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Essendon, Gold Coast Suns share the points in dramatic AFL draw



Gold Coast young guns Ben King and Izak Rankine both missed potential match-winning chances as the Suns and Essendon played out an AFL draw in Carrara.

King kicked a point from a set shot to level scores, while Rankine could not find a score inside the final minute from outside 50 as the match finished 11.7 (73) to 11.7 (73).

The Bombers looked like winners after hitting the front in the final term following back-to-back goals by David Zaharakis, but a King goal with five minutes to go set up a blockbuster finish.

The result is the second draw of the season after Richmond and Collingwood could not be separated in the AFL restart back in June.

Zaharakis finished with three goals but also injured his quad kicking his final major to finish the match on the bench.

James Stewart, in his third match of the season, also kicked three goals for the Bombers.

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King had two goals for the Suns, as did Lachie Weller and Sam Day.

Kyle Langford kicked two majors for Essendon, including a fourth-quarter effort that put the Bombers ahead in the final term.

Zach Merrett topped the possession charts with 31 disposals with Andrew McGrath (26), Dylan Shiel (26), Jordan Ridley (23) and Darcy Parish (20) all getting more touches than the Suns’ highest possession winner in Hugh Greenwood (18).

Suns defender Charlie Ballard claimed 10 intercept marks, while Parish and William Snelling epitomised the Bombers’ pressure with eight and seven tackles respectively.

The result moves Essendon to ninth place on the ladder with 22 points from 10 matches.

The Suns, who had lost three straight matches heading into this match, sit 12th with 18 points from 11 matches.

The Bombers next face St Kilda on Sunday at the Gabba. The Suns take on Richmond at the same venue on Monday.

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Parramatta beats Cronulla 14-12, Gold Coast claims Queensland NRL honours with win over Cowboys


NRL premiership contender Parramatta has scrapped home to beat Cronulla 14-12 in an absorbing encounter played in atrocious conditions at a waterlogged Kogarah Oval.

In Sunday’s earlier match, the Gold Coast Titans became Queensland’s top-ranked team after a 30-10 win over the Cowboys in Robina.

At Kogarah Oval, players were sliding everywhere and the ball often stopped dead in on-field water puddles, with the Sharks going down to the Eels despite scoring three tries to two.

Eels five-eighth Dylan Brown and Sharks counterpart Shaun Johnson both put on wet-weather masterclasses, while Mitchell Moses was also influential for the victors.

After the Eels led 12-4 early in the second half courtesy of a Brown try and try assist, Johnson almost gave the Sharks the win in a chaotic four minutes.

Having kicked for Jesse Ramien for the Sharks’ first try, he put a juggling Ronaldo Mulitalo over for their next with a cut-out ball to make it 12-8.

From the next set he kicked a 40-20 as Eels captain Clint Gutherson let the ball go out.

It put Cronulla on the attack and allowed Johnson and Will Kennedy to find Mulitalo to go back against the grain and beat three defenders to score.

But Johnson’s errant goalkicking from the sideline was to prove costly.

With scores locked at 12-all and 11 minutes to play, Braden Hamlin-Uele was penalised for hitting Reagan Campbell-Gillard off the ball and the Eels kicked clear.

Johnson then coughed up the last chance to claim the match, fumbling his own short grubber in the last minute.

Earlier, Brown had shown experience well beyond his 20 years of age.

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He got the first try of the match when he fooled the Sharks’ goal-line defence, faking left before darting over from dummy half in the 19th minute.

Brown’s superb day continued after half-time when he dummied his way to the line and offloaded for Kane Evans to score.

The win keeps Parramatta third on the ladder, while Cronulla is still eighth but two points clear of ninth.

Titans outclass struggling Cowboys

The Titans snapped a 10-match losing streak against the Cowboys in style, racing to a six-tries-to-two win in arguably their best display under coach Justin Holbrook in his first season at the club.

The win lifts the Titans above the Cowboys, into 13th place on the ladder.

With the Brisbane Broncos languishing below both clubs in 15th position after their run of 10 defeats from their past 11 matches, the Titans are now the highest placed of the Queensland teams in the competition.

It is also the first time in 10 years the Cowboys have lost six matches in a row.

