A LAST gasp Jamie Foster penalty from 30 yards han

first_imgA LAST gasp Jamie Foster penalty from 30 yards handed Saints a deserved point at Odsal.The youngster kept his nerve to seal a 14-14 draw and keep his side right in the hunt for top spot.But Saints probably should’ve sealed the win as they were much the better team throughout the soggy match.They were level at half time despite dominating the opening 40 minutes.James Roby put in Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to get Saints underway before Bulls went ahead after they took advantage of two high balls.Saints had two tries disallowed – dubiously – but pulled level in the final minutes of the half through Tom Makinson.In the second half, both sides struggled to make headway in appalling conditions but Patrick Ah Van put the Bulls ahead with a penalty from 35 metres out.And that almost proved to be the eventual winner before Foster’s late intervention.Five of Saints’ six exiles backed up from Friday’s game, with only Francis Meli missing out with a leg injury.That meant Kyle Eastmond coming into the centres, whilst Chris Flannery and Josh Perry both returned on the bench.Saints got off to a good start with Jon Wilkin, Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax all penning the Bulls back with strong kicks.But once they got a set in Bradford’s half they were deadly. The home side conceded a penalty and once James Roby had broken the line, LMS was on his shoulder to get Saints on the board.Foster with the easiest of conversions.From the restart, Gaskell hit a huge forty twenty… and when the ball came out of the scrum, Kyle Eastmond slid over under pressure.But Ian Smith, the video referee, ruled he had lost the ball despite him having downward pressure.Bradford hit back straight away. A massive high ball went up from Marc Herbert and Brett Kearney profited – out-jumping Paul Wellens.Patrick Ah Van levelling it up.Jamie Foster added a penalty to put Saints back ahead before Jonny Lomax side stepped his way to the line and used the wet ground to slide over.But this time it was ruled off for obstruction.And like the last decision, it looked harsh.So ironically, it was no surprise that Andy Lynch benefitted from another high ball to drive over the line – Ah Van giving them a four-point lead.But Saints were not going to let nearly a full half of constant pressure go to waste – Roby firing a long ball to Makinson for his fifth of the year.Foster missing the conversion off the touchline.Half Time: Bradford 12 Saints 12Both sides struggled to get any sort of territorial advantage early doors with the driving rain and slippery conditions making a mockery of summer rugby.After Saints should have been given a penalty of their own in front of the posts, Patrick Ah Van forged the Bulls ahead by banging over one of his own – off the post.Saints bombed a couple of chances to put pressure on Bradford’s line; dropping the ball three or four times as the clock ticked down.And with 10 minutes to go Saints had another chance – forcing a drop out but not getting any joy from Bradford’s defence.Four minutes left on the clock Saints had six in Bradford territory once more and then grabbed a repeat set – again to no avail.But with seconds to go Lee Gaskell chipped ahead, was taken out by Andy Lynch, and Jamie Foster cooly slotted over from 30 yards.Saints would be happy with the point, but know they can do so much better on a day they dropped too much ball.Still, in those conditions…Match Summary:Bradford:Tries: Kearney, LynchGoals: Ah Van (2 from 3)Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, MakinsonGoals: Foster (2 from 3)Penalties:Bradford: 7Saints: 6HT: 12-12FT: 14-14REF: James ChildATT: 13224Teams:Bradford:6. Brett Kearney; 24. Jason Crookes, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 19. Gareth Raynor; 33. Ben Jeffries, 7. Marc Herbert; 10. Andy Lynch, 14. Matt Diskin, 16. Craig Kopczak, 11. Olivier Elima, 17. Ian Sibbit, 13. Jamie Langley.Subs: 9. Heath L’Estrange, 20. James Donaldson, 23. Tom Olbison, 29. Tom Burgess.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 19. Andrew Dixon, 24. Tom Armstrong.last_img read more

First team squad members Josh Simm and Jack Welsby

first_imgFirst team squad members Josh Simm and Jack Welsby (pictured) have been selected alongside Jake Wingfield and Tom Nisbet.Head coach Dave Elliott said: “Games against the Australian Schoolboys are always special, and we’re all really looking forward to what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks.“The Aussies are a strong, athletic and talented group, as always. But Yorkshire and Lancashire both acquitted themselves really well in their games against the Australians in the last week or so, and I’m excited about the talent and the ability we’ve got in our England squad.“It’s always exciting to bring together a group of lads from different clubs – that experience alone makes Academy internationals like this really valuable in terms of the different experience it provides.”Dave also sent his best wishes to Joe Sharratt, who could have been in line for a call-up: “Joe is a popular and respected lad among the group who was exemplary in everything he did with the Lancashire squad last week, and he was a key figure in their team performing so well against the Australians.“We’re all thinking of him, and I’d like to send our best wishes on behalf of the whole squad and everyone else at the Rugby Football League to Joe and his family.”England Academy squad:Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings), Cameron Scott (City of Hull Academy), Corey Johnson (Leeds Rhinos), Callum McLelland (Leeds Rhinos), Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Muzzi Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Jake Wingfield (St Helens), James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors), Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors), Josh Simm (St Helens), Louis McConnell (Leeds Rhinos), Louis Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Wilson (Bradford Bulls), Owen Trout (Leeds Rhinos), Sam Walters (Widnes Vikings), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), Tom Nisbet (St Helens).Ticket details for the match are here.last_img read more

Update Migrants still awaiting on MV Alex

first_img SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Mediterranea – Saving Humans stated that the migrants on board the MV Alex have not as yet been picked up by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) to be transferred to Malta on their way to Italy.In a tweet by an Italian journalist, that had been retweeted by the NGO, it seems that the migrants are still waiting for help from Malta in the scorching sun without any source of substance.#migranti Sole a picco, niente cibo. E nessuna nave di Malta per il trasbordo [email protected]#igiornidellavergognaDi @ila_solaini @Avvenire_Neihttps://t.co/XUghpJltIM— nello scavo (@nelloscavo) July 5, 2019The Maltese and Italian authorities have made an agreement to exchange 55 migrantsThis was stated in a press release, that continued saying that the 55 migrants which Italy will send to Malta have been rescued at sea off Tunisia, whilst Italy will take 55 migrants that are currently in Malta.It was also explained that this agreement was made without prejudice to the situation in which this operation has taken place, and in which Malta had no legal responsibility, but as part of an initiative fostering a European spirit of cooperation and goodwill between Malta and Italy.From information received by Newsbook.com.mt the MV Alex was approaching Italian territorial waters 12 miles from Lampedusa. However, the Italian Ministry for Internal Affairs did not allow the vessel to enter port. It was explained that such order is illegal and Mediterranea, the NGO that manages the MV Alex cannot understand why a vessel flying the Italian flag was not allowed in the territorial waters of the state in which it is registered.Newsbook.com.mt is also informed that the Maltese Rescue Coordination Centre had made contact with the vessel at 5.17am on Friday and made it be known that “as a sign of good will” the Maltese government was willing to allow the saved souls to disembark in Malta. The crew of the MV Alex explained that due to the conditions of the migrants and the vessel’s characteristics, they cannot berth for the migrants to disembark in Malta and therefore asked for assistance from the AFM patrol boats or the Italian coast guard.WhatsApp <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG18903.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more