Springbok scrum coach Matt Proudfoot says Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira’s quietly powerful contributions have mirrored the team’s ascendant test performances this season.
Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash between Australia and South Africa at the nib Stadium in Perth will be Mtawarira’s 93rd test.
He’s already the most capped Springbok prop of all time‚ but that’s not the enduring quality that has impressed Proudfoot.
Proudfoot said Mtawarira has rolled back the clock to the 2009 British and Irish Lions series where he destroyed celebrated England tight-head prop Phil Vickery
“He’s the guy with 92 test caps and you have to respect that and it’s a pleasure to work with the most capped South African prop‚ » Proudfoot said.
« He’s eager to learn and he’s getting back to carrying the ball more and passing the ball more.
« His defence has also been exceptional.
« When a guy gets that‚ they become confident and that’s probably what’s evident in the squad at the moment.
“Coach Allister Coetzee did say at the start of the year that we wanted improvement and everybody has gone on their shoulder and improved everything.
« Mtawarira’s rewarded us and that’s created the appetite in the team and that’s evident in everything. Beast wants to play for another couple of years and he has to be ambitious to do that.
« That’s been the growth in him.
« Just think back to what he did to the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and that’s Beast. It’s good to see he’s got that appetite at scrum-time again and he’s passionate about his scrumming.”
Of the 122 test matches absent Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore has taken part in‚ 20 have come against South Africa.
Moore may only get his 21st crack at the Boks later this month in Bloemfontein as paternal duties keep him off the field.
Michael Cheika’s embattled Wallabies may have struggled in the scrums but they’ve been a different proposition in the line-outs.
Proudfoot has taken note of Moore’s absence but felt that the Australian scrum shouldn’t be underestimated because of the pounding it took in the two Bledisloe Cup matches Australia lost to New Zealand.
Tatafu Polota-Nau may have only started 27 of his 73 tests but in Proudfoot’s estimation‚ the Waratahs hooker is a quality hooker who will bring something different to the Wallaby plate.
“Polota-Nau brings a lot to the Australian scrum‚ » Proudfoot said.
« He’s a lot more aggressive on their ball and what they lose in Moor is the leadership aspect.
« What they lose in the one‚ they gain in the other.
« But they have improved from the All Black test.
« We’ve just stuck to a plan that’s worked for us and we’ll do the same for this test.
“The All Black scrum is a powerful one and if you look at them this year from last year‚ they have improved in the technical aspects.
« Like us‚ they have improved.
« The Australians will come with a few things like they did last year‚ like coming in with a different angle.
« They will have done their homework and they’ll try to exploit us a bit.”
Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches
Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.
The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.
But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches
The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.
According to the Express.co.uk, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.
However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.
Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.
Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.
So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?
1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints
2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints
3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints
4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints
5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints
6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints
7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints
8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints
9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints
10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints
Pots announced for Final Draw
With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.
It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.
With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:
POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia
It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.
The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.
« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.
101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?
These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.
What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:
« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.
The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.
Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.
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