Blues battle back for 10s triumph

first_imgTrailing 7-0 for almost the entire match after an early converted try to Hurricanes prop Alex Fidow, the Blues dug deep and got a rich reward.It was a slow, stodgy clash at Suncorp Stadium, until it came to life when Akira Ioane crashed over in the corner, trimming the margin to two points and giving them the opening they needed.The winning try came after the siren, with George Moala stretching over on the opposite side to spark wild celebrations among his team, which finished bottom of the New Zealand conference in Super Rugby last year.It isn’t their first piece of tens silverware, though, having claimed the World Club 10s in Singapore four years ago.It was the second straight year the decider was contested by two New Zealand teams, who once again looked a cut above the rest – stronger in defence and more daring and skilful in attack.The Blues had doused the hopes of the last remaining Australian team, the Queensland Reds, in the semi-final.The Reds rocketed to a 5-0 lead in the first minute courtesy of a 75m intercept try from Jayden Ngamanu.But the Blues hit back with three unanswered tries through Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen and Kurt Eklund to win 22-10.However there was some consolation for Australian rugby – the ending of a 12-month long trans-Tasman losing streak.It might have only been a novelty pre-season event but Queensland’s 19-7 quarter-final win over the Chiefs was the first by an Australian side against a New Zealand franchise since the opening match of last year’s tens tournament.Australia’s five teams failed to record one win in 26 Super Rugby games against Kiwi teams last season.The Chiefs however will rightly feel hard done by, with both of Angus Blyth’s two tries – which saw the Reds draw level and then take the lead – hugely contentious.Blyth’s second try clearly should not have been allowed as his foot touched the sideline while he was tackled as he closed in to score.last_img read more

Hunters determined to maintain momentum

first_imgHunters coach Michael Marum will be expecting his troops to reward an expected massive crowd of PNG supporters with a win this Sunday against Norths Devils.Last week’s come-from-behind nail-baiter against Wynnum Manly was quite a feat given that half of the players in last week’s victory have averaged at least two games this seasonBut this time around, Marum’s playing stocks are bolstered as the Hunters look for their third win on the road against a quality Norths Devils outfit.The return of the team’s three big guns, Timothy Lomai (fromsuspension), Willie Minoga and Dion Aiye (injury) will definitely boost the morale of the team even more.Other changes made are in the five eighth position with Noel Zemming replacing Israel Eliab who is still recovering from malaria.Interestingly enough, the bulk of the Hunters points which have propelled the Hunters to third spot on 15 points, have come from games at home in Kokopo.Marum said that playing away games was always a challenge but added that the team would be focused on playing to the set game plan.The Hunters depart for Australia tomorrow and will be playing at Albert Bishop Park in Nundah, a Brisbane suburb. The game will be played at 2pm on Sunday and will be telecast live on Hitron and Channel 8 with a delayed coverage on EMTV at 7pm for PNG viewers.last_img read more

Australia pair Pocock & Hooper against Fiji

first_imgPocock starts at number eight with Hooper at seven – just as they did in the win over New Zealand in August.Toulon’s Matt Giteau, who is available after the Australian Rugby Union relaxed rules over overseas-based players in April, starts at centre.Will Genia is preferred to Nick Phipps at scrum-half and wins his 61st cap.Hooker Stephen Moore captains a side which boasts 720 caps among its starting XV and includes Kurtley Beale among the replacements.Fiji are without flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu, who has been banned for a week for a tip-tackle on wing Jonny May in his team’s 35-11 defeat by England on Friday.He is replaced by Clermont Auvergne’s Peceli Yato, while Stade Francais hooker Tuapati Talemaitoga, Ospreys lock Tevita Cavubati and Harlequins number eight Netani Talei also come in.With the Wallabies’ second Pool A match against Uruguay following just four days after the meeting with Fiji, coach Michael Cheika has said he is keen to make full use of his 31-man squad.”It’s important to give everyone an opportunity early on,” Cheika added.”We’ve done that throughout our lead-up to this tournament, and I believe it’s a good way to go.”Australia: Folau; Ashley-Cooper, Kuridrani, Giteau, Horne; Foley, Genia; Sio, Moore (capt), Kepu, Douglas, Simmons, Fardy, Hooper, Pocock.Replacements: Polota-Nau, Slipper, Holmes, Skelton, Mumm, Phipps, Toomua, Beale.Fiji: Talebula; Nayacalevu, Goneva, Lovobalavu, Nadolo; Volavola, Matawalu; Ma’afu, Tuapati, Saulo, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Yato, Qera, Talei.Replacements: Veikoso, Ravai, Colati, Soqeta, Ravulo, Kenatale, Matavesi, Tikoirotuma.last_img read more

