Hurricanes end Crusaders unbeaten run

first_imgPhoto: PhotoSport Hurricane Ngani Laumape takes on the Crusaders’ line. The home team clawed their way back from a 12-7 halftime deficit to outscore the Crusaders four tries to three and exact revenge for their 20 -12 defeat in May.The win means the Hurricanes will now head to Canberra to play the Brumbies in next weekend’s quarter final, while the Crusaders return to Christchurch for a potential match-up against the Highlanders.The Hurricanes had been forced into major shakeup of their backline immediately before the game with flyhalf Beauden Barrett a late withdrawal due to illness, while Vince Aso was injured during the warmup.Otere Black came off the bench to play flyhalf, Jordie Barrett moved from fullback to centre, Nehe Milner-Skudder switched to fullback from the wing, with Wes Goosen coming onto the right wing from the bench.Converted centre Barrett had a strong night for the Hurricanes kicking a penalty, converting all four tries and crossing the line for his team as well.The Crusaders looked in ominous early form with two quick tries to Seta Tamanivalu but the Canterbury side lost momentum as a penalty count saw the game swing back to the home team.The Chiefs 28-10 win over a second-string Brumbies fifteen in Hamilton earlier in the day means they now travel to Capetown to take on the Stormers next week.The Australian conference champions rested some of their biggest names for the game but will be back to full strength for the playoffs against the Hurricanes.Damian McKenzie dominated the scoring for the Chiefs with a try and 13 points from the boot as the home side battled to a scrappy victory over the ACT Brumbies at Waikato Stadium.The Brumbies’ loss means Australian Super Rugby sides have lost all 25 matches against New Zealand opposition this seasonHowever, it was an historic day for Japan’s Sunwolves who upset the Auckland Blues 48-21 in Tokyo in their final match of the season.Centre Timothy Lafaele scored a hat-trick of tries as the Sunwolves fought back from a 21-5 deficit to earn their first victory over a New Zealand side.The match was played in sweltering conditions in the Japanese capital with temperatures reaching more than 40 degrees Celsius prior to kickoff.While both sides were out of playoff contention, the Blues were full of confidence, having beaten the British and Irish Lions in their last competitive match last month.The Sunwolves scored six tries in the second half – the most tries they have scored in a game in their short Super Rugby existence.”You can’t take anything for granted in this competition,” said Blues coach Tana Umaga.”They just wanted it more. That’s all down to attitude.”We lacked a bit of focus on our game and when you haven’t got the attitude right we get what we got today.”last_img read more

State of Origin: The key numbers as NSW Blues hope to make home advantage count in decider

first_imgAfter the bitter blow of losing to Queensland Maroons in Brisbane first time out, a thumping 38-6 victory for the Blues in Game II was a stark contrast.Yet ahead of this week’s crucial game, Queensland can point to having won on four of their last seven visits to the former Olympic Stadium, while they also possess a supreme recent record in deciding games.We look at key facts and figures with the help of Opta numbers ahead of Game III..@jamestedesco93 has been a beast so far this #Origin series— NRL (@NRL) July 8, 20192 – The last seven State of Origin games at ANZ Stadium have been decided by an average margin of just two points per game, with each settled by a margin of no more than four in that span.3 – Queensland are winless in their last three State of Origin games outside Queensland. The last time they went longer without a win outside their home state was an 11-game stretch from 1999 to 2006 (D1, L10).7 – Queensland have won the last seven State of Origin deciders in succession, with 2005 the last time they lost a decider.8 – Queensland have won game three in eight of the last nine State of Origin series. The only time they lost in that span was in 2016, which was the last time game three was held at ANZ Stadium.15 – Gerard Sutton is set to referee his 15th consecutive State of Origin game, three more than any other referee in the history of the competition (Bill Harrigan – 12 consecutive matches 2000-2003).47 – James Tedesco (New South Wales) has made the most carries (47), gained the most metres over the advantage line (376), made the most offloads (5) and produced the most try assists (3) of any player in the 2019 State of Origin series.49 – New South Wales’ Jake Trbojevic has made 49 tackles thus far in State of Origin 2019, the most of any player who is yet to miss a single attempt.last_img read more

Sapias steps down as PNG rugby union president

first_imgSapias, who was elevated to the position of Oceania Rugby president in April of this year, said the new role required him to step down. Sapias was also appointed onto a regional committee for world rugby.“It has been a tough road since I took up the role and I think it is time for someone new with fresh ideas and will put rugby ahead of personal interests.“Someone who will bring clarity and have an honest, good track record to handle the huge responsibility of such an important position,” said Sapias.Sapias said there is so much work to be done, but finance has been a hindrance.“There is no quick fix-it solution, but I commend the full-time staff for doing a fantastic job with little funding,” said Sapias.He went on to say that the PNGRFU was doing well with limited funding to run its sevens programs.“In fact, we are doing well with very little support. As a Union, the challenges are immense and the body has better chances of achieving more on the world stage by working together,” said Sapias.In going forward, the New Irelander said in his capacity as the regional head, he will put forward a case for at least two Oceania teams to participate in the Hong Kong Cup of Nation’s tournament.“This is a strong competition for tier two nations and depending on how hard I lobby, I hope to gain access for Papua New Guinea to be one of those nations,” he added. Sapias announced his resignation in a media statement over the weekend. He was the president of the PNGRFU for 7 years.last_img read more

