Titans stars welcome halves headache

first_imgThe rapid emergence of 2016 Rookie of the Year Ash Taylor on the back of the recruitment of up-and-coming star Kane Elgey – plus the strong 2016 form of former Knights Tyrone Roberts – leaves Henry in the rare position of having three genuine starting halves to choose from.Roberts has arguably the most utility value if used off the bench in an impact role rotating through dummy half, but this would also leave the least experienced remaining players as the starting halves.”They’re three great genuine NRL halfbacks,” James told NRL.com.”I’m lucky I don’t have to pick the team because I wouldn’t be able to do it. It’s great to have that competition in that halves because we’ve got that depth and I think we’ve got that in most positions at the moment.”We’ve got great depth in the centres and the back row and the forwards are starting to shape up well so it’s great everyone is fighting for positions for Round 1,” he added.Peats will link up closely with whoever the starting halves are and he said while Taylor’s pre-season had been limited by groin surgery, things were shaping up well for Round 1.”It’s mainly been Tyrone and Elgey doing all the halves stuff but now that Ash has come in they’ve been rotating,” Peats told NRL.com.”It will come down to trial form and I’m sure the coach has an idea what he wants to do but most teams I’ve played with you normally have your two gun halves and your third or fourth one are your back-ups. “I’ve never been part of a club where they’ve actually got three starting halves so it’s going to be quite a tough decision. I don’t think you can leave any of them out so whether one plays a utility role I’m not too sure yet.”Peats himself will benefit strongly from a full pre-season at the club after joining from Parramatta mid-season in 2016 due to salary cap problems at his former club.”I didn’t like the situation at all when it happened last year but I’m probably glad that it did now because I got to play half a season with the boys and coming into pre-season I wasn’t a new bloke so it made me fit in a lot easier and made it a lot more comfortable during the whole pre-season so I’m looking forward to the season ahead,” he said.The new-look spine – which also includes fellow 2016 mid-season recruit Jarryd Hayne at fullback – looks formidable on paper but Peats urged patience as they haven’t had a lot of time to gel yet.”We’ve got a young spine and a new spine and trying to make it all work… we’ve got three quality halves that have to go into two so I’m not too sure what the coach is going to go with,” he said.Dual Dally M medallist Hayne largely struggled to recapture his best form in limited games at the end of 2016 but Peats backed his old Parramatta teammate to come good in 2017.”He hasn’t done a full pre-season in a while so he was struggling early days!” Peats joked of Hayne’s early pre-season.”To his credit he stuck through it and after Christmas he’s been really good and speaking really well during the skill side of it. He’s improved a lot and hopefully with a full pre-season under his belt he’ll hit Round 1 flying and get better and better as the year goes on.”James said he had already been taken aback by what Hayne had been able to demonstrate at training.”Just the amount of numbers Haynesy pulls into the back when he sweeps around – he just happens to create that extra number somehow, he draws the defender and happens to hit the right person,” James said.”He’s got freakish skills and he’s silky in everything he does so it’s going to be great with a full pre-season under the belt and go into this last trial and see how we go.”last_img read more

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All Blacks on verge of title

first_imgThe All Blacks are averaging 6.8 tries and 46.3 points per game compared to 6.3 and 43.7 in 2016 and will wrap up a fifth Rugby Championship title if victorious against bottom-placed Argentina in Buenos Aires this weekend, irrespective of the result of the other match between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein.In addition to uncapped replacement full-back David Havili, the matchday 23 for Saturday also features a number of other changes in the backs from the record 57-0 win against South Africa in Albany. Anton Lienert-Brown (pictured) has been named at outside centre, Waisake Naholo is on the right wing for his first match in the competition this year, while Ngani Laumape will provide extra back cover.In the forwards, Luke Romano and Scott Barrett have been named as the starting second-rows, with Patrick Tuipulotu set to make his first appearance of 2017 if he comes off the bench. Vaea Fifita is at blindside flanker and Matt Todd at openside in his fourth test start. “We’ve selected what we believe is a quality team and have high expectations that they’ll go out and put in a strong performance this weekend,” said Hansen.New Zealand’s record as the longest-standing team at the top of the World Rugby Rankings is not in danger even if they suffer an historic loss in the Argentinian capital due to the sizeable gap between themselves and second-placed England. But the difference between the two-top ranked teams would be reduced from just over five points to, at best, a fraction over three.Argentina will climb above France and Fiji into eighth place should they upset the odds and beat the All Blacks at the 26th attempt in fully-capped internationals.Head coach Daniel Hourcade has made three changes to the team that lost 45-20 to Australia in round four, including the return of veteran back-row Juan Manuel Leguizamón and second-row Tomas Lavanini to the starting line-up. The only other change of personnel comes in the backs with Joaquin Tuculet replacing Emiliano Boffelli at full-back. Boffelli shifts to the wing as a result. TRADING PLACESThird place in the rankings is on the line when South Africa take on Australia in a match the Springboks need to win to stand any chance of keeping their title hopes alive. Allister Coetzee’s men trail the All Blacks by eight points going into the penultimate round of the Rugby Championship.Realistically, the home side need to win with a bonus point and then hope that Los Pumas do them a favour at the Velez Sarsfield to set up a winner-takes-all decider with the All Blacks at Newlands in Cape Town on 7 October.Looking for a response to their comprehensive loss to the All Blacks last time out, Coetzee has made four changes to the squad. Francois Louw (pictured) is set to earn his 53rd cap on the flank, while Dillyn Leyds will make his fourth appearance and first start on the wing, in place of Raymond Rhule.Scrum-half Ross Cronje has recovered from the illness that forced him to miss the record defeat to New Zealand in round four, while hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle returns to the fold after a four-year absence and is named on the bench.Encouragingly for the Springboks, none of the last seven games between the sides has resulted in an away victory, with Australia’s last success in South Africa coming in 2011, since when they have lost four on the spin in the country.Meanwhile, Michael Cheika has taken the opportunity to blood three rookies in the Bloemfontein cauldron, handing Izack Rodda, Jack Dempsey and Marika Koroibete their first test starts.Rodda comes in ahead of Rob Simmons, Dempsey gets the nod ahead of Ned Hanigan and Koroibete, having made his debut against Argentina a fortnight ago, has been preferred to Henry Speight.A repeat of the 23-23 draw in Perth earlier this month would result in the Springboks losing 0.45 of a point and dropping one place to fourth with Ireland the beneficiaries.The most the Springboks can gain in victory is 0.81 of a point, for a win of more than 15 points, while even a narrow win for the Wallabies would see them replace the Springboks in third.last_img read more

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Storm captain Smith signs new deal

first_imgThe 35-year-old hooker said he could retire after the Storm were beaten by the Sydney Roosters in last year’s NRL Grand Final.Stalwarts Billy Slater and Ryan Hoffman both called time on their careers at the end of last season after Cooper Cronk had departed for the Roosters following the 2017 campaign.Storm legend Smith will not be following the trio out of the door, though, after agreeing a new deal which is set to see him become the first NRL player to reach the 400-game milestone.Always. Proud. Forever. Storm.Our captain re-signs #MelbourneStorm pic.twitter.com/wSiLuucJ8W— Melbourne Storm (@storm) January 9, 2019″I’m very happy to be continuing my career with the club that gave me an opportunity to play first-grade rugby league,” said the former Australia skipper.”With Bill Slater and Ryan Hoffman retiring last season, I want to give [head coach] Craig [Bellamy] and the coaching staff all the support they need, particularly with so much talent coming through.”Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy hailed Smith’s loyalty after he extended his stay with the club.”Cameron made it clear to us through the season he wanted to play on in 2019 but he saw it was more important to secure the future for the likes of Cameron Munster before him.” he said.”Being a one-club player is rare in footy these days and it’s a credit to Cameron for sticking with us.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smithlast_img read more

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Iborra: gallons of series

first_imgYou could say that Villarreal was at its worst, in which the change of technician and, the loss of weight of some important players, had left the orphan team of a clear leadership. Iborra arrived at a Villarreal headdress of death, with a team that lived marked by anguish and fear of descent. The player arrived at a locker room that did not go through its best moment, and in which the wear and tear of the sporting situation had made a dent in the morale of the group. Without Bruno out because of injury, a reference in the club and in the team of recent years, there was no clear reference to face the challenge of salvation. And that challenge was assumed by Iborra. So, as he does not want the thing, he was the one who decided to step forward and get fully into that task.It is true that other players tried and they looked for each one in their own way to maintain a positive and competitive spirit, but without reaching a strong or clear leadership. In the end that leadership, and more in hard situations, it is had or it is not had, it takes inside; and whoever has it takes it out naturally.And that did Iborra. That shortly after being on the team and seeing the situation, he decided to get fully into the subject. He did it like the one who gets into a fire or a quarrel, without that being his task and obligation. He hung a sign in the locker room, and took the whole team to dinner, to be together.From that dinner a team came out that knew they had a very fucked up situation, but a group came out that had someone who wasn’t afraid of the leadership. Someone who does not need to give gallons and who does not want them, takes them as standard.last_img read more

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Sosa and Marvin international potters

first_imgIf the coronavirus allows it, the last dates of the month of March are reserved for international matches. There are several teams of Second division that will suffer the well-known FIFA Virus. Among them the AD Alcorcón. Venezuela has summoned Samu Sosa. José Peseiro, the vinotinto coach, has called Sosa for the South American qualifiers on March 27 and 31 for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Venezuela’s rivals will be Colombia and Paraguay. For his part, the defense of Alcorcón B Marvin is again called by Equatorial Guinea. It will be for both matches against Libya for the Africa Cup qualification. Key matches for the Equatorial-Guineans as they lost the first two matches against Tanzania and Tunisia. The central potter is 22 years old and has played 16 games this season.last_img

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Djokovic and Murray make up their ‘perfect tennis player’

first_imgThere was additionally unanimity with the mentality, the place Rafa Nadal was chosen by either side. “The champion mentality that he has produced over the course of years … How he has returned after injuring himself many instances, the resilience he exhibits on the observe, how he goes out on the observe that appears such as you’re going to measure your self a gladiator …”, Djokovic defined.To complete constructing the proper tennis participant, within the bodily part Djokovic selected David Ferrer, highlighting his preventing spirit, whereas Murray stated two. Frenchman Gael Monfils, for what he can do together with his physique, and Djokovic for consistency over time.The Grand Slams will resolve who’s the bestIn the identical direct, Djokovic mirrored on the completely different elements that may decide who’s the very best tennis participant in historical past, combat wherein he’s immersed with Nadal and Federer. The one from Belgrade pointed to the Grand Slams as a differential factor, a battle that dominates the Swiss with 20 titles, adopted by the Spanish with 19 and the Serbian with 17.“There are a lot of elements, such because the weeks, the Grand Slam, the Masters 1,000 and the face-to-face, however I believe the Grand Slam will prevail. “ Nole confessed to Murray. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray This Friday they constructed their favourite tennis participant in an Instagram reside that they organized collectively. For the service, Each Murray and Djokovic selected American John Isner and Australian Nick Kyrgios.For the remainder, The roles had been exchanged and whereas the British selected Djokovic, the Serb stored the remainder of Murray. Within the forehand, Djokovic stayed with that of the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro and with that of Roger Federer, though that of the Chilean Fernando González additionally stood out. Murray was disenchanted by Rafa Nadal’s, defining it because the blow that has allowed him to keep up success for therefore a few years.For the reverse, Djokovic stored Murray’s and Swiss Stan Wawrinka’s, particularly when he can hit it excessive on the bottom. Murray threw a praise at his associate once more and selected the Serb’s backhand. “Of the younger individuals, I maintain Daniil Medveded’s,” stated Djokovic.For the volley There was unanimity and each of them stored Federer’s for being probably the most full. “I believe his capability to get on the web after the serve is undervalued,” Djokovic stated.last_img read more

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“Teams will need to recreate game relationships”

first_imgThat the preseason they only serve to “charge the batteries” or “tune up” to the players is a ancient mantra. “You have to go back to restore game relationships“, it starts Óscar Cano, Castellón coach and studious of this sport, book writer, lecturer and teacher. “In two months they have lost the hallmarks, movements and automatisms of the teams. People associate performance with fitness rather than tactical work, when we forget that the footballer is always predisposed to training and competition “, Dani Fernández repeats, professor of the National School of Trainers.From the knowledge and the experience, and waiting for it resume competitionboth share the idea that it is necessary at least one month of training so that the teams can be recognizable and get closer to what they were before the break by COVID-19, with the problem that may arise if the players can’t train from collectively, all together. “The teams they must train in specificity for a time. I will give you an example. When he was coordinator in a Granada club, he came to train a boy that he was an Andalusian champion in various athletic events. Wanted to try with our Juvenil C. He abandoned training exhausted. Players at home now maintain muscle and joint tone, but must do it from the gameCano reflects.Apart from acquiring again that “specificity” also conditional, both coaches diverge relatively in an aspect. What kind of equipment can further harm this break? Fernandez is more risky: “I think they will be more affected those who have a high level of organization, such as Getafe or Real Sociedad. On the other hand, others that are based more on individual talent, such as Barcelona or Real Madrid, may compete better“ “Playing behind closed doors is another sport”Apart from the physical and cognitive conditioning of the players, all technical bodies one is upon them thorough emotional management and uncertain, which can also mark the future of the competition. Fernandez it is fixed in appearance, a mere detail, but what is capital. “Keep the Contact with the players to through technology it’s simple, but the locker room links are lost. And when he comes back we won’t know what regular relationships will be like. The players touch, they give each other, they hug each other … There is that contact that is healthy. It seems silly, but it strengthens the group“he warns.A detail that Cano globalizes: “The players have past being just focused in to compete to have to focus on the fear of disease and now they must again reconnect. It will not be easy. “An aspect to which we must add the games behind closed doors, a situation that affects more than is believed.“Is another sport. The logic of the game is the same, but the hobbyist plays a major role“, Explain Spout. Fernandez Take as an example the Inter-Juventus who witnessed before the break in Italy: “It struck me. It was a training in whichTwo teams did not show that they were playing something: the goals did not celebrate, the instructions of the technicians were heard… It was everything very cold. And they were playing the championship! “ Even if Spout share part of the reflection, consider that “We do not know impact, those who have previously built those relationships can also perform better, although in the end, as always, the one with the best players will prevail. “Be that as it may, the Castellón coach warns: “You have to take into account that will be played again in the most determining part of the championship, with all that that entails. “– ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Josip Ilicic.–last_img read more

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The yin and the yang: Abelardo praises Wu Lei and points out his weak point

first_img“Is an individual tremendous pricey for the teammates, for the membership and for me, “Abelardo informed Hupu, a Chinese language sports activities and leisure info platform. “I want all the gamers had been that disciplined, for individual and for what they transmit to the group“says the coach, who abounds that” he’s a boy who transmits quite a lot of positivity to the group. He’s all the time with a smile on his mouth, he desires to work and study. You possibly can ask him for something as a result of he’s very strict and orderly. “ However Wu Lei’s virtues will not be restricted to his character, logically, as a result of in any other case he wouldn’t play. Along with highlighting that it’s “superb head finisher“Abelardo places the accent through which he has”a spectacular capability “to carry out unchecking of completion. And so it may very well be seen exactly in the coach’s debut on the Espanyol bench, when a kind of actions grew to become the objective of the remaining attract the derby in opposition to Barcelona.The Asturian admits on this sense that Wu Lei “It’s tough for him to grasp Spanish soccer, combinatorial soccer“and that subsequently”must affiliate extra“Due to the traits of the Espanyol gamers, that many play at the foot, typically they don’t perceive one another, however since my arrival I’ve tried to make them look extra for his or her unchecks“He discovers, at the identical time that he additionally reveals that he doesn’t require extreme defensive work, however that” he helps in protection on his personal initiative. “ Regardless of the language barrier, every day much less distant, and that he had by no means deserted Chinese language soccer till he landed at Espanyol, Wu Lei’s virtues conquer his coaches. He has been grabbing possession with everybody: Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubí’, David Gallego, Pablo Machín and Abelardo Fernandez. The latter has valued its strengths, and additionally its Achilles heel.last_img read more

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