Cooper Cronk-Luke Keary combination fires to help Roosters to victory over Sharks

first_imgIt has always had the characteristics of a match made in heaven and the combination clicked into gear perfectly on Friday night to ruthlessly put Cronulla to the sword 28-10.With an aerial target like Blake Ferguson and a lethal sweep runner like James Tedesco to throw into the mix, the blueprint for a premiership contender was finally rolled out by Trent Robinson’s men.MATCH CENTRE: Sharks v RoostersThat’s not to say they’re the finished article, far from it. But the ease with which they were able to pull apart a tough defensive side like the Sharks out of shape with Cronk’s kicks and Keary’s ability to get outside his man two passes wide of the ruck showed they’ll be a handful for anyone when they’re on.Perhaps the best example of the Roosters’ threat with ball in hand was a try to Tedesco oin the 51st minute.With the Sharks’ defensive line back oin its heels, the ball was spread quickly wide to the right, with long passes from Jake Friend and then Cronk arriving with a charging Keary, who straightened as Cronulla’s left edge slid sideways, before shifting it on to his fullback.Poor old Trent Hodkinson didn’t have a chance as Tedesco stepped off his right foot and straightened into a big hole.The Latrell Mitchell conversion gave the Roosters an 18-point lead with less than half an hour ago and from that point on they were in cruise control.While Keary was the creative dynamo on the edges, Cronk was the architect of the earlier onslaught with the two-time Dally M Medal winner finishing sets with inch perfect kicks to put the Sharks on the back foot.Then, when the time was right to put the squeeze on, Ferguson put his hand up on the right wing and Cronk’s kicks on top of Sharks winger Sosaia Feki’s head gave the towering Origin rep a better than even money chance.Twice in the first half Ferguson’s aerial work ended in tries to his inside man Ryan Matterson, first in the 21st minute when the kick went to ground and the ball landed in his path, and second on the stroke of half-time when Ferguson rose above Feki to catch the ball before lobbing a beautiful pass back to his centre who went over untouched.While Cronulla had their moments and twice threatened to mount comebacks when Valentine Holmes scored in the corner, the Roosters halves always gave off a sense of control and ultimately they had too much class.THE REPORTSydney Roosters’ forwards have dominated Cronulla’s representative pack to lay the platform for a 28-10 NRL victory on Friday night.Comprehensively beaten by the Warriors big men last week, the Tri-colours bounced back to nullify the impact of the Sharks’ forwards at Southern Cross Group Stadium.Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary kicked twice for tries, leaving a James Tedesco show-and-go in the second-half as the only try that didn’t come off the boot.But the stars of the night were the Roosters’ pack, who gave Cronk and halves partner Keary the field position to be at their clinical best.Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Boyd Cordner both topped 145m, nullifying the output of Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita who rallied late.After Cronk got the Roosters moving with a kick for Ryan Matterson in the 20th minute to score, he landed the knockout blow before the break when he again booted the ball across field for the second-rower.Keary also contributed with a grubber for Joesph Manu midway through the opening half, setting up the 18-6 half-time lead before Tedesco crossed after the break.The five-eighth then finished the job with another perfectly placed for winger Reece Robinson on full-time.Cronulla’s loss was soured by a serious head knock to bench hooker James Segeyaro after he collided with Cronk’s knee while trying to charge down a kick.Matt Moylan was easily the Sharks’ best in the first half after he was shifted to fullback for the injured Josh Dugan, while Valentine Holmes crossed twice on the right wing.Moylan is the third fullback the Sharks have used in five matches. He set up three line breaks and had one of his own before the break, and also threw a cut-out ball for Holmes’ first try.- with AAPlast_img read more

