Broncos’ Bennett happy with ‘scrappy’ win

first_imgThe Broncos led from start to finish on the back of their superior ball-handling skills in greasy conditions, but they had to survive a second-half assault from a Cronulla side spurred on by a parochial home crowd on Thursday night. To make matters more difficult, they had to do it with 16 men after Alex Glenn was forced off with concussion just before the break and didn’t return in the second half. “I was pleased we scrapped it out. It was a scrappy game in many ways, but it was an intense game, a very tough game,” Bennett said. “[I liked] our refusal to give in. We were a player down at half-time and it put a lot more pressure on everyone else. They played pretty good in the second half, Cronulla, and we just stayed at it.”Our ball control in the second half won us the game. It allowed us to maintain the lead and keep control of the game.”Winning in a tough game like this will do everyone the world of good.”Bennett didn’t single out any of his players following the eight-point win over the defending premiers, instead choosing to praise his side for their resolve to fight through adversity. “It was a team effort, they all made a contribution, and we had to,” he said. “Cronulla played like a premiership team. They had a lot of confidence about themselves, and that’s what a premiership does for you, it gives you confidence and belief. They never thought they were beaten at any stage of the game. We had to overcome all those things, so I’m pleased with what we did.”Broncos skipper Darius Boyd was one of the standouts in attack, throwing the final pass for tries to both of his wingers. The star fullback said his side’s attack was a work in progress, and praised five-eighth Anthony Milford for stepping up in the key moment to seal the two competition points with a trademark solo try. “It’s definitely a process and it will take time. We probably panicked a little bit and we just need to play the basics. It was the first hit out of the year so we just need to start slow and complete and keep in the game,” Boyd said.  “I thought he (Milford) got better as the game went on. It’s going to take a bit of time with all of us – 7, 6, 9 and 1 – with a few new structures and shapes, but as you saw at the end, he took it upon himself to do something as ‘Milf’ always does.”last_img read more

Ross signs new Knights deal

first_imgPhoto by: Paul Barkley/ NRL Photos.Nathan Ross has signed a new deal with the Knights Ross, 28, has made 38 appearances for Newcastle since debuting for the club in 2015 and is the club’s leading try-scorer this season.”I am over the moon and this has been something the club and I have been working towards,” Ross said.”I love Newcastle… and consider myself a Novocastrian.”I really believe in the direction the club is heading… and there is no way I was going to miss out on it.”last_img

Highlanders hand Blues another loss

first_imgThe Highlanders raced out to a 12-nil lead in the opening minutes of the game but the home side pulled the deficit back to 12-11 before the Highlanders edged out to a 20-11 halftime lead.The second half though was dominated by the Highlanders running in six tries in all with loose forward Shannon Frizell scoring a hatrick.The Blues have not beaten a fellow New Zealand side since they recorded a 33-31 victory over the Highlanders in the first week of the competition in 2016, a streak of 15 matches – 14 of them losses.last_img

Our men’s 7s double Tahiti score

first_imgPNG’s Tisa Kautu scored the first try for the game.Tahiti gained good possession and scored out wide to catch up. An unsuccessful conversion left the score at 7-5 with PNG in the lead.PNG’S William Rew got out into a gap on the halfway line and raced away, shrugging off defenders to score under the posts.Just before half time, Tahiti hit the same wing again and were successful,  leaving the half time score at 14-12.But it was PNG’s victory with two more tries in the second half to set up a convincing win.last_img

Football Ferns thrash New Caledonia 26-0

first_imgThe Junior Football Ferns led 17-0 at half-time at the Oceania Under-20 Women’s Championship in Nuku’alofa, with striker Emma Rolston scoring 11 goals before the break.Coach Leon Birnie’s side again underlined their strength at the Loto-Tonga Soka Centre as eight further goals came in the second half.Grace Jale and Paige Satchell each scored hat-tricks while captain Jasmine Pereira scored six.Goals to substitutes Jade Parris, Michaela Robertson and Isabella Richards completed the scoring.The Ferns thumped Tonga 15-0 first up on Thursday.The New Zealanders look dead-set certs to again qualify for next year’s World Cup, which is being held in Papua New Guinea.Their third match is against Vanuatu on Monday at 3.30pm (NZT).last_img

POMRFL gets K30,000 boost from politician

first_imgThe cheque presentation was done today at Paddy’s Bar, in Port Moresby and witnessed by POMRFL and PNG Rugby Football League officials.Representative for Amaiu, Jack Ninkama explained that the 30,000 was for this year’s competition but due to a delay in processing, it was only released this month.“The money can go to next year. Labi as a former POMRFL player and official will continue to pour money into sports, especially supporting rugby league,” said Ninkama.POMRFL chairman Dr James Naipo thanked Amaiu for his continuous support.“The money will firstly go towards paying the referees bills for this year and then sort out the minor premiership payments for all three divisions.“The rest will go towards running the competition next year,” said Naipo.He said that the POMRFL was one of the oldest competitions in the country since being formed in 1949 and it had stood the test of time.“Other competitions have come and gone but the POMRFL has survived. We are looking forward to 2016 and having another big year as we prepare to play games in the new National Football Stadium,” said Naipo.last_img read more

