Canes weather the storm

first_imgLaumape’s second try was the result of an audacious chip-pass from All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett about 15 metres out from his own line and with flanker Brad Shields in the sinbin as the home side weathered a relentless Stormers attack.Fullback Jordie Barrett also crossed twice, while Julian Savea, Cory Jane and Beauden Barrett grabbed tries for the home side.Stormers’ replacement hooker Ramone Samuels scored the visitors only try with fullback SP Marais slotting four penalties, while flyhalf Robert du Preez kicked a penalty and conversion before he went off injured.The Stormers had suffered heavy defeats to the Canterbury Crusaders and Otago Highlanders over the last two weeks but limited their game to a battle among the forwards on Friday.Captain Siya Kolisi drove his side over the advantage line, marshalled their fringe defence and upset the quick ball the Hurricanes thrive on.All four of the Hurricanes first half tries came from well-placed kicks with Beauden Barrett providing three chip-passes out to the flanks where Jane, his brother Jordie and Savea all scored.Jordie Barrett’s first try also came from a grubber kick by scrumhalf TJ Perenara, however the fullback had to strip the ball from Stormers number eight Nizaam Carr and force it just before the deadball line.The South Africans refused to let the home side get too far in front with replacement hooker Samuels, on for the sinbinned Mbongeni Mbonambi, crashing over from an attacking lineout drive.They further capitalised on some poor discipline from the home side late in the first half when Marais took over goalkicking duties from the injured du Preez and slotted two penalties to reduce the gap to 22-16 at the break.The Stormers built on their momentum after the interval with Marais kicking two more long-range penalties to level the score.Laumape then smashed his way over after the Hurricanes scrum had destroyed the Stormers in the midfield and Perenara took a quick penalty to give them some fast ball and field position.With Shields in the sinbin for deliberately collapsing a rolling maul, the Stormers were in with a chance of snatching a morale boosting win while trailing 27-22 and hot on attack.The Hurricanes, however, turned the ball over and Barrett again kicked wide to set up Laumape’s second try.Photo: Photosport Ngani Laumape celebrates his try.last_img read more

Wainui try secures tight Chiefs win over Highlanders

first_imgWainui gave his side the lead for good after a topsy-turvy encounter on the scoreboard even though the home side had dominated much of the possession and territory.Fullback Solomon Alaimalo and hooker Nathan Harris had scored either side of half time to give the home side a 20-7 lead only for the visitors to come storming back with tries to Tevita Li and Sio Tomkinson and take a two-point lead with about 20 minutes remaining.The Highlanders, who lost first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga early in the match with what appeared to be a serious Achilles injury, had scored the match’s first try through All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo.The Highlanders had held a 7-6 lead after a scrappy first half before fullback Alaimalo crossed after a sustained build-up and brilliant leap, catch and pass in one movement by winger Toni Pulu following a cross kick.The Chiefs extended their 13-7 halftime advantage just four minutes into the second spell when hooker Harris was driven over to give the home side a 20-7 lead and looking like they could run away with the game.The visitors, however, managed to fight their way back into the game with winger Li put over by a brilliant wide pass from half-back Aaron Smith.While replacement first five-eighth Fletcher Smith missed the conversion he added his first penalty to get his side to 20-15 with a little over 20 minutes remaining.The visitors then surprisingly grabbed the lead when a Damian McKenzie clearing kick was charged down, brilliantly scooped up by hooker Ash Dixon and swung wide by Aaron Smith to Luke Whitelock who put replacement outside back Tomkinson over.The Chiefs, however, struck back with Wainui’s try in the left corner and the home side then stole two crucial lineout throws from the Highlanders in the final minutes to ensure they did not sneak a late win.last_img read more

Hunters still in contention for minor premiership

first_imgBut this all depends on favourable results.The Hunters are still in second place on 39 points. Newcomers, Townsville Blackhawks who are also on 39 points,  continue to hold first spot on the ladder.The two teams are only separated by points for and against with the Blackhawks on 476 compared to the Hunters on 211.The Hunters will play the 8th placed   Mackay Cutters this weekend and then the 9th placed Burleigh Bears the weekend after which is the last game before the finals.But the Blackhawks also have relatively easy games lined up for them as they take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons this weekend who are 11th on the ladder and then the 7th placed Redcliffe Dolphins the week after.Teams in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions are too far behind to have a chance of becoming minor premiers and will battle it out in these last two weekends to secure their spots in the top 6 for the finals.last_img read more

