Super Rugby

Sport Digest, March 10, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 February, 2014, 2:26am

Pocock injury mars Brumbies' easy win

The ACT Brumbies beat the hapless New South Wales Waratahs 35-6 in a Super Rugby clash yesterday despite losing openside flanker David Pocock to what could be a serious knee injury. The Brumbies made light of the loss of Pocock, who limped off early with what commentators suggested was a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The loss of Pocock for any length of time could hit the Brumbies hopes of mounting a title challenge, although former Wallabies flanker George Smith impressed as Pocock's replacement on his debut after joining on a short-term contract. "George Smith is phenomenal," Brumbies coach Jake White said. "It was a stroke of genius in terms of getting him here. I don't wish anything on David but at the same time there's no doubt his [Smith's] presence and what he did tonight just shows what a talent he is." Elsewhere, Johan Goosen kicked the Central Cheetahs to an historic first victory over the Otago Highlanders when they won 36-19 in Invercargill. There were three tries each, including a hat-trick for Highlanders' wing Kade Poki, but the telling difference on the board were the 21 points from Goosen. AFP


Disappointment for Lee at Asian showpiece

Favourite Sarah Lee Wai-sze failed to reach the medal race in the women's sprint at the Asian Cycling Championships in New Delhi yesterday and had to settle for fifth place. Lee, the Olympic Games bronze medallist and defending champion, was disqualified in the semi-finals. Lee still has the time trial and keirin events to make up for the disappointment. In the men's 4km team pursuit, Hong Kong's Kwok Ho-ting, Choi Ki-ho, Cheung King-wai and Leung Chun-wing won the bronze medal. Chan Kin-wa


Davies too hot for Toropov in Sai Kung

Salomon Bonaqua Racing's Will Davies won the overall title at the MSIG HK 50 series by just one point from Pavel Toropov from Team of Paris M68. Davies excelled in the tough and treacherous course at Sai Kung, finishing in a winning time of five hours, 41 minutes and 52 seconds. Staff Reporter


Lee moves towards All-England title

Lee Chong Wei moved to within one step of winning back the All-England badminton title with a superb performance that enabled him to win his semi-final in little more than half an hour in Birmingham. He beat Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 22-20, 21-8. Lee had been so disappointed by his patchy quarter-final performance, but he was brilliant in his next game. "I came on to court a little bit nervous because I knew he [Tanongsak] had been playing well," the Malaysian said. AFP