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Highlanders smash the Force

Saturday May 20, 2017 by  

The Highlanders have easily outclassed the Western Force to notch a club record 55-6 victory at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Dunedin-based side made the most of the wet conditions for a new franchise record 49-point win margin, scoring eight tries to nil which helped them remain alive for a wildcard place in the Super Rugby finals.

Late replacement prop Aki Seiuli and Rob Thompson both bagged doubles, while fly-half Marty Banks slotted seven of his eight goal attempts. Read more

Wallabies drawn with Wales and Georgia

Wednesday May 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Wallabies have been drawn alongside Wales and Georgia in Pool D at the 2019 Rugby World Cup following the official draw held this evening at the Kyoto State House in Japan.

The William Webb Ellis Cup is displayed during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw.
Photo courtesy of World Rugby via Getty Images

Similar to the 2015 draw, the Wallabies were again the third seed and entered into the first of five pool bands at today’s team draw.

The Australians were runners-up to New Zealand at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, and despite their inconsistent 2016 Test form were able to hold onto third place on the official World Rugby rankings following the end-of-year Northern Test season last December.

Japan will host Rugby’s premier event for the first time from September 20 to November 2 with the Final scheduled for Yokohama’s International Stadium. Read more

WACA to host Third Ashes Test

Wednesday May 10, 2017 by  

The WACA Ground has today been confirmed as the host venue for the Third Ashes Test between old rivals Australia and England this summer.

The iconic WACA Ground announced as host of the Third Ashes Test.

The full schedule for the 2017-18 Australian international summer of Cricket was released in December 2016 with the Perth venue left as ‘to be confirmed’.

Discussions with relevant officials at Cricket Australia, the Western Australian Cricket Association, Venues Live (Stadium Operators) and the WA Government have taken place since then.

However, with the match-day tickets for all five Test matches around Australia going on sale this month, the final decision of which Perth venue would host the third Test had to be made. Read more

Roosters sign Tedesco, release Evans

Thursday May 4, 2017 by  

The Sydney Roosters have signed talented fullback James Tedesco while also announcing the departure of prop-forward Kane Evans at seasons end.

Tedesco, 24, will join the Roosters next year on a four-year deal, while Evans has put pen to paper and signed with Parramatta for the next three years.

“James is a tremendously exciting talent whose signature we are pleased to have secured and we look forward to welcoming him to the Roosters in 2018,” said Sydney Roosters CEO, Joe Kelly. Read more

Chiefs overcome gutsy Force

Saturday April 22, 2017 by  

The Chiefs have defeated a brave and determined Western Force 16-7 in front of a boisterous Sea-of-Blue at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Waikato-based side had won of eight of the previous 10 encounters, and came to Perth full of confidence following their come-from-behind victory over the Cheetahs last weekend.

The Force meanwhile had their second bye of the season though were nursing injuries to several key players from the high-scoring and entertaining clash with the Kings a fortnight ago. Read more

Force overcome the Kings in high-scoring thriller

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Western Force and Southern Kings have played out a high-scoring thriller at nib Stadium in Perth this afternoon.

With the axe hovering over both teams for Super Rugby beyond this season a barmy autumn afternoon greeted them and those in the sea of blue.

The home side took a 15-7 lead into the main break before the floodgates for the five-pointers opened as both teams traded nine tries between them in the second half. The Western Force prevailing in the end 46-41. Read more

Cowboys co-captain ACL injury confirmed

Monday March 13, 2017 by  

North Queensland co-captain Matt Scott will miss the remainder of the 2017 National Rugby League season after scans confirmed he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 31-year old forward was forced off the field late in the second half of Friday’s epic golden point extra time round two derby clash between the Cowboys and Broncos at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Speaking about the injury to Scott, Cowboys coach Paul Green said, “It’s obviously a huge blow for Matt and he’s understandably devastated.” Read more

Force topple Reds, end lean home run

Thursday March 2, 2017 by  

The Western Force have ended their recent run of home defeats with a spirited 26-19 victory over the Queensland Reds at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

Led by Curtis Rona and Dane Haylett-Petty the home side were celebrating their first home win in nearly two years with a courageous come-from-behind performance against a star-studded Reds line-up.

Best for the Reds in defeat were Eto Nabuli, who scored a hat-trick of five-pointers, along with veterans George Smith and Quade Cooper. Read more

Scorchers smash Sixers, Big Bash Champions again

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

The Perth Scorchers have easily outclassed the Sydney Sixers, winning the Sixth Big Bash League Final by nine wickets at the Furnace this evening.

Perth Scorchers opening batsman Michael Klinger celebrates his half century during the Big Bash League Final.
Photo courtesy of WACA/Perth Scorchers, Getty Images

In front of a full house and venue record attendance, the home side reclaimed the Big Bash Champions tag with relative ease, keeping the Sixers to 9-141 then chasing down the target with 25 balls to spare.

Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson was named player of the match, taking 3-30 off his four overs, while Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn was named player of the tournament.

For the Perth based side, it was their third Big Bash Championship from the last four seasons, having also appeared in the tournament decider across five of the first six that have been played so far. Read more

Scorchers advance, shoot down the Stars again

Tuesday January 24, 2017 by  

The Perth Scorchers have defeated the Melbourne Stars by seven wickets in the first semi-final played at the Furnace this evening.

Perth Scorchers strike bowler Mitchell Johnson celebrates with Michael Klinger the dismissal of Melbourne Stars’ Kevin Pietersen.
Photo courtesy of WACA/Perth Scorchers, Getty Images

Led by Mitchell Johnson the Scorchers progressed to the Big Bash League Final for the fifth time in six seasons and ended the Stars run for the fourth time in the qualifying match.

Johnson claimed the man of the match award and finished with his Big Bash career best, and the ninth best Scorchers bowling figures in an innings, taking three-for as many from his fiery four over spell.

The Stars were restricted to a fairly modest 8-136 off their 20 overs, a similar score they chased here only 10 nights ago. The Scorchers in reply reached the 137-run target with 19 balls to spare. Read more