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Just what racing needs – The Gator prevails in thrilling two-horse war – Racenet

Forget the cheesy racing promotions.

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Where to next for Peats? From NSW No. 9 to fourth-choice at reigning wooden spooners – Fox Sports

Just three years ago he was New South Wales’ starting hooker but now Nathan Peats can’t even force his way into the struggling Titans’ first-grade side.

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An injury to Mitch Rein would normally have seen the experienced Peats immediately recalled into first grade to fill the void but instead Justin Holbrook has opted to hand Erin Clark his seventh NRL game.
Previously it was a battle between Rein and Peats for the number nine jersey but now Peats appears to have fallen to the fourth in line with young gun Tanah Boyd preferred as the utility off the bench.
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At the time of his Origin debut, Matty Johns rated the start of his Origin career as unbelievable.
Hes granite-tough. The bigger the game the harder he goes. What he did in the defence was unbelievable. One of the great debuts, said Johns on the Triple M Grill Team.
I think everyone in NSW particularly the ones who play around him realise Nathan Peats is an Origin hooker, added Johns radio co-host Mark Geyer.
Nathan Peats played for the Blues in 2017. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)Source: AAP
I think thats (Game I) when they realised weve got someone special here. Hes been brought into the cauldron as a debutant.
He was sublime last night. He was everywhere hes a very unselfish player.
Peats toughness cant be questioned having worked his way back from a pectoral injury last year on top of season-ending knee and neck injuries in 2014 and 2015.
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But with his contract running out at the end of the year and few chances to prove himself, his time at the Glitter Strip appears to be in its final stages.
Holbrook though says Peats has responded well to his axing.
Hes going well. Hes played the scrimmage games and hes a super-fit guy, Holbrook told AAP.
Its probably our strength. Weve got a lot of hookers at the moment … hes itching to go Peatsey and when hes called upon hell be ready but at the minute I just think the best make up of our side, Erin and Tanah are filling that role pretty good for us.

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Under-fire Dees up for AFL fight – Australian Associated Press

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Don’t get bitter, get better.

It is a timeworn cliche, but one that is back in vogue for Melbourne as they attempt to reverse a worrying run of AFL form that has left them with a 1-3 record.

The Demons have struggled to execute basic skills and have admitted to “beating themselves” within matches because of their failure to turn possession into scores.

Recent poor performances have led to stinging criticism from a succession of past players, coaches and…



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Ricky Stuart reveals Craig Bellamy nudie run bet ahead of Raiders v Storm – Wide World of Sports

Ricky Stuart reveals Storm coach’s cocky claim

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The rivalry between the Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm has always been strong but Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has revealed the stakes have become a whole lot higher.
Craig Bellamy is so confident the Raiders won’t beat them for a fourth time in a row, he’s bet his modesty during the Storm’s Sunshine Coast stay on tomorrow night’s result.
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“I spoke to Craig during the week he said there’s no way in the world you’ll get us four times in a row,” Stuart said.
“He said if you do I’ll run around the Twin Waters Golf Course naked, that’s how confident he is.
“He’s pretty happy in camp up there, he doesn’t have to pay for a meal, he’s got his grandkids there so he’s in a pretty good space there ol’ Belly.”
But asked if Stuart would match the offer, the answer was simple.
“No, it’s too cold here. I can assure you, you don’t want to see it either,” he joked.
Even if it were on the table, Stuart has backed his boys for the win and said this week of training has been their strongest since the NRL resumed.
“I just think it’s that we haven’t had any travel for 12-14 days now so the players have found a bit of energy,” Stuart said.
Canberra have been known to step up through adversity and Stuart said that’s what the club is facing at the moment with so many players injured.
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“It’s not just our middle that we’re going to be down on troops, it’s everybody,” Stuart said.
“It’s not about one player, it’s from our wingers to our front rowers, to the bench. Everybody’s got to dig in and contribute.
“I love coaching these boys because that’s what they’re about, it’s all about each other and playing for one another.”
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