THE WEEKEND REVIEW

THE WEEKEND REVIEW

LACK OF LEADERSHIP!!!…
 
And Ref slammed for poor performance…
Controversial decisions by ref Pascal Gauzere were prominent talking points after England slumped to an embarrassing defeat to the hands of Wales going down 40-24.
Former England captain Martin Johnson described the awarding of Wales’ first try as “appalling”
“I am speechless. That is appalling referring. Owen Farrell’s wingers have come into the conversation. They’ve not had time to reset.”
Eddie Jones added…

“We can’t argue with the referee. The result’s there and we’ve got to accept it,” he added.

“They’re huge decisions. We can’t debate it, we are not allowed to debate it. All I will end up with is a fine and that won’t help anyone.

“The dog won’t be able to eat its food, wife won’t be able to eat, so I can’t say anything.”

Gauzere had told England captain Owen Farrell to talk to his players about ill-discipline, before allowing Wales’ Dan Biggar to take a penalty while the visitors were still in a huddle.

England players were left like rabbits in the headlights and Farrell confronted ref Gauzere say they were not allowed to get reset and time should have been given for this.

Biggar kicked cross-field for wing Josh Adams, who scored.

The controversy around Wales’ second try centred on whether wing Louis Rees-Zammit knocked the ball on while attempting to gather a kick.

The incident happened in the lead-up to a try for Liam Williams, and Gauzere deemed it a legitimate score.

All this aside England will be left bitterly disappointed by this defeat, and now will feel there is no hope in landing the Six Nations crown.

England’s penalty count was clearly an issue and that needs to be addressed by the players and the England coaching staff, but many will feel that score line is not a true reflection on the game and how England played but a result of the first half as England fought their way back into the game in the second half.

Ex England Scrum half Matt Dawson believes it is more down to the lack of leadership and lack of discipline in the England ranks…

This is not the first time it has happened – England have conceded 41 penalties in total across their first three games in the tournament.

“There are no excuses for it. The only solution is for the players to sort it out themselves.”

“I do not see the leadership on the pitch to deal with the adversity.”

“For all the record-breaking experience that this England team have, in a weird kind of way they do not actually have the right type of leadership to win rugby games.”

“I want to see a player going up to another England player, in his face, telling him to stop giving penalties away. Screaming at the forwards when they get into a decent area so that they do not concede any penalties”.

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THE FIGHT IS ON!!!
 

 
The rumour circulating in the boxing world this week is that if Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beat Avni Yildirim on Saturday night then he would be set for a clash with Billy Joe Saunders.
And after the Mexican made light work of Avni Yildirim, the Saunders Canelo clash is on and a date has been set for the 8th May.
Three titles will be in line, Canelo holds the WBC and WBA belts and Billy Joe Saunders holds the WBO title. No venue has been announced as of yet.

Alvarez, 30, is a four-division world champion who now boasts a record of 55 wins, one defeat and two draws, including 37 knockouts.

Meanwhile, 31-year-old Saunders boasts an unbeaten record, having won all 30 professional fights, with 11 knockouts.

“No-one has done it,” Alvarez said. “I want to make history. No-one has done it at 168 [pounds].”

Following the announcement of the fight, Saunders said he was “ready to rock and roll”.

“You have to dare to be great and you are not going to be a great if you don’t beat the greats,” said Saunders.

“I believe I am the only one with the footwork, knowhow, skillset, mindset and brain to unlock that door in Canelo.”

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ELLIOT COOPORATING…


Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliot is under investigation as it has emerged that a photo posted on social media is doing the rounds of Elliot sitting on a dead horse although some say this is a super imposed image…

Three-time Grand National winner Elliot, with Silver Birch and twice with fans Favorite Tiger Roll is said to be fully cooperating with the IHRB, and responded with this on his twitter feed…

 “I’m aware of a photo in circulation on social media. The IHRB have been in contact with me regarding this photo and I will be cooperating fully with their investigation.”

An IHRB spokesman said: “The investigation is under way, and it will be dealt with as quickly as possible.”

A British Horse racing spokesperson said: “We hope the Irish authorities will quickly confirm how this shocking picture originated.

“Respect for horses is a fundamental value of our sport, contrary to the impression in this picture. The IHRB have assured us that the investigation will be carried out as quickly as possible and that they will keep us informed as more information becomes available.”

 

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PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS…

Man City 2-1 West Ham

West Brom 1-0 Brighton

Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa

Newcastle 1-1 Wolves

Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham

Leicester 1-3 Arsenal

Spurs 4-0 Burnley

Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

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All the best

Bigfoot