David Lowe: The Lowedown

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Well, where do I start? Make a list and prioritise, David, I can hear an old teacher of mine preaching. Bugger that, sounds like hard work I reckon. Let’s start with something completely left field.
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Happy 65th birthday Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, cool cat, hero to millions, and cricketing genius. I trust the Antiguan age pension will supplement your lifestyle comfortably!

Sorry for that indulgence, relieving my youth momentarily.

But it helps my left-field theme, which probably started with Mark Jones’s starting selection on Sunday. I have to say I was more than surprised to learn that he had left captain Nigel Boogaard out of the starting at 11, and also relegated Morten Nordstrand to the pine.

It’s hard to say whether that move worked or not, the Jets leading 1-0, courtesy of a debatable penalty, when the whole flow of the game changed with the sending-off of Jason Hoffman on 32 minutes. Regardless it left me scratching my head pre-game.

COLLISION COURSE: Newcastle’s Jason Hoffman and Brisbane’s Brett Holman clash on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

In searching for a reason, I can only guess that Jones wanted the yard of extra pace that Jackson and Koutroumbis possess, to cope with the impressive movement and mobility of Roar striker Jamie McLaren.

That choice, plus the inclusion of Wayne Brown for Nordstrand , suggested the Jets would look to play a little more directly through or over Brisbane’s press.

To be fair to Brisbane, they played forward earlier and with more purpose, than they often do, and Maclaren was a lively beneficiary of that mindset. By the same token, it was justifiable reward for some clever and incisive movement off the ballfor Brisbane’s No.9.

The sending-offmakes it a difficult game to critique or analyse.

Would Brisbane have tired towards the end of 90 minutes 11 v 11, given the schedule they have endured recently?

Would the Jets have been pegged back by the Roar, who were already creating good chances for Maclaren, and getting Brett Holman on the ball too comfortably in front of the Jets’ back four, before Hoffman’s departure?

I don’t think anyone can answer that question definitively, and therein lies the frustration for fans.

A decent game of football was brewingbefore the send-off, but its shape altered and twisted permanently in one (or I guess two) moments.

For one very mild piece of dissent (and cruelty to a football), punching said sphere with the heel of ahand, and a flailing arm, being used to shield the ball, not swinging with intent, Newcastle were punished for almost an hour.

Compare that to a fortnight ago when dangerous tackles, threatening serious injury to both teams, and only yellow cards resulted, and you will understand my beef.

That said, could the Jets have done a better job of preserving the half-time lead? I think they could have, despite the fact that Brisbane are a well-structured possession side, adept at taking advantage of numerical superiority.

The home side weren’t helped by the penalty for Andrew Hoole manhandling Thomas Broich at a defensive corner. I have no problem with that award, as long as you punish every instance at every set piece, because the practice is a blight on the game.

Memo to match officials and lawmakers, it’s quite simple to police. Just remember, the attacking team wants to have a free heading contest, the defensive team does not.

Any contacts or grappling will be initiated by the defender. Any player not facing the ball at the moment of contact is in the process of fouling or preparing to foul his or her opponent.

Apply the rule equally at both ends, send off persistent perpetrators, and awardpenalties by the bucketload if players don’t respond.

Don’t please, pick out one per game in the 62ndminute .

Feel free to penalise the attacking team if they attempt to block off the goalkeeper’s opportunity to come and claim any crosses.

Is it naive or ancient to hope for reward for accuracy, good jumping ability and heading technique to triumph at set pieces?

Sorry, off the high horse, and back to the Jets, and their management of the second half.

I think they got caught a bit half-and-half in approach, one eye on attacking to try and slip into the top six, make the home fans happy, and one eye on protecting the lead for as long as possible.

Everyone is different in philosophy and approach in situations like these. Some in my group at the match were adamant that the Jets still had to try and win the game, not just sit back and defend.

Others felt sitting in, frustrating the Roar as much as possible, then springing on the counter was only way to go.

There are many considerations, first and foremost the quality of the opponent, and your own players’ best assets.

