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England 54 Fiji 12: Lancaster"s young side show promise in perfect warm-up for Australia

England 54 Fiji 12: Lancaster's young side show promise in perfect warm-up for Australia

PUBLISHED:

16:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:01 GMT, 10 November 2012

Charlie Sharples scored his first two Test tries as England prepared for the more ferocious challenges to come with a record victory over Fiji.

The Gloucester wing, making his first Test start at Twickenham, was joined on the scoresheet by Ugo Monye, flanker Tom Johnson and centre Manu Tuilagi, who touched down twice late on against the tiring Fijians.

England's pack was so superior they struggled to retain control at times but their power did earn a penalty try while Fiji's captain and tight-head prop Deacon Manu was watching from the sin-bin.

Two-try hero: Manu Tuilagi went over twice at Twickenham

Two-try hero: Manu Tuilagi went over twice at Twickenham

England had talked about imposing
themselves from the outset, about being ruthless and showing no mercy on
Fiji as they prepare to face Australia, South Africa and world
champions New Zealand.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster will be
satisfied with the seven-try performance, disappointed by the two tries
England conceded and aware they will need to be more accurate when the
Wallabies come to town next Saturday.

England must retain their fourth place
ranking through this most challenging autumn campaign to be among the
top seeds when the 2015 World Cup draw is made on December 3.

England paid the price for starting
slowly on their summer tour of South Africa and a more clinical team
would have punished them in the first 20 minutes today.

Fiji bossed the opening quarter, with
the powerful Gloucester number eight Akapusi Qera causing England all
sorts of problems around the fringes.

England fell foul of referee Glen
Jackson, the former Saracens fly-half, and had Danny Care sin-binned for
what was considered to be a dangerous tackle.

It looked harsh but no one could have
denied that Fiji deserved the lead they would have had if fly-half
Metuisela Talebula had not dropped two penalty kicks woefully short.

Make mine a double: Charlie Sharples scored two tries also

Make mine a double: Charlie Sharples scored two tries also

Versatlie: Man-of-the-match Alex Goode operated as a makeshift scrum-half with Danny Care sin-binned

Versatlie: Man-of-the-match Alex Goode operated as a makeshift scrum-half with Danny Care sin-binned

In the end, England negotiated Care's
absence and then turned the tables on Fiji, with man of the match Alex
Goode particularly impressive in his role as the second play-maker.

After Flood had kicked England into
the lead, the men in white attacked in waves and Sharples marked his
first Twickenham start with his first Test try.

The Gloucester wing collected Goode's
offload and cut in-field, wriggling and driving his way through three
Fijian defenders before stretching for the line.

Johnson, debutant Tom Youngs and
captain Chris Robshaw all carried powerfully to keep England on the
front foot and Fiji's only answer to the pressure was to spoil.

Flood added a second penalty, taking
his Test points tally past the 250 mark, before Fiji captain Manu was
sin-binned but England were guilty of butchering chances.

England failed to control their own
five-metre scrum and when they spread the ball wide, the final pass from
Joe Marler to Brad Barritt went forward and straight into touch.

This was not the clinical execution coach Andy Farrell had demanded but England's pressure was too much for Fiji to bear.

When Robshaw was held up over the
line, the pack England remained disciplined and twice shoved Fiji
backwards to earn the penalty try.

Motoring nicely: Ugo Monye's try pushed the score onto 25-0

Motoring nicely: Ugo Monye's try pushed the score onto 25-0

Fiji received a let-off when Sharples'
chip ahead just brushed the in-goal whitewash before he could touch it
down but England kept coming.

Care was scragged just short of the
line but Fiji conceded yet another penalty and Monye benefited from the
quick tap to score on his first England appearance in over two years.

Flood extended England's lead with a
penalty soon after the restart and ran at Fiji again, with Tuilagi and
then Care making a dart for the line.

England spread the ball wide and Dan
Cole crashed over the line in search of his second international try but
the television official ruled he had been held up.

Saracens prop Mako Vunipola was sent
on for his debut and England built from the attacking platform, working
an overlap down the left and Robshaw sent Johnson over for his first
Test try.