Hunters fry Seagulls 40-10

first_imgThe Hunters took a 10-4 lead at the break and thoroughly dominated the second half to win the round 17 clash this afternoon at the Piggabeen Sports Reserve, Australia.The Seagulls put themselves right back in the game when Sam Irwin scored in the 54th minute.Michael Burgess made sure of the kick to equalise.The Hunters started their rampage from the 60-minute mark with tries to Bland Abavu, Tuvi Lepan and Thompson Teteh all in 10 minutes.The final 10 minutes saw two more tries to Butler Morris and another to Abavu to grab his second right on full time.Kicker Ase Boas was good with the boot with 6 from 7 attempts.last_img

James, out again

first_imgThis is the complete call:Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Carvajal, Militão, Varane, Nacho, Odriozola and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco.Strikers: Benzema, Bale, Jović, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo. Real Madrid has announced the list of summoned for the first match of the year 2020 against Getafe in the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum. Zinedine Zidane has called 19 players and, as always, you will have to make a discard, which will be one of the goalkeepers. Again, Brahim and Mariano they have been left off the list, with the club working to find them a way out in this winter market. Lucas Vázquez and Marcelo, back after injury, they are not part of the list, with the mind set on not forcing and being able to be in the Spanish Super Cup next week.The big surprise is the absence of James Rodriguez, which has been exercising with the group for several weeks. Specifically, since December 19. Thus, Zidane’s decision is purely technical. In the casualties chapter, Sergio Ramos will not be in the Coliseum for sanction. Further, Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard They continue with their recovery process and they still have to be available. In fact, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that the Belgian has no chance to play the Spanish Super Cup next weekend.last_img read more

Argentina gives the bell against Croatia and sends Belgium to Nadal and Canada to Djokovic

first_imgCanada has been the final categorized for the ATP Cup quarters, after benefiting from the 3-Zero that Argentina endorsed Croatia (with an thrilling tremendous tie-break in the doubles in the center). Ranked as second greatest second, Individuals who have been already runners-up in the latest Davis Cup, will see them with Novak Djokovic’s Serbia.A workforce that has handed the first section impeccably, with three victories, after beating Chile 2-1. The victory of world quantity two over Cristian Garín (6-3, 6-3) and Dusan Lajovic against Nicolas Jarry (6-2, 7-6) made the level of doubles that the Chileans took inconsequential.Far more fought was the classification of Argentina, which had to wait till the tremendous tie-break of his final sport against Croatia. Lastly, the triumph of Máximo González and Andrés Molteni over Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic (3-6, 6-3, 10-2) joined the Guido Pella against Marin Cilic (7-6, 6-3) and Diego Schwartzman on Borna Coric (6-2, 6-2) in order that the albiceleste might have fun its classification.On the different hand, the Croatians mentioned goodbye to the event like Japan (condemned by the defeat against Spain), Georgia and Uruguay (who left with victory of the first), Austria (eradicated for shedding to a Poland already eradicated), the aforementioned Chile , South Africa and France (who closed with one other disappointment after Davis shedding to the African workforce). Picture: Reuters The South Individuals gave an sudden flip to the desk by profitable 3-0The defeat of the Balkans places Canada, in extremis, in quartersFrance says goodbye with one other disappointment after the Davis Cup debaclecenter_img Spain-Belgium, Serbia-Canada, Russia-Argentina and Nice Britain-Austria shall be the quarterfinal matches of the ATP Cup, the new workforce competitors that brings collectively 24 international locations on Australian soil, after the final day of the section of teams which have been performed this Wednesday.last_img read more

“I don’t think the other day will help Mbappé leave”

first_imgOn decision-making policy, Tuchel once again downplayed it: “If I wanted to be a politician, I would have to work in politics. I dedicate myself to football and I don’t want to have a head on political issues. I know that when I start Sarabia, Cavani and Icardi are not happy. I make sports decisions and the costumes understand. SIt is hard to accept it for some players, if I start to make political alignments, I will end up losing. Everyone puts pressure on me, but if I agreed to it, I wouldn’t start Kouassi because he is so young. “This last rifirrafe between Tuchel and Mbappé feeds the hopes of Real Madrid, whose desire is to sign the French star. It is the great objective of Florentino Pérez and the dream of Zidane. The player, who ends the contract with the PSG in 2022, is walking the way the white club wants. At the moment it has not renewed … In addition, despite being aware that it is on the Real Madrid agenda, it does not hide publicly. Hours after starring in the encounter with his coach, he gave several likes on Instagram to publications of Real Madrid players celebrating the triumph against Atlético … Thomas Tuchel appeared at a press conference prior to the meeting that will face Nantes and PSG tomorrow. As expected, the coach was asked about his relationship with Mbappé, and more after the dispute they both had when the striker was substituted against Montpellier. However, the German downplayed the matter.“I am sad because we are in a great moment, we won 5-0 last Saturday and the press did not talk about the game. I love the game, the show, but we don’t talk about the game we did on Saturday. There is nothing personal between Mbappé and me, I know he doesn’t want to be replaced, it’s normal, but I also want to give minutes to those on the bench. I don’t think Saturday will help Mbappé to leave the club. He is our player and has a contract, “said a Tuchel who added later:”I’m sure the costumes understand my decisions. The match was over, we won 5-0. Fear? I am not afraid of my decisions. I decided that Paredes had to come in “last_img read more