Warburton blames Lions discipline

first_imgThe Lions conceded 12 penalties in Dunedin – five more than the home side – and were beaten by Marty Banks’ decisive kick six minutes from time.The result represents the tourists’ second defeat of the tour to New Zealand after they were beaten by the Blues last Wednesday, and Warburton knows things must improve.”We gave away too much possession at the breakdown, we turned over a bit too much ball,” Warburton told Sky Sports. “I thought when we were direct, we looked good.”These experiences now, we’ll review the game in detail and there are things we’ll look back on.”I think there was a string of four penalties in a row in the second half where we were in decent territory. We gave them way too much territory and momentum.”The discipline on Saturday we kept the penalties to single figures, I’m not sure if we did today.”Respect between the two teams after a fantastic contest in Dunedin #AllForOne #LionsNZ2017 #HIGvBIL reactionhttps://t.co/wzvECE22SV pic.twitter.com/ruUINOkcTP— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) 13 June 2017Waisake Naholo crossed early for the Highlanders before tries from Jonathan Joseph, Tommy Seymour and Warburton himself saw the Lions pull clear.However, Liam Coltman touched down on the hour mark as the Highlanders reduced the deficit to two, with Banks knocking over the decisive penalty after Owen Farrell was wayward with his first attempt having replaced Dan Biggar.A mammoth Elliot Daly penalty attempt late on fell just short, before Joseph spilled forward to end a desperate last attack from the Lions.Coach Warren Gatland commented: “We gave away a line-out for their try after having cleared our lines. We know we need to be better in those moments to make sure we don’t compound our errors.”We were inaccurate at times, they kicked the ball quite smartly to put us under pressure. The players are learning that it is about playing for 80 minutes and being in the moment.”We always said that coming to New Zealand was going to be tough against the Super Rugby sides. They are the best rugby nation in the world.”The Lions face the Maori All Blacks on Saturday as they close in on the first Test match on June 24.”The Maori is going to be the biggest challenge of this Tour [so far],” said Warburton. “They have picked a great squad, with a lot of guys with All Black experience, so we’re looking forward to that challenge.”last_img read more

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Fifita to ‘memory bank’ Maroons baiting

first_imgPhoto: NRL Photos.Andrew Fifita won’t forget the sledging he copped from Queensland players Fifita, whose Game Two was noticeably quieter than his Game One pyrotechnics, also said he has no issue with the Maroons putting extra effort into keeping him quiet.Their tactic of swamping him opened up chances for his fellow forwards and earned the Blues a couple of penalties – the only problem was how his team failed to manage the game in the second half, he said.”Yeah I did feel it (them putting extra attention on me) to be honest,” Fifita said after the game.”They did their research. But in saying that they gave away a penalty on me on their line, after that set we ended up going up and scoring.”There were passages early in the game where extra Maroons forwards followed him which opened up extra chances for the likes of Aaron Woods and Josh Jackson to start the game strongly, according to Fifita.”It’s not a one-man team here, not a two-man team. There’s 16 other blokes beside myself here. I thought our bench did a good job, we started the game well. We just let it slip,” he added.Fifita came in for extra attention from Maroons lock Josh McGuire, who dived at Fifita’s legs in a tackle late in the contest and gave the Sharks big man a few verbals on fulltime as well.”I laughed at it,” Fifita smiled of the special treatment.”I knew they were going to come at me. In any team, if you’re one of the main players they are going to try and take you out of the game. In saying that, he can dive at the leg all he wants. They’re only little but they aren’t breaking anything.”The extra spite would only give the Blues more motivation to go up to Suncorp and claim the series on Queensland’s territory, according to Fifita.”There would be nothing better than us going up there and taking out the series on Queensland soil… I’m a bit bitter about it. They can carry on all they want at the end of the game there. It’s one of those things, we will memory-bank it and go into Game Three ready,” he said.”It was a big wake up call for us. Hopefully we go up there for Game Three and prepare well and get the job done in their backyard.” last_img read more

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Games Relay tours Matupit Island

first_imgBy Quintina NaimeFrom the islands the baton travelled by boat into Simpson’s harbour, with the smoking backdrop of Mt Tavurvur.It then got a spectacular close up visit to the Beehive lava formations in the centre of the harbour.The baton was taken across to the small beehive where the town’s rugby union team carried it to the top.The team then handed it over to a traditional canoe for the paddle across to the large beehive where the rest of the team climbed up to a jumping platform and ran and jumped into the deep sea with the baton.The relay then visited Matupit Island where the villagers took the Baton across the steaming hot sands, past the bubbling sea, to the nesting grounds of the Megapod birds and showed the holes where the eggs are harvested from the hot volcanic ground.The Games Relay heads inland to Kerevat and across to old Rabaul town tomorrow.last_img read more

