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John Guidetti stakes claim for Manchester City promotion after scoring for development squad on injury return

Guidetti stakes claim for City promotion after scoring nine minutes into injury return

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

19:51 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 14 January 2013

Manchester City striker John Guidetti returned to Blues colours for the first time in 18 months today – and marked the occasion with a goal.

Guidetti has been out of action for nine months with a knee injury and also had an extended spell on loan at Feyenoord.

The Swede took just nine minutes to hit the target, sliding in to finish off Marcos Lopes' cross.

Remember me John Guidetti (right) in action for Manchester City's development squad on Monday

Remember me John Guidetti (right) in action for Manchester City's development squad on Monday

Jose Angel Pozo and Albert Rusnak wrapped up a 3-1 win for City, with Reading's consolation coming through Lawson D'Ath.

Guidetti is yet to feature in a Premier League game for City, but proved his talent when on loan last season with Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals in just 23 appearances.

On target: Guidetti (floored) scores City's first goal of the game in a 3-1 win against Reading

On target: Guidetti (floored) scores City's first goal of the game in a 3-1 win against Reading

He signed a new three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League champions in October last year.

West Ham, Southampton, Sunderland and Fiorentina have shown interest in Guidetti and City are keen for him to gain Premier League experience so could send him out on loan.

Shane Williams braced for fond farewell to rugby for Barbarians against his beloved Wales

Williams braced for fond farewell to rugby for Barbarians against his beloved Wales

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 31 May 2012

Shane Williams will make his rugby farewell for the Barbarians against Wales on Saturday.

Ospreys star Williams, Wales' record Test try-scorer with 58 touchdowns, retires from the sport this weekend.

Farewell: Williams

Farewell: Williams

Barbarians team

M Muliaina; I Nacewa, C Laulala, M Tindall, S Williams; S Donald, R
Rees; D Jones, B August, J Smit (capt), M O'Driscoll, M Chisholm, F
Louw, M Gorgodze, J Beattie.

Replacements: A de Malmanche, N Tialata, A van Zyl, A Qera, R Lawson, S Tagicakibau, C

He is among three Wales internationals named in the Baa-baas team, being joined by scrum-half Richie Rees and prop Duncan Jones.

Former South Africa captain John Smit will skipper the invitational side from tighthead prop, while Mike Tindall and Casey Laulala are again paired together in midfield with 35-year-old Williams forging a powerful back-three alongside Mils Muliaina and Isa Nacewa.

The Barbarians lost 57-26 to England at Twickenham last weekend, but they recovered to beat Ireland by a point in Gloucester two days ago and they will arrive at the Millennium Stadium after defeating Wales in last year's corresponding fixture.

Ben Foden calls for focus from England

Foden calls for focus as England prepare for first tour since World Cup farce

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 23 May 2012

Rallying call: Foden is set to feature against the Barbarians on Sunday

Rallying call: Foden is set to feature against the Barbarians on Sunday

England full back Ben Foden has urged team-mates to behave themselves on the forthcoming tour of South Africa.

Foden, who is set to play in the non-cap game against the Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham, issued his warning after photographs of his own stag party emerged on social media.

He said: ‘You have to be very careful, especially now with the internet and the new mobile phones which can take photos and videos without you even noticing.

‘A picture speaks a thousand words and some things can be taken massively out of context.

‘You have to be careful in what you are doing, especially on tour. As we saw in New Zealand, things can get out of control very quickly.’

England will face a Barbarians team including Mike Tindall, the Gloucester centre in the middle of the controversy at the World Cup last year. Tindall’s contract has finished at Gloucester and he has yet to decide if he will play elsewhere next season.

‘It will be a good way to say goodbye to Tinds and, hopefully, we will stuff them,’ Foden added.

BARBARIANS (v England, Sunday, 2.30pm):

Muliaina (NZ); Sackey (England), Laulala (NZ), Tindall (England), Balshaw (England); Donald (NZ), R Lawson (Scotland); Tialata (NZ), Smit (SA, capt), Afoa (NZ); Chisholm (Australia), Van Zyl (SA); Joubert (SA), Beattie (Scotland), Qera (Fiji).

