Titans confirm Leilani Latu signing

first_imgLatu has been granted a release from the final three years of his contract with the Panthers to link up with Garth Brennan and the Titans. The Indigenous All Stars representative was a member of Brennan’s successful 2014 Intrust Super Premiership NSW team when both men were at the Panthers. “Leilani is a player with a great attitude and is a great clubman,” Brennan said. “He’s had three strong years in the NRL and after discussing the prospect of him coming to the club, I know he’s extremely excited about the opportunity. “He’ll fit into our squad nicely and I’m sure he’ll form a major part of our forward pack for many years to come.”The 24-year-old missed the final stages of the 2017 season with a broken jaw and was forced to sit out Tonga’s journey in the Rugby League World Cup after having made his international debut in the Pacific Test clash with Fiji in May.”I’m really looking forward to getting up to the Gold Coast,” Latu said. “Of course it’ll be good to link-up with Garth again. I enjoyed being coached by him before and he always challenges me which is something I’m looking forward to again.”I had a good look at the roster before making my final decision and I’m excited by what I’ve seen.”The addition of Latu is a relief for the squad after veteran forward Brenton Lawrence announced his retirement effectively immediately on Wednesday.Former Titans forwards Leivaha Pulu and Agnatius Paasi have also departed the club after signing contracts with the Warriors, while the exits of back-rower Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers) and prop Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions) had left the club searching for replacements in the forwards. Latu’s release is likely to free up salary cap space for the Panthers as they continue to get a deal over the line to land them Australian World Cup squad member James Maloney.”Leilani came to Panthers several years ago looking for an opportunity,” Panthers executive general manager Phil Gould said.”Since that time he has worked extremely hard to become a representative class front row forward.”He has been tremendous for our club and his release from Panthers is purely a salary cap management decision.”He is a great acquisition for his new club and we wish him well in the future.”Credit: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.Leilani Latu celebrates a match-winning try for Tonga at the World Cup.last_img read more

Kangaroos don’t buy Bennett’s mind games

first_imgBennett made the statement after England’s narrow 20-18 semi-final win over Tonga but Kangaroos prop David Klemmer said those kind of mind games won’t engender any complacency in the Australian squad.Klemmer insisted Bennett would instil belief in the England squad that they could upset the host nation. “That’s just how Wayne is,” Klemmer said when asked about Bennett’s remarks.“He is probably trying to take the heat off England at the moment, but we know what they are capable of.“They have attacking strike across the park, big bodies and they are very passionate about representing their country. “Wayne Bennett is one of the greatest coaches in rugby league and he will probably have some sort of plan for us this week and he’ll be telling the England fellas how to beat Australia. We know we are up for an almighty fight.”Bench forward Wade Graham expects a better England performance than in the opening pool clash where Australia put the game to bed late to win 18-4.Graham said Bennett had “seen and done it all” and did not believe his defeatist remarks.“I don’t read too much into that,” Graham said.“We are expecting a better version of them and they are expecting a better version of us [than the first World Cup clash].“It was our first game together in the tournament when we met each other and both teams have no doubt improved in a lot of areas.”Klemmer said losing Josh Hodgson to a knee injury was “massive” for England but added that replacement James Roby would be up to the task.He knows the class of NRL stars James Graham and Sam Burgess in the forward pack only too well.“I versed them in that first game and it was tough in the middle. They are both fierce competitors and love playing for England so we will have to be on our game,” Klemmer said.“England had a bit of a scare against Tonga last week but they are a world class outfit.“That first Test against them was pretty tough and we knew the back end of the tournament we’d be versing them somewhere.”Meanwhile, Graham said the opportunity to play in a World Cup final was not on his radar at the start of 2017.“It has definitely gone beyond the goals I set at the start of the year,” he said.“After the Origin period there was a down part there with the loss [by NSW], and Origin takes a lot out of you physically and mentally.“Then my focus was on the Sharkies and we bowed out not where we wanted to.“To get an opportunity to be in this Australian squad and play as many games as I have, I am over the moon.“Mal names the team Tuesday and to potentially be in position to play a World Cup final is something I never would have dreamed of.”last_img read more

Five athletes represent Kiribati for the Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgKNOC’s Sport Education Officer, Tenoa Betene told Radio Kiribati News Kiribati will only be competing in three sports – Tennis, Weightlifting and Boxing.Competing in Tennis are Tabera Bonteman and Kaoa Fakaofo. Takirua Betero and Toonga Tokitebwa will take part in weightlifting while Tevi Steven will compete in boxing.The team is expected to depart for the Games on 03 September and to return on 17 September.last_img

Indian rookie makes triple century as England capitulate on the subcontinent

first_imgNair, playing in just his third Test, hit 32 fours and four sixes en route to an unbeaten 303, with India setting a new Test best of 759-7 – smashing their previous top score of 726 –  in response to England’s first-inninSmith hints Mitch Marsh could return for Boxing Day Testgs 477.His effort was the third highest by a player recording his maiden Test century and, with the help of Opta, we look at some of the facts and figures surrounding the top scores made by cricketers reaching three figures for the first time.Garfield Sobers holds the record for the highest maiden Test century score, the West Indies star hitting an unbeaten 365 against Pakistan in Kingston on February 26, 1958.Australia’s Bob Simpson is the other player above Nair on that list, he mesmerised Old Trafford with a 311 versus England on 23 July, 1964. It was a Test score he never bettered, though it did not contribute to a win – with the match ending in a draw.Brian Lara is among the illustrious names now below Nair on the list. The West Indies legend’s first three-figure effort came in Sydney on January 2, 1993 in just his fifth Test appearance, he scored 277 in a draw with Australia at the SCG.While England were on the receiving end this time around, an Englishman owns the fourth-highest score by a player hitting a maiden century. Reginald Erskine Foster marked his Test bow in Sydney with a 287 against Australia on December 11, 1903.Vinod Kambli is the next best performing Indian on the list, the middle-order batsman’s first Test ton came when he scored 224 versus England on February 19, 1993. He bettered that effort with a 227 against Zimbabwe less than a month later.The best performance by a player scoring his first Test century against India came on New Year’s Eve 1958, Rohan Kanhai ringing in 1959 in style with a 256 in Kolkata to help the Windies to an innings victory.Prior to Nair’s heroics, the most recent top score by a player recording his maiden Test ton was on April 16, 2006, when Jason Gillespie waited until his final appearance in the longest format to hit 201 in an Australia win over Bangladesh in Chittagong.The only other player to score over 200 when making his first Test century in Chennai is Australia’s Dean Jones, whose 210 at the same venue on September 18, 1986 served as one of the many highlights in a dramatic tie with India.last_img read more

The Arsenal of Arteta begins to carbure by 2020 and Leicester and Manchester City start with victory

first_imgLeicester and Manchester City beat Newcastle on New Yr’s Day on Wednesday (0-3) and Everton (2-1), on a 21st Premier League match that can shut the Liverpool chief on Thursday, whereas Chelsea and Tottenham began with dangerous foot in 2020 and Arsenal discovered religion on the expense of Manchester United (2-0).The ‘Foxes’ proceed forward within the chase in opposition to Liverpool, who with two fewer video games nonetheless has 10 factors of hire over the second. Leicester corrected the tight Christmas calendar with the second victory in a row, punishing the errors of the Newcastle ball out. The Spanish Ayoze Pérez and the missiles of Maddison and Choudhury took the three factors of St James’ Park.As well as, Manchester City didn’t fail earlier than an Everton in full resurrection by the hands of Carlo Ancelotti, to proceed third, to some extent of the second. Pep Guardiola once more discover tempo of outcomes, regardless of the issues in protection, once more becoming to depart some suspense to the ultimate stretch of the Etihad. Photograph: Reuters The locals dominated however the targets didn’t arrive till the second half, a double of high quality of Gabriel Jesus, to achieve confidence within the face of 2020. A purpose error Claudio Bravo allowed Richarlison 2-1 and opened a give and take within the that the Brazilian had the triplet, however the Everton was additionally ready to get oil.As well as, the Christmas marathon of English soccer left on the primary day of the brand new 12 months the tie (1-1) of Chelsea in Brighton, as a result of of a purpose by Jahanbakhsh Chilean in 84 ‘. Azpilicueta had superior the Londoners at 10 minutes. Chelsea nonetheless manages a five-point mattress within the High Four thanks to the remaining of the outcomes that got here later.Within the struggle for that Champions space, Manchester United was fifth (31 factors) and sixth Tottenham (30). The ‘crimson devils’ suffered the step in entrance of an Arsenal that might stay a turning level to raise their season with Arteta on the bench. The ‘gunners’ made Emirates get pleasure from a terrific first half and with the targets of Pepe and Sokratis.After the break, a United with out Pogba due to damage remained void in offensive duties and the primary triumph of the Spanish coach who was a ‘gunner’ participant from 2011 to 2016 was not at risk. Arsenal cuts however stays removed from the European zone. As well as, Mourinho’s Tottenham fell with a lonely purpose from Danny Ings, the place as well as to the dangerous picture, they lamented Harry Kane’s damage.In the meantime, the return of David Moyes to West Ham resulted in a win and win over Bournemouth (4-0), Watford slowed (2-1) to Wolverhampton and Aston Villa got here off the descent with a 1-2 over Burnley .– RESULTS AND CONFERENCE PROGRAM 21.-Wednesday 1.Brighton – Chelsea 1-1.Burnley – Aston Villa 1-2.Newcastle – Leicester City0-3.Southampton – Tottenham1-0.Watford – Wolverhampton2-1.Manchester City – Everton 2-1.Norwich – Crystal Palace 1-1.West Ham – Bournemouth 4-0.Arsenal – Manchester United 2-0.-Thursday 2.Liverpool – Sheffield United.center_img The gunners received the duel in opposition to Manchester United 2-0’Foxes’ and ‘sky blues’ minimize whereas ready for LiverpoolThe first huge pricks got here in Tottenham and Chelsealast_img read more