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One more Gold for Apisah in Tennis

first_imgThis is the fourth Gold Abigail Tere-Apisah picked up in the competition defeating New Caledonia’s Yaelle Honakoko.Tere-Apisah won in straight sets 6-1 6-2 in the women’s singles against Honakoko.Meanwhile Abigail’s niece, Violet Apisah (PNG) missed out in bronze just after 2pm going down to New Caledonia’s Ana Pain.Apisah lost 2 sets to 1 in a long drawn out match that lasted two hours.Pain won the match 6-4 1-6 6-4.Pain won Gold in the 2011 Pacific Games in tennis however did not make it to the Gold medal play off.last_img read more

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Girona, forced to be regular in the second round

first_imgOf course, Girona is considered a team more than first laps than second. And this is indicated by the data of the last campaigns because it is time to go back to 2015-16 to see how the Girona team added more points in the second leg of the League than in the first. By then, Pablo Machín He was the coach of Girona and 25 points were added in the first round and 41 in the second. At the end of the season they won 66 points and this allowed them to play the promotion playoff after assaulting the fourth place. Of course, there was no happy ending because in the final (in the first round they beat Córdoba), Osasuna deprived them of the dream of promotion by beating them both in The Sadar (2-1) as in Montilivi (0-1).The truth is that playing the promotion playoff is not synonymous with joy for the Girona because another course in which they also managed to add more points in the second round than in the first was 2014-15. That year, the Girona finished with 82 points (38 + 44), and were third in the League. The fateful draw against him Lugo deprived them of the direct ascent and then, in the playoff, the Saragossa He eliminated them in the first tie. This campaign, in the first round they have added 31 points. They must improve them. If something has sinned the Girona in the first round of the League has been a lack of regularity. This has taken its toll (Juan Carlos Unzué he was dismissed for his bad numbers) and is currently ninth, just one point from the playoff and five from the direct ascent to First. The rojiblancos are forced to shorten this distance to be able to fight to reach the marked objective. With Pep Lluís Martí there are better sensations and it is expected to start with good foot 2020.last_img read more

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João Félix devours the cholismo

first_imgJoão Félix was the great signing of Atlético this past summer. The Madrid club paid 127 million euros for the young Portuguese star and became one of the attractions of the Spanish championship. The first round of the league championship and the group stage of the Champions League and João Félix has appeared with droppers in Atlético. From Portugal they question whether the striker was successful in signing for the Madrid club while part of the fans understand that Atlético’s game system drowns the Portuguese. João Félix devours the cholismo and it will be necessary to see if from now on he offers the best of himself, as happened with Griezmann, who went practically unnoticed in his first months of rojiblanco. João Félix has played 15 league games, has scored two goals and given one assist. He played four Champions, with two goals. Four goals and an assist in the first part of the season does not seem much baggage for a player, although from the coaching staff they ask for patience. “We are on the road that we imagine, I don’t knowand if anyone imagined another situation, “says Simeone asked about what the player has contributed and his situation in the team. The Portuguese lost six games due to injury, the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen and the league against Athletic, Alavés, Sevilla and Espanyol. The former player of Benfica started playing in a band, but later Cholo was putting him on a point, closer to the rival area. Diego Costa’s injury left a hole as Morata’s companion and that position has been for the Portuguese. Correa, perhaps the most decisive player in Atlético, is valid for everything. Play at the start, do it as revulsive, act in band or on tip. Curiously from Granada, when Cholo gave him orders to throw himself into a band, João Félix has advanced his position. Many point out that he is not comfortable in the field, that he is not the happy footballer who played at Benfica. The striker has already had six months of mili with Simeone. You already know that the most important thing is to apply in the pressure, to help the defensive system work well. The team, meanwhile, is winning, cutting positions, is third and He is crouched waiting for some prick from Barcelona and Real Madrid. In the purest Simeone style. While the team is winning everything goes and the accounts come out. Individual situations matter little if the collective works. In the environment of the soccer player they are not happy with this first part of the championship that the Portuguese has made, holder but many times changed before the conclusion of the matches. The fans have already shown their anger at leaving the field early while in the coaching staff they understand that it is normal in the process of adapting the player to the team. In the club, meanwhile, nobody opens their mouths when referring to João Félix, Absolute Mutism. It’s a matter of Cholo and he knows how to handle a player of his quality, different and with a huge future and potential ahead. Although the investment made and the effort made to sign him was very high.Atletico was spent 127 million and so far João Félix devours the cholismo. We will see what happens in these coming months, in the decisive parties that arrive.last_img read more

