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Live: Filthy DCE’s swipe as crisis deepens

Welcome to NRL Saturday, our live coverage of today’s games.PENRITH fans will be hoping their team doesn’t leave it until the last minute to make a charge against Newcastle today like it did last week against Gold Coast.Caretaker coach Cameron Ciraldo endured a heart-stopping beginning to his NRL coaching career as a Nathan Cleary field goal in golden point sealed the two points, but he’ll want his troops to be far more clinical against the KnightsMathematically, Wests Tigers are still a slim hope of making the finals if they win their remaining games and other results go their way but St George is out to arrest a worrying form slump. The Dragons have lost five of their past six and need to get their season back on track with a win at Leichhardt Oval.Cronulla strengthened its premiership credentials by defeating Melbourne last week and will be expected to take care of the Cowboys at home tonight.Smith could be back next weekCameron Smith receives medical help during yesterday’s game.Source:AAPIt was a sight no NRL fan wants to see — unless your team is playing Melbourne next week — as Cameron Smith went off with an injury in last night’s game against Parramatta.But the Storm is confident its inspirational captain should be back for next week’s game against the Gold Coast Titans.Smith was jammed in a tackle between Tepai Moeroa and Nathan Brown and went off with back spasms.The Storm revealed on its website this morning Smith was “a chance of playing next Saturday” but will be monitored during the week by medical staff..It’s not as positive news for Suliasi Vunivalu (hamstring), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (high ankle sprain) and Brandon Smith (knee), who all limped off the field last night. The trio is set to have scans on Monday.It is expected all three will miss the final two rounds of the season and potentially finals matches.Angry DCE can’t hide his feelingsDaly Cherry-Evans and Trent Barrett were filthy in yesterday’s post-match press conference.Source:AAPThe chasm at Manly appears to be widening after skipper Daly Cherry-Evans hinted at his displeasure with the under-siege NRL club.Cherry-Evans took a veiled swipe at Sea Eagles hierarchy following their embarrassing 42-34 loss to the Gold Coast on Friday.The Titans rubbed salt into Manly’s wounds after a disastrous season marked by speculation coach Trent Barrett is about to walk out on the final two years of his contract.He’s reportedly set to resign over a lack of resources and funding for the football department.When asked how the club can solve the mess it finds itself in, Cherry-Evans suggested all was not well behind the scenes.“I’ve got some pretty strong opinions on what’s happening,” the Sea Eagles skipper said.“But now’s not the right time to talk about it. Certainly when it’s a lot clearer, I’m more than happy to speak about it.”Just 6382 fans turned up to Brookvale for the club’s final home game of the season on Friday night.Manly fans have voted with their feet this year with the club’s average attendance at the ground just 8630 — the lowest since 1966.As well as having to deal with the expected impending departure of Barrett, the club should in the coming weeks learn its fate over its salary cap appeal.The club has taken its case to the NRL appeals tribunal after being fined $750,000 and being slugged with a $660,000 salary cap penalty. The club has also being forced to endure negative headlines over Jackson Hastings’ messy exit after his infamous Gladstone bust up with Cherry-Evans.It all paints a worrying picture for the northern beaches club and chief executive Lyall Gorman once again refused to address the media after the game.“You’re going to have to ask the administration about that,” Barrett said when he was queried on what had to be done to address the club’s many problems.“From a coaching point of view, I’ll keep doing everything I can to ensure the players keep turning up and that’s my responsibility to them.“We are in a difficult spot at the moment, no doubting that, but it’s not one bloke that can get you out of it, there’s a lot of things have to be going right.“A lot of departments have to be ticking along well and everyone has to be on the same page.”— Steve Zemek, AAP

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