Sale dominate Saracens to take vital Premiership win

If Sale’s victory over Gloucester last-week was overshadowed by Steve Diamond’s needless spat with a journalist, this victory over the champions speaks for itself. Chris Ashton spoke before the game of Sale’s top-six ambitions, and if they can reproduce performances like this there is little doubt that the Sharks will be playing in Europe’s elite…

City halt Liverpool’s momentum to throw open title race

There are many masterful tacticians in the footballing stratosphere, but few who can make flawless decisions as effortlessly as Pep Guardiola can. Guardiola opted to replace both full-backs from Sunday’s victory over Southampton, and it worked exactly how he would have hoped. Mo Salah was wholly nullified by Aymeric Laporte – traditionally a centre-back, playing…

Zafar Ansari Exclusive: I’m happier now than when I played cricket

Zafar Ansari is talking about his new job. “On a day to day basis I think I’m a happier person, so in that sense, I don’t regret making the switch,” he says. It’s a startling, inconceivable assertion, and I don’t believe him. How could any job make you happier than earning money to do what…

Wasps left to rue missed opportunities as Harlequins win Big Game 11

There was never any doubt that Harlequins would be up for this. The ‘Big Game’ has become their showpiece event – even last season, in their worst campaign since relegation in 2005, the South-West Londoners found the quality to batter Northampton Saints 50-21. There was also little doubt that Harlequins would win this game against…

Anderson stars as West Ham come-back to beat Southampton

For all Ralph Hasenhuttl’s charisma and desire to attack in his new job, this disappointing Southampton defeat at home to an injury-stricken West Ham proved to the St. Mary’s crowd that their manager, and his team, have much to learn. Hasenhuttl has charmed Southampton’s fans, buying season-ticket holders a beer before the shock victory over…

Wales 20-11 South Africa – Player Ratings

Wales ended their Autumn International series with a victory over South Africa to secure their fourth win from four, thus making it their most successful return in history. Here’s how the players rated… Wales 15. Liam Williams – 8/10 Took his try well, looks at his best at fullback. Has given Gatland a selection dilemma…

England beat Australia after strong second-half to end year on a high

England beat Australia 37-18 to end a tumultuous 2018 with a sweet victory over an Australia side in turmoil. Tries from wingers Jonny May and Joe Cokanasiga, as well as a flying solo effort from Elliot Daly were enough to ensure that England will head into a World Cup year with a successful Autumn International…

Ireland 16-9 New Zealand – Player Ratings

Ireland were brilliant in defence to beat the World Champions for only the second time, but how did the players rate? Ireland 15. Rob Kearney – 8/10 Perhaps lucky to avoid further punishment for a tackle in the air on Reiko Ioane, but generally very solid under the high ball, removing Barrett’s kicking threat. It takes…