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Berisha wins it for Victory in A-League

A Besart Berisha goal has given Melbourne Victory a win over Adelaide United and a semi-final spot.Besart Berisha has sent Melbourne Victory into the A-League semi-finals, producing a last-gasp overhead kick stunner to defeat Adelaide United 2-1.
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Sunday night’s slow-burn elimination final classic looked destined for extra time when Leroy George cancelled out Nikola Mileusnic’s breakaway opener.

Enter Berisha, who rescued the match with a piece of brilliance.

The Kosovo international had barely had a moment to savour through a tricky night.

But in the 89th minute he climbed into the air, despite Jordan Elsey’s close attention, to score the winner at AAMI Park from Kosta Barbarouses’ cross.

The result was tough on United and coach Marco Kurz, whose team brought a superb attitude to Melbourne.

“That’s football,” Kurz said.

“You saw the scene … three against one, the cross was good and the quality in the box from the striker is very well.

“It’s a goal you cannot defend.”

Adelaide won the pressure battle in the first half, led by combative German Daniel Adlung and anchorman Isaias.

For their enterprise, United didn’t have a shot on target until Mileusnic’s 57th-minute breakthrough.

Isaias’ raking ball from a free kick put Miluesnic through on goal, with the South n outrunning Rhys Williams to flick past Lawrence Thomas and celebrate in the arms of the rapturous away fans.

Things were looking sour for Victory, with Carl Valeri lucky to stay on the pitch for a studs-up challenge on Ersan Gulum before Berisha and James Troisi engaged in an on-field slanging match.

Then coach Kevin Muscat’s attackers levelled the match.

Barbarouses danced his way down the right, dinking the ball across goal for George to head home.

Victory were finally up and about, with the Dutchman at the heart of two missed chances in the following minutes.

Berisha botched a one-on-one chance after George’s dazzling run through midfield and misjudged a header from Troisi with Victory on top.

As injury time loomed, the 32-year-old wouldn’t be denied, reminding all of his finals pedigree.

He, and Victory, will get another chance to test that record next Saturday night in a semi-final against Sydney FC – a rematch of last year’s grand final.

“We’re ready,” Muscat said.

“It was a battle, it was a fight … we were up for that challenge and we knew it was coming.

“The way we stuck at it right to the death, kept asking questions, is a really positive sign for the group.”

AFL nomads Suns hold out Lions at Gabba

Gold Coast have held out Brisbane to win their AFL derby at the Gabba by five points.There may be no place like home but life on the road is good again for Gold Coast after they held out Brisbane by five points in their AFL derby at the Gabba.
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The Lions clawed their way back from a 27-point third-term deficit before Cameron Rayner had a chance to lock up the scores on the stroke of fulltime in front of 16,087 fans on Sunday.

However, he could only manage a behind as the Suns clung on 11.10 (76) to 10.11 (71) – just their third win in nine Queensland derbies at the Gabba.

It was a confidence boost for AFL nomads Gold Coast (3-2 record), who snapped a two-game losing run, including last round’s 80-point thrashing by West Coast.

They are on a three-month road trip due to the Commonwealth Games and won’t host their first game at Carrara until the round-11 clash with Geelong on June 2.

“We had to respond after last week and I think Brisbane did as well. It was a great game down to the last kick, almost a draw. Maybe that would have been fitting,” Suns coach Stuart Dew said.

The Lions were just as desperate to win after last round’s 93-point loss in which they registered a club record-equalling lowest 17 total points against Richmond.

While there was no sign of the Bad News Bears on Sunday, the Lions still have one thing in common with their luckless predecessor – Brisbane (0-5) haven’t won a game this year.

Gold Coast’s Touk Miller (21 touches) was magnificent, earning the Marcus Ashcroft Medal for best on ground.

His running battle with Brisbane’s All-n Dayne Zorko was worth the price of admission alone but it was his desperate dive that spoiled a potential match-winning Jacob Allison goal with two minutes left which summed up his game.

“It may be round five but some of those moments are special and should be celebrated,” Dew said of Miller’s effort.

It took just 16 seconds for Brisbane to draw first blood through Lewis Taylor but back-to-back goals by Darcy MacPherson gave the Suns an 11-point lead by the first break.