Zidane: the triumph of simplicity

first_imgIn just three years and three months of work on the most electrified bench in the world, Zinedine Zidane has accumulated so many treasures that he could already retire to his barracks presuming he had entered the remains in the golden pages of the history of Real Madrid. In two stages delimited by the drastic and thoughtful decision that he made at the end of the 2017-18 season (after the conquests of the 13th in Kiev), the Marseillaise has managed to encumb that method based on simplicity and normality. In Jeddah he won his tenth white title despite traveling without his starting attack trident (Bale-Benzema-Hazard) and again demonstrated a collection of tactical and costume management records that make him the fashion coach and an icon for the current and future generations of the club. Zidane wins a title with Madrid every 19 games (he has 187), a Guinness record number that already brings him closer to Miguel Muñoz. The Madrid coach won 14 titles, but he needed 14 years on the bench of the Bernabéu. These are the keys to Zizou method. His incredible legacyThree consecutive Champions, two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, two Spanish Super Cups and a League. Only the Cup is missing to complete a painting worthy of the Prado Museum. Every 19 games touches hair. With four more titles will reach Miguel Muñoz. The legend of Zidane continues … StrategistThe Frenchman does not like the label “good motivator of groups” but “scarce records with the board”. In case there were doubts, this season started with the famous 4-3-3 that he already used with the BBC (this time with Bale, Benzema and Hazard). Then he turned to 4-4-2 to save Isco and include him in the wheel (that led Modric himself to the bench several times) and in Arabia he struck Valencia with a 4-5-1 that spellbound all analysts. Zidane is much more than a simple aligner. Three Champions in a row don’t win with a smile …ValverdeThe Uruguayan was in the template as a simple complement. But in the Wanda derby, Zidane decided to give him ownership … and until today. The Pogba option has been eaten (not even Zizou has returned to claim his signing) and after his football immolation to help the team win the Super Cup against Atleti, The little bird He is one of the favorite players of the hobby.Francois Nel & nbsp; (Getty Images) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Fede Valverde, in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.Francois Nel (Getty Images) JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Zidane greets Isco after replacing him in the Super Cup final.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS) Crisis managementOn October 19, Madrid lost in Mallorca (1-0), after a disastrous match. The club slipped without dissimulation that if three days later it was suffered in Istanbul, before the Galatasaray, another fiasco, the removal of Zidane was under way. There was talk of Mourinho. Far from getting nervous in his public messages, the Marseille put moderation when landing in the Turkish city: “My future? I want to be here forever. Of course, what is being said bothers me, but what I have to do is think positive and do my best. We are Real Madrid and we can’t go wrong for a minute. Not everything can be beautiful. You have to endure and have personality. “Madrid won in Turkey (0-1) and from there it has not lost its smile.Costume controlWhen Zinedine returned to the Bernabéu bench in March, several players were completely disconnected. Solari did not have them and seemed resigned to leave the club in summer. This is the case of players with hierarchy and chevrons like Marcelo, Isco, Bale and even Kroos, who seemed unmotivated and surrendered and is now one of the most solid pillars of the project. The first one gave the ownership (to the detriment of Reguilón) and recovered it emotionally for the cause. Of course, he ordered the signing of Mendy (for 48 million euros) and is now the consolidated holder on the left side. Zizou does not marry anyone. Isco’s case is more revealing. Despite finishing and starting the course far from his best form, he insisted on refloating him by giving him the title in the alcurnia matches: against PSG, in the Camp Nou Classic or in the Super Cup final. Isco looks like another and is on the future list of Luis Enrique for the next Eurocup.last_img read more

Thebes: “We have not fulfilled our responsibility”

first_imgJavier Tebas, president of LaLiga, said who have not “fulfilled” their “responsibility” behind the racist insults received by Athletic Bilbao soccer player Iñaki Williams during the match he played last Saturday against the rojiblanco team with the Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona. “LaLiga as the organizer of the championship is responsible for the safety of the fan and this weekend we cannot say that we have fulfilled our responsibility, so we have to do self-criticism and reflect. We are worried about looking for solutions, “Tebas said during the V Gala of the awards of the Sports Press Association of Madrid (APDM). “Tomorrow we file a complaint with the prosecution of hate crimes in Catalonia because it cannot happen again. You have to look for a path, not be aware of whether it has been heard or not, “he announced. Further, LaLiga sent on Monday a written complaint to the Committee Competition of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Anti-violence Commission which indicates that in the 69th minute of the match, when Iñaki Williams was replaced and withdrew from the pitch by the bottom closest to your location, several local fans from the Graderío Gol Cornellà, “unable to determine the number”, “intoned” for about 10 seconds and when the player passed before them the scream from “UH, UH, UH, UH”.last_img read more

