Halfpenny form delights Jenkins

first_imgNeil Jenkins has hailed the “absolutely incredible” goalkicking performances of potential British and Irish Lions Test series hero Leigh Halfpenny. Full-back Halfpenny will line up in Saturday’s second Test against Australia as a player whose unrelenting accuracy could boot the Wallabies into oblivion. The Lions, 1-0 up and chasing a first Test series triumph for 16 years, have lost talisman lock Paul O’Connell through injury, while England prop Alex Corbisiero is rated doubtful as he battles calf muscle trouble. But when head coach Warren Gatland names his team on Thursday, Halfpenny’s name will not only be first on the sheet in terms of positional order, he is also arguably their most likely match-winner after scoring 78 points on tour so far, landing 27 from a possible 29 shots at goal. “He’s been absolutely incredible – his record speaks for itself,” Lions kicking coach Jenkins said. “He averages probably under one miss per game, which is incredible. He’s had an outstanding couple of years. “We (Wales) spoke to Leigh a couple of years ago about trying to get it (goalkicking) full time for the Cardiff Blues. He was doing a lot of long-range stuff for us, but we felt moving forward the more kickers we had then the better for us, really. “He’s pushed and pushed, worked hard, managed to get it for the Blues and then took over for us in Dublin (2012) against Ireland when Rhys Priestland missed a few – and he has never looked back. “Most kickers have got very good temperaments and the guys here on the Lions tour have incredible temperaments. “They are happy to rock up, irrelevant of the issues surrounding them. It might be a kick to win the game, the crowd, the amount of people watching on TV, they just seem to get into that zone. “You are trying to score the points for the team and you have got to put the work in to do that. You will have days when things don’t go right, that is understandable. You can’t get out of bed every day and everything goes well. “But I certainly believe if you put the work in, you work hard throughout the week, you put yourself in a good place.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FaZe Clan take home $250,000 after winning ECS Season 4

first_imgFaZe Clan in Cancun (Copyright: Joe Stephens)FaZe Clan left Cancun both the happiest team and $250,000 (£186,000) better off after they were crowned the champions of Season 4 of ECS.  The CS:GO competition saw three days of play at The Hard Rock hotel in Cancun, with FaZe seeing off mousesports in a dramatic grand finale. The Season 4 finals also saw FACEIT partner with YouTube to introduce Loot Drops filled with FACEIT points. These were to reward viewers for watching the livestreams on YouTube Gaming. The finals saw over 15 million redeemable FACEIT points awarded to viewers in these Loot Drops. Michele Attisani, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder of FACEIT commented: “Cancun has proved a fantastic location for the season 4 finals, the players have all had an amazing time and this is evident in the extremely high standard of play we’ve seen over the weekend. “We want to thank everybody that tuned in for the finals and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back for season 5 in June when we return to Wembley.”Esports Insider says: Congratulations to FaZe Clan for winning what must have been one of the more enjoyable esports events to take part in when not in front of a screen. A few days in Cancun and $250,000 doesn’t sound bad to us, the location was a decision well made by FACEIT.last_img read more

Uganda Cranes invites ‘Mo’ Opondo for Niger tourney

first_imgMo and FUFA boss Magogo in 2015. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has called 23 players for a three-nation tournament due in Niger, West Africa.Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre has included Danish based winger Moses “Mo” Opondo who features at Vendsyssel Football Club.“Mo” gets his first call up, three years after he visited the country and confirmed his availability to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng. Moses MagogoUganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre addressed the media Wednesday and named the 23 man squad that will be used for the two international warm up matches coming up between 27th May to 3rd June 2018.‘The main objective of this training camp is to have the players gel together in preparation for the four AFCON 2019 qualification matches between September and November 2018.’ Desabre noted.Uganda will face Central African Republic on May 30th before battling the hosts on June 2. The summoned players are expected to depart the country on the 26th May 2018. *******SOURCE FUFA MEDIAShare on: WhatsApp Faruku Miya199721Standard LiègeBelgium Denis Onyango198533Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa Geofrey Walusimbi199028Gor MahiaKenya Jamal Salim199523Al MerreikhSudan Murushid Jjuko199424SimbaTanzania GoalKeepers Charles Lukwago199423KCCAUganda Defenders Bevis Mugabi199523Yeovil TownEngland “Although the games will not be played during a FIFA international friendly window period, they will help me continue to assess the players as we plan for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier,” Desabre told URN.Uganda Cranes kick started the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign with a vital 1-0 Group L win away to Cape Verde last year. In September they will host Tanzania before facing Lesotho the following month.Meanwhile, the FUFA Communications manager Ahmed Hussein informed the media about the latest updates concerning the Uganda U-20 national team (The Hippos) ahead of the return leg for the CAF U-20 qualifiers.The team of 18 players and 6 officials will depart the country on Thursday early morning for Cameroon.UGANDA CRANES TEAM: Hassan Wasswa198830El GeishEgypt Mohammad Shaban199820KCCAUganda Joseph Ochaya199325Lusaka Dynamos F.C.Zambia Strikerscenter_img Moses Opondo199721VendsysselDenmark Khalid Aucho199325East BengalIndia Milton Karisa199523VipersUganda Taddeo Lwanga199523VipersUganda Luwagga Kizito199325CSMS IaşiRomania Yunus Sentamu199424TiranaAlbania Nicholas Wadada199424VipersUganda Isaac Muleme199226AssioutyEgypt Midfieders Emmanuel Okwi199226SimbaTanzania AllanKateregga199424Cape TownSouth Africa Denis Iguma199424Al-Nabi ShaythLebanon E.drisa Lubega199820Floridsdorfer ACAustria Timothy Awanyi199622KCCAUgandalast_img read more