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Sydney Roosters hoping Sonny Bill Williams’ NRL return will help inspire premiership three-peat

Even the Sydney Roosters are unsure how Sonny Bill Williams will perform when he links up with the club this weekend.

Williams’ two weeks of isolation, spent holed up in a Sydney hotel with his four children and wife, ends on Thursday.

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has already named his 21-man squad for Thursday night’s match against the Melbourne Storm, which has come too soon for Williams.

But the Is have been dotted and the Ts crossed for the 35-year-old to soon reunite with his former club and Robinson is looking forward to unleashing his new weapon.

“That’s [Williams signing] all been done, he gets out Thursday night and he’ll be ready to join us on the weekend,” Robinson said.

After six years away from the NRL, the Roosters and fans alike are waiting with bated breath to see how Williams will perform.

“We will see him move and how he connects with the guys around him, then we’ll get a further idea,” Robinson said.

As Canterbury did with English recruit Luke Thompson, it is likely the Roosters would have provided gym equipment in the apartment in which Williams and his family quarantined in to allow him to stay in shape.

But after two weeks of quarantine, the back-to-back premiers are not setting the bar too high and are keeping tight-lipped on how Williams will contribute to the team.

“I’d like to keep those conversations private, [on] how we will use him. We’ve had lots of discussions and we will see,” Robinson said.

All Blacks' Sonny Bill Williams shrugs off Wallabies' Henry Speight's tackle
Williams added to his All Blacks Test caps since his last stint with the Roosters.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

The Roosters’ fairytale scenario is that the New Zealand dual international will guide the club to an historic premiership three-peat. Williams has already won an NRL premiership with the club in 2013.

This return is not about money for Williams, as he remains on a $10 million contract with Super League’s Toronto Wolfpack until 2021. The club pulled out of this year’s competition with the coronavirus pandemic creating too much of a financial toll.

Coming into a side this close to finals, the Roosters could look to use Williams as a Cooper Cronk-type leader figure.

At the backend of his career, Cronk inspired the Roosters to their 2018 grand final victory, playing with a broken shoulder blade, and had a profound impact on the team.

Robinson said Williams had similar qualities to Cronk.

“His [Williams] biggest attribute is the courage he has to play footy,” he said.

“You see the man has got a fire in him, a hunger to perform and he loves playing in a team environment.”

Williams behind Roosters’ winning culture

Anthony Minichiello captained the Roosters when Williams last played for the club in 2014.

Minichiello retired that year after setting the record for the most matches and most tries in the club’s history.

He credited Williams for instilling a winning culture that has led to the Tricolours’ subsequent premiership success in 2018 and 2019.

“He’s an utter professional on and off the field,” Minichiello said.

“That’s what our club culture is built around now, being a full-time professional.

“That’s what Trent Robinson challenged us on all those years ago and that’s what the team is now and that’s what Sonny is.”

Sonny Bill Williams
Williams was a vital member of the Roosters’ 2013 premiership-winning squad.(AAP: Paul Miller)

Minichiello is fully supportive of his former teammate linking up with the club.

“I have wonderful memories of playing with him, 2013 was a record year for us with a minor premiership and a premiership,” Minichiello said.

“[In] 2014 we had another minor premiership, but didn’t get the job done.”

Minichiello said Williams would make as big an impact on the game today as he did at the height of his career.

“Young kids look at him and say, ‘if I want to play my best, these are the things I’ve got to do’,” he said.

“We learnt from him, the way he does things consistently to get results.

As for Williams’s on-field output, Minichiello was not quite as confident but he said the pros outweighed the cons.

“That’s what we will find out,” Minichiello said.

“Even if he doesn’t bring anything on the field, it’s what he brings off the field that people look at.”

Effort, Minichiello said, certainly would not be an issue.

“He’s always in training an hour before doing rehab, making sure his body is prepped perfectly,” he said.

“It’s the way young kids will look up to him and see how he prepares.”

Williams could be up for selection when the Roosters take on the Wests Tigers on August 22.

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New Zealand travel bubble pushed back to end of year because of Victorian outbreak says Sydney Airport CEO

Mr Culbert said Sydney Airport was also working with airports in Japan, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore to establish protocols for safe flying when the government decides to open the border.