Gil Marín: “Lemar does not sell; there are no options for him to leave”

first_imgWhile the Athletic strives to hire Cavani against the clock, the exit door is open to lighten wage bill. Among the rojiblancos, A name is marked in red to leave the ship, Thomas Lemar. Nevertheless, Miguel Angel Gil Marín It has lowered those feelings. In statements to the portal Goal, the CEO ensures that the player “it is not for sale”. The French international has suitors in the Premier, especially Arsenal, and at the last minute has joined Bayern. But the investment that Atlético made for him in 2018, 70 million euros, forces the Madrid club to do not give the player. But for Cavani to arrive, someone has to leave the template. Someone of weight. January’s soap operas are nearing completion … It is true that since summer in the club they have transmitted confidence that the performance of the French can approach the expected. Too Simeone has dedicated good words and has given him opportunities but Lemar has not exploded and it seems that he himself has no confidence. Even so, Gil Marín has tried to be forceful, when there are barely three days left to close the market, in that appointment he collects Goal: “Lemar is not for sale. There is no chance he can leave.”last_img read more

Last day to close two departures and two arrivals to Valladolid

first_imgDepartures. In the club they must also resolve the situation of two players of the first team who seemed to have already destined to play on loan until June, but yesterday they did not finish closing. The first case is that of Blond waldo, player who already seemed destined to go out of Madrid, to Vallecano Ray, but the fact that the club has not signed yet another extreme has been able to cause the pacense will still train yesterday with the team and have to wait for today to know where the rest of the season will play. The other player who should have a team today is They do. The agreement with him Lugo It is closed, so there should be no problems, although if they arise the most normal is that the Mauritanian will go to the Promises of Javi Baraja and will fight to ascend to Second. Last day market, last hours to reinforce the team for the second round that has already consumed two days. And Real Valladolid has left homework for today. Beyond the exits, the sports direction focuses on Two player profiles to reinforce the team: a midfielder and an end. For the first case, the player chosen is Matheus Fernandes, a 21-year-old Brazilian soccer player who belongs to Palmeiras. Barcelona has the possibility of sign it until today for 11 millionOtherwise, you will lose it. And Valladolid would already have an agreement with the Blaugrana team in case that purchase is made effective, the Rio de Janeiro plays in Valladolid. If, finally, it did not happen, the club would value other market options.The other position is the one that can create the most problems throughout today. An extreme is sought, in principle, left-handed. Market options do not stop convincing those responsible for the club and last night Don Balloon informed that Sevilla would have offered Real Valladolid the assignment of Rony Lopez, Brazilian player signed this summer by the Andalusians for 25 million euros. Despite his youth already has passed by Benfica, Manchester City, Lille and Monaco, team that came out to get into Seville where he has only played two League games, although he has participated in six of the Europa League and two of the Cup. The problem with this player is that having played with Monaco and Sevilla this season, in principle, he cannot play in a third team.last_img read more

