San Francisco struck first on the pettiness scoreboard after Deebo Samuel … Who’s mocking was better? 49ers or Ravens?49ers. Deebo Samuel’s did a great Lamar Jackson imitation.Ravens. Mark Andrews did a spot-on rendition of Nick Bosa’s move.VoteView ResultsTake Our Poll The 49ers and Ravens showed one good taunting deserves another during their showdown in Baltimore on Sunday.The rainy weather may have affected the play on the field, but it didn’t prevent both teams from expertly mocking each other’s signature celebrations.The Ravens and Niners taking inspiration from each others’ TD dances 🤣🙌 pic.twitter.com/Kb50F0dLFD— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 1, 2019
1 July 2014After opening their pre-World Cup tour of England and France with a 20-5 victory over the Nomads, the women’s rugby equivalent of the Barbarians, the Springbok Women face the same opposition on Tuesday, with a new-look line-up set to run out in the green and gold.In Teddington on the weekend, the South African team ran in tries through Phumeza Gadu, Lorinda Brown, and Cindy Cant, with Cant adding a conversion and Tayla Kinsey a penalty to put the tourists 20-0 ahead before Elisha Dee scored a consolation try for the Nomads.Sephaka’s charges face France in their final tour match on Friday.Five players retainedOnly five players who started the first game against the Nomads have been included in Tuesday’s run-on team for the clash at the Wasps Football Club, namely number eight Lamla Momoti, flank Vuyolwethu Vazi, wing Phumeza Gadu and centres Veroeshka Grain and Benele Makwezela. As the match is not a test, the squad will again be extended to 25 players.Momoti retains the captaincy as regular Springbok Women’s captain Mandisa Williams, who missed the first match due to a bout of flu, has again been ruled out after picking up a knee injury.Plan“We planned from the outset to give all the players sufficient game time to prove themselves before the test against France and in the lead-up to the World Cup, and this involved handing everyone a start,” Sephaka said in a statement on Monday.“Most of the players who were promoted from the bench to the starting team played on Saturday, so we are confident that we will build on the momentum we gained in the first tour match.”A much tougher encounterSephaka said he is expecting an even tougher encounter than the weekend’s showdown with the same opposition as the Nomads now have a good idea about what to expect from his charges, while they have also had more time together to prepare for the clash.“The Nomads made it clear after the last match that they would be better on Tuesday and we expect that as a team,” said Sephaka.“Apart from the fact that both teams had an opportunity to study the last match and have worked on the areas of the game that were problematic, there could be dry weather tomorrow, which could result in a different approach from both teams, so this match will be a different challenge.”Improvement requiredThe former Springbok prop singled out the scrums as one of the areas that had to improve before the test against France on Friday after the South Africans found themselves under pressure in that department at times in the weekend’s match.“We have identified the problems in the scrum and we have worked hard to improve on that, so we are expecting a better performance in the set piece,” he said. “France are also a forward-dominated team and it will be vital to counter them in the scrums, so we have to get it right against the Nomads this time.”France testThe Springbok Women will depart for France on Wednesday morning and will face the IRB Women’s World Cup hosts in Marcoussis on Friday.Springbok Women’s XV vs Nomads15 Siviwe Basweni, 14 Nosiphiwo Goda, 13 Veroeshka Grain, 12 Benele Makwezela, 11 Phumeza Gadu (vice-captain), 10 Zandile Nojoko, 9 Fundiswa Plaatjie, 8 Lamla Momoti (captain), 7 Vuyolwethu Vazi, 6 Rachelle Geldenhuys, 5 Andrea Mentoor, 4 Nomathamsanqa Faleni, 3 Nwabisa Ngxatu, 2 Thantaswa Macingwana, 1 Cebisa KulaSubstitutes: 16 Denita Wentzel, 17 Asithandile Ntoyanto, 18 Portia Jonga, 19 Celeste Adonis, 20 Nolusindiso Booi, 21 Shona-Leah Weston, 22 Tayla Kinsey, 23 Cindy Cant, 24 Andrea Mentoor, 25 Zandile NojokoSAinfo reporter
Having made a strong comeback in their previous encounter, India would look to carry forward the winning momentum and seal the series when they take on gritty Sri Lanka in the fourth and penultimate One-day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.The visitors gave a good account of their character in the third match of the series with Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan stitching a record 92-run sixth-wicket partnership to take the visitors home to a 2-1 lead in the series after succumbing to one of their lowest totals against the Islanders in the second ODI. However, lack of consistency by the top order will be something to worry about for India against the hosts, who will be without their top batsman Kumar Sangakkara, following a fracture in his little finger that has ruled him out of the series.Apart from opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a much-needed century in the last game, and Raina’s match-winning knock of 65, the Indian batsmen have thrown away their wickets after getting good start. Both Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli have not delivered the goods after decimating the Sri Lankan bowling in the first match.Rohit Sharma’s miserable run seems to have no end and with the voices growing loud for his ouster, it remains to be seen whether the Indian think-tank gives Manoj Tiwary a fairly deserving chance.Indian bowlers have also been an inconsistent lot in the tournament so far. Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan bowled with lot of purpose in the third ODI and it will be once again up to him to lead the attack in the right direction.advertisementAshok Dinda leaked away too many runs for his skipper’s liking and he will require to be more disciplined in his approach.Pathan has swung the ball upfront and also been useful with the bat lower down the order, but the all-rounder definitely needs to work out on his bowling towards the later stage of the match.