I’m my harshest critic: Hayne

I’m my harshest critic: Hayne

first_imgFormer Queensland and current Broncos coach Wayne Bennett criticised the 29-year-old for a “selfish” play in the Origin defeat when Hayne failed to set up Brett Morris for what would have been New South Wales’ fourth try of the night inside 30 minutes. Things got worse for the former Australian international when he threw a wayward flick pass with the Blues on the attack with the game on the line and later coughed up the ball with less than nine minutes remaining to hand Queensland an invitation – one they eventually took with Dane Gagai’s second try.An honest Hayne admitted he was not happy with his own personal performance in Game Two – arguably his worst in the sky blue jersey.”I was disappointed with my [Origin II] game overall,” Hayne said after the Titans’ 26-14 win on Friday night.”For me I was already off myself and found it hard to sleep after the game knowing that there were a couple of things I did wrong and a couple of penalties [I give away]. “But that [potential Morris try] was 50-50, I felt Gagai was hesitant with what to do and I probably hurt myself because I thought Peatsy was going to kick and then he passed so I had to reload and that didn’t help my vision.”Little things in the game like that do hurt you and if we score there it’s game over so [Bennett’s] definitely right.”I’m my harshest critic and that [performance] is something that definitely hurts me.”Despite the Maroons losing halfback Johnathan Thurston for the decider with the Origin II hero ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, Hayne was saddened by the news.”I’m disappointed in two ways – one because he’s not going to be there in Game Three,” he said.”And the other because it just goes to show his character, it was just unbelievable to be able to play through that.”While it was a dour affair in Campbelltown, Hayne’s 10-minute burst in the second half was enough to outclass an inexperienced Wests Tigers outfit with two tries and an assist setting up the win.Hayne revealed he battled the past 48 hours in the lead up to the clash on Friday night with injury but was desperate to take to the field and help the side snap a four-match losing streak.”It was my back – I had spasms during the [Origin] game and held on but obviously got treatment that night, during [Thursday] and last night – the doc got me through,” he said.”I’ve probably done one captains run in the last three weeks so we haven’t got a lot of fluency in our attack at the moment and we had to resort back to simple plays.”We read their defence early on and knew what they were going to throw at us and accounted for it and then could exploit them.”last_img read more

Wallabies need to strike attacking balance

first_imgKurtley Beale and Israel Folau will be reunited on Saturday night, and it didn’t take much for the fullback to show exactly why Beale’s return is so anticipated by Australia.One of Australia’s most prolific Test finishers can’t wait to have his Waratahs teammate back,  just for the flow-on of confidence the utility has in a side.“You grow that extra leg when you know you have him beside you. He brings a lot more confidence to your game and it’s exciting,” Folau said.“Guys like KB they don’t come around too often.“You give him the ball and he’s always going to create something out of nothing. Guys around him, when they play with him, they grow.”Folau’s not the first one to come out singing Beale’s praises, with the utility painted as the great hope for the Wallabies in many senses, but it’s not an expectation that worries Beale.“The feeling in camp has probably been the best it’s been for a while,” he said.“A lot of these new guys have got a really good feel of what is required being at this level now, what needs be done around the edges and your preparation to actually put out a quality performance.“I feel like we’re getting that now and a lot of these young guys are stepping up to the mark and it’s pushing the older statesmen so that’s creating a really good healthy competition and it’s allowing us to move forward and that’s important for us as a group.”He’ll be looking over his shoulder for his old teammate as well, once Saturday kicks off.“You’re stupid if you’re not. This year he’s been incredible in the June series, he’s been on fire so for me I don’t look to overdo it,” he said.Though they’ll clearly be attacking weapons, Beale was kick to emphasise the juggling act the Wallabies will need to perfect against the All Blacks.Kicking was key for the British and Irish Lions in June and Beale will play a crucial role in helping flyhalf Bernard Foley release the pressure valve for the Wallabies, an element that has proven their downfall in the past.“Releasing pressure is so important to try and still be involved in the game – what’s the point of scoring points and then not exiting well from your half?,” he said.“We’ve got a game plan and hopefully I can help Bernard direct a team, take a bit of pressure off him to let him just play and back his instinct.“I feel like we’ve got to back ourselves at times.“There’s got to be that level of balance and I feel like we’re getting to that stage now.”A positive showing is not only vital for the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup hopes, but in a dismal Australian year, rugby can ill-afford a repeat of the 2016 opener.Folau said there was one thing he wanted spectators to be have no doubt about when they walked out of ANZ on Saturday night.“We just want to see the fans really seeing that we’re having a real decent crack for the jersey and what it means to us,” he said.Michael Cheika will announce his Bledisloe team on Thursday, and there aren’t expected to be any major bolters, with Beale all but assured of starting at 12 and Samu Kerevi likely to fill the 13 spot.The All Blacks name their team on Thursday morning.last_img read more

