Top five second-rowers in the NRL

first_imgWho are the game’s elite second-rowers going into the 2017 season? The NRL.com team got together and settled on the following five players.5. Matt Gillett2016 stats: 81.2 metres per game, 38 tackles per game, 38 tackle breaksDespite missing a portion of the season with a shoulder injury, the Broncos back-rower still managed 21 NRL appearances, played in all three Origin games for Queensland and starred in Australia’s Four Nations triumph. Now established at representative level, will be a key man for Brisbane as they usher in the next generation of forwards in 2017.4. Josh Papalii2016 stats: 121.8 metres per game, 23 tackles per game, 59 tackle breaksMuch was made of Canberra’s right-edge colossus Elliott Whitehead in his first NRL season, but our writers opted to include the man on the other side of the Raiders pack instead. Papalii played in the mid-year Test for Australia, the first two Origin games and was ruled out of the Four Nations due to an ankle injury. One of the hardest-hitters in the game and still just 24, the Raiders wrecking ball still has his best years ahead of him.3. Tyson Frizell2016 stats: 92.9 metres per game, 33 tackles per game, 43 tackle breaksFrizell’s 2016 campaign was a breakout season if there ever was one, going from being on the cusp of representative selection to bona fide NSW and Australia star. Equally adept at playing in the middle or on an edge, Frizell showed his never-say-die quality in an ultimately unsuccessful chase down attempt on a runaway Dane Gagai in Origin II. Now the Dragons’ main man up front, looks to be a mainstay of the Blues and Kangaroos teams for many years to come.2. Tohu Harris2016 stats: 133.4 metres per game, 31 tackles per game, 62 tackle breaksMelbourne’s back-row workhorse enjoyed another stellar campaign as his side came up just short in the 2016 decider. He spent time in the centres and at five-eighth when required, but his best work was undoubtedly while in the forwards. He scored eight tries for the Storm and played every Test for the Kiwis. With fellow New Zealand rep Kevin Proctor now on the Gold Coast, will lead the Storm pack alongside Kiwis skipper Jesse Bromwich.1. Boyd Cordner2016 stats: 150.4 metres per game, 28 tackles per game, 34 tackle breaksAs the Counting Crows told us in their 2002 cover of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”. The Roosters weren’t blaming the absence of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Mitchell Pearce and Cordner for their slow start to 2016, but missing those three men was never going to help Trent Robinson’s remodelled side. Cordner returned in Round 8 and played four NRL games and Origin I before injury again sidelined the forward until Round 18. But Cordner’s form towards the back end of the season was remarkable, as he scored four tries and averaged 153 metres across the last eight games of the season. He returned to the Kangaroos squad for the season-ending Four Nations and – along with Gillett and Merrin – formed one of the most dynamic back row combinations of recent years.last_img read more

Mata’utia charged with tripping

first_imgPhoto by: Gregg Porteous: NRL Photos (Peter Mata’utia in action against the Bulldogs on Sunday). Mata’utia faces a fine of $1100 if he enters an early guilty plea but risks a $1500 fine if he unsuccessfully fights the charge at the NRL judiciary.There were no other charges from the weekend’s Round 18 matches.last_img

Josh Dugan’s cheeky try celebration on Sharks debut explained

first_imgFox Sports commentators were among those baffled to see Dugan drop to one knee and then simulate wrapping something around his wrist after scoring his first Sharks try.We can reveal the celebration is a nod to hit online video game ‘Fortnite’, which is all the rage with gamers at the moment.The movement Dugan simulated is the act a character in the game will make when they are using a health pack to heal themselves.We’re guessing Dugan’s version is a cheeky in-joke pointing to his unfortunate ability to find an injury.Did you pick it?last_img read more

Kokofas defeat Bombers in Pom AFL

first_imgGordons Kokofas were on fire, beating Central Bombers 7.4.46-2.4.16 in the A-reserve grade of the Port Moresby AFL round two competition at Amini Park.In the first quarter, Bombers were in front scoring one behind while Kokofas struggled to score following plenty of missed passes.Kokofas were back in the game in the second quarter after a beautiful goal from Yatom Wemer just three minutes into the second quarter.Bombers fought back, scoring two more behinds but another goal from Walter Yogomin and one behind had Kokofas well ahead in the game, taking the score to 2:1:13-0:2:2.Kokofas again dominated in the third quarter with another two goals from Junior Tule and Cohlen Tauliebo as they beefed up their defence, preventing Bombers from kicking goals.The fourth quarter was entertaining to watch as the Bombers came firing back with two goals through Kila Keimelo and Albert Leka but the effort was not enough to bridge the gap. Their players lacked speed in the final quarter as they attempted to defend their goal.Kokofas gained confidence and scored three more goals through Thomas Rover and two more from Walter Yogomin and Cohlen Tauliebo.Kokofas finished with a comfortable win 7.4.46-2.4.16 as they aimed to dominate the competition following their first victory last weekend.In other matches, Bomana Cats defeated  Moniplus Taurama Suns 12.7.79-1.1.7while in the Open Women division, CPL Gerehu Magpies forfeited Gordons Kokofa and Moniplus Taurama Suns forfeited Lamana Dockers.last_img read more

