the ball, or in Connor’s situation,” he said.

“Every week, we’ve got a couple of blokes that are doing that and that’s why we are on 10 points and why we haven’t won more games.

“When those things go against us, it’s deflating for the boys and we don’t respond well.

“At the end of the day, we still really are a developing teamand we are sitting here today 5 and 5 and it probably reflects how we are going.”

“We never got beaten by any dummies but again, it’s just the way in which we lost that disappointedme.

“The games we have won this year where we have defended well, we have defended well because we never had players that had those really bad moments.

“If we can get the effort we got tonight and get some people with their discipline a bit better and not have those flat periods, I think we can win our share of games on the way home.”

WPL: Wolves claw back to down high-flying Eagles in Herald Women’s Premier League goalfest

ON TARGET: W-League player Tara Andrews, in action for the Jets, scored four goals for New Lambton on Saturday as the high-flying Eagles succumbed 6-5 to South Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan CarrollCoach Brad Parkes hoped the return of key player Gemma Pearce would spark South Wallsend’s season against New Lambton on Saturday.

And it did, with the former W-League player relishing a more attacking role and scoringa hat-trick as the Wolves overpowered high-flying New Lambton 6-5in a see-sawing Herald Women’s Premier League match at Alder Park.

South Wallsend, coming off a 7-2 midweek loss to last year’s minor premiers Warners Bay, were desperate for points and the hard-fought win breathed life back into their top-four aspirations.

Pearce, who had been unavailable since the Wolves’ last win in round six, usually plays at the back butParkes injected her into midfield which steadied the side and gave them more punchin attack.

The win elevated South Wallsend to nine points and into fifth place ahead of Adamstown, who remained on seven points after going down 4-2 to ladder leaders Warners Bay at Adamstown Oval on Sunday.

“Before the game, I basically said to the girls that we had a lot of positives against Warners Bay but what hurt us was we just didn’t win those key moments,”Parkes said.

“But we competed a lot stronger and were in the game the whole way. It was a great fightback and a positive step forward.”

Going into the match, the Eagles had been the first team to fell giants Warners Bay this season, winning 4-2 in round nine.

They hosted South Wallsend in round 10 without key players Joey Burgess and Stacey Day but twice held a two-goal lead –2-0 then 3-1 –in the first half before the Wolves levelled 3-3 going to the break.

Pearce’s former Jets teammate Tara Andrews was in ruthless form, bagging four goals for the Eagles, who were left wondering post-match how they could score five goals and lose.

New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton described it as “a weird game of football” and said his side were “defensively poor from front to back”.

The two sides went goal for goal in the second half before Pearce found the matchwinner off a free kick in the dying moments of the game.

Erin Wilson, Maryjane Mason and Olivia Kennedy alsogot on the scoresheet for South Wallsend and Georgia Amess scored New Lambton’s opening goal.

Parkes said it was a crucial win ahead of another tough test next round against second-placed Merewether (19 points), who beat fourth-placed Wallsend (13) 3-0 at Wallsend Oval on Sunday.

United led 2-0 at the break after set-piece specialist Jamee Ellis scored from a free kick and Melbourne City’s Rhali Dobson scored the first of her match double.

Merewether coach Cass Koppen said “it wasn’t pretty but we got the result”.

Jets striker Jenna Kingsley produced a first-half hat-trick and Sophie Stapleford also scored before the break as Warners Bay (22) led 4-0 at half-time. Annika D’Amico and Belle Hewitt scored for Rosebud.

The hostslost goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon in the first minutes of the match to a leg injury and had to use defender Courtney Wiltshire in goals as they did not have a replacement shot-stopper.

Adamstown are set to welcome the return of strike weapon Lauren Allan this week from playing college football in the United States.

Round 10 results:

South Wallsend 6 (Gemma Pearce 3, Maryjane Mason, Erin Wilson, Olivia Kennedy) defeated New Lambton 5 (Tara Andrews 4, Georgia Amess) at Alder Park on Saturday. Half-time: 3-3.