Górnik Zabrze fans collect 25,000 euros to renew Igor Angulo

first_imgIgor Angulo has not yet decided whether or not to continue at Górnik Zabrze next season. As he revealed in AS, the Bilbao striker wants to continue in Poland but will not All coast. His contract ends next June and the club has already offered to renew for one more season. He will, however, only extend his commitment if he assures his permanence in the team until 2022. Polish and Turkish clubs will seek to take advantage of the situation.Meanwhile, Górnik Zabrze’s fans have mobilized to help the club improve its initial offer. Without going any further, the group “Partners Górnik” has offered 25,000 euros with the objective of ensuring the continuity of Igor Angulo in the mining sector. “Thanks to his goals we achieved promotion and thanks to him we reached the previous rounds of the Europa League. Who was the top scorer of the Ekstraklasa? Who has given us so many joys in the last decade? What foreign player has been so ingrained to the city? ”Reads the statement. In addition to the contribution, the group of fans has enabled an account number so that any fan can contribute money. The goal is to reach 75,000 euros. Igor Angulo arrived in 2016 at a Górnik Zabrze of Second Division and, with 17 goals, became the great architect of the ascent. In his second season he scored 23 goals that led the team to qualify for the previous phase of the Europa League and last season he was the top scorer of the Ekstraklasa with 18 goals. This course, Angulo has nine goals that keep the team away from the relegation zone.Aware that they could lose one of the best strikers in their history, Górnik Zabrze fans and especially the group G Górnik Partners ’have taken action. The age of Igor Angulo, who turns 36 in just a few weeks, is the great impediment to renewal. The club does not aspire to the highest paid player of its squad in 2022 being 38 years old. But with the help of the fans this story is something else. The outcome will occur in just a few weeks.last_img read more

“I will never train United just like I will never train Madrid”

first_imgPep Guardiola is not sure what his future will be when his contract with Manchester City expires. However, he does have a couple of ideas about what he does not want to do. The Spanish coach was asked about the possibility of directing the eternal rival of his current team and his response was clear: “After training Manchester City I will not train Manchester United. Nor would I train Real Madrid. Definitely not.” Premier League* Data updated as of January 7, 2020 Discarded the Manchester United and at the same time he took the opportunity to deny that in the future he would consider sitting on the bench of the Real Madrid, the eternal rival of Barcelona, team of his loves.After his response, they soon put forward the hypothesis about what he would do if the only offer he had in his hands was that of the red devils. Guardiola, who already took a sabbatical year, recognized that he would play golf waiting for a new proposal and would like to travel to the Maldives: “If I didn’t have offers I would be in the Maldives. Well, maybe not in the Maldives, because they don’t have golf courses.”It has long been said that the Spaniard will not continue in charge of the City when his contract expires in 2021 and it has even been published that there is a clause by which both could separate their paths ahead of time.last_img read more

Madrid only recovers Bale

first_imgReal Madrid only recovers Gareth Bale. The workforce was exercised under the command of Zinedine Zidane with significant absences. In addition to the long-term injury of Marco Asensio; Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard were not with the group either. The French striker, of course, exercised alone on the grass, both with the ball and without him, and could return with his teammates in the coming days. The main novelty is the return of Bale. The Welshman had no physical problem, but an infection that made him miss the Super Cup. The club did not want to risk with him or with a possible contagion to his teammates and stayed on the ground. Now, fully recovered, trained without major problem and points to the match against Sevilla next Saturday from 4pm at the Santiago Bernabéu. Sergio RamosWith a sprain that will take him about a week off the pitch, he worked inside the premises. Like Luka Jovic, who suffers a deep chafing on the foot although it is expected that in a couple of days it will be fully recovered. The rest of the group did a recovery session, after proclaiming themselves as champions of the Spain Supercup by beating Valencia and Atlético de Madrid.last_img read more