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Valencia will continue playing the Super Cup in the courts

first_imgValencia returned almost a week ago from Saudi Arabia, where it fell in the semifinal against Real Madrid. But the Super Cup is still present in the black and white offices, where today a ‘party’ is dazzled in the courts. All this for the economic distribution that the Royal Spanish Football Federation decided to make, a distribution against which Valencia was opposed from the outset for feeling aggrieved compared to the rest of the participants and relying on his status as champion of the Copa del Rey. Valencia, as reported by the SER, is increasingly aware of the judicial process. AS already informed before the Celades team traveled to Saudi Arabia that the club had sent the contract presented to it by the signed RFEF but with nuances. Specifically it included his disagreement with the economic distribution and adventure that would take the measures considered appropriate to defend his interests. The RFEF, according to black and white sources, has not returned that modified contract with the signature of Rubiales and nothing suggests that an agreement is reached without the mediation of a judge.The defense of Valencia, among other arguments, takes as a reference the economic conditions received by Barcelona, ​​who attended the event as a League champion such as the Valencia Cup champion. Both clubs, according to the black and white club, made the same merits to be present in Saudi Arabia. Hence, the difference in the economic distribution is considered grievous. Barcelona returned from Jeddah with 6.8 million euros, for the 2.5 million of Valencia. Real Madrid, meanwhile, as champion, exceeded 8 million, while Atlético dividends are around 4.5 million.last_img read more

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Muguruza takes flight to enter the semifinals

first_imgNot even the most optimistic anticipated such a vibrant and stable efficiency from Garbiñe Muguruza at the Australian Open. In all probability not even herself. It appeared too early for the impact of the change of apparatus with the arrival of Conchita Martínez to have a optimistic impact on the Spanish participant after two years virtually misplaced regardless of her privileged physique and her expertise for tennis. However plainly each time the two get collectively, good issues occur. It was seen three years in the past in Wimbledon, when Garbiñe raised the title. And it occurs once more in Melbourne. This Wednesday he received in two units (7-5 ​​and 6-Three in 1h: 33) to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and arrives for the first time to the semifinals of the match, that are the fifth to which he arrives in Grand Slams. The truth that his former coach Sam Sumyk was in the field of his opponent didn’t appear to disturb her. From much less to extra, he rose to get his most vital victory in a very long time and enter in the penultimate spherical, which can face Simona Halep on Thursday, which swept Anett Kontaveit (double 6-1 in 53 minutes). “I’ve to be ready and I like not having to wait one other day to play. It’s going to be a tricky sport. ”stated the Caracas on the monitor a couple of rivalry that dominates 3-2, the three victories on laborious court docket. Initially the two had been a bundle of nerves. Garbiñe didn’t put many first and that prevented him from dominating together with his serve, so he misplaced it quickly, in the third sport. The great factor for her is that her rival was not to throw rockets at the service and will recuperate from the break instantly. In truth, he did it twice. In different sides, akin to the reverse, some flat drives and a few talent to subtract, Pavlyuchenkova was extra harmful. However he was punished quite a bit for double faults. Particularly the three that he chained in the twelfth sport, the one who gave the first set to Muguruza, who with out scratching at excessive altitude wore a diversified tennis and didn’t decompose at any time.The Caracas wanted to enhance the service and didn’t accomplish that in the first sport of the second set. He misplaced his flip and as had occurred in the first spherical, he recovered the break instantly. From there he obtained higher and that allowed him to subtract with extra tranquility and intention. Additional, Pavlyuchenkova fell once more into the pit of double faults and with one among them he handed the sixth sport to Garbiñe. With 4-2, the Spanish didn’t get entangled, consolidated the break and together with his final serve and an awesome volley he buckled a giant win.Outcomes of the ladies’s workforce of the Australian Open.last_img read more

