Manu Samoa rugby fans urged to keep the faith

first_imgThe 38-16 loss at Apia Park, Samoa’s fourth successive test defeat, reduced them to 16th in the world rankings, their lowest position since the index was introduced in 2003.Head coach Alama Ieremia said everyone was hurting and he accepted that all results, good or bad, ultimately came back to him.”I’m the head coach so I take full responsibility for anything that happens in the campaign so I’ve got no issues with that,” he said.”We’ve got to look at myself and see whether we actually dropped the ball and go through a review process to see where we could have done things better and if we missed anything.”We’ve got to review the players as well and we’ve got to have a good look at our preparation and all of that. So I’ve got no issue with taking full responsibility, it is my job and I’ve got to find out the answers as soon as possible.”Ieremia said Fiji took their chances at key moments in the game and earned their status as top team in the region.”Still a lot of disappointment sort of lingering around and … we didn’t create enough pressure to really test the Fijians early in the second half and that was costly in the end,” he said.”We played a very good Fijian side who took their opportunities, especially early in that second half. Those two early tries – once they created those it was always going to be tough to pull back and with the wind behind their backs they did very well to come up with the win.”The Manu now face a home and away play-off next year against a European qualifier and Ieremia urged disgruntled fans to keep the faith.”They’re very passionate people and that goes to show that they actually really care for the team, which is great and I understand the frustration is there but a two-point loss to Wales and that four-point loss against Tonga – the team is not far off it,” he said.”Those two test matches could have gone either way and when I look at the positives of this team I’m confident that it’s heading in the right direction and I’m confident I can do the job for this team.”Portugal, Spain or Russia loom as likely contenders for Samoa in next June’s play-off, according to Ieremia.”Then obviously the winner (of the playoff) goes straight through into Pool A (at the World Cup), which will be with Ireland, Scotland and Japan,” he said.”It’s pretty straight forward but that’s obviously a long way away so we will get through the next few weeks first and review and look at how things could have been done better here.”Fail in that playoff and Samoa will still have a chance to reach the World Cup via next year’s repechage playoffs that will feature the winner of August’s Oceania Cup clash between the Cook Islands and Tahiti. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Samoa were thrashed 78-0 by the All Blacks in June, before defeats against Wales, Tonga and Fiji.last_img read more

Ken Stephen Medal: Konrad Hurrell

first_imgPhoto Gold Coast Titans. Caption: Konrad Hurrell with Candice Green, a participant of the Touch Football Specialised program. In his short-time at the Titans, Konrad has already made a big impression. The hulking centre, who resurrected his career on the Gold Coast, has clocked-up more than 120 hours of community work over the past twelve months.It’s not just Konrad’s trademark energy and emotion that makes him one of the NRL’s most popular players but it is also his genuine care for those in the community.The Tongan international is always last to leave the pitch on game day – ensuring that fans with disabilities are assisted to and from the stadium – and, this year, has volunteered at match day engagements with White Ribbon, Ronald McDonald House, Starlight Foundation to name a few.But, it is in his work with the Touch Football Specialised program that the cult-hero’s kind-hearted nature and leadership skills shine through. The TFS program was developed to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in a modified version of Touch Football.Konrad referees and plays in the TFS All Abilities Competition every Wednesday night and ensures teammates from both the NRL and NYC join him. He has made a huge impact on the program, organising the TFS’s Christmas Party, helping secure a sponsor for the day, and ensuring all participants received a prize. Konrad is an inspiration to young Rugby League fans and the outcomes of his involvement can be life-changing.last_img read more

