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Waratahs and Rebels in Super playoff race

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson believes his side proved a point despite losing to the Crusaders.The NSW Waratahs believe they have proved a point against the New Zealand teams, despite losing control of the n conference with a gut-wrenching Super Rugby loss to the Crusaders.

The Melbourne Rebels’ last-gasp 27-24 victory over the Brumbies in Canberra after NSW’s controversial 31-29 loss in Christchurch on Saturday night cut the Waratahs’ conference lead to just one point with five rounds remaining.

The two-team race to the finals is set to go down to the wire, especially if the Waratahs are unable to conjure a drought-breaking win over either the Highlanders in Sydney on Saturday or the Chiefs in Hamilton the following weekend.

The Rebels versus Waratahs showdown in the penultimate round in Melbourne could well prove a winner-takes-all affair.

But the landscape would have looked completely different had Crusaders prop Joe Moody been sent off for his off-the-ball forearm to the throat of Waratahs star Kurtley Beale.

Moody is facing suspension after being charged with foul play, but Sunday’s citing came too late to help the Waratahs.

Daryl Gibson’s team led 29-0 at the time and would have spent the next 45 minutes playing against 14 men at AMI Stadium.

Instead, Moody backed up from taking Beale out to score the Crusaders’ first try in the same play, sparking the defending champions to the biggest successful comeback in Super Rugby history.

The despairing defeat was the Waratahs’ second straight narrow loss to a New Zealand team, having gone down 24-21 to the Blues a week earlier.

“It hurts just about as much as last week,” Gibson said.

“A couple of decisions; they proved really costly – the elbow from Joe Moody which was missed.

“The yellow cards (to NSW pair Nick Phipps and Taqele Naiyaravoro). There were obviously a few things that didn’t go our way.

“All the media is saying the n teams can’t compete with the New Zealand teams, but we should have probably won those.

“We’ve got another two to go. We’ll pick ourselves up.”

The loss stretched New Zealand teams’ streak of Super Rugby wins over their n rivals to 39 matches.

But the Waratahs, with the best record during the wretched run, having lost their matches to Kiwi counterparts by an average of 10 points, will take heart from the bonus-point near miss in Christchurch as they look to snap the sequence at home against the Highlanders.

The Brumbies have fallen 10 points adrift of the Waratahs and all but out of playoff contention after blowing a 24-10 second-half lead against the Rebels in front of a paltry crowd of 5283 in the national capital.

Queensland can also start planning for 2018 after a humiliating 63-28 loss to the last-placed Sunwolves in Tokyo left Brad Thorn’s demoralised Reds nine points behind NSW and former Wallabies coach Alan Jones once again lamenting n rugby’s sorry state of affairs.

“Well can it get any worse. This is crisis time,” Jones tweeted.

“Japan 63 points against Queensland. NSW lead by 29 and lose. And no one at the Brumbies/ Rebels game. Will someone, anyone, at Rugby HQ take responsibility for this shambles!!!!”

Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union: Nelson Bay Gropers defeat three-time defending champions Hamilton Hawksphotos

Bay arrive after knocking off champs POWER: Wanderers No.8 and former Samoan international Francis Ieremia on his way to scoring one of three tries against University at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday. The Two Blues defeated the Students 42-7 in the Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union fifth-round encounter. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook NHRU: Wanderers v University Pictures by Jonathan CarrollNelson Bay have set up a top-of-the-table clash againstMerewether Carlton this weekend after announcingthemselves as genuine premiership contenders by knocking off three-time defending champions Hamilton.

The Gropers edged out the Hawks 24-22 in windy conditions at Passmore Oval on Saturday, leaving them in a share of the Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union competition lead with the Greens ahead of theirsixth-round encounter at Townson Oval.

It was the first time in recent memory Nelson Bay have beaten Hamilton, a streak potentially stretching back almost a decade to 2009. In their last six outings with oneanother, the Hawks recordeda combined winning margin of 180 points over the Gropers.

