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Archive for Sport

Williams sticks by unlucky Scots

Matt Williams has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations visit by Ireland, stating that they were “robbed blind” losing 16-9 to France (couldn’t agree with him more!!) Danielli and White had been injury doubts, but will now face Ireland at Murrayfield. “This is justified reward for the positive effort from all who were involved in Paris. “We said before the France game that a brave loss was not acceptable and the players haven’t accepted it – there was a lot of emotion in the changing room after the match. “Those feelings are combined with the fact that we can mix it with the best teams in the world. But, at the end of the day, we didn’t… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 11th, 2005 | Irish Rugby, Sport | No Comments » |

O’Driscoll out of Scotland game

O’Driscoll was orginally name in the line-up against Scotland, but has failed to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up against Italy at the weekend. His replacement will be named after training on Friday morning. Gordon D’Arcy is also struggling with a hamstring injury and will take a fitness test on Friday. Replacements? Kevin Maggs is the most obvious replacement at centre, and Shane Horgan could also be moved from wing. Wing Tommy Bowe (Ulster) could also be asked to travel with the squad to Scotland as a precautionary measure. The only other change to the Ireland side sees Wasps flanker Johnny O’Connor replacing Denis Leamy for safest motorcycle helmet. O’Connor will be winning his third cap after making… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 11th, 2005 | Irish Rugby, Sport | No Comments » |

Italy 17-28 Ireland

O’Driscoll magic guides Ireland to a hard earned victory against Italy, with classic outside breaks from the Ireland captain setting up tries for Geordan Murphy and Peter Stringer. Italy led 9-8 early in the second half but Stringer’s try gave Ireland a lead they never lost The hosts cut the gap to 18-12 with 10 minutes left and nearly scored through Ludovico Nitoglia, but Denis Hickie’s try ensured an Irish victory. Italy cam out with a flying start and quickly took a penalty lead after seven minutes through Luciano Orquera. The Italians were pounding the Irish defence and, for the first quarter, the Irish pack struggled to secure any ball for their backs. Just before the half-hour mark, O’Driscoll created… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 6th, 2005 | Irish Rugby, Sport | No Comments » |

Wales 11-9 England

The name Gavin Henson will be popular in Cardiff tonight! Gavin Henson’s difficult penalty with four minutes to play secured Wales their first win against England in Cardiff for 12 years! Wales were leading 8-3 at half time thanks to a Shane Williams’ try, and each side scoring a penalty. Charlie Hodgson then edged England 9-8 ahead with 10 minutes to go, and looked as if England might just escape! But Henson drilled over a long-range effort from near the right touchline to send the Welsh fans into raptures. Englands lineout was shocking for the first 10 minutes and when they lost their throw for the third time – Wales took advantage! The hosts swept the ball right and as… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 5th, 2005 | Sport | No Comments » |

France 16-9 Scotland

This game could have been anybodys! Scotland were desperately unlucky to fall at the final hurdle with a costly mistake, allowing Damien Traille’s late try to take France ahead. A draw would have been a far fairer result! By two minutes into the second half, three Chris Paterson penalties meant that the Scots had a thoroughly well deserved 9-0 lead, against a French side that (for the first half at least) looked like they didn’t want to show up! Shortly after Yann Delaigue cut Scotlands lead to just three points. Allister Hogg’s try was ruled out for a foot in touch, before Delaigue’s drop goal set the scores level and Traille went over late on. Scotlands limited gameplan was efficiently… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 5th, 2005 | Sport | No Comments » |

Wasps 31-37 Leicester

A stunning comeback by Wasps at the Causeway Stadium was held at back by Leicester. The Tigers were 22-6 ahead within the first 20 minutes with tries from Lewis Moody, Geordan Murphy and Martin Corry. European Champions Wasps fought back with a Josh Lewsey try and Mark van Gisbergen’s boot, they were 31-31 with five minutes to go! Andy Goode kept his cool and kicked the Tigers to victory with a penalty and a drop goal. The closing minutes saw Leicester desperately defending as Wasps aimed for the try they needed, as Williams controversially blew the full-time whistle. John Wells: To score three tries against the European champions at home was also something I am pleased about.” Wasps: Van Gisbergen;… Continue reading »

by Keiron on December 5th, 2004 | Leicester Tigers | No Comments » |

Leeds 0-2 Leicester

Leicester got their fourth away win of the season after Leeds slumped to another damaging home defeat! Lilian Nalis punished poor marking at a corner at close range, by slamming the Foxes into the lead. Leeds’ misery was compounded when Gary Kelly headed through his own goal in attempting to clear. Levein said: To come to Leeds and win was a good performance and the players are thrilled with the way the game panned out. Leeds: Sullivan, Kelly, Carlisle (Joachim 77), Butler, Kilgallon (McMaster 83), Wright, Gregan, Walton, Oster (Richardson 66), Deane, Healy. Subs Not Used: Carson, Spring. Leicester: Taylor, Makin, Dublin, Dabizas, Stewart, Gillespie (Blake 84), Gemmill (Williams 89), Gudjonsson, Nalis, Scowcroft, Connolly (Morris 80). Subs Not Used: Heath,… Continue reading »

by Keiron on December 4th, 2004 | Leicester City FC | No Comments » |