Atlético could chain three wins three months later

first_imgThe rojiblancos have finished 2019 in Champions positions, the great goal of the rojiblanca entity. A win against Levante, in the last match of the first round, would strengthen him in these privileged positions. The team has gone to more as the days have progressed and can now link three consecutive wins and reach Sevilla in third place, after the tie harvested by the Sevilla team against Athletic. Atlético will look to Levante for their third consecutive victory in the league championship, having won Osasuna and Betis before the Christmas holidays. It would be the second time I can do it. Atlético already won three league games in a row. He did it at the beginning of the competition and won by the minimum to Getafe, Leganés and defeated Eibar 3-2, so he started in the best possible way the league championship. But he lost on the fourth day against Real Sociedad.last_img read more

Sofia Kenin disrupts the dream of Barty and the Australians

first_imgThe good phantasm of Australia vanished on Thursday at the Rod Laver Area. Ashleigh Barty, world primary and principal favourite, fell to Sofia Kenin (21 years and 15 of the world) by 7-6 (6) and 7-5 in 1h: 45, and is not going to play the remaining of the first Grand Slam of the yr. The American will do what he may with the stress and achieved the greatest consequence of his profession. You’ll be able to enhance it on Saturday (09:30, Eurosport) in the event you win Garbiñe Muguruza or Simona Halep.Barty wished to be the first aussie finalist since Wendy Turnbull in 1980, the first since the event moved to Melbourne, however he discovered the stable recreation of a rival what got here to get rid of his media and prodigious 15-year-old countryman Coco Gauff. “I don’t know what to say. I dreamed about this second since I used to be 5 years previous and I’ve labored onerous to get right here,” stated the tennis participant born circumstantially in Moscow, who took successful photographs from nowhere (sum 16). Barty missed the tiebreaker of the first spherical and in the second he received forward with a break, till with 5-4, serve and 40-15, he left what Kenin will hint and nonetheless alive in the partial. In the twelfth recreation, the American sentenced the relaxation after urgent her opponent in order that she wouldn’t be capable to return a remaining cargo with the drive. Three years after the remaining between the sisters Serena and Venus Williams, what gained the first, The USA as soon as once more has a participant combating for the title. Outcomes of the girls’s crew of the Australian Open.last_img read more

Emilio Calatayud, juvenile judge: “The mobile is another drug exactly like heroin”

first_imgThe juvenile judge of Granada Emilio Calatayud has reviewed the most pressing problems that children suffer today. Excessive alcohol consumption, drug addiction, bullying or the influence of new technologies are repetitive issues in their work with young people. Image: Dreams Time. The use of new technologies especially reveals the judge. “The mobile is another drug exactly like heroin, marijuana or alcohol,” he says in an interview on Chain Morning Cope. “I have never given a cigarette to my son with two years. I’m tired of seeing parents so that the child does not give them the can in the bar, they shake the tablet or mobile at two years,” complains Calatayud . The judge also warns of drug addiction, which is occurring at shorter ages and with a new feature: you mix them between different types of narcotics. This causes that there are boys from 12 years that have become sick and with few solutions beyond fulfilling the internment after committing criminal acts: “With drug mixtures, we have a lot of psychopathic and much schizophrenic boy, and we will have a lot tared in a few years. ” The nature of bullying also worries Calatayud because of the little information that comes to the judges. “It covers a lot,” he explains, referring not only to classmates, but to parents and school leaders. He continues to insist on his controversial recommendation to parents to “violate the privacy of their children through mobile phones”, and calls for a return to the principles of authority so that parents and teachers are more respected by minors.last_img read more