However, May 12 was Nelson Bay’s day, led with 14 points to inside centreMichael Wiringi. Gropers breakway Nathan Oliver, who escaped suspension this week after being red cardedlast start, and five-eighth Chad Northcott also scored tries for the visitors.

Hamilton, who now slip back to fifth spot on the ladder, had prop William Fonua, hooker Chris Ale and winger Sireli Bainivalu pick up five pointers. Hawks fly half Dane Sherratt landed two conversions and a penalty.

The scores were locked at17-all at half-time. Wiringi’s second-half conversion proved the difference.

Over at No.2 Sportsground and third-placed Wanderers had two men sent off and another put in the sin-bin for their part in a melee late in Saturday’s 42-7 win against University.

Two Blues lock Marcus Christensen and replacement prop Stephen Neli were given their marching orders while hooker Ben Christensen received a yellow card along withUniversity inside centre Charlie Mortimer.

The incident will be reviewed Monday based on the referee report before any potential chargesare issued. Judiciary sits on Wednesday night if required.

Wanderers No.8 and former Samoan international Francis Ieremia scored a hat-trick.

Elsewhere in round five on Saturday and undefeated Merewether Carlton ran in 10 tries during a 71-5 rout of the Bulls at Singleton’s Rugby Park while Lake Macquarie picked up their first competition point of the season after crossing the line five times, but were beaten 47-33 by fourth-placed Southern Beaches at Ernie Calland Field.

Maitland had the bye.

LADDER: Nelson Bay, Merewether Carlton 18; Wanderers 17; Southern Beaches 14; Hamilton 12; Maitland 10; University, Singleton 9; Lake Macquarie 1.

Photos from Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal

Eurovision 2018 in 20 photos A man takes the microphone of SuRie from Great Britain, right, as a security staff approaches in Lisbon, Portugal.

Eleni Foureira from Cyprus reacts as votes are announced.

Netta from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest.

Benjamin Ingrosso from Sweden, center, reacts as votes are announced during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final.

Michael Schulte from Germany, center, reacts during the announcement of a voting in Lisbon,

Netta from Israel performs the song ‘Toy’ in Lisbon, Portugal.

Jessica Mauboy from performs the song ‘We Got Love’ in Lisbon.

Mikolas Josef from the Czech Republic, right, reacts after performing the song ‘Lie To Me’ in Lisbon.

Alexander Rybak from Norway performs the song ‘That’s How You Write A Song’ in Lisbon, Portugal.

Jessica Mauboy at the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal.

AWS from Hungary performs the song ‘Viszlat Nyar’. Picture: Armando Franca

AWS from Hungary performs the song ‘Viszlat Nyar’ during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. Picture: Armando Franca

DoReDos from Moldova perform the song ‘My Lucky Day’. Picture: Armando Franca

Equinox from Bulgaria performs the song ‘Bones’ in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 12, 2018 during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. Picture: Armando Franc

Saara Aalto from Finland performs the song ‘Monsters’ during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. Picture: Armando Franca

Benjamin Ingrosso from Sweden performs the song ‘Dance You Off’ in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday. Picture: Armando Franca

TweetFacebookMORE EUROVISIONJessica Mauboy’s Eurovision 2018 grand final performance

Newcastle Rugby League: Central record back-to-back wins after accounting for Kurri Kurriphotos

Butcher Boys settle on combinations NEW ROLE: Central Newcastle five-eighth Terence Seu Seu taking on Kurri Kurri at St John Oval on Sunday. The Butcher Boys beat the Bulldogs 26-16 in round four of the Newcastle Rugby League competition. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

HIT UP: Kurri Kurri forward Kahn Juhnke, who joined the club in 2018.

TACKLE: Central second-rower Shane Grey and Kurri lock Mitch Cullen.

BURST: Central Newcastle second-rower Shane Grey.

FOCUS: Central second-rower Shane Gray.

