Flying Fiji breeze past Wales

first_imgThe opening exchanges quickly turned into an arm-wrestle for position, which Fiji took advantage of when a perfect kick from halfback Henry Raiwalui earned his side a repeat set. Front-rower Eloni Vunakece took advantage of the attacking field position to use his massive frame to crash through the Wales defence and score the first try of the night.After a strong restart set from Fiji saw them in attacking position, they let the pressure off when Jarryd Hayne’s grubber rolled dead. Wales made good use of the seven tackle set, rolling down the field. It was a perfect offload from captain and prop Craig Kopczak to his fellow forward Philip Joseph who dived over to score next to the posts, helping to level the scores.They failed to complete their restart set, knocking on close to their own try-line, and Fiji didn’t make the same mistake as they probed for points. They came through a long shift to winger Suliasi Vunivalu, who barged through Welsh fullback Elliot Kear to score on the edge.Fiji didn’t make any mistakes in their restart set, and a bust by Salesi Faingaa on the right side opened the play up, before he turned the ball inside to Hayne, who handed it on to Raiwului who dived under the posts.Fiji took their next try as simply as they come, with Viliame Kikau running a hard straight line two out from the ruck. He was barely touched as he charged through to score and extend Fiji’s lead. At 22-6 Fiji started to turn the screws, with a high bomb followed by five tackles of pure punishment that gave possession back to Fiji at halfway, only to be followed by a penalty giving them a perfect attacking opportunity.They took the points on offer, with hooker Apisai Koroisau wrapping form dummy-half, and then putting in a short grubber which bounced off a Wales player and into the hands of Faingaa to make it a double.Every try was different from Fiji, and the next one came from a close-range face-ball to Taane Milne courtesy of Hayne, that saw the centre go over without a Wales player coming anywhere near touching him.It was turning into a thrashing as Akuila Uate put both his speed and footwork to use to beat a handful of Wales players, before pushing a one-handed pass around the back of the last defender, finding his winger Marcelo Montoya who dived over.Kikau scored his double on the stroke of half-time, capitalising on some catch and pass football off the back of an off-load. The successful conversion brought the half-time scores to 40-6 in favour of Fiji. The procession picked up where it had left off soon after half-time, as Vunivalu broke the line, before finding Hayne on the inside who scored under the posts.Wales managed to hold back the onslaught for the next 10 minutes, but a short-side play that sent the ball through four sets of Fiji hands to find Vunivalu broke the mini-drought in spectacular fashion, as the winger dived over to plant the ball down just inside the line.The next man to make it a double was Milne, who took a short pass at the line to push Fiji’s score within conversion range of 60 points. While Milne didn’t convert his own kick, Fiji broke 60 a few minutes later as Vunivalu took his third try of the night, once again leaving the Wales Defence scratching their heads after a backline movement.Joe Lovodua added his name to the try-scorers list after taking the ball from a line break and going 60 metres to score. They broke 70 through Ben Nakabuwai, who practically walked through the beaten Wales defence to score.Fiji (Suliasi Vunivali 3, Viliame Kikau 2, Taane Milne 2, Salesi Faingaa, Eloni Vunakece, Jarryd Hayne, Joe Lovodua, Petero Benjamin Nakabuwai tries; Apisai Koroisau 4, Taane Milne 3, Suliasi Vunivalu 1 goal) def. Wales 6 (Morgan Knowles tries; Courtney Davies goal) at Townsville Stadium. Half-time: 42-6. Crowd: 7732.last_img read more



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SP Hunters set new records

first_imgHunters delivered on the night a 34-12 victory which gave the event a historical significance, setting a record of seven straight wins in their two-year existence.PNG Rugby Football League interim chief executive officer Shane Morris said it could be a record in the largest crowd of 15, 000 that has ever watched an Intrust Super Cup competition proper game.This was also the first time in a long time that a rugby league game in PNG has been played under lights.When lights at the now demolished Lloyd Robson Oval were in operation, rugby league games were played there but the opportunity to stage night games has been absent for some time.The response from the public was also overwhelming with the 15,000 tickets for both the grandstand (3,200) and outer stands (11,800) sold out by Friday, one day after they went on sale.This was the first time tickets have been pre-sold and not at the gates as has been the practice for rugby league games in the past.last_img read more