“If we have the process on the shelf, we can activate it as soon as we get the green light so we don’t miss a day of flying,” he said.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert says there needs to be clearer rules around state border closures.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert says there needs to be clearer rules around state border closures. Credit:Renee Nowytarger

Around 172,000 passengers passed through Sydney Airport’s gates in June, down 95 per cent compared to the same month last year. On Tuesday, the $12 billion ASX-listed airport revealed it had swung to a $53 million half-year loss compared to a $17.3 million profit in the same period last year.

Mr Culbert said the Victorian outbreak, which prompted several state borders to close again, showed how uncertain the recovery for aviation would be and called for better co-ordination between states, clearer rules on border closures and a plan to restore air travel.


“We need to know what the triggers are for border closures and border openings; we need consistency across states and we need to map out a pathway for the recovery which includes various scenarios – with a vaccine, without a vaccine,” he said.

The International Air Transport Association, an airline industry trade body, expects that global passenger numbers will not return to 2019 levels until 2024.

However, Sydney Airport highlighted in a presentation to investors that domestic air travel had bounced back sharply in several countries when travel restrictions lifted, showing there was “pent up demand”.

Sydney Airport said the $2 billion of capital raised from shareholders will reduce its net debt from $9.1 billion to $7.1 billion, with its leverage falling from 6.8 times and 5.3 times; support its investment grade credit rating and increase liquidity.

The airport’s revenue for the six months to June 30 fell 36 per cent to $511 million, while it wrote off $41 million in bad debts owed by bankrupt carrier Virgin Australia, $59 million in rental abatements and deferrals from retail and property tenants and $22 million against delayed capital projects.

RBC Markets analyst James Nevin said the question of whether the airport needed to raise equity had been the key uncertainty over the stock. On his estimates, $2 billion provided enough liquidity for it to last until the end of 2022, even in the unlikely scenario of zero revenue.

“We think this provides ample liquidity to remove doubts on liquidity, even in an uncertain recovery,” Mr Nevin said.

Sydney Airport said it would preserve its cash by aiming to cut operating costs by 35 per cent for the 12 months from April 1, 2020, including cutting jobs from its 500-strong workforce.

Institutional and retail shareholders will be entitled to buy one new share for every 5.15 shares they own as of August 14 for $4.56, which is a 13.2 per cent discount to the theoretical ex-entitlement price of $5.26. Mr Culbert said the structure of the raising was the fairest available for all investors and that shareholders who participate will not be diluted.

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Wellways Australia has signed a lease at the Pymble Cprporate Centre, 20 Bridge Street, Pymble

Wellways Australia has signed a lease at the Pymble Cprporate Centre, 20 Bridge Street, Pymble

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Rexnord Australia has leased a 1,203 sq m office/warehouse unit at Unit 3/8-20 Anderson Road from a private investor at rent between $120-$130 per sq m net. The lease term is four years plus a four year option. The American OEM company is now fully operational at its new location in the heart of one of Sydney’s fastest growing regions. Kyle Dewey and Fab Dalfonso, Colliers International, negotiated the lease.


Not-for-profit mental health and support organisation, Wellways Australia, has relocated to a 420 sq m site at the Pymble Corporate Centre, 20 Bridge Street for $350 per sq m net. Wellways Australia has signed a five-year lease on its new corporate base. CBRE’s Ben Byford and Peter Mangraviti negotiated the lease deal.

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Fast food group KFC has found a new 86 sq m site at shop 6P04, 201 Pacific Highway in the The Forum complex from Centuria Property Fund. While the rent is confidential it’s understood to be in excess of $1,500 net per sq m for an initial lease term of five years. CBREs Amy Pfeiffer negotiated the lease.


Global Nutrition Australia Pty Ltd has leased a 898 sq m industrial warehouse/office at Unit 2, 37 Lyn Parade from a private developer at $140 pr sq m net. The lease term is three years. Rino Gazzera and Fab Dalfonso, Colliers International negotiated the lease.



A private investor, AMA Constructions has sold a 3,224 sq m industrial property at 106 Euston Road for $7.25 million. Purchased by Made Pty Ltd, a local strata developer who looking to redevelop the site into industrial units and to capitalise on last mile delivery. CBRE’s William Gathercole, advised on the sale.


Elizabeth Investments Ralph Street Pty Ltd have sold a 392 sq m warehouse asset at Unit 2, 26A Ralph Street to VSMS Properties Pty Ltd for $2.55 million. Tom Barnier, Colliers International negotiated the sale.