The 10 great unknowns of Spanish football by 2020

first_img5- The new Super CupAmong all the measures taken by Luis Rubiales throughout 2019, the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia has been one of the most controversial. The tournament, until today summer, passes to the month of January, will have four participants and will be disputed outside national borders. Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Atlético de Madrid and Valencia will play the trophy in Final Four format, in an innovative idea very different from the classic winner of the League against the winner of the Copa del Rey double game. The most discussed was its location, even by the Government, although the president of the RFEF said that Saudi Arabia was the place chosen to try to improve the situation in the country. The televisions, not compliant with the location, gave up on broadcasting the competition in open. Finally, it will be seen in Movistar +.6- Neymar and Mbappé, the big goalsCHARLES PLATIAU & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Neymar and Mbappé will once again star in the market for another year.CHARLES PLATIAU (REUTERS) They are the most popular names summer yes and summer too. In 2020 it will be no less. Mbappé is still the favorite for the greats of Spanish football, but the PSG is an uncompromising negotiator and will not let you out except for an exorbitant figure. With the Brazilian it is different. Last summer he already begged to agree on his departure, but Barcelona did not reach the amounts required by the Parisian directive. It was an open secret and it still is: Ney is not comfortable in France and wants to leave as soon as possible. It is not the intended number 1, but Real Madrid would not rule out its signing if the opportunity presents itself. With Messi and Cristiano in recent years at the highest level, the two stars of the PSG are the kings of the market.7- What will the Copa del Rey hold?Only one round of the new cup format has been played and, of course, it has not left anyone indifferent. A total of nine Second Division teams have fallen eliminated by lower category clubs. He has also yielded the Alavés against Real Jaén, a Third, something that had not happened for more than twenty years. However, the existence of two more rounds can leave about sixteenths of the final with less humble clubs than previous years. Or maybe a similar figure. In the absence of Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Atlético and Valencia joining the competition, the second round will be played on the weekend, in the purest English style. A single game and at the home of the child, there is a guarantee that each tie will be full of emotion. Do youWill get some modest fight in advanced rounds?8- The future of the historicalPaco Zas and Al Thani, questioned since September. The former no longer occupies his position. The hype has been benevolent with Spain, which has been framed with Poland, Sweden and one of the winners of the playoffs. However, passing the group is not the goal, but rather winning. France is already established as an elite team and many other teams are at the level of the one trained by Luis Enrique: Germany, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Belgium … One of the most equal Eurocups of the century is raised and there is the big question,the national team has enough level to fight for the championship?4- Benzema, for MessiKarim Benzema is unquestionably a leader for Real Madrid. The French striker responds with goals and his inseparable game of association to the expectations placed on him, although he will always question whether or not he is an elite gunner. At the moment, in the 2019-20 season is leaving his signature at the top of the scorers table. With 12 goals under his belt, just is one of Leo Messi, which is the provisional pichichi. While is true that the ’10’ missed some games due to injury, the madridista has found regularity from face to door. Do youBenzema can overcome the Argentine star or, at least, stay in the fight until the final stretch of the championship? In Europa League, on the contrary, Sevilla is once again one of the great favorites to win the competition. The Lopetegui team has been first of the group peacefully, giving rest to the most common, and will face in sixteenths the Cluj. Espanyol also advanced as a leader, but it has touched a poisoned dart: the Wolverhampton. The one that suffered the most and the one that apparently more complicated has to advance to the round of 16 is the Getafe. Chance did not smile at him and crossed him with Ajax from Amsterdam, semifinalist of the Champions last season. A reason to smile, but many unknowns. The seven Spaniards are classified, butSome may represent LaLiga until the final rounds?2- The explosion of young talents Given the exorbitant transfer market and the high price to be paid by mid-level players, Spanish clubs are exercising a policy of incorporating young players, who are more affordable and that they point to world stars in the future. A dozen promises raise the ovation of the First Division camps every weekend. They are not even 20 years old, but They are accompanied by an unmistakable charisma and nobody doubts that they will continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Sometimes they accuse the lack of opportunities. In other cases, when they have them, they see the need to impress as soon as possible, which causes them frustration and natural mistakes at their age.Young people called to make an impression in 2020. Every January 1, thousands and thousands of people around the world make a list of purposes for the coming year and it is inevitable that dozens and dozens of questions pass through their minds. It will not be different in football, a sport so changing that who would say two years ago that Deportivo and Málaga were going to be evicted in the Second Division or that Liverpool was going to send with an iron fist in the Premier League. Or what Robert Moreno was going to go out the back door of the Spanish National Team or that the Copa del Rey He was going to take an absolute turn until he gave opportunities to Regional clubs. 