England claim controversial win

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: England wing Elliot Daly scores against Australia Criticised for their underwhelming display against Argentina last time out, England delivered a gritty display in miserable conditions at Twickenham – where rain fell throughout and knock-ons were plentiful – before surging clear with three tries in the final eight minutes.Yet the visitors fumed at a host of refereeing calls, with yellow cards for Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale coming in between the former seeing a try disallowed and Elliot Daly being awarded a controversial score for England.Australia were then denied another try when Stephen Moore was adjudged to have obstructed Chris Robshaw as Marika Koroibete barged over, leaving Cheika – who criticised O’Keeffe following a Rugby Championship draw with South Africa in September – visibly furious.To rub salt into Cheika’s wounds, England pulled away dramatically in the closing stages – Jonathan Joseph and Jonny May each latching on to kicks from Danny Care to touch down before the replacement scrum-half also went over.The end result was a hugely flattering scoreline for England and their 21st win from 22 Tests under Eddie Jones.FT: @EnglandRugby have beaten Australia, 30 – 6 at Twickenham #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/Qqp1RgSYon— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 18, 2017Two penalties from the returning Owen Farrell provided the only points of the first half, but there was certainly no shortage of incident.After Farrell’s opening three-pointer and the early introduction of another player rested last week, Maro Itoje replacing the injured Sam Underhill, Australia saw Bernard Foley miss a chance to level the scores before turning down another shot at goal to force a lineout that England stole.With the Wallabies on top, Hooper touched down from a clever Tevita Kuridrani kick, only for the score to be chalked off for offside – a decision Cheika sarcastically applauded.Hooper was then sin-binned following repeated infringements from Australia and, after Farrell had doubled England’s lead, Beale also picked up a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.8 – That is Michael Hooper’s 8th yellow card for @qantaswallabies, more than any other player from any country. Repeat.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) November 18, 2017Australia performed admirably to stay in the game when numerically disadvantaged, a long-range penalty from Reece Hodge making it 6-3 before Beale returned.Two more hugely controversial moments followed. After a thrilling break from Samu Kerevi was wasted through Kuridrani coughing up possession, George Ford’s kick to the left looked to be heading out of play, only for Daly to sneak in ahead of Kurtley Beale and kick on to score. After a lengthy TMO review, it was ruled that the ball had just stayed in the field of play before Daly got to it with his boot, leaving Beale to rue his carelessness in jogging back.Koroibete then looked to have replied for Australia after Foley had split the posts to make it 13-6, but that try was ruled out for obstruction by replacement hooker Stephen Moore and England finished with a flourish to leave their opponents stunned.last_img read more

Governor’s Cup to play washout games

first_imgAll washout games are being played at the Kone Tigers field.In the first match, Spiders defeated Hurricanes 8-0.The next two games were forfeited after the teams failed to turn up on time to play.Tournament director, Billy Aki said the draws for the weekend will be finalised after the completion of the washout games this afternoon.The grand finals will be played this Sunday at the Kone Tigers oval.last_img

Tongan squad named for Hong Kong Sevens

first_imgAll members of the team were selected from the recent Kolomotu’a Sevens competition, a competition that was won by Toloa Old Boys.  The national team will participate in the core status qualifying competition of the tournament. This competition features 12 non-core teams with the overall winner being granted a core status for the next HSBC World Series (2016 – 2017). Core status means a team is invited to participate in every tournament of the HSBC World Series. Tonga’s pool opponents are Morocco, Brazil and Japan.  Tonga Sevens Team List      Atelea Moa – Marist    Misitana Afeaki – Ha’apai    Taliauli Sikuea – Toloa Old Boys    Semisi Tei – Toloa Old Boys    Sione Vea – Toloa Old Boys    Tuihakavalu Ika – Toloa Old Boys    Joseph Tongia – Marist    Tavake Fusimalohi – Fasi Ma’ufanga    Unaloto Kaloni – Ha’apai    Samisoni Asi – Toloa Old Boys    Fine Tokai – Lavengamalie    Viliami Siale – Toloa Old BoysThe officials are:Co-head Coaches – Siaosi Atiola and Taholo AnitoniTeam Manager – Tevita LavemaiTeam Physio – Siosaia Vakasiuola.(The captains of the eight teams battling to win core team status next season)last_img read more