The Titans were sensational in the opening 40 minutes, charging to 20-0 lead as the Cowboys imploded.

Full-back AJ Brimson, playing in his second match back from injury, scored a double as the Titans dominated possession and territory.

The Cowboys were as bad as the Titans were good in the opening period, with captain Michael Morgan having a day to forget on his return from a shoulder injury that had kept him sidelined since March.

Morgan had five missed tackles in the first half, two of which led directly to Titans tries.

He was also pinged for an escort penalty late in the half, with the Titans going on to score through Brimson from the resulting set.

In total the Cowboys had a paltry 59 per cent completion rate for the half, missing 23 tackles and making seven errors.

Two Gold Coast Titans NRL players embrace as they celebrate a try, as a North Queensland Cowboys opponent walks by.
Brian Kelly (left) is congratulated by Phillip Sami after scoring the Titans’ fifth try.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

The rout continued in the second half with Kevin Proctor producing a special play to bat back a kick that had gone over the dead-ball line for Brian Kelly to score.

After that play the Cowboys finally responded.

Kyle Feldt pounced after a horror bounce took a Morgan grubber away from Titans’ winger Phillip Sami before Justin O’Neill made it back-to-back tries for the visitors minutes later.

A threatened comeback did not materialise, as the Titans regained the upper hand with Sami wrapping up the scoring in the 69th minute.

The Cowboys only slightly improved their completion rate to 63 per cent and made a total of 14 errors.

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Gold Coast Titans take Queensland NRL honours after defeating Cowboys 30-10



The Gold Coast Titans are Queensland’s top-ranked NRL team after a 30-10 win over the Cowboys in Robina.

The Titans snapped a 10-match losing streak against the Cowboys in style, racing to a six-tries-to-two win in arguably their best display under coach Justin Holbrook in his first season at the club.

The win lifts the Titans above the Cowboys, into 13th place on the ladder.

With the Brisbane Broncos languishing below both clubs in 15th position after their run of 10 defeats from their past 11 matches, the Titans are now the highest placed of the Queensland teams in the competition.

It is also the first time in 10 years the Cowboys have lost six matches in a row.

The Titans were sensational in the opening 40 minutes, charging to 20-0 lead as the Cowboys imploded.

Full-back AJ Brimson, playing in his second match back from injury, scored a double as the Titans dominated possession and territory.

The Cowboys were as bad as the Titans were good in the opening period, with captain Michael Morgan having a day to forget on his return from a shoulder injury that had kept him sidelined since March.

Morgan had five missed tackles in the first half, two of which led directly to Titans tries.

He was also pinged for an escort penalty late in the half, with the Titans going on to score through Brimson from the resulting set.

In total the Cowboys had a paltry 59 per cent completion rate for the half, missing 23 tackles and making seven errors.

The rout continued in the second half with Kevin Proctor producing a special play to bat back a kick that had gone over the dead-ball line for Brian Kelly to score.

After that play the Cowboys finally responded.

Kyle Feldt pounced after a horror bounce took a Morgan grubber away from Titans’ winger Phillip Sami before Justin O’Neill made it back-to-back tries for the visitors minutes later.

A threatened comeback did not materialise, as the Titans regained the upper hand with Sami wrapping up the scoring in the 69th minute.

The Cowboys only slightly improved their completion rate to 63 per cent and made a total of 14 errors.

The Titans will look to build on their win next Saturday when they take on Cronulla, while the Cowboys face South Sydney in Townsville.

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Greater Western Sydney Giants turn 29-point deficit into four-point AFL win over Essendon on Gold Coast



Greater Western Sydney has fought back from a 29-point deficit to beat Essendon by less than a goal in their round-10 AFL match in wet conditions in Carrara.

The Giants and Bombers managed just four points between them in the first quarter on the Gold Coast in the lowest-scoring opening term since 1965.

But the Bombers broke the contest open with five straight second-quarter goals, stretching that lead again early in the third term before their attack slowly disappeared in an 8.11 (59) to 8.7 (55) loss to the Giants.

The Giants kicked just two first-half goals but Essendon managed just 16 points in the second half.

Leon Cameron’s troops overcame a 16-point margin against the Bombers in the final quarter thanks to two Jeremy Cameron majors and Heath Shaw’s first two-goal bag in eight years.

