Tight match previewed between Rabbitohs and Roosters

first_imgIn this Shick Preview, these two neighbours from opposite sides of Anzac Parade have been going at it since 1908 and while in more recent years they have kicked off regular NRL seasons with mouth-watering Round 1 clashes, the advantage to this Round 4 meeting is each side has had a chance to feel their way into the season.The Bunnies have hit back strongly after a dour Round 1 loss to Wests Tigers, putting Manly to the sword at Lottoland then edging past a gritty Knights outfit at McDonald Jones Stadium last week.Sadly for coach Michael Maguire his team has been wrecked by suspension with three starters from last week rubbed out. Prop George Burgess misses two weeks for striking Mitch Barnett, though his first-half self-implosion likely would have seen him return to reserve grade this week anyway.Centre Hymel Hunt misses four for a swinging arm to the jaw of Brendan Elliott while Braidon Burns’ shoulder charge that concussed Sione Mata’utia has put him out for one game.In response, Maguire has gone for major surgery; Cody Walker has been named at fullback with Johnston on the wing in place of Burns and Sifa Talakai replacing Hunt in the centres. John Sutton shifts to five-eighth for Walker with Angus Crichton starting in the back row while Tom Burgess replaces his twin at prop. Anthony Cherrington could be in line for a club debut after being named in jersey 15.The bench is David Tyrrell, Tyrell Fuimaono, Cameron Murray and Sitiveni Moceidreke. Moceidreke is a lanky Fijian winger coming off a bag of four tries in the Intrust Premiership for North Sydney last week and it wouldn’t completely surprise to see him replace Burns with the in-form Walker and Johnston reverting to the positions they’ve been so strong in over the past fortnight.Things are sailing a bit more smoothly at the Roosters with the Bondi club just the second team along with the Storm to be three wins from three games. Trent Robinson’s men have been a little hard to get a read on – they rampaged out of the blocks against the Titans in Round 1, producing the most dominate 40 minutes of any team so far this year but went to sleep in the second half.They always looked comfortable in their Round 2 win over Canterbury but never put their opponents away and almost lost. Then last week they needed a missed forward pass call to sneak home against the Panthers. Still, a win’s a win and they’ve got there in every game so far. This week coach Trent Robinson has named an unchanged 17 but Blake Ferguson is in the reserves and could come in for Joseph Manu if his rib injury is adequately healed. Chris Smith, Paul Carter and Mitch Cornish are the other reserves.‌Why Rabbitohs can win: Usually with the Bunnies – at least in recent years – it’s forward power that lays the platform. That will still be the goal but aside from Sam Burgess the Bunnies pack has been a little low on sting so far this year. Their biggest strength at the moment looks to be the combination of their playmakers; five-eighth Cody Walker has been his team’s best over three rounds with the Grafton livewire causing all sorts of headaches with his pace and vision while his six try assists top the comp after three rounds. It’s also no coincidence the Bunnies’ only loss came in the only game halfback Adam Reynolds missed with his calculated kicking game proving the difference over the past fortnight. Alex Johnston has slipped into Greg Inglis’s fullback role beautifully while the job-sharing arrangement between hookers Robbie Farah and Damien Cook is currently looking like a coaching masterstroke. We wouldn’t be surprised if Maguire makes some late positional changes before kick-off.Why Roosters can win: Despite some inconsistency the Tricolours are 3-0 for a reason. Their forwards are getting forward (Boyd Cordner and Dylan Napa are third and fourth respectively for most hit-ups after three rounds) while their new halves combination of Mitch Pearce and Luke Keary has started the season brilliantly with three try assists each. Fullback Michael Gordon has added a ton of experience and flexibility at the back in what currently looks a very well-balanced team.Key match-up: Adam Reynolds v Mitchell Peace. Origin talk in March? Don’t mind if I do. Yes, yes, teams aren’t picked for two months and there’s an NRL game to be won here but the duel between two of the three NSW halfback frontrunners (incumbent James Maloney is the other with young Nathan Cleary the bolter) is too delicious not to mention.Each man is close to the most important for their team; the Bunnies have looked a different side with Reynolds back pulling the reins while the Roosters rise and fall on the form of Pearce, who has been instrumental in their strong start to season 2017. Whoever edges the personal battle will go miles towards securing a victory on Thursday night.‌ The history: Played 214; Rabbitohs 112; Roosters 97; Drawn 5. It’s pretty even over a century-plus of football between these two proud clubs and it’s even tighter in recent years with the spoils being split four games apiece over the past eight games.last_img read more