Mead congratulates Olam for scoring contract with Melbourne Storm

first_imgThe young “angra” from Chimbu who debuted for the beloved Kumuls has scored him a contract with the Melbourne Storm, but he must first pass a medical test before he puts ink onto the contract.The announcement was made today in Port Moresby (see separate story http://www.looppng.com/content/justin-olam-accepts-offer-melbourne-storm).Olam debuted for the SP PNG Hunters playing on the wing in the Queensland Intrust Cup this season.He plies his trade in the country’s semi-professional rugby league competition, the Digicel Cup with the Lae-based Snax Tigers.  This is certainly a memorable year for Olam after graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Science, majoring in Applied Physics from University of Technology some months back.Papua New Guinea is the only country on earth, where rugby league is the national sport, and now the pride is running high with social media – Facebook is being bombarded with congratulatory comments. PNG Kumuls captain and Gold Coast Titans winger David Mead posted, “great to see ‪PNG ‪Kumuls winger Justin Olam will be at Melbourne Storm in 2017.“PNG ‪Hunters (is) doing a great job for their (PNG) players. Nice work roomie!”Country Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko posted: “Congratulations Justin for getting a contract with the NRL Melbourne Storms next year, Fantastic Achievement. Rugby League is now moving in the right direction, a career path is now set for future rugby stars.”Picture source: David Mead Facebook page.last_img read more

2017 Hunters squad revealed

first_imgThe 29-man squad was made public this afternoon at a press conference at the National Football Stadium by Hunters coach, Michael Marum.The new faces that make up the Hunters for this year’s campaign in the Intrust Super Cup competition are: Anderson Benford, Radley Bawa, Eddie Dafa, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Wawa Paul and Wellington Albert.Marum says 14 players are continuing on from the 2016 season while the other six, including former captain Israel Eliab, Lawrence Tu’u and David Loko, are making their return to the side.”The PNG Rugby Football League board through chairman, Sandis Tsaka and Hunters chairman, Graham Osborne, have endorsed the squad,” said Marum.Marum finished by thanking the sponsors, including SP Brewery, Air Niugini, the National Gaming Control Board, PNG LNG, Trukai and the media for their continued support.”We will give it our best shot and hopefully go all the way,” said Marum.The Hunters squad for 2017:Adex Wera, Anderson Benford, Ase Boas, Bland Abavu, Radley Bawa, Butler Morris, David Loko, Eddie Dafa, Edward Goma, Enoch Maki, Esau Siune, Henry Wan, Ismael Balkawa, Israel Eliab, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Lawrence Tu’u, Moses Meninga, Nixon Put, Noel Joel, Sailas Gahuna, Stanton Albert, Stargroth Amean, Wartovo Puara, Watson Boas, Wawa Paul, Wellington Albert, William Aquila and Willie Minoga.Marum said the captain of the side will be named at the launch of the Hunters season at the end of this month.The Hunters will play one trial match against the Northern Pride in Cairns on February 18 before the season kicks off on the first week of March.last_img read more

Athletic madness: 6,000 members requested entry for Anfield

first_imgFor the first leg, which will be played on February 18, everything is sold and will be filled in the Wanda Metropolitano. Liverpool has also reserved all the tickets to which it is entitled, 5 percent of the stadium capacity. The price of tickets for Liverpool is 55 euros for Atlético fans, who will be located in the area dedicated to the visiting fans. Esgar Travel, the most experienced agency with Atlético’s fans, has organized a round trip on the day to price of 395 euros. Places are limited. Viajes Halcón, the official Atlético agency, also rides a trip also on the day and at the same price. Atlético has already started selling tickets through the club’s virtual office for the Champions League match between Liverpool and Atletico that will play on March 11 in Anfield. In the end there have been 6,000 rojiblancos fans who have requested a locality for the Champions League meeting and the Madrid club only 2,500 is available tickets. From Atletico they are pleasantly surprised by the great expectation that this tie has aroused, both for the first leg and the return. ANDl Atletico has already communicated to the club members to which they have received entry and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday the 2,500 members who have a locality must pay it. Always through the virtual office. Atlético gave priority to the members who have the total payment. Subsequently to the subscribers, have the total payment or do not have it. And finally, to the unpaid members. last_img read more