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Gigira gets K100,000 from Kumul Petroleum

first_imgThe cheque presentation was done today at the Bisini Grounds and witnessed by the players and club officials.General Manager Government & Community Affairs, Ian Marru said Kumul Petroleum was happy to support sports in the country in both urban and the rural areas.He said the sponsorship of K100,000 is the biggest support so far given to sports.“Kumul Petroleum is happy to partner with a team that has a name that reflects the famous Hela Gas prophesy which we are associated with through the PNG LNG Project.“We are happy to support the club that has players from all over PNG in its participation in the NSL competition,” said Marru.Club president for Gigira, Madiu Andrew thanked Kumul Petroleum for their support.“Their support is not only to us as a club participating in the Telikom National Soccer League competition but it also promotes football in the country and provides opportunities and pathways for our unemployed youths to be productive citizens.“In appreciation of the sponsorship, all our club merchandises including uniforms will carry the name and logo of Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited and we will continue to be good ambassadors for the sponsor and our loyal fans,” said Andrew.Gigira will take on Hekari United FC next month in round 6 of the TNSL competition.last_img read more



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David Mead down with knee injury

first_imgMead explained that he has sustained a posterior cruciate ligament injury which is a mild to moderate pain in the knee and can cause a slight limp or difficulty walking.He sustained the injury during the Titan’s match against Penrith Panthers in round 11 last weekend.“I was diving in the corner to score a try and my knee was on the ground and someone landed on my hip and my knee just twisted a bit.“I will have to keep the leg straight for about four weeks,” Mead explained.Mead in currently in the country for six days visiting family with wife Taneal and seven months old son Paxton.With Titans on a bye this weekend, Mead said this was a good opportunity for him to take time off training and come here to PNG to visit his family.Mead claimed that Titans had a pretty bad month with a losing streak after winning the last two games and losing five previously.He said to get two wins and then into a bye for six points is important at this stage of the season as for his team it’s about building momentum half way through the year and to the end.last_img read more



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Cavani breaks his silence: “I’m glad I stayed …”

first_imgEdinson Cavani has broken his silence after in the winter market I was about to leave Paris Saint Germain towards Atlético de Madrid. The Country of Montevideo collects a few words from the Uruguayan striker, after scoring his 200th goal with the Parisian team in the match against Bordeaux. The 33-year-old forward, deepening the experience in January, said: “It’s a thing of the past and sometimes it’s good to leave these things behind. It was a special and very difficult month for me.”; and added: “I will continue to do my best until the last day I spend here. It is difficult for all players to go through times like these, but it is part of our work, football.. Just work, work, work again. Because in the end, it is only these sacrifices that allow you to keep moving forward. ”’El Matador’, who chose a goal for Marseille in 2017 as the best of his career in the PSG, spoke almost in a nostalgic tone as a PSG player. “It’s been 6 and a half years and it will be 7 years at the end of the season. A lot has happened. Then a little story has been created in this club. It is a great adventure in my life, in my career. I hope to have a good time with the PSG. ”He continued: “I am proud to know that I can leave a little trace in the history of the club. For the followers because they gave me confidence every day. “Edinson Cavani wanted to dedicate a few words to the fans of PSG, who has shown his affection for him almost since the first day he arrived: “I would like to thank you and my teammates, who are with me every day. The fans have supported me many Sometimes, I can only thank for the warmth they give us every day, and especially to me, in difficult times or joy. The only way I can thank you is to give the maximum, 100% on the ground. It will be like this until the end ”. Cavani, who is in contract with the PSG on June 30, will not renew and from the summer will play in another team, has not expressly referred to Atlético de Madrid, has confessed that the month of January was difficult and said: “I’m glad I stayed, of course. Paris has given me a lot. I’m here to continue my adventure in Paris, I’m happy and proud of it.”last_img read more



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Kiko Olivas, centenary with Real Valladolid

first_imgIn this way, Olivas became the fifth footballer of the Sergio González squad that reaches that figure, after Moyano (147), Míchel (135), Óscar Plano (110) and Masip (108) did it before. Far are still the 82 official twisted of Toni Villa, the 81 of Antoñito, the 73 of Nacho, or the 62 of Pablo Hervías. Kiko Olivas took another step in his particular story as blanquivioleta at the Reale Arena, in which he disputed his 100th official match as a Real Valladolid player. The Andalusian central, who has played every minute of this season in the League, has 61 games in the First, the 26 of this course and the 35 he played last year. To them he adds 38 in Second (34 in League and four in the playoff) and one in Copa del Rey.last_img