Merrin welcomes Mansour return

first_imgPhoto by: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.Panthers winger Josh Mansour. Mansour is expected to be named in Anthony Griffin’s 21-man squad after missing the opening 12 rounds of the NRL Telstra Premiership with a torn ACL suffered during a routine training run for Australia in the Four Nations Tournament back in November.Merrin was on tour with Mansour when he ruptured the knee ligament after a collision with current NSW centre Josh Dugan and has watch his rehabilitation process in the last seven months closely at the foot of the mountains. It was 12 months ago the Lebanese international made his State of Origin debut for the Blues in Game One and Merrin believed he could still be a late contender at the backend of the series if required.”I’m looking forward to his return, it’s going to be a big bonus for the team and just with small things like getting the team on the front foot and coming out of trouble when we are deep in our half,” Merrin told NRL.com. “He’s worked so hard to get back and is obviously made for Origin but we will get him right with us first before we share him around.”Merrin and former NSW prop James Tamou were both left out of Laurie Daley’s Blues line-up after slow starts to the season, but the Panthers’ recent form of back-to-back wins has the incumbent Australian Test lock dancing again. “I couldn’t wait to get into the sheds in the last couple of weeks and go mad in the middle,” Merrin said.”It’s the best feeling ever, especially when you don’t get a win for a few weeks, you really have to embrace a win when it comes around. “I didn’t even know I was being filmed [after Australia’s win over New Zealand] and that it was going on social media but it’s good, gets the morale in the team strong and I love a bit of a dance and the boys do too.”Merrin believes Mal Meninga’s loyalty to choose him in the Australian side has helped kick-start his own personal form after a quiet start to the season.Since being named for the Kangaroos, the 27-year-old has averaged 166 metres and made a total 11 offloads in his last three appearances – more than his total of 10 after the opening eight rounds of the Telstra Premiership.Defensively Merrin has also reduced his missed tackle count from over three a game to just two despite playing higher minutes for the Panthers in recent weeks.”To get that confidence going away and being around those top players in camps really gives you a boost after a tough few weeks here at home,” he said.”I took a lot out of the Australian win and now hopefully I can bring it back to club level more.”The inclusion of Mansour could force coach Griffin to make a shuffle in the backline with Matt Moylan linked to a move to the No.6 jersey with the long-term ankle injury to Bryce Cartwright. Both utility backs Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Dylan Edwards trained in the fullback role on Monday.last_img read more

Penrith Panthers lose James Maloney to injury

first_imgThe Panthers confirmed the NSW five-eighth had suffered a grade-two medial ligament tear during Saturday’s get-out-of-jail win over the Gold Coast.The club said he had been sidelined indefinitely and would not be back for the final three regular rounds.He is now eyeing Week One of the finals as his earliest possible return.Medial ligament strains generally take 3-6 weeks to heal, meaning he may not be back at all this year, should the Panthers go out in straight sets in the finals.Maloney has looked hindered over the past several weeks, playing with a toe injury and broken thumb.He was criticised after missing 12 tackles and making just nine against Canberra in Round 21.The Panthers have endured a torrid week, after the sacking of coach Anthony Griffin.They’ve looked far from in peak form over the last month, flogged by Brisbane, and forced to overcome big deficits in their last three victories over Manly, Canberra and Gold Coast.With Tyrone May shaping as Maloney’s likely replacement, much of the pressure will be on 20-year-old halfback Nathan Cleary to steer the team around the park.The Panthers go into Round 23 in fourth, but are equal with a resurgent Cronulla and a dangerous Warriors outfit on 28 points.They also have a difficult draw, facing Newcastle, Warriors and Melbourne over the final three rounds.last_img read more

Simeone: “Morata is going to arrive tomorrow’s game”

first_img-How do you rate the Valencia match?It is very important. A rival who at home becomes strong, with people who support them. They have a very good team, with important players in attack, an associative game in the center of the field, deep sides. We will have to take the game where we think we can hurt.-The match falls on Friday. Best?When they tell us, in to play. There is not much to choose from.– A triumph would give the confidence that seems that they do not have?I review the game the other day, the first half was close to what we are looking for and who we are. It is the way to go. We talked about the need to win, which generates vertigo and that feeling of anxiety that takes you away from the game that allows you to have forcefulness to solve it with a counterattack beyond 1-0. It did not happen and, like all matches, when the result is short, vertigo and craving are present. -How’s the mood team? We have seen two team spells …Winning always generates enthusiasm, conveys enthusiasm and positions you inside the ego and pride to continue growing. These coexistence serve for the group and to be together in a different place to work. -How is Morata?Yes, it will arrive tomorrow’s game.-They are Morata and Costa training. Do you think of them for Liverpool?I don’t value Tuesday’s game yet: all the energies are on the Valencia game. Consequently, when finished we will look forward.last_img read more