2019, regardless of the results, has once again been an unforgettable year, like everyone else, on the national scene. As they say, in 2020 more and better. But, What is on trial in Spanish football? What are the big questions for the year that has just begun? Leave the grapes aside, that the king sport is back.1- Do the Spaniards continue to rule in Europe?The 2018-19 season left the Spanish teams in a bad place. Madrid was severely executed by Ajax; Barcelona suffered a remembered 4-0 at Anfield; the Athletic accused the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo; and the Valencia, despite his good work, fell eliminated in a complicated group. More than concrete results, in Spain there was a feeling that a step back had been taken and that the Champions League was English territory. The group stage of this has not seen the best version of the four national representatives and the eighths will be a turning point. Zidane’s team has had a ‘coconut’, a Manchester City in need of claiming. Simeone’s, another high: Liverpool Klopp. Barça and Valencia will have it easier, that faces will be seen with Naples and Atalanta respectively.Madrid and Barcelona were out of the Champions League after a disastrous second leg. Real Madrid commands the eleven youth of LaLiga Santander with Rodrygo and Vinicius in the squad and Kubo and Martin Odegaard growing Mallorca and Real Sociedad respectively. Barcelona, ​​with Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati, also has a promising future. Aleña, newcomer to Betis, will return to Barcelona with more minutes in the First Division. Joao Felix, and a reality, should take the definitive step to stardom in 2020. Ferran and KangIn Lee, promises of Valencia, point very high, although they still have to consolidate. What will become of them in the new year?3- The actual level of the Selection2019 was a storm year in the national team, with the unexpected and tense march of Robert Moreno and the return of Luis Enrique. Both technicians crossed statements without making it clear what the problem was that forced them to take separate paths. Beyond that, the National Soccer Team has achieved the qualification for the European Championship, which will be held in the month of June at different locations. One of them will be Bilbao, so the national team will enjoy the privilege of playing the first three games before their audience.The National Team, for the challenge of the European Championship. Málaga and Deportivo de la Coruña are two regulars of the first category of Spanish football who now live a deep crisis which causes tremors among its fans. After a disputed half-turn, both are in danger. Malaga, suffering from the passivity of Al Thani at many times, has come to have problems to add seven players of the first team, although it has overlapped and, for the moment, does not occupy relegation places. With 23 points, one is above the descent marked by Extremadura. The Depor, meanwhile, has just announced the arrival of Çolak and Fernando Vázquez To try to get out of the pit. It has a new directive and its economic situation is not alarming. However, a decline to Second B would be catastrophic. For now, good year entry, add 18 points and is four from salvation.9- The return of CádizDespite its ‘bad’ final results, Cádiz has made a dreamlike first round and has been, at times, the best leader in history. Now it is eight points ahead of Huesca, first team in Playoff positions, and in five at Almeria, Second classified. While it is true that the advantage is not as comfortable as it could seem over the past few months, the Cervera team has in its hand to return to the highest category of Spanish football. In addition to ascending, Coach continuity is one of the guidelines set out in Vizcaino’s notebook, President. The technician ends the contract in June and is now free to negotiate with other clubs. Offers will not be missing, of course. Step by step, the first thing is to certify the elite. In his hand is.10- The end of the internal wars in the Lightning?Be in First or Second Division, Lightning is one of the teams that has more talk Among football fans. These lines do not refer to the Zozulia Case, which has unleashed a storm on the national scene, has transcended political representatives and has caused Martín Presa go out to give public explanations. Rather, the problem is in the questioned communion between board, players and fans. Paco Jémez, his technician, spoke of all this in an interview in AS: “We are all too tense and jumping to the minimum. We will try to get the problems put to us by the rivals, not ourselves. The one to the other, the other to the ones, Nobody is saved here. Hopefully we are a united club that people envy. We have to fix it. Vallecas has lost all the essence that has made him great. We are one more field. Before it was the last redoubt of neighborhood football, foreigners came to watch games … We have loaded it and it is our fault“.last_img read more