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Kylie O’Connor has been promoted to the head of AMP Capital real estate business to replace the outgoing Carmel Hourigan. Ms O’Connor is currently AMP Capital Real Estate’s chief operating officer and managing director of separate accounts.

AMP Capital chief operating officer, Luke Briscoe

AMP Capital chief operating officer, Luke Briscoe

Luke Briscoe will take on the role as chief operating officer, real estate, where he will oversee the operations of the business while seeking opportunities to enhance the real estate platform. Mr Briscoe held the position of managing director, office & logistics for the past five years and in his new role will also lead the $10 billion separate accounts business.

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Central Station: Alleged Sydney ‘upskirter’ charged

A Sydney man has been charged with several ‘upskirting’ offences after an an alleged incident at Central Station prompted an investigation.

Authorities were told the man allegedly filmed up a woman’s skirt at the Sydney train station on December 24 last year.

Following investigations officers from the Police Transport Command allege the man had committed at least 10 additional offences on trains and in other public places across Sydney’s inner west between January and May this year.

Police arrested a 46-year-old man at a property in Ashfield on June 1 before he was taken to Burwood Police Station.

Later that day police executed a search warrant at the man’s Park Ave address where they seized a number of number of electronic storage devices and clothing that will undergo forensic examination.

He has since been charged with 11 counts of recording an intimate image without consent.

The man was granted conditional bail and will appear in Burwood Local Court on Monday.

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Western United end Western Sydney Wanderers’ A-League finals hopes with 5-3 win

Western United have taken a big step towards securing a maiden A-League finals berth, knocking Western Sydney out of contention with a thrilling 5-3 win at Kogarah’s Jubilee Oval.

United stretched out to a 3-0 lead through Josh Risdon, Besart Berisha and Alessandro Diamanti, before Western Sydney pegged it back to 3-3 through Mitch Duke’s brace and a goal to Tass Mourdoukoutas.

But late goals to Max Burgess and Diamanti put down Western Sydney’s late resistance and spared United’s blushes.

In teeming rain, United seized control in the seventh minute when Burgess whipped a left-footed cross into the six-yard box, where an inexplicably unmarked Risdon headed home.

In the 19th minute, Risdon helped double United’s lead.

Steven Lustica of Western United and a Western Sydney Wanderers player chase the ball in the rain during an A-League match.
The weather made for a wet and wild night in Kogarah.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

Diamanti slipped a ball through for the fullback, who skidded a delightful cross past the Wanderers’ defence for a surging Berisha to dispatch his 16th goal of the season.

United thought they had sealed the deal through Diamanti’s spectacular 52nd-minute effort.

The Italian played a short corner, received the ball back and lofted a left-footed chip over goalkeeper Tristan Prendergast.

An unmarked Duke kicked off Western Sydney’s unlikely resurgence in the 69th minute, heading home Bruce Kamau’s looping cross.

Then, Mourdoukoutas latched onto Pirmin Schwegler’s free kick with a delightful backheel to make it 3-2 in the 76th.

Western United's Alessandro Diamanti points and shouts during the A-League clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Diamanti’s 87th-minute strike was the fifth goal in less than 20 minutes.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

Six minutes later Duke volleyed home to level the scores and seemingly put the Wanderers in the box seat for an unlikely win.

But those hopes were extinguished when Burgess caught Mourdoukoutas dallying on the ball, pinched it and ran on to restore the lead in the 84th minute.

Three minutes later Diamanti secured the points with a second classy chip.

United, playing in their first season, closed the gap to sixth-placed Adelaide to two points with three games remaining.


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South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett fined $20,000 for breaching NRL’s coronavirus protocols

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has been fined $20,000 by the NRL for breaching the league’s COVID-19 biosecurity protocols.

Bennett had already been stood down for two weeks by the NRL after it was revealed on Thursday he and his partner had lunch at a restaurant in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Leichhardt.

Under the NRL’s rules, players and staff members of each club are not allowed to attend public venues like pubs, clubs, restaurants or cafes.

Meanwhile, St George Illawarra’s Paul Vaughan was handed a $10,000 sanction for having breakfast at a cafe.

Brisbane Broncos legend and assistant coach Allan Langer has also been fined $5,000 for transgressing the NRL’s rules.

