An enormous, massive win for Richmond and a massive, massive win for Greater Western Sydney highlighted a, um, huge day of AFL and a massive day of sport. But there was a lot greater than that. The Boomers at the moment are Four-Zero on the Basketball World Cup and in sniffing distance of their first quarter-final look in 37 years. The Wallabies tuned up for the Rugby World Cup with a routine win over Samoa. The Dragons despatched Gareth Widdop on his means a winner within the NRL. Oh, and people loopy cricketers are nonetheless at it at Old Trafford.
You’ve been splendid however you’ve worn me out. Thanks in your firm. Now off to our Ashes liveblog you go!
AFL: Brisbane Lions Eight-17 (65) misplaced to Richmond 18.Four (112)
Six objectives to Dustin Martin, the second-most correct return for a staff in a VFL/AFL ultimate and 15 objectives to 4 within the remaining three quarters quantities to an completely complete win for Richmond. It’s exhausting to consider, however the Lions had extra scoring photographs than their conquerors. It was all Richmond after quarter time and Brisbane should now lick their wounds earlier than dealing with Greater Western Sydney subsequent week. The Tigers, conversely, have a week off and look primed to make it two flags in three years.
NRL: Titans 16-24 Dragons
A bottom-of-the-table conflict however a satisfying win for the Dragons all the identical. The guests scored 4 tries to finish a wretched yr on a constructive notice and ship out skipper Gareth Widdop with a smile on his face. The finish of the season is now right here for the Titans and it couldn’t come quickly sufficient.
Rugby union: Australia 34-15 Samoa
In the phrases of Richard Parkin, “It’s a scoreline that flatters the Wallabies in fairness, as they fight back to level the second half 12-12 after an impressive first half”.
Relive this Rugby World Cup warm-up courtesy of different such musings from stated blogger.
AFL: 3QT: Brisbane Lions 6-14 (50) vs Richmond 14.Four (88) – a swashbuckling third quarter from Dustin Martin and Richmond has all however put this recreation to mattress. Dusty has banked 5 objectives and is wanting virtually unplayable at occasions. The Lions have accomplished themselves no favours with poor kicking, however all the identical they’ve fallen off the cliff when it comes to power, construction and penetration. They merely don’t look to have the solutions to Richmond’s strain and ball motion.
Looks like Brett Deledio’s profession is completed after the damage he suffered within the Giants’ win over the Bulldogs. That transfer from Richmond to Greater Western Sydney didn’t actually work out for him, no? Still, congrats on a good profession.
AFL: Q3: 6 minutes remaining: Brisbane Lions 5-11 (41) vs Richmond 12.Four (76) – Hugh McCluggage lastly breaks the drought, kicking Brisbane’s first objective because the first quarter. In between occasions, Richmond booted 9 straight in a burst that turned this match on its head. Dustin Martin is at his unstoppable best and has kicked 4 majors thus far. The swagger of Brisbane’s early salvo is now nowhere to be seen, the match now a grind which fits the guests properly.
And we have now a wicket at Old Trafford. Starc castles Bairstow to make England six down. It’s half-time within the footy, so why not pop over to our Ashes weblog and see what Geoff Lemon is as much as.
Rugby union: HT: Australia 22-Three Samoa – don’t take my phrase for it. Richard Parkin is your man watching the Wallabies.
AFL: HT: Brisbane Lions Four-10 (34) vs Richmond 7.Three (45) – a massive shift in that quarter, partly on account of Brisbane’s profligacy but in addition owing to Richmond’s preventing spirit. This was a four-goal turnaround and now the strain is on the hosts to answer the Tigers’ warmth. Both Dustin Martin and Tom Lynch look threatening within the forward-50, whereas Dylan Grimes is doing a good job peeling off Charlie Cameron. The Twittersphere is melting down over the umpiring. An absorbing second half awaits.
NRL: HT: Titans 6-6 Dragons – it’s six of 1, half a dozen of the opposite on the Gold Coast in a match that, frankly, is of no curiosity to anybody who doesn’t help both membership. Actually, Titans and Dragons followers, arms up should you might care much less about this one.