PNG’s spectacular Games showcase to world

first_imgThe night extravaganza of traditional and modern performance closed at 21:45pm, as PNG Commonwealth gold medalist DIka Toua climbed 50 steps to deliver the relay baton which has travelled throughout the country in the last 100 days.Later, fireworks light the sky, with the Games declared open.    Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was a happy man, declaring that all “sporting facilities built (for the Pacific Games) are world class.”He also wished good luck to the 4000 athletes who will be competing in the next two weeks, and encouraged them to take the PNG experience back with them to their own countries.Meanwhile, the Pacific Games Council President Vidyah Lakan proclaimed that the 2015 Port Moresby Games could be the greatest ever.Prince Andrew passed on greetings to the athletes from the head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth.Security before, during and after the closing ceremony was well organised, with many spectators freely walking into the BSP (Sir John Guise) Stadium and leaving at the end of the opening ceremony.Port Moresby has shown its Pacific neighbours that PNG means business in trying to top the medal tally for only the second time in the Games’ history. PNG only came first in medal ranking during the 1991 Pacific Games which was hosted on home soil.last_img read more

Gabriel Jesus holds a surrendered Manchester City

first_imgThe coaches’ words are reflected in their players and, if Pep admits that the Premier It is impossible, your players begin to slowly lower their arms. Before the Everton of Ancelotti, which is still under construction and should be reinforced in this winter market, the citizens they showed almost mechanical control, devoid of passion, and, despite the two goals of Gabriel Jesus, the party could escape them by an overconfidence of Claudio Bravo. With defense of three today formed by Fernandinho, Rodri and young Eric Garcia, barely 18, would be difficult to understand that the Premier champions do not go to the market to shore up the center of the rear.At 13 minutes Guardiola they had already been seen with the VAR, which annulled theirs somewhat after an offside Mahrez. Soon after, technology would also rule out a penalty on the Algerian. The citizens they were not going to receive favor treatment from the arbitration and, at this beginning of the year, they began to notice the tiredness that exists that Liverpool does not seem to have a single moment of weakness. The Premier, as his coach acknowledged, is an utopia. ChangesWalcott (58 ‘, Coleman), Kean (65 ‘, Gylfi Sigurdsson), David Silva (82 ‘, Foden), Sterling (92 ‘, Mahrez) The Brazilian, who would later send a ball to the post, was getting wet again before one of his favorite victims, since he has scored seven goals in his last five league matches. Despite the constant dominance of those of Pep, an overconfidence of Claudio Bravo, which came up after a cut on a striker, led to the toffee they will cut distances by Richarlison, which took advantage of a center kick to the second post. Even so, the bolt of the Ancelotti it collapsed shortly after the resumption thanks to a good movement between lines of Gabriel Jesus, which defined the left squad of Pickford and this, without too much firmness, failed to divert it so that it did not end up within its networks. Shortly after, he himself would sentence the game with his second goal of the game after a good definition, confirming that, despite his youth, he is able to replace ‘Kun’ and be a forward for many years in this team.center_img Goals1-0, 50 ‘: Gabriel Jesus, 2-0, 57 ‘: Gabriel Jesus, 2-1, 70 ‘: Richarlison CardsReferee: Andre MarrinerVAR Referee: David CooteYerry Mina (29 ‘, Yellow) Delph (68 ‘, Yellow) Thomas Davies (79 ‘, Yellow) Calvert-lewin (85 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