Broncos strength and conditioning coach Ryan Whitley and head of rehab Blake Duncan, who both attended a private function with Langer in Brisbane, were fined the same amount.

“Strict adherence to our biosecurity protocols are vitally important,” acting NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said in a statement.

“It is important everyone within club bubbles follows the protocols, not only so the season continues, but to ensure no risk to the general community.”

Bennett, who missed the Rabbitohs’ match against the Broncos on Friday evening, suggested on Thursday he could not keep up with the NRL’s rules after players were forced back into a tighter bubble last month.

But Canberra coach Ricky Stuart said there could be no confusion over the NRL’s biosecurity measures, and the whole game’s future was at stake.

“Everyone understands the rules and everybody is consistently made aware of it,” he said.

“But we can’t. They are just tough times at the moment. But under tough times you find out the true character of people.

“It’s a multi-million dollar business at stake here. We’ve got to be mindful of that.”

Paul Vaughan grounds the ball with his right hand. A Titans player is holding onto his left arm. A referee watches on closely.
Dragons forward Paul Vaughan offered no excuse for his breach of NRL protocols.(AAP: Steve Christo)

Vaughan’s transgression ruled him out of the Dragons’ Thursday night match against the Sydney Roosters in Wollongong.

Before being fined by the NRL, Vaughan admitted there was no excuse for players breaching biosecurity protocols.

“Everyone within the Dragons bubble, including myself, are well aware of the protocols in place,” Vaughan said.

“I’m sorry for the harm my actions have caused to the club and my teammates.”

The Broncos confirmed on Friday afternoon that Langer, Whitley and Duncan would be placed on “COVID Holds”.

They did not travel to Sydney for the match against the Rabbitohs and will undergo testing before returning to the club’s “Project Apollo” bubble.


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South Sydney beats Brisbane Broncos 28-10 in NRL grudge match, Manly loses to Warriors

Stand-in South Sydney coach Jason Demetriou filled the temporary void left by Wayne Bennett’s breach of the NRL’s COVID-19 protocols by orchestrating a 28-10 win over Brisbane.

In cold and wet conditions at Sydney’s Olympic stadium, Demetriou took the reins with Bennett absent in the coaches’ box as the Rabbitohs added another layer to the Broncos’ miserable season, marred by 10 defeats in their past 11 matches.

The Rabbitohs had taken the field in Sydney’s west not long after learning Bennett had been fined $20,000 for breaching the NRL’s biosecurity guidelines he helped develop as a member of the Project Apollo committee.

Bennett was earlier banned for two weeks on Thursday after admitting to leaving the Rabbitohs’ bubble.

The Broncos had also been sanctioned on Friday, with three members of their training staff, including club legend Allan Langer, fined $5,000 for attending a private function in Brisbane, also in direct breach of the NRL’s strict rules.

The mood of the Broncos did not brighten in their grudge match against the Rabbitohs, with their darkest moments coming in defence as they conceded four tries.

The worst of it happened minutes before half-time when Rabbitohs replacement forward Mark Nicholls took a quick tap from 10 metres out and cruised through big men Payne Haas, Matt Lodge and Boyd to score.


It was woefully soft defence from the Broncos, who had been in the contest before the unforgivable lapse in concentration.

In contrast, it was a composed performance by the Rabbitohs, steered by halves Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds.

The Rabbitohs’ tries were scored by Dane Gagai, Reynolds, Nicholls and Tom Burgess.

They move to provisional sixth position on the ladder on the back of their seventh win of the season.

Winger Herbie Farnworth and returning forward David Fifita crossed the stripe for the Broncos, who are placed second-last on the ladder.

The win would have been satisfying for Demetriou, who was a casualty of the coaching swap that saw Anthony Seibold replace Bennett at the Broncos in late 2018.

Demetriou, a Broncos assistant under Bennett at the time, interviewed for the job that was eventually given to former Rabbitohs coach Seibold.

He eventually followed Bennett to the Rabbitohs and is set to replace the seven-time premiership coach at Redfern as part of a succession plan at the end of the 2021 season.

The rivalry between the respective coaching staffs has only added to the heated feeling that has highlighted clashes between the Rabbitohs and Broncos in the past two seasons.