The Suns had a 14 point halftime buffer despite MacPherson going down with an ankle injury and blew the deficit out to 27 early in the third.

But forward Eric Hipwood (three goals) and livewire Charlie Cameron (two goals, 18 touches) cut loose to reduce the lead to 15 points by the final break.

And when Hipwood booted his third goal midway through the fourth, the Gold Coast’s lead was just four.

However, it wasn’t to be for the luckless Lions as Rayner’s late attempt sailed wide.

“He is disappointed but he shouldn’t be. We had others who missed easier shots on the night,” Lions coach Chris Fagan said of a shattered Rayner.

Brumbies lose to Jaguares in Super Rugby

The Jaguares have beaten the Brumbies 25-20, capping of a horror weekend for n rugby.Brumbies coach Dan McKellar is left ruing a passive early effort from his side and a missed opportunity to make up ground on their Super Rugby conference rivals after they lost 25-20 to the Jaguares in Canberra.
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The Brumbies were the only local side to get a point from the round but on Sunday they blew a chance to make up more ground on the two teams above them in the n conference.

They were always in chase mode after trailing 13-0 early, with captain and lock Sam Carter saying his side was asleep in the first 20 minutes.

The Brumbies got back to within three points by halftime following two tries by fullback Tom Banks.

But their failure to post points when the Jaguares were down to 14 men early in the second half proved costly.

Five-eighth Wharenui Hawera salvaged a bonus point for the Brumbies with a penalty after the siren.

“I thought overall our first 30 minutes was passive. It just wasn’t good enough,” McKellar said.

“The last 10 minutes of the first half we managed to get possession, build pressure, maintain pressure and we scored two tries.”

The Jaguares controlled possession for most of the time winger Emiliano Boffelli was in the sin bin for tackling Henry Speight in the air.

Shortly after he returned, centre Jeronimo de la Fuente crossed and five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez converted to put the Jaguares 10 points ahead.

The Brumbies pulled the deficit back to three with 13 minutes to go when winger Chance Peni escaped three defenders to score and Hawera converted.

But Boffelli atoned for his earlier indiscretion, crossing in the left-hand corner in the 71st minute for the match-clinching score.

“We just didn’t take the opportunities when we had them,” Carter said.

“I think we had four or five cracks and turned it over one or two metres from their tryline.

“We knew they were going to come out pretty hot, pretty passionate and start fast.

“We needed to be better in that first 20 minutes. There were too many mistakes even getting out of our end.

“We didn’t execute when we had to – that was the issue tonight.”

The Jaguares dominated the first half-hour, with centre Matias Orlando crashing over from close range after a patient 18-phase move.

Sanchez converted and kicked two penalties before the Brumbies finally woke up and applied pressure.

Banks crossed in the 35th minute from a Hawera pass and the two combined again on the stroke of halftime when the fullback pounced on a perfectly placed kick from his pivot.

Battered Roos hold off Hawks

An undermanned North Melbourne have held on for a 28-point AFL victory over Hawthorn.North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has hailed the determination of his players after the undermanned Kangaroos held on for a gritty 28-point victory over Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium.
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Up by 57 points at halftime on Sunday, the Kangaroos looked dead on their feet in the third quarter after losing both Shaun Higgins and Ed Vickers-Willis to concussions within the same passage of play.

Hawthorn dominated the third term and threatened an inspired comeback but North did enough to stem the tide and claim a 14.14 (98) to 11.4 (70) win, climbing to third on the AFL ladder.

Spearhead Ben Brown (four goals), Ben Cunnington (30 disposals) and backman Robbie Tarrant (16 marks) played starring roles during North’s dominant start with Hawthorn restricted to just three first-half goals.

The complexion changed within a matter of seconds when North lost both Higgins and Vickers-Willis to concussions.

A motionless Higgins was taken from the ground on a motorised stretcher and sent to hospital after a nasty head collision with Hawthorn’s Ryan Burton.

The 30-year-old, whose wife on Sunday gave birth to their first child, was coherent and in good spirits after the incident.