Carvajal, on Campaign’s hand: “Nor does the Committee know when to whistle”

first_imgLack of aim: “We forgive too much in the first part. We have conceded little to the opponent, but they have made us a great goal and in the end it costs us three points.”Barça, ahead: “We were three points up and now we are two down … It is clear that you can not sleep. Now to think about Wednesday, the first leg of a very very hard qualifier. We will try to make a good game to decant the balance in our favor And we will think about Barcelona. “ Campaign Hand: “Not even the Referee Technical Committee knows when to whistle. Sometimes yes, sometimes not … It’s strange. I wouldn’t know. Not even the players themselves know it. To abide by the decisions and to follow.”Fede Valverde: “TWe have to prove that we are a very good team “Sensations: “I have a fever, I am angry because obviously we came to look for victory and we did not get it. We had clear opportunities, we did not realize them and this is what happens to us. They reach us, they mark us and that’s it, we are leaving the game.”Complications for the future: “None. For my part there will be no complication. The matches that come are a very big motivation, we have to change, show people that we are a very good team and go for everything.”Little danger, but goal conceded: “When you play well but you don’t get the victory you stay as bitter as when you play badly and win. This continues, tomorrow there is training and you have to go one hundred percent.”last_img read more

The A-League decides to continue playing despite having two teams in quarantine

first_imgThe A-League, the main Australian soccer championship, announced Monday that it will continue its scheduled activity despite the threat of the coronavirus, which has two of its teams in quarantine, although their matches will be behind closed doors.The isolation to which they must be subjected for 14 days the Wellington Phoenix, third classified, and the Melbourne Victory, tenth, had caused the possibility of the league being suspended, but both the A-League as the Australian Football Federation (FFA) They have preferred not to stop and study the possibility of restructuring the championship.“The FFA confirmed on Monday that the remainder of the A-League regular season and W-League Grand Final scheduled for this weekend will continue, but that all matches will be played behind closed doors and without authorized fans. to attend. This policy will apply to the remaining six rounds of the regular season and will be revised for the Final Series. “, expressed the A-League in a statement on its website.The agency noted that, due to their mandatory quarantine, the matches involving Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix will not be held in the next two days and that “will be rescheduled”, while the New Zealand set “He will play all of his matches in Australia for the rest of the season.” The president of the A-League, Greg O’Rourke, also recognized the “intention to compress the rest of the season” and advocated the positive of continuing the campaign. “We believe that with the facts we have in hand it is a better solution than suspending it and calculating what will happen to the health situation in the coming months”he added.“The COVID-19 Working Committee met this Sunday, March 15, to discuss the latest developments of COVID-19 and consider the latest advice from the Federal Government and the Medical Director. After careful consideration and consistent with that advice, the FFA reports that football can continue to be played across Australia at this time. “James Johnson, CEO of the Australian Football Federation (FFA), said on the agency’s website.The manager indicated that from this moment all the participants must “meet the guidelines” that they have designed to help them “to take additional precautions and preventive measures to help delay the spread of COVID-19”.last_img read more

Nadal and Pau Gasol join the new donation for the Red Cross

first_imgRafael Nadal, by the hand of Pau Gasol, has launched a new solidarity initiative to fight the coronavirus disaster. In collaboration with the Red Cross, The Mallorcan and Catalan have made a donation for the ‘Red Cross Responds’ mission, with the intention of elevating funds for these households and teams most affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.By an emotional video posted on their social networks, Nadal inspired all Spaniards and athletes to contribute their grain of sand in the face of such a tough state of affairs:“We’re in a second that’s tough to elucidate and possible. This pandemic has modified the lives of all of us and particularly of the people who find themselves struggling it. These are unhappy moments. The information isn’t very encouraging, however there isn’t a different alternative however to be inspired, to be sturdy and struggle collectively to win the virus. I’ve been residence for days desirous about how I might help on this state of affairs. I’ve come to the conclusion that you simply, the Spanish folks, have by no means failed us athletes. I believe that athletes, largely, are what we’re due to your assist. It’s the second wherein athletes can’t fail. It occurred to me to name my pal Pau and he was additionally desirous about how we might do one thing. We got here to the conclusion that it was time to begin this initiative, to which we belief that each one Spanish sport will unite and set a great instance of unity. We accomplice with the Reply Red Cross Challenge, which is supplying medical provides, hospital infrastructures, serving to the most susceptible households and creating lodging for particular teams.The target is evident: get 11 million euros to assist 1,340,000 folks. We belief that each one Spanish sports activities come collectively and assist the initiative to realize our aim. Pau and I’ve already made our donation and we belief you as a result of that is going to be our best victory. “last_img read more

