South Africa blitz Shujaa into second Hong Kong loss

first_imgShujaa dropped to the bottom of the table ahead of the final group match against France who are also winless having lost to Canada.Kok opened the floodgates from a smooth South African move, gliding under the posts after the South Africans started their offense from a well taken line-out. Branco du Preez knocked home the conversion for a 7-0 lead.Shujaa’s crazy tactic to kick the ball upfield saw the South Africans take the lead to 14-0 after winning back possession. From deep in their own half, Kenya kicked the ball up, lost possession with du Preez again touching down under the posts.The South Africans made it 21-0 with Philip Snyman sneaking in a try after they won the ball off a penalty and pressurized the Kenyans to opening up the defense.At the stroke of half time, the returning Dennis Ombacho who has been Kenya’s stand-out player reduced the deficit after Kenya’s display improved with the introduction of Brian Tanga and Sammy Oliech.Some good passing from the Kenyans saw Tanga spread the ball to Ombachi who side stepped his marker before bursting into space and touching down. Oliech failed to add in the extras as Kenya went to half time 21-5 down.At the start of the second period, Kenya had a perfect start Oyoo taking the scores to 21-10 after winning the ball at kick off. Tanga once again was the provider, spraying the ball wide for Oyoo to dot down his 22nd Sevens Series career try.But the South Africans quickly bounced back from kick off, Werner showing some good strength to wade off a challenge from Oyoo to touch down on the left before completing his hatrick with a minute left, having been given so much space on the right.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sammy Oliech breezes past a Chilean opponent during the Las Vegas Sevens in the United States of America on March 4, 2017NAIROBI, Apr 8 – Kenya will drop to the Challenge Trophy having lost their second straight match on day two of the Hong Kong Sevens after going down 35-10 to series leaders South Africa on Saturday morning.The South Africans who have never won the Hong Kong Main Cup sunk in five tries, all converted with Werner Kok hitting a hatrick as the Blitzboke ran over the Kenyans.last_img read more

Bowl pressure cuts both ways

first_imgMIAMI – Go ahead and ask Colts quarterback Peyton Manning about pressure and Super Bowl and how he will handle it. Maybe Lola would know. Manning signed up for a musical theater class in eighth grade, and learned a week later – to his chagrin – that he’d be cast in a play called “The Boyfriend.” His character’s name was Miguel. His tango partner was Lola. “That was some pressure,” Manning said Wednesday. “We have the same amount of pressure,” Grossman said. “I know he gets a lot of attention and it might seem like there’s more pressure, but this is the biggest game of both our lives. No matter what we’ve done in our careers to this point … this is the biggest game of our lives.” Manning said he’s spoken with a number of quarterbacks who possess Super Bowl experience in recent days. He has picked their collective brains as he prepares for his first appearance in the NFL’s biggest game. CBS analyst Boomer Esiason, it turns out, was not among Manning’s brain trust. “My only advice to him would be to talk to quarterbacks that won the Super Bowl,” Esiason said, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “not the ones that lost.” Staked near the entrance to Chicago’s Super Bowl hotel is a large sign. It’s a to-do list, with three check marks: Play Angry. NFC Champions. Win Super Bowl. There’s a large check mark to the left of each of the first two entries. “I don’t know how the sign ended up here,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “But we won a game, so evidently the person thinks that’s the reason why we won.” The Super Bowl parties will really begin picking up over the next few days, with Playboy, Maxim, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Drew Rosenhaus and Sean “Diddy” Combs among those set to host soirees between now and Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img He survived that play, of course, and now is facing another tango of sorts against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, with an NFL title on the line. Manning, a starting quarterback in the NFL for nine seasons, has spent much of that time trying to shake the notion he’s unable to win “the big one.” As for his counterpart, Rex Grossman? He’s in his first year as Chicago’s full-time starter and perpetually was rumored to be headed for the bench. So while it would seem Manning may be under more pressure to deliver a Super Bowl championship, Grossman said both quarterbacks are in exactly the same place. last_img read more

