first_img“We’re getting some people back now, we’ve played the last month of footy without some high quality players.”Those include fullback Josh Dugan, who hadn’t played since suffering a fractured cheek in the Anzac Test a month prior and skipper Gareth Widdop who missed three games with a strained knee. Both were immense in the win over the Tigers.”They’re back playing now regularly and I think we’re still learning out brand of footy, our style of footy,” McGregor added.”We had the bye and came back, had a few blokes away through the week in the Origin period so our cohesion just wasn’t there and our connection wasn’t there but once we get that right – we’re sitting third on the table, it’s a good position halfway through the competition when I feel and our players feel we’ve still got our best footy ahead.”Widdop said the team will be better for the run and benefit from a nine-day break until facing the Bulldogs next Monday.”There were a few good moments and probably a few areas we can work on,” Widdop said.”As a team we need to be a little bit better in our standards. At times we nearly cost ourselves the game with our kick chase at the end there. They’re the little things we need to fix up.”As a team we’ll take a lot from that game into next week.” While happy with the victory, the 16-12 result featured some poor handling and execution from both teams and McGregor blamed a bit of rustiness coming off the bye while having three players off in Origin camp during the lead-up.”After the bye our cohesion just wasn’t there at times but we’ll work hard to improve that coming in against the Dogs,” McGregor said.”I think we’re in a real good position because I still think our best football is ahead. last_img read more


first_imgFollowing a 54-8 hammering at the hands of St George Illawarra back in round three, the Titans looked to have turned a corner to win two of their next three games against Brisbane and Manly.But all that good work was brought undone at 1300 Smiles Stadium, as the Cowboys went on to break their five-game losing streak.The Titans were particularly poor in the opening half, completing just 56 per cent of their sets while giving away an unforgivable 10 penalties.“Up there with as disappointing as the Dragons game,” Brennan said post-match.“Errors, discipline, not sticking to what we trained all week to do. It’s very disappointing.“We obviously don’t handle things that go against us very well.“That happened in the Dragons game, it happened there tonight.“Until the guys want to buy into where we’re heading with this football team, those results are going to keep happening.”The Titans let the Cowboys take a 16-2 lead into halftime, a lead which was built on after the break with tries to Jason Taumalolo and Coen Hess.It took until the very back end of the game for the visitors to spring to life when they scored twice in three minutes through Ash Taylor and Jarrod Wallace.But unfortunately for Brennan’s men, it was too little, too late.“Execution was poor, there’s no doubt about that, fundamental errors from scrums, penalties, drop ball in contact, schoolboy stuff,” Brennan said.“Don’t get me wrong 10 out of 10 for not giving up and trying, zero out of 10 for smartness.“ … We’re a side that’s learning, we’re going to have those weeks, and I’ve said that from day one.“They came home and they started to do things we spoke about this week in the last 10 or 15 minutes and it worked.“We’ve got to be a stronger, mentally tough football team than we are at the moment.“We’re fit, we never give up, but we’re a dumb football team at times as well.”Titans skipper Ryan James couldn’t refute Brennan’s comments.“It’s the truth and sometimes the truth hurts to hear,” James said.“Penalties and errors led to them getting a roll on.“I’ll put my hand up, I dropped the ball in contact, that’s under 7s stuff.“We just have to work on that, complete our sets and get a repeat — I don’t think we forced a repeat all night.“When we decided we wanted to play footy and stick to the game plan, it seemed to work, but we only did it for five minutes.”last_img read more


first_imgAlaalatoa was in the side to face Ireland at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Saturday, however, the Brumbies prop succumbed to a knock to his ankle sustained during training Thursday.Australia have now added Robertson to the bench in response to the 24-year-old’s injury, it was announced Friday.Waratahs prop Robertson has not featured for the Wallabies since last year’s clash with England at Twickenham in November.#BREAKING | Tom Robertson called into the match day 23 after Allan Alaalatoa suffers a knock to his ankle. #AUSvIRL pic.twitter.com/sGpIjjDDJ5— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) June 8, 2018Michael Cheika’s Australia will come up against a new-look Ireland team, who are unbeaten since losing to Wales in March 2017. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Australia prop Tom Robertsonlast_img read more