Callan Ward then goaled from a penalty, the insurance they needed when Adam Saad launched a long-range goal with just seconds remaining.

The Giants stay in seventh place on the AFL ladder with the win, while the Bombers missed a chance to leapfrog them into the same position.

Giants veteran Shaw provided the talking point of a dour first quarter when his bump on Jacob Townsend ended the Bomber’s evening in sickening fashion.

The pair clashed in the goal square, Townsend then thudding to the ground to end his night inside the first few minutes of the contest.

A pumped Sam Draper kicked his first AFL goal for the Bombers, before Giants defender Phil Davis was thrown forward and helped set up a Jeremy Finlayson goal.

Davis was soon hopping off with a knee injury, but was able to return as they went about their recovery.

Cameron lobbed up with two crucial goals, his second set up brilliantly by Harry Himmelberg’s dash down the right wing.

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Kyle Langford was the only multiple goal kicker for the Bombers with two for the match.

The Bombers next play on Wednesday against Gold Coast in Carrara, while the Giants have a bye.

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Gunman admits involvement in ‘audacious’ $3.9m Collin St gold heist


Kachami, 48, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday to plead guilty to aggravated burglary, theft and firearms offences. He remains on bail after being released from custody in June and is due to appear before the County Court in October for a plea hearing.

Mr Ede, 37, faces charges of theft, perjury and unlawfully possessing a gun and is yet to enter a plea. He remains in custody and is due to return before a magistrate later this month.

The Melbourne Gold Company in the hours after the robbery.

The Melbourne Gold Company in the hours after the robbery.Credit:Justin McManus

Police allege CCTV footage from inside the Melbourne Gold Company shows Mr Ede directing Kachami, through hand signals and eye movements, to take the gun out of his jacket and where to locate small safes. The footage shows Kachami’s pistol had no ammunition magazine, police say.

Magistrate Ross Maxted granted bail to Kachami in June when told of the man’s health problems, his admissions to police of his involvement and because he led investigators to a family property in the Gippsland town of Dollar, where most of the loot was buried.

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Most of the loot had been recovered, the bail application was told, but $333,240 in cash was still missing.

Police and prosecutors have described the crime as audacious, well-planned and Victoria’s third most lucrative armed robbery.



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St Kilda posts four-point AFL win over Gold Coast Suns as Collingwood beats Sydney Swans


St Kilda has rallied for a fourth-straight win to shoot to second place on the AFL ladder, again storming home in a see-sawing contest to defeat Gold Coast by four points.

The Saints trailed by nine points inside the last 10 minutes before Dan Butler played match winner, kicking his third and fourth goals in an exhilarating 12.6 (78) to 11.8 (74) victory in Carrara.

Earlier in the evening, Collingwood snuck home by nine points against the Sydney Swans at the Gabba in Brisbane but lost Adam Treloar, Will Hoskin-Elliott and Isaac Quaynor to injury.

On the Gold Coast, Ben King (three goals) won bragging points over his twin brother Max in their first AFL encounter against one another.

It was the Saints, however, who prevailed although they were made to work for the four competition points, with the Suns twice rallying with four-straight goals to lead at half-time and again late in the final term.

St Kilda, through Butler, Josh Battle (two goals), Jack Billings (27 disposals) and Jack Steele (21 touches) produced another final-quarter flurry.

It was the Suns’ (4-6) fifth loss in their past six matches but they showed they are not far off finals, matching the Saints who improved to 7-3 to jump ahead of Brisbane on percentage.

St Kilda’s pressure looked to be compounding on the Suns as the visitors carved out an early three-goal lead when Max King was caught high and kicked straight.

But the hosts lifted their own intensity, beating the Saints around the contest and carving out four consecutive goals of their own.

Sean Lemmens celebrated his return with a neat roving goal, while Ben King marked strongly and kicked his second.

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Butler kicked the last goal of the half though as the Suns held a three-point lead that was quickly erased when St Kilda kicked the first three majors of the third.

Unforced defensive errors cost the Suns but again they rallied.

Izak Rankine followed up another bright mark with an intercept goal and Noah Anderson snapped truly to make it a three-point deficit at the final break.