Vickers-Willis was able to run from the ground after colliding with Harry Morrison but was also ruled out for the final term.

Hawthorn took control in the third quarter with Luke Breust slotting three of his five majors and Liam Shiels adding two more.

But North fought back bravely and secured a hard-fought victory through late goals to Cameron Zurhaar and Jarrad Waite.

“We knew at halftime that Hawthorn are a very dangerous side and that they would respond,” Scott said.

“I thought it showed great character and fight, when we were clearly running out of legs, to be able to not only stem the tide but to push back the other way and score ourselves.”

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson was pleased with his side’s third-quarter fightback but left to lament a “dreadful” first half.

“At (halftime), we’re staring down the barrel of a 100-point loss … to the credit of the players, their pride kicked in a bit,” he said.

In another blow for the Hawks, Tom Mitchell’s Brownlow Medal hopes could be in jeopardy with a suspected high elbow on North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein certain to face scrutiny.

Tagged by Ben Jacobs, Mitchell’s frustrations boiled over in the second term when he gave away a free kick – and a resulting goal – for the glancing blow on Goldstein behind the play.

Mitchell’s scintillating form had him considered an early Brownlow frontrunner but Jacobs wore him like a glove, restricting the prolific ball-winner to 19 disposals.

North’s Zurhaar was reported for rough conduct after laying a hard bump on David Mirra which sent the Hawks backman hurtling into the boundary fence.

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Good intentions abound, especially when it comes to recycling.

But sometimes, such as when your compost bucket on your kitchen bench starts to smell or attract insects, it becomes very tempting to just chuck it all in the bin.

In fact research shows that up to one-third of the rubbish in our bins could have been composted, but instead rots in landfill, creating greenhouse gas emissions.

Luckily someone has made composting easier.

The Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin is a dual bucket design for the benchtop.

It features a simple white ceramic outer which goes with pretty much everything, a cute green seedling handle, and an inner plastic bucket with handle making it look as good as it works.

The designers of the EcoCrock have thought through kitchen waste, especially the smell.

The vented lid features a charcoal filter to ensure there are no smells emitted from the food when left for a few days.

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While the bin is slim enough to fit into narrow spaces and its oval opening caters for those users who prefer to ‘toss’ their waste rather than place it.

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NRL Mitchell Pearce sidelined for four months but Knights players say season far from over

Knights players declare season not dead despite Pearce blow TweetFacebookNewcastle Knights players have vowed to rally behind devastated skipper Mitchell Pearce but have declared their season is not done with despite losing their chief playmakerfor up to four months through injury.
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The club’s worst fears were realised on Sunday when scans revealed Pearcehadruptured his pectoral muscle in the Knights dramatic 22-20 come-from-behind win over Wests Tigers in Tamworth on Saturday night.

With his right arm in a sling as he prepared to board the team bus after the game,Pearcewas not optimisticthe news would befavourable, telling theNewcastle Herald:“I’ve never done one before but it doesn’t look good.”

The four month prognosis means Pearce will miss the majority of the season and it has cruelled his Origin chances.

It is alsodevastating for a team that has structured the majority of its attack around their marquee signing, who has been in great early season form for his new club.

Knights’ head of football Darren Mooney said Pearce is expected to undergo surgery this week.

“It is devastating for Mitchell and a massiveblow for our club,” Mooney said.

Knights coach Nathan Brown said he is shattered for his co-captain.

“Mitchell just loves playing so it is going to be really tough for him and from the town’s point of view, they have a vested interest in him as well because he has helped us get a lot of good results,”Brown said.

“He’s come here as the biggest signing the club has made for a lot of years and he got off to a great start soto miss such a long period is pretty shattering for everyone but particularly Mitchell.

“It’s now up to the other boys to work really hard and give it a good shot so it is worthwhile Mitchell coming back in round 22 or 23.

“I’d like to think with the experience some of our younger halves got over the previous few years, we should be able to try and overcome these things.

“All we need is the group to work hard together and each time you go into a game, you’ve got to believe you are a good chance of winning.”

Pearce’s team-mates, while feeling for their skipper, claimed“the show must go on”.

“Pearcey’s going to be a big loss but it’s a great opportunity for other people and myself to really step up,”fullback Kalyn Ponga said.

