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Rabbitohs keen to arrest slow starts

first_imgThe Rabbitohs conceded three tries in the opening 12 minutes against the Sea Eagles but managed to turn it around to secure a morale-boosting win on the road. It followed their slow start in Round 1 against the Wests Tigers where they scored first but then conceded three tries in a 12-minute burst to put themselves in a position they simply couldn’t recover from. Halfback Adam Reynolds – who made an earlier than expected return from appendicitis for last week’s game – admitted his side’s starts weren’t good enough.”Our energy wasn’t where it needed to be. Simple things like we didn’t control the ball well or we were a bit loose in defence and one thing leads to another,” Reynolds said. “Three tries in 10 minutes is obviously not a good start. We addressed it pretty early and I thought the comradery amongst the group was good to bring it back, but we shouldn’t have been in that position from the start.”They’ll need to arrest their slow starts against a fired-up Newcastle side coming off their first win since Round 6, 2016. The Knights have scored the opening try in each of their two matches this season and Reynolds knows they are far from the easy-beats that managed just one win last year.”I wouldn’t say all the pressure’s off,” Reynolds said. “We’ve got standards and we haven’t lived by them in the first two weeks. If you want to be successful in this competition then you’ve got to turn up every week at your best to perform.”Luckily enough we got away with a win last week, but Newcastle played very well in Round 2 and they showed what they can in Round 1 when they were close to getting a victory. We’ve definitely got to prepare well and come ready to play.”They’re a passionate group of young players and they definitely showed last week what they’re capable of. For us, it’s about making sure we’re performing at training and making sure we turn up with the right attitude.”Rabbitohs hooker Robbie Farah said it was no surprise to see the Knights on the improve, telling media the signs were there in the pre-season when they thrashed the Raiders in a trial game. “We’ve watched some footage of them and they’ve been really impressive, to be honest,” Farah said. “On the back of that trial win against Canberra [which finished] 44-0, they were unlucky against New Zealand and then to come up with a really good win last week at home, they’ll be full of confidence on the back that win. “They’ve got a bunch of players there that are really ripping in for each other so we’re going to be facing a very committed team this week.”last_img read more

Jamaica dethrone Barbados of CAZOVA U19 title

first_imgJamaica won the 2015 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Under-19 championship, de-throning Barbados 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 to win the four-team tournament, their first in international volleyball at any level. The team will now represent CAZOVA in the NORCECA Under -19 tournament to be held sometime between later this year and next year. Jamaica also exacted a measure of revenge on the defending champions, who had beaten them 3-1 on the first day of the tournament, last week Thursday. In Sunday’s final, Jamaica overcame a six-point deficit in what was a keenly contested first set that got the home crowd – consisting mainly of college students – cheering wildly. Barbados began the second set by racing to an 8-2 lead, before a time-out was called. On the resumption, Jamaica went on an eight-one run to lead 10-9. Ten to nine soon became 13-9 as the Jamaicans tried to race to a two-set to love lead. Barbados weren’t having it. The defending champions came into the final on an unbeaten streak of four games and were not going to roll over and die. Spurred by their outside hitter, No. 2 Brandon Callender, who had 18 spikes, and libero Akeel Oxley, Barbados rallied to take the lead 22-18, when Jamaica’s head coach, Steve Davis, called a time-out. Following the break, Jamaica clawed their way back to eke out a close 25-23 win. BRAVE BATTLE Facing the daunting task of winning three straight sets against an opponent growing in confidence as the game went on, Barbados battled bravely, but the influence of tournament MVP Jovan Thomas, Jamaica’s captain, whose nine left-handed spikes were virtually unstoppable; and six from No.8, Shavar James, enabled Jamaica to secure a comfortable 25-16 win to snatch the title. “I am extremely satisfied,” said an elated Davis, following the historic win. “Like I had been saying at the beginning, the guys are young but they are hard working. They never complained; and every training session, they got better, and every game, they got better. “We took a set from Barbados in the first match, and that set was 25-14, so we knew we had what it takes to beat them,” he noted. John Stuart, Barbados’ head coach, said unforced errors proved to be their downfall. “It was unforced errors and too many bad serves,” he said. “In all fairness, Jamaica played better than Barbados and deserved to win.”last_img read more