Patrick Tuipulotu tackle cited

first_imgPhoto by: SKY SPORT. Caption: French No 8 Marco Tauleigne was rocked back in the tackle. Tuipulotu was cited out of the All Blacks’ 28-23 victory over the French XV in Lyon on Tuesday night (French time) and will face a judicial hearing in Edinburgh on Friday.Any chance Tuipulotu, who has played 15 tests but has slipped down the second-row pecking order this year, had of slipping into the test squad to face Scotland surely disappeared with news of his date with the judiciary.It has resulted in coach Steve Hansen having to use starting No 6 Vaea Fifita as his lock cover this week, with the coach admitting it was not an ideal scenario. “He’s not our first choice, but we’ve got Patrick at the judiciary on Friday,” Hansen said at his Thursday team naming press conference in Edinburgh in explaining his lock cover.”Luke [Romano] has been battered a bit too, and we’ve got Scotty [Barrett] who we want to keep fresh, and we’ve chosen to leave him right out of the group.”Tuipulotu played well in Lyon, with Hansen saying afterwards he had been “very strong”.The Aucklander said after the game, in which he scored a try, that he had looked to bring a physical presence to the All Blacks against a strong French lineup.”You always need to be physical and get the pack going forward,” he said of his mindset. “With a lot of young guys and new people in the team it was on me to lead with some physicality.”World Rugby believe he may have overstepped the mark, announcing that Tuipulotu had been cited for a “dangerous charge” in the Lyon game, understood to be against French XV No 8 Marco Tauleigne.Independent judicial officer Roger Morris of Wales will conduct the hearing.last_img read more

Fiji dominate bowling

first_imgThey scooped two gold medals in the men’s single and the women’s triple respectively, one silver in the women’s pairs and a bronze again in the men’s fours ahead of PNG and Cook Islands sharing three medals apiece and Norkfolk Island and Niue with a medal each.PNG bagged medal in the women’s pairs, silver in the men’s fours and bronze in the men’s singles while Cook Islands grabbed goal in the men’s four and two bronze in the women’s pairs and triples.Norfolk Island who were tipped to bag gold through Phil Jones in the men single however gave the game away to pocket silver against Fiji and Niue got hold of silver in the women’s triple.Men’s team manager for Fiji Curtis Mar told Post-Courier that the victory for his side to dominate medals in the playoffs were an enormous effort his athletes have put into the last three days of competition that started on Monday. He praised the efforts of Semesa Naiseruvati in his effortful snatch for the gold catch in the men’s single…..PACNEWSlast_img read more

Southern Chiefs thump Fly 32-0 in women’s 7s final

first_imgIt was a scruffy first couple of minutes from both teams to start off the game.The Chiefs were presented with the first opportunity to score and did not let it go to waste as Freda Waula crossed over the try line to make it 5-0.This was left as the halftime score.Right from the second half kick-off is where the Chiefs started their scoring spree as Manda Ipat made a break to run 40 metres to score.A poor restart from Fly cost them another five points as Waula grabbed her second for the match.The Chiefs scored three more tries in the last three minutes. The last try went to the sister of Waula, Vero Waula.In the Cup grand final, Harlequins beat Spartans 22-10.last_img read more

Bryan Gil is already in Leganés and has signed his assignment

first_imgThe signing is not yet official, although it is expected that, as in the case of Roger Assalé, forward from the Young Boys, it will be announced tomorrow, the last day of the winter market. Both will be the first blue and white signings after six casualties in what we have as a window. Bryan Gil has signed his contract tonight as a Leganés player. The left winger comes from Sevilla for the remainder of the season. The player has made an appearance at the Municipal Stadium of Butarque at 22:07 at night with the sports director cucumber, Txema Indias, and their representatives. Inside what will be his new stadium he has signed the agreement. Leganés will assume part of Gil’s record, a figure that will increase if he achieves permanence in First. His signing is produced favored, in part, by the sale of En Nesyri to Seville. As As told, the Andalusian club accepted that, if the kid left, the Leganés would have preference.Gil will contribute to Aguirre the possibility of aligning one end, an option that until now Arnaiz had barely offered, ceded this morning to Osasuna. The Mexican coach has asked for the signing of an interior after the goodbye of the Talaverano.last_img read more