Warners Bay 4 (Jenna Kingsley 3, Sophie Stapleford) defeated Adamstown 2 (Annika D’Amico, Belle Hewitt) at Adamstown Oval on Sunday. Half-time: Warners Bay led 4-0.

Merewether 3 (Rhali Dobson 2, Jamee Ellis) defeated Wallsend 0 at Wallsend Oval. Half-time Merewether led 2-0.

Points: Warners Bay 22, Merewether 19, New Lambton 17, Wallsend 13, South Wallsend 9, Adamstown 7, Thornton 0.

Labor’s pitch to save local car mechanics

Labor leader Bill Shorten says car manufacturers should be sharing information with local mechanics.Car manufacturers will be required to share information about their vehicles with every n mechanic if Labor wins the next federal election.

The opposition says this will mean a boost for 23,000 independent mechanics and allow car owners more choice when it comes to servicing and repairing their vehicles.

It’s claimed the sharing of the information will also lead to a reduction in the cost of the work.

Labor leader Bill Shorten believes the measure can keep hundreds of thousands of jobs in , while looking after the mechanical trades.

“Labor is telling the big car companies of the world that if you want to sell your cars in , which is good, we want you to share the knowledge with our local car repairer industry,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.

Shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh says some people sometimes have to drive hundreds of kilometres to find a suitable repairer.

“It’s your car, it should be your choice,” he said.

“ns deserve more than what this P-plate prime minister has given them on this issue.”

The n Automotive Aftermarket Association has described the policy as a game-changer for the industry.

“The modern motor vehicle is basically just a computer on wheels,” the association’s executive director Stuart Charity said.

“Everyday simple things like changing a tyre … checking the oil level and what have you is all now computerised and the car companies are controlling the computer gateway into and out of the vehicle and how you communicate with that vehicle and at the moment, they’re shutting independent local mechanics out.”

Trainer Paul Perry looks to Stradbroke start for Perast

Paul Perry looks to Stradbroke start for Perast TOUGH: Perast and jockey Tim Clark take out the Queensland Day Stakes. Picture: AAP

TweetFacebookHerald on Sunday that getting intothe $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1350m), also on June 9,was a target. He said Perast would run again before the Doomben meeting.

“He could go to the Stradbroke,” Perry said.“We’ll just where he ends up. We’ll have a look at it after his next run.”

A very easy watch if you took Perast as the Paul Perry-colt leads them home in impressive fashion to land the prize in the listed Queensland Day Stakes at Doomben. @clarkyhk continues to deliver with another great ride! pic.twitter老域名出售/NOb6oZ9bt1

— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 12, 2018

A group 3 winner in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Perast is nominated for the $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on May 26 and the Stradbroke.

Perast($5),unplaced in three Sydney autumn runs, set a crackingpace on Saturday before holding out the James Cummings-trained favourite Marsupial ($4).

It made a rare trip to Queensland worthwhile for Perry.

“I think the last time I was really here was when Newport won the Brisbane Cup (2007). I only bring them up here if I think they are good enough,” Perry told AAP on Saturday.”This bloke ran a good race to win a Caulfield Guineas Prelude last spring and then he was fifth in the Caulfield Guineas. I think at set weights he probably had something on today’s field.”

He told Sky Racing that he thought Perast”went a bit hard early in the race, and I think the sectionals said that.You wonder when they go that hard, can they keep it up? But he was a fit horse today and he’s had those few runs back, and once he settled and got past halfway, he looked good.

“I think that’s thebest he’s been today and he should improveoff that.”

Perry was also happy with the effort of Queensland Derby-boundNothing Too Hard, which was sixthin the Rough Habit.

“It was a terrific run and he probably should have run a place,” he said.

The veteran trainer is also eyeing a Stradbroke start forstud-bound The Mission, which was 10thin the Doomben 10,000.

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’Le Romain was an impressive third, less than half a length from English, after a three-wide run without coverand was a $3.80 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds for the Kingsford Smith Cup.

