In Division 1 all three sides are away from home – Kilfeacle go to Clonakilty, Clanwilliam are in Cork too – they face Cobh Pirates and defending champions Clonmel face Galbally.Thurles have home advantage for their Division 2 tie with Crosshaven while Fethard go to Corca Dhuibhne in Division 3.All matches kick-off at 2.30pm with the exception of the one involving Fethard which gets underway at 2 o’clock.
Month: September 2020
Munster boss Rassie Erasmus comes up against the Cheetahs from his native South Africa in rugby’s Guinness PRO-14 today.Ian Keatley starts at out-half ahead of Tyler Bleyendaal.The Cheetahs lost 42-19 at Ulster in their season opener but Erasmus is sure they’ll improve as the campaign goes on. Kick-off at Thomond Park is at a quarter-past-five.Meanwhile, Ulster look to build on that win when they take on Benetton in Treviso at five-past six.And Connacht will be hoping to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Glasgow when they host the Southern Kings at twenty-five-to-eight.The Galway hurling panel are guests of honour at the Sportsground.Last night Leinster registered a bonus-point 37-9 win over Cardiff at the RDS.Head-coach Leo Cullen says there’s still plenty more to come from his side.
Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray resume their partnership in the half backs.Rory Best returns to captain the team and is joined in the front row by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong while James Ryan starts in the second row with Iain Henderson.Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and CJ Stander return to the backrow.The replacements are James Tracy, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Devin Toner, Rhys Ruddock, Luke McGrath, Ian Keatley and Andrew Conway.Ireland team & replacements (v Argentina, Guinness Series 2017, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, November 25th, 5.30pm)15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 77 caps14. Adam Byrne (UCD/Leinster)*13. Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 1 cap12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 1 cap11. Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 3 caps10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 67 caps9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 58 caps1.Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 72 caps2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 105 caps Captain3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 18 caps4. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps5. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 33 caps6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 41 caps7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 50 caps8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 17 capsReplacements16. James Tracy (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 21 caps18. John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 10 caps19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 52 caps20. Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 18 caps21. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps22. Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster) 6 caps23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 5 capsFormer Munster and Ireland back-row Alan Quinlan says they can expect a real test against the Pumas Ireland can expect a difficult game against Argentina this weekend, according to Alan Quinlan.Adam Byrne will win his first cap for Ireland on the right wing on Saturday with Rob Kearney at fullback and Jacob Stockdale alongside him in the back three.Chris Farrell, who made his debut last week, is paired in the centre with Bundee Aki, who got his first start against South Africa in the opneing game of the Guinness Series.
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Federer progresses to meet Murray’s conqueror in q’finalAndy Murray’s hopes of winning a first Australian Open title ended with a shock defeat yesterday by world number 50 Mischa Zverev of Germany in the fourth round.Murray, the world number one, dropped serve eight times as Zverev won 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.It is the Briton’s earliest defeat in Melbourne since 2009, and the lowest-ranked player he has lost to at a Grand Slam since the 2006 Australian Open.Zverev goes on to face Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.“It was kind of easy to stay aggressive but it was tough to stay calm,” said the German, who won in three hours and 33 minutes.“I was expecting to maybe double fault in the last game but somehow I made it.”Murray had been hoping to go one better than five runner-up finishes in Melbourne, but he was unable to cope with the serve-and-volley skills of Zverev.The 29-year-old German, a contemporary of Murray from junior days, was ranked outside the world’s top 1,000 two years ago after a succession of injury problems.He fought his way back up the rankings with an attacking style that he used to great effect against Murray, serve-volleying 119 times and winning 65 points at the net, while dismantling the Briton’s second serve.Murray ended the match with an impressive 71 winners to 28 unforced errors, but it was still not enough against an opponent constantly putting him under pressure.The top seed began well, holding points to lead 4-1, but Zverev got the break back with a return winner and would not give the world number one