No one was more surprised than Hurricanes captain Dane Coles when a turbulent final weekend of Super Rugbys regular season saw his Wellington side emerge as top qualifier. Jose Fernandez Jersey . In a weekend that started with multiple permutations in play, the Hurricanes needed a bonus-point win over the Canterbury Crusaders, who led the competition until three weeks ago, and two other results to go their way. And that was how it panned out when the Hurricanes whipped the Crusaders 35-10 to catapult from fourth in the New Zealand conference to top overall and guaranteed home matches through the play-offs. The Chiefs only needed a win to overtake the Hurricanes but were instead beaten 25-15 by the Highlanders who, in turn, were unable to get the winning bonus point they needed to claim the top spot. The outcome then boiled down to the Lions, who started the weekend in pole position but paid dearly for their gamble to rest 15 of their stars when they went down to the Jaguares.It was an outcome that even amazed the usually confident Coles.I didnt expect to get a bonus point. I am not going to lie, he admitted. I knew we could perform and get the result, but to get the bonus point was pretty pleasing. After the Highlanders beat the Chiefs, the Hurricanes had a nervous wait for the outcome of the Lions game, which was being played in Argentina as Coles and his team flew back to Wellington from Christchurch.Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said they pushed the boundaries of air safety rules on the flight trying to monitor what was going on. Somebody was watching it on their phone until three minutes before the end when we lost reception and at that stage I think (the Jaguares) were up by 10 or 12 points so I guess that put the icing on the cake for us, he said on landing.The four conference winners - the Hurricanes, Lions, Stormers and Brumbies - will host the quarter-finals against the Sharks, Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders respectively. .Super Rugby Quarter-FinalsBrumbies v Highlanders in Canberra Hurricanes v Sharks in WellingtonLions v Crusaders in JohannesburgStormers v Chiefs in Cape TownWatch the Super Rugby Quarter-Finals live on Sky Sports. Catch all the action for £6.99 with a NOW TV day pass. Also See: Lions gamble backfires Hurricanes thrash Crusaders Rugby on Sky Follow @SkySportsRugby Jarlin Garcia Jersey . -- Arizona coach Bruce Arians says there "were obviously very, very many problems" with the officiating in the Cardinals 24-21 loss at Philadelphia. Jose Quijada Jersey . -- Max Domi scored twice and set up two more as the London Knights toppled the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 6-4 on Sunday in Ontario Hockey League action.PARIS -- Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2018, ending months of speculation surrounding his future. The 26-year-old Matuidi has been one of PSGs key players, playing an important role in the French league title run last year. The France international was out of contract in June and had been linked with a big-money move to English Premier League side Manchester City. Matuidi has formed a dynamic central midfield pairing with Thiago Motta, who recently signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2016. PSG is also negotiating terms with Brazil centre half Alex over a new contract. A tireless runner renowned for his tenacious tackling, Matuidi has played 124 games and scored 13 goals for PSG since joining from Saint-Etienne in 2011. "I was determined to continue the adventure with Paris Saint-Germain," said Matuidi, who has played 19 times for France. "The clubs limitless ambition is unequaled in Europe." Since Qatari backers QSI took charge in May 2011, PSG alreaady has bought four players costing more than 40 million euros ($55 million) each -- Brazil captain Thiago Silva, Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore, the clubs first marquee signing who has since fallen out of favour, Brazil winger Lucas and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani. Miami Marlins Store. PSG also signed midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Premier League club Newcastle last month, and the fact Matuidi is staying on shows PSG has the power both to lure and keep good players, when the French league has historically mainly been a selling league. "We are sending out a very strong message to France and the rest of Europe by re-signing one of Frances very best players," PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said. "Together, we want to build one of the best clubs in the world." PSG leads the French league by five points from Monaco, and thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 away from home in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match. The team is scoring freely and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 37 goals in all competitions. ' ' '
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06 déc. 2019
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