Samara, successfully operated: “I look forward to returning!”

first_imgUnfortunately I had to go through the operating room but the operation went very well. I want to thank all the medical staff of the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital for their great work as well as Elena Isla. Thank you for all the love received. Looking forward to stepping on the grass again! 💪🏻⚽ pic.twitter.com/L35be474EA – samaraortiz14 (@ samaraortizz14) January 20, 2020Several companions, including her sister Malena, wanted to convey her support through social networks. “Lucky to be able to enjoy every day at your side what we like most. We have been able to know the most beautiful moments of football together, now it’s time to pass the bitter side of football. I’m sure you’re going back stronger, “he wrote. The Heel of David Aznar, obviously, will not be able to count on Samara for Sunday’s game against Logroño at home. White is in the middle of the table with 19 points, five of his next opponent who ties in the standings with Rayo Vallecano. The Tacon will not be able to count on Samara Ortiz for a while. The defense suffered a fracture of the middle third of the right collarbone during the match of this day of Liga Iberdrola against Sporting de Huelva that ended with a victory for White by 1-3 with goals from Thaisa, Jakobsson and Asllani.Both the club and the Azeri player reported through social networks that the operation had worked out well. “Unfortunately I had to go through the operating room but the operation went very well. I want to thank all the medical staff of the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital for their great work as well as Elena Isla. Thank you for all the love received. I wish to step on the grass again! “The defense tweeted.last_img read more

Djokovic retakes the one with 325 points ahead of Nadal

first_imgMarket StallParticipantpoints 4Dominic Thiem (Aut)7,045 The triumph of Novak Djokovic in opposition to Dominic Thiem In the remaining of the Australian Open it has vital penalties in the world rankings. Enter, the Serbian surpasses Rafa Nadal as quantity one 91 days later, with a distinction of 325 points over the Balearic. And at the identical time saves the third place of Roger Federer (7,130), which could be very little in entrance of Thiem (7,045).Nole efficiently defended the 2,000 he gained in 2019 by revalidating the title in Australia, whereas Nadal misplaced 840 by being eradicated in the quarterfinals, since in 2018 he reached the semifinals. The Balkan didn’t play his subsequent event final yr till Indian Wells and there he solely defends one level, whereas Rafa was in Acapulco (he gained two after falling in the second spherical in opposition to Kyrgios) and in Indian Wells he gained 360 as a semifinalist. That’s the place the battle for the throne will proceed, with some choices for Nadal to get well it. 6Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre)4,745 5Daniil Medvedev (Rus)5,960 ATP World Rating twoRafael Nadal9,395 3Roger Federer (Sui)7,130center_img 10David Goffin (Bel)2,555 7Alexander Zverev (Ale)3,885 8Matteo Berrettini (Ita)2,905 9Gael Monfils (Fra)2,700 oneNovak Djokovic (Ser)9,720 As for the relaxation of the top-10, Thiem, fourth, goes down Daniil Medvedev to fifth place and Roberto Bautista comes out, who was ninth and this Monday will probably be 12th. Enter amongst the high ten David Goffin. As regards the relaxation of the top-100 Spaniards, Pablo Carreño improves one place and is 29th; Albert Ramos stays 42º; Fernando Verdasco climbs at 48º and Feliciano López at 55º; Pablo Andújar follows 63º and Roberto Carballés 83º; Alejandro Davidovich rises to 84th and Jaume Munar to 87th.last_img read more