first_imgIn all this controversy about bringing the Super Cup to Jeddah, what does a Spanish coach who lives in this country think?Everyone thinks of that Arabia two years ago without going any further, rather closed, where you could not enter as a tourist. It is a country under construction. The woman is progressing more and more. Those of us who come for football do it for an important economic aspect, whoever denies it is a liar. The salaries paid here have nothing to do with those in Spain … Go practicing with us. What do you foresee?Many fans here wanted to see Messi again, because they consider him number one, but I think it is a very attractive final. Madrid came without Benzema, but it is marveling at the high pressure they make. They play it back against men because they have very physical defenses. When they have the ball, the possessions are longer, so they drowned Valencia. They also did it at the Camp Nou.And the Atleti?It will come out with direct play and from there, whoever wins the second play will have more control. Its low block is strong and although they dominate it, it knows how to compete. They don’t worry much about high blood pressure because they skip it with Oblak playing long … So Madrid will have to be patient. When do you decide to venture into Saudi Arabia?The last week of being in Beijing. It came up, I decided, I spent ten hours in Madrid and embarked on Arabia. That’s how fast football is.How is this country in football?Here we can have seven foreigners and interestingly there are many Romanian and Portuguese coaches. I am the only Spanish and my team is at the level of a Valencia or a Sevilla from here. I think it’s one of the best leagues in Asia. The Saudi soccer player is from the street, has a creative, free point, but they lack physical and tactical work.Today he will be in the final of the Spanish Super Cup … but as a commentator.Yes, for a Saudi television. I will speak in English. I took my COU English to the Emirates and although I don’t know it at all now, I can do it. As Michael Robinson does in Spain (laughs). They will understand me.center_img As a foreigner, do you live in a bubble?It’s true, but they are opening. The foreign woman is no longer obliged to wear the abaya. This will go further and I think that in six or seven years it will be a country very similar, at least, to the Arab Emirates. Women are still restricted in rights, but it seems that little by little they will have more freedom. They want to open up and how do they do it? They do it with money. That’s why they bring the Super Cup. Spanish fans are the injured, but that income is paid to the stars.Will we see him again soon on a bench in Spain? Did you leave without a return ticket?The Villarreal thing was such a strange thing that it hurt me personally. It hurt and I didn’t understand what happened. They only gave me six days of the League … I’ll be back, but if I have a good sign outside … why am I going to stay home waiting? There will be time to return …last_img read more


first_imgThe Seville an unexpected problem was found at the rest of his match against the Getafe. And is that the Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik had to be replaced in the interim by injury bonus. The former of Basel He left with an ice pack on his right knee before hugging with Bono and wishing him luck for the second half. one Sevilla already signed Vaclik knowing the state of his knees and hence his contract was subject to the problems that they generated. Now it remains to be seen what the extent of these problems is in the right knee and how many matches will have to be Bond the one who defends the goal of the team of Lopetegui.last_img


first_imgCavani, after a hectic winter that settled without movement, remains one of the most sought-after free agents with offers to continue in Europe and also to return to South American football, where Boca Juniors, Peñarol and several Brazilian clubs have already emerged as candidates. A significant savingParis Saint-Germain will have to move to cover the losses of the captain and its top historical scorer. Both veterans had high chips and the Parisian club will achieve savings that this Italian newspaper puts up to 34 million euros. Both will leave the club as legends and with a notable record with Leagues and Cups but a pending task: the Champions League. Cavani and Thiago Silva, two banners of this decade of success at Paris Saint-Germain, may not have their deserved farewell since they are not obliged to return to Paris in the remainder of their contract.Both the Uruguayan and the Brazilian end their commitment to PSG on June 30 and both are in their countries of origin.. Both have legal permission to negotiate with other clubs and have no PSG proposal to renew, so, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they could stay home until they had to travel to the city of their new team.Thiago Silva is evaluating his return to South American football. The center-back looks favorably on returning to Fluminense, the club in which he played from 2006 to 2009, and where he believes he could continue to maintain a level that would allow him to enter Canarinha.last_img read more


first_imgThis formula is the same that the white club has applied to Óscar in Leganés. A talented player who he ties up for the future and is transferred to a ‘friend’ club until he explodes, as Odegaard has achieved at Real Sociedad. Something similar happened with Fede Valverde who, after a season at Deportivo, returned to stay in the first team. If the Second B did not resume, César Gelabert could have played his last game with the Real Madrid shirt. And it seems that it will pack in the summer. Both the club and the youth squad agree to accept a transfer that goes hand in hand with a renewal. Madrid’s plan is clear: to continue betting on the player, just as he did with Odegaard in 2016 when they transferred him to Heerenveen. The leaders are clear that the route to follow is the same. Weekly reports, assess your situation every summer and wait until you have the experience to make the jump to the first team.Ace already reported last week that Barcelona, ​​Borussia, Arsenal, United, Lyon, Zaragoza and Valladolid have asked about his situation. Despite the contract ending in 2021, the white club continues to work on its renewal. Zidane himself agrees that the club will retain him and take minutes either in a Primera de España or abroad.last_img read more