Peter Lim wants Paco Alcácer if Kevin Gameiro and Sobrino leave

first_imgThe operation planted by the club: transfer with purchase option Valencia, provided that the departure of one of its current strikers was previously fulfilled, I would propose to Borussia a transfer with option to buy. The ché club would even accept, if it were a sine quanon condition, that the option be mandatory at the end of this season. The German club, which a year ago exercised the purchase option it had for about 28 million euros to take over the Valencian striker, would not put obstacles (beyond the economic ones) on its way out. The amount of a hypothetical transfer would be similar to that paid in its day by the German cllub to Barcelona. But Lucien Favre has other offensive referents in his plans, such as Sancho, Gotze, Hazard and the newly incorporated Haaland. Valencia has not yet contacted the agency representing the international, Toldrá Consulting, which it has called in recent weeks the Seville (option discarded with the signing of En-Nesyri) and also probed the Atlético de Madrid after the injury of Diego Costa. The black and white club, according to its strategy, will not do so until firm steps are taken in the cases of Gameiro or Sobrino, that are not for the work of leaving or Celades to force them to it. Lyon, who is also interested in Ekambi (Villarreal), has formally asked about Gameiro, but the player, who will turn 33 in May, is happy in Valencia and does not enter his plans to leave the entity in January. Regarding the situation of Alcácer in Germany, Valencia does not need much more information than it already has about it, a striker who has had better times than those currently living see Dortmund (has played 15 of 28 games, only 8 starts). The black and white canterano, whenever he has been asked, has said for active and passive his desire to return one day to play at the Mestalla club, a soccer player whom Valencia has had in several phases of the last transfer markets .center_img Peter Lim wants to recover Paco Alcácer for Valencia and has a plan to try to make it now in January or failing that in summer. The black and white strategy goes through the exit of Kevin Gameiro and / or Rubén Sobrino. The French striker is in the market (although that is not his will), with Lyon on the prowl for weeks, and the manchego will be raised the offers that the club could reach. The exit of one (or both) would leave room in the offensive plot and a greater margin of Fair Play (the one that is had now wants to invest in a right side) and that plus would go to go to Alcacer. last_img read more

Zidane and the City sanction: “They are strong and will not change them”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 15, 2020 When you make the decision of the team you are going to take. “There is no time. It depends on many things. When you have these players, who are all very good, it is complicated. Each one brings something to the team. Within that I always say that it is difficult; I like to have all the players ready, prepared You have to take enough time to see, it can be at the beginning of the week, at the end, there are many things … “.He has had a week to work. “The players prefer to play. We’ve had a week to work too. It can be fine.”You have almost everyone available. “It’s all. It’s not a specific thing. I have 23 players that can play and I have to choose. What they do is be involved in the whole week and then it’s worth it for me to choose. Better to choose when they’re all ready. I prefer that”.Calendar with seven games where a good part of options is played. “The most important games are the following. The next one. Now there are games in which we play everything. Every game we have will be complicated, but we are prepared.”Vinicius, quality and that your goals will come. “It’s a matter of work. Vini has an age where he has to work a lot and he knows it. He has quality, a lot of quality, but when he joins the job”Hazard. “I am very happy that he returns. After three months injured we signed him because he is a unique player and I am very happy that he returns with the group. With him we have to leave a little more time and not rush. Tomorrow he will be with us. You are ready to play. “Eliminatory with the City. “It is a team in any case that is very very competitive, it will be very difficult the tie. With regard to the penalty I will not enter the subject. It is not my job. What interests me is the match against Celta. It will be a very tough opponent, knowing how they are in their championship. They will have a very high motivation. “ Now it depends on the defense. “I do not think so. Football is always equilibrium. The DNA of Madrid is to attack and play football. I cannot compare the offensive with the defensive. Having more balance usually brings better results.”Sanction to Manchester City. “I do not know what will happen. What I am going to tell you is to talk about football when we play against them. It is a very competitive team, very strong and that will not change. The problem I have is the match against Celta” .Hazard. “We know what he gives to the team. That’s why we signed him. It’s time for him to return to the team.”Hazard one hundred percent against City. “Anyway, first that he is very well physically, then you know that it is three months that he does not play. It is a matter of rhythm. Physically he is ready to be with us.”center_img Zidane appeared at a press conference to talk about this Sunday’s meeting before the Celtic and the news of Real Madrid.Celtic. “The key is to continue with what we are doing. We know the rival we have and they are in a position where they do not deserve to be because it is a very good team in all aspects. We know that we will have a difficult game, but the key is to continue with what we are having with concentration, intensity, rhythm of the game … “last_img read more