Hayne equals RLWC all-time try-scoring record

first_imgHayne was instrumental in Fiji’s win, having a hand in most of the Bati’s 11 tries and leading the way in both attack and defence.His 46th minute try took the star five-eighth try scoring tally in three World Cups with Fiji and Australia to 13, equalling the record held by the legendary Bob Fulton since 1975.Hayne’s 13 tries include nine for Australia and four for Fiji.Captain Kevin Naiqama, winger Suliasi Vunivalu and centre Taane Milne each scored two tries, while secondrower Viliame Kikau, centre Akuila Uate, prop Kane Evans and halfback Henry Raiwalui also crossed for the Bati.The only downside to the big win was a broken wrist suffered by Evans when he crashed over for his 18th minute try.Tears flowed as the Fiji contingent sung their national anthem with immense pride before linking arm-in-arm for a moving pre-game prayer. Shortly after the kick-off to start the game, Fiji wasted no time in going on the attack and looking for points.It took just two minutes for Fiji to cross the USA’s try-line after Vunivalu managed to get an offload away under pressure, finding Milne who crossed in the corner.With an extra zip in their step, Fiji started moving the ball with ease as the USA struggled to keep up with their opposition.And within 20 minutes of the opening stanza Fiji had scored at more than a point a minute, running in five tries as the shell-shocked USA finally got their hands on the ball.With their first attacking chance of the game, the USA made the most of their opportunity through second-rower Matt Shipway.The talented back-rower showed great footwork to beat multiple Fiji defenders before slamming the ball down for an important four-pointer.Despite being behind 26-6 after just 21 minutes of play, the USA showed plenty of heart and effort in trying to contain the ruthless Fiji attack.But the skill and speed of the Fijian side was too much as Fiji crossed for another two tries, building a 38-6 lead as the half-time siren sounded.Returning to the field for the second half, the USA had a monumental task ahead of them to limit Fiji’s attacking opportunities and claw back the deficit.But as he had done the whole game, Hayne terrorised the USA defence and despite having a hand in almost all of Fiji’s tries, the Gold Coast Titan finally dotted down for his own four-pointer.Following a Uate line-break deep in his own half, Hayne was right next to him in support to score right under the posts for his second of the night.With the scores then 44-6 with most of the second half still yet to play, things were looking very ugly for the USA.But a try in the 71st minute to Junior Vaivai gave the visitors something to cheer about as Fiji cruised home to their comfortable 58-12 victory.last_img read more

