Scrumhalf T.J. Perenara scored a hat-trick of tries on his first start to help the Wellington Hurricanes overcome a lack of possession and score a 46-19 bonus-point win over the profligate Western Force in their Super Rugby clash in Perth yesterday.
The 19-year-old halfback was impressive in his 60 minutes as the Hurricanes produced devastating counter-attack running to score six tries and claim their second road win of the season despite having half as much possession as their hosts. Perenara took advantage of one of those chances in the ninth minute to score the opening try when he took a fumbled offload from winger Julian Savea to burrow over after Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor had made a clean break through the flimsy Force defense.
The Force enjoyed plenty of possession and forward grit edged them to the visitors line with No. 8 Matt Hodgson crashing over from close range to score their sole try in the 19th minute after several phases.
Force flyhalf James Stannard converted, but then missed two penalties before leveling the scores at 10-10 with a third in the 33rd minute.
The Force forwards were putting their side on the front foot throughout as the home side dominated territory and possession, but some careless turnovers and good scramble defense by the visitors meant they failed to score the tries their pressure warranted.
A rare scrum in the Force 22 brought about the Hurricanes’ second try when Perenara was again in the right position to collect an offload from winger Cory Jane to slide over from short range five minutes before the break.
Two minutes before halftime, Taylor scored the try of the match when he touched down in the corner after a scintillating 60m dash following a stray chip kick by Force fullback Cameron Shepherd.
Trailing 22-10 at the break, the Force continued to press, but had only a Stannard penalty to show for their efforts before Perenara completed his hat-trick in the 50th minute.
All Blacks center Smith grubber kicked behind the Force defense and Savea and Perenara both kicked on before a favorable bounce took the ball away from the Force defender and into the arms of the grateful Wellington scrumhalf who dived over.
Two Stannard penalties brought the Force to within 10 with 20 minutes to go, but Wellington lock Jason Eaton finished off a great team passing move to score their fifth try with replacement center Charlie Ngatai adding a sixth after the buzzer.
In other Super Rugby action, Prop Sona Taumalolo scored one of his trademark barging tries to help the Waikato Chiefs to a 24-19 win over the Canterbury Crusaders in their matchup yesterday.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the