Hat-trick hero Mitchell gets ‘pass mark’

first_imgAs the Roosters ran riot in the first half to open up a 28-0 lead at the break Mitchell was one of the major beneficiaries, scoring two tries in the first 40 minutes before sealing the 32-18 Telstra Premiership win with the final try of the night.Robinson was unaware that Mitchell had even scored the first hat-trick of his young career and said the decision to move him into the centres was made just two days after the 2016 season came to a close.After scoring 10 tries in 16 games at fullback last season the freakishly gifted athlete looked set for a lengthy tenure as the Roosters’ custodian but the arrival of Michael Gordon in the off-season saw Mitchell moved to left centre.He caused the Titans defence issues with virtually every touch in the first half yet despite his three tries and seven tackle busts only received a muted accolade from his coach.”They’re there to finish those tries and score those tries,” was Robinson’s blunt assessment.”People are going to value that but I didn’t know he’d scored three until someone reminded me after the game.”We’re looking at the other stuff that was good and it wasn’t a bad game from him. It was a pass mark from what we want from our centres but it’s a good start to our season.”Mitchell declined to be interviewed after the game but his partner on the left edge, Roosters winger Daniel Tupou, believes they merely scratched the surface of what’s possible in their first game together.Tupou was among the Roosters’ best with some damaging runs (210 metres) and six offloads and says he has to be alert at all times as to what Mitchell may produce.”It’s a good start, especially for us two as a new combo,” Tupou told NRL.com.”We’ve still got stuff we need to work on but in the meantime we’re happy with that start and we’ll just get ready for next week.”I’ve just got to adjust to whatever he does because he can play and you don’t know what he’s going to come up with.”He’s a good attacker so I’ve got to be alert all the time because he can offload at any time.”Tupou’s six offloads were four more than the next highest from either team on Saturday night with wing partner Shaun Kenny-Dowall coming up with two of his own.A freedom to promote the ball granted by coach Trent Robinson allowed the Roosters wingers to generate plenty of momentum for their team in the first half but Tupou admitted they pushed their luck too often in the second term.Tupou twice came up with turnovers after making long breaks late in the second half that kept the Titans within reach and said the fatigue factor led to some poor decision-making.”Fatigue just took over and I should have just held the ball there,” Tupou said.”I was a bit filthy on those two errors but I’ve just got to improve and back it up again on Thursday.”[Robinson] does [allow us to play footy] which is good but tonight we overdid it so we’ve just got to go back and take the ball up and get a quick play-the-ball and get our sets started for the boys.”The first half was pretty good, we should have just held onto the ball more in the second half.”last_img read more

Leuluai: I thought my Kiwis career was over

first_imgAfter featuring at the Four Nations tournament at the end of last season, Leuluai expected the pool play clash against Scotland – where he suffered a broken jaw midway through the match – would be his 36th and final Test for New Zealand.But this week he spoke of his joy when coach David Kidwell confirmed he would be part of the 24-man squad despite the selection of UK-based Kiwi players being almost unheard in the current international environment.”Yeah, I most probably felt like [my Kiwis career over]. Then halfway through the year [Kidwell] gave me a call and I knew I was in the mix there, and I was lucky enough to get the call towards the end of the season,” Leuluai said.”I was quite surprised if I’m honest, I’m very honoured… to go to the World Cup with the Kiwis is always a great honour.”While he played almost exclusively as a half for the Wigan Warriors this year, Leuluai is also vastly experienced at hooker where he has played at both NRL Telstra Premiership and Test level.With Issac Luke a shock omission based on form, 32-year-old Leuluai shapes as the leading contender to wear the Kiwis’ No.9 jersey with youngsters Danny Levi and Kodi Nikorima also in the mix. “I think [I’ll be used] more in the hooker role, obviously I can play both positions, so it’s cover for both,” Leuluai said. “But predominantly [Kidwell] said focus on nine. I’m happy with that, I’ve done it my whole career.”Despite his Wigan side failing to make the play-offs, Leuluai’s season stretched deep into September, leaving no issues with match fitness.”It’s the latest I have played for the last few years, so I didn’t have to do too much training on my own before Kiwi camp,” he said. “We trained [on Monday] and it was tough, I haven’t done too much, but I think I stopped playing four weeks ago so it’s not too bad.” The Kiwis will depart for a camp in the Waikato town of Ngaruawahia on Tuesday as they build towards their opening match of the World Cup against Samoa on October 28 in Auckland.last_img read more

Lewas top table with four wins

first_imgThe Pacific MMI Lewas were given a close scare beating the Cricket Without Borders(CWOB) team by two wickets Thursday morning in Japan.The Lewas again got off to the perfect start to the game when they knocked off the first four CWOB batters for a measly 20 runs.However, complacency in the Lewas bowlers allowed CWOB to fight back and survive the full 20 overs to post a target of 93.The Lewas were expensive, giving away 15 runs through extras. CWOB’s Lauren McLean top scored with 31 runs.The Lewas’  run chase began in disastrous fashion as openers Sibona Jimmy (0) and Tanya Ruma (5) were sent back in the opening overs of the game.More wickets fell for the Lewas who at one stage found themselves on the ropes at 5/42. However, tail enders Varoi Morea (21) and Veru Frank (10) steadied the ship and guided the Lewas to victory with two wickets to spare in the 16th over.In their second match in the afternoon, 4 wickets from Lewas’ Boni David ensured them victory over Samoa by 24 runs.The Lewas posted a low target of 99, however managed to make up with the ball thanks to some David magic that snared her 4 wickets at the cost of only 12 runs.The Lewas have a rest today which will give them time to prepare for their biggest challenge yet, to play Japan on Saturday morning.last_img read more