Award-winner Kagere eyes treble

first_img0Shares0000Kester Shimonyo (SportsPesa), right and Moses Margi (LG Electronics) hand Gor Mahia forward, Meddie Kagere (centre) a 42-inch flat screen television after he was named September SportsPesa/SJAK Player of the Month on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, October 13- Gor Mahia forward, Meddie Kagere, is determined to help the SportsPesa Premier League champions clinch the treble as he continues to enjoy his purple patch after joining the team at the beginning of the season.The Ugandan-born former Rwanda international has been instrumental in Gor’s unbeaten charge to a third successive league title and was crowned the SportPesa/Sports Journalist Association of Kenya Player of the month of September on Tuesday morning. Kagere won the award ahead of Nairobi City Stars striker, Emrima Sanneh, after scoring two goals and providing three assists as K’Ogalo wrapped their third league crown in succession besides progressing in the Top 8 and GOtv Shield competitions.“I thank my fellow players because I didn’t do this alone. I celebrate this award with my team. September was one of my best and I’m happy I achieved what led to this award.“There is time a player is in top form and scoring comes naturally but it depends on the type of team we are playing against. I’m focusing on the knockout games because our target is to win the GOtv Shield and Top 8.“Winning the Premier League unbeaten was my biggest achievement and I’m hoping we will not lose the remaining two games,” Kagere, whose one year contract lapses at the end of the season, stated.The 29-year-old who has scored 13 this season, believes he can topple Tusker FC forward, Jesse Were’s 19 in the top scorer charts and win the race for the Golden Boot.With K’Ogalo settling for a barren draw with Ulinzi Stars in their first league match in September, Kagere was influential in their next fixture against Sony Sugar, providing the assist for winger, Innocent Wafula to score the winner.It was the result that confirmed a third league title in a row for K’Ogalo.The powerful forward affectionately referred to as ‘Luanda Magere’ went on to score a brace in their 3-2 win over Ushuru FC in the GOtv Shield Round of 32 before netting the opener in their 3-0 victory over Muhoroni Youth in the KPL Top 8 quarters.Assistant head coach, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla was not surprised when Kagere was rewarded with Sh50,000, a 42-inch LG smart TV and a trophy engraved with his name on Tuesday.“Journalists are doing a good job because they encourage the players to work hard.“With Gor’s splendid performance, I think you should be coming here every month and I’m happy it’s the third time the award is coming to K’Ogalo,” Ogolla, a former Harambee Stars and Gor midfield general said.“We are hoping this will help us improve the league competition and encourage players to work hard. We promise by the ends of the season more awards will be given. The players will be motivated and hope the performance will impact the national team,” LG Marketing Manager, Moses Marji declared.Title sponsor, SportPesa Chief Marketer, Kester Muhanji said, “We are here to nurture and contribute towards talent development. We are hoping to have a grand and better one at the end of the year that will have more awards.”Inaugural winner and midfielder Ali Abondo and Burundian defender, Karim Nizigiyimana are the other Gor players who have bagged the monthly honour.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: ‘£19m’ Manchester United and Chelsea target nets for France

first_imgManchester United and Chelsea target Raphael Varane proved he’s not just a brilliant defender on Wednesday as he scored the winner for France against Sweden.With seven minutes left in the game, which was edging towards a 0-0 draw, the Real Madrid starlet trotted upfield and powered a free header from Antoine Griezmann’s corner beyond the reach of Andreas Isaksson.Adding this prowess in the air to his already numerable defensive skills makes him one of the most promising defenders in the world and it makes the ridiculously low £19million he could reportedly be available for (if you believe certain tabloids), look a real snip.You can see Varane’s impressive header for France against Sweden above…last_img read more

Brodeur up to No. 5 on win list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Avalanche 5, Maple Leafs 3 : Milan Hejduk scored a pair of power-play goals 34 seconds apart to lift Colorado to its eighth straight win and into a tie for the Northwest Division lead. Rookie Marek Svatos scored his 27th goal of the season, best in the Western Conference, to help Colorado match its longest winning streak since Oct. 10-28, 2000. The Maple Leafs lost their third straight. Islanders 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT ): Oleg Kvasha beat goalie Adam Munro off a rebound at 3:02 of overtime, and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves as New York edged Chicago. Hurricanes 4, Flyers 3 (SO): Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 3:58 left in regulation, and after a scoreless overtime, Rod Brind’Amour scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift Carolina to its eighth straight victory. “Every time you pass somebody who made history in hockey, you’ve got to feel pretty good about yourself,” Brodeur said. “I’ve got a lot of accomplishments. If I keep winning and I keep going forward and being focused on what I need to do they’ll be there for me, so that’s nice.” Brodeur has 424 victories to pass Esposito on a career list for the second time this month. The New Jersey star recorded his 77th career shutout Jan. 9 against Philadelphia, good for seventh on that list. Martin Brodeur climbed another rung on the victory list, even if he wasn’t his usual dominant self. After surrendering a three-goal lead, Brodeur finished strong to break a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for fifth place on the NHL’s career victory list in the New Jersey Devils’ 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Brodeur made 14 of his 26 saves in the third period. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more