Diego Milito: “That 6-1 to Madrid was historic and will always be in my memory”

first_img—Yes, they are the only two who will return to La Romareda from that Madrid. 14 years have passed and the circumstances are not the same. Zaragoza is now in Segunda and Madrid has a superlative team. But hopefully Zaragoza will draw its special mystique and its spirit buttress. I am sure that Madrid respects Zaragoza a lot, although it is now in Second.– In Zaragoza there is only Zapater, who is recovering from a knee operation. That night he played improvised left side to mark Beckham.“I remember it perfectly, and he did great.” It is a shame that Zapa is injured and cannot play this game. I know what he feels for Zaragoza.– The penalty is that after eliminating Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, that Cup could not be won.-That Cup we have the bitter end of having lost the final against Espanyol. We eliminated the three biggest in Spanish football with a great game and then we couldn’t win what would have been the seventh Real Zaragoza Cup. It was a shame, but the Zaragoza enjoyed a lot of those games against Atlético, Barcelona and Madrid. We won 0-1 at Calderón, we scored four goals for Barcelona and then six for Madrid.JAVIER BELVER ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Diego Milito celebrates with Cani the third of his four goals against Real Madrid in the historic 6-1.JAVIER BELVER —How many times have you seen those four goals repeated?“It’s been a while since I’ve seen them, but of course I’ve seen them.” It was a special match for everyone. Also for the fans, who could enjoy a lot.“Do you remember them well?” The first was at the pass of Ewerthon, after a splendid control; the second came in an Oscar throw-in, after a great cut to Sergio Ramos, when he was asking for offside. Offside in a throw-in! And the third and fourth went head to Cani centers.“Goals like that remain forever.” I have them etched in memory. The first two, with the right and the other two, head. The fourth was when he nodded a corner that Cani took. -From that Madrid Sergio Ramos is still active, in addition to Zidane, his coach … — February 8, 2006. First leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. Real Zaragoza, 6-Real Madrid, 1. Diego Milito, author of four goals. Fourteen years later, that feat and his great scorer return to the forefront of Spanish football today …“Yes, well, they are beautiful memories.” Very cute. That was a historic match and will always be in my memory. Now there will be a new confrontation in the Cup between Real Zaragoza and Real Madrid and that unforgettable night is spoken again.center_img —Víctor Muñoz, then the coach, declared that Zaragoza played a perfect match…-Definitely. We made a perfect match. Only in this way is it explained that we won 6-1 at Madrid, in a Cup semifinal and against some extraordinary players.—That party made Diego Milito immortal for Zaragoza and Zaragoza, but Ewerthon also scored at an excellent level, which scored two goals, the fifth and sixth, Celades or Cani.—That day was a collective victory. I was the protagonist, because four goals are not scored every day and less to Madrid, but the whole team played a superlative match: Cani, Celades, the defense … “Will you see Wednesday’s meeting?”—I don’t know if any television will give it here, I hope so, but I’m always aware of Zaragoza. My whole family loves Zaragoza a lot, the institution that allowed me to play with my brother. I will always be grateful to Zaragoza. In addition, my oldest son, Leandro, is handy …—What is your prognosis?—I know that the tie is a match and I hope I can win Zaragoza and get into the quarterfinals. Madrid is a super team and is a favorite, but in football everything is possible.– Víctor Fernández says, who you also know very well, who prefers to win Cádiz on Sunday to eliminate Madrid …– It is clear that the main objective of Zaragoza is the ascent. There is no doubt about that, but Zaragoza is a cupbearer and will show his face. Insurance. He carries the Cup on his shield and in his history, and, knowing Victor, he will never give up his style and ambition.—The center forward of Real Zaragoza is now the Colombian Luis Suarez. Have you seen him play?“I haven’t been able to see it much.” I have heard of him, because I am aware of everything in Zaragoza, but in Argentina they only give small summaries of the Spanish Second Division. I know that Luis Suarez is young and that he is doing things very well.last_img read more

