Newcastle Knights v South Sydney: Knights get hammered by ruthless Rabbitohs

Knights get hammered by ruthless Rabbitohs Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle Knights v South Sydney, ANZ Stadium, July 25, 2015: Knights go down to the Bunnies by a massive 52-6. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookNEWCASTLE’S miserable season plumbed new depths on Saturday night when the Knights were out-played and out-classed 52-6 by South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Any optimism generated by their 30-2 victory against fellow strugglers Gold Coast seven days earlier was ruthlessly snuffed out by the defending premiers, who showed no mercy in running in 10 tries to one.

The lopsided victory was the Rabbitohs’ biggest ever against the Knights, eclipsing their 50-10 romp in Cairns last August.

The embarrassing defeat equalled the fifth worst loss in Newcastle’s history, matching the same score suffered against the Bulldogs on the same ground in 2004 and against the Storm at Olympic Park in 2006.

Kade Snowden’s converted try gave the Knights a shock 6-0 lead in the third minute but that was the only highlight on a bleak night for the masochistic Newcastle fans among the crowd of 14,603.

Souths skipper Greg Inglis scored a hat-trick of tries in the first half, centre Dylan Walker bagged a brace and Alex Johnston and Bryson Goodwin crossed for one each as the Rabbitohs cleared out to a 36-6 lead by half-time.

Souths were so dominant in every facet of play, they looked like they were running training drills, such was the ease of most of their tries.

When rampaging Rabbitohs prop Thomas Burgess crashed over to score in the 49th minute and extend their lead to 42-6, Newcastle’s club-record 71-6 loss to Brisbane set in 2007 was under serious threat.

The Knights showed a little more defensive resolve in the middle stages of the second half but Johnston out-jumped Chanel Mata’utia to score his second try in the 68th minute then Walker touched down to complete his treble in the 73rd minute to bring up the half-century.

The enormity of the loss will have done little to ease the pressure on Knights coach Rick Stone, who has a job on his hands to lift his team’s spirits before their trip to Kogarah to take on the Dragons next Sunday.

Without injured playmaker Jarrod Mullen, who is likely to undergo season-ending foot surgery next week, and top tryscorer Aku Uate (knee), the Knights suffered another setback when centre James McManus was helped from the field in the sixth minute with an undisclosed injury.

In the absence of Mullen and Uate, Stone reshuffled his back line so Sione and Chanel Mata’utia started on the wings, skipper Kurt Gidley switched to five-eighth and Jake Mamo played fullback.

The Knights made the perfect start in the third minute when Gidley’s short pass send Snowden over to score for a 6-0 lead, but that early setback only served to spark Souths into action.

After winning their first four games to lead the NRL ladder, Newcastle have won just one of their past eight and two of their past 14 games.

The Knights hung on to defeat Souths 24-22 in the NYC (under-20s) curtain-raiser.

Earlier on Saturday, the Knights announced the signing of former back-rower Todd Lowrie to a one-year contract for 2016.

A Scone Thoroughbreds junior, 32-year-old Lowrie played 57 games for the Knights between 2003 and 2006 before embarking on a journeyman career in which he won a premiership with Melbourne Storm in 2012 and also had stints with the Eels, Warriors and Broncos.

South Sydney52 (G Inglis 3 D Walker 3 A Johnston 2 T Burgess B Goodwin tries A Reynolds 6 goals) bt Newcastle Knights6 (K Snowden try T Roberts goal) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Alan Shortall, Henry Perenara. Crowd: 14,603.

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Wallabies flyer Israel Folau relying on instinct as Rugby World Cup looms


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MENDOZA: Israel Folau has been soaking up the knowledge of coaches Stephen Larkham and Michael Cheika but has backed his natural football instincts to help him continue his development as a rugby player heading to the World Cup.

After growing up with rugby league and then turning his hand to AFL, Folau has quickly adjusted to top flight rugby union and shapes as one of the aces up the sleeve of the Wallabies in England later this year.

He is becoming such a danger at fullback that teams are lobbing bombs in his direction, then rushing to the tackle in numbers, to try to eradicate his dangerous running game.

He finished black and blue after the Rugby Championship opener against the Springboks and can expect more of the same as the Wallabies navigate their way through a pair of Bledisloes, then on to the big stage.

“I was a little bit sore obviously,” Folau said. “It was a pretty physical game. It was always going to be like that not playing for a couple of weeks.

“I was expecting it going into the game, I know going for those high balls is my job for the team.”

The question of exactly how good Folau is is open-ended, with Graham Henry already rating him as the most deadly broken-play runner in international rugby.

He has become a sponge for information in the Wallaby camp, but Cheika has made a point of never stifling the individual stylings of players, instead nudging them in desired directions and letting them do the rest.

Folau is still learning the best time to inject himself into the back line from fullback but said he was relying mostly on his in-built football sense rather than specific plans from any of the Wallabies coaching staff.

“It’s just instinct, it’s something you’ve got to read in the game,” Folau said. “You can learn it here and there at training, but in the game those sorts of things are instinct where you can come in and out of the game.

“My first job in the team as fullback, when the high ball is coming up and I’m in that area, my role is to catch the ball. Anything after that, I can try to get in the game.