Soldier tombs the champion and leads Granada to Cup semifinals

first_imgYes, the Spanish-Brazilian striker found a door after a quarter of an hour, but the referee canceled the goal for a previous offside (min. 16). With no time to breathe, the Andalusian team responded with a kick to Foulquier’s stick, before Maxi Gomez tried his luck on a shot that saved the local defense.A new shot to the crossbar in the middle of the hour closed the festival of Nasrid occasions in the first half, but, little by little, the set ‘che’ was releasing the pressure to find his prize in the 40th minute, when Rodrigo took advantage of a center behind the back of Coquelin to, first, equalize the contest.Soldier goes to the rescueDiego Martínez retouched the team in the middle with the entry of Víctor Díaz by Vadillo, although it was Valencia who led the initiative in the first stages of the restart, taking control of the ball.However, the fatigue was making a dent and the shock was losing explosiveness. Even so, Jaume still had to act to save a couple of shots of the newly entered Machís.Everything jumped in the air when, already at the discount and in a corner kick, Jaume Costa cleared the ball with his elbow; the referee, after reviewing the VAR, decreed a penalty and Soldier resolved with cold blood to seal the pass (min.93). With this, the Granada team is already waiting for a rival in the semifinals, which will cease to be a single match.DATA SHEET. Granada, with a penalty goal from Roberto Soldado in the 93rd minute, sealed its pass to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday by beating Valencia, the current champion, in the New Los Cármenes (2-1), a result which allows the Granada group to reach the penultimate round of the ‘KO’ tournament for the first time in the last 51 years.And, since May 1969, the Nasrids did not step on the ‘semis’, and he had to be a former player of the ‘che’ group who returned the glory. The Valencian striker opened the scoring as soon as the match began, and, already at the discount and from eleven meters behind a hand committed by Jaume Costa, he offered Granada the pass to the fourth semifinals of its history.At the start of the quarter-cuppers, Nasrids and Valencians offered a first 45 minutes of pure football, with the locals biting more and hitting on their second arrival, when only a couple of minutes had elapsed since the initial whistle.After a loss in the midfield of Albert Celades, the against Granada was armed; Roberto Soldado advanced to the balcony of the area and fired with power adjusted to the short stick to surprise Jaume and overtake his team against his former team (min.3).The arrivals, constant in both areas, gave rhythm to a round trip and full of occasions. Jaume broke up, in the 8th minute, the second goal of Granada, just after Rodrigo wasted a great opportunity to make the draw in an overcrossed shot. Two striker goals overthrow Valencia (2-1)The Nasrid team returns to ‘semis’ 51 years later Photo: EFEcenter_img POMEGRANATE: Aaron Escandell; Foulquier, Sánchez, Vallejo, Neva; Gonalons (Eteki, min. 85), Vadillo (Víctor Díaz, min. 46), Doors, Herrera; Soldier and Carlos Fernández (Machís, min. 69).VALENCIA: Jaume; Wass, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Costa; Parejo, Coquelin, Carlos Soler, Ferran Torres (Guedes, min. 67), Rodrigo (Florenzi, min. 86) and Maxi Gómez.– GOALS:1-0, min. 3: Soldier.1-1, min. 40: Rodrigo.2-1, min. 93: Soldier, penalty.–REFEREE: González González (C. Castellano-Manchego). He admonished Gonalons (min. 43) and Soldier (min. 53) by Granada.–STADIUM: New Los Cármenes. 16,551 spectators. –OUTCOME: GRANADA, 2 – VALENCIA, 1 (1-1, at rest).– ALIGNMENTS.last_img read more

