Sports Review | June 12th

12th June 2017

What a cracking weekend of sport. With World Cup qualifiers, U20 World Cups for both football and rugby, the Netball Super League finals, home nation rugby tours and the Rolland Garros finals being just a taste of the action.

RUGBY

The Lions tour continued it’s tough run of games in the lead up to the first test with a fixture against the all Super Rugby conquering Crusaders. Billed as a fixture as tough as the test matches to come the Lions needed a big performance to get their tour back on track after the midweek slip up against the Blues. This they managed with a defence inspired vicotry with Owen Farrell kicking all 12 of the Lions’ points. They look to continue their improvements against the Highlanders on Tuesday with another very strong side named.

The home nations got their respective summer tours underway this weekend as England faced Argentina, Ireland played the USA and Scotland got to grips with the Italians. England’s game was the pick of the bunch as their youthful side came back at the death to win a thriller, 34 – 31. There were some very impressive performances across the board but most noticeably from young Tom Curry who, days before his 19th birthday, looked at home on the international stage with a tireless work ethic. Ireland and Scotland registered comfortable wins as both took the opportunity to blood plenty of newbies.

The U20 Rugby World Cup goes into the final stages of the groups and the English team is going well, with strong wins over Wales and Australia behind them they look to win back to back World Cups.

FOOTBALL

Huge success for the England U20 World Cup side who were crowned World Champions this weekend with a 1-0 victory over Venezuela in Korea. It was England’s first appearance in the final of a global football tournament since their World Cup victory 51 years ago.

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal was enough for victory thanks to Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman’s second-half penalty save.

The home nations were involved in another round of World Cup Qualifying fixtures with both Wales and Ireland drawing their respective fixtures whilst Scotland and England battled out another draw with a late Harry Kane goal robbing the Scots of a famous victory against the ‘auld enemy.

ELSEWHERE

Other headlines from the world of sport include Bolt’s final 100m race in Jamaica, which of course he won. The Brownlee brothers finished 1st and 2nd in the Leeds leg of the World Triathlon Series, Hamilton wins in Canada to close the gap on Vettell and the Wasps Ladies won the Vitality Netball Super League. One of the highlights of the weekend involved the genius of clay Rafael Nadal won ‘La Decima’ at Roland Garros. He powered to a straight sets victory over another clay master in Stan Wawrinka meaning he didn’t drop a set in the whole tournament. A remarkable achievement from one of tennis’ most brilliant competitors who seems to have found a resurgence in form this year. The countdown to Wimbledon begins in the tennis world.

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