Dragons complete Leinster double

first_imgNewport Gwent Dragons secured a 25-20 bonus-point victory over Leinster at Rodney Parade in the Guinness Pro12 and, with it, earned a rare double over the Irish powerhouse province. And just 10 minutes into the second period, Te’o did it again as this time he surged through a gap when the door was left open by Morgan and fly-half Dorian Jones. The Kiwi went under the posts to make Gopperth’s conversion simple and put Leinster 14 points ahead and seemingly cruising towards the win. However, the Dragons hit back when they reached the Leinster goal-line and Dixon drove over under a pile of bodies. Tovey’s conversion was good and suddenly the Dragons were back in it. Leinster were then a man down when Te’o put in a high tackle on Dixon and found himself in the sin-bin for 10 minutes. And that allowed the Dragons to build even more pressure which paid off when Welsh star Taulupe Faletau charged down an attempted clearance from in front of his posts by Redden for replacement Benjamin to drive over. And Benjamin put the Welshmen into the lead and gave them a bonus point when he went over at the left corner. The Dragons had turned the game on its head and the home fans were buzzing when the final whistle to signal the double for the Welshmen. The Dragons surprised many by beating Leinster at the RDS Arena in Dublin by 16-14 on February 15 so they were gunning for a significant double before kick-off. Leinster, meanwhile, drew with Glasgow Warriors at home in their last league clash. The Dragons took an early advantage when Tovey opened their account with a 30-metre penalty but the Welsh outfit really pushed the boat out when Thomas was at the back of a rolling maul from an attacking line-out and was driven over for an unconverted try. It was a very tightly-fought half as Leinster began to find their feet and nearly got a try when the dangerous Te’o was about to finish off a lovely move down the right when young centre Tyler Morgan raced across and thrust the big New Zealander into touch centimetres from touching down. But when the Dragons were penalised for offside at a ruck in their own 22, Gopperth had a simple kick to land Leinster’s first points of the contest. The Dragons had a few more thrusts into opposition territory and their pack were performing well in both the loose and tight situations, including when they forced a penalty from the Leinster eight on their own line. However, with the Welshmen within sight of going into the break ahead, Leinster hit them with a double body blow. Both Leinster tries, one of which Gopperth converted, within two minutes of the break were from missed Dragon’s tackles as Te’o burst past Dixon from a Eoin Redden pass at a ruck before Gopperth ran away from home prop Phil Price and scrum-half Jonathan Evans to cross and put the Irishmen into the interval 15-8 ahead. Hooker Thomas Rhys Thomas got a first-half try for the Dragons while centre Jack Dixon got another after the break and Wales Under-20 international back row James Benjamin added two as the home side came back from way down to win. Full-back Jason Tovey booted a penalty and a conversion while Leinster centre Ben Te’o went over twice for his side and fly-half Jimmy Gopperth added another try. Gopperth also kicked a penalty and two conversions. Press Associationlast_img read more

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F-M soccer sides win big ahead of B’ville showdowns

first_imgNeither team stumbled last week against a series of SCAC Metro division foes, with the boys Hornets quite impressive in last Tuesday’s game at West Genesee as it took out the Wildcats 3-0.Like so many other defensive sides, WG had no answer for F-M’s Cheech Pagano, who netted two of his team’s three goals. Ziad Abdul-Malak had the other goal, also getting an assist as Ryan Pollard got an assist, too.And it wasn’t like WG lacked serious opportunities. All through the night, it attacked, but none of the Wildcats’ nine shots got past Chris Szidat or Will Summers. Tags: F-Msoccer In its last game before B’ville, F-M went to Nottingham and handled the Bulldogs 5-0, with Abdul-Malak earning two goals and Antonino  Pagano also scoring twice. Riley Warren-Nichols joined Cheech Pagano, who earned the other goal, in getting two assists.The F-M girls went Liverpool last Tuesday and, scoring twice in each half, putting together a 4-0 shutout of the Warriors.Hannah Knych was the standout on this night, three times finding the net to earn a hat trick. Morgan Goodman had the other goal, with assists credited to Anna Hartzheim, Chloe Hodge, Sophia TenEyck and Lauren Farrella.Just 24 hours later, F-M met Cicero-North Syracuse, and against the Northstars it had four goals on the board by halftime, continuing to add from there until it had a 7-0 win in the books.Knych only had one goal and one assist this time around, but Hodge and Lauren Clark both found the net twice, Clark adding an assist. TenEyck and Lillian Coleman also netted goals, with Hartzheim getting two assists and Abby Obrist a single assist.On Saturday, reigning state Class B champion Chenango Forks visited F-M, but the Hornets were not impressed one bit and, after some early back-and-forth play, took over late to beat the Blue Devils 4-1.They were 1-1 going into the second half, Ryann Dauksza having scored for F-M but Forks answering, when F-M overwhelmed the Blue Devils in the second half, three times finding the net.Hartzheim, Knych and Goodman each joined Dauksza in the goal-scoring column, with assists going to Clark and Tomlin Cicci. Sydney Mahr stopped six of the seven shots she faced.When F-M met New Hartford on Sunday afternoon, it leaned on Knych again as it defeated the Spartans 4-0.What was a close contest broke open in the second half as Knych earned her second three-goal outing of the week, also assisting on Clark’s goal as Hartzheim and Farrella also assisted on Knych’s tallies.Having improved to 10-1 overall, F-M would get a full week off, the second encounter with B’ville looming after that break.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Big moments await both of the Fayetteville-Manlius soccer teams over the first seven days of October.It starts Tuesday night at Swan Pond when, weather permitting, the boys Hornets hosted state no. 5-ranked Baldwinsville, intent on avenging its 3-0 defeat to the Bees in early September, still its lone blemish in 2019.Then, next Monday night, it’s the F-M girls against B’ville, a rematch of their Sept. 17 battle that the Bees claimed 2-0 with a pair of goals late in regulation.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Kannibelles

first_imgThe Terminal City Roller Girls scored early and often en route to a convincing 159-75 victory over the Kootenay Kannibelles in the final of the Klash In The Kootenays Western Canadian Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Championships Sunday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.But it was the Kannibelles who captured the hearts of everyone at the Klash In The Kootenays as the local allstar squad, which qualified for the National in January of 2013, pushed the high-powered Terminal City squad in every jam. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports is quick to applaud the Kannibelles with Team of the Week.The squad includes, back row, L-R, Terror Australis, Brutiful Bits, Courtney Shove, Celine Die-On, Scarlett Bloodbath, Black Eyed Tea and Anne Surly (with the tiara).Middle,Tara Pieceoff, Misstreat, Phil Your Pants Pants Off and Jezebrawler.Front, Canuck Norris, Pell-Mell, Tex A Masacure, Beretta Lynch  and Mariah Scarey TeAmo.last_img read more

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