Ferland Mendy: “In Lyon he defended less and attacked a lot”

first_imgFerland Mendy has granted an interview on Real Madrid Television, in which he has been excited in the previous of his second Classic with the white elastic. The side, which points to ownership next Sunday, also explained his relationship with Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema and how it has adapted quickly to the demands of Spanish football. Relationship with Zidane: “In my first meeting with him we talked and he told me that he was welcome, that he was one more player of his team and that he showed what I am worth, that he gave everything.”Spanish football and French football: “The difference is that the level of play is higher. When you are going to train it is to work, reach that level as soon as possible and demonstrate it in the matches. Above all, demonstrate your level. The game with the ball is faster , more displacements, more races, that makes the difference between the League and Ligue 1. You can lose against a team that is at the bottom of the table, but plays as one that is at the top of Ligue 1 “.Adaptation: “When you get to a new team it is difficult to let go directly, but I think that game by game I am letting go and I hope to reach the maximum to contribute more in attack. I am more focused on defending well than attacking. In Lyon I defended less and attacked a lot , so I have to find the intermediate point to do it right. “He already shone in the Classic: “I go inside to free Vinicius Jr. He holds the ball, I go deep and passes it to me. Then I see that Karim is unchecked and I do not doubt it, I put a powerful center and he marks. I had seen him before center and I did not hesitate. We know well that Karim likes the ball there and it came out perfect. “Benzema: “I talk a lot with Karim, he gives me a lot of advice and we also talk about how he likes the ball to get to him. I understand very well with Benzema on and off the pitch, so I try my best to give him good balls.” . Ambition: “Real Madrid is the determination to win everything, to get everything. Get each trophy and try to win as many games. Be as long as possible at a very high level. It is the requirement, even when you lose in a training you dislike. When you win, everything is fine. It is the real desire to always win. Even in training it is like that. It does not matter the exercise, you want to win. When you are there, when you train, you want to win absolutely everything. “Segundo Real Madrid – Barça: “It is true that my first Classic was special. I had already played at the Camp Nou with Lyon, but with the Madrid shirt it is another environment, it is different. It is a game that is not lived in the same way as another. It is a match you want to win. “last_img read more

Simeone visits one of the stadiums that complicate him most

first_imgThe Atlético visits the RCDE Stadium with the clear missive of winning again away from home, something that does not happen since on December 22 in the victory against Betis (1-2). The roijblanco team has only managed three wins how visitor in what march of League (before him Leganés on the second day and in Mallorca in the sixth), something that has meant a very heavy ballast when it comes to consolidating in third place. And Espanyol is a bone for Atlético in its stadium. The parakeet team has always demanded the most from Simeone in his visits and in the seven meetings there since the arrival of the Argentine coach to the club there can be no more even balance: three victories of Espanyol, other three of Atlético and a draw. In the last two rojiblancas visits have been the blue and whites who have done with the three points. By win a year ago (3-0) to believe with faith in their possibilities to reach the Europa League, something they ended up getting. The goals of Godín in own and the double of Borja Iglesias, left a great afternoon for the local fans, which today will fill his fief. In the 2017-18 season it was Sergio García the author of the winning goal for Espanyol. The other parakeet victory goes back to the 2013-14 season, year of the mattress title. Atlético traveled to Barcelona with full victories in the first eight days, but a goal in Courtois own He decided the game for the locals. It was the only rojiblanca defeat in the first 22 days of the competition until he returned to visit Almeria in match 23, a match marked by the controversial arbitration. Atlético del Cholo’s first victory in the Espanyol field was in 2013, on his first visit. Raúl García was the author of the only goal of the match. In the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season the other two mattress triumphs would arrive consecutively and with Griezmann as the protagonist. In the first one he went up Diop’s initial goal thanks to the goals of Torres, Griezmann and Koke. A year later the French would be the author of the goal that gave the victory to Atlético. Finally in the 2014-15 academic year, Espanyol and Atleti finished their game in tables and without goals. A stadium that in recent years has choked on Atletico and that Now measure the mattress growth moment after three wins and a draw in their last four games. With virtually all the available template, less Giménez and Lemar for physical problems, and recovering a pressure and an intensity that has been a sign of Simeone but that had been seen dropper this course, Atlético will seek his fourth victory as a visitor in one of its stadiums that complicate the games more.last_img read more