Continuity will help us shine: Mbye

first_imgThe Bulldogs were criticised at times in 2016 for not being able to create enough points or execute with ball in hand despite their big forward pack generally providing a solid platform.  With no big-name playmakers inbound (former Cronulla and Ipswich half Josh Cleeland and young ex-Raiders hooker Zac Woolford seem unlikely to start the season in first grade) it is up to those who were in those roles last season to find the improvements.”Obviously we bowed out in straight sets last year and it wasn’t the ideal way to go but that’s last year,” the World All Stars playmaker said in the lead-up to this weekend’s All Stars fixtures.”We’re fortunate enough to have another opportunity to take the comp by the horns. We’ve had a big summer, spent a lot of time together over the summer and that’s what it’s about, spending time together, especially as a combination.”We’re working real hard, tweaked a couple of things here and there and we’re excited to try it out on the field.”He said the more time two halves spend together the more they learn about each other.”Obviously for myself and Josh that’s what we’re doing now, we’re spending time together, learning each other’s games,” he said.”It’s about complementing each other with what you’re good at. It’s been really enjoyable this pre-season, we’ve had a good summer and we’re just looking forward to the next few weeks with trials coming up and Round 1 just around the corner, it’s going to be a good time.”Mbye elected not to disclose what attacking changes the club had made just yet but rejected suggestions the club’s attack was too predictable.”We’re tweaked a couple of things here and there. You only have to look back as far as 2014 we made the grand final playing a similar style and you look two years before that, 2012 same result off a similar style,” he said.”To be honest I think it comes down to execution – there’s no doubt we created enough opportunities throughout the season but it was the ability to execute that let us down.”Canterbury has such a rich history of being successful, they’ve brought through some of the best players the game’s seen and we’re a big powerful club and that sort of club demands results. That’s the sort of pressure you get when you get that Canterbury badge.”Of the coming days, Mbye was looking forward to both representing his Gambian heritage during the All Stars event as well as working under former Maroons coach Mal Meninga as he looks to press his claims for an Origin jersey in the post-Johnathan Thurston era from 2018 onwards.”[All Stars] is an opportunity to represent my heritage. You don’t get these opportunities much, especially with a small country like Gambia, they don’t have a side so it’s a good opportunity. It makes you learn a bit more about it as well,” he said.”And everyone’s aware of Mal’s resume, he’s been a successful coach for a number of years now. It’s only a short camp here but you just put your feelers out and take whatever you can.”I’ve worked with Mal a few times now and was fortunate enough to work with him in the Prime Minister’s XIII at the end of last season. He’s a quality coach, a lot of knowledge and looking forward to spending another week with him.”last_img read more