Elche is isolated in Tenerife because of the calm

first_imgElche will remain in Tenerife until Tuesday. The return flight is scheduled to depart at 7:30 am to arrive at the Alicante-Elche airport around 3:30 p.m., prior stopover in Barcelona. For now, visibility is null in island airfield, with very strong air gusts on the slopes. Further, environmental pollution is extreme, 60 times above the indexes considered healthy, and there have been reports of fire in different parts of the islands. About 360 flights have been affected with deferrals and cancellations at the airports of the Canary Islands, with problems to accommodate all travelers and tourists who have not been able to leave this Sunday. Tenerife and Elche had to play on Saturday in full calm, in an irrespirable environment that caused many fans had to use handkerchiefs in the bleachers of Heliodoro to facilitate breathing. Deck of cards He thanked this support in a situation that was not “the most favorable way to leave home.” The footballers of Elche CF They have recognized that the conditions were not suitable for playing an official match. The Tenerife people are just leaving home and those who dare do so with masks to protect themselves.While the training plan of the Elche CF It is barely going to be affected, given that the staff has made a recovery session this morning and for Monday and Tuesday it was planned to enjoy rest days. The next game will be on Sunday, at 4:00 p.m., at Martínez Valero against Numancia de Soria. Among the expedition is Ramon Folch, who was about not to travel because his wife can give birth at any time. The player made the decision to be with the team so as not to cause casualty and now he has been surprised by this setback. The calm that keeps the Canary Islands in check has prevented the return of the Elche CF to the Peninsula. The ilicitano set, who slept last night in Santa Cruz of Tenerife after the game at the stadium Heliodoro Rodríguez López, he planned to fly this noon to the illicit lands. Nevertheless, flights at Tenerife North – Los Rodeos airport have been canceled due to the temporary and the template of Potato, who came to show up at the terminal with the bags to return home, has had to return to the hotel where he will be staying two more days.last_img read more

Third worst streak in the league in the history of Athletic

first_imgThe Cup is the salvation table of a season that begins to be like a toothache. This Athletic can go down in history as the one that regained the path of the titles (the important ones, since the 2015 Super Cup is a minor success) but also as the one that registered the third worst streak of games without winning in the League: they are ten without adding three hit points, the same lot as with Iribar as coach in the 1986-87 campaign. And they only overcome this embarrassing ranking the 11 days of the 2005-06 campaign (this time it was with two technicians, since Mendilíbar was stopped and followed the Clemente guideline). And then there is the top of Berizzo last year, with 13 games without winning. Garitano tries to break this dynamic that is projected since December 1, when the lions were imposed on Granada 2-0. At this time, he has been defeating five times (against Betis, the first and the four in a row that he accumulates at the close of this fatal series: against Getafe, Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Alavés). And many other ties, all concatenated: against Eibar, Madrid, Sevilla, Celta and Espanyol.They have amassed only five of the last 30 points. The dramatic thing is that in the stumbling blocks against Osasuna and Alavés the opponent did not do much, he just waited for the mistake of an Athletic with three centrals although he needed to be ambitious.Gaizka Garitano is at his worst as a rojiblanco coach, confessed by himself. The descent is nine points. He is running out of that credit that President Elizegi granted him a week ago. In addition, an eternal shadow pursues him. In the 2014-15 campaign when he was leading Eibar, his only complete campaign with a First club to date, he had 27 points in the first round and even dreamed of Europe.The second was a drama: he scored eight points and four of them were in the last two days, with a draw against Getafe and a win against an evicted Cordoba. It was not worth anything, since it only got rid of the decline due to the administrative fall of Elche.last_img read more