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Beautiful, prepared in case Lodi does not arrive against Sevilla

first_imgWe will have to see what happens in the next training with Lodi. For Simeone he is an important player. On other occasions, Cholo placed Saul on a left-handed side, although Thomas is not on penalty, Saul’s contest in the center of the field against Sevilla is important for the Argentine coach. Saul is offering a good level in these last matches and, in addition, is clearly reaching the rival goal, so Simeone prefers to place Hermoso as a natural substitute for Lodi. Beautiful is prepared in case Lodi can’t play against Sevilla. The Madrid has trained these days in the initial eleven in the absence of the Brazilian side, who not Tuesday or Wednesday has exercised with the team. Lodi suffers a contracture and It is doubt to face Sevilla this Saturday (4:00 pm). In the coaching staff, nobody wants to take risks with the player, since Wednesday there is also a Champions League game and Simeone wants to have everyone available. Lodi played the entire game on Sunday against Espanyol. The team rested on Monday and the Brazilian did not exercise Tuesday and Wednesday. He did alternative work. You don’t want to force him so that the contracture doesn’t go over. Simeone has been working with Hermoso, who has not started with Atlético since the day of Granada, on February 8. That day formed in the initial eleven. Throughout the year 2020 he has played two games of twelve. The mentioned one of Granada plus the cupbearer before the Cultural Leonesa. last_img read more



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Gayle, Bravo top CPL aggregates

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC):Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo topped the aggregates in the just-concluded Hero Caribbean Premier League though their respective franchises experienced contrasting fates.The left-handed Gayle, who led Jamaica Tallawahs, finished with 430 runs at an average of 61.50 and a strike rate of 160, hammering a highest score of 105, along with three half-centuries.He was ahead of St Lucia Zouks’ Andre Fletcher, who carved out 369 runs, while Marlon Samuels, the influential plyer of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, was third in the aggregates with 325 runs.Only three other batsmen made it into the 300-run club. Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Lendl Simmons managed 317 runs, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s Jacques Kallis got 304, while Kieron Pollard, the Barbados Tridents’ talismanic captain, scored 303 runs.Gayle was by far the leading run-scorer for the Tallawahs and was just one of two players to get over 200 runs. Chadwick Walton scored 243.The Tallawahs, the 2013 champions, were knocked out by the Red Steel in the first semi-final, after finishing fourth in the preliminary round.Bravo, meanwhile, was outstanding with the ball as he propelled the Red Steel to their first CPL title. He finished the tournament with 28 wickets at an average of 11 and an economy rate of seven.The Tallawahs’ left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie picked up 16 wickets, while Amazon Warriors off-spinner Sunil Narine snared 14 wickets.Bravo, the Red Steel skipper, was at his most brilliant in the first semi-final against the Tallawahs, picking up a regional T20 career-best five for 23, to earn his side a 27-run win at Queen’s Park Oval.He picked up two for 19 from three overs in the second semi-final as the Red Steel won by six wickets, but went wicket-less in the final last Sunday as the hosts pulled off a 20-run win.last_img read more



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Traditional Prince wins feature race in bang-up finish at Caymanas Park

first_img a storming rail run TRADITIONAL PRINCE, running at odds of 10-1 with Aaron Chatrie aboard, overcame a slow start to win the 11th running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy open allowance race in a bang-up finish over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. The betting made FORTUNE-ONEHUNDRED a 9-5 marginal favourite ahead of the speedy TALENTED TONY K at 2-1, but despite his consistency the Patrick Lynch-trained TRADITIONAL PRINCE was overlooked in the market. TRADITIONAL PRINCE hurt his chance by rearing at the start and was the back marker in the early stages as TALENTED TONY K with Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard disputed the lead with the rank outsider, TOOTING KAT (99-1), in a field of 11. TALENTED TONY K soon surged ahead at the half mile, but FORTUNEINEHUNDRED was sent in serious chase by Robert Halledeen as both turned for home almost heads on. Although FORTUNEONEHUNDRED grabbed the lead a furlong out, the run-on horses by then were getting into top gear, with topweight TRADITIONAL PRINCE producing a storming rail run in the last 100 metres to catch FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, winning by a neck, with another neck to the fast-finishing SCOOP JORDYNE (13-1) in third and EDISON (8-1) finishing a mere length away fourth. A seven-year-old bay gelding by Traditional out of Princess Lal, TRADITIONAL PRINCE is owned and bred by Dr. Granville Ashton. Chatrie said he had ridden TRADITIONAL PRINCE in the past and knew what he was capable of. “I expected a fast pace with ‘TONY K’ in the line-up, so although losing lengths at the start, I knew the pace would to come back in the closing stages, and it did. I saved ground on the inside from the half mile, got a rocky run on the inside rails and was able to catch them in the nick of time,” said Chatrie, who had a second winner on the card in 5-1 chance ABOVE THE RADAR in the third race over 1820 metres for the Josseth Grey Memorial Cup. Chatrie, along with Wesley Henry, each rode two winners on the card, but all were upstaged by title-chasing jockey Halledeen, with three winners. These were the two-year-old debutante DREAMLINER at 3-5 for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the first race, PREMATUREE at 5-1 in the eighth and DWAYNE STAR for trainer Lynch in the eighth race over the straight to move to 46 wins so far this season.last_img read more



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