Origin II: NSW player ratings

first_imgHere are the NSW player ratings from Origin II at ANZ Stadium. 1. James TedescoAllowed the big boys to belt each other for 20 minutes and then burst into the game, providing the final pass for Hayne’s try and burst through the middle of the Maroons defence before putting Pearce away. Forced off with a head knock 20 minutes from full-time and only got back on in the dying stages. 6.5/10. 2. Brett MorrisConfined to carries from deep early but showed great polish to score the Blues’ second try and worked well with Hayne to keep Chambers and Gagai in check for much of the night until Gagai’s two tries stole the game away from them. 7/10.3. Josh DuganStruggled to assert himself in attack but when his team needed a tackle in the final seconds of the first half he was there to get under Morgan and hold him up. Grew in stature as the game wore on and moved to fullback to cover for Tedesco late, producing a timely kick return to give his side momentum and pick-up in his in-goal. 7/10. 4. Jarryd HayneSpeed and strength to force Chambers over the sideline early and then powered through tackle of Cronk to score Blues’ first try. Should have passed to an unmarked Morris eight minutes from half-time and flick midway through the second half was careless and put his side under pressure. Went for big plays when conservative would have served his side better. 5/10. 5. Blake FergusonCaught in no man’s land for Queensland’s first try but started to make up for it with a tackle on Holmes midway through first half that forced an error. Good first-up contact to help stop Morgan scoring with final play of the first half. Strong carries in second half helped NSW out of territory. 5.5/10.6. James MaloneyGave away two early penalties to cede territory to the Maroons and first points but showed deft hands to put Blues in motion for their first try. Kick on fourth tackle to earn repeat set in first half was clever and glided past Glasby to set up the try for Brett Morris. Running battle with Slater was very fun to watch but couldn’t finish it off for his side. 7/10.7. Mitchell PearceEarly kicking game was on point and was prominent in two of the Blues’ first half tries, backing up a bust from Tedesco like all good halfbacks should. Kick that resulted in Gagai being caught in-goal was class but he didn’t take a stranglehold of the contest when he had the chance. 6.5/10. 8. Aaron WoodsTwo hit-ups in opening set and followed up with hit on Valentine Holmes to force an error got his team on the front foot and he continued to push through the Maroons defence with each charge. Offloads caused the Maroons some issues but came on in the second half with his team on the back foot and couldn’t turn it around. 7/10.9. Nathan PeatsPoor option on last tackle early in the piece but set an aggressive early tone defensively in the Blues’ middle third. Made 56 tackles, double the next best for the Blues and was courageous with every one of them. 7.5/10. 10. Andrew FifitaWas a marked man from the outset but drew enough attention and caused enough havoc to allow the likes of Woods and Jackson to make inroads. Four offloads kept the Maroons honest but by and large they handled what the big guy threw at them. 6.5/10. 11. Boyd Cordner  The skipper tried to inspire his troops by spearing in behind the ruck with each run and battled on although he appeared to be injured late in the game. 6.5/10. 12. Josh JacksonPoked nose through twice early to get on front foot and worked tirelessly and extremely effectively for his 34-minute first half stint. Pound-for-pound must be close to the most effective forward in the NRL today. 8/10. 13. Tyson FrizellGot at Thurston early with customary charge and forced the great man to wince in pain late in the first half. Replaced after 56 minutes and didn’t return. 6/10. 14. David KlemmerTook on the responsibility of carrying on the work of the starting props and ran with it. Hard. Topped the Blues metre count with 173m from 16 carries. 7.5/10. 15. Wade GrahamRushing out on Josh McGuire early in the second half allowed Queensland to get back within four. Kicking game was a handy option on the Blues’ left but careless penalty for a strip on Napa invited Queensland to attack again five minutes from time. 5.5/10.16. Jake TrbojevicTurned the game on its head with a strong first carry and then two tackles later a superb inside pass for Tedesco in the lead-up to Pearce’s try. Stunning try-saver on Cronk in the final minute of the first half. Destined to be a Blues Origin great. 8/10.   17. Jack Bird Only given 19 minutes as Queensland surged in the second half and had little influence on the result. 5/10. Related articleOrigin II: Queensland player ratings – http://bit.ly/2spzsO2last_img read more

Injury-hit Storm to have depth tested

first_imgAsofa-Solomona tore his Posterior Cruciate Ligament in Sunday’s win over the Wests Tigers and now joins fellow big man Tim Glasby on the club’s growing injury list.”We knew he’d done something, but we weren’t quite sure how bad it was. It’s not great, but that’s the news so hopefully it won’t be any longer than first thought,” Bellamy said.”I can’t remember the last time we had such a bad injury run as we’ve had this year. We were untouched in the forwards and now we’ve lost Tim and Nelson who have been tremendous for us.”With Asofa-Solomona and Glasby facing extended periods on the sidelines, the Storm are hopeful that Cameron Munster and Blake Green will recover from their injuries in time to take the field on Friday night.Munster has missed the previous two matches with an ankle injury and Green the past three through a calf problem, but Bellamy has admitted he’ll look to take a more careful approach in welcoming them back to the first grade.”We’re probably more hopeful than confident [that they’ll play this week]. With the five-day turnaround it’s a bit hard, if we were to play a couple of days later they could be a better chance,” Bellamy said.”At the end of the day we’d like them to be ready, especially because they would get the weekend off after, but having said that if they aren’t ready I don’t want to take the chance. Unless they’re 100 per cent ready to go, we’ll probably stick with the guys we had last week.”We don’t want to take the chance of them being out for another 3-4 weeks, we’re stretched without them now so we don’t want to be stretched especially after the Origin period, so we’ll take the conservative route there.”With all of the injuries ahead of the Storm’s clash with the Broncos at Suncorp stadium on Friday night, it opens the door for a club debut for prop Matt White.The 32-year-old joined the Storm in the off-season after playing 153 first grade games with the Titans and the Knights, and Bellamy believes that White has done enough to deserve the call-up.”He’s been really unlucky, but with Nelson’s injury he’ll be a really good chance of coming in. Hopefully for Matt’s sake he’ll get a run this week, he’s been really good in our feeder teams and he trains hard, so it’ll be nice to see him get a start soon at some stage,” Bellamy said.last_img read more