Ben Arfa: a huge talent counteracted by his mentality

first_imgIn Rennes, Ben Arfa did not reach the level of Nice, but he became a footballer. In the beginning, he was a player who stood out for his brutal change of pace, capable of dribbling at any rival, and showing a spectacular ease to see goal. That talent to leave by any profile, that speed in driving and that spectacular dribble of waist, able to leave nailed to the opponent, They have earned him to be considered one of those talents that if per head were, would have been one of the best players in the world. In Brittany, Ben Arfa became a more organized and leisurely midfielder, not with so much dribbling, but with a final pass and a vision of the game that again showed that he treasures a quality within reach of very few. However, Ben Arfa’s career has been tumbling. Star of France U17 that was proclaimed European champion in 2004 against Spain (with Nasri and Benzema, among others), the player soon showed that he did not have an ideal mindset for the elite. With just 21 years, dhe left Lyon to leave for the eternal rival, Olympique de Marseille. When he was better soccer, he decided to go to the Premier, but not to a big club, but to Newcastle. And he has also been involved in several altercations, such as when he was removed by Unai Emery for mocking his French accent in training, becoming another year without playing before signing for Rennes. Hatem Ben Arfa It has become one of the surprises of the winter market. The French international, who had offers from Nice and Nantes, has decided to try in the Santander League and has signed for Real Valladolid. A surprising addition, since we are talking about one of the greatest French talents of the last decade.Although he arrives after six months off the pitch, Ben Arfa experienced a similar situation a few years ago, when he landed in Nice in 2015. At that time, the midfielder was a year without playing, and in just months he eventually became one of the best players in Ligue 1, being involved in 25 goals and achieving a signing for the PSG. And the same happened in Rennes last season, for which he signed after more than a year of inactivity, and achieved a historic classification for eighth finals of the Europa League and a title of the Coupe de France 48 years later for the Bretons.center_img What can Ben Arfa bring to Valladolid? Above all, quality in the final meters. The Valladolid team does not have a player of these characteristics in its squad, and in that rhombus that Sergio uses, the former PSG can act as a midfielder, with great freedom, and throwing transitions with his driving attached to the foot. The question is to know in what state of form he arrives, since he is a footballer who has a lot of talent, but little regularity. Of course, even on the days when it does not appear, is able to decide the match in an isolated play, So Valladolid wins a determination that was almost impossible to find in the market. In short, a signing that can give many joys in Pucela and that alone generates an unprecedented expectation in the League.last_img read more

The second part of Rayo-Albacete is postponed again

first_imgPOSTING | In response to the granting of the injunction by the TAD following the allegations made by Rayo Vallecano, the RFEF Competition Committee has resolved to postpone the dispute of the second part of the #RayoAlbacete scheduled for Wednesday, February 19. pic.twitter.com/8u9Cbq8O2c– LaLiga (@LaLiga) February 15, 2020 Rayo Vallecano-Albacete, suspended by insults to the Ukrainian striker of the La Mancha, Zozulia, has been postponed again. Last week Appeal dismissed the appeal of the franjirrojo club and confirmed the sanction of 18,000 euros and the closure for two games at the bottom of the Vallecas stadium. The match was set for next Wednesday, the 19th, just ten days after the second leg, but the TAD (Sports Arbitration Court) has granted the precaution to Rayo and has postponed the match again without announcing a new date. The League announced the decision through a tweet: “In response to the granting of the precautionary by the TAD following the allegations made by Rayo Vallecano, the RFEF Competition Committee has resolved to postpone the dispute of the second part of the # RayoAlbacete scheduled for Wednesday, February 19. ”The complicated relationship between Zozulia and Vallecas began three years ago, when Lightning signed the striker, who was then playing at Betis. The team’s followers rejected the Ukrainian for allegedly posing with Nazi and fascist symbology. At the end, Zozulia resigned to stay in Madrid club and returned to Betis where he remained without playing the rest of the season. The player returned to Vallecas to play the game on December 15, but referee López Toca suspended him during the break “as a result of the display of banners and the songs delivered by a sector of the local fans against Zozulia”.last_img read more

Rony Lopes: “I still haven’t been able to prove if I’m worth 25 million”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 21, 2020 If you don’t have minutes, you won’t be able to go to the Euro …I know that by playing I have the chance to go to the European Championship. It is the coach who has the decision about whether I play. I get along with Fernando Santos the time I was with Portugal, but we haven’t talked these months.What differences do you see between France, where you played, and the LaLiga of Spain?I’ve only played 20 minutes in LaLiga but from what I’ve seen it has more quality and intensity, the French is more physical. And there is more balance between the teams. There, the PSG is far above the others and here several can fight for some title.Curious: you almost don’t play in Spain and Ben Yedder turned to France and swells to score goals with Monaco. It’s even pichichi.Yes, Monaco is a good team. Ben Yedder is a great striker and plays every game, he is showing how much it is worth.And you, is it worth those 25 million that Sevilla paid?I don’t think about whether I’m worth 25 million. Another thing would be to play and not do well. But I have not had opportunities to prove my worth. The money that was paid does not depend on me, I can only do my job and help the team.What do you ask of this final stretch of the campaign?My desire is to play more, because going out to the field 15 minutes once and then being one month without doing it … It is difficult to have continuity and rhythm if you play so little.By the way, congratulations on your good Castilian.I speak every day and I learn. I like the language, the city, the country … and thus it is easier to learn. He left before the Cluj and a shot of his ended in goal of En Nesyri. Happy?I had not played for a long time and I felt very good in Cluj, with good minutes. We wanted to win but in the end it was a good draw, I’m glad I helped the team.Do you think your situation will change now?I want to think that I am important to the team. I have not had many more opportunities to prove it but for that I work every day. I feel better than at the beginning of the campaign and will continue fighting. I think that other times I did well and had no continuity. But I keep insisting, I know I have to be prepared for when my time comes.Lopetegui said it cost him to take the physical form. Is that so?It was the first month. After that I was physically well, but there are players with a lot of quality here and I know I have to be patient.last_img read more