England switched off and allowed Fiji
to score an eye-catching consolation, with Malaki Ravulo streaking away
from Tuilagi before Talebula kicked ahead to score.

Flood then scuffed the kick-off, to
cap an unceremonious couple of minutes but they were soon back in the
groove with Monye benefiting from Barritt's decoy run to cut an
excellent line.

Up and running: Charlie Sharples scored the opening try

Up and running: Charlie Sharples scored the opening try

High riser: Geoff Parling holds on as England win a lineout

High riser: Geoff Parling holds on as England win a lineout

Flood then exploited the space out
left, launching a long pass for Sharples, who stepped inside his men and
scored his second try of the match.

England began to ring the changes and
Ben Youngs came on to join his elder brother Tom, who produced an
impressive Test debut before making way for David Paice.

Ben Youngs and Mike Brown both dropped the ball over the line as England looked to turn the screw against a tiring Fiji team.

Qera somehow managed to haul down a
barnstorming run from Waldrom but Fiji were stretched again as quick
hands from Barritt allowed Tuilagi to dive over in the corner.

The Leicester centre then brushed
aside a weak tackle to touch down again but Fiji had the final word,
with Seko Kalou crashing over for their second try.

Tough to stop: Thomas Waldrom is tackled by Vereniki Goneva

Tough to stop: Thomas Waldrom is tackled by Vereniki Goneva

ICC World Twenty20 2012: England beat Afghanistan

Wright on cue! England beat Afghanistan in Twenty20 demolition in Sri Lanka

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 21 September 2012

Luke Wright was in scintillating form as England cruised past Afghanistan at the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka.

The batsman hit an impressive 99 not out as the hopes of an upset for the Afghans went up in smoke with England hitting a total of 196.

England's bowlers showed little mercy either. Graeme Swann and Samit Patel led the charge as the wickets rapidly fell, leaving Afghanistan on a paltry total of 80, equalling their worst ever total in a T20 international.

More to follow.

Star man: Luke Wright (left) was one short of a century, as he hit 99 runs against Afghanistan

Star man: Luke Wright (left) was one short of a century, as he hit 99 runs against Afghanistan

Textbook: Wright put on an incredible display as the Afghans had no answer for the Englishman

Textbook: Wright put on an incredible display as the Afghans had no answer for the Englishman

No mercy: Steven Finn celebrates after taking the wicket of Mohammad Shahzad

No mercy: Steven Finn celebrates after taking the wicket of Mohammad Shahzad

Gotcha! Stuart Broad runs out Karim Sadiq

Gotcha! Stuart Broad runs out Karim Sadiq

Easy does it: The England team celebrate their demolition of Afghanistan

Easy does it: The England team celebrate their demolition of Afghanistan

London Olympics 2012 Great Britain 19 Sweden 41: Another harsh lesson dished out to men"s handball team

Great Britain 19 Sweden 41: Another harsh lesson dished out to men's handball team

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17:33 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Great Britain's men slipped to another heavy defeat in Group A of the preliminary stage as they were unable to cope with a clinical Sweden in the Copper Box.

Having only been formed in 2006, Team GB were given a brutal welcome to their first ever Olympic Games by reigning gold medallists France, who handed out a 44-15 demolition on Sunday in their first match.

And their Scandinavian opponents, who are three-time silver medallists, offered no mercy as they inflicted more misery on Team GB, who for all their progress over the last six years, were given a frank reminder of how far they still have to go before they are competing on the world stage.

Handballing lesson: Sweden's Mattias Gustafsson scores

Handballing lesson: Sweden's Mattias Gustafsson scores

But, despite the severity of the loss, Dragan Djukic's side can take positives from Sebastian Prieto and Chris Mohr's performance and four goals from Steven Larsson, giving them something to take into Thursday's game with Argentina, which has been long-touted as a potential match to win.

The gulf in class did not seem immediately obvious as the host nation held their own for the opening exchanges and were level at 2-2 after three minutes, with Mark Hawkins scoring his first goal at the Olympics.

But then Sweden imposed themselves on the game and in combination with missed chances and sloppy passing from Team GB, they rattled off six successive goals to earn an 8-2 advantage after eight minutes.

