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Leeds United 1 Charlton 1 match report: David Norris and Dorian Dervite score

Leeds United 1 Charlton 1: Bates hits out at 'low-life thug' and admits fears for club takeover

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21:26 GMT, 23 October 2012

Leeds chairman Ken Bates hit out at the jailed thug who attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during last Friday’s televised clash at Hillsborough.

And he fears it may have put the Bahraini takeover of Leeds at risk.

Aaron Cawley was jailed for 16 weeks for the assault and in his programme notes Charlton, Bates wrote: ‘There can be nothing but contempt and total condemnation for the low-life thug who invaded the pitch and caused bodily harm to Chris Kirkland.’

Finishing school: David Norris powers Leeds in front at Elland Road

Finishing school: David Norris powers Leeds in front at Elland Road

Match facts

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Level pegging: Dorian Dervite equalises

At a subdued Elland Road, Leeds
struggled to kick-start their high-tempo game and they didn’t test
Charlton keeper Ben Hamer until midfielder David Norris gave them a
37th-minute lead.

Michael Brown’s free-kick into the
area triggered penalty appeals as the ball appeared to strike Leon Cort
on the hand in an aerial tussle with Luciano Becchio. But Norris seized
his opportunity to swivel 180 degrees and fire past Hamer from the edge
of the area.

It proved a precarious advantage,
however, as Charlton went close to an equaliser when Tom Lees headed a
Johnnie Jackson corner against his own bar.

But within five minutes of the
restart, Charlton levelled when Dorian Dervite struck a debut goal past
Paddy Kenny from 20 yards to silence Leeds’ lowest league gate of the
season.

London 2012 Olympics: Nick Dempsey wins windsurfing silver

Britannia rules the waves! Dempsey lands windsurfing silver for Team GB

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12:46 GMT, 7 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Nick Dempsey has continued Team GB's medal rush after securing a windsurfing silver medal at London 2012.

The Athens 2004 bronze medallist came into the medal race knowing a top six finish in the men's RS:X class would assure him of second place.

Dempsey duly delivered and finished third in the medal race to take silver as the Netherlands' Dorian van Rijsselberge secured gold.

Britannia rules the waves! Dempsey has added to GB's medal tally on the water

Britannia rules the waves! Dempsey has added to GB's medal tally on the water

Chris Ashton to return for Northampton

Ashton set to return for Saints despite fall-out and impending departure

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22:00 GMT, 21 March 2012

Chris Ashton is set to play for Northampton on Saturday despite the fall out over his move to Saracens next season.

The England wing was dropped by the club in January and has since concentrated on England’s Six Nations campaign.

Switching focus: Ashton (right) featured in all five of England's Six Nations games

Switching focus: Ashton (right) featured in all five of England's Six Nations games

Set to return: Dorian West has opened the door for Ashton

Set to return: Dorian West has opened the door for Ashton

But the Saints’ head coach Dorian West has welcomed Ashton’s return for the rest of the season and said the row had been sorted. ‘He’s back training with us and has been very positive in all the meetings and wants to play,’ West said.

Ashton was dropped before Northampton’s Heineken Cup game against Munster amid arguments over his switch to Saracens. ‘That was a blip,’ added West. ‘No one is guaranteed selection so we will have to see about Saturday (for the home game against Wasps).’

Ashton has indicated he is keen to finish his Northampton career on a high after scoring 90 tries in 106 appearances since signing from Wigan in 2007. The last of those came in December, against Leicester when he was also banned for a month for pulling Alesana Tuilagi’s hair. The wing then failed to score in the Six Nations.

Northampton will be without England hooker Dylan Hartley for Saturday’s match. He has been stood down until a hearing next week following an allegation of biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris.

The Saints’ England squad flanker Calum Clark has also been cited after allegedly wrenching the arm of Leicester’s Rob Hawkins in the Tigers’ LV= Cup final win last Sunday. The hooker broke his elbow in the incident.

SIX NATIONS 2012: England front row outstanding, Ben Kay

Ben Kay: Young guns in the front row lead the way for Lancaster's England

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22:02 GMT, 18 March 2012

England's scrummaging on Saturday was fantastic. People had been talking up the Irish scrum but England blew them away and Dan Cole took apart Cian Healy, who has been tipped to be the Lions loosehead. Mike Ross came off with an injury but by then he had already been destroyed by Alex Corbisiero.

What struck me was the comparative body shapes of the two front rows. England had so much more strength and athleticism. While the props played a major role in establishing dominance, it is also important to acknowledge the part played by hooker Dylan Hartley.

Fronting up: Dan Cole (left), Dylan Hartley (centre) and Alex Corbisiero (right)

Fronting up: Dan Cole (left), Dylan Hartley (centre) and Alex Corbisiero (right)

This was another sign of how England benefit from the set-piece focus in the Aviva Premiership. Coaches like Richard Cockerill at Leicester and Dorian West at Northampton have a real appetite for scrummaging, so other teams have to work hard at it too – more so than the sides in the RaboDirect Pro12.

England have become one of the best scrummaging nations in the world although their relative inexperience was exposed by Wales. At tighthead, Cole will beat anyone in a fair, one-on-one pushing contest. He and Corbisiero are still young and they are developing fast.

Ben Morgan had a superb game for England, with the scrum advantage putting him on the front foot. England were able to wheel around at will so it allowed him a free pick-up with space to attack.

Overall, England had a very good campaign. They showed doggedness to beat Scotland and Italy, and that bonded them as a team.

Colossus: Ben Morgan was outstanding for England

Colossus: Ben Morgan was outstanding for England

A sign of how a side are functioning comes from the backroom staff, because the players spend a lot of time with those guys. On Saturday I spoke to the kit man, masseuse and physios, who all said it had been as good an eight weeks as they’ve had.

England need to focus on being more accurate, as there have been a lot of handling mistakes which nearly cost them a win against France.

In midfield, Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi have been good individually, but they need to develop together as a pair.

England also need greater accuracy in the line-out.

Stuart Lancaster has created a positive atmosphere in the squad that everyone wants to be part of, so has done enough to get the head coach job.

Ben Kay is a rugby analyst for ESPN’s Aviva Premiership coverage