Rotations in Europe and the Cup do not pay off

first_imgCombining three competitions is always a headache for the technical bodies. There are infinite variables when choosing the alignments. From the rest recommended by the physical trainers or doctors, to emotional aspects of players or even the health of the dressing room, in order to make the entire staff of the successes and failures of the course. Espanyol has found different ways of dealing with three technicians since July.With David Gallego, rotations were scarce. And that helped him qualify for the group stage and end up undefeated. Before Zorya, the Catalan coach lined up six players who had already participated against Sevilla in the previous day and seven who did so against Alavés on the lap played in Zaporiyia. He reduced the number in his next two commitments before dismissal. Five who played in Ipurua repeated against Ferencvaros and five others who fell at home against Valladolid started out in Moscow.Pablo Machín clearly differentiated two teams. Only two players repeated in the two games against Ludogorets and Ferencvaros in Budapest. One of them was Diego López. The result was to add seven of nine points. Before the CSKA, already classified, no one of those who played at the Bernabéu repeated. Espanyol lost 0-1 and ended its streak of 26 straight games without losing in Europe. Abelardo follows the Machín model and that Espanyol has advanced rounds. Already in the Cup, in Anoeta, only one player from the victory against Villarreal repeated. It was Javi López. Espanyol fell eliminated. In Wolverhampton they repeated two (Wu Lei and Víctor Sánchez). And the 4-0 speaks for itself.last_img read more

Iago Aspas gets into the fight to revalidate his crown

first_imgAlthough in this exercise he did not open his personal account until the eighth day, its main adversaries They have not got manage the advantage obtained. The trajectory of Gerard Moreno. The Villarreal attacker added eight goals after the first eleven games. Now a year ago Blades was in the dry dock due to an injury that kept him three months out of the playgrounds. At the end of February 2019 it accumulated ten goals One more than right now. He reappeared in the absence of ten days and saved the Celtic of the descent with a dozen goals in the final stretch. The four forward that colideran the ranking of maximum Spanish scorer of LaLiga they already feel the breath of defender of the crown on the back of his neck. Iago Aspas, matched to nine targets with his ex-partner Joselu, he has been located just a bit from Lucas Pérez, Ángel, Roger Martí and Gerard Moreno. The ’10’ has seen door in the last two games played in Balaidos and arrives on fire to the final third of the course.The curriculum of the moañés le grants the condition of Favourite in the race to be the best state gunner. Aspas has monopolized that recognition since 2017. The first year he achieved it with 19 goals, in 2018 he signed 22 and in 2019 he was enough with twenty.center_img The ’10’ goes up to return to the National TeamIt takes less than a month for Luis Enrique offer your first list since he took the reins of the Spanish team again. During the first stage of the Spaniard in charge of La Roja, Aspas was a regular in the calls. That condition was lost when Robert Moreno He took over. The Catalan left him out of his last three citations. The unknown if the return of Luis Enrique will be the turn of the morracense to the state combined It will clear on March 22. Unlike the other strikers who have had more prominence with Spain since the World Cup in Russia, The Celtic traded higher. His goals in recent weeks contrast with the Alvaro Morata drought, which has not yet scored in LaLiga so far in 2020, and by Rodrigo Moreno, weighed down by injurieslast_img read more

