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19 October 2015

Weekend Sport Round-Up: Quarter Finals, England draw in the cricket & Man Utd claim a victory

A huge rugby weekend with the Quarter Finals getting well underway at Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium, meant the Northern Hemisphere waved Goodbye to their Ellis Cup dreams. Who will you be rooting for now? With an exciting 1st Test for England v Pakistan we look forward to what Thursday will bring.

New Zealand annihilate France in a crushing defeat

We were lucky enough to enjoy New Zealand take on France in the flesh at the atmospheric Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday evening. Scenes were electric from the start of the day with South Africa, Wales, France and New Zealand fans coming together in the city of Cardiff to enjoy the World Cup. The game could be described as an annihilation, with the Haka obviously working its magic over France with an end result of 62 – 13, meaning that Saturday’s game was the All Blacks 12th win at a World Cup, which also equals the record for consecutive victories.

That’s not all in terms of records, this is the ninth time in a row that the All Blacks have beaten France, however it hasn’t been all plain sailing for New Zealand with a win in 2011 by the skin of their teeth with 8-7, so France cam into the quarters with hope. But the World Cup dream for France ended on Saturday as they just didn’t have the requisite talent or a game plan that could match New Zealand, but the performance of Steve Hansen’s side was impressive.

The All Blacks with now face the mighty Springboks in the Semi Finals at the Home of Rugby, Twickenham.

Foley kicks Scotland out of the World Cup as no N. Hemisphere countries are left in the World Cup

An 80th minute penalty from Bernard Foley gave Australia a dramatic 35-34 win over Scotland in the Quarter Final of the World Cup at Twickenham. Scotland took an unlikely lead in the 75th minute when Mark Bennett intercepted a pass from James Slipper to run in under the poles, but the Six Nations side had the game cruelly taken away from them when Jon Welsh was controversially adjudged to have played the ball from an offside position and Foley stepped up to kick his side to victory with seconds remaining. The win means that all four Rugby Championship sides will feature in the semi-finals, with Australia facing Argentina after they saw off Ireland 43-20 earlier in the day at Cardiff, and defending champions New Zealand take on South Africa after they defeated France and Wales respectively.

Greig Laidlaw questioned referee Craig Joubert over the disputed late penalty that broke Scotland’s hearts at the World Cup. The Scots were on course to stun Australia and the rugby world as they led 34-32 heading towards the final minute of a thrilling Twickenham Semi Final. But Joubert awarded the Aussies a penalty when he ruled that offside Jon Welsh had deliberately handled a knock-on from team-mate Josh Strauss, and Bernard Foley held his nerve to put his side in the last four. The Scots stood rooted to the spot in shock and disbelief at how close – how outrageously and painfully close – they had come to pulling off a seismic victory.

Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over Everton

The lead-up to the game was overshadowed by the news of legendary Everton boss Kendall passing away earlier on Saturday at the age of 69. A minute’s applause was observed before kick-off and both teams wore black armbands as a tribute to the Englishman. Ahead of kick-off, manager Roberto Martinez called for his players to be “up to the level” of Kendall’s side of the 1980s, which won two First Division titles, but conceding twice in the opening 22 minutes left them with a difficult task that they could not overturn. The home fans were evidently subdued during an emotional game, and their mood would not have been helped by the team’s result.

United had a slow start in their defeat against the Gunners, allowing three goals in the first 19 minutes as their lack of pace at the back was exposed, but they started much quicker against Everton. Midfielder Schneiderlin was restored to the starting line-up on Merseyside and his composure and energy laid the platform for United’s sixth league win of the season. The Frenchman attempted 70 passes, completing an impressive 97.1% of those, the most of any visiting player. He also managed to grab his first goal in a Red Devils shirt with a neat finish. His presence in midfield allowed Herrera to flourish in the number 10 role behind front man Rooney. The Spaniard looked extremely comfortable in possession and showed some graceful touches. He found space in the box to nod home the second, as well as setting up Rooney’s goal. United manager Louis van Gaal wanted a response from his side after losing against Arsenal in their last game, and two first half goals put them on course for the three points. Everton were applying pressure on the United goal in the second half, with Lukaku and Ross Barkley both forcing David de Gea into smart saves, but the Red Devils added another goal on 62 minutes to finish the game as a contest.

Pakistan v England ends in agonising draw

England had a fantastic week with a hugely impressive performance in Dubai with Alastair Cook receiving a record breaking 263 in the first innings however it ended in vain with victory not on their side. The fifth day of the first Test against Pakistan ended with a draw.
Pakistan’s debutant Adil Rashid returned 0 – 163 in the first innings and turned the match with five wickets, so England needed 99 to win which meant Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were sent out in the top four. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as they were beaten as the sun went down over Dubai with 25 runs short of the famous 74 – 4 victory as the umpire brought the teams in with Joe Root 33 not out.
The next Test begins on Thursday and with such a brilliant performance under their belt, we’re sure this will bring England the confidence they need.

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Written By Tom