Will Powell (two goals) marked strongly while Ben King earned another free kick, both kicking straight as the Suns led by nine inside the final 10 minutes.

St Kilda came again though, Butler curling a clever kick through and Josh Battle showing poise from 45 metres as the Saints led by three.

The Suns threatened but again clean hands out of defence saved St Kilda, before Butler streamed forward and added a fourth with another brilliantly calm finish.

There was some news for the Suns to celebrate, however, with Matt Rowell to stay at the club until at least the end of the 2023 season after agreeing to a two-year contract extension.

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The midfielder confirmed his hype as the number-one draft pick with a trio of best-on-ground performances for the Suns, before sustaining a shoulder injury against Geelong and opting for surgery that will likely see him out for the season.

“A lot of our group is between 18 and 22 so there’s going to be a lot of development and growth,” Rowell said.

“It’s going to be really cool to see how far we can get.”

Magpies find winning form against Swans

Collingwood survived a massive scare brought about by its woeful inaccuracy in front of goal in a tense victory over Sydney.

Treloar, Hoskin-Elliott and Quaynor all failed to finish Thursday night’s match, as the Magpies almost kicked themselves to a third straight defeat.

Brayden Maynard was also treated for a shoulder complaint but returned to play an important role in defence, as Nathan Buckley’s men recorded an important 6.14 (50) to 6.5 (41) victory.

“We largely were able to impose ourselves on the game and control the game for pretty much all of it,” Buckley said.

“There was probably 10 minutes in that last quarter where the Swans were able to get the ball forward a little bit more often but we totally controlled that.

The triumph in Brisbane came after a horror end to the Magpies’ time in Perth.

Despite beating Geelong in their first encounter in Perth, they lost to the resurgent West Coast Eagles and then fell to Fremantle, while the club was left embarrassed when it copped a hefty fine for coronavirus protocol breaches.

Treloar suffered a hamstring injury during the third quarter that is expected to sideline him for up to three weeks.

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Adam Treloar played a starring role for the Magpies despite not finishing the match.(AAP: Darren England)

Hoskin-Elliott had his right knee accidentally stepped on and had the same leg caught under an opponent’s body during the first quarter.

He has bone bruising and possible structural issues, with further tests to determine the full extent of the damage.

Quaynor was taken off the field on a stretcher with a gash on his right shin late in the final term.

Buckley said the cut measured about “six or eight inches” and thought it might have been caused by Swans debutant Sam Wicks’s studs in a Quaynor tackle.

Collingwood dominated clearances (19-7) and forward 50 entries (32-11) in the first half but managed just 2.10 to the Swans’ five straight goals and trailed by eight points at the main break.

The weight of numbers eventually told late in the match as the Magpies reclaimed the lead with three third-quarter goals and they held sway in the final term, despite being three players down on the bench.

Despite being injured, Treloar starred with 25 disposals as Steele Sidebottom (17 disposals), in his second match back from suspension after breaching the AFL’s COVID-19 protocols, again underlined his importance in the absence of injured captain Scott Pendlebury.

Taylor Adams (29 disposals) was another prime mover and tall forward Ben Reid was one of six individual goal kickers for the Magpies in his first AFL match since last year’s preliminary final loss to the Giants.

Jake Lloyd (25 possessions) was Sydney’s most prolific ball winner but the Swans had few winners in an undermanned midfield that was well beaten.

The result hung in the balance until Josh Daicos (25 disposals) evoked memories of his mercurial father Peter and nailed a goal with a superb checkside kick near the boundary line in the final few minutes.

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Collingwood’s AFL woes continue with 12-point loss to Fremantle as GWS posts win over Gold Coast


Collingwood’s premiership credentials have taken another big hit after the Magpies slumped to a shock 12-point loss to Fremantle in Perth.

Dockers forward Matt Taberner booted four goals and Caleb Serong (24 disposals, nine clearances) starred in the midfield to lift their side to the 10.1 (61) to 7.7 (49) win on Sunday in front of 20,912 spectators.

Earlier in the day, the GWS Giants continued their dominance over the Gold Coast Suns in a 26-point win in Carrara, despite the loss of star forward Toby Greene to injury.

