Brumbies wary of Kings ambush in South Africa

Brumbies back rower Jordan Smiler. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong Photo: Sitthixay DitthavongACT Brumbies back-rower Jordan Smiler has warned of a Port Elizabeth ambush as the Southern Kings fight for their Super Rugby existence on Sunday morning Australian time.
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South Africa will cut two of its six teams in a radical Super Rugby overhaul at the end of the season and the Kings are on the chopping block with the Free State Cheetahs.

Australian rugby faces similar uncertainty and the ARU has battling on off-field crisis after the Rugby Union Players Association backed the Victorian Rugby Union’s call for a special general meeting next week.

The Brumbies have been moved into a safe zone but the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels are in danger of being jettisoned.

The Brumbies are the top-ranked Australian team this season despite winning just three of 10 games.

In contrast, the Kings are at the bottom of their ‘Africa two’ conference but have won more games than the Brumbies. The Kings have already beaten the Force, Rebels and NSW Waratahs this year.

Smiler said the Brumbies must prepare to play against a determined Kings side as both teams desperately chase a win for different reasons.

“I think the most dangerous thing about [the Kings] is that they’ve got nothing to lose,” Smiler said in Port Elizabeth.

“They [could] be knocked out of the competition and these guys are playing for their livelihoods to support their families.

“When you come up with a team like that with nothing to lose, they play with no fear and that is always a dangerous thing to come up against because they’ll enjoy their rugby.

“We’re on the flipside, we need a good couple of wins while we’re away so we have to try to take that away from them if we can.”

The Brumbies will start a two game tour around the world with a clash against the Kings.

Coach Stephen Larkham is set to recall flanker Chris Alcock while Tom Banks is the likely man to replace James Dargaville, who did not travel to South Africa.

The Kings have been buoyed with four players being called into a Springbok training camp next week, including former Brumbies flyhalf Lionel Cronje.

Cronje spent two years in Canberra after being recruited by former South African World Cup-winning coach Jake White.

But the Brumbies have their own international motivation as Wallabies selection goes on the line in the next three games.

Scrumhalf Joe Powell, captain Sam Carter, winger Henry Speight, flanker Scott Fardy, outside centre Tevita Kuridrani and prop Allan Alaalatoa are all trying to win Test spots for Australia’s mid-year three-game series.

But the trip to South Africa takes on a different meaning for back up Brumbies scrumhalf De Wet Roos, who is returning to his country of birth for the first time as a Super Rugby player.

Roos, 26, was in South Africa earlier this year when he first heard the Brumbies might be looking for another No. 9 after Tomas Cubelli suffered a serious knee injury.

With Cubelli set to make his comeback for the last two games of the season in July, Roos is soaking up his remaining chances.

“Playing [Super Rugby in South Africa] was always a dream, but I probably thought it would never happen,” Roos said.

“It’s pretty good being back in the motherland where I come from and having my family here will be pretty special.

“I think there’s about 15 [family] travelling down to come and watch us, so it will be good to have a little bit of a support crew.”

The Brumbies have lost their past four games in a row and a loss against the Kings would equal the club’s worst losing streak in Super Rugby history.

SUPER RUGBY ROUND 13

Sunday: Southern Kings v ACT Brumbies at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, 3.30am (AEST). TV time: Live on Fox Sports 1.

Brumbies team: 15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Aidan Toua, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Jordan Smiler, 7. Chris Alcock, 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Ben Alexander. Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Nic Mayhew, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Blake Enever, 20. Jarrad Butler, 21. De Wet Roos, 22. Andrew Muirhead, 23. Andrew Smith.

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Who killed Laura Palmer? Our original 1991 review of Twin Peaks

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on March 11, 1991
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It is a rare program that enjoys the popularity of Twin Peaks. Hang the ratings; The Guide can always tell, because a queue of the most unlikely beggars forms in the office, bowls at the ready, hoping to borrow the blessed tapes.

It had been bad enough fending off the delightful pest who beseeched us for weeks to reveal if Melissa and Lee would get it together in thirtysomething (they did), but now the preview tapes for Twin Peaks keep disappearing from the vaults in which we keep our treasures.

So this reviewer, a supporter of Agent Dale Cooper and the sense of righteousness he so far represents, was unable to watch this week’s episode and, panting with curiosity after the brush with the llama, had to jump an episode and go straight to the next, in which the tantalising Audrey Horne begins to do her thing.

The interesting reaction was that it was very easy to skip a week. David Lynch (he plays the telephone voice of Agent Cooper’s boss and later will appear in this role) has masterminded a first-class soap, steeped in mystery and stewed with a clever soundtrack. The central factor – who killed Laura Palmer? – soon recedes into the general mayhem of an ongoing scenario frequented by a one-armed shoe salesman and a one-eyed curtain track freak.

At the stage at which this series now stands, Lynch had not considered finding a killer. He aimed to wander among the menacing, maniacal folk of Twin Peaks, snowed and drizzled upon and up to their ears in daunting theme music, as they go about each other’s business high up in the Rocky Mountains, 8 kilometres south of the Canadian border. Where was the need to name the murderer? Like The Fugitive before it, this sort of fun could last for ever or a day.

What we have is a leg-pull of considerable class. While it is impossible to go overboard with the New York Post TV critic, David Bianculli, who considered Twin Peaks the best thing on television since The Singing Detective, there is no doubt that Lynch has devised the most original TV drama and certainly the best soap, to emerge from Hollywood in years. The catchline, “Who killed Laura Palmer?” rivals the famous “Who Shot J.R.?”

J.R. was shot in 1980 at the end of the second season of Dallas. It was a triumphant touch that turned a popular series into a worldwide hit.

