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New Delhi (AFP) Forward Eric Ayiah scored twice as Ghana crushed India 4-0 to knock the hosts out of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in New Delhi on Thursday. Ayiah scored a goal in each half — in the 43rd and 52nd minute — to lead the two-time champions into the last-16 stage of the 24-nation event. After Aiyah’s dominating show, strikers Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku piled on the agony for the hosts with goals in the 86th and the 87th minute. Ghana enjoyed 60 percent posession in theRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa coach Allister Coetzee admits New Zealand appear to have no weaknesses as he tries to end a recurring personal Rugby Championship nightmare against them. “They do not seem to have any weak areas,” conceded the diminutive, 54-year-old former provincial scrum-half when asked about the world champions. Coetzee earlier said “only those living in a fool’s paradise” would believe New Zealand could be easily toppled. The Springboks face the All Blacks in Cape Town Saturday in the final round of a southern hemisphere championship already won byRead More
Cape Town (AFP) Normal service has been restored to the All Blacks who will put their strongest available side on the park for Saturday’s Rugby Championship dead rubber against South Africa. While Brodie Retallick has remained at home following a family tragedy, five other senior players were recalled after being rested when New Zealand played Argentina last week. New Zealand already have the championship wrapped up, but coach Steve Hansen said they were taking no chances against their arch enemy. Sam Whitelock returns to the second row, Liam Square andRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Number eight Daniel du Preez was recalled to the South Africa squad on Monday as they prepared to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship this weekend in Cape Town. The uncapped forward was already expected to be called up for the final-round match after No.8 Uzair Cassiem suffered a fractured rib during a 27-27 draw against Australia last Saturday. Although Jean-Luc du Preez, Daniel’s twin brother, came off the bench against the Wallabies, his preferred position is flanker. Coach Allister Coetzee must decide whether Jean-Luc or hisRead More
Sydney (AFP) Coach Michael Cheika says he is working on the mental obstacles as the Wallabies chase a rare win over the Springboks on South Africa’s Highveld in the Rugby Championship. The Wallabies left for the republic on Saturday with Cheika aiming to break Australia’s struggles against the Springboks in Tests at high altitude. The Wallabies tackle the Springboks at Bloemfontein on September 30 at the venue where they last won at high altitude seven years ago. Australia have won just three Tests overall on the Highveld in Johannesburg, PretoriaRead More
Auckland (AFP) The All Blacks gave themselves a pass mark but said there was still a lot to work on as they reflected on Sunday on their record 57-0 demolition of South Africa. The eight-try victory in Auckland, a marriage of a scintillating attack and ruthless defence, kept the unbeaten New Zealanders in line to retain the Rugby Championship with only two matches remaining. After taking a while to settle into the game and find their rhythm, the All Blacks produced their best display of the year, eliminating many ofRead More
Auckland (AFP) The All Blacks produced their best display of the year to trounce South Africa by a record 57-0 and take a firm grip on the Rugby Championship in Auckland on Saturday. The eight-try victory surpassed the All Blacks previous best 57-15 win in Durban last year and it was South Africa’s heaviest defeat, eclipsing their 53-3 loss to England at Twickenham in 2002. It was only the fifth time in the 94-Test history between the fierce rivals that the Springboks have been kept scoreless. With the backline standingRead More
Auckland (AFP) Springboks captain Eben Etzebeth singled out the All Blacks Friday as South Africa’s toughest rival, putting the world champions ahead of the British and Irish Lions. The Springboks and All Blacks clash on Saturday in a pivotal match in determining which side takes out the Rugby Championship this year. The All Blacks have won all three games in the competition so far, South Africa have two wins and a draw, while Australia have recorded a solitary draw and Argentina have yet to register a point. With only twoRead More
Auckland (AFP) Fierce rivals New Zealand and South Africa go toe-to-toe in Auckland on Saturday in a crunch match that will be pivotal in deciding the outcome of this year’s Rugby Championship. Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth described the clash as “massive” and “the biggest challenge of the year” with plenty at stake for both teams. Coaches Steve Hansen and Allister Coetzee may be midway through building squads and strategies for the 2019 World Cup, which may impact the quality of play, but it will not affect the onfield power andRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) The popularity of the resurgent Springboks was demonstrated Monday with public tickets for the October 7 Test against the All Blacks sold within an hour. Only 22,000 tickets went on sale for the clash of arch rivals South Africa and New Zealand and were snapped up 60 minutes after becoming available nationwide, officials said. The rest of the 52,000 crowd for the Rugby Championship final-round fixture at Newlands stadium will compromise season-ticket holders and hospitality suite guests. “The passion of the Newlands faithful for rugby is well knownRead More