I’m not sure how much communication Jets coach Mark Jones was allowed or afforded to his team at half-time, or during the remainder of the match, but it seemed to me that the Jets tried to have an each-way bet tactically.

Theywent with their most mobile midfield combination, hoping to get up and support striker Kokko after protecting the back four.

The alternative wasprobably playing very narrow, using Hoole or Nabbout up front to threaten in behind, sacrificing a forward-type player to play a third defensive midfielder, and allowing Brisbane freedom and time to cross from wider areas, essentially relying on Boogaard and Jackson to win everything aerially.

Then relying on perhaps two chances on the break in a half of football to provide another goal.

That approach requires acceptance of a draw as not too bad a result, and some would disagree with that totally.

Considering the teams around the Jets could largely only draw, perhaps a conservative point would have been fine.

Could it have been scrounged with a more cautious approach? Or even a more aggressive one? We will never know.

Tigers admit they tried to ‘look after’ injured Inglis

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The Wests Tigers have made the stunning admission that they tried to ‘look after’ Greg Inglis as he battled through what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury last Friday night.
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Tigers skipper Aaron Woods says he was surprised Inglis spent the majority of the match on the field despite unknowingly tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the eighth minute of the match at ANZ Stadium.

While the Tigers tried to target his wing when they had the ball, Woods admits his teammates didn’t want to attack the knee of the South Sydney No.1 when he was vulnerable.

“We went at him in attack because he couldn’t move laterally – he couldn’t move at all. But when he had the ball we tried to look after him,” Woods said.

“You know when someone isn’t right. And it’s a dog act if you go in and rip at the knee. We knew he had done some damage to his knee, and a couple of times we tackled him we held him up high, and you could tell he was in a lot of pain.

Inglis still managed to score a try while hobbling on one leg, chasing down a kick from the scrum to score on the stroke of half time.

“When he scored that try I thought that was going to be the last I saw of him on the night,” Woods said.

“When he came out again in the second half, I couldn’t believe it. It’s their club who made the decision to send him back out there. You know how damaging and destructive Greg Inglis can be, and to see him limping and running on one leg, it didn’t look good for him. I would have been more happy to see him off the field.”

Tigers fullback James Tedesco was in sublime touch on Friday night, sending an ominous message the Panthers ahead of their round two clash on Sunday afternoon.

Bryce Cartwright’s horror week, which saw him struggle against the Dragons before having to deal with headlines over his private life, is set to continue when he squares off against the Tigers.

Cartwright and Te Maire Martin were vulnerable in defence against the Dragons, an area the Tigers and Tedesco will no doubt look to exploit.

“I went and watched the game and he was sensational,” Panthers coach Anthony Griffin said of Tedesco.

“He has started the year in great form. He is a real key for them obviously. He is great when it comes around the back on either side of the field. We got burnt the first time we played them last year three or four times. He is a real elite talent. He has blinding speed. If you’re a little bit disorganised … he is going to get you. “

Griffin said he was disappointed with his team’s performance against the Dragons, but was keen to write it off as a bad day in the office.

“In a 24 weeks season my experience is you are going to have a couple of bad days,” Griffin said.

“You never want to have them and you don’t accept them. It’s important how we respond to that now. You can over-analyse it and try to find too many answers. We will do a normal review of a game and see where we went wrong.

“We won’t over-react to it. You get rolled by the opposite and we were very disappointed in that happening on Saturday. By the same token it was probably the best game of football St George have put together in a couple of years.”

Meanwhile, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire admitted the decision to leave Inglis on the field was wrong.

“Hindsight is a great thing and obviously we put our hand up and we didn’t get the call right,” Maguire told News Corp.

“Unfortunately it was the wrong call.”

“When I got to him at halftime and I spoke to the doc he was determined to go back out and he thought it was going to be okay,” Maguire said.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t come across as any of us would have liked.

“Yes, we could have made a different call. But it just goes to show that he is a tough kid, and he wanted to do it for the club.”