The result in Perth saw Collingwood drop to 10th on the ladder with just four wins and a draw from nine matches.

It also came in the wake of the club being fined $50,000, half of which is suspended, after Nathan Buckley and assistant coach Brenton Sanderson broke the AFL’s COVID-19 protocols by playing a tennis match with people outside their club contacts.

The Magpies were horrible in last week’s 66-point loss to West Coast, and their error-riddled display against the Dockers will raise further alarm bells.

The Dockers rose to 16th place on the ladder with their third win of the season.

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The Magpies managed just two goals from 25 inside 50s in the first half as Fremantle’s depleted defence stood firm.

Collingwood produced a three-goal spurt to end the third-quarter to take a four-point lead, but Fremantle prevailed in a frantic final term.

Magpies vice-captain Steele Sidebottom (25 disposals, two goals) was quiet early before bursting to life in his first match back after serving his four-match ban for breaking COVID-19 protocols.

Brayden Maynard (24 disposals) and Adam Treloar (30 disposals, eight clearances) tried their best to lift the Magpies, but the visitors’ inefficiency going forward cost them dearly.

The Dockers won the clearance battle 45-30, with David Mundy (10), Serong (9), and Nat Fyfe (8) all prominent.

Giants win but lose Greene to injury

Greene succumbed to a right hamstring injury in the opening term but the injury setback did not stop the Giants from claiming a 9.7 (61) to 4.11 (35) victory.

It was the Giants’ fifth victory of the season, making it nine wins from the past nine encounters with the Suns for Leon Cameron’s team.

Greene injured himself in a race for the ball with young Suns defender Connor Budarick late in the first quarter.

The 26-year-old came straight off the field and into the rooms, and did not return to the match after quarter-time.

Giants midfielder Matt de Boer also limped off late in the match with what looked like a hamstring injury.

Greene’s absence was no hindrance for the Giants who led from start to finish.

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Jeremy Finlayson was among the Giants’ goal kickers against the Suns.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Tall forwards Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Cameron kicked two each for the Giants, while Joshua Kelly and Lachie Whitfield each picked up a match-high 29 disposals.

The Suns were well below their best as they slumped to a fourth defeat from their past five matches to leave them outside the top eight.

Ben Ainsworth was one of the Suns’ best with nine marks and 14 disposals, kicking a fourth-quarter goal as well in his 50th AFL appearance.

The Suns are next in action when they host the in-form St Kilda in Carrara on Thursday night.

The Giants play Essendon at the same venue on Friday.

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GWS Giants post 26-point AFL win over Gold Coast Suns but lose Toby Greene to injury



The GWS Giants have continued their dominance over the Gold Coast Suns in a 26-point win in Carrara, despite the loss of star forward Toby Greene to injury.

Greene succumbed to a right hamstring injury in the opening term but the injury setback did not stop the Giants from claiming a 9.7 (61) to 4.11 (35) victory.

It was the Giants’ fifth victory of the season, making it nine wins from the past nine encounters with the Suns for Leon Cameron’s team.

Greene injured himself in a race for the ball with young Suns defender Connor Budarick late in the first quarter.

The 26-year-old came straight off the field and into the rooms, and did not return to the match after quarter-time.

Giants midfielder Matt de Boer also limped off late in the match with what looked like a hamstring injury.

Greene’s absence was no hindrance for the Giants who led from start to finish.

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Tall forwards Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Cameron kicked two each for the Giants, while Joshua Kelly and Lachie Whitfield each picked up a match-high 29 disposals.

The Suns were well below their best as they slumped to a fourth defeat from their past five matches to leave them outside the top eight.

Ben Ainsworth was one of the Suns’ best with nine marks and 14 disposals, kicking a fourth-quarter goal as well in his 50th AFL appearance.

The Suns are next in action when they host the in-form St Kilda in Carrara on Thursday night.

The Giants play Essendon at the same venue on Friday.

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Canberra Raiders score 14-12 NRL win over North Queensland as Sydney Roosters beat Gold Coast


Canberra has shown its class to sneak home with a 14-12 win over North Queensland in an NRL arm wrestle in Townsville.