“We’ve got the players here that can come in and if they do their jobs, that’s all we can expect.

“I thought Cogs [Jack Cogger] went really well and when Pearcey went off, he took control and said lets play footy.”

Winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall said the win over the Tigers was bitter-sweet for Pearce.

“He was really happy we got the win but you could tell he was very devastated after the game,”he said.

“But the show goes on you know. We can’t be sad about that because we’ve still got a lot of the season and we have taken a lot of steps forward and we should be confident of where we are sitting.”

Backrower Mitch Barnett claimed the squad needs to really step up in the wake of the Pearce injury.

“We have to prepare without him,”he said.

“We’ve got Lamby [Brock Lamb], Connor [Watson] is not too far away, Cogs was good tonight and obviously JB [Jamie Buhrer].

“Depending on who we go with, it could change our style of play but it’s not the end of the world. The boys are really confident and we are going to win games off the back of our defence.”

Backrower Lachlan Fitzgibbon said the coach has some great options to choose from.

“You feel for Pearcey but we have to move forward and we have the boys to get the job done,”he said.

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle plans to expand St Nicholas Early Education centres to 20

Little learners: Payton Coles, Eden Carnell, Harry Cvetanovski and Coen Burnett attend the 80-place Cardiff centre, located on the former Coles site. Picture: Jonathan CarrollTHE Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle plans to expandits network of long day care centres to 20 within five years, which would put it at the helm of a collection larger than any other diocese in the country.
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Diocese chief executive officer Sean Scanlon said the organisation had opened three of its St Nicholas Early Education centres in Chisholm, Cardiff and Lochinvar –which he valued at a combined $12 million –since the start of March this year, to join its existing centres in Newcastle West and Singleton.

The diocese plans to open another six, valued at a cost of more than $15 million, in the next two years.

All will be funded by the Catholic Development Fund and located near four existing and two proposed Catholic schools.

“There’s no oversupply if you provide what the market wants, which is co-location –it’s a pretty attractive proposition,” Mr Scanlon said.

“We’ve hit a magic formula trying to build centres next to Catholic primary and secondary schools.

“This allows parents to make one drop off for their children attending both day care and school.

“We’ve got a long history of more than 100 years in education and we offer CatholicCare Social Services and welfare programs.

“But this is a new direction and expanding what we’re doing –a new venture almost.

“This is a need we’ve identified and we’re trying to respond to what working parents want, which is a long day care centre and support to drop children off early in the morning.”

Mr Scanlon said other dioceses and parishes had established early learning centres and out-of-school-hours care services, but few had ventured extensively into long day care.

He said the Archdiocese of Brisbane had 10 long day care centres tied to its Centacare social services operations, while the dioceses of Parramatta and Broken Bay had four and five early learning centres respectively that operate mostly to mid afternoon.

“But there’s not too many other dioceses that would have the ambition we have to expand to the numbers [20] we’ve suggested,” he said.

“We’ve set this up separately to give it the focus and attention others haven’t.

“We’re also talking to other dioceses to roll out centres in their areas as well. We’ve got expertise and hopefully will build on that.”

Mr Scanlon said families did not need to be Catholic or intend to enrol at the diocese’s schools to attend its long day carecentres.

Each St Nicholas centre hasstrong links to the region’s Catholic schools, but transition programs are also available to state schools.

“We do see a lot of children going on to Catholic schools but we don’t say they must go there,” Mr Scanlon said.

“There’s no hard sell –we allow parents to decide.

“We think it’s a good thing [to attend a Catholic school], but we leave it up to them.

“Kids go to public schools as well, it’s a bit of a blend.

“The philosophy is the same as Bishop Bill Wright’s forschools –they’re Catholic schools, not schools for Catholics.”

Mr Scanlon said while there were some nuns that worked with children, the centres used the commonplace Reggio Emilia Philosophy and there were “no overt religious elements” to teaching.

“We might take them on an excursion to the [Sacred Heart] Cathedral but it’s not overly religious, we feel it’s too early for children.”