Manly goes down in upset loss to Warriors

Manly’s finals hopes took a hit after falling short of completing a late comeback against the Warriors in its 26-22 loss at Brookvale Oval.

In a brutal night for the Sea Eagles, they lost both Martin Taupau (concussion) and Addin Fonua-Blake (lower-leg cork) during the match.

The Sea Eagles, who sit one spot outside the top eight, have now lost five of their past seven matches since Tom Trbojevic was sidelined with a hamstring injury in round six.

Trbojevic is still two weeks away from making his return, while teammate Dylan Walker is facing another five rounds on the sidelines.

In Des Hasler’s 400th match as coach, it all went wrong for the Sea Eagles in a horror 18-minute opening where they conceded three tries and lost Fonua-Blake to injury.

Daly Cherry-Evans was again strong for Manly alongside Moses Suli, but not even the Kangaroos half-back could engineer a winning result after trailing 16-0 early.

Three Warriors NRL players celebrate a try scored against the Manly Sea Eagles in Sydney.
The Warriors scored five tries to four in the triumph over the Sea Eagles.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

The Warriors’ win, meanwhile, marked the first time they have won back-to-back matches since last May and they sit just two wins out of the top eight.

Kodi Nikorima and Chanel Harris-Tavita both kicked superbly close to the line, with four of their five tries coming off the pair’s boots.

Patrick Herbert bagged a double, with his first a diving effort to latch onto a Nikorima cross-field kick and score in the same motion.

But the Warriors’ win was not without its dramas.

Prop Jack Hetherington faces a lengthy stint on the sideline for a high shot that left Taupau concussed.

He was sin-binned but lucky not to be sent off, in a moment that threatened to blow the match wide open.

Manly took full advantage of the extra man, when Cade Cust put a charging Haumole Olakau’atu over from close distance with 22 minutes to play.

The margin was then down to four points with 12 minutes to play when Tevita Funa put Jorge Taufua over, after Cherry-Evans opted to run it on the last.


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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.


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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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.


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.


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.

A Collingwood Magpies AFL player holds the ball as he is tackled from behind by a Sydney Swans opponent.
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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Sydney Roosters add to St George Illawarra’s woes with 24-16 NRL win

The day started with a costly breakfast and ended in defeat for St George Illawarra, who fell 24-16 to the Sydney Roosters in Wollongong.

Although promising in stages, the Dragons were overcome by the undermanned Roosters, who hold down fourth place on the NRL ladder.

The home side’s defeat came hours after star Dragons prop Paul Vaughan was stood down for the next fortnight by the NRL for breaching the league’s biosecurity protocols.

Level at 10-all at half-time, the Roosters had enough class left on the field to snatch the win with three tries to one after the break.

With 15 minutes to play the Dragons were down by six points on the scoreboard when a lazy defensive play brought it all undone.

A spiralling bomb from Luke Keary was left to bounce and James Tedesco was on the spot to feed it to Joseph Manu to score untouched.

Five-eighth Keary then polished off the win with a late try, another moment that could be costly for the Dragons with Jackson Ford placed on report for an apparent trip.

Earlier on Thursday, Vaughan was found to have breached the NRL’s COVID-19 protocols by having breakfast in a cafe.

Vaughan was ruled out of the Roosters encounter and will now be sidelined for a fortnight.

It was a crushing blow for the Dragons after coach Paul McGregor had already dropped underperforming half Corey Norman for the must-win match.

As it stands at the start of round 13, the Dragons are four points out of the top eight and will need to win at least six of their last seven matches against top teams to be a chance to make the finals.

For the second week in a row, Tristan Sailor gave the Dragons a spark from the bench and he had a hand in a try soon after coming onto the field in the 35th minute.

But as dangerous as McGregor’s side looked in patches, the Roosters simply scrambled harder without nine regular starters.

There were arguably as many stars on the sidelines as on the field, with Boyd Cordner, Brett and Josh Morris, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Angus Crichton, Daniel Tupou, Kyle Flanagan, Victor Radley and Sam Verrills all watching from the stands.


Roosters favourite Mitch Aubusson gave them something to cheer about in the 14th minute when he crossed for a try in his 300th NRL match.

For the Dragons, there is concern for second rower Tariq Sims who came off late with a shoulder injury.

It does not get easier next week with the Dragons set to play Parramatta, while the Roosters will face Melbourne.


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