Carlos Tevez is keen to lead United’s attack on all fronts after taking his Carling Cup tally to five for the season so far.
Scorer of the match-winning penalty against QPR in the fourth round, the terrific Tevez blasted four past Blackburn Rovers in the fifth. His quadruple included another spot-kick and an opening goal that may in the long run be seen by some as an Aaron Mokoena’s own goal.
Not that Carlos is taking that into consideration for now, as he enjoys the exposure he richly deserves after destroying Paul Ince’s side at Old Trafford.
“I’m very proud to score four goals,” Tevez told MUTV, with his team-mate Rodrigo Possebon acting as interpreter.
“It’s the first time I’ve done it in my career and I’m very proud to have achieved this in a United shirt. We’re very happy as a team with our performance, and I’m happy with my performance as well.
“For the players who do not play very often, it was a very good night because we showed we can play in any game that’s to come in the Premier League or Champions League.”
Chipping in with some words of his own, Possebon echoed Tevez’s pride in the display.
“It was a great performance – five goals, four from Carlito and one from Nani – and we are very proud. Blackburn is a very good team with some players who can make a difference. But we played better and we’re overjoyed to have won again.”
Post written for Soccer Pitch by Jaco van Dyk
Sitiveni Sivivatu scored a classical All Black try in this encounter with the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005. Aaron Mauger broke the Lion’s line and offloaded excellently to the supporting Tana Umaga, who then threw the perfect long pass out to Sivivatu, who stepped inside to finish superbly.
Australia ended their end of year UK tour with a victory over the Barbarians. The Aussies won 18 – 11 at Wembley Stadium in an very exciting and action packed game.
“The Wallabies, with England referee Chris White seemingly in the festive season spirit already and very generous in his handling of the constant breaches of the law, simply tackled the BaaBaas into submission.
But it was the Australians’ greater enthusiasm and willingness to push the law to its utter limits in both defence and at the breakdown, that won them the day.
The victory was sealed only two minutes from time, by replacement Lachie Turner’s breakaway try after South Africa’s Francois Steyn, who also missed a number of goal-kicks, turned the ball over yet again.
The result meant Australia had won four of their six tour matches – also beating Italy, England and France, but losing to New Zealand, in Hong Kong, and Wales last weekend in Cardiff.
Australia took the Rugby Union gold medal in 1908 with a 32-3 victory over Great Britain, represented by the south-west English county of Cornwall.
The Barbarians, in honour of that match, all wore yellow Cornwall socks as they departed from their usual tradition of players wearing their club socks.
BaaBaas try-scorer Jerry Collins, who last year played for Cornish side Barnstaple, even dyed his hair yellow.
The Barbarians were 6-13 behind with just under 30 minutes left when they got back into the game with a superb try.
Australia fullback James O’Connor’s poor kick out of defence gave possession back to the Barbarians and Steyn, playing at flyhalf, threw a long cut-out pass to Welsh wing Shane Williams, the newly-crowned International Rugby Board Player of the Year.
Williams, on as a half-time replacement for Percy Montgomery, sprinted clear down the touchline.
Having a look at the teams for the Barbarians vs Australia encounter tonight, anyone who is a rugby fan will have their mouths watering at this juicy encounter. Here are the teams, kick-off time, weather conditions, etc:
15. Percy Montgomery,14. Joe Rokocoko, 13. Rico Gear, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Francois Steyn, 9. Fourie du Preez, 8. Schalk Burger, 7. Richie McCaw, 6. Jerry Collins, 5. Johann Muller, 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. Census Johnson, 2. John Smit (captain), 1. Federico Pucciariello.
Replacements: 16. Mark Regan, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Chris Jack, 19. Nick Koster, 20. George Gregan, 21. Ollie Smith, 22. Shane Williams.
15. James OConnor, 14. Lote Tuqiri, 13. Ryan Cross, 12. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Brett Sheehan, 8. Richard Brown, 7. George Smith, 6. Dean Mumm, 5. Hugh McMeniman, 4. Mark Chisholm, 3. Matt Dunning, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Sekope Kepu
16. Adam Freier, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. David Pocock, 20. Luke Burgess, 21. Lachie Turner, 22. Drew Mitchell
Venue: Wembley Stadium London
Kick-off: 19.45 (19.45 GMT)
Weather: It is a night game, but the prospect of rain is small. It will be cold, with a high of 2°C and a low of -3°C
Referee: Chris White (England)
Touch judges: Wayne Barnes (England), Steve Terheege (England)
TMO: Geoff Warren (England)
The Presidents Council of the South African Rugby Union resolved yesterday to move the Springbok emblem to the right-hand side of the national playing jersey.
“The decision was taken to accommodate the application of the National Sports Emblem the King Protea and to bring SA Rugby in line with other South African sports federations and planned legislation.
As a consequence of the change the Protea that is currently displayed above the leaping Springbok, will be removed from the Springbok logo.
The Council took cognisance of the advice they received from the Sports Minister on pending national legislation and a consensus was reached, said Mr Oregan Hoskins, SARU President.
The possibility of retaining the Springbok on the left-hand side was discussed, as council had not taken a decision on the positioning and legislation remains to be promulgated. However, it was the decision of council to avoid confusion by making the move now and to prevent a future necessity of making a second change in due course.
The timing of the change will be confirmed once logistical considerations have been finalised.“
The Springbok centre Jean de Villiers took both the ‘SA Rugby Player’ and ‘Player’s Player of the Year’ awards at rugby’s annual awards banquet sponsored by Absa, Sasol and Vodacom which took place at a glittering ceremony at Vodaworld, Midrand on Tuesday.
“The 27-year-old Vodacom Western Province player was the clear winner in a poll of South African rugby journalists for the SA Rugby Player of the Year title ahead of four players from the Sharks Bismarck du Plessis, Adrian Jacobs, Ryan Kankowski and Beast Mtawarira.
De Villiers completed a memorable double as he was also awarded the prestigious Players` Player of the Year Award, voted for by members of the South African Rugby Players` Association (SARPA) the first man to complete the double since Ashwin Willemse won both in the 2003 season.
Ryan Kankowski`s outstanding year was recognised with four nominations although he had to settle for just one award as the Sharks No 8 was chosen Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year. He was also nominated for Sasol Young Player of the Year and Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year as well as for the main award.
His back-row colleague Jean Deysel also had his devastating form in the Sharks run to the title recognised when he was named Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.
And completing the Sharks joy was the award of two of the three new categories introduced this year. John Plumtree was chosen as Absa Coach of the Year after helping the Sharks end their 12-year wait for a title with victory on the Absa Currie Cup final, while the Sharks Super 14 was named as Vodacom Team of the Year after returning to the play-offs for a second successive year,