Two clubs of Valencia leave the Agrupació by “servilismo” to Anil

first_img“I will recommend good investments for the owner, not because today is Friday and I want to earn on Monday, but because I want the owner to have a sustainable investment and sales model for the next two or three years” (The Athletic Magazine 27-1 -2020).These words are in the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us, those who made this club we love respected. If in the APV they feel comfortable with a management model that has made the VCF a means and not an end, that they know, although surely they would already imagine it, that they will not count on us. We believe that they are contributing to whiten those who have come to the club to serve and not to serve.Therefore, we prefer to put land in between and separate our path from the APV. It is a painful decision, but we believe that acts like the aforementioned besamanos do not help, precisely, to defend the Valencian fan. They do not represent us and shame us deeply.We will not participate in this legitimization and we encourage those who are unhappy with this way of proceeding to act in conscience. The VCF deserves an APV that does not act as a transmission belt, as if it were the vertical union, of those who humiliate us continuously with their contempt. When this subservience disappears, we hope to re-integrate into it.Any small action to manifest discontent counts. The machinery to generate Meriton disaffection feeds on the resignation of the fan to face him (In life, not everything is money). We will always try to be, to the extent of our modest weight in the social mass of the club, in the solution that will one day allow our team to stop being a mere branch of an international soccer transactions agency.In the meantime, we will try to do the opposite of what Murthy wants, which is that we stop before the damage inflicted on the VCF. Amunt! The directives of both clubs have made their decision following the Visit of President Anil Murthy on February 13 to the Agrupació de Penyes del Valencia (APV), a meeting that they describe as “besamanos organized by the APV”. “We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of those who, among other excesses and disrespect, make claims that they are at the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us.”Statement from the VCF Sud and Puçol ClubsThis is a statement that we would never have wanted to write, but the kisser organized by the APV to the most infamous president that our club has had in its history has made us decide to take the step of leaving this coordinator of fans.If we have previously shown our disagreement with the follow-up that, by action or omission, made the APV of Meriton’s decisions, the colonial scenography to which they lent themselves at the meeting on Thursday, February 13 with Murthy now produces a huge rejection. We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of whom, among other excesses and disrespect, affirms the following: The sports crisis in which Valencia de Celades is immersed in recent weeks and the social crisis in which the club lives since summer has also reached the heart of the Agrupació de Penyes. Two Valencian clubs, specifically VCF Sud and Puçol, hometown of the Pep Claramunt myth, have issued a statement announcing their departure from the Agrupació de Penyes for their “servility” to the management of Peter Lim and specifically to that of Anil Murthy, which they qualify as the “most infamous president” of the centennial black and white history.last_img read more

Italy, about to approve closed door for all matches

first_imgIn the morning, la League had met in the presidential room of the Italian Olympic Committee CONI to decide on the emergency calendar after the suspensions of matches of the last days. Although there seems to be consensus, Inter insists on recovering his game against Sampdoria before facing Juventus. In any case, the CEO neroazzurro pointed out: “We will comply with the decisions made.” Vicenzo Spadafora, Italian sports minister, dropped that All matches played in Italy from now on will be behind closed doors: “We are moving towards these types of measures”. Spadafora, who made these demonstrations at the gates of the Palazzo Chigi, seat of the Italian Government, He appears in the Chamber to answer questions about the coronavirus issue. The official decision will take place after the debate, but the application of the emergency measure seems irremediable.last_img read more

The Atalanta, in quarantine due to the spread of Valencia

first_imgThis afternoon, the Nerazzurro group published a statement announcing the “home insulation” and the “respect for hygiene standards“mandatory after the news from Valencia, Gasperini’s last rival in the Champions League.A necessary measure, with which they reach seven sets of the calcium in quarantine right now: In addition to the Bergamaschi, Juventus, Inter, Sampdoria, Verona, Fiorentina and Udinese. Eleven, on the other hand, the infected soccer players: Rugani, Gabbiadini, Colley, Thorsby, Ekdal, La Gumina, Vlahovic, Cutrone, Pezzella, Depaoli and Bereszynski. The Atalanta, despite living in Lombardy, the region with the most COVID-19 infections at the moment in the world, does not yet have players suffering from the new disease in their ranks. However, paradoxically, will have to be quarantined due to the outbreak of coronavirus that Valencia is suffering.last_img read more

