Waratahs thrash Tonga in eight try whitewash

first_img Benn Robinson first match after knee surgerySarel Pretorius turned in a man of the match performance to lead his new side to a convincing eight try victory over Tonga at the SFS.Last year’s leading try scorer, Pretorius opened his account with barely five minutes on the clock, almost adding another just a minute later, as the home side signaled their intent with some ambitious running rugby.Added to last week’s win over Samoa, the result will boost the team’s preparations for next Saturday’s big opening round FxPro Super Rugby clash against the Queensland Reds.Head Coach Michael Foley was pleased with the outcome; “These two trial matches have given us an opportunity to test the things we’ve been practicing over the last 14 to 15 weeks, an opportunity to look at combinations and a good understanding of where we’re at.”After Pretorius got his team off the mark in the opening minutes, Dave Dennis crashed next to the left upright for the second, making it easy for skipper Berrick Barnes to add a second conversion.Pretorius put in a stellar performanceThe visitors got plenty of defensive practice in, repelling a number of attacks from all angles for 20 minutes, before Rob Horne finally found a hole out on the left wing, capitalizing on a good run from tireless flanker Pat McCutcheon, who set up the centre field ruck that allowed Barnes to release Horne for the third try. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 17: Sarel Pretorius of the Waratahs is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match between the Waratahs and Tonga at Sydney Football Stadium on February 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) Right wing Tom Kingston added a fourth try on 35 minutes, when left wing Brackin Karauria-Henry joined the line to create an overlap.  Daniel Halangahu, on for Barnes, missed the conversion.The Tongans staged something of a comeback, stealing the ball in contact before punching their way upfield through a series of ball carries but an equally physical home team defence held firm until the whistle.After a full 40-minute first half, the second period was played in three, 20-minute periods and it was largely the same team that returned to the field, bar Palu and Kingston who were replaced by Lopeti Timani and Nathan Trist.A try from hooker Damien Fitzpatrick, converted by Halangahu extended the home side’s lead to 33-0 on 45 minutes and replacements Brendan McKibbin, John Ulugia and Michael Hodge kept the HSBC Waratahs on the attack for most of the second period. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The third period saw the remainder of the second XV take to the field.  Jeremy Tilse retained control at the back of a driving maul to crash over after 78 minutes, leaving Halangahu to add his second conversion to extend the lead to 40 after 80 minutes.In the final period, Alcock sliced through midfield for his first of the night and with Halangahu replaced, winger Nathan Trist took over the kicking duties, successfully adding to the tally, before wing Peter Betham capped off a successful evening diving over in the left corner for his team’s eighth try.last_img read more

Weekly success at Cocopah has Toth confident before first competitive trip to Super Nationals

first_imgHOLTVILLE, Calif. – Chris Toth crewed for Lance Mari and Jason Noll when he made his first trip to Boone Speedway last September.He’ll bring his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod along when he returns with MRT Race Cars teammate Mari for the 33rd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.“Last year was the first year I went and I crewed for Lance and Jason. I was really impressed with the number of people that were there and all the racing,” Toth said. “We talked about it on the way home and I decided I would bring my car this year.The Holtville, Calif., driver has run a limited schedule this season, with three feature wins in 11 starts at home track Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Ariz. He’s the point leader and eligible to qualify for the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions.“When we first started this class at Cocopah, we were getting eight or nine cars. Now it’s closer to 20,” said Toth. “I feel good about going to Boone. I would be happy to make the qualifier either night. To make the Saturday night main event would be the ultimate goal.”Toth ran a pure stock and then a Modified before expense in general and two blown engines the same weekend prompted him to convert the car to a Northern SportMod.He also won three features last season and ended with a couple satisfactory showings in his two Duel In The Desert qualifiers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.“I really enjoy the open wheel classes. The SportMods are fun to drive and they’re economical,” Toth said. “Around here, we’ve got a bunch of cars that can run up front. They’re competitive and that’s what I enjoy most about this class.”He’ll enjoy racing more often and against more cars in upcoming seasons, as more Arizona tracks phase out similar classes and sanction the IMCA division.Toth’s primary sponsors are MRT Race Cars and SBS Suspension, both of Imperial; CT Floor Covering of Holtville; Axis Metal Fabrication of El Centro; the Radco Company of Brawley; and Wells Design of Ogalla, Neb.last_img read more

Broncos get Lock some help with Alabama wideout Jerry Jeudy

first_imgJeudy joins a receiving corps led by third-year pro Courtland Sutton.Another priority for Elway in this draft is to fortify Lock’s protection with O-linemen. Elway entered the draft with 10 selections, half of them in the top-95.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ Broncos get Lock some help with Alabama wideout Jerry Jeudy Associated Press Earlier this week, Elway said it was just happenstance that he hadn’t selected an Alabama player. He praised Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and said previous drafts simply didn’t fall right for him to select an Alabama alum.Jeudy was selected three spots after Alabama teammate Henry Ruggs III, who went to the rival Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12.Another new landscape for Elway: for the first time in four years he didn’t spend his offseason analyzing college quarterbacks after going all-in on Lock, who won four of his five starts to end the 2019 season, his only loss coming in the snow at Kansas City.While stressing that Lock has “a long way to go,” Elway said he feels he’s finally found a worthy successor to Peyton Manning, who retired four years ago.“Now is the fun part of trying to fill around him,” said Elway, who began that task with the free agent signings of O-lineman Graham Glasgow, running back Melvin Gordon, tight end Nick Vannett and backup QB Jeff Driskel. April 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditIn his 10th draft, John Elway finally picked a player from Alabama.The Denver Broncos general manager backed up his talk about building around second-year QB Drew Lock by selecting Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with the 15th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.Jeudy is the 71st player Elway has selected in his decade as GM. He’s also among the gems of a deep crop of wide receivers coming out of college. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more