TOP JOB: Central Newcastle celebrate one of their four tries against Kurri Kurri at St John Oval on Sunday. The Butcher Boys beat the Bulldogs 26-16 in round four of the Newcastle Rugby League competition. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Newcastle RL: Central v KurriPictures by Jonathan CarrollCombinations are starting to take shape at St John Oval according to Central coach Craig Miller with Terence Seu Seu again shifting into the halves for Sunday’s 26-16 win against previously undefeated Kurri Kurri.

The former NRL hooker was brought to the Butcher Boys to wear the No.9 jersey in 2018, but has readjusted following an early-season knee injury to Nathan Taylor and partnered up with halfback Brad Murray.

It was at five-eighth Seu Seu, currently leading the competition’s player of the year points,helped overcome his former club in round four of the Newcastle Rugby Leagueand Miller can see the 30-year-old settling into the role.

“He [Seu Seu] is comfortable there,” Miller said.

“Brad and him are starting to form good combinations andthey are the seven and six for the rep side.

“I mean, he was brought here toplay ninebut with Nathan Taylor doing his knee early itforced my hand and at this stage I’ll persevere with fabricating a nine.”

Filling those dummy-half shoes for Central on the weekend wereDom Murphy and Jarrod Nott, who left the field with a knee injury late in the piece.

The Butcher Boys had similar issues last year, usingup to 10 make-shift hookers.

Miller reckons his side can deal with that scenario once more and feels their latest performance, featuring a 20-0 lead at half-time,combined with last round’s breakthrough against Maitlandcan be built upon following back-to-back losses to open the season.

“Our first half was really good and everything we’ve been trying to work towards,” he said.“I think they showed in the first half the quality we’ve got in the football side.

Steve Gordon, Murphy and Nott all crossed for Central in the first half while Murray kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Kurri fullback Kade Hardy gave the visitors a bit of hope just after the break when he converted his own try under the sticks, but Butcher Boys substitute Tom Madden returned serve five minutes later.

Bulldogs prop Brock Gilmour and second-rower Reid Alchin nabbed consolation four pointers in the closing stages.

Over at Townson Oval on Sunday afternoon and South Newcastle cracked their first win of the season by downing Western Suburbs 26-12.

“It’s been coming for a while …but we finally put it together today which was good,” Souths coach Ben Cross said.

Elsehwere on Saturday and Ryan Walsh steered Maitland to upset title holders Macquarie 34-20 at Lyall Peacock Field while hosts Cessnock were beaten 28-18 byLakes.

LADDER:Maitland, Kurri, Macquarie 6; Central, Lakes 4; Wests,Souths, Cessnock 2.

Cold front brings conditions to avoid the water, but not for some as weather brings surf warnings across NSW

DIVING IN: A pair of swimmers at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Sunday with a rainbow falling over the horizon. Picture: Jonathan CarrollThe weekend brought a pre-winter chill that had almost everyonesearching theirwardrobe for those few extra layers, but some were prepared tobrave the waterin Newcastle on Sunday.

With sea conditions rough along the NSW coastline, ocean baths appeared most suitable for a dip –which at least twomen used at Newcastle on Sunday while a rainbow cast over the horizon.

At Nobbys, air temperatures peaked at about 18 degrees mid-Sunday, while the water registeredjust a little warmer at 21 degrees.

Forecasters had predicted big surf for the region’s beaches over the weekend, and swells of 3-4 metres were expected across Sunday and Monday.

A Bureau of Meteorologyhazardous surf warning advised of large and powerful surf conditionswith coastal activities such as recreational boating, swimming and rock fishing deemed hazardous.

On the water, marine wind warnings were in place along the NSW coast. A gale-force warning was in place on Sunday for the Hunter coast, and the rating actually stretched from Eden to Seal Rocks.

That was expected to be followed by a strong wind warning on Monday for majority of the NSW coastline, including the Hunter.

Despite the cold weather at the weekend, there had been little rainfall –if any –across most of the Hunter.

Although, showerswere expected overnight on Sunday in the Lower Hunter.

A low-pressure system in the western part of the Tasman Sea is expected to lose influence on Monday as it moveseast, allowing an approaching high to become dominant on Tuesday and acrossthe working week.


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