Official: Coronavirus postpones three Serie A matches

first_imgThe coronavirus leaves two dead (Adriano Trevisan, 78, and a 75-year-old woman from Casalpusterlengo), 76 infected and the fear that the number may grow a lot in the next few hours. The focus was born from a 38-year-old man from Codogno, near Lodi, due to contacts he had with a co-worker from a trip to China (returned on January 21), the ‘patient 0’, who did not develop the disease and was negative for the virus. At this time, the ‘patient 1’ is in serious condition and his sporting life (he participated in football matches and two popular races) makes fear that the infected continue to increase. To reduce risks, the Lombardy region arranged for trains not to stop at the towns of Codogno, Maleo and Casalpusterlengo and urged citizens to stay at home, closing schools and canceling dozens of cultural and sporting events. ANDl match of Series C between Piacenza and Sambenedettese It was scheduled for 3 pm on Saturday, but an hour and a half after the kick-off came the decision of the authorities, which Massimo Pulcinelli did not think was right. “We live in an absurd, ridiculous country, managed by irresponsible people,” wrote the owner of the Ascoli on social networks, “the stadium is the least dangerous place in the world. Now we close all public establishments out of fear.” It is already official: the coronavirus for all sports in the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto, Serie A included. The first Minister Giuseppe Conte ad, on Saturday night, the intention to suspend all sports activities this Sunday and the Minister of Sports Vincenzo Spadafora sent a letter to the president of the Olympic Committee, asking “communicate to all sports organizations the request of the government”. The clashes will not be played, then Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Cagliari and neither Inter-Sampdoria, all scheduled for this Sunday and postponed, for now, without date. This Saturday they had already suspended more than 80 amateur football matches in Lombardy and the Ascoli-Cremonese Serie B. At the moment, in Italy there are 76 infected (56 in Lombardy, 17 in Veneto, one in Turin and two in Rome) and two dead. You will not be allowed to enter or leave the focus areas of the epidemic, where “the suspension of work activities” and “all manifestations” have already been arranged, while the government is also assessing the possibility of blocking travel School abroad.last_img read more

The elbow to Savic broke two teeth: “What is the VAR for?”

first_imgIt is not the first time that Atlético feel mistreated by the work of video arbitration. In February, the rojiblanco team already experienced two situations where it claimed the appearance of the VAR. The first, in the derby against Real Madrid where he considered that Casemiro committed a penalty on Morata and neither the collegiate nor from the VAR room acted to signal it. In the next game Atlético won Granada 1-0, but no one was happy with the Soto Grado arbitration. The play that irritated the rojblancos most came with a soldier elbow in the face of Correa in the area of ​​Granada. A play that would have been a penalty and the second yellow card for the striker of the Andalusian team. Medié Jiménez did not notify the Voto to Soto Grado for review. Atletico ended again an annoying match for the use of the VAR. From the rojiblanco set they do not understand why video arbitration did not come to value Embarba’s elbow to Savic in minute 37, action that Alberola Rojas grounded with a yellow card. The central Montenegrin rose from the ground bleeding and very upset with the action of the Espanyol player, who recriminated the blow. After Savic himself confirmed that the elbow split two teeth. The defender was in charge of denouncing the discomfort of the rojiblanco team when certain actions are reviewed. “It’s a red manual. The player jumps, does not look at the ball and elbows me in the mouth. I don’t understand what the VAR is for if these plays are not reviewed, it is a red example “he declared at the end of the duel. A review room where he was Sánchez Martínez.last_img read more

