Walker, Johnston star for revamped Rabbitohs

first_imgAfter blowing Manly away late in a runaway 38-18 win at Lottoland on Saturday afternoon, the two best pieces of news for Souths fans were the reinvigorated forward pack – which seemed to benefit from the return of George Burgess despite one costly error – and the immediate spark generated between fullback Alex Johnston, five-eighth Cody Walker, halfback Adam Reynolds and dummy-half pair Robbie Farah and Damien Cook. Johnston scored two tries and set up one while running 115 metres in an error-free afternoon, Reynolds set up a try and kicked beautifully, Farah scored one try (and almost had a second) and set up two. Cook added a ton of spark, darting for 73 metres, offloading three times and creating a line break. Walker though was without doubt the best of the lot and turned the match after the Rabbitohs fell behind early. Three line breaks, two line break assists, two try assists and a try amount to a fair reflection of his game-breaking afternoon.”I thought Cody was our best player today,” Reynolds said after the game.”He’s been one of our best players last year, he’s come onto the scene and hasn’t taken a backward step and continued to learn and grow. It’s a credit to him, he’s got a young family and he lives his lifestyle better than everyone else that I know, he’s a real family man and when he comes to football he’s a real footballer.”He takes pride about whatever he does. It’s taken him a while to get into first grade but he’s not missing a beat now, he’s taken his opportunity with both hands.”The form of Johnston – whose preferred position is fullback – was pleasing for both Reynolds and coach Michael Maguire.”Obviously Greggy (Inglis) the big fella’s not there and I thought ‘AJ’ did a good job today,” Reynolds said.”He’s pretty familiar with that role anyway, he’s been training there all pre-season and all the boys have got faith in him. He’s a talent, he’s a young kid and his will to learn is second to none.”Me and Cody and Robbie’s job is to take a bit of pressure off him. He’s a key member of our team and the more ball we get him in open space the better for him. He’s got a lot of speed to burn and his choices with the ball are excellent as well.”Maguire said he was pleased to see Johnston show the form he did.”He’s definitely got that in him and now it’s just building on that,” Maguire said.”He’s always wanted to have a crack at fullback. He’s a South Sydney kid that’s come through all the grades and it’s great to see him excelling like he did [on Saturday] and he’s just got to keep going.”Unlike last week when the loss of two outside backs to injury threw the bench rotation out, Saturday’s game gave a better indication of how Farah and Cook may combine as the season goes on. Cook replaced Farah after 35 minutes and played out the game. Farah returned after 65 minutes and both were on the field for the final 15 minutes.Maguire believed Farah and Cook combined intelligently.”Our two dummy halves in Damien Cook and Robbie Farah, I thought they played a really smart game and when you’ve got Cookie out there with Robbie, those combinations, we’ve just got to keep growing them,” Maguire said.”We played around with both, whether Robbie plays lock or Damien plays hooker, we do play around with that at training. Obviously with Cookie, his speed through the middle, they can double team out of dummy half so we’ve got opportunities like that through the middle.”last_img read more

Abueva, Tratter part of Gilas’ 14-man pool vs Aussies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Fil-American big man and “23-for-23” cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing key big men due to injuries.Reyes explained that Troy Rosario hasn’t gotten his medical clearance yet after his bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7, while Mac Belo is still not at 100 percent after recently recovering from his left knee injury.After Australia, Gilas goes home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer READ: Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg“Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday),” Reyes wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNaturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boomers for their first duel in Group B action.Also part of the squad are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE PHOTO. Fiba.comHaving been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday.National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY!

first_imgLaura Holmes got this lot down to Sydney Harbour Bridge: Left to right, Lisa Crumlish, Majella McLaughlin, Laura Holmes, Ciara O’NeillTHANKS once again to all those who have sent in pictures to Donegal Daily this week.It never ceases to amaze us where you get to – and what you get up to.Four days to go – nervous or what? Enjoy the latest line-up.We start with four Donegal ladies in Sydney Harbour.Patsy Boyle and Family Dungloe (with a banner from 1992 game). It will be making a return trip to Croker on SundaySay that again Sam: 6 month old Shay Kearney from Buncrana with Sam Maguire in the Ulster Bank, Buncrana.LOOKING GOOD LADS! This is the gang in Rosbeg getting ready for Sunday. We’re still looking for tickets!! James Boyle, Gary McHugh, Brendan Quinn, Liam Boyle, Eamonn Boyle, Paul Barrett, Declan McTaggert, Steven & Alex Barrett, Philip Boyle….On top of Muckish! adrian gerard martin and neilHow’s she cutting in Dungloe there? Thanks to J Stewart for the snap!    COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more