Favourable RWC draw for Springboks

first_imgThe general consensus is that the draw has been kind to South Africa, but the Boks, assuming they qualify, will face a tough quarterfinal clash against one of Australia, England or Wales. The only other team to win the World Cup, and the only northern hemisphere champions, were England in 2003. “Our aim was to be in the first band of teams and we achieved that, moving from fourth at the start of the year to second in the IRB world rankings,” said Meyer. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Joining those three teams in Pool B will be the top team from Asia, most likely to be Japan, and another side from the Americas. The Springboks have been drawn with Samoa and Scotland in Pool B for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which takes place in England. It’s the fourth time in succession that South Africa and Samoa have been drawn in the same pool. The draw took place in London on Monday. In their most recent clash, at the 2011 World Cup, the Boks held off a stiff challenge from the Samoans, winning 13-5, while they beat the Scots by 11 points in a tough encounter on their recent tour of the northern hemisphere. The current International Rugby Board (IRB) world rankings see South Africa in second place, with Samoa ranked seventh and Scotland twelfth. France is the top seed in Pool D. They will face Ireland, Italy, and teams from the Americas and Europe. During recent tours of the northern hemisphere, South Africa remained unbeaten, but had to fight for their victories, beating Ireland 16-12, Scotland 21-10 and England 16-15. Australia’s results included a 33-6 thrashing at the hands of France, and New Zealand were thumped 38-21 by England. “As I said before the draw was made, to us it doesn’t matter who we are drawn against, because to win the World Cup, you have to beat the best teams out there.” “There really is very little to choose between the top sides in the world, while the next batch of teams has also improved a lot recently.” Gap has closed“If ever there was testimony that the gap between the top teams have closed, we saw that over the past month in the northern hemisphere,” Meyer commented. SatisfiedSpringbok coach Heyneke Meyer attended the draw at the Tate Modern and afterwards declared himself satisfied with the pool allocation. England, Australia and South Africa have lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy away from home. Both of New Zealand’s titles were won in New Zealand. Pool C features defending champions New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, as well as a team from Europe and another from Africa. World Cup winnersSouth Africa has won the Rugby World Cup twice previously, in 1995 and 2007. Australia, with World Cup titles in 1991 and 1999, is also a two-time winner, as is New Zealand, the 2011 champions and winners of the inaugural World Cup in 1987. 4 December 2012 PoolsThose three teams are in Pool A – which has quickly been dubbed the “Pool of Death” – along with a qualifier from Oceania and the winners of a playoff.last_img read more

WATCH: Derrick Rose moved to tears after watching video tribute from Chinese fans

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ It seems like a long time ago when Derrick Rose was terrorizing opposing NBA defenses with his acrobatic drives to the rim and devil-may-care play style.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut after undergoing multiple major surgeries over the past few years, Rose—although still a terrific player—has certainly lost some of the explosiveness that earned him the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Despite averaging 18 points per game with the dysfunctional New York Knicks last season, Rose was not heavily sought after by NBA teams this off-season.Still, his troubles did not affect his popularity in China, as his jersey was the top seller in the country two years ago, alongside Kobe Bryant’s, according to Sports Illustrated.Check out the touching tribute below. /raRELATED STORY:Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption The three-time NBA All-Star was visibly moved to tears after being shown a video message from strangers who professed their love for him and wished him luck in Cleveland.“I didn’t mean to cry,” Rose said, as he wiped the tears from his eyes while being interviewed by the Chinese media. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Although his stock has certainly dropped for NBA teams this season, the 28-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers guard remains one of the more popular figures abroad, as evidenced when he recently made a trip to China for an Adidas promotional event. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments La Salle, FEU strong picks Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Oklahoma State Falls in AP Top 25 After Bye Week

first_imgAfter sitting out this week with a bye, Oklahoma State dropped one spot in the AP top 25 poll that was released on Sunday afternoon to No. 11, and stayed at No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.Three-loss USC, who beat a 4-win Notre Dame team Saturday, jumped the Cowboys into the 10th spot.Here’s a look at where the top 25 stands in the AP poll.screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-22-55-pm screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-23-17-pmThe Cowboys rank No. 10 in the college football playoff committe rankings that will be updated once again on Tuesday. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

10 months agoFriend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Friend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlvaro Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea this month.Speaking on Cadena Cope, a member of the striker’s camp revealed the Spaniard has decided to leave Stamford Bridge in January.PSG, Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid are all being linked with Morata.However, Sevilla are regarded as favourites to land the centre-forward – with a loan arrangement already being discussed.Both Sevilla coach and sports chief Joaquin Caparros have confirmed their interest. last_img

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters https://t.co/H6bcaErCe5— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more