A late penalty from Domingo Miotti yesterday ensured that the Western Force remained in the hunt for the Super Rugby AU finals after a dramatic 31-30 victory over the NSW Waratahs.
In a virtual must-win contest in Perth for the hosts, the Force clinched a remarkable win when Miotti nailed the penalty kick at the death before being mobbed.
“I knew he had it, he’s a very confident man. I was never in doubt,” Force captain Kyle Godwin said of Miotti’s close-range conversion.
Alex Mitchell and Ollie Sleightholme on Friday scored two tries apiece as Northampton moved up to fourth in the English Premiership table with a 44-26 win at home to London Irish.
Only the top four at the end of the regular season have the chance to contest the title in play-off matches.
This victory saw the Saints move a point in front of Harlequins ahead of the bulk of this weekend’s fixtures.
FRENCH TOP 14
Agen on Friday were relegated from the French Top 14, despite not playing, their fate sealed by their record of 20 defeats in 20 games.
Their inevitable demotion was confirmed when Pau beat Bayonne 43-33. With just six games left of the regular season, Agen cannot make up the gap to Pau.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga yesterday said that he has never “put the Olympics first,” the same day an opinion poll showed that nearly 60 percent of people in Japan want the Olympics canceled less than three months before they begin. Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo until the end of the month and is struggling to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, raising further questions about whether the Games should go on. Its vaccination rate is the lowest among wealthy nations. International Olympic officials, Tokyo planners and Suga have insisted that the Games would go on in “a
Japanese nurse Arisa Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for more than a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) canceled the boxing qualifier to take place next month and said it would allocate spots to athletes based on their world rankings. The change in criteria has effectively shut the door on many Olympic hopefuls such as Tsubata, whose rankings are not good enough to earn them an automatic qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Other qualifying
Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) secretary-general Fang Ching-jen yesterday touted the success of the Taiwan Business Bank Taiwan Futsal League after Chiayi Tienching on Sunday displayed their all-conquering form and collected the championship trophy with a 5-2 win over YTFC at the Pingtung County Stadium. Since January, when the season began, Chiayi Tienching scored a perfect 10 wins off 10 games to collect 30 points. Taichung Traveler were second, finishing on 22 points with seven wins, two losses and one draw, while CTFA U20 were third on 17 points with five wins, three losses and two draws. In the season’s final round on
‘GUTTED’: All three relegation places have been decided with at least three games to go, leaving Fullham manager Scott Parker saying that ‘big decisions’ need to be made Fulham were on Monday relegated from the English Premier League with a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley that assured the Clarets of their top-flight status. London club Fulham now join already-demoted West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United in the second-tier EFL Championship next season. Fulham had to avoid defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday to maintain their slim hopes of beating the drop, but first-half goals from Burnley’s Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood put paid to their chances of staying up. Fulham’s defeat also meant all three relegation places were decided with at least three games to go, ensuring that there would