Australia vs Ireland

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IRELAND successfully negated Israel Folau’s aerial threat last weekend, but were their tactics legal? The Wallabies want answers before Saturday’s series decider

THE Wallabies want answers from officials about whether Ireland’s “blocking lines” preventing Israel Folau a clean run to catch high balls is legal heading into Saturday’s series decider.

Ireland squared the three-Test encounter 1-1 by winning in Melbourne last weekend, shutting down Folau’s aerial threat by impeding his runs for attacking high kicks.
Folau often found things in his way. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Folau often found things in his way. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

“If I look at some of the escorting lines or blocking lines that Ireland put in on the weekend, they used two or three player and it seemed quite specific that they were out there trying to impede Israel’s run,” Wallabies attack coach Stephen Larkham said.

“So when you’re starting to put two players in one position it obviously opens up space elsewhere on the field, so I’m not too concerned.”
The Wallabies have to figure out what to do. (AFP Photo)

The Wallabies have to figure out what to do. (AFP Photo)Source:AFP

Larkham said Ireland’s tactics would be raised at their meeting with the referees before Saturday’s finale at Allianz Stadium.

“It’s in our head so it’s something we’re going to have to sit down with the referees and discuss, they might have a different opinion,” Larkham said.

“Every team in world rugby uses it, every team in Super Rugby uses it as well.

“But for us it’s one; getting the kicks accurate so our chasers aren’t running between two or three guys, and then two; bringing it to the referee’s attention just to make sure everything is legal there.”
Will Genia was forced off the field (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Will Genia was forced off the field (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

The Wallabies are also unhappy after they were warned prior to the Melbourne Test about taking players out off the ball, only to have star halfback Will Genia hit behind play by Cian Healy and suffer a broken arm that sidelines him until August.

“There was a particular reference to that before the game from the referees towards us, so it was a little bit disappointing that the referees as a group of four missed some of the off-the-ball stuff which was quite significant,” Larkham said.
The third game will be a fascinating encounter. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The third game will be a fascinating encounter. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

“They’d identified some issues out of the first game for us, which we’d addressed through the week. They were spot on, but I guess being conscious there as referees then that it happened both sides of the ball.

“We can’t do anything [about the Genia incident], it’s out of our hands. It’s a matter of talking to the referees and making sure they’re working collectively as a group of four and doing a better job in that area.”

After winning 18-9 in Brisbane, the Wallabies lost 26-21 last weekend, which was Ireland’s first win on Australian soil since 1979.
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“Ireland did a fantastic job slowing the ball down, and again you look at their tactics and say ‘Is it something we need to bring up with the referee?’” Larkham said.

“That mentality of us sitting in front is one we’ve got to get comfortable with, now we’re sort of coming from behind again because we’ve lost that game.

“I expect there will be really good fight in the team this week, it’s really good preparation for the World Cup isn’t it? Coming up against the second best team in the world, with their strongest team on the paddock, we’re going to make a few changes this week, it’ll be really good to see the resolve of the guys.”

All Blacks vs France

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The controversial red card which saw France’s Benjamin Fall dismissed from Les Bleus’ match with New Zealand on Saturday has been cancelled.

The All Blacks claimed a series victory with a game to spare by beating Jacques Brunel’s side 26-13 in Wellington after thrashing the team 52-11 a week earlier.

But the match in Wellington on Saturday was marred with controversy as France were forced to play most of the game with just 14 men after French fullback Fall was sent off following a collision with New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett in the air.

The challenge left Barrett concussed, and Australian referee Angus Gardner gave Fall his marching orders.
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OPINION: Things didn’t go exactly to plan for many participants in the second test in Wellington last weekend. France had Benjamin Fall sent off, and as they vented their rage of that injustice on the All Blacks, the game became a terrible spectacle for the locals.

The fact referee Angus Gardner later had his reputation singed by World Rugby, who said he was wrong to red card Fall, added the final hairy wart to what was a sorry saga. That’s enough of the moaning though! Time to move on.

