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

Tactical changes get Nigeria’s World Cup back on track

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr, right, talks with his players as they celebrate their first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Coaches often get the criticism when things go awry on the pitch, and arguably don’t get enough of the credit when things turn out just right.Ahmed Musa has clearly been the focus of attention for getting Nigeria’s World Cup campaign back on track after his two well-taken goals in a 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday in Volgograd.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Musa said the coach’s attacking intent with the substitution was clear, and gave the players confidence that “we don’t have to go for last-minute to win the game.”Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was certainly impressed.“All the credit to him,” Hallgrimsson said. “It’s a really exciting future if they keep with the same squad. Nigeria is in good hands with this coach.”On the eve of the match, the 64-year-old Rohr, who has previously coached Gabon, Niger and Burkino Faso, knew that questions about his future would be asked if Nigeria lost against Iceland. It’s doubtful that his tenure at Nigeria would have lasted much beyond the World Cup, given Nigeria’s high propensity to change managers.The team, Rohr said, remained defiant in the face of the criticism following the Croatia defeat.“You have to show that you are a unit when you lose,” he said.Next up, Argentina.Coach Jorge Sampaoli is bearing the brunt of Argentina’s poor start to the tournament — a 3-0 loss to Croatia following a 1-1 draw with Iceland.Nigeria will face Argentina in its last Group D match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. A win for Nigeria would be enough to advance. But if Argentina claims all three points, Nigeria can still progress depending on the result of the Croatia-Iceland game.Rohr is hopeful his young charges — Nigeria is the youngest squad at the World Cup — will push on against Lionel Messi’s Argentina. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES However, the impact of German coach Gernot Rohr should not be under-estimated.Following Nigeria’s limp 2-0 opening loss to Croatia, the team faced the prospect of being eliminated from the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRather than stick with what had got Nigeria to the World Cup at a canter, Rohr opted for change.As well as bringing in the speedy Musa as one of three changes to the starting lineup, Rohr altered the positions of his two standout players. Captain John Obi Mikel was moved back from a more offensive midfield position to act as a shield in front of the defense, a role he’s accustomed to at his club, Tianjin Teda in China, and formerly at Chelsea. And Victor Moses, who has been part of Nigeria’s attacking unit for years, was brought back to play as a box-to-box wing-back — as he does for Chelsea. Mexico fans try new chant with eye on avoiding more finescenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “We have much to learn and remain modest, but with this spirit you can perhaps hope against Argentina for a surprise,” he said.Following what’s gone at this World Cup, it’s unlikely many will consider a Nigeria victory over Argentina a massive surprise.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It was a direct response to the Croatia result. We had to change something and we wanted to push more forward,” Rohr said. “They are playing in their clubs in these positions so they had to accept to play also for the country in these positions.”Admittedly the changes didn’t seem to give Nigeria an immediate attacking dividend, though the team did look more cohesive as a defensive unit.So Rohr was ready for another change.After a fairly insipid first half when Nigeria didn’t register a shot on target, the team came out for the second with renewed purpose after Rohr’s team-talk. Rohr also used the break to substitute defender Bryan Idowu for the more attack-minded Tyronne Ebuehi, a change that almost immediately gave the team more thrust up front.Within seconds of the restart, Nigeria had its first shot on target and in the 49th minute, the Super Eagles took the lead with one of the goals of the tournament. After a swift counterattack, Musa deftly controlled a Moses cross before slamming the ball past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley. Musa got a second in the 75th after mazing his way into the Iceland penalty area and past Halldorsson, before calmly picking his spot in the Iceland net.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more