British & Irish Lions

Sports Digest, March 11, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 February, 2014, 5:15pm

Pocock ruled out of Lions series with injury

The Wallabies suffered a major blow for this year's home series against the British and Irish Lions with confirmation that star forward David Pocock has been ruled out for six months. Scans showed that breakdown ace Pocock suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament playing for the ACT Brumbies in their 35-6 Super Rugby victory over the NSW Waratahs. "To hurt my knee so early in the season is obviously disappointing, particularly considering how well the team have been playing," said Pocock, who had been in contention to be team captain against the Lions. "The medical staff have given me plenty of time to make a full recovery, so my focus has to turn to making that a reality." AFP


Chen topples Lee forAll-England title

Badminton world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia failed in his bid to regain the men's singles All-England title, losing to Chinese rival Chen Long in Birmingham last night. The top-seeded Lee, who last won the title in 2011, lost to No 2 seed Chen 21-17, 21-18 in another patchy performance. Earlier, Tine Baun became the oldest All-England women's singles winner of the open era when she beat the youngest finalist Ratchanok Intanon in a battle of the ages. The 33-year-old Dane's 21-14, 16-21, 21-10 win over the 18-year-old Thai brought to an end the career of one of the outstanding players of the past 10 years, and the only woman to threaten Chinese dominance. AFP


Bulls complete misery of New Zealand sides

The Northern Bulls completed a South African whitewash over New Zealand sides with an upset 28-21 win over the Auckland Blues in their Super 15 clash at Eden Park. The Bulls' first victory over the Blues since 2009 followed the Central Cheetahs' downing of the Otago Highlanders 36-19 and the Western Stormers holding off Waikato Chiefs 36-34. All three victories were the result of dominating the New Zealand sides in the forwards. "It's pretty good, I must say," declared Bulls skipper Pierre Spies. "It's a great day for us. I'm thankful and humble, and it was a great team effort. It's not easy coming here to win." Blues captain Ali Williams said: "We just didn't turn up. I'm gutted." AFP


England stay on course for grand slam

A disjointed and error-strewn England needed a brilliant goalkicking display by Toby Flood to beat Italy 18-11 at Twickenham yesterday and set up a Six Nations rugby union championship decider against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. England will have to play a lot better, though, to secure a win that would give them their first grand slam since 2003 and their second title in three years while Wales, who beat Scotland 28-18 on Saturday for their third tournament win, would retain their title if they win by eight points. Flyhalf Flood, playing instead of the injured Owen Farrell, scored all England's points as he landed all six of his penalty attempts in a scrappy match. Reuters