France were greeted by a chilly southerly as they arrived in Dunedin to prepare for the third and final test of the series at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night, but the sight of the roof over the ground should have warmed their spirits. With a dry ball and a firm ground guaranteed, there is potential for this test to earn a triple-star rating. Here’s hoping.

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Aaron Smith (left) and TJ Perenara have been named as the two halfbacks for the third and final test against France in …

Aaron Smith (left) and TJ Perenara have been named as the two halfbacks for the third and final test against France in Dunedin.


1 The Sonny and Jack show will be worth keeping an eye on. New Zealand has a remarkable ability to pump-out quality midfielders and wings, with Jack Goodhue one of the latest to tumble off the assembly line.

Sonny Bill Williams is one of the old guard. We all know what he is capable of if everything clicks.

Goodhue, a member of the golden breed that Super Rugby teams keep producing, is cut from a different mould. A sound distributor with an awareness of how to put the ball in front of his wings, he is also a very good defender.

Serbia vs Switzerland

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Serbia looks to clinch advancing into the knockout stage against Switzerland in their latest soccer game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. You can watch Serbia vs Switzerland live online streaming with or without cable at of 2 pm EST / 11 am PST on either the Fox or Telemundo (Spanish) TV channels.

Our recommended way to watch the Serbia vs Switzerland soccer game online live streaming without cable is via Hulu Live TV with complete World Cup coverage. Their service includes Fox Sports 1, Fox and Telemundo (in most markets) so you can stream the game with English or Spanish commentary. Sign up for Hulu Live TV to enjoy the popular online streaming service.


Another alternative to watch Switzerland vs Serbia is to try out the FuboTV 7-day free trial. With the “Fubo Premier” bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you’re busy at work for the Serbia Switzerland soccer game.

If you have cable or satellite then use the Fox Sports Go website or mobile app to login with your provider’s credentials and access the Fox live stream for Serbia vs Switzerland.

Serbia sits atop Group E entering play Friday after topping Costa Rica in their World Cup opener. Brazil tied Switzerland in their opener, so Serbia sits in the group’s drivers seat and can punch their ticket to the next round by beating the Swiss.

For Switzerland, they’ll know the outcome of Brazil vs Costa Rica before this game begins and will know how badly they need to win. If Brazil wins that game and moves up to four points then Switzerland will need a win to keep pace.

The Swiss took a lot of flack for fouling Neymar 10 times in their previous match. That aggressiveness should be matched by a Serbia squad not afraid to back down from a physical challenge.

Nigeria Vs Iceland

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Nigeria vs Iceland : The Vikings of Iceland that held Argentina to a draw in the first game of Group D in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will have it tougher with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the crunch match starting at 4pm today. Nigeria vs Iceland Nigeria’s players warm up during a training session at Essentuki Arena, southern Russia, on June 19, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. / AFP PHOTO / Chief Segun Odegbami, former Nigeria

international, who held a pep talk with the Nigerian team in Volgograd on Thursday speaking on Nigeria vs Iceland game made the prediction in a post on Facebook Super Eagles will fight, said Odegbami about his impressions of the team that lost to Croatia 2-0. “I saw their spirit. They will fight like they have never fought before. When we parted to go and watch the Argentinian match on TV, both my Head and my Heart were in sync about expectations tomorrow – Iceland are in trouble”, wrote Odegbami.

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Nigeria will be looking to get a win in their second Group D game against Iceland, but Super Eagles will know that they will have a tough test against debutants Iceland who showed plenty of fighting spirit in their 1-1 draw with Argentina.

Nigeria looked poor defensively in their 2-0 defeat to Croatia. Gernot Rohr will be hoping that his youthful squad has learnt from their opener, and taken those lessons into the game against Iceland a side who are similarly defensively robust.