Mr Scanlon said the diocese wouldconvert an existing Raymond Terrace centre close to St Brigid’s Primary into its nextSt Nicholas centre,which is expected to open next January with 110 places.

It plans to open a centrein the former Maitland Ex Servicemen’s Citizens Bowling and Sporting Club with 60 places in February 2019.

It will beclose to St John the Baptist Primary and All Saints College St Peter’s Campus and will be joined by a new VET [vocational education and training] centre for early education staff.

“This may be a good opportunity for students at St Peter’s and St Mary’s campuses if they’re looking to develop their career to study there, but it will offer programs to anyone in the sector.”

It plans to open aBranxton centre with 120 places across the road from Rosary Park Catholic School nextMarch.

The diocese is preparing to submit a development application to Maitland City Council with a masterplan for land it owns at Gillieston Heights, which it hopes will accommodate a centre with 120 places to open in November 2019, plus a primary school and community centre.

It plans to open a Muswellbrook centre with 80 places and a Scone centre with 70 places in February 2020.

The diocese is also preparing to submit a development application to Port Stephens Council for the Catherine McAuley Catholic College site, which will open at Medowie in 2020.

Its masterplan includesa long day care centre with an initial104 places and a primary school.

“This site could cater from six months old to year 12 and will draw in students from Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay who are currently travelling to San Clemente[in Mayfield].”

The diocese’s movementinto the preschool sector coincides with itforging ahead with its schools.

It opened St Bede’s Catholic College at Chisholm at the start of 2018, plus expanded St Mary’s Gateshead and the newly stand-aloneSt Joseph’s College Lochinvarto year 12.

NHRU rugby union: Lake Macquarie bounce back from landslide defeat

LAKE Macquarie coach Gareth Polamo believes Saturday’s 44-15 loss to University at No.2 Sportsground is evidence that his side will be competitive for the rest of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union season.
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THE GAME THEY PLAY IN HEAVEN: A panoramic view of the clash between Hamilton and Maitland at Passmore Oval. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Roos’ viability came under scrutiny after they suffered a 121-12 hammering from Nelson Bay in their previous game, which followed a 61-17 thrashing by Singleton in the season-opener.

But after a week of soul searching, they responded by leading the Students 15-12 at half-time, after tries by prop John Taufaao and flanker Chris Hunt. Uni gained the ascendancy in the second half but Polamo said his players had nonetheless taken a step in the right direction.

“I was really pleased with how we went,” Polamo said.

“To be honest, I was never really worried about the score [against Nelson Bay]. It was more about improving on last week.

“As a group we identified areas that we needed to improve, and obviously defence was a major one, and little things like communication and getting some shape around our attack.

“It’s the small things that go a long way towards improving.”

Polamo had no doubt his team will be competitive this season, boldly declaring: “The way the competition is, I believe we can still make the top five.

“It’s one week at a time for us, but I’m quietly confident. Now we’ve got the bye and a couple of weeks off, which is probably good timing for us, and then we’ll get ready to play Southern Beaches.”

The NHRU have indicated they are reviewing the Roos’ position in Premier Rugby, citing safety concerns, and the subject is likely to be discussed at a board meeting this week.

“I would have thought if there was going to be some sort of review, it would be at the end of the season,” Polamo said. “I’m confident there are absolutely no issues with regards to safety. And we’re still out there trying to get a few new players.”

In the other game of Saturday’s double-header at No.2, Wanderers downed Singleton in a thriller, 33-27.

At Passmore Oval, premiers Hamilton beat Maitland 44-19, while at Gateshead, Nelson Bay retained the competition lead with a 20-17 win against Southern Beaches.

AAP reports:Early-season good vibes about ‘s Super Rugby teams are diminishing after all four teams lost to overseas opposition in the latest round.

The Waratahs held on to the n conference lead despite a 29-0 home defeat by the Lions.

The Reds lost a fourth-straight game and early-season conference pacesetters the Rebels suffered a third consecutive defeat. Their 28-10 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria was compounded by injuries to captain and lock Adam Coleman, brothers Dane and Ross Haylett-Petty and hooker Jordan Uelese.

Queensland were also blown away early in their 36-12 loss to New Zealand’s Chiefs in Brisbane.