Earlier in the afternoon, the depleted Sydney Roosters survived an almighty scare from an inspired Gold Coast Titans to escape with a vital 18-12 win at the SCG.

Up north, it was far from the Raiders’ best performance but they did enough to edge a willing Cowboys outfit, with both teams scoring two tries.

The Cowboys threw everything at their opponents but too often let themselves down with their kicking options.

Gunning for their third successive victory, the Raiders looked as if they were suffering jet lag early on after their long match-day flight to Canberra.

They were caught out just two minutes into the match when North Queensland hooker Reece Robson dashed over the line from dummy half.

The Raiders found their groove to level in the 18th minute when half-back George Williams started and finished a 70-metre try, helped by a big charge and fend by winger Nick Cotric.

A 35th-minute penalty strike by captain Jarrod Croker allowed his team to take an 8-6 lead to half-time.

Canberra prop Josh Papalii was both hero and villain within two minutes, stripping the ball but then being placed on report for a forearm to the head of the Cowboys’ teenage full-back Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.

Cowboys skipper Jason Taumalolo steamed to the try line to put his side up but it was short-lived with the Raiders hitting back four minutes later.

England international John Bateman, playing his first match of the year after two rounds of shoulder surgery, found Curtis Scott, who fended off winger Murray Taulagi to score.

Sharpshooter Croker then showed his value, nailing the conversion from the sideline to put his side ahead again.

The final 12 minutes saw four captains’ challenges, with the Cowboys correct with both but they couldn’t find the points for a win or to take the match into golden point.

Roosters deny gutsy Titans

In an action-packed match laced with drama, the Roosters overcame their crippling injury toll to preserve their place in the top four thanks largely to the heroics of classy centre Joseph Manu.

Already missing eight players from their 2019 grand final-winning outfit and with superstar signing Sonny Bill Williams holed up in quarantine, the Roosters lost try-scoring ace Josh Morris to a calf strain before this afternoon’s kick-off.

Fortunately the back-to-back premiers had Manu, whose leaping 58th-minute try and miracle first-half try saver on Phillip Sami saved the Roosters embarrassment.

The Titans could have bagged four first-half tries but had to settle for only one after blowing two and seeing Manu pull off his incredible rescue act before the break.

Jamal Fogarty was also denied a try in just the second minute, the half-back touching down only for the bunker to rule Titans teammate Brian Kelly had passed him the ball off the ground.

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Roosters hooker Jake Friend (left) tries to bring down Gold Coast lock Jai Arrow.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

But there was no denying Anthony Don eight minutes later when the prolific winger started and finished his own 75-metre effort.

After scrambling for much of the half, somehow the Roosters went to the break with a 10-6 advantage after half-back Kyle Flanagan added two penalties to his conversion of Mitch Aubusson’s try.

The Titans were reduced to 12 men for a second time in the match when Keegan Hipgrave was sin-binned for taking out Lindsay Collins.

The Roosters’ claims for a penalty try were denied but Flanagan’s two points made it 12-6 before Manu soared high to reel in Luke Keary’s cross-field bomb.

That appeared to seal the deal before Sami crossed with five minutes remaining to give Roosters fans a tense finish.

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Rio Tinto plots ‘agile’ path for new WA copper, gold ambitions


Rio Tinto has flagged the potential for a significant new copper and gold district in Western Australia’s Pilbara, adding that it was targeting first production from the site in 2023 .

Stephen McIntosh, Rio’s head of growth and innovation, on Tuesday said the company was planning a “small-scale, start-up” operation that focused on the Winu project’s higher-grade core.

“We are basically contemplating a small starter pit, concentrating on the higher grades, shallower mineralisation, very much doing this in a more agile and more innovative approach,” he said. “We are very pleased to be able to do this and do it quickly.”

The nation’s second largest miner is eager to develop the Winu site after drilling discovered an estimate 503 million tonnes of ore averaging 0.4 per cent copper equivalent, including a higher-grade component of 188 million tonnes at 0.68 per cent copper equivalent. Rio Tinto’s studies found the mineralisation supported the development of a relatively shallow open-pit mine.

Rio Tinto hopes copper production can begin at its new Pilbara project by 2023.

Rio Tinto hopes copper production can begin at its new Pilbara project by 2023.



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