PNG misses out on gold medal play off in men’s volleyball

first_imgWallis and Futuna regrouped, beefed up attack on blocking, spiking and ball placement to win the fourth set 25-19 and qualify for the gold play off. They were defeated by gold medal holders Wallis and Futuna 3-1 today. The visitors also took out the second set in a close encounter 25-21. PNG fought back hard with a home crowd of over 2 000 people cheering them on to take out the third set 25-16 forcing the match into a fourth set. In the women’s finals, PNG will take on New Caledonia in the bronze play off and American Samoa will play Tahiti for gold. They now take on New Caledonia in the gold medal play off on Saturday while PNG will play Tahiti for bronze. Wallis and Futuna were too strong winning the first set 25-20. last_img read more

Fiji’s Tulo wins gold, Yee sisters bow out

first_imgTulo lifted 108kgs in the Snatch and 134 kilos in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 242kgs. Also in Australia, Fijian duo Sally Yee and Grace Yee bundled out in the semi-finals of the Under 21 Grade Women’s Doubles at the Oceania Championships. The Yee sisters lost to New Zealand by three games to one. Meanwhile, Leslie Copeland took part in the Perth Classic and the Sydney Classic events. He recorded a throw of 74 point 36 metres and 73 metres respectively.(Fiji’s weightlifter Manueli Tulo)last_img read more

Salvi already plays ball

first_imgLaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 21, 2020 Fali and Querol have also trained normally, the Catalan accused muscular discomfort that kept him out of the last call. A revulsive who lives his best moments of goal. Cádiz trained on Tuesday morning with the entire squad. The cadista coach can count on Salvi for the next match against Racing.It was time for the good news to reach the yellow team, and that is Salvi’s loss has been very noticeable for the team. The yellow submarine loses speed and depth when its right end holder causes low.center_img On the morning day some boys of the subsidiary have been seen, the usual Javi Navarro and Sergio González have joined the Moi central. A position in the what, despite being the most populous, has caused a problem due to multiple casualties of Álvaro Cervera’s pupils.In search of a strikerCádiz continues to move through the winter market to improve its workforce. Upon confirmation that Gaspar Panadero, left end of Almeria, finally will not land in Cádiz, the club is still looking for someone to reinforce a position needed.Nevertheless, They are also looking for a striker, despite the transfer of Caye Quintana, who left his card free, supposedly for Baker. According to Diario de Cádiz, The Cadiz club would be interested in the arrival of Enric Gallego, currently a Getafe player, or Juan Villar, of the Osasuna, and with a past cadist.Both players are not adding many minutes in their clubs and could reach Cádiz. Both Enric and Juan Villar are considering more offers, some from First Division, which could complicate the negotiation.For now, the only incorporation that Cadiz has made in this winter market has been Pombo, but more movements are expected.last_img read more

Atlético accumulates 18 injuries this season, 14 muscular

first_imgSince last season a new terror has been installed in Atlético. Two words. “Muscle injury”. Infinite Terror In the halls of the sports city and the Wanda Metropolitano, as a whisper that better not to say too loud. Just in case. 45 muscle injuries ravaged the squad last season, 2018-19. This, from the preseason in San Rafael to which the team returned as a mantra to avoid them, had been controlled. Workloads were distributed.Until December there had been nine, 17 less than the previous year, in the same period (there were 25 in total). But One date changed everything. December 8th, the one in which in the 2018-19 season, Lucas suffered a knee sprain, this Vitolo suffered a grade I lesion in the adductor musculature of the left thigh. Since then, at Atlético there have been eight more medical parts. Simeone faces the derby with the loss of six players (Koke ​​and Trippier among them, the two could be discharged in the next few days but still do not have it; Lemar is not discharged but, except for a gastroenteritis on Tuesday, he is training well ) and only 16 fit, two of them, goalkeepers. Because after that Vitolo injury, Lodi, Koke, Lemar, Giménez, Koke, Trippier, Arias and João Félix have been falling in this order. The alarms have been turned on again. 18 injuries already. And, except for the knee brace that Morata suffered, João Felix’s ankle, Diego Costa’s cervical disc herniation and Lodi’s bone contusion, all muscular. The whisper is already a scream again. Atletico is again as always in all the last Janros. A frame. And his infirmary fills. Injuries in Atlético 2019-20–Diego Costa, August 13: muscle lesion in the adductors of the left thigh (he was discharged on August 31).–Morata, August 29: moderate degree knee sprain (September 20).–Lemar, September 20: overload (September 23). –Vitolo, September 29: left thigh muscle injury (October 21).–Savic, October 14: grade II muscle injury in the hamstring muscles of the left thigh (November 19).–João Félix, October 19: Sprain grade II of the external lateral ligament of the right ankle (November 22).–Giménez, October 22: grade I muscle injury in the right thigh (December 10).–Diego Costa, November 14: cervical disc herniation (still low).–Savic, November 20: Relapse in grade II distal myotendinous lesion of the left femoral biceps (January 9).–Vitolo, December 8: grade I lesion in the adductor musculature of the left thigh (January 3).–Lodi, December 13: Discomfort caused by a bone bruise on the ankle Osasuna (December 21).–Koke, December 17: Elongation in the hamstring musculature of the right thigh (January 9).–Lemar, December 31: hamstring muscle injury of the right thigh and gastroenteritis (December 28).–Giménez, January 9: muscular edema in the left leg (still low).–Koke, January 10: Myotendinous lesion in the right thigh (still low, but already trained with the group).–Trippier, January 17: pubalgia (still low but training with the group. Last week before the game against Eibar also did, entered the list and then was discarded).–Arias, January 25: Lesion in the adductor musculature of the left thigh (still low).–João Félix, January 29: muscle injury in the right leg.last_img read more