Archive for March 2016

Victoria claim Shield on final day

Wednesday March 30, 2016 by  

The South Australian Redbacks have suffered a seven wicket defeat to Victoria on the final day’s play at Glenelg Stadium, as the Bushrangers won back to back Sheffield Shield titles.

Requiring 98-runs on the final day to claim victory, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb raced to the finish line for Victoria to secure the win.

Stoinis was particularly aggressive in the opening session, smashing four sixes off one over to accelerate the Bushrangers towards the required total. Read more

Cricket Australia to use Dukes balls

Wednesday March 30, 2016 by  

Cricket Australia (CA) will trial Dukes cricket balls in the second half of next season’s Sheffield Shield competition as it aims to better prepare players for the 2019 Ashes series in the United Kingdom.

Used for international cricket in the UK, the Dukes ball will feature in all Shield matches from rounds six to 10 as well as the final.

During the first half of the season players will continue using the locally-made Kookaburra as they prepare for Test matches in Australian conditions where it is the ball of choice. Read more

Waratahs down Reds in slippery conditions

Sunday March 27, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have beaten the Queensland Reds by 15-13 in a tough round five Super Rugby match played in wet and slippery conditions in Brisbane this afternoon.

The Tahs were tested early in the game, with the first ten minutes seeing back-to-back scrums. Both sides made attempts in attack but, despite conceding a lot of penalties, the Tahs remained constant in defence as the Reds looked to strike.

A run from Cadeyrn Neville looked promising before he was brought down by Zac Guildford. The Reds surged again through Jack Schatz who almost handed Rob Simmons a try until they were penalised. Read more

Brumbies finish South Africa trip with Cheetahs victory

Sunday March 27, 2016 by  

The Brumbies completed their three-week road trip with a hard fought 25-18 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

It’s the first time the Brumbies have won in Bloemfontein since 2009, and the first victory Head Coach Stephen Larkham has ever been a part of in his 21 years of professional Rugby as either a player of coach.

Matt Toomua, Sam Carter and David Pocock were among the stars for the Brumbies while Ita Vaea marked his return from injury with a strong performance. Read more

Highlanders end Rebels winning streak

Saturday March 26, 2016 by  

The Highlanders have ended the Melbourne Rebels winning streak with a 27-3 victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Saturday night.

The defending champions capitalised on Rebels mistakes in wet and slippery conditions to end the hosts two-game winning streak.

The Highlanders converted early first-half possession and territory into three points when Lima Sopoaga broke the deadlock after 20 minutes with a penalty from distance. Read more

Chiefs too strong for the Force

Saturday March 26, 2016 by  

The Western Force have disappointingly gone down to the Chiefs 53-10 at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton this evening.

After a tight first half with the Force heading into the sheds just two points down, the Chiefs came out and scored 41 unanswered points in the second half. The loss in Hamilton now leaves the Force 0-2 in New Zealand with the team heading to Dunedin next week to take on last year’s champions the Highlanders.

Western Force captain Matt Hodgson was bitterly disappointed with the performance and says the team needs to play 80 minutes of rugby. Read more

Queensland Reds draw with Blues

Saturday March 19, 2016 by  

The Queensland Reds have rediscovered direct, running Rugby but failed to close out the game in a 25-25 draw against Auckland’s Blues at Suncorp Stadium.

After averaging just a try a game in their first three Super Rugby outings, the Reds scored three pearlers only to be denied at the death by a desperate comeback from the Aucklanders.

Queensland should be proud of its effort for 79 minutes, combining scrambling defence with hard, straight running lines to hold the whip hand over the Blues. Read more

Rebels claim bonus point victory over Sunwolves

Saturday March 19, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have claimed a bonus-point victory, and the Ganbatte Trophy, with a 35-9 win over the Sunwolves at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.

Second-half tries from Ben Meehan, Tom English and acting captain Sean McMahon, complemented by solid defence, set up the Rebels third win of the season to remain second in the Australian Conference.

In wet, slippy and cold conditions, the hosts struck first when fly-half Tusi Pisi opened the scoring after two minutes with a penalty from 40 metres out. Read more

Waratahs go down in epic Highlanders fight back

Friday March 18, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have gone down 30 points to 26 against the Highlanders in tonight’s round four Super Rugby match at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

The Waratahs fought back from 30 points down to score four unanswered tries, with replacement, Jed Holloway scoring a stunning hat-trick in what was his first Super Rugby points.

The Waratahs struggled to execute their plays in the first half of the game before a phenomenal final 20 minutes saw them almost do the unthinkable and snatch the victory. Read more

Force overpowered by Hurricanes

Friday March 18, 2016 by  

The Western Force have gone down to the Hurricanes 41-6 at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North tonight.

The Force were in the contest for the first 50-minutes of the game trailing 10-6 before the floodgates opened, missed opportunities came back to bite the Western Australians as the Hurricanes ran in five second half tries.

Force skipper Matt Hodgson said the side’s inability to capitalise on opportunities against a quality Hurricanes outfit was their undoing. Read more