The clean sweep of n defeats was completed on Sunday when the Jaguares beat the Brumbies 25-20 in Canberra.

Miners watch Greenland parliamentary vote

Greenland votes on Tuesday amid rising commodity prices which locals hope will lead to investment.With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland’s election for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining program on the island back on track.
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Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign investment and get its fragile economy up to speed to realise a long-term goal of independence from Denmark.

Hype about a possible mining boom in Greenland after it achieved self-rule from Denmark in 2009 faded in a morass of red tape and a commodity price slump around five years ago. It left the economy reliant on fishing and grants from Denmark.

But with the country’s sole producing mine starting up last year – a ruby pink sapphire mine operated by Norway’s LNS Group – and Canada’s Hudson Resource’s anorthosite project due to begin operations this year, locals are again hoping more investments will follow.

Improved access to and from the Arctic island as the ice melts, and a more favourable investment climate, would go some way to alleviate the barriers to business of perpetual winter darkness and temperatures reaching as low as minus 50C.

With that in mind, a central theme for the new government elected on Tuesday will be to decide whether it wants to shift focus away from Denmark and strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with other countries, including China.

Chinese interest in Greenland comes after Beijing laid out its ambitions to form a “Polar Silk Road” by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming and encouraging enterprises to build infrastructure in the Arctic.

The main contenders to lead the next government are Prime Minister Kim Kielsen of the social-democratic Siumut party and Sara Olsvig of the left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit party (IA).

The most recent poll shows that the two parties are likely to continue working together in a coalition.

Reality check for Aussie Super Rugby teams

All four n Super Rugby teams lost their matches during round 10 of the competition.Early-season good vibes about ‘s Super Rugby teams are diminishing after all four teams lost to overseas opposition in the latest round.
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The NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds lost heavily at home in round 10 and the Brumbies were also beaten on their own ground.

The rebooted Melbourne Rebels are still searching for a first win in South Africa after suffering a 14th consecutive loss in the Republic.

No n team led at any stage and the Brumbies were the only one to earn a point and that came with a penalty after the final siren.

The Waratahs held on to the n conference lead despite a 29-0 home defeat by the Lions.

NSW, who had won their past four games, against all their n conference rivals recorded an unwanted first, having never previously being held scoreless in a Super Rugby game.

The Reds and Rebels are struggling to deliver on their early-season promise.

The Reds lost a fourth-straight game and early-season conference pacesetters the Rebels suffered a third consecutive defeat and fourth in their past five fixtures.

Their disappointment at a 28-10 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria was compounded by injuries to captain and lock Adam Coleman, brothers Dane and Ross Haylett-Petty and hooker Jordan Uelese.

The Rebels trailed 21-3 at halftime and never got the deficit down below 11 points in the second half.

Queensland were also blown away early in their 36-12 loss to New Zealand’s Chiefs in Brisbane.

Reds captain and Wallabies prop James Slipper played barely 20 minutes because of a collarbone injury as the visitors bolted to a 24-0 lead.

Classy centre Samu Kerevi salvaged some scoreboard respectability for the home team with two tries but it was a 35th straight loss for an n Super side against New Zealand opposition.

The clean sweep of n defeats was completed on Sunday when the Jaguares beat the Brumbies 25-20 in Canberra.

Both teams scored three tries, with fullback Tom Banks crossing twice for the Brumbies, who trailed 13-0 early and crucially failed to post points when the Jaguares had a player sin-binned in the second half.

The Crusaders remain top of the New Zealand conference after a 33-11 bonus-point home victory over the winless Sunwolves in torrential rain in Christchurch.

Flanker Shannon Frizell scored three tries for the Highlanders in their 34-16 win over the hapless Blues, who have lost 15 consecutive Super games to domestic rivals.

The Lions remain 11 points clear of the Bulls in the South African conference, though the latter have now recorded three successive wins.

The Sharks shaded the Stormers 24-17 in Durban but both teams have won just three out of nine matches.

Next round NSW have a bye while the other three n teams again face overseas opposition, with the Reds hosting the Lions, the Brumbies at home to the Crusaders and the Rebels playing the Stormers in Cape Town.

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