Mexican Tennis Open: Results of Monday 24

first_imgThe The Mexican Tennis Open ended its actions on Monday, February 24, the primary day of the event held in Acapulco, Guerrero. Within the particular person classes, each female and male, the duels of the Spherical of 32, whereas in Doubles the spherical of 16.Results of day 1 of the Mexican Tennis OpenThen we depart you the outcomes of the primary day of actions on the Mexican Tennis Open, the place there have been adrenaline-filled duels and good degree on the Acapulco courts.Males’s Particular person (Spherical of 32)Cameron Norrie | 6 Three 3 * Adrian Mannarino | 2 6 6 Tommy Paul | 6 6 6* Mackenzie McDonald | 7 Four 4Álex de Miñaur | 6 Four 3* Miomir Kecmanović | Three 6 6 * Stan Wawrinka | 6 6 7Frances Tiafoe | Three 7 6* Marcos Girón | 6 7Gerardo López | Four 6Ladies’s Particular person (Spherical of 32)* Keteryna Bondarenko | 6 6 6Danka Konvinic | 7 Four 2Arantxa Rus | Three 1* Nao Hibino | 6 6* Heather Watson | Four 6 6 Coco Vandeweghe | 6 Four 4 * Anastasia Potapova | Four 7 6Anna Karolína Schmiedlová | 6 5 1Marie Bouzková | Four 6 2* Tatjana Maria | 6 1 6* Tamara Zidanšek | 6 6Anna Kalinskaya | 3. 4* X. Wang | 6 7Yafan Wang | Four 6Males’s doubles (spherical of 16)Philipp OswaldMarcus Daniell | 5 6 10* Taylor Fritz | 7 3 12* Grigor Dimitrov——–* Alexander Zverev* Mischa Zverev | 6 6Jackson Withrow | Three 3Nicholas Monroe——–Miguel Angel Reyes VarelaLuis David Martínez | Three 6* Joran Vliegen | 6 7* Sander Gillé——–Ladies’s doubles (spherical of 16)Sara SorribesGeorgina García Pérez | Three 1* Sabrina Santamaria | 6 6* Nina Stojanović———Christina McHaleLara Arruabarrena | Four 3* Caroline Dolehide | 6 6* Astra Sharma* They superior to the following sphericallast_img read more

“The fans have always supported me and have known how to wait”

first_imgNew virtual meeting between fans and players of the first team of Cadiz. This time it was up to Alfonso Espino, known as ‘El Pacha’, answer the different questions that the Cadista followers asked him. The Uruguayan admits he is very comfortable in Cádiz, where he would retirealthough his dream is to retire in National, your team since childhood. The defense revealed what his routine is like during confinement, “my routine for the day is to train when you can go out and then spend time with the family. I really like going to the beach to drink mate. Now that I am locked up enjoying the family. I get up early to train at home, clean, drink mate, anything. “From your arrival to Cadiz, the winger remembers the nerves and the illusion of landing in a European team. “I was without a team and waiting for opportunities. I rejected some from Argentina because I wanted to come to Europe. When the offer of the Cadiz I felt weird because it was my first experience abroad, but being Spain and having the same language, it was easier to change. “In addition, he admits that his family did not take long to adapt,” it costs change because we had never left Uruguay, but people are very friendly and that helps. I love the beaches of Cádiz and the weather. “ The ‘Pacha’ acknowledges that he was not at a good level when he arrived in Cádiz“I was a mess, I came with no rhythm, I had no preseason, adaptation period … The rhythm in European football is different from that of Uruguay, it is more intense. This campaign is being very good.”The footballer only has words of thanks for the club and the fans, “What impressed me the most was the quality of the people that make up the club and the team. The stadium is very beautiful and the fans are similar to Uruguay. I want to stay for many years because I am very comfortable here. “And he adds,” The fans have always supported me and they have known how to wait. That they think ‘Uruguayan, Uruguayan’ in the Carranza is very beautiful and it makes my skin stand on end, I thank them. “As for the dressing room, the winger claims to have found a large group that has made it easier for him to join. “Within the field, I connect better with those closest to me. Álex and Perea, they are the ones I have to give them to do things. Outside I get along very well with everyone. Akapo, Iza, Marcos, Alejo … I could keep saying names. There is a very nice group and that is the most important thing about this team. “The goals he remembers best are, “playing with Nacional against Juventud, and with Cádiz the goal I scored against Almería was very nice because it served to be first, on top was the first goal with Cádiz. I was very happy. “The fate of the competition is still uncertain, the Uruguayan jokes to finish it now and get promoted, “for me it would end now and we would ascend, but you have to accept what they decide, the nicest thing would be to play everything and ascend “. And he acknowledges that it will be difficult to compete again at the same level, “it will be difficult due to time stopped. We have to try to do as much as possible to return the best that we can. “Finally, the ‘Pacha’ Espino reveals the secret of Uruguayan soccer quality“The passion that we Uruguayans have is what makes so many players with that ambition, which is what characterizes us.”center_img 22last_img read more