Rallying cry: Sebastian Prieto celebrates after scoring

Rallying cry: Sebastian Prieto celebrates after scoring

Sebastian Prieto finally broke that
spell with a fine move from a free throw, which gave the partisan home
crowd reason to cheer, but that could not be used as a catalyst for a
comeback as four consecutive goals gave the Scandinavians a 12-3 lead,
which even at the quarter-way point of the match was impregnable.

While Sweden kept a sizeable lead in tact thanks to a percentage conversion rate in the 90s and the ability to construct fast breaks, Team GB did seem to improve and incisive attacking moves saw both Chris McDermott and Prieto bag nice goals.

Part of the host nation's problem was that star man Larsson, who represented Sweden at youth level, had failed to get into the game, but he announced his arrival against the country where he grew up with a fine lob finish.

Curtailed: Kim Ekdahl du Rietz gets to grips with Britain's pivot Christopher McDermott

Curtailed: Kim Ekdahl du Rietz gets to grips with Britain's pivot Christopher McDermott

But that and goals from Mohr were just fleeting glimpses of promise for Team GB and Sweden finished the first half having scored an incredible 24 of their 26 efforts on goal, which would have been enough to blow better teams than Team GB away, and gave them a 14-goal half-time lead.

The opening few minutes of the second half offered no respite for a beleaguered host nation, with Staffan Olsson's side throwing in six unanswered goals and at last missing several other opportunities.

A fast break from Seb Edgar woke the
Copper Box up from their slumber, but the cheers were all too rare as
Sweden held a 21-goal lead at the halfway point of the second half.

In a battle: Sweden's Fredrik Petersen tussles with Britain's Sebastien Edgar

In a battle: Sweden's Fredrik Petersen tussles with Britain's Sebastien Edgar

But the home crowd were given reward for their support soon after when Jesper Parker made two fine saves and then their side scored back-to-back goals for the first time in the game.

Sweden saw it out with ease, though, to record a 22-goal win, with right-wing Niclas Ekberg having an afternoon to remember by netting 13 goals, the best match haul of the tournament so far.

The defeat leaves GB rooted to the bottom of Group A with no points and an ugly goal difference, while Sweden sit top, with two wins from two.

Manchester City 4 West Brom 0: Sergio Aguero kick-starts title bid

Manchester City 4 West Brom 0: Mancini's men refuse to give up ghost on title bid

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

20:37 GMT, 11 April 2012

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UPDATED:

21:08 GMT, 11 April 2012

Just when we thought it was all over, somebody decided to turn back time. Just when they appeared to have thrown away the Barclays Premier League, Manchester City woke up and remembered they are a pretty decent side.

It may still be too late, of course. City's great foes from Old Trafford remain favourites to win this championship. But after the horrors of Stoke, Sunderland and Arsenal, Roberto Mancini's team reverted to type and brushed West Bromwich aside without breaking sweat.

As City ambled to victory, there was even a goal for Carlos Tevez to mark his first start since September. That came on the hour after Sergio Aguero – a rather more reliable South American striker – had scored in either half to put them two goals up.

Power Sergio: Manchester City striker Aguero (left) celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game

Power Sergio: Manchester City striker Aguero (left) celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game

MATCH FACTS

MANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2): Hart 6; Richards 7, Kompany 6, Lescott 6, Clichy 6; Nasri 7, De Jong 6, Barry 6, Silva 7 (Zabaleta 81min); Tevez 6 (Johnson, 63, 6), Aguero 8 (Dzeko 74, 6).

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Milner, Pizarro.

Scorers: Aguero 6, 54, Tevez 61, Silva 64.

WEST BROMWICH (4-5-1): Foster 6; Jones 5, Dawson 6, Olsson 6, Shorey 5; Cox 5, Andrews 5, Mulumbu 5 (Fortune 68, 6), Scharner 6, Dorrans 5 (Tchoyi 78); Long 6.

Subs not used: Daniels, McAuley, Odemwingie, Hurst, Roofe.

Man of the match: Sergio Aguero.

Referee: Kevin Friend 7.

Attendance: 46,746.

West Brom were quite wretched but credit City for taking advantage. They showed no mercy, David Silva scoring the fourth with 25 minutes to go.