Atlético enters eSports

first_imgAtlético de Madrid enters the world of eSports with Atlético Movistar Riders. It is formed from the club union with the eSports team. Sponsored by Koke, he appeared this morning at the Wanda Metropolitano. “We are doubly excited. It is the fourth year of Movistar Riders. This collaboration is developed with the FIFA environment and is the communion of many areas with the brand. The eSports world surprises with the values ​​that sports fans themselves have. It is a younger audience, a type of entertainment that comes to stay, ”said Telefónica’s communication director, Cristina Burzako. “This world is much bigger than we think. In Spain alone there are more than three million fans and gaming, twenty“ Fernando Piquer, CEO of Movistar Riders, also had words of thanks. “For us, being associated with a team with the athletic makes us proud of the work we have done in the last three years as a club. It is the confirmation that we have a large presence in the territory and honor to accompany the Atleti in this world” “The competition is very beautiful, organized by the League. Our players have always been with real chances of winning. We will try to play the best possible role and win this competition and reach the general public more, which increasingly follows the great talents as Andoni is. ”Andoni challenged KokeA team formed with a player who is going to play in this competition: allusions, Andoni. “He already thinks like rojiblanco,” said the speaker of the club. The shirt he will wear is the black one this season, with them shields of Movistar and Atlético. “It’s an honor for me,” he said.. “I hope to win. With that intention I go. Wearing this shield carries that responsibility. ” It was the moment when Koke also climbed the stage of the Wanda Metropolitano auditorium. It was the photo of the sponsorship. “I wish you the best. That shield is a responsibility and we change the game by game by game by game. ” A presentation that ended with a game between them. Andoni immediately got ahead. “The truth is that my feet are better than my hands,” the captain joked. “We are well represented, really.” In the eSports. Atlético Movistar Riders. And that the captain said very, very seriously.last_img read more

Felipe: “I gained Cholo’s trust because of the way I work”

first_imgBeginnings in Atlético “I didn’t start playing, but I continued my work, always with his mouth closed and doing what he asked me to do. “Opportunity“When the opportunity arose to play, I did my best and thereafter I gained his trust. Simeone began to see me with different eyes. Mi way of working was decisive, always with my mouth shut, even when I was 30 years old and being on the bench I always had my mouth shut and I worked hard knowing that my opportunity would come. “ Terms“I think it makes things easier to stay focused. I am in good condition and I have played great games and I want to keep doing it. “Season with Atlético “We have played great games and we have been growing. Things are not as we want them but as they are. It’s time to focus on coming back strong and maintaining the high level. “Coronavirus“The new scenario for the coronavirus is complicated, since it has been a very radical change just after our match against Liverpool. YouWe saw to stay at home and then we started to take care of ourselves. It is a boring period, but we are waiting for normalization. PI think a lot about families who have lost their relatives. This is the most complicated and terrible pandemic that surprised everyone“Home departures“For my part, I only buy what I need, I think about helping others. People went crazy and forgot about people next door buying in bulk“Future“Nor we will never forget, but from the second or third game our lives will continue“ The season started as the central quarter of Cholo, ahead were Giménez and Savic, starters, and Hermoso, the first alternative. Felipe had only played one minute in Atlético’s first five games in 2019-20. But everything changed on the fifth day of the League, the match in Balaídos. Felipe was a starter for the first time and nobody managed to get him out of eleven anymore. Eight months later, he is the great signing of the season, the undisputed head of the defense, who now tells in an interview with Goal how he managed to gain Cholo’s trust, as well as how he is living the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

Bautista: “I am looking forward to training again and competing”

first_imgThe Valencian tennis participant Roberto Bautista Agut (Benlloch, Castellón, 1988) assured in a phone dialog to EFE that we live “very troublesome and arduous days”, however that “you’ve to struggle the virus”, as a result of “there are numerous lovely issues to struggle for”.“We’ve got to keep at dwelling out of respect, out of solidarity, with all these people who find themselves having a tough time. With the bogs and the people who find themselves affecting them. It’s the least we are able to do, “mentioned the 12th ATP rating tennis participant, who a few weeks in the past was in a position to have a good time his 32nd birthday, fourteen years after the final time.“I can’t do it since I turned 18, though the reality is that it’s a disgrace that it’s due to the virus”, added a Baptist who, ready for the competitors to resume, continues to practice at dwelling. “The circuit, for now, is stopped till July 13. We are going to see how all the pieces evolves, nevertheless it appears to be like unhealthy. I miss the racket rather a lot, however now, the primary precedence is everybody’s well being. Every little thing else comes later. Sport, and it will depend on which jobs and duties, at the moment are within the background, “emphasised the second finest tennis participant on the present Spanish scene.Baptist, as well as, emphasised that he trusts that “the state of affairs is bettering to return to regular” and acknowledged that “it’s uncommon to be dwelling for thus many weeks in a row” As a result of “tennis gamers will not be used to it in any respect and we spend little or no time at dwelling; so, individually, I am benefiting from quarantine to give my life slightly pause.”“The circuit is superb as a result of we are able to take pleasure in our skilled life to the fullest, however we can’t keep a lot in our home or dwell regular lives.; so initially it was like an atypical trip. However now all the pieces is beginning to itch, “he insisted.Bautista admitted that he desires to return to the tracks. “I would like to practice again, to compete again. And to return to the life I am used to.” concluded the Valencian tennis participant.last_img read more