Wasps 26 Gloucester 24: Survival hopes boosted after Daly strikes late

Wasps 26 Gloucester 24: Survival hopes boosted after Daly strikes late

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UPDATED:

16:41 GMT, 1 April 2012

A last minute penalty from halfway by Elliot Daly gave Wasps a vital four points in their battle against relegation from the Premiership.

Daly was called upon to take the crunch kick after former Gloucester player Nicky Robinson had missed with four penalties – and the nerveless centre hammered over the matchwinner at Adams Park.

With three games remaining, Wasps now have an eight point lead over bottom club Newcastle, with the sides due to meet in the last match of the season at Adams Park.

Decisive moment: Daly slides over the penalty late in the game

Decisive moment: Daly slides over the penalty late in the game

Match facts

Wasps: Tries: Berry, Southwell. Cons: N. Robinson 2. Pens: N. Robinson 3, Daly.

Wasps: Southwell, Wallace, Daly, Davis, Haughton, N. Robinson,
Berry, Payne, Lindsay, Broster, Cannon, Birkett, Launchbury,
Jones, Vunipola.

Replacements: Davies for Berry (80), Taulafo for Payne (60),
Korshunov for Lindsay (60), Filipo for Cannon (69).

Not used: McIntyre, Du Plessis, L. Robinson, Prydie.

Gloucester: Tries: S. Lawson, Sharples, A. Qera. Cons: F. Burns 3. Pens: F. Burns.

Gloucester: May, Sharples, Trinder, Molenaar, Simpson-Daniel, F. Burns, Runciman, Murphy, S. Lawson, Harden, Savage, Hamilton, Buxton, A. Qera, Narraway.

Replacements: Tindall for Trinder (67), Robson for Runciman (67), Thomas for Murphy (78), Knight for Harden (47), Brown for Hamilton (58), Strokosch for A. Qera (67).

Not used: D. Dawidiuk, Taylor.

Attendance: 6,849

Referee: Andrew Small (RFU).

The game was a tight affair which came to life in the second half.

Wasps, inspired by Nic Berry and Billy Vunipola, were the better team in the first half and at one stage led 23-10.

However, Luke Narraway and Johnny May underpinned an impressive Gloucester rally which saw them lead until Daly's late effort.

Wasps took the lead in the first minute through a simple penalty from Robinson after Gloucester were penalised straight from the kick-off.

This was soon followed by an excellent solo try from Berry. Vunipola quickly took a tap penalty and from the ensuing ruck, the scrum-half darted past some poor Gloucester defence for a try which Robinson converted for a 10-0 lead after five minutes.

The visitors had their first chance for points but Freddie Burns' penalty attempt from halfway fell narrowly short.

The Cherry and Whites' outside-half was then given another opportunity – and this time made no mistake from 40 metres.

Robinson had a chance to nullify that score but missed a 30-metre penalty before Gloucester levelled the scores with their best move of the match.

A pass from Burns was almost intercepted
by Tom Prydie but it did put James Simpson-Daniel through the gap and
the visitors made the most of that momentum to send Scott Lawson over
for a try which Burns converted.

Back came Wasps and Robinson had two
penalty chances just before half-time. The first from 35 metres was
successful but the second, a more difficult one from the touchline,
rebounded back off a post to leave his side with a deserved 13-10 lead
at the interval.

Relegation hope: Wasps are battling to stave off threat of the drop

Relegation hope: Wasps are battling to stave off threat of the drop

Early in the second half, Robinson was on target with his third penalty from 30 metres before Wasps scored a splendid try. Berry broke away from a ruck deep inside his own half to run 40 metres and feed Prydie.

The wing beat two defenders on a weaving run before some skilful passing created a try for Hugo Southwell which Robinson converted.

A stunned Gloucester responded immediately with seven points of their own.

Clever interplay from Narraway and Nick Runciman gave Charlie Sharples an easy run-in for a try which Burns converted.

The score was the prelude for the
visitors to dominate the next 15 minutes and camp in the opposition 22 –
but Wasps' defence held firm.