Madang Boxing Team set for PNG Games

first_imgThe tournament saw Boxers from Ramu Sugar Kickboxing Association challenging the Madang Kickboxing Association to make the final selection.Madang Provincial Community Development Assistant Director Joe Bande who is in charge of Team Madang was there to witness the fights and present the thropies and medals to the winners.Bande said the tournament is the final one, and after that the selected boxers will go into training in preparation for the 7th PNG Games in Kimbe.“The boxers took part in 53kg, 54kg, 55kg, 59kg, 60kg, 62kg and 65kg division,”“Most of the boxers are locally grown and have not gone out fighting outside of Madang Province and this tournament has given them a glimpse of what to expect in the coming PNG Games,” Bande said.He said in Kickboxing the boxers took part in 48-51kg division, 52-54kg division and 55-59kg division which saw some impressive fights from the local grown talents.“We have identified some good fighters who will represent Madang and most of them are new, young and energetic ready to showcase that Madang can grab gold in boxing and kickboxing,”“Ramu Sugar Boxing Association is well established and have brought in competitive fighters who perform very well and impress the judges,” Bande added.He said the tournament is run by a Luke Bernard who is the former PNG Boxer and who is in charge of Ramu Sugar team.He said Madang Boxing and Kickboxing team is ready and looking forward to take part in the upcoming PNG Games.He further thanked the sponsors for the tournament Cocoa Cola, and RD Tuna Canners and people of South Ambenob LLG for providing support during the tourney.He added that the final selection will be announced when the judge’s selection committee hands in the final list to his office.last_img read more

Van de Beek says “no” to United

first_imgAjax player Donny van de Beek ruled out joining Manchester United on Saturday during the winter break despite the interest shown by the English team. “It is certain that I will stay in Ajax until the end of the season and may continue in the next one”, the player told Dutch television “Fox Sports” after a friendly match in Qatar against the Bruges of Belgium, which won the Amsterdam 3-1. English and Dutch media have reported this week on Manchester United’s interest in signing Van de Beek in January of this year. “I said that I stay at Ajax and I will do it,” the midfielder reiterated when asked if he could discard his march halfway through the middle of the season., although he acknowledged that “it is nice” to hear that other teams are interested in him.Van de Beek, who has a contract with Ajax until June 2022, recognized last summer the intention of Real Madrid to sign him, but his transfer was twisted at the last minute.last_img read more

Zidane only has the casualties of Asensio and Mariano to receive the Royal Society

first_imgThe other big question is the presence of Bale. The Welshman has fallen from the call in the last three games due to a sprained ankle produced in the cupbearer match against the Unionists of Salamanca (January 22, 1-3), missing duels against Valladolid, Zaragoza and Atlético de Madrid . The player has been training normally with the rest of his teammates. It will be Zidane who decides if the eleven Madridista returns to a call or remains off the list of summoned.If you want to go to Santiago Bernabéu and enjoy the game live here you can see the available tickets: Check tickets. Third and final training of the Madrid squad before measuring to Real Sociedad (Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. DAZN) in search of a position in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. As in the penultimate training, Zidane did not count on Mariano, who continues with discomfort. The striker has not trained with his teammates for 10 days because of that. Yes, there were Carvajal, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez. The first one is already recovered from the blow he suffered against Atlético de Madrid last Saturday, while the second and third have overcome two febrile processes, which made them stay in the gym on Tuesday. Marco Asensio will also be low for this meeting, which continues with his recovery. So Zidane has 23 players for this match. Surely he will pull players like Areola, Nacho, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Isco, Jovic … they could be the game against the Blue and Whites in order to reserve some headlines for the meeting before Osasuna next Sunday, February 9 (4:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga). Who will be available and will have minutes before those of Imanol Alguacil will be Eden Hazard. The Belgian player will play again with the white shirt after being injured on November 26 against PSG. The Belgian suffered (during his process of evolution of a perimaleolar contusion injury in the right leg) an incomplete external microfissure in said area. That injury has kept him 14 games off the pitch. It will also be his debut in the cupper tournament with the Real Madrid shirt. Hazard will not start from the beginning, but he will enjoy minutes of play for him to take minutes of competition with views especially to the first leg of the round of 16 against Manchester City in the Champions League (February 26, 21: 00 hours). So far, the Belgian player has participated in 13 games (one goal, against Granada), but has only completed four (30.77%). Interestingly, the last meeting in which he played the 90 minutes was before the txuri-urdin in the League, last November 23 (Madrid victory 3-1).last_img read more

Soldier arrives at Wanda at his best moment of the season

first_imgThe striker already has six goals this season in 21 games. He has scored two in First in 19 games and four in just three games of the KO tournament. In the domestic competition, the striker scored on the first day before his former team, the Villarreal, and it took to see door again until four months later, when it marked against the Alaves before the Christmas break. In Copa, the striker has been more prolific. He has scored in all three matches he has participated. Before L’Hospitalet, his goal forced the extension and against Badajoz It served to put the Nasrids ahead. Although, his great game was against Valencia. In front of his former team he scored two goals that gave the semifinals pass to those of Diego Martínez to become the hero of The Carmenes.He scored Atlético. Roberto Soldado already knows what it is to mark Atlético. He has done it four times and whenever he has seen a door against the mattresses, his team has won. He got it with him Getafe in the Vicente Calderón with a double that was worth the three points (0-3) in the 2009-10 season. He also scored in two seasons in a row with Valencia. In 2011-12 he achieved the only goal with Valencia (1-0) that was worth the three points. A season later, he also scored the first goal of 2-0. Now he wants to repeat with Granada. Roberto Soldado threatens the Wanda Metropolitano. The Valencian comes to his duel against him Athletic at the best time of the season and with the spotlight very well calibrated. His last two goals, against Valencia, they gave the Pomegranate The pass to the semifinals. A rejuvenated Soldier through whom the years do not pass.last_img read more

