Your NRL club’s young gun to watch in 2017

first_imgBRISBANE – JAI ARROW: Former Australian schoolboy representative who only averaged 23 minutes in the 12 matches of his rookie year, but will likely to take on a more senior role following the retirement of Corey Parker.CANBERRA – CLAY PRIEST: Went from Sydney labourer to one of the real finds for the Raiders in attack during the second half of 2016 before injury cut short his finals hopes.CANTERBURY – ZAC WOOLFORD: Son of Canberra legend Simon, the dummy half could buck Des Hasler’s trend of four big forwards on the bench after moving from Canberra.CRONULLA – KURT CAPEWELL: Starred in four rookie games at the end of last season as the Sharks faced an injury crisis. Likely to come off the bench or could even start out wide in a reshuffle following the departure of Ben Barba.GOLD COAST – DAN SARGINSON: Sarginson arrives at the Titans as something of an unknown in the NRL but, at 23, the versatile back has already represented England three times, scored 44 Super League tries and helped Wigan to a grand final win.MANLY – BRIAN KELLY: Manly long laid claims as the best backline in the competition, but with Jamie Lyon retired and Steve Matai’s future in doubt, that era is long gone. Kelly possesses raw speed and will play a pivotal role in the centres.MELBOURNE – CURTIS SCOTT: A broken leg cruelled his rookie season but Craig Bellamy has confirmed he’ll add to his two matches in 2017.NEWCASTLE – DANIEL AND JACOB SAIFITI: There’s no lack of young talent at the Knights but the Saifiti twins were the most impressive in 2016.NORTH QUEENSLAND – COEN HESS: Played a starring role running angles for the Cowboys late last season following injury to Ethan Lowe.PARRAMATTA – BEVAN FRENCH: Certain to play his first full NRL season after Brad Arthur vowed to make the pacy French his fullback.PENRITH – TE MAIRE MARTIN: Showed his potential in the halves in 2016 before an injury cut his season short. Has since represented New Zealand.SOUTH SYDNEY – ANGUS CRICHTON: Impressed after debuting late last season by averaging more than nine metres per run after coming from the bench.ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA – LUCIANO LEILUA: Brother of Canberra’s Joey Leilua, he played with plenty of power in his five games late last season.SYDNEY ROOSTERS – CONNOR WATSON: Played in the halves for parts of 2016, but is likely to provide plenty of spark off the bench with Luke Keary arriving.WARRIORS – BUNTY AFOA: The 20-year-old added plenty of power to the Warriors’ pack last year, he showed tackle-busting talent in the four games he played and also scored two tries.WESTS TIGERS – JACOB LIDDLE: A year ago the 20-year-old was tucked behind Robbie Farah and Manaia Cherrington as a dummy-half, but both have gone opening up an opportunity for him.AAPlast_img read more

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La Liga: League Leaders Barcelona Slip to Shock Defeat after Levante’s 7-Minute Goal Flurry

first_img FC Barcelonafootballla ligala liga 2019-20 First Published: November 2, 2019, 11:50 PM IST Valencia: Lionel Messi scored again but was helpless to prevent Barcelona conceding three goals in seven minutes on Saturday as Levante stormed to a surprise 3-1 victory in La Liga.Messi converted a first-half penalty at the City of Valencia Stadium for his sixth goal in five games only for Levante to stun the defending champions with an incredible treble shortly after the hour. Jose Campana and Borja Mayoral scored in the 61st and 63rd minutes before Nemanja Radoja added a third in the 68th to finish Barca off and give Real Madrid the chance to move top of the table later on Saturday. Levante climb to eighth.”Everything unravelled,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “We didn’t start the second half well, we weren’t creating chances and although they weren’t either they suddenly scored two goals. The third one hurt us a lot.”After seven consecutive wins in all competitions, Barcelona arrived in Valencia as overwhelming favourites to cement their place at the summit, particularly given the irresistable form of Messi.His goal here was the 500th of his career with his left foot and it looked likely to give Valverde’s team another three points until bedlam ensued in the second half.”Opponents always play us like it is one of the biggest games of the year,” Valverde added. “You have to have an answer.”After any Barcelona defeat, Valverde’s future is always a topic for discussion. Asked if he was surprised by his players or might consider resignation, he said: “No, to both questions.”To make matters worse, Luis Suarez was forced off in the 41st minute with an injury to his right calf and would now appear to be a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to Slavia Prague.Levante started well and Barcelona were fortunate to escape a ragged few minutes that included Suarez being booked for a foul committed by Arthur Melo. Referee Hernandez Hernandez corrected his error after being made aware by VAR.Barcelona settled, long periods of possession finding a successful outlet down the left where Nelson Semedo twice slipped Antoine Griezmann in behind right-back Jorge Miramon, who then conceded the penalty.This time it was Semedo who broke clear and Miramon clipped the defender’s heal, allowing Messi to sweep the spot-kick high into the corner, even if replays suggested Griezmann had been offside.SEVEN-MINUTE BLITZ FLOORS BARCASuarez’s unfortunate half continued as he was replaced by Carles Perez and Messi might have made it two before half-time only for Miramon to restore some credit by clearing the finish off the line.Levante began the second half on the front foot but nobody could have predicted what was to follow as three goals turned the game on its head.First, Pique’s under-hit clearance came straight back, as Mayoral and Jose Luis Morales shifted the ball quickly inside to Campana, who struck hard into the corner.Then a loose Perez header allowed Mayoral space and he did brilliantly to curl past the outstretched right hand of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.With the home fans still celebrating, Radoja made it three. Barcelona again failed to clear and Radoja’s effort might have been saved had Sergio Busquets, on as a substitute, not shot out his right leg and caused a cruel deflection.Messi thought he had launched a comeback when he bundled through and scored but the goal was ruled out after Griezmann was spotted to have been offside.That seemed to kill Barca’s belief and, if anything, Levante should have made it four late on. Gonzalo Melero had only Ter Stegen to beat but he shot wide. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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