With Mario Balotelli suspended after his afternoon of madness at the Emirates, it was clear that Mancini would have to change things up front. Tevez's contribution since returning from his self-imposed exile had been restricted to cameos from the bench. Here, at last, was his first real chance to show City what they have been missing.

City, perhaps feeling less pressure after United had opened what seemed like a title-winning lead, played much better football during the first half-hour. West Bromwich have been no mugs this season but couldn't get near the ball for much of the first half.

Aguero, who didn't look himself after
returning from injury on Sunday, seemed to find the rhythm of this game
much more quickly and worried the West Brom defence with a direct run
in the second minute.

No stopping that: Aguero (left) blasts home his first goal after just six minutes at the Etihad Stadium

No stopping that: Aguero (left) blasts home his first goal after just six minutes at the Etihad Stadium

Cool finish: Aguero tucks in the second goal shortly into the second half

Cool finish: Aguero tucks in the second goal shortly into the second half

On that occasion his shot was blocked but within four more minutes he had scored the game's first goal and the 25th of his debut City season.

Once again Aguero drove from deep but this time he advanced from a more central position. Sensing that West Brom had backed off a little, he let fly with a low right-foot shot that zipped across goalkeeper Ben Foster and into his right-hand corner.

Made in Argentina: Carlos Tevez puts City out of sight with the third goal on the night

Made in Argentina: Carlos Tevez puts City out of sight with the third goal on the night

All is forgiven: Tevez (left) salutes the crowd after grabbing another goal in City colours

All is forgiven: Former outcast Tevez (left) salutes the crowd after grabbing another goal in City colours

Almost immediately, it was possible to sense the tension lift a little at the Etihad. City began to play some enterprising football and the only surprise was that it didn't immediately yield more goals.

Tevez shot wildly over from 18 yards in the 12th minute when a little more composure was required before Silva – back after a one-game rest – drilled a shot into Foster's midriff from an angle, with the former England goalkeeper doing well to hang on.

West Bromwich were not a threat in the first half at all. One low cross from the right fizzed across the front of Joe Hart's goal but that was about it. At the other end, Roy Hodgson's team had captain Jonas Olsson to thank for being only one goal down at the break.

We have lift off: David Silva lifts a delightful finish over Ben Foster's head for City's fourth goal

We have lift off: David Silva lifts a delightful finish over Ben Foster's head for City's fourth goal

Wing wizard: Spain midfielder Silva celebrates his superb goal against West Brom

Wing wizard: Spain midfielder Silva celebrates his superb goal against West Brom

Tevez produced the pass of the night in the 30th minute to play full-back Micah Richards clear on goal. The 23-year-old managed to take the ball past Foster but his goalbound shot was cleared from the line by Olsson with the help of his chest.

With United drawing at Wigan at half-time, City began the second period sensing they may be about to see a chink of light in the title race. Within a couple of minutes they came close to adding a second goal as Silva crossed from the right and Samir Nasri, who had been quiet until then, volleyed into the side netting from an angle.

Over the top: Micah Richards (top) challenges West Bromwich's Nicky Shorey in the air

Over the top: Micah Richards (top) challenges West Bromwich's Nicky Shorey in the air

Crowded out: Argentina striker Tevez runs at the beleaguered West Brom defence

Crowded out: Argentina striker Tevez runs at the beleaguered West Brom defence

Silva then played a ball through the middle towards the breaking Gareth Barry only for it to ricochet up and strike West Brom's Billy Jones. The City fans appealed for a penalty but referee Kevin Friend was unmoved.

Then news of a goal for Wigan filtered through and that was soon followed by City's second of the night. Once again Aguero was the scorer, moving on to a pass from Nasri to score across Foster with his right instep.

Job well done: City manager Roberto Mancini (right) shakes hands with Tevez

Job well done: City manager Roberto Mancini (right) shakes hands with Tevez

As the Poznan goal celebration briefly returned to the Etihad – the supporters here haven't done it for a while – City moved through the gears, Nasri breaking down the left to shoot across goal and inches wide.

By now West Brom had fallen apart and Aguero set up Tevez to shoot into the top left-hand corner for the third before releasing Silva, who darted down the left and chipped Foster sublimely to add the fourth goal.

