28 September 2015
Weekend Sport Round-up: England defeated, Hamilton wins and Ireland coach ready
Wales beat England in World Cup Pool A
Dan Biggar stepped up to slot a 75th-minute penalty to give Wales a 28-25 World Cup win over England at Twickenham. Biggar and Owen Farrell traded penalties all night in Saturday’s clash to complement tries from Jonny May and Gareth Davies, before Biggar was given the chance to separate the sides at the death. He called for the kicking tee on the edge of his range and sent the ball over the crossbar as Wales held out for a famous victory at Twickenham. England fly-half Farrell scored 20 points from the boot, and thanks to him England were seven points up with 10 minutes remaining, before a Gareth Davies try levelled the scores following the conversion. Biggar then punched his seventh penalty over to give him a personal tally of 23 points, which was enough to be handed the Man of the Match. The win sends Wales to the top of Pool A, while England now cannot afford to lose to Australia or they will likely be out of the World Cup.
Ireland coach ready for pivotal week
Joe Schmidt says Ireland’s next Rugby World Cup pool game, against Italy, will have the same pressure as “a last-16 game”. Ireland moved to the top of Pool D with a 44-10 win over Romania but their progress to the quarter-finals will depend on tougher tests against both France and, more immediately, Italy next Sunday. “Next week is the pivotal week,” Schmidt said “It’s where we can qualify ourselves. The game against France just decides who we play in the quarter-final if we can win next week. It’s pressure for us and pressure for Italy. That’s why people come to a World Cup – they want to see how teams respond to the pressure cooker environment”. Schmidt added: “We know we can qualify if we win next weekend. Italy, after a win and a loss, need to win next weekend to qualify. It becomes a last-16 game for us.”
How Premier League may lose Champions League spot
A repeat of last season’s performances in Europe from English and Italian clubs would see the Premier League lose its fourth Champions League spot for the 2017/18 season. The Premier League’s poor show in Europe last season, where no club reached the quarter-final of the Champions League or Europa League, has weakened England’s coefficient ranking, while the progress of Italian sides to the latter stages of both competitions has strengthened theirs. For Italy to overtake England and get four teams in the 2017/18 Champions League, they need to beat England’s coefficient score by 3.095 points this season. At this early stage of the campaign, England are 0.959 ahead, despite the elimination of Southampton and West Ham from the Europa League. This could all change, however, as we saw last season. To put 3.095 points into context, Juventus’ run to the Champions League final last season earned Italy four more points than Chelsea’s last-16 exit contributed for England.
Jordan Spieth claims FedExCup with Tour Championship victory
Jordan Spieth capped an unforgettable season in fitting style with victory in the Tour Championship to secure the FedExCup title and a massive payday in Atlanta. Spieth knew a fifth win of the season at East Lake would guarantee him the overall title and the 22-year-old didn’t disappoint, with a one-under 69 enough to secure a £7.5m payout, on top of the first prize of £977,000 for the Tour Championship win. Not only did the American finish four shots clear of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Danny Lee, but victory also saw him leapfrog Jason Day and Rory McIlroy as world No 1.
Lewis Hamilton wins to match Ayrton Senna mark in Japan GP
Lewis Hamilton said it felt “unreal” after victory in the Japanese Grand Prix moved him level with his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna on 41 race wins. “It’s quite an emotional day. I’m full of joy and happiness and light” said the 30-year-old British driver. He defended the first-lap overtake of Nico Rosberg, which forced his Mercedes team-mate wide and he dropped to fourth before fighting back to second. Hamilton is now 48 points clear of the German in the title race. Sunday was Hamilton’s 162nd race, one more than Senna started in a career that ended tragically at Imola in 1994.The Brazilian won twice at Suzuka in 1988 and 1993 and Hamilton’s victory was also his second at the circuit.
Renault sign for stake in Lotus F1
Renault have signed a letter of intent to buy a controlling stake in Lotus to create a new Formula 1 team for 2016. Renault have been in talks to buy Lotus for several months and the latter’s financial position has become precarious as time has dragged on without a deal. But in a statement on Monday, Renault said it was the “first step towards the project of a Renault Formula 1 team”. Renault say the move represents the ambition to extend their 38-year involvement in F1. Renault had a previous involvement in the Oxfordshire-based team, selling their remaining shares in 2010 and Lotus’s current owner, Genii Capital, has recently scaled down its investment in the team.