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“It is not a life or death match, we are not surgeons”

first_imgMatch against Mallorca: “It is important. It is not a final. If we win we do not save ourselves and if we lose we descend. If it were the last match it would be a final. It is a six-point match, we face a rival who is in the same situation. I have heard to my players to say that it is a life-and-death match and it is not like that. We are not surgeons and we are not going to operate on anyone who can die. It has a lot of excitement for us, to be able to play in our field before a hobby we know that there will be a good entrance. We want you to enjoy. The player and I as a coach must be very excited knowing that it is important. “Without pressure or craving: “I have been fortunate that the team has competed well since I was here. The other day, despite the loss, we played a good game, but we were penalized for mistakes. The team is doing well and the players are not stressed. They have a tremendous desire to win the first game at home, Mallorca is in a similar situation and we play against our people, tomorrow the player will be happy to meet a full stadium, no need to motivate them in that regard. the illusion and adrenaline. The game lasts 90 minutes, not just five. We have to go full, but you have to win the game in 90 minutes, it’s not two or three. “ The Espanyol coach offered the press conference prior to this Sunday’s meeting against Mallorca. The parakeet team seeks its first win at Cornellà-El Prat of the season against a direct rival in the fight for permanence. In addition, the vermilion team does not know what it is to win at home in the course. He has only been able to score a point in the ten games played. Match between a team that has not won at home and another that has not won out: “Well, a draw. But we hope that it is not so. They are statistics. Mallorca makes the dynamics that it carries more dangerous. It plays a lot, like us. It has incredible merit. Several of its players have come from Second B. It has arguments very good to be one of the teams that can be in First next year. We have to be very attentive because it is very vertical and if we do not defend well it will cause us many problems. “RDT: “Not only does Raúl act as a leader because there are players who have been wearing this shirt for several years. Raúl has been a great success on the part of the club to bring it. He is a player who is in a great state of shape and we hope that this will continue during the years that has signed for Espanyol. “It is not a final: “Win or lose we will have to win again in Seville. I live the present. I look forward to an even, very tense match and any detail will uneven the balance. We will see how the match ends, the sensations and how the day ends. Despite the defeat last day we benefited. I don’t think about the future or the next game. “Sensations: “I always see myself winning. My feelings are always very positive. On the board, now that we will watch a video, I win 3-0. The team is very involved and eager to change this situation, but it is day to day. Unfortunately, when I arrived, it was not the best in terms of punctuation, and we will be like this during the 16 games that remain. I do not like the final word. It is a very important match and I see the team well, calm and with I want to be able to make a match. “The penalty kicker: “The other day, in Granada, I screwed up. It is a fault of mine. I have my responsibility because before Athletic I said that if there was a penalty Raúl throws it. With the pie the other day, in Granada, it happened to me. When it happened I didn’t think it was the penalty, I said Raul has fallen, and I didn’t see what happened next. I found out on TV. But I liked that two or three players wanted to throw the penalty. I liked that in this difficult situation there are three players who want to take responsibility. Raul will throw the penalties. “center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 8, 2020last_img read more

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Doubt is Pogba or Haaland

first_imgThe other big question is … Pogba or Haaland? French is Zidane’s endeavor, an old endeavor, it would be the third time that the white entity tried to hire them. The Norwegian striker, Haaland, is a necessity, given Madrid’s lack of goal (the double season averaged three goals per game and in this interrupted one it does not reach two), and even more so after the frustrated signing of Jovic (21 years old, 60 million, two goals in 24 games with Madrid). It is not clear that Madrid may not even sign one of the two, Pogba or Haaland, this summer. What is clear is that, to both, in no case.PATRIK STOLLARZ & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>PATRIK STOLLARZ (AFP) Pogba’s case is different: a ready-made footballer (27 years old) on which to build a project. Or so Zidane sees it. The problem is that the directive, led by Florentino, does not think the same. Zidane wants it but not Florentino. As AS has published, Pogba is at the right time to sign him, he has a contract until 2021 and, although United can extend it one more unilaterally, the foundations have been laid for his departure. Pogba would prioritize Madrid, but he needs to get the offer. Between one or the other, Pogba or Haaland, Raiola would not care … the two players are his. What the coaching staff values ​​in its meetings with Madrid’s general management at this time is which line, midfield or forward, is most important to reinforce. Speaking of the front, there are voices that indicate that Jovic, still very young, must be given a vote of confidence or at least a second chance. There are also accounts of what Asensio and Hazard can contribute face to door, who have lost practically all this season due to their injuries. Either way, there is evidence: Borussia does not want to release Haaland until 2022. Getting him to do it now can be very expensive: he is the forward of the future, he is 19 years old and can go for more than 100 million.PHIL NOBLE & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>PHIL NOBLE (REUTERS)center_img In this tense impass in which football is found, With the uncertainty about their finances, the range of possibilities that opens up for Madrid is enormous. There is a marked roadmap but it is not known if it can be carried out. The ultimate goal of Madrid, as this newspaper has been telling, is undertake the signing of Mbappé in 2021. It is a strategy that is playing for the long term. The key is that the Frenchman, who ends his contract in 2022, does not renew. And at the moment he is succeeding.last_img read more

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