Florenzi is already one more in Mestalla

first_imgWhen Celades aligned the starting players against Celta, all eyes automatically rested on Alessandro Florenzi. The Italian debuted when he had barely participated in two sessions with the team and in the 52 minutes he was on the green, he showed that the coach was right to start. Thus, the Valencianista closed his participation with 25 good passes, several dangerous arrivals by the band, a shot to the squad and, above all, a defensive level more than remarkable. His performance was rewarded with a standing ovation, which chanted him. And upon reaching the bench il Capitano greeted the members of the group one by one, demonstrating that his nickname is a definition of the type of soccer player he is. With the first one he did not stop talking during the occasion to the ball stopped to be placed correctly and also to organize the ball out. And with Wass he ended up coming together so that one could hardly say that it was the first time they played together.center_img The Italian said at the end of the game “It had been very easy to fit in” since the team has “welcomed him very well”. But in addition to the good work of the group, the side put his part to adapt on the pitch to his teammates. Therefore, he talked with two of the players who control the times of the game, Parejo and Wass.last_img read more

Arteta, like Pep: complained about Turf Moor’s lawn

first_imgMikel Arteta did not live an easy afternoon in Turf Moor. Arsenal faced Burnley in a game that ended with tables (0-0) and in which the gunners were not able to convert their chances to win against the clarets.Those of Sam Dyche applied their usual game and also complicated Arsenal a lot in order to perform theirs. Those of Lancashire, aware of the association football of those of Arteta, were also ready in the other football leaving the long grass without watering to bother as much as possible their rivals in North London. Mikel Arteta was until a few weeks ago in Pep Guardiola staff in Manchester City. Both try to have their teams play in an associative way and with short, short and fast passes for what suits them a short and well watered lawn. In Spain, Germany and England, Pep Guardiola has focused on the grass several times when the rest of the teams have used this tactic to prevent them from developing their game comfortably. “They put the grass high to harm us and in the end it hurts them. We depend a lot on the state of the grass and sometimes you can not do more. What needs to be done is to adapt and not complain, “Guardiola said when training Barcelona after winning 1-4 to Zaragoza in La Romareda in 2012. He also pointed out this factor on other occasions by directing Bayern or the City as when he came to Calderón with those from Munich to play the Champions League in 2018 (“We came to adapt to get a good result for Munich”) or when last season we had to face Tottenham in Wembley two days after an NFL game was played on the lawn of the capital’s stadium The coach, as Arteta did, has always discussed the use of this tactic but has urged his own to adapt. Europe is complicatedArsenal has just 31 points so far this season (6 wins, 13 draws and 6 losses) and sees its participation in European competitions getting complicated. The gunners are six points from European positions and 10 from the first place that entitles Champions League. Liverpool, the great dominator of the competition, has more than double points than those in North London. Mr. Arsenal complained about Turf Moor’s pitch at a press conference. “The grass was high and they did not water. Obviously, this does not help us to play football,” he said.. In addition, Arteta recognized that it was something that was expected and tried to work previously in a similar situation. “I didn’t water the field during yesterday’s training. I knew this would happen but that hasn’t made it easier to play here,” he acknowledged.Even so, the coach did not want the turf to become an excuse to justify the zero draw of his against Dyche, who recognized a good approach. “This is their game. They know how to do very well what they do. It’s their strong point, they can do it and you have to know how to adapt. In some moments we adapted and in others it was not a matter of grass, it was a quality issue, “said the Basque. last_img read more

The stopped ball chokes the Lopetegui system

first_imgAnd it is that the marking in zone or mixed has not always given good results. The I raised, in the match of the sixteenth of the Copa del Rey, also marked Sevilla with the ball stopped during his visit to Sánchez Pizjuán. Outside the home, Valencia prevented Sevilla from winning at Mestalla also with a strategy play, the same way that came the only defeat of the sevillistas in the Europa League, against him Apoel in Nicosia on the last day of the group stage.Whether the ball is stationary or in play, the truth is that Sevilla have found the weak point based on hanging balls from the band, especially from the left side. The Real Madrid or the Athletic. for example, they fished in Sánchez Pizjuán in that way. The defense is one of the strengths of Sevilla this season, but the crack of the stopped ball demands an urgent solution so as not to complicate the achievement of the objectives in or what remains of course The defense of the stopped ball is giving Lopetegui more headaches of the account in recent games. The air power of the Sevilla defender has been questioned after the goal in strategy play of the Alaves last Sunday, in which several players were signaled and that led the Vitorians to leave with a point of Nervion.last_img read more