Australian Open | Thiem will play Djokovic his third Grand Slam final

first_imgThiem (26 years and 152) is the youngest finalist in Melbourne since Djokovic (25 and 250 days) in 2013. And the primary Austrian to treasure such success. Reverse had a courageous and targeted Zverev, who starred in the perfect level of the duel, an unbelievable counter-answer in response to a different that Dom had thrown at. Each had confronted eight occasions, with a positive 6-2 stability to the Austrian, who had gained each duels in majors (Roland Garros 2016 and 2018) and dominated 2-1 on arduous courtroom. The sport was performed with the roof virtually closed as a result of robust warmth within the metropolis, with temperatures over 40 levels. By way of the hole that remained, the water of a quick storm slipped and the sport needed to be stopped for a couple of minutes to dry the service traces. Later, the issue was a spotlight that melted and prompted one other undesirable break. Thiem had a tough time with a lot trajín, he visited the locker room a few occasions and even advised his staff that he wished to vomit, however he nonetheless knew learn how to shine once more the virtues of his sport, his big hitting energy and that spirit of struggle that compares already with that of Nadal.Zverev tried and actually he went forward in a powerful first set, attacked similar to his rival and added fewer unforced errors than him. The numbers of the 2 have been very even, even higher these of the Teuton, which maybe rose an excessive amount of and with a decrease success fee. However luck and experience returned to accompany Thiem within the playoffs, though it’s true that he was capable of shut the final two sleeves earlier. He had misplaced two tie-breaks earlier than taking part in towards Nadal, however since then he has gained 5. Within the final towards Djokovic, who already knew learn how to win on the time, he will want all of the fortune and the power of the world to attempt to be champion of a Grand Slam for the primary time. Outcomes of the boys’s staff of the Australian Open. Dominic Thiem knocks on the door of glory once more. The Austrian gained Alexander Zverev on Friday within the semifinals of the Australian Open and on Sunday (09:30, Eurosport) he will play Novak Djokovic his third Grand Slam final, searching for his first title within the highest class of tennis tournaments . It got here from eliminating Rafa Nadal within the quarterfinals, in an epic match that he resolved in three playoffs. Towards the German he gained two others and scored the victory in a tough and spectacular sport, performed from energy to energy, which had many vicissitudes and lasted three hours and 42 minutes, and ended with the next rating: 4-6, 6-4 , 7-6 (3) and 7-6 (4). He’s the 53rd totally different finalist of the event within the Open Period (since 1969), the eighth in lively that reaches this spherical after Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nadal, Cilic, Tsonga and Wawrinka.last_img read more

Jaume Costa: “We wanted technology, here we have it”

first_imgAfter the Super Cup, different arbitrations: “I have been in this for so many years that I have seen everything. I don’t think there are times when they want to harm us. I think there are fortuitous actions that have to be decided in a few seconds. The difficult moments is when you learn the most. tomorrow, mind to clean and think about what is coming ”.He also spoke the goal Jaume Doménech:VAR: “I do not understand. Such a decision, at the last minute. It has penalized us a lot. We are screwed. ” Jaume Costa He spoke after the game:VAR: “What am I going to tell you? I was one of those who praised the arrival of the VAR. Sometimes it favors us, sometimes it hurts us. It was an illusion, to enjoy a final, something I have never been able to do in my career. It’s a fucking moment. But it is not the first time in my career. Now to think about the other two competitions. ”Referee: “He tells me that it is very clear, that I have my hand off. I notice that it impacts me but I think my hand is stuck. When they go to see her, the pita. It is difficult to jump with your hands back, jump with the defense. We wanted technology, here we have it. I was the one asking for it and today it has hurt me. ” When will Valencia speak about the referees?: “In the end these decisions penalize us a lot, we will have to review this. We must focus on sports because on Saturday we have to go to Getafe to win. ”Penalty in favor of Valencia: “I should have gone to see any play”last_img read more

The Premier reconsiders the use of VAR in the field of play

first_img“It’s an area where you can improve your application, yes,” explained the president of the Premier, “It depends on whether you want the game to be completely accurate or if you want to be more tolerant. It is a technical challenge and we are in constant dialogue with the IFAB (International Football Association Board) about it.”. In fact, the world body responsible for defining the rules of football will meet next February 29 in Belfast and both topics, VAR and the offside rule, are expected to be on the discussion table.Likewise, Masters acknowledged that the decisions made by the VAR are “94 percent correct”, while “the decisions of the attendees are accurate to 97%”: “It is having (the VAR) an impact on the results of the matches and the leaderboards, which is precisely what you want to happen”. He also confessed that, despite criticism from many British fans, he is not worried about the time it takes to check and review the action with video arbitration: “I don’t think you can have VAR without assuming that this delay will occur. In essence, if you review all the goals, you know that the VAR will be disparate in each case. The issue for the organization, competition and clubs is to see if that cost is worth it. “ The VAR remains one of the main topics of debate on the planet soccer both inside and outside the Spanish borders. There are few fans, players, coaches and managers who have seen how the video arbitration system has frustrated them some joy. All this is as true as, except for a radical turn in events, it is here to stay. “He will be with us next season,” he said Richard Masters, CEO of the Premier League, “We will continue to develop it next season to polish some defects it has had.” However, this is not the most interesting thing the English championship boss has said, which has dropped there could be changes in the use of the VAR in relation to the gameplay: it would cease to be used in those millimeters.last_img read more