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Moama drowning: Pit bull ‘Buddy’ spared by police who say dog acted to save boy

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The pit bull involved in the Moama drowning tragedy will not be put down after police found the dog was trying to save the nine-year-old boy who survived the ordeal.
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The dog “Buddy” was seized by Murray River Council on Thursday at the request of police after it mauled the nine-year-old boy in the shallows of the Murray River.

The boy had survived an attempted drowning, allegedly at the hands of his mother, before he was confronted by the dog.

Buddy allegedly mauled the boy, and his mother.

It is alleged the nine-year-old boy managed to struggle free from his mother in the river, before she drowned her five-year-old son.

The 27-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The surviving nine-year-old boy was flown to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, where he has since had surgery.

Buddy was seized by the council on police orders, leaving his owners fearing he would be destroyed.

On Monday, however, police advised the council they believed the pit bull cross was acting to protect the young boy.

“The NSW Police have since advised us that their investigations to date have deemed that the dog in question was responding to extreme circumstances,” Murray River Council interim general manager Margot Stork said.

“It is likely that the dog was acting in reasonable defence of the nine-year-old boy.

“The NSW Police have advised council that they will not be seeking an order to destroy this animal.”

It follows a significant public campaign to save Buddy from being destroyed, including a plea from the nine-year-old boy’s grandfather.

“I own a similar dog, and I know he was trying to save the boys, it’s their nature when they are raised with kids,” the grandfather said.

“Let the ones who his actions affected decide. I have one grandson left, because this brave dog took action as required.”

An online petition to “Help save Buddy”, which was created on March 4, gathered more than 40,000 signatures in two days.

The nine-year-old boy’s condition improved on Monday morning, with a hospital spokeswoman saying he was in a stable condition.

Multiple members of the community expressed concerns about the dog’s welfare after the attack last week.

But Buddy’s owners insisted the dog “reacted and attempted to save the boys [and] in doing so he has bit the eldest boy in his rescue attempts”.

“Our dog has been seized when he should be labelled a hero instead,” the owners said in a post on the petition website.

“Buddy is a member of our family and has grown up around children his whole life and has been the most gentlest dog, he has clearly seen a child in distress and attempted to help.

“Dogs don’t have hands to help like us humans they have to use their teeth and in doing so it’s being portrayed as this dog has attacked the young boy.”

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We called Australia’s peak business groups on a Sunday – they didn’t answer

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The argument is self-evident: weekend penalty rates are out-of-kilter because in a modern, secular, 24/7 economy, Sunday has become just like any other day.
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So why pay loadings for hours that are no longer unsociable – no longer deleterious to family and home life?

Here’s one reason. Because, it turns out, the loudest, clearest proponents of this change take a different view about their own leisure time.

Indeed, these new-economy warriors guard their Saturdays and Sundays so jealously, they close their offices on the weekend to guarantee quality family time.

Who knew?

While the Coalition parties, right-wing think-tanks and business groups defend the Fair Work Commission’s recent ruling to cut the pay of Sunday and public holiday workers in retail, fast food, and hospitality, their own weekends remain sacrosanct.

In the spirit of this 24/7 economy, Fairfax Media telephoned the switchboards of the main groups on Sunday afternoon: the Institute of Public Affairs, Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and even the small enterprise body, the Council of Small Business Australia also known as COSBOA.

And guess what? No answers. Not one of these offices – unless you consider an answering machine as service – was open or staffed on a Sunday afternoon.

The avowedly free-market IPA is, of course, a muscular advocate of labour-market deregulation and would do away with centrally established pay rates entirely. But call on Sunday to speak to a person and you get a machine.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is, similarly, just a week-day operation. “The office is currently unattended,” the message at 2:58pm instructed.

The Australian Industry Group answered at 3:02, via a recorded message advising that office hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:15pm. No danger of any penalty payments there then.

The Business Council of Australia? No answer at all at 3:04 pm.

COSBOA was called at 3:10. The small business lobby’s machine offered to take a message – presumably to get back to us on Monday.

So much for the seven-day trading week. If you work for one of these bravely new-world organisations, your weekends are safe even as you call for others to take a haircut, on the grounds that Sunday is no longer so special.

But politicians are different, right? No.

Both Liberal and Nationals headquarters were decidedly unattended despite their unblinking confidence that lowering take-home pay for Sunday work is the right answer.

So weekends are special after all. Theirs any way.

Tell it to people who never go to the footy, or a matinee, or get Sunday brunch, or see their kids play sport, because they work the hours when others don’t. These are the ones who ensure we get our smashed avocado, can buy petrol, or even do the shopping at a time of convenience.

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Cheika steps up his ‘bring back Beale’ campaign

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is dangling the Australian No.12 jersey in front of Kurtley Beale as a carrot to lure home his prized playmaker in time for the coming Test season.
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Beale is weighing up whether to trigger a second season option in his big money deal with English Premiership side Wasps or surrender it to return to Australia two years out from the 2019 World Cup.

The Australian Rugby Union cannot compete with the riches on offer in Europe and after a breakout debut stint with Wasps, in which the 28-year-old scored three tries in six games, Beale’s star has never been brighter.

But Cheika is employing other means to entice Beale back, including hinting at a Test starting role for the former Waratah.

“He’s obviously got to validate his position by his form when he comes back and plays for whatever [Super Rugby team] he’s going to play for,” Cheika said.

“Beale before wasn’t starting, he was hole-fixing, but I think it will be different for him this time, because I’ve got a clear vision of what I want him to do in the team.

“I know it’s only been a year but in that year there’s been a big change in the Wallabies squad as well. He’ll come back with a slightly different stature I’d say and I want him to play according to that.”

Cheika’s proposal, however contingent it is on Beale’s form, would be weighing heavily on the 60-Test playmaker’s mind as he makes his decision which, according to Wasps director of rugby Dai Young, could be as soon as a week away.

While he was immensely valuable to the Wallabies in the “super sub” role in which Cheika used him, starting in just three of the 13 Tests he played under his former Super Rugby coach, Beale made no secret of the fact he wanted to be a Test starter and the issue was a point of contention between the pair in an otherwise close relationship.

A season-ending injury to the 60-Test back came at the same time he was weighing the Wasps offer last year and Beale made no further appearances in the gold jersey before his departure for England in October. His exit allowed Rebels rookie Reece Hodge to cement a spot in the Wallabies line-up, becoming one of the finds of the season in an otherwise tough year for Cheika and Australia.

Beale, too, appears to be flourishing during his time away from the Australian system. Contrary to the predictions of many and in spite of a rehab timetable that delayed his debut for Wasps, he has gone on to play an integral role in the club’s journey to the top of the Premiership and appears to be well-liked by his teammates and the wider Wasps community.

Young’s comments at the weekend demonstrated the regard in which Beale is held: “It was always agreed that we see how this season goes and how he and his girlfriend settle in,” he said. “He’s got his international career to think about.

“If it ends up being a year, it’s a year we wouldn’t have changed. If we can extend it, which we are hoping to do, we’ll be really pleased. If we can’t, it will have been a worthwhile exercise.”

Complicating matters for Cheika is that under the so-called Giteau Law, Beale is eligible for Australian selection wherever he is playing in the world, so a return home is not a necessary condition of World Cup selection. Instead, Cheika appears to be dangling a carrot close to his former charge’s heart, relying on Beale’s keen sense of loyalty and love of the Wallabies’ team culture to trump the lure of the pound.

“You never know, I didn’t really think he was going to leave in the first place,” Cheika said.

“It hasn’t been complicated, we’ve been going back and forth, we’ve said what we think, that we want him to come home, this is what we think his place in the team is, and he has to assess that.

“Whatever happens, it’s going to be less than he gets offered at Wasps, even based off what he got offered last time. It’s going to be a matter of whether he wants to come home, be an instrumental part in the Australian team in the lead-up to the World Cup, that’s what it’s going to come down to.”

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