Thiem suffers to pass in Rio and Pella and Ruud say goodbye

first_imgMunar, who gained with partial 7-5 and 6-4 to Caruso, assured house for the spherical of 16 and joined the Spanish Spaniards Pablo Andújar, Pedro Martínez and Carlos Alcaraz, which on Monday overcame their commitments and superior to the following spherical.The Uruguayan Cuevas (46 ATP), who was champion of the Rio Open in 2016 and has performed all editions of the carioca match, he fell in the primary spherical by a blunt 6-4 and 6-Three towards the Hungarian Attila Balazs (106 ATP), a participant who entered the primary competitors because the fortunate loser of the part qualifyingBalazs, who solely wanted an hour and 28 minutes to prevail over the South American, managed to attain the primary spherical in Brazil due to the damage that pressured the Serbian Laslo Djere, champion of the Rio Open in 2019, to surrender the competitors just a few days after its begin.The untimely defeat in Rio leaves the Uruguayan underneath the specter of dropping a number of positions in the worldwide classification as a result of he was defending the 180 factors he acquired as a semifinalist final yr.One other who mentioned goodbye prematurely was the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londeiro (61 ATP) who fell to Croatian Borna Coric (31), the fifth favourite in Rio, by partial 7-6 (7-5) and 7-5, in nearly two hours of the sport.Coric shall be measured in the following part to the younger Brazilian Thiago Wild, who on Monday gained the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in a match of three hours and 50 minutes, the longest in all editions of the Rio Open.The Argentine additionally mentioned goodbye Leonardo Mayer (109 ATP), who fell 6-1, 5-7 and 6-Four on Tuesday towards Italian Lorenzo Sonego (52 ATP).The Rio Open has been performed on the clay courts of the Brazilian Jockey Membership of Rio de Janeiro since 2014 and this yr provides prizes for $ 1.9 million, of which $ 355,530 to the winner together with the 500 factors in the standings ATP.The primary tennis participant to conquer the title in Rio was the Spanish Rafael Nadal (2014) and his successors had been additionally the Spanish David Ferrer (2015), the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (2016), the Austrian Dominic Thiem (2017), the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (2018) and the Serbian Laslo Djere (2019).Outcomes of the second day of the primary spherical:Dominic Thiem (AUT) beat Felipe Meligeni (BRA) 6-2, 4-6 and 6-1.Dusan Lajovic (SRB) to Marco Cecchinato (ITA) for 6-4, 6-7 (4) and 6-1.Borna Coric (CRO) to Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) for 7-6 (5) and 7-5.Gianluca Mager (ITA) to Casper Ruud (NOR) by 7-6 (4) and 7-5.Attila Balazs (HUG) to Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-4 and 6-3.Joao Domingues (POR) to Federico Gaio (ITA) by 7-6 (8) and 6-4.Jaume Munar (ESP) to Salvatore Caruso (ITA) 7-5 and 6-4.Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) to Leonardo Mayer (ARG) for 6-1, 5-7 and 6-4..hiago Monteiro (BRA) to Guido Pella (ARG) for 5-7, 6-4 and 7-6 (3) Austrian tennis participant Dominic Thiem, quantity 4 in the world, confirmed Tuesday his favoritism on the Rio de Janeiro Open by beating Brazilian Felipe Meligeni, whereas the Argentinean Guido Pella and the Norwegian Casper Ruud, two of the favorites, mentioned goodbye in the primary spherical.Thiem, who gained 6-2, 4-6 and 6-1 to Meligeni (341 ATP) regardless of discomfort in the left knee that pressured him to ask for medical consideration, shall be measured in the spherical of 16 in this Brazilian metropolis to Spanish Jaume Munar (99 ATP), who superior thanks to his 7-5 and 6-Four victory over the Italian Salvatore Caruso (97 ATP).In the meantime, Pella (27 ATP), the fourth favourite in the one ATP 500 match in South America, and Ruud (45 ATP), eighth favourite and that Sunday was topped champion of the Buenos Aires Open, had been eradicated after dropping in the primary spherical.Pella was eradicated by Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (88 ATP) in a detailed and even match of three hours and three minutes in which the venue, with the assist of nearly all of the followers, was more practical in the tiebreaker sleeve and ended up imposing itself for 5-7, 6-4 and 7-6 (3).Monteiro will meet on Thursday in the spherical of 16 at Hungarian Attila Balazs (106 ATP), which right now eradicated Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (27 ATP), one other of the large favorites.The Norwegian, in the meantime, fell to the Italian Gianluca Mager (128 ATP) by 7-6 (4) and 7-5.As well as to Pella, Ruud and Cuevas, different favorites eradicated in the primary spherical in Rio had been the Spaniards Fernando Verdasco (59 ATP), ninth seed, and Albert Ramos (41 ATP), seventh.Ramos was eradicated on Monday by Carlos Alcaraz, the brand new jewel of Spanish tennis and that, at age 16, turned the youngest in his nation to win an ATP match after Rafael Nadal.The few favorites that superior with Thiem to second spherical had been the Serbian Dusan Lajovic (23 ATP), second head of key and that beat the Italian Marco Cecchinato by 6-4, 6-7 (4) and 6-1; and the Croatian Borna Coric (31 ATP), fifth favourite and that was imposed on the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero by 7-6 (5) and 7-5.The Chilean Cristian Garín (26 ATP), third favourite, had already assured place in eighths on Monday.Thiem, champion of the Rio Open in 2016, which this month was a finalist in the Australian Open and expects the 500 champion factors in Rio to ascend to third place in the rating, you should have to overcome not solely the discomfort in the knee however an uncomfortable rival like Munar, 22 years outdated and He expects a rematch after the defeat towards the Austrian in April that eradicated him in Barcelona.Regardless of his favoritism, the fourth of the world confronted difficulties earlier than a Brazilian youth who pressured him to play the three sleeves and that he beat the braek level in the second set, in addition to extending a theoretically simple match for 2 hours and two minutes.last_img read more