a chance to settle from then on.Zverev recovered another break in game nine and then moved ahead with a delicate drop volley before seeing out the set.Murray roared in relief when he levelled at a set all with a rasping winner after again being pegged back twice, but from midway through the third set it was clear that Zverev was the man in command.He reeled off five straight games to move two sets to one and a break up, and despite one desperately nervous smash into the net – managed to serve his way to victory.The defeat is Murray’s worst at a Grand Slam, in terms of the ranking of his opponent, since he lost to world number 51 Juan Ignacio Chela at Melbourne Park in 2006.His chances of finally landing the third leg of the career Grand Slam looked to have been enhanced following the surprise defeat of six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round.However, the wait for a first Australian Open title goes on and Murray will turn his attention to Britain’s Davis Cup tie in Canada next month.“He deserved to win because he played great when he was down, and also in the important moments,” said Murray.“I was kind of behind in the last couple of sets the whole way but I have had tough losses in the past and I have come back from them.”Also yesterday, Roger Federer cast off doubts about his fitness by winning a five-set thriller with Kei Nishikori to reach the Aussie Open quarter-finals.This was only Federer’s fourth official match since returning from six months out with injury but the Swiss stayed tough on Rod Laver Arena to win 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 24 minutes.He will now continue his pursuit of an 18th grand slam title against Mischa Zverev, the world number 50 who had earlier pulled off a shock win over Murray.Federer’s previous five-set match came at Wimbledon last year when he was beaten by Canada’s Milos Raonic in the semi-finals, two days after winning a decider against Marin Cilic.The Swiss will be hoping to avoid a similar hangover this time around, particularly given the draw has opened up for him following Murray’s surprise early exit.Nishikori stormed 4-0 up in the first set and held on in the tie-break but the Japanese was on the back foot thereafter, particularly after needing to take treatment on a back injury in the fifth. He was playing his heart out,’ Federer said. ‘I thought it was a great match and joy to be a part of it.‘I wasn’t playing badly in the first set, maybe not serving at my spots very well or he was reading it well. It was about staying calm, after almost going down 6-0, I thought it wasn’t getting any worse from there.‘Kei can give you some looks, he’s not the biggest server on tour but he is one of the baseliners. It paid off in the end somehow.’
CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUEDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s CAF Champions League representatives, Enyimba FC have been ordered to play their preliminary round second leg match against Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso in Aba on Sunday behind closed doors pending a final inspection of their home ground. The two-time champions of the foremost inter-club competition in the continent, Enyimba, lost their first leg in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 1-0 a fortnight ago.CAF expressed their displeasure with the lack of an electronic scoreboard, floodlights and CCTV cameras at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba that underwent a major renovation for two years and was re-opened last year.Despite having one of the best playing turfs in the country today, CAF insisted that the facility has not met the set standard to hosting international matches due to the absence of the stated equipment.Sources in Aba also hinted THISDAY that the stadium management has also failed to remove political posters and billboards erected at the facilities since after the last elections in the country.Last year, CARA Brazzaville of Congo complained about poor floodlights at the stadium during their CAF Confederation Cup clash at the venue.Enyimba will now need to get a certification from FIFA before inspectors from CAF will approve the home ground to admit spectators for international matches.Before CAF’s confirmation of the behind the door order, officials of the Aba club had began processing accreditation of sports journalists for the second leg, preliminary round clash with Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso.The People’s Elephant lost the first leg away 1-0 a fortnight ago through an Issouf Zanon 30th minute volley that deflected off Ifeanyi Anaemena into Theophilus Afelokhai’s goal.Enyimba FC’s Head Coach, Usman Abdallah, was however unfazed as he promised that his wards will overturn that defeat in the return leg on Sunday.Abdallah insisted that the first leg defeat to Rahimo FC was just the start for the team but backs his team to grow well into the competition quickly and get themselves back once they become fitter and have more game experience together.“We are all starting and results are always these way until we keep ourselves into the competition where we get much fitter.“They have a youthful young team with very good mobility and techniques and they are very fit. We have seen the team now, the most important thing is to go back and sit down and work with what we’ve seen of the team,” stressed the gaffer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram