The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales on June 25, 1995 · Page 92
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Sunday, June 25, 1995
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r5fV toyota Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup Wicks in. thriller TOYOTA fH Huoar 19 95 , ss- -v nn n n n n TO Veteran stars will put off retirement for Rupert's cash AN opportunist try from unwanted former Wallaby five-eighth David Knox helped Randwick quell a spirited West Harbour 30-23 in a thriller at Waratah Stadium. After Wests stunned the visitors by racing to 2 13-0 lead, Randwick had to fight grimly to reduce the deficit to 13-10 by half-time. A penalty goal to Waratah centre Jason Madz increased Wests' lead to six points in the SOth minute, as the Pirates maintained the attack. But an attempt by Wests to attack from in their own quarter went badly wrong, when Knox pounced on a spilled pass to edge Randwick ahead : v . - $ By GREG GR0WDEN v. , mmm' Mil '' ' ;:,?-.-v;..'..-. . " ; 51' " MANY leading Wallabies will have second thoughts about retiring following Rupert Murdoch's extraordinary $760 million bid to secure the worldwide television rights for southern hemisphere rugby over the next 10 years. News Corp's deal will see key Wallabies receiving between $200,000 and $350,000 a year for competing in a Super 12 provincial tournament and a triangular Test series involving Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, starting next year. Such an enormous injection of funds from Murdoch means rugby union is no longer the last bastion of amateurism. It is now openly professional It is known that several leading Australian players, including captain Michael Lynagh and the most capped Wallaby, David Campese, were contemplating retiring from international football, possibly even before next month's Bledisloe Cup series. Others believe age and too many knocks involved in trying to keep Australia at the top of the international rugby ladder for more than four years could have made this their final season. But the exorbitant amount of money on offer is certain to make all players convince themselves they have at least one more season left in them, in the hope of making a financial windfall before retirement is forced on them. Similarly, it is now highly unlikely any Wallaby will be lured to Super League, the I ' ' l " " " 4 " " ;'.,. -, ., .' - - ; . -1 , ' , 1 1 1 IK? Irfl '7 H 1 ( m j hbs ! 1 READY: South African star Chester Williams before last night's final 17- 16. It was the first time the Wicks had led and they never relinquished the advantage to the finish, with a Knox field goal and a try to Craig McMulIen. RANDWICK SO (A MagfO. D Km. C McMuScn trtcs: D Knox 3 goats. 2 Dcnatr ooaK tMd goaO M WIST HARBOUR 2S (8 Town. A McDonald trtcs: I Mas 2 goaH. S scnaitr goals). Seconds: RancMck 3S-S. Thirds: RandotcH 10-8. FourtM: Raadwk 2S-0. MICHAEL KOSLOWSK1 Gordon romp GORDON started the first half in a scrappy manner but eventually put their game together to beat Eastwood 47-26 at Chats-wood Oval. Alistair Murdoch's fantastic individual try was the only sign of productive rugby from the Highlanders but the second half produced a different story. Gordon threw the ball around with flair and provided the home crowd with some entertaining football. Eastwood's inclusion of internationals Matt Burke and Daniel Manu gave them a psychological boost in the first half but the team's intensity gradually dropped as the High-landers gained momentum. CORDON 47 (A Murtodt Scarr M Amur A Eksrt I All lines trio; T Wallace 6 sen goals. 2 oats) bt EASTWOOD 26 (H RoMn) M Mosrvn D Manu tries: M Burk 3 pon goals, goal). Seconds: Eastwood 18- 11. Thirds: Eastwood J 1-1. other lucrative Murdoch football venture; because they will believe they can earn as much money, or possibly more,-by remaining in their favoured code. Super League agents were known to be targeting a small group of Wallaby players involved in the failed World Cup campaign, particularly centre Jason Little, who would easily make the transition to league. Although Little has been connected with a $3 million offer over three years to join Super League, rugby officials are confident the involvement of Murdoch in the code could see the Test centre, remain within the fraternity. Although southern hemisphere officials in Johannesburg on Friday went through the facade of saying the players would not be paid, it is known that a great deal of the $760 million will be channelled into the players' trust funds for distribution. Players could even find themselves on contracts, but the details have yet to be worked out. Nonetheless, the players will have to work hard for their large salaries, as the representative season, framed by the demands of the large Murdoch media empire, will be long and demanding. The main Australian players could see themselves playing 17 high-pressure international matches from March to July each year for the next decade. . The attrition rate is certain to be high, forcing all provinces to have extensive squads, with members expected to be on varying scales of salary. Murdoch's broadcast rights agreement includes the introduction of a new triangular series involving the three southern hemisphere powers on a home and away basis. The Bledisloe Cup will be incorporated into the six-Test series. This will follow a new Super 12 provincial tournament, involving three teams from Australia NSW, Queensland and ACT five from New Zealand and four from South Africa. This will be played as a round robin competition over 13 weeks and will involve 69 matches, including a three-match finals series. The Super 12 will start in the first week of March next season. Dashing Kookas just super THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Attstra&a'f Leo WSBms deft), Louis Lnyt of Sooth Africa and New Zealand's RftcUe Gay erfully, but after lineout ace Craig Sweeny won good possession, outside-centre Liam O'Connor slanted his kick beautifully for wing speedster Andy Williams diving try in the fifth minute. Williams showed such pace and timing for his two tries that Canberra's former Test winger David Grim-mond must have given his seal of approval. Canberra coach Geoff Stokes remarked: "It was a good win against a top team away from home. Our forwards dominated the game." He was overly-modest. Second-rowers Falamani Mafi and Sweeny won the lineouts, they were harder and hungrier at the breakdown through Ross and No 8 Michael Harrison and when Manly made a break, flanker Iptlito Fenukitau had the speed to hunt them down, saving two tries. Even though five-eighth Adam Friend hurt a knee while attempting a penalty goal in the 27th minute, Canberra led 21-3 and were never threatened. CANBERRA S5 (A WHUxra 2. I Roff. M O'Connor. R Kafer. P Brown, t Fenukitau. L O'Connor tries: A Friend 3 goals. M O'Connor 3 goals pen goal) beat MANLY IS (B Kennedy. D Cummins tries: O Vkkers 9oal pen goal). Seconds: Canberra 18-16. Under-19s: Manly 24-19. NORTHERN SUBURBS SO (C Cordon 3 C Tucker 2 R Tombs 2 R Kearins S Domoni tries S Salter 6 goals pen goal) bt PARR AM ATT A IS (O Kay O Marago tries D Wood goal 2 pen goals) at North Sydney. Seconds: Norms 33-5. Thirds: Norths 2S-14. Fourths: Norths 5S-7. SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 20 (S Talbot try A Mmiuen 3 pen goals E Moncrieff 2 Held goals) bt PENRITH 17 (W Vonholf 2 tries C SMrlev 2 goals pen goal) at Nepean Rugby Park. Seconds: Souths 40-1 a Thirds: Souths 27-3. Fourths: Penrith B-S. WARRINGAH 76 CM Catdtoole 3 I Hart 2 I Carrol 2 M BeH R Birth R Walton M Ehrentraut A Grant tries R Walton S goats) bt SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 13 (M Duffy R Matter tries O Harvey pen goal) at Plttwater Rugby Park. Seconds: Warrlngah 60-11. Thirds: Warrlngah 34-13. Fourths: Warrlngah 32-7. EASTERN SUBURBS 66 (S Payne 2 N D'Acre 2 P Ryan S Webster O WrtHams A Goodwin P Hlnchey B Farley tries N D'Acre 5 goals pen goal P Hinchev field goal) bt NEWCASTLE 7 (S tones try p Fallon goal) at Newcastle. Seconds: Eastern Suburbs 34-23. By PHIL WILKINS RIGHT on cue, Canberra flexed muscles in the rugby ..beefcake show in their 55-15 birching of Manly yesterday to prove their worth for next year's professional Super-12 provincial competition. If their shattering eight-tries-to-two defeat of the Blues is any indication, the Kookaburras will laugh all the way to the bank vault for this season's AAMI Cup, Randwick, Gordon or any other club notwithstanding. World Cup winger Joe Roff had six minutes of magic to leave Test selector Rod Macqueen drooling, but it was Paul Brown, who only played due to Test halfback George Gregan's hand injury, and mobile flanker John Ross who stole the show. Brown and Ross made the internationals look like good grade players. Not even Test dynamo Willie Ofahengaue, watching from the sidelines after knee surgery, would have prevented this massacre. "They look awesome," Manly coach Bruce Malouf remarked before the game. Trouble was, he was referring to Manly. Manly's scrum held pow representative opportunities and boost the sport worldwide. They are talking about big dollars," said exciting young winger Joe Roff. "The ARU has talked to us and it appears they will be looking after us. None of us will be making quick decisions." NSW winger Alistair Murdoch couldn't see many players being tempted to switch codes now. "I think rugby league clubs will have to up the ante if they want to attract rugby players," said Murdoch. ! , News Corp also has the worldwide rights to all international tours to the three countries, including regular matches against northern hemisphere nations and tours by the British Lions. All domestic competitions, including the NSW-Queensland interstate series, the Currie Cup in South Africa and the New Zealand national championship, have been included in the deal, with the matches to be shown on either Murdoch's pay television or free-to-air channels. There is some confusion over whether the Channel Seven network, in which Murdoch has an interest, will be showing all or part of the southern hemisphere tournaments. It is one of many details officials still have to clarify. Wallaby prop Tony Daly says rugby is about to become a fulltime job and he expects players to be involved in deciding how much they will be paid. Leading players thought the deal would go a long way to preventing the feared poaching swoop by rugby league, even reversing the player flow, would lift playing standards, create more W D L F A Pis OOftOON 13 12 - 1 S32 t4 14 RAMOWICK 13 11 - 1 BOO 203 22 CANBERRA 13 10 - 3 471 212 20 EASTS 13 2 3 4O0 ISO 1 WARfDNOAH. 13 - S 47S 281 1 Mai III 13 - S 430 310 10 Norths 13 - S 344 28S 10 WHarb 13 - 7 333 382 12 8outhOtMS 13 6 1 7 321 428 11 Eastwood 13 4 1 27 380 Wframstta 13 3 - 10 222 420 Nawcrla 13 3 - 10 187 484 SydnoyUni 13 2 - 11 287 841 4 WtmHh 13 1 - 12 183 530 2 21-14. JOHN RYNEHAitT """"iTl'fl Tarago will give you the winning edge y' -''''-- fcoTrOATty ' I with a set of features that will be the '";' Svl:" I Z envy of others: -CD player -Blackout 'f . 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