Giménez does not travel to Barcelona due to knee discomfort

first_imgArias, Lemar, Herrera, Saponjic and Giménez do not travel to Barcelona to measure himself at Espanyol. The five players are the discards of Simeone for the meeting of the twenty-sixth league day, although in the case of French for a muscle injury and in that of the Uruguayan central for some discomfort in the knee, As explained by Atlético on its website. Arias, Herrera and Saponjic for their part will not be in the match by technical decision. Giménez has physical problems again after return to a call on February 14 for the match against Valencia. The Uruguayan had fallen injured in the extension of the final of the Spanish Supercup against Real Madrid by a muscular edema in the left leg.It is a particularly complicated season for the third rojiblanco captain, who began as the undisputed holder until on October 23 he suffered the puncture again, in that case on the right thigh. A Grade I medical condition from which, when I was returning, relapsed: 47 days off. Some injuries that year after year have punished the player. In the 2015-16 season he played 21 games until January, but since then the numbers were falling, in many cases due to physical problems. 9 in 2016-17, where Savic and Godín were the starters, 16 in 2017-18, 13 in the last season and 15 in the current one. Since his return to the Giménez group he had witnessed three straight matches from the bench, against Valencia, Liverpool and Villarreal. Felipe’s good work with Savic in the center of the rear complicated his return to eleven and now some new inconveniences force him to stop again. As stated by the Cholo at a press conference, “we have always said that we have four very good centrals, very strong and when they have played each other indistinctly, they have performed at a great level. The continuity that Savic and Felipe are having is giving us assurances and Hermoso and Giménez are training enthusiastically to compete and have opportunities to play. ” The one who returns to the call is Diego Costa, absent from the yellow submarine. The 18 summoned by Simeone are: Oblak, Adam, Vrsaljko, Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi, Llorente, Thomas, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco, Vitolo, Correa, João Félix, Diego Costa and Morata. Apparently the eleven against Espanyol will consist of: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Thomas, Saul, Koke, Carrasco; Correa and Morata.last_img read more

The RFET launches its online TV channel with Carla Suárez

first_imgVarious contentsThe RFET plans to broadcast varied content material packages, with interviews, colloquia and coaching periods on totally different subjects, each for coaches and gamers, mother and father, referees and followers on the whole.The schedule can be introduced upfront by way of the official channels of the RFET, and all broadcasts could be retrieved deferred on the YouTube channel of the RFET.The initiative is a part of the actions promoted by the RFET inside the #TenisEnCasa marketing campaign, with the intention of accompanying tennis followers all through the interval of confinement decreed by the Authorities of Spain because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) premieres this new TV channel this Sunday, April 12 on-line “RFETV” with a primary program that may characteristic Carla Suárez as a visitor, collectively with a bunch of younger guarantees of Spanish tennis. The broadcast could be adopted reside on YouTube, from 7 to eight pm.Any fan can have the chance to take part within the gathering of this primary program by videotaping a query for the Spanish champion, which ought to be despatched by e-mail to the tackle earlier than Sunday.Through the broadcast, feedback and questions can be left on social networks utilizing the #HablaConCarla hash in order that they are often made reside.last_img read more