12 October 2015
Weekend Sport Round-Up: RWC group clashes, Fitzpatrick wins Masters, Hamilton wins RussianGP & Klopp on Liverpool
Ireland secure RWC quarter-final clash with Argentina
Despite setting up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina with a 24-9 victory over France in Cardiff, finishing top of Group D in the process, it was far from plain sailing for the men in green, however, as they lost influential captain Paul O’Connell and play maker Jonny Sexton to first-half injuries. Flanker Peter O’Mahony also departed on a stretcher, while Keith Earls hobbled off in a testing match for the Irish. Rob Kearney and Conor Murray scored two second-half tries in a pulsating contest at the Millennium Stadium, while Ian Madigan kicked eight points and Sexton six. Michalak was more precise in open play, dancing his way through the Irish backline, before Spedding drew France level with a driving kick from halfway. Ireland, however, were enjoying the ascendancy at the breakdown early on and while Sexton struck the post with a drop-goal attempt, play was brought back for the French failing to roll away, and he slotted the penalty for a 6-3 lead.
Australia finish top of Pool A after grinding out a 15-6 win over Wales
Australia claimed top spot in Pool A after producing an outstanding defensive effort in a 15-6 victory over Wales at Twickenham. Australia spent seven minutes of the second period down to 13 men after scrum-half Will Genia and lock Dean Mumm were both yellow-carded. But the Wallabies then produced arguably the most remarkable defense in World Cup history, defying their two-man disadvantage to repel wave after wave of Welsh attacks. Wales, for whom fly-half Dan Biggar booted two penalties, were partly their own worst enemy, as they lacked the tactical awareness and skill to unlock a team so far on the back foot they were almost down the road in Richmond. But, in a totally different display from last week’s 33-13 demolition of England, Australia showed stunning defensive resilience, and they can now look forward to a quarter-final date with Scotland on October 18.
Wales, who last beat Australia seven years ago, were once again left to fret about what might have been, and they must now regroup ahead of their meeting with South Africa at Twickenham next Saturday. They will also need to pick themselves up psychologically and consider their attacking deficiencies and a lack of tactical appreciation to break down outnumbered opponents.
Matt Fitzpatrick wins British Masters at Woburn
Matt Fitzpatrick collected his maiden professional title in some style as he clinched an impressive two-shot win at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. Fitzpatrick capped a hugely successful week at Woburn with a composed back-nine on the Marquess Course, holding off late charges from Shane Lowry and Fabrizio Zanotti to complete a wire-to-wire victory.
In a week where Sky Sports joined forces with the European Tour and focused heavily on driving young engagement for golf, it was fitting that the youngest player in the field should be crowned champion. The 21-year-old, who led outright after an opening 64 and held a share of the lead after the second and third rounds, trailed for much of the final day until birdies at 11 and 12 lifted him back into the lead. Fitzpatrick then displayed composure beyond his years as he opened up a two-shot lead with further birdies at the 15th and 17th holes either side of a brilliant par save from a green side bunker.We expect exciting things for Fitzpatrick.
Lewis Hamilton wins incident-packed Russian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton took an easy win in the Russian Grand Prix to move to the brink of his third world championship. Hamilton was running second to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg when the German ran into problems with his throttle early in the race and had to retire. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took second to pass Rosberg in the title standings. India’s Sergio Perez was a fine third after Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen dramatically collided with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas on the final lap. Hamilton’s impressive ninth win this season means he needs nine more points than Vettel and two more than Rosberg at the next race in the USA to clinch the title. With Russian President Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, and later greeting the drivers before they went onto the podium, the second running of this race was a dramatic contrast to the soporific first last year.
Jurgen Klopp: “Liverpool job is the biggest challenge in football”
New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has described the Anfield job as “the biggest challenge” in world football. The 48-year-old German was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor on Thursday, signing a three-year deal worth £15m. He takes over a side who are 10th in the Premier League with 12 points from eight games. “I was never a guy for an easy way,” Klopp told LFCTV. “This is the biggest challenge in football. It is the most interesting job in world football. “Klopp, who will be joined at Anfield by his former Borussia Dortmund assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, continued: “I read in the papers it is a disaster, but we are only six points to the top position in the table.”It is interesting that nobody is satisfied or patient. We have to think about what to change. That is my job.”I know what I want. First I need to talk to the players to find a common way. We will find that and who wants to do what I propose. Whoever wants to do what I want can be a good friend of mine. And it is not so bad a thing to be a friend of mine.”
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