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With skipper Michael Hooper and Israel Folau crossing for two tries apiece at Allianz Stadium last night, the Waratahs stayed on top of the Australian Conference with a courageous, and at times exhilarating, 45-25 win over the Chiefs.
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Before I get into any analysis today I want to make it clear that there’s no disrespect intended here. The reason behind Jarryd Roughead’s absence for the rest of 2016 – the reoccurence of the melanoma that saw him miss part of last year – is a topic that’s tough to talk about.
“Born down in a dead man’s town/The first kick I took was when I hit the ground/End up like a dog that’s been beat too much/Till you spend half your life just coverin’ up”
State of Origin notwithstanding, surely if ever there was to be a public demonstration of concern for our NRL stars and prescription drugs, it’s now.
Prop Sekope Kepu is the most important name among the 39-strong Wallaby squad coach Michael Cheika selected yesterday to take on England in a three-Test series next month.
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While Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory didn’t get as far as the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League, both provided a good deal more excitement than the 2014 winners.
King of clay Rafael Nadal’s hopes of reclaiming his Roland Garros throne ended in despair when the nine-times champion pulled out of the French Open because of a wrist injury on Friday.
Sydney have stamped themselves as legitimate AFL contenders after ending ladder leader North Melbourne’s unbeaten run with a 26-point win over the Kangaroos at the SCG.
Wests Tigers have claimed a nail-biting 19-18 NRL victory over an undermanned Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
The NSW Waratahs have retained control of their Super Rugby finals fate with a pulsating 45-25 win over the table-topping Chiefs in Sydney.
Flanker Ardie Savea has scored in the final minute to break the deadlock as the Hurricanes downed Super Rugby champions the Highlanders 27-20 in Wellington.
The worst-kept secret in football is finally confirmed – Jose Mourinho has signed a three-year contract with Manchester United.
Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk has suffered an injury scare at Maroons camp today, leaving the training paddock in a medical cart after going down with an ankle injury.
After years of financial uncertainty due to ongoing issues at Balmain, the future of the Wests Tigers joint venture has been assured, with the Wests Ashfield and Balmain clubs reaching an $8.5 million deal.
The NSW Blues team for Game 1 of the 2016 State of Origin series has been officially confirmed by coach Laurie Daley, with the notable feature being a bench of giants featuring James Tamou, David Klemmer and Andrew Fifita.
It’s the last weekend of Super Rugby for the next month, and thankfully, the competition is going to go into its recess with a bang. By my count, six of the eight games can have some kind of bearing on the race to the playoffs.
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The Toronto Raptors will need to forget everything about Thursday’s 116-78 drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers if they want to force a decisive Game 7. Join The Roar from 10:30am (AEST) for live scores and updates.
Clashes between Wests Tigers and Brisbane are a bit of a fixture around Origin.
The Socceroos put themselves to the test in one of sport’s grudge matches, as they line up on enemy soil to face England in an international friendly at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:30am (AEST).
What a difference a week makes. After their meek capitulation to the Crusaders last Friday the Waratahs came out of the sheds breathing fire to smoke the Chiefs in Sydney last night.
The final general classification shake up will occur on today’s penultimate from Guillestre to the finishing point in Sant’Anna di Vindadio. With three major mountain passes and a short climb to the finish, even though the stage is only 134 kilometres long it will be a brutal finale to a difficult race.
Two of the challengers for the French Open title are through to the fourth round after Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and Romania’s Simona Halep scored contrasting victories to start Day 6 at Roland Garros.
It makes me uneasy when any Doug, Dick, or Harry charges to the lead of an international running race from the gun, only to saunter off the track after a lap or so.
The final instalment of The Roar’s car-by-car preview of the 100th Indianapolis 500 takes us to the kings of last weekend’s pole qualifying, the six fastest drivers in their four-lap qualifying run.
Two of Super Rugby’s expansion teams will do battle this morning, as the Southern Kings host the Jaguares for late season pride. Join The Roar from 3am (AEST) for all the live highlights and action.
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Back in Round 5 of the 2014/2015 Premier League season, Leicester City found themselves 3-1 down at home to Manchester United – a predictable score line for the newly promoted club.
Texas loves sports and sports love Texas! You can’t follow sports and avoid Texas teams.
With three days to go in this edition of the Giro d’Italia, the peloton hits the mountains for the final push to the finish line in Torino on Sunday. Join The Roar for live coverage of Stage 19 from 9:30pm (AEST).
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It was all too easy for England in the first Test and Sri Lanka need to hit back in a big way if they want to keep this series alive. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 1 from 8pm (AEST).
Match result: The Wests Tigers have held off the Broncos in a miraculous effort with a one-point victory.
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Round 10 kicks off with a bang on Friday night, as the Sydney Swans host the undefeated North Melbourne Kangaroos at the SCG. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).
The Waratahs and Chiefs will duke it out in a top of the conferences battle tonight, with the Tahs’ finals hopes on the line. Follow all the thrilling live highlights and action from 7:40pm (AEST) on The Roar.
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