Garín and Schwartzman will face each other in the final of Córdoba

first_imgGarin started with a nasty foot by falling 2-6 in the first set. Nevertheless, then he received with a double solvent 6-2. Subsequent, Schwartzman eradicated Djere in the second semifinal by beating him 6-1, 1-6 and 6-2.The second version of the Cordoba Open, which is performed on clay, will finish this Sunday and the subsequent day the principal draw of the Argentine Open ATP 250, to be held in Buenos Aires. The Chilean Christian Garín and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman they will play this Sunday the final of the Cordoba Open, the ATP 250 match in Argentina, after eliminating this Slovakian on Saturday Andrej Martin and the Serbian Laslo Djere, respectively.last_img

Coutinho is Klopp’s ‘plan B’

first_imgThe only impediment they see in a possible return from Coutinho is the price. After two bad seasons, its value has been devalued more than 50% (from 150 to 10/31/18 until the current 70 according to Transfermarkt) but Barcelona will seek a good transfer leave the red numbers of this operation at the minimum possible. Bayern had a 120 million purchase option that it would not execute. The starting price for the Brazilian is still unknown but Barcelona has no intention of returning and will put you on the list of transferable, which could lower this figure compared to the one signed with the muniqueses last summer. Andrew Powell & nbsp; (Liverpool FC via Getty Images) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Andrew Powell (Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Jurgen Klopp is already evaluating new additions for the next transfer market. The German is aware that there are players with good sign that could look for more minutes outside of Anfield (Lallana, Shaqiri …) and also intends to continue propping up the squad to stay in the fight for the big titles.The Premier League leader has Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, as a major target for the next summer market but, if the Germans raise the price more than Liverpool wants, Philippe Coutinho appears as option B. Daily Express says that a possible return of the Brazilian to Anfield is feasible as an alternative to Havertz after he has not fit in either Barcelona or Munich. Despite the good personal relationship that Klopp and Coutinho continue to maintain and which they both speak publicly, If Liverpool does not add up, the Brazilian will not return to Anfield. An approach in summerLiverpool already valued the return of Coutinho last summer. The club was looking for a way out and the player was offered to several greats of the Premier who, finally, did not end up taking over the services of the Brazilian. In August, one day after the premiere, Jurgen Klopp did not want to get wet on this option that now reappears on the table. “Our transfer period consisted of looking at options, valuing them and making decisions. That is what we always do. If nothing happened, it was not the best option for us, “ He assured in summer. A year later, Coutinho is back on the list.last_img read more

Keane: “I would have lynched De Gea at rest”

first_imgPremier League* Data updated as of March 2, 2020 The play did not like a former player and commentator like Roy Keane, which ensures that if he had been on the grass he would have finished him: “As a coach or as a player I would have killed him. You would have killed him!” The Englishman does not understand the reason why it took so long to get a ball that did not involve any danger: “He is a goalkeeper too smart. It just takes too long. What are you waiting for?”Keane also explains that at a key moment of the season and with a campaign as mediocre as the one the club is doing, those failures cannot be allowed, since that goal cost him two points: “If you’re going to make a decision, at least make it quick. These are very important moments for United when it comes to entering the Top-4 and if you have an experienced goalkeeper … what are you waiting for?”Cross out the “arrogant” goalkeeper for waiting for the strikers to approach him as if he were trying to get attention: “I think at least he’s a bit arrogant: ‘look at me …’”Finally, the former player explained that after finishing the first part he would have come for him: “I would have lynched him at rest.” David de Gea yesterday made a big mistake in the match that faced Everton and Manchester United (1-1). The Spanish goalkeeper received a ball to play with his feet, but he was entertained for too long and when he wanted to kick long he crossed his path Calvert-lewin. The ball hit the heel of the English striker, who jumped on his back with his leg extended, and went straight to the goal of the red devils. onelast_img read more

Shaqiri: “I cried when Ronaldo lost the World Cup final”

first_imgOn his soccer career, Shaqiri commented: “Not everyone can say that he has won the Champions League twice with two different teams., in addition to many titles with Bayern and Basel. It’s incredible, it’s a dream. “ Sherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool footballer, has recognized that Ronaldo was his great childhood idol: “When he lost against France in the 1998 World Cup final, he was crying at home”, The Swiss has said in statements collected on the official website of the club.“I liked his style and his way of playing. He was my great idol. I got his triangle hairstyle. Everyone was surprised at school when I went like this, but I loved it. I wish I could meet him. I did not copy it, because each footballer plays differently and has his talent, but he was my great hero, “he added.last_img read more