Second favourite In Her Time, trained in Newcastle by Ben Smith, was ninth, putting a cloud over her Stradbroke campaign.

Jockey Corey Brown told stewardshe felt the mare did not appreciate the racing surface, shewas reluctant to stretch out and inclined to lay out in the straight. A post-race examination revealed she was slightly sore in both front fetlocks and had an elevated heart rate.

AAP reports: Jockey Tim Clark chartered a path that was supposedly a no-go zone to set English on the path to the $13 million The Everest with a win in the Group One Doomben 10,000.

Most jockeys had declared the inside of the Doomben track as the least preferable path, but Clark steered English ($11) up the inside to beat the fast-finishing Impending ($12) by a long head in the $700,000 race.

A brave Le Romain ($16) was a half neck back in third place, just in front of the favourite Redzel ($2.50).

English gave Clark his second Doomben 10,000 after winning on Hot Danish in 2010 and it was Gai Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott’s first win in the race.

Waterhouse’s father Tommy Smith holds the record for the Doomben 10,000 training wins with six but she wasn’t on course to see her first victory in the race.

Bott and Waterhouse have proved a lethal combination in recent years and it was their fourth Group One as a partnership which is in its second full season.

It completed a good two days for Waterhouse, Bott and Clark as they combined to win the Scone Cup on Friday with Sedanzer.

Bott said English had proved a strong part of their partnership’s success.

“She won the All Aged Stakes for us and right from when she ran in the Golden Slipper she has performed well for us,” Bott said.

“We were very confident today because she had done so well since the sixth in the TJ Smith in the autumn.”

English took her prize money past $3.4 million but Bott is confident there is a lot more to come.

“She is entered for the Group One races here the Kingsford Smith, the Stradbroke and the Tatts Tiara. But we are also looking at getting her ready for The Everest in the Sydney spring,” Bott said.

Clark rode English in her first barrier trial three years ago but hadn’t been back on her in competition before the Doomben 10,000.

Clark said English had a dynamite turn of foot.

“I was able to get onto Redzel’s back and she was really strong at the finish,” Clark said.

Impending turned in an outstanding Stradbroke Handicap trial coming from well back.

Kerrin McEvoy said Redzel had run well and was beaten only a half length after being attacked in the lead.

“He gave a good kick in the straight but was beaten by a couple of better horses on the day,” McEvoy said.

Ex-Malaysian PM’s family monitored by cops

Police will check CCTV footage from a deluxe Kuala Lumpur apartment block at which relatives of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak may have been staying, but the city’s police chief said an earlier Reuters report had mischaracterised the operation as a “raid”.

Kuala Lumpur’s top cop, Mazlan Lazim, told Reuters police were acting on a complaint on Saturday and were there only to recover the video footage for forensic analysis. “You cannot call it a raid,” he said.

The police operation came as Malaysia’s new Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said he had stopped his predecessor from leaving the country because of suspected wrongdoing in connection with a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

Senior police officers had earlier told Reuters they were acting after a complaint that a government vehicle had delivered dozens of boxes – made to carry designer handbags – to the apartment for Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Public disgust over alleged corruption was widely seen as one of the reasons behind the unexpected defeat of Najib’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in Wednesday’s general election.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

A spokesman for Najib could not be reached for comment. Reuters was unable to reach Najib himself, his wife, or other family members and close associates on Saturday night.

Reuters saw about 20 police officers enter the marble-floored lobby of the Pavilion Residences apartment block in the Malaysian capital, just as Mahathir was holding a news conference to announce key members of his cabinet.

They were aided by at least a dozen other plainclothes law-enforcement officers. Security personnel from the building – which is owned by Desmond Lim, a wealthy Malaysian businessman and supporter of Najib – were co-operative.

“We are looking for government documents that may have been illegally taken,” said a senior police officer, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

“The government are worried they could be sensitive and important, and could be taken out of the country.”

He declined to say whether any documents had been found and described the operation as “ongoing”.