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Martinez helps Argentina record important win v Mexico

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Lisandro had been introduced as a second-half substitute against Saudi Arabia on matchday one but was in from the start this time around as the South Americans looked to bounce back. 

The first half was tense, cagey, hard fought and a stop-start affair with fouls a regular feature between both sides looking to triumph for the first time in the tournament. 

It was goalless at the break but the impetus was all Argentina’s after Messi netted the opener with a precisely drilled effort on 64 minutes. 

A curler from Fernandez with just over three minutes left of normal time was then enough to make sure of the win on a night that the two-time winners would have gone out on with a loss.

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Hands up if you had Mark Nawaqanitawase and Lachlan Lonergan as the men to inspire the Wallabies to a famous away win over Wales at the start of the calendar year?

It has been that kind of season for Australian rugby – thrilling, terrible and tumultuous at various times as Dave Rennie’s rocky road to the Rugby World Cup continues.

But what is clear is coach Rennie still has the dressing room as a makeshift, injury depleted side roared back from a 21 point deficit to stun Wales 39-34 in their season-ending Test in Cardiff.

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Lonergan scores match-winning try

Breakout winger Nawaqanitawase scored two tries while back-up hooker Lonergan grabbed the match-winning score and then the decisive turnover to break the hosts.

“I don’t think he’s ever lost the dressing room,” Wallabies legend Tim Horan said of Rennie on Stan Sport’s coverage.

“James Slipper this week talked about the belief they have. There’s been a lot of injuries, which hasn’t helped. That’s a great performance. That last 20 minutes was some of the best Wallabies performance we’ve seen this year.”

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Nawaqanitawase burns Welsh defence

Nawaqanitawase was only a fringe Super Rugby player with the Waratahs at the start of the year but he has finished it as one of the world’s hottest wingers.

The 22-year-old with Fijian heritage scored two tries at the Principality Stadium and was a constant threat for the Welsh defence.

His mix of size, speed, athleticism and aerial ability gives the Wallabies a real point of difference and adds to the wing stocks that include Marika Koroibete, Andrew Kellaway and Tom Wright.

“The big thing now for Mark is that he feels he belongs in a gold jersey,” Horan said.

“