PSG are interested in an Atlético youth squad

first_imgJavier Serrano entered the Atlético youth academy at the age of 7 and has already placed himself under Simeone’s command in some training with the first team. The midfielder has already been international with Spain in the U16 category; U17 and U18. The signing of Javier Serrano would be within the PSG operation to reinforce his youth team with young crack players. They have already come in the past, Xavi Simons, from the Barça cadet; as well as the Franco-Algerian Touati, from Lyon, and the goalkeeper Denis Franchi, from Italy. He PSG He wants to continue with his strategy of ‘fishing’ young crack people yet to be exploited. This time he has set his eyes on the Atlético de Madrid youth squad, Javier Serrano. One of the jewels of the athletic youth squad, the young midfielder is one of the most outstanding of the youth rojiblancos. At 17 he already points out ways to crack, and according to reports L’Equipe, the Paris team knows that they are facing a different footballer and for this reason they will make an effort not to let him escape and that the Spanish media will dress in the colors of the Paris club. According to the French media, the main impediment that PSG would find for the operation to come to fruition is the very high exit clause that Serrano has. About 26 million euros, which they would not pay in any way. However, from Paris they are optimistic that Atlético sits down to negotiate a transfer for a smaller amount since the footballer ends his contract in 2022 and has not yet renewed. Meanwhile, the club of Metropolitan She will do everything in her power not to let one of her future jewels escape.last_img read more

Djokovic trains at the Puente Romano Club in Marbella

first_imgTennis professionals can retrainOutside and with out time restrictionsAhhhh what a tennis court docket is required ?? Effectively, nothing put a internet in a area and you’ll think about the tracesSparkly!!– Tomas Carbonell (@tc_carbonell) Could 3, 2020 Tennis gamers belong to one among the teams of athletes who discover it most troublesome to renew their exercise, until they discover personal courts the place they will train. Though Djokovic appears to have obtained permission to play in a membership, it’s regular that this doesn’t occur. So the skilled neighborhood shouldn’t be too proud of some measures, which they perceive don’t enable them to renew their exercise beneath regular circumstances. That is how the extenista, coach and vp of the RFET, Tomás Carbonell, expresses them: “Tennis professionals can practice once more. Outside and with out time restrictions. Ahhhh, is a tennis court docket wanted? a area and you’ll think about the traces. Good !! “ As a high-level skilled athlete that he’s, Novak Djokovic has already educated this Monday exterior the handle he at present occupies in Marbella, the place the total interval of confinement has handed. He did it on one among the tennis courts of the Puente Romano Club, though in idea the sports activities amenities can’t open till part 1 of the de-escalation, in all probability beginning on Could 11.Djokovic posted a video in which he’s heard speaking whereas he rambles with a good friend, the Spanish tennis participant Carlos Gómez Herrera (he lives in Marbella and performed doubles with Marko, the Serb’s brother), whereas recording on his cell. “That is good, interval. Do you wish to run Carlos? I’m very completely satisfied along with your motion, very completely satisfied to play on the floor … effectively, only for some time with my cell in my fingers. I don’t suggest this to anybody beneath the age of 18, “Novak writes in his Instagram publish.last_img read more

Narine banned from Super50

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Embattled West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been banned from participating in the NAGICO Super50 series to be played in Trinidad and Tobago and StKitts from January, cricket sources in the twin island republic have reported. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reportedly rejected a request from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) to allow the off spinner to take part in the tournament. The Guardian newspaper has quoted a source within the T&TCB as saying that the request was turned down because the WICB did not want to go against the findings of the International Cricket Council. He recently failed a test on his bowling action at the Loughborough University testing centre in England. Narine bowled T&T to the Nagico title last season, with figures of six wickets for nine runs.last_img read more