However Gloucester took the lead with a superb try 15 minutes from the end.

Nervy: Daly was handed the task of taking the kick after Robinson missed four attempts

Nervy: Daly was handed the task of taking the kick after Robinson missed four attempts

May, on his own 22-metre line, fielded a Robinson kick and then ran 70 metres before feeding Henry Trinder, who sent Akapusi Qera in for the try which Burns converted.

In the closing stages, Robinson failed with an easy 25-metre penalty and then a 45-metre attempt – before Daly's late strike secured a vital win for Wasps.

Harlequins 20 Gloucester 14: Care drives Quins home to keep Cup dream alive

Harlequins 20 Gloucester 14: Care drives Quins home to keep Cup dream alive

Danny Care and Mike Brown combined to
snatch a late win for jittery Harlequins and keep their Heineken Cup
hopes alive. Quins also shattered any lingering European dreams for Mike
Tindall and Gloucester.

Care may have blown his Six Nations
chances after his drinkdriving offence. But it was his vision that gave
Brown – pushing Ben Foden hard for the England full back's jersey
against Scotland on February 4 – the chance to score the match-winning
try and continue his sensational form.

Touch down: Matt Hopper dives over to score for Harlequins

Touch down: Matt Hopper dives over to score for Harlequins

With Toulouse earning a bonuspoint win over Connacht earlier in the day, the onus was on Quins to try and match them. Failing that, they at least had to win to have a chance of topping Pool 6 or finishing as one of the two best runnersup of the six groups.

The sight of Nick Evans practising his kicks before the start of this crunch European tie must have warmed the hearts of Quins fans, with the former All Black returning from a hand injury.

Evans had the chance to settle the nerves in the second minute but skewed his penalty wide and then watched his young counterpart, Freddie Burns, give the visitors an 11th-minute lead with a penalty. Normal service appeared to be resumed when Evans equalised in the 13th minute and then slotted a conversion six minutes later after Matt Hopper had eluded Scott Lawson to scamper over.

The try had been set up by Evans, whose neat tip gave Brown and then Ugo Monye room to run. Burns missed with his second penalty attempt.

Holding on: Ugo Monye of Quins is tackled by Charlie Sharples of Gloucester

Holding on: Ugo Monye of Quins is tackled by Charlie Sharples of Gloucester

On the half hour, James Simpson- Daniel outsprinted the Quins defence before darting back inside to score and with Burns converting the try, the visitors took a lead which they maintained until the break. Evans missed his second penalty just before the interval.

The Kiwi had the chance to make amends five minutes into the second half but missed for the third time before nailing an easier chance in the 47th minute after Luke Narraway's high tackle on Brown.

Seven minutes later a Burns penalty restored Gloucester's onepoint lead. The young stand off had the chance to increase it to four but fluffed his chance.

This propelled Quins into a concerted push close to the Gloucester line. Between the 64th and 70th minutes, scrum after scrum set and re-set, with Care putting the ball in on each occasion.

Middle man: Jonny May of Gloucester is tackled by Mike Brown and Tom Williams of Quins

Middle man: Jonny May of Gloucester is tackled by Mike Brown and Tom Williams of Quins

Eventually, Gloucester prop Nick Wood was sent to the sin bin for a technical infringement by French referee Pascal Gauzere and Care believed he had scampered over for a try, but the official blew for a Gloucester penalty instead.

The visitors finally buckled with only six minutes to go. Care produced a deft chip with the outside of his right boot and when the bobbling ball bounced off Charlie Sharples' shin, Brown was first to pounce and score. The Aviva Premiership player of December punched the air with joy and then watched Evans convert.

It now all boils down to next Friday night. Harlequins travel to play Connacht while Toulouse, two points clear of Quins at the top of Pool Six, go to Gloucester. For Quins – likely to be one of only two English teams in the quarterfinals, along with Saracens – the quest to add to last May's Amlin Cup success is still on.

Whether they enjoy a home tie as pool winners or a nasty away trip in the knockout stages will all be revealed at the end of this week.