Wallabies lose Coleman for remainder of tour

first_imgThe lock picked up the problem, which tests have proven to be a grade two strain of the medial ligament, in the early stages of the 23-22 success at Murrayfield.Coleman had also started the 32-8 hammering of Wales the previous week, but his participation in the tour is now over and he will miss further Tests against France, Ireland and England.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika conceded the news was a blow, but has been impressed with the way Coleman has combined with Rory Arnold and taken on the responsibility of the line-out.”It’s bit of a shame for him because he’s had a really good start to the year and he’s worked his way through since June but in saying that it gives someone else an opportunity,” Cheika said.”There’s two ways to look at it. There’s discovery, so we’ve been able to find, get those two guys playing good rugby and starting to improve at this level and we’ve also got ourselves another very, very handy line-out caller and he’s only in single digit Tests.”He’s got a good future, he’s got to keep working on it, there’s no doubt about that, he knows that.”He’s disappointed but that’s the way footy goes sometimes, you’ve just got to go with it.”last_img read more

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Messi’s harangue against Betis: “We are going to defend together, that makes us strong”

first_imgEvidently Leo was referring to the Cup match against Athletic Bilbao (1-0) in San Mamés last Thursday. A game, which despite the elimination, the team showed for many minutes a solid and orderly image in the field, coming to dominate the rival widely.In any case, it seems clear that Messi’s motivational speech had its positive effects: the team maintained its composure at the rival’s rush – they barely finished off between Ter Stegen’s three suits – and was able to create many occasions against Joel’s goal. , being finally the central Clement Lenglet who ended up taking the prize, scoring a goal that ended up giving the victory and three points to Barcelona in the end. Leo Messi once again served as captain not only on the pitch but also outside. The game was matched to two and the swords were high, when the striker took advantage of the wait in the dressing room tunnel of Benito Villamarín to cheer his teammates with a short but blunt harangue. “Go on, come on, let’s get in,” Leo began, with Sergio Busquets, Sergio Roberto. Ter Stegen and Junior Firpo flanking the player. The only one missing during Messi’s motivational speech was Arturo Vidal, who arrived a few seconds later.Messi, aware that the team had to take a step forward in the second half if he did not want to miss the League train, continued with his clear messages about what the team had to do on the pitch: “We’re going to score goals, crazy, okay?”, insisted the captain, to then underline: “We are going to defend well, crazy, to defend together like the other day … that makes us stronger.”last_img read more

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