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Serfontein crosses late as Bulls beat sorry Sharks PRETORIA: Centre Jan Serfontein earned a bonus point on the hooter for the Bulls as they claimed a first win of the Super Rugby season with a 43-35 victory over the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.Springbok Serfontein powered over the line with the last play of the game to go with earlier tries for scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and loose-forwards Deon Stegmann and Pierre Spies.Flyhalf Handre Pollard converted three of those and added four penalties with a perfect kicking performance, while his replacement, debutant Tian Schoeman, 23, added a conversion and penalty of his own.The Sharks had number eight Ryan Kankowski and scrumhalf Cobus Reinach cross the line, but were only briefly in front in a game where they trailed 23-16 at halftime.Pollard's Springbok rival Pat Lambie, who has been criticised in the past for inconsistency with the boot, landed seven penalties and two conversions for a match haul of ...


Barca hot on Real's heels after Suarez show at Granada MADRID: Barcelona cut Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga to one point when in-form forward Luis Suarez played a part in all three of their goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada on Saturday.Barca struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium but took the lead in the 25th minute when Ivan Rakitic smashed the ball in from close range after Granada defender Cala ...

I'm as ready as I can be, says Hamilton BARCELONA: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his pre-season testing with another fastest lap for Mercedes on Saturday.The Briton, still feeling the lingering effects of a bug that laid him low in last week's second test, produced a best time of one minute 23.022 seconds on the soft tyres at the Circuit de Catalunya.That was 0.240 of a second quicker than Felipe Massa in the Williams, although the Brazilian set his lap on ...

Matchwinner Suarez repaying Barcelona's faith MADRID: Barcelona's decision to buy Luis Suarez from Liverpool following his ban for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup raised a few eyebrows but it increasingly appears their faith in the Uruguay forward was justified.After setting the Premier League alight last season, Suarez had a slow start following his 81 million-euro ($90.7 million) switch to Spain, taking longer than expected to hit scoring form since the ban expired at the end of October.While ...

Leaders Lyon suffer first league loss in three months PARIS: Leaders Olympique Lyonnais suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat in three months when they lost 2-1 at Lille despite going in front on Saturday.Corentin Tolisso's third-minute opener was cancelled out by Idrissa Gueye and Marcos Lopes's second-half goals as Lille handed Lyon their first defeat for 12 league games.Lyon, who were last beaten at arch-rivals St Etienne on Nov. 30, have 54 points from 27 games and lead second-placed Paris St Germain, who travel ...

Kolisi produces perfect storm for win at Lions JOHANNESBURG: Stormers loose-forward Siya Kolisi scored a try three minutes from time to put them ahead for the first time and they held on for a 22-19 win over the luckless Lions in their Super Rugby clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.Trailing by four points with time running out, Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen opted for an attacking line-out and the visitors, who were blunt in attack for most of the game, drove over the line ...

Terrible France down and out against Wales PARIS: Awful France suffered their second defeat in three in this season's Six Nations as Wales rekindled their title hopes with a 20-13 win in Paris on Saturday.The hosts, who still have to travel to Italy and England, lie fourth in the table behind third-placed Wales, who next host champions Ireland on March 14."We were written off by a lot of people (after a 21-16 home defeat against England), and now we're back in contention," ...


 



 
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