Barça, closer to signing: Dembélé will be about 6 months off after its operation

first_imgOusmane Dembélé, in a match with Barcelona. Image: Reuters Dembélé has been operated in Finland for his tendon rupture in the femoral bicepsBeing a long-term casualty, LaLiga could approve Barça fiche The FC Barcelona player Ousmane Dembélé has been operated this Tuesday in Finland for his tendon rupture in the biceps femoris and will be approximately 6 months off, so the rest of the season is lost.center_img “The player of the first team Ousmane Dembélé has been successfully intervened in Turku (Finland) by Dr. Lasse Lempainen of the fracture of the proximal tendon of the biceps femoris of the right thigh. The approximate withdrawal time is 6 months,” said the club.Dembélé previously injured his biceps femoris in November 2019 and, when he was close to being discharged, noticed some discomfort that led to a new injury, the current one, which he had to go through the operating room.The French end was expected to be the winter reinforcement that has not arrived in the offensive zone of the team, ‘touched’ already down by April until Luis Suarez, as confirmed by his coach, Quique Setién.However, being a long-term leave, LaLiga could approve, according to what its medical commission says, so that Barça incorporates a player who replaces Dembélé in LaLiga Santander.The Frenchman, who accumulates several muscle injuries this season, three of them in the thigh, has played only nine games so far this season, five in LaLiga and four in the Champions League, with a goal in the domestic championship, and You will not be able to play until the next campaign.last_img read more

Messi, the ‘terror’ of Instagram

first_imgNevertheless, Not even two months has lasted for the leader, who has already had to deal in the middle with the ‘affair’ of social networks by having to go down to the locker room and explain himself to the captains to ensure that he was unaware of the existence of accounts that attacked the players and presumably they were financed by a company hired by the club, “it is all very rare”, was the conclusion of Messi.The Argentine has turned to Instagram on Monday to send another hard and forceful message against the directive, taking advantage of the agreement to lower his salary by 70% due to the coronavirus crisis: “It never ceases to amaze us that from within the club there were those who tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to us to do something that we were always clear about.”A new stalemate by Messi to the club, which makes the distance between the staff and the board more evident every day. Also, it is a cold, argued and thoughtful response, in no case a hot replica, being fully aware of the significance of his words and to whom he is sending the torpedo.A situation that leaves the board chaired by Bartomeu in an open crisis with difficult consequences because no one escapes, as Gerard Piqué advanced, that if the club endures it is still “thanks to the results of the first team.” Far away is already that radio intervention by Leo Messi to give vice-president Javier Faus a lunge after expressing his disappointment that a player had to renew every six months, “Faus knows nothing about football and wants to run the club as a company”; Now Messi uses social networks to send his messages, using a hard, concise and forceful language, which he does not need to read between the lines to know the real mood of the wardrobe.It is the second time this season that the Argentine crack uses his Instagram account to act as captain. The first was in early February when he replied to the sports secretary, Éric Abidal, in a way as irreproachable as severe. The club executive had questioned the professionalism of the squad by assuring that with Valverde there were some who “did not work much”. Messi’s response was immediate, through a cold but revealing statement on his Instagram account: “Honestly, I don’t like doing these things, but I think that everyone should be responsible for their tasks and take charge of their decisions. I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because if you are not dirtying everyone and feeding things that are said and are not true. “President Josep Maria Bartomeu had to step out to try to calm the rushing waters, mediating between the two and putting on cloths of hot water.last_img read more

Son will serve a mandatory three-week military service

first_imgHeung-min Son will have to meet a little three-week compulsory military service in South Korea, as reported by various media in his native country and what has been echoed in England. Since the Premier will not be restarted until at least April 30, Son is expected to comply with the obligatory short military service, which will start in the next days in Jeju Island. Then he can return to the ranks of Tottenham and put himself under Mourinho’s command. The attacker is now fully recovered from his broken arm and will be ready to play the remainder of the Premier. The Tottenham attacker is found during the Premier League stoppage by the coronavirus pandemic in South Korea, with permission from his club. Are managed to exempt himself from compulsory military service for 21 months, after getting the Gold medal with South Korea in the Asian olympic games In 2018, however, he must still serve his country and perform a brief three-week military service, which he had scheduled after this season and will now move forward.last_img read more