first_imgThat’s how I made it known Huang Shenghua, the president of Guangzhou R&F, who stated the following: “according to the evaluation of the current situation, the new season will start in late June or early July”. He also noted that the season would not be shortened, but the full thirty days would be disputed.The variation of dates between the end of June or the beginning of July is due to the fact that the time to start the competition will become official as the pandemic progresses. Despite the fact that the local contagion situation is controlled in China, a hypothetical second wave of infected people coming from foreigners does worry. It is the only unknown that surrounds the return to normality of a league that has only had one infected player: the Belgian Marouane Fellaini. China, the country where the pandemic originated, begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Asian giant slowly returns to normality while half the world remains confined. This gradual improvement in the situation has made people talk about football there and think about tackling a league that was suspended again sine die in February because of COVID-19. And without the Chinese Football Association having corroborated anything, It is already known that an attempt will be made to launch the competition in late June.last_img read more


first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC):Opener John Campbell plundered his second first-class hundred as Jamaica Scorpions turned the page on a series of ordinary recent performances with a strong effort on the opening day of their penultimate round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes.The left-hander carved out a career-best 135, an innings that propelled the visitors to 284 for five at the close yesterday at the Arnos Vale Stadium.Paul Palmer celebrated his return to the team and to the captaincy with an unbeaten 31, while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 27 and Antiguan Devon Thomas, 24 not out.Off-spinner Liam Sebastien (2-74) and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy (2-91) finished with two wickets apiece.Opting to bat first in an attempt to reverse a trend of four consecutive defeats, Scorpions started positively when Campbell and Shacaya Thomas put up 39 for the first wicket.Thomas made 14 in just over an hour at the crease and his departure, lbw to Barbadian medium pacer Kyle Mayers, saw Campbell inspire three successive half-century stands to keep the innings going.He put on 72 for the second wicket with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who made 24; another 58 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy, who scored 20; and 53 for the fourth wicket with Blackwood.All told, Campbell struck 15 fours and two sixes in an innings lasting 192 balls and just under four and a half hours.He raised his first 50 off 80 balls with six fours and was unbeaten on 52 at lunch with Edwards on 17 as Scorpions reached a comfortable 85 for one.The post-lunch session also belonged to the visitors as Campbell dominated, racing to his hundred to be 122 not out at tea with the Scorpions on 197 for three.When he and Blackwood were out within 15 runs of each other in the final session to leave the Scorpions on 237 for five, Palmer and Devon Thomas combined to add 47 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand.Palmer has so far faced 63 balls and counted four fours.last_img read more


first_imgBEIJING, China: A year ago, he couldn’t walk. Yesterday, Fedrick Dacres ended the qualification round in the men’s discus at the IAAF World Championships at the Bird Nest in Beijing, China, as the number-one qualifier heading into the final. It’s a remarkable turnaround and one that takes sharper focus when the most optimistic of outlooks did not consider that the promising thrower would be able to compete here in Beijing, with Dacres and his team targeting a return to form next season ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Dacres suffered damage to the meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee and was forced to spend the better part of six months on the sidelines after surgery, with little hope of getting in shape in time for the World Championships. It was a tough period for the sociology student at the University of West Indies, who admitted to considering packing it all up and focusing on his studies when he was struggling with injuries. “When I did the surgery, I could not even walk. I thought I was a bright kid so I could find my way back to the book so I decided to be a scholar. I started healing and then I just stayed working towards recovering. If I couldn’t work my legs, I focused on the upper body and told myself that if my knees never come back 100 per cent, I can strengthen my upper body and become a thrower who relies on arm strength,” said Dacres. “This wasn’t in our plan. This was a supposed to be a year to prep for Rio. So to be here in good condition and maybe vying for a medal is a good feeling,” he added. “I’m not really a good starter, I can’t start well. So for me to come out here and get a big start like that, which got me into the final is a great feeling and I want to build on that now,” Dacres told The Gleaner. his impressive start Buoyed by his impressive start to his World Championships experience, Dacres, a champion at the World Youth and World Junior levels, said he is focusing on executing the instructions of his coach Julian Robinson. “I believe that this year it’s about who wants it more because no one is way ahead or dominating in this event, so I’m just here and I’m trying to make the best of it,” he added. “Mr Robinson is a guru, he does things differently, but it’s also all about trusting the big man. I’m a soldier, so I follow orders it has got me to a 65m opener and if I open with that, I feel I can do so much more.” The men’s discus final will take place tomorrow at 6:50 a.m. – A.L.last_img read more