“In that situation I try to find support if I can, but my first job is to catch the ball and then play after that.”

Folau has embraced the international travel aspect of rugby and has been a popular attraction with fans in Mendoza, with from the Wallabies’ ranks only Quade Cooper being stopped for more autographs and photos.

Mendoza was hardly a paradise for the Wallabies before they arrived, but Folau said he was soaking up the travel and thriving with the chance to meet fans – particularly kids – from all walks of life.

“I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s one of the best parts about playing rugby,” Folau said. “You get to experience different cultures, meet different kids from the other side of the world that love the game and support you as a player.

“That’s really encouraging to know. Whenever we come to places like Argentina it’s awesome to see kids in the street wanting photographs and autographs.

“It’s uplifting for me as a player, it’s something I always look forward to when I travel overseas.”

Folau has worked behind a number of different back lines and Cheika has yet to settle on his final troops for the World Cup opener.

Folau said he was not worried about who was pulling the strings in a playmaking capacity, saying he felt at ease with any of the combinations Cheika had up his sleeve.

“All the players we have in the group are great players, so you’ve got to adapt as quick as you can to the guys who are playing,” Folau said.

“I’ve played with most of these guys before, so it’s not a problem for me.”

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Sydney Harbour shark attack survivor recalls ‘nightmare’

Navy Clearance Diver Paul de Gelder at Collaroy Beach. Photo: Peter StoopDaughter watches as father mauled to death
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Paul deGelderknows exactly what it’s like to come under attack from one ofthe sea’s most deadly predators.

It was only six years agowhenMr deGelderbecame the first person to be attacked by a shark in Sydney Harbour in 60 years.

Despite losing hisright leg and right hand as a consequence of the attack, Mr deGelderconsiders himself “lucky”.

A recreational scallop diverbecame the latest person to be attacked by a shark in Australian waters when hewas killedby a reportedly about 4.57 metre shark inTasmania on Saturday.

Tasmanian police have not released the identity of the man, butsaid he was aged in his late 40s and from Kingston area,south of Hobart.

It comes less than a week after Australian surfer Mick Fanning had a close encounter with a shark, also believed to be a great white,while competing in the final of the World Surf League’s Jefferys Bay final in South Africa.

The incident was captured live on television.

Mr de Geldersays the shark attack was “like living my worst nightmare”.

“It was February 11, 2009 and it was coming to the end of summer.

“It was 7 in the morning andit was still all through the harbour, which is pretty murky so you can’t see well.

“When Ifirst saw it, it was attached to my legbut I didn’t feel any pain.

“I thought Iwas dead and that I wouldn’t get out alive.

Paul de Gelder trains at the gym in Sydney. Photo: Karleen Minney

“But I was phenomenally lucky because if it had of nicked my femoral artery,Iwould have bled out and died before I got out of the water.

“It was lucky and unlucky at the same time.”

Mr de Gelder said scallop and abalonediving was “inherently dangerous” and urged bothrecreational and commercial fisherman to exercise caution.

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Merewether v Hamilton: Merewether ends Hawks’ unbeaten run

Merewether ends Hawks’ unbeaten run Southern Beaches v Waratah, Calland Oval, July 25, 2015: Beaches come out on top 25-17 against the Tahs. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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TweetFacebookSAM Gilmour landed a penalty from near half way with a minute remaining to snatch Merewether a thrilling 21-20 win over Hamilton at Townson Oval on Saturday and end the Hawks’ unbeaten run in the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union.

In a sea-sawing match, the Greens led 10-8 at half-time.

The lead changed twice early in the second half and when Hamilton lock Sam Brennan crashed over from a driving maul it appeared as though the Hawks would make it 14 straight wins.

Enter Gilmour.

In his first season back after a two-year absence, the veteran, who missed all four attempts the previous week, did not hesitate when Merewether were awarded a penalty 48 metres out and 15 metres in from touch.

The distance was never an issue as the kick sailed over much to the delight of the home fans.

The win ensured the Greens kept pace in the race for third with the Waratahs, who did enough to account for Southern Beaches 25-17 at Ernie Calland Oval.

In a stop-start affair, both sides were below their best.

Beaches fly-half Adrian Delore made the most a mismatch in defence to set up Sam Moss for the opening try after two minutes.

The visitors threatened but it took 20 minutes to open their account through a penalty to Dane Sherratt.

The Tahs struck a major blow just before the break when hooker Kaveloni Vikilani charged at the line and got an arm free to offload for Brendan Jackson to dive over for 8-5.

Led by Vikilani, new arrival Michael Fakava and John Taufaao, the Tahs pack lifted the intensity after the break.

Fakava and Taufaao both crossed from close range as the Tahs took control at 25-10.

After pulling off a massive hit on Beaches fullback Vale Ofia, Fakava was sinbinned for a repeated infringements.

Ofia bounced back to score with the Tahs a man down, but it was too little too late for the home side.

In the other games on Saturday, Cal McDonald scored a treble as Wanderers powered past Maitland 61-7 at No.2 Sportsground to move within three points of the Hawk.

At Bill Strong Oval, University bounced back to form with a 31-10 win over Nelson Bay to move above Beaches into fifth place.

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