Neil Lennon wants Rangers titles stripped

No mercy! Strip 'financial dopers' Rangers of their titles, says Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon will call for Rangers to be retrospectively stripped of their ‘tainted titles and trophies’ should the crisis-stricken Ibrox club be found guilty of ‘financial doping’.

The Parkhead manager cited drug-cheat cyclist Alberto Contador as a sporting precedent, with the shamed Spaniard earlier this month having been stripped of his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro D’Italia titles after testing positive for the banned substance clenbutorol.

Lennon is awaiting with interest the results of the tribunal into Rangers’ use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) between 2001 and 2010, which could land the Ibrox club a 75million tax bill.

And the Northern Irishman warned if it is proved Rangers ‘cheated’ him out of titles as a player in 2003 and 2005 – as well as Gordon Strachan’s team in 2009 and Tony Mowbray’s side in 2010 – by spending money they could not afford, he will be pursuing the matter with vigour.

The title I'll believe it when I see it: Celtic manager Neil Lennon

The title I'll believe it when I see it: Celtic manager Neil Lennon

‘A journalist recently used the
expression ‘financial doping’ (in reference to Rangers) and, for me,
doping is a sporting term for cheating,’ Lennon said.

‘And, in athletics, if you are caught doping, you are banned. Alberto
Contador got stripped of his Tour de France win in 2010, so there are
precedents there.

‘If it has had a direct effect on me in my playing days, I will come out and say something at that time.

‘As it is just now, it hasn’t been proved. But they (Rangers) are in
administration for a reason and I am sure you guys (the media) will get
to the bottom of it.

‘It’s not my business, not our club’s business, but it will be my
business if it has affected me as a player or previous managers and has
denied us titles and trophies in the past.

‘It’s all hearsay and hot air at the minute but, until the findings are out, we as a club won’t comment any more on it.’

Sympathetic ear: Lennon aware of the task Ally McCoist (above) faces

Sympathetic ear: Lennon aware of the task Ally McCoist (above) faces

It was put to Lennon that stripping the Ibrox club of their titles and
cup wins retrospectively will not give Celtic the elation that comes
with winning the SPL at the time.

He said: ‘It wouldn’t but it doesn’t mean to say that we won’t be angry about it.

‘And if we do win the title this season and people want to say it has
been undermined (by Rangers being deducted 10 points and going into
administration), I will have plenty to say about devalued titles over
the years. That’s if we win the SPL, by the way.

‘I have great sympathy for my counterpart (Ally McCoist), having to go
through what he is going through at the minute when it has nothing to do
with him.

‘I have sympathy for the players too, obviously. And it’s a really tough
time for a lot of people at the club but, while I have sympathy for
them, I have no sympathy for a lot of other people involved.’

Lennon admitted the club’s supporters were unhappy with both First
Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron’s pleas that HMRC
should work with Rangers to help them out of their crisis.

He believes the Celtic fans are left wondering why there was not such a
clamour to save their team when it was on the brink of going bust 18
years ago.

He said: ‘There is more disquiet among the supporters (than the club). I
think their view on it is that there wasn’t much help coming our way
in 1994, so why should other clubs be treated differently.’

Troubled times: Ibrox men have fallen 14 points behind Celtic

Troubled times: Ibrox men have fallen 14 points behind Celtic

His comments came just 24 hours after Celtic issued a stinging rebuke to
Salmond for claiming the Parkhead outfit could not prosper without
Rangers.

If the Ibrox club do go bust, Lennon admits he would miss the rivalry
and he claimed there was hypocrisy among people now claiming the Old
Firm rivalry is good for Scottish football, with the first anniversary
approaching of last March’s ‘Shame Game’ when he and McCoist famously
clashed on the touchline.

Lennon said: ‘The club made its statement yesterday and I endorse that.
We are talking hypothetically here because the administrator says there
is a good chance liquidation will be unlikely.

‘But it (Rangers) would be a loss to football, that’s for sure.

‘The thing we would all miss (if Rangers die) are the games. World
football would miss that because it is the ultimate derby game.

‘But the ironic thing is that last year we had the “shame game” and
everyone was coming out and saying we don’t need the Old Firm. Now
everyone’s saying we do need it. They can’t make up their minds.’