Alex Iwobi will be hoping to start again on the wing, and his trickery will be a needed if Nigeria is to break down the Iceland defence. The Arsenal man relishes representing his country and would certainly become a national hero overnight if he can influence the tie in favour of the Super Eagles.

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As Iceland, they showed their defensive qualities in the 1-1 draw with Argentina, successfully silencing Leo Messi. The tiny European nation did ride their luck, however, with Messi missing a second-half penalty. However, after such a disciplined performance they will fancy getting a positive result against their West African opponents.

The game against Nigeria should bring out a more attacking side from Iceland. Expect Heimir Hallgrímsson to gamble tactically if the game is a stalemate. The more attacking outlook could see space open up for Everton playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson. The six-time Iceland player of the year played a key role in the draw with Argentina and will be a threat from set-pieces from his side.

Iceland Predicted Team

Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason, G Sigurdsson, Finnbogason

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Brazil vs Costa Rica

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Don’t miss a moment of the World Cup! Visit “My Teams” in your Settings and select your favorite team to set up scores and news alerts. Brazil and Costa Rica open the Friday slate of World Cup group stage matches as they battle in Group E, with both seeking their first win of the tournament. Brazil is coming off a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in the opener, while Costa Rica fell 1-0 to Serbia on a free-kick goal.

Both teams trail Serbia in the group, with Brazil behind by two points. It feels like a potential must-win for Brazil, and it expects to pick up three points here against a Costa Rica team that didn’t create much in attack in the opener.



Costa Rica appear to be in good health entering the game, but for Brazil, all eyes will be on Neymar. The Brazilian superstar was roughed up in the opener, fouled 10 times, and he left training early on Tuesday limping. But, he returned to training on Wednesday and should be good to go. LIVE Brazil vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 24 in Saint Petersburg Stadium: Neymar-led team look to get into groove

Talking points ahead of the match

Brazil star Neymar is expected to start despite hobbling out of a training session on Tuesday.

The PSG forward, who broke a bone in his right foot in February, felt pain in his right ankle but took part in another session on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica will look to emulate Switzerland’s efforts when they take on Tite’s side, who shared the spoils with the Swiss.

The Los Ticos now face an uphill task to progress after losing 1-0 to Serbia.

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Costa Rica were one of the major surprises of the 2014 World Cup and will head to Russia for next year’s tournament with largely the same squad of players having easily qualified from the CONCACAF region.

Litte was expected of the ‘Ticos’ in Brazil after they were drawn in a group with Uruguay, Italy and England, but the team coached by Jorge Luis Pinto topped the standings and went on to beat Greece in the round of 16 on penalties.
Brazil’s Neymar in conversation with Willian. Reuters

Brazil’s Neymar in conversation with Willian. Reuters

It could have been an even more memorable tournament for the Central American nation had they not exited to the Netherlands on penalties after their first ever quarter-final appearance ended goalless following extra time.

Much of the credit for that historic run was given to Colombian coach Pinto, but the current man in charge, Oscar Ramirez, has continued his good work.

One of the highlights of Costa Rica’s qualifying campaign was a 4-0 crushing of the United States in San Jose that cost US coach Jurgen Klinsmann his job.

To prove that result was no fluke, Costa Rica beat the Americans 2-0 in New Jersey and finished a relatively comfortable second in the final group, won by Mexico.

Both goals in that win at Red Bull Arena came from striker Marco Urena. He led the line well in the absence of Real Betis forward Joel Campbell, who missed the latter stage of qualifying due to injury.

The core of the team which beat Italy and Uruguay in Brazil is still in place with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas in goal, Celtic’s Cristian Gamboa, Sunderland’s Bryan Oviedo and Bologna’s Giancarlo Gonzalez at the back.

Christian Bolanos, 33, remains influential in midfield where Deportivo La Coruna’s Celso Borges has held off competition from younger players.

Captain Bryan Ruiz, of Sporting Lisbon, continues to be the creative force in attack while Ramirez will hope that the speedy Campbell will be back to full fitness in Russia.