Force shatter Reds’ hopes with Super win

first_imgThe Reds needed a win to stay alive in the race for the Australian conference, but the Force overran them with 17 unanswered points in the second half.A late yellow card to winger Eto Nabuli – who made needless high contact with Force five-eighth Peter Grant, as he collected a high ball with less than 15 minutes to go – cruelled any chance of a Queensland comeback.Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau came off the bench to seal it for the Force with his 70th-minute try, while Grant’s fourth penalty of the night was the final nail in the coffin.Grant didn’t miss a kick all night and contributed 18 points off his own boot, with the Force leapfrogging the Reds in the Australian conference.Nabuli’s sin-binning came shortly after Marcel Brache scored to put the Force back in front 30-26.It was the second yellow card of the night for the Reds, taking their season tally to 12 – more than any other team in Super Rugby.Halfback Nick Frisby was shown the first yellow in the 44th minute and conceded a penalty try for kicking the ball out of Michael Ruru’s hands as he leapt over a ruck to plant down.It will be a sore point for Reds coach Nick Stiles, who had brought in referees to training during the week in an attempt to stamp out the root causes of their costly ill-discipline.Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore tried to drag the Reds back into it with a second-half double but he could not inspire his teammates in front of just 12,040 fans.Frisby endured a torrid night, but was briefly a hero for the Reds as he helped set up Lukhan Tui for a try just two minutes after halftime with a surging counter-attacking run.The Reds started brightly enough and led 5-0 when Duncan Paia’aua was set up by a Quade Cooper dummy and crossed for the opening try just five minutes in.But continued turnovers and poor field kicking allowed the Force to turn the rest of the first half into a grind, with two penalties and Ross Haylett-Petty’s debut try giving them an 11-5 lead at the break.Force coach Dave Wessels was delighted with the turnaround from his side after they were demolished last week at home by the Highlanders.”There was no doubt our intensity won us that game,” he said.”I’ve had a lot of special wins with the Force but that ranks right up there because of the context of where we’ve come from.”Stiles accused the Reds of taking “soft options” and said their yellow cards were unacceptable.”I’m filthy,” Stiles said.”We can’t sustain 80 minutes of football.”We’re happy to do things in spurts and patches but that doesn’t win you football games.”last_img read more

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England thrash Panama, into W.Cup last 16

first_img0Shares0000Enfland’s Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard celebrate one of their six goals against Panama. PHOTO/FIFANIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jun 24- England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games.A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane — which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals — two from John Stones, his first ever in an England shirt, and a beauty from Jesse Lingard completed the crushing victory. The result also confirmed Belgium’s qualification for the knockout stage and means Panama exit the tournament alongside Tunisia.The records tumbled for England on an easy afternoon by the River Volga.– Records tumble –The rout was the first time England have scored more than four goals at a World Cup finals since winning the tournament in 1966.It was the first time in England’s history they have managed five goals in a first half and Kane became the first England player to score a World Cup hat-trick since Gary Lineker in 1986.It is also the first time they have qualified for the knockout stage since 2010, and the biggest victory so far at this tournament.Intriguingly, it also means they are level on points, goal difference and goals scored with Belgium in Group G. The two sides meet in Kaliningrad on Thursday.Despite the result, England started slowly and it was Panama who should have scored first in the fifth minute when Anibal Godoy blasted high and wide after the Central Americans carved open England’s defence.England took the lead in the eighth minute when John Stones powered home a header from a Kieran Trippier corner, held up by the referee because of wrestling and pushing by the Panamanians, something which was set to become a theme of the match.England extended their lead from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute after Lingard was brought down in the box by two defenders.That opened the floodgates.Harry Kane has now scored five times at this World CupLingard scored the game’s best goal in the 36th minute, a 20-yard curling shot past a helpless Jaime Penedo, then Stones added his second four minutes later, another header, following an intricate England free-kick.Following Panama complaints, the goal was referred to VAR for offside but allowed to stand.Kane then scored his second penalty in first-half injury time after he was almost farcically wrestled over at a corner, despite further Panama complaints.At that stage, Panama, who received five bookings in their first match and three more here, threatened to implode, so bad was their lack of discipline.Kane’s hat-trick was completed in bizarre fashion in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected off the English captain’s heel into the net.Again, the referee checked with VAR for offside, but once more the goal stood.The second-half was largely an anti-climax, with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling going close to making it seven.However, the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for the 78th minute when Felipe Baloy scored Panama’s first ever finals goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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