The reasons that bring Mbappé closer to and away from Madrid

first_imgMbappé remains the proper name in the short term in Madrid’s strategy. Contract ends in 2022 with PSG and is the footballer around whom Florentino Pérez wants to build a new project after the current generation has conquered four Champions in five seasons, three in a row with Zidane. The events derived from the coronavirus crisis are conditioning this Real Madrid strategy. The following are the reasons for and against Madrid in its purpose given the situation. -The PSG project loses muscle.The economic crisis is going to affect a lot of clubs built on the basis of a checkbook that do not have much base as a youth team or as a club. PSG is a tower of babel, a team made with a checkbook, and this crisis may affect it more with the flight of some players. This will affect your goal of finally winning the Champions League. Let us not forget that the purpose of Mbappé is to be seen in the maximum competition in order to win the Ballon d’Or one day. Madrid does provide that visibility. … AND WHICH REMOVES YOU– Madrid is due to its accounts.It is evident that the coronavirus crisis will not only affect PSG in this matter. It will also affect Madrid, which will also walk with lead feet on this issue. You wouldn’t get into doing any operation without perfectly clear numbers for one main reason. In Madrid (as in the other sports clubs, Barça, Athletic and Osasuna) it is the Board of Directors that is responsible for possible losses in the income statement. Madrid is not a bottomless pit and revenues are going to fall, it is not yet known how much.-The salary will be more adjusted.Madrid let Mbappé escape in the summer of 2017, when he already had him tied up (as revealed by the papers leaked by Football Leakes, as he slipped from Real Madrid himself, because he was asking, at 19 years old, a salary of 12 million net that broke Madrid’s salary scale. Currently Bale and Ramos are the ones that charge the most, 14.5 net. The French star now charges at PSG around 10 net … Madrid will not be able to give much more than that to a newcomer.-More money in advertising.-It may be that raising his salary is difficult for Madrid, But what it will give you is much more cache for advertising brands. Madrid is a reef, the best-known club on the planet, and all footballers take advantage of it. You will get more money in sponsors.center_img REASONS THAT BRING YOU CLOSER-PSG has stopped its renewal.Up to twice Mbappe has already rejected the PSG renewal proposals that have come to her father in the last two months. Now, curious, in the face of the first wave of the coronavirus tsunami and as reported by the French media, It is PSG itself who has stopped this proposal until the picture is clarified. Very positive for Madrid. Its main purpose is precisely that Mbappé does not renew to undertake his signing at the right time, when PSG is forced to sell it or let him go the following summer.-Al Khelaifi wants to cut wages.It is inevitable in all European football. The clubs have stopped making a lot of money, especially for television rights, and a drop in wages will be inevitable. Al Khelaifi has already slipped it. It is useless for PSG to have a state behind, Qatar, because the UIEFA and FIFA are very aware of the Financial Fair Play. The problem, moreover, is that Mbappé’s salary at PSG is not high, 20.8 million euros gross, since he signed when he was only 19 years old.last_img read more

Wimbledon will receive 114 million euros for its pandemic insurance

first_imgThe cancellation of Wimbledon 2020 will not be such a tough monetary blow for the group of the match. As reported by The Occasions newspaper, The All England Membership will receive £ 100m (€ 114m) as insurance towards pandemics after the cancellation of the match for the primary time since World Warfare II.Wimbledon is the one one of many 4 Grand Slam which have such a insurance in case of a pandemic. The match group took this step, for which it pays 1.7 million annually, following issues in regards to the unfold of the SARS virus in 2003. These 114 million euros signify a cushion that cushions the financial harm brought on by the cancellation of Wimbledon, which anticipated to exceed 284 million euros in income. that the group registered within the 2018 version.This additional highlights lRoland Garros’ drastic choice to maneuver the match to September 20, only one week after the US Open. The Parisian Grand Slam doesn’t have such a insurance and, if it’s not disputed, it might imply losses of greater than 260 million of euros.last_img read more