Conquer Almeria, a challenge for Deportivo

first_imgAranzubia The other seven views of the Almeria stadium resulted in four draws and three losses. In Second they met twice. Last season (1-1 with goal from Fede Cartabia) and defeat 2-0 in 2011-12 with Oltra on the bench. The Mediterranean Games also left an iconic image for sportsmanship. It was the goal of Dani Aaranzubía in the discount time on February 20, 2011 that meant the tie (1-1).The first leg against the Andalusians, the last of AnquelaThe first round match in Riazor of the 10th day ended with 0-0. Although the opponent was then the second classified and achieve a tie transmitting a good image, it was the last game of Juan Antonio Anquela in front of Deportivo. After the meeting the technician jienense was dismissed by Paco Zas and he took his place Luis César, That would last eleven games. That day Anquela opted for a 4-3-3 and aligned an eleven that will not differ in excess of the one that can be presented Fernando Vázquez this weekend. Dani Gimenez was the goalkeeper with a defense formed by Vault, Peru Nolaskoain, Montero and Salva Ruiz (receives discharge this week). In the middle they were Gaku Shibasaki, Álex Bergantiños and Aketxe. On the offensive line he also acted Gizzard, another fixed for that of Castrofeito. The differential point between both coaches, regardless of the system, is in the other two attackers. Then they played Borja Valle and Longo; now they do Çolak and Sabin Merino. To the Sports a tough test awaits him on Saturday Mediterranean Games for multiple reasons. The first, the potential of Almeria, currently ranked third. The second, the delicate situation of the team with a José María Gutiérrez that the position will be played. The third, the stadium itself, in which the people of Coruña have not done too well.Deportivo has visited the Andalusian fief on eight occasions and only once did he win. It was more than ten years ago, specifically on November 30, 2008 in First. The Blue and Whites, then directed by Michelangelo Lotina, prevailed in the Mediterranean Games (0-1) with a lonely goal of Joan Verdú in the 74th minute after the Catalan half-point failed a penalty six minutes earlier. The match, of course, was conditioned by the red to Negredo in 51 ‘.last_img read more

Hazard gains recovery time in quarantine

first_imgThe Belgian, operated on March 5 in Dallas from the fissure in the right distal fibula who suffered on February 22 against Levante, landed in Spain earlier in the week. The first fortnight is going to be elementary to check how its evolution is progressing and to determine with more precision the term for its return, originally estimated at around two and three months. In any case, the coronavirus crisis will change the roadmap, making it possible not to be absent in as many parties as expected during various sections of its rehabilitation. Yes in the Real Madrid they want to be positive so that the coronavirus alarm does not take over everything, they have several reasons to do so, curiously in the infirmary. Courtois and Marcelo, muscle injured against Betis last Sunday, will not miss any game and Asensio and Hazard will take advantage of the quarantine to burn stages in their respective recoveries, one in its final phase and the other in its initial phase. It is still unknown when the competition will return. In fact, right now the dispute over the Eurocup 2020, the great objective of Hazard after the intervention in the United States. Quarantine, however, at least a priori, benefits you to continue working while you do not miss a day and a day as well. That process, as they explained to him, like the rest of his colleagues, Dr. Niko Mihic and José Ángel Sánchez in Valdebebas on Thursday, will be carried out at his current residence in Madrid.Maximum attention from Madrid’s medical servicesThere had been speculation that Hazard would recover between Spain and Belgium, but the attacker will be in quarantine for at least the next 15 days. This assumes that, at least initially, it is not feasible for him to move to his country. In the capital you will have instant advice from the club’s medical services, who have designed a specific plan adapted to new and unexpected circumstances.The results without Hazard, who barely had time to help the team since his return, had left doubts about Madrid. Zidane’s men lost the night Eden fell, 1-0 against Levante, and also lost to Manchester City (1-2) and Betis. In between breathed with the victory in the Classic (2-0), but the Belgian It would be a luxury reinforcement for the end of the course … whenever.center_img 7last_img read more