That stated, that is undoubtedly value a re-assessment:
Basketball World Cup: Australia 82-76 Dominican Republic
It wasn’t notably fairly, apparently, however the Boomers at the moment are Four-Zero within the event and, if Lithuania lose to France afterward in Nanjing, can be granted early affirmation of their first Fiba Basketball World Cup quarter-final in 37 years. Regardless, Australia can assure their place within the remaining eight with a win on Monday towards France. That’s some achievement and hopefully gained’t get misplaced amongst all else that’s demanding our consideration.
Wire stories have described the Dominicans as “swarming”, which, until they’re bees, is totally misplaced on me. The brilliance of Patty Mills, nevertheless, just isn’t.
AFL: QT: Brisbane Lions Four-6 (30) vs Richmond Three.Zero (18) – critically entertaining stuff on the Gabba. Richmond burst out of the blocks with two early objectives however it was principally the Lions after that. I might name their type of play irrepressible. It’s so quick, fluid and aggressive. X-factors and inside-50 entries everywhere. The Tigers haven’t been dangerous and are solely two objectives off the tempo, however 10 scoring photographs to 3 tells the story of the primary quarter.
NRL: Bulldogs 30-14 Broncos
Oops. That wasn’t within the script. Brisbane actually wanted to win this one to lock in a finals spot. But this end result means the Broncos can nonetheless miss out if the Tigers and Cronulla play a 90-minute draw on Sunday, a outcome that might see each Sydney sides qualify. You wouldn’t examine it.
Never one to say no to a a number of selection query, DrRudi has despatched his pigeon packing with a postcard marked pressing:
DrRudi stated: Thankyou Scott. Answers on a postcard. e) All of the above.
I say: Afraid not, DrRudi, the reply is c). I’ve an ageing staffy referred to as Ted who by no means was notably fussy however in his advancing years is so determined on the tooth that he thinks nothing of consuming a laptop computer if he even suspects it has been touched by natural matter.
The time period ‘Smorgasbord of Sport’ is one bandied round a little too liberally in my humble opinion. I keep in mind, a while in the past, berating an aunt for welcoming me to a household dinner with such an alluring utterance as she ushered me into the eating room. Turns out she truly stated ‘Smorgasbord of Pork’, leaving me feeling a tad embarrassed and her a tad confused.
Anyway, I digress. The level I’m making an attempt to make is there’s a lot happening in case you’re hankering for a fill-up of sport. As nicely as this questionable providing, we even have these morsels to fulfill your starvation:
AFL: Greater Western Sydney 16.17 (113) beat Western Bulldogs Eight.7 (55)
Well, that was quite complete. Not totally positive what to take out of that, although. Yes, the Bulldogs had been in good type. But what is going to a residence win over them rely for when the Giants hit the street to face a higher opponent?
Evening, sports activities followers. Apologies for the late begin to at present’s Sportwatch, however the good people at Guardian Towers have been unable to begin the world’s favorite liveblog in its customary afternoon time slot as a result of:
a) Nobody was obtainable;
b) Nobody was ;
c) My canine ate it;
d) We are virtually in a recession and that is the cutback we needed to have.
Answers on a postcard. First to guess appropriately wins a Saturday night time studying my drivel. Actually, that’s a destiny to which I sentence every of you. C’mon, it’ll be enjoyable. Not solely will you be retaining me firm however you’ll even be gifting me a fuzzy feeling of reassurance that I’m not the one one spending Saturday night time in entrance of a display or two.
Anyway, right here’s what’s happened: All Blacks thumped Tonga, the Pumas had some enjoyable within the solar with a 74-Zero win over Randwick, the Warriors beat the Raiders 24-20, the Bulldogs are engaged in a torrid NRL tussle with the Broncos, and the Giants did a job on Western Bulldogs to advance to the second week of the AFL finals.
And right here’s what’s occurring: Brisbane Lions and Richmond will face off for an AFL preliminary last berth (this weblog), the Wallabies will rub shoulders with Samoa (totally different weblog), the fourth Ashes Test enters its fourth day (totally different weblog), plus the Boomers play Dominican Republic and the Titans go toe-to-toe with the Dragons within the NRL (this weblog).