Lynch’s trump card was that, eschewing normal practice, he put the cliffhanger right at the beginning. We had a body in the opening minute and not too many minutes later we had the arrival of FBI Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), perhaps the most beguiling cop the Bureau has sent out on an investigation since Ephrem Zimbalist jun.

The pity is that, having created a brilliant point of sale – Who killed Laura Palmer – the American Broadcasting Company decided that it needed an answer. At that time, Lynch and his co-writer/director, Mark Frost, had been salting the barrel with red herring, but in truth had no villain in mind.

Things can be a bit slow in this soap of many moods. A show that can make a catchline out of Agent Cooper’s preference for “damn good coffee” may not tickle the intelligence too much, but we should cherish a bit of fun while it lasts.

Things may go downhill once the culprit is named, but for now, welcome to Twin Peaks: population 51,201. Well, make that 51,200 and, the way things are going, on the downhill slide.

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on March 11, 1991

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Dorn to shift to halfbackPhotos

Dorn to shift to halfback | Photos Luke Dorn will move to halfback as the Pickers look to get their season back on track.
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Luke Dorn will move to halfback as the Pickers look to get their season back on track.

Luke Dorn will move to halfback as the Pickers look to get their season back on track.

Luke Dorn will move to halfback as the Pickers look to get their season back on track.

Luke Dorn will move to halfback and Jake Hawkins (left) will start at hooker.

Liam Faughlin starts at fullback

Liam Faughlin starts at fullback

Liam Faughlin starts at fullback

The Pickers have missed Jarrod Smith while he has been on Newcastle Rebels rep duty.

The Pickers have missed Jarrod Smith while he has been on Newcastle Rebels rep duty.

Lincoln Smith has been missed while on rep duties with the Newcastle Rebels.

Lincoln Smith and Jarrod Smith have been missed while on rep duties with the Newcastle Rebels. Picture: Deb Apthorpe

Lincoln Smith has been missed while on rep duties with the Newcastle Rebels. Picture: Deb Apthorpe

Jarrod Smith has been missed while on rep duties with the Newcastle Rebels.

Pat Robards is likely to be out for six to eight weeks as his teeth mend after a hit to the head. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Jayden Butterfield has been called back into the Newcastle Kinghts Under 20s. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Pat Robards is likely to be out for six to eight weeks as his teeth mend after a hit to the head. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Powerful forward Rob Mason has been troubled by a sternum injury. Picture: MIchael Hartshorn

Powerful forward Rob Mason has been troubled by a sternum injury. Picture: MIchael Hartshorn

Dane Tilse, Tylar Carter and Jabob Sinclair have been mainstays of the Pickers forwards. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Dane Tilse off-loads against South Newcastle. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Jarron Costelloe and Dane Tilse.

Tylar Carter, Dane Tilse and Jarrod Smith

Jarron Costelloe and Tylar Carter

Tylar Carter

Tylar Carter

Blake Birch will start at five-eighth.

Brenton Horwood is an important part of the Pickers forward pack.

George O’Brien is out for three weeks with an elbow injury.

Jackson Tynan and Pat Robards.

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Cedar Woods lists Target’s new Williams Landing office

ASX-listed Cedar Woods’ re-announcement this week that retailer Target has pre-committed to a long-term lease at its new Williams Landing office – it made a similar statement five months ago – was the precursor to a bigger story: Cedar Woods is selling the Target building.
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The 1.1-hectare plot of dirt, with valuable paperwork leasing the Wesfarmers-owned retailer to the Williams Landing address until 2029, is being marketed by CBRE without a price guide or an indication of what rent Target is paying.

Last April Target announced it would shut its Geelong North office headquarters and relocate to Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The discount retailer, which has in recent years struggled against competition from another Wesfarmers-controlled business, Kmart, has progressively been shedding jobs from the North Geelong office in recent years.

In 2012, Target leased half of a St Kilda Road office only to vacate it less than three years later (staff were dispersed back to North Geelong, and another office above the city’s Bourke Street, CBD, store, which was to become a hot-desking hub).

On December 28, Cedar Woods announced it secured the retailer for the proposed office beside the Williams Landing train station, which would also contain a child care centre, medical and fitness centre and retail.

On May 9, it reconfirmed the Target agreement in a similar ASX statement, which attached a value to the proposed office for the first time ($37 million).

A Cedar Woods spokeswoman told Capital Gain that when it made the announcement last year, the lease to Target was still conditional.

Upon completion at the end of 2018, the eight storey, 12,807-square-metre building with nearly 400 car parks, will accommodate 850 Target staff.

Agents Kiran Pillai, Neva Courts, Luke Everington and Mark Wizel are representing Cedar Woods, which was established 30 years ago.

Williams Landing, which was formalised as its own suburb a few years ago, is a flagship project for the company.

Set to take shape over the next 10 years on 275 hectares of land that was previously part of the RAAF Laverton base, Williams Landing will contain about 60,000 square metres of retail in a new town centre and thousands of residential dwellings.

“The Victorian government has designated the development as a Priority Development Zone, signifying the increasing economic activity taking place in Melbourne’s western growth corridor with the positive advancement of the Williams Landing commercial centre,” Cedar Woods said, when it confirmed the Target pre-commitment.

Cedar Woods first apartment complex, the 57-unit Newton Apartments project, was recently launched in the suburb, about 19 kilometres west of the CBD, between Laverton and Hoppers Crossing.

In 2013, in the western suburb of St Albans, about 16 kilometres from the CBD, Cedar Woods purchased the 6.8-hectare former Krueger Transport factory, in McKechnie Street, following a residential rezoning by the City of Brimbank council.

This site is now being replaced with a residential village, St A, containing 235 townhouses and 40 apartments.

Cedar Woods is also responsible for the high-profile and award winning Banbury Village development, which replaced the enormous Olympic Tyres site, abutting the Western Oval.

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