21 Sep
2020

Lions ease to victory

first_img The Country XV, comprising mostly part-time players including an electrician, an apprentice plumber and a medical student, were inevitably outpaced by a team of elite athletes. Juggernaut wing George North led the way with two first-half touchdowns, while there were also tries for Alex Cuthbert, Richard Hibbard, Conor Murray, skipper Brian O’Driscoll, Sean O’Brien, Stuart Hogg, Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies. Hogg kicked four conversions and Halfpenny three. Lions head coach Warren Gatland would not have gleaned a huge amount from the game, building towards Saturday week’s first Test against Australia in Brisbane. There was, though, another eye-catching display by Wales openside flanker Justin Tipuric that could keep some pressure on tour captain Sam Warburton, who is expected to lead the Lions against New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney this weekend. And the Lions’ backs, featuring a potential first Test three-quarter line of Cuthbert, O’Driscoll, Jamie Roberts and North, operated with express pace and lightning precision, especially during the first half. But there were also a number of unforced errors by Lions players, especially when it came to handling under pressure, and with a little more luck the Country XV would have scored at least one consolation try. Questions will inevitably rage about the quality of the Lions’ fourth tour opponents and they have now scored 214 points and 28 tries, being tested only by Queensland Reds last Saturday. That one-sided scenario should change, though, as the squad head for Sydney on Wednesday and then take on the Brumbies in Canberra next Tuesday. The British and Irish Lions romped to a predictably emphatic 64-0 success against a Combined Country XV as they ran in 10 tries at Hunter Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

NPFL: Obuh Worried but Determined to Reverse Akwa Utd Poor Run

first_img“Even if I am not under pressure from Management I have to give myself the preseure because most times we expect to see a win, more especially in this match (against Sunshine Stars) that should have been, at worst, a draw, but this is the way it has been,” he lamented in a chat with www.npfl.ngWith four draws and two loses, Akwa United has been pushed down the red zone to 16th position, making a strong push up the only way out.“We will continue fighting. We will continue working. The season is still fresh. This is the sixth game out of 39 games. So we still have 32 games to finish. When we get back home we should start winning because we just need to start wining.”Akwa opened the season with promise, securing a 1-1 draw away to Warri Wolves returned home to be cancelled by Abia Warriors who held them to nil-nil. Enyimba of Aba handed them a 3-1 crushing in Aba on Matchday 3 while visiting Katsina United snatched a point in Uyo after another goalless draw. Their visit to Nasarawa could only earn them one point after 1-1 draw before Sunshine turned them back from Akure with a 1-0 defeat.Obuh however commended the quality of officiating in the league, saying “it is fair enough.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Obuh Coach of Akwa United FC of Uyo, John Obuh, has said that while he is very worried about the poor run of the club in the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, he is also determined to reverse the situation.The Promise Boys have have lost twice and drawn the other four matches iwith the defeat in Akure to Sunshine Stars being the second.Obuh however says though the management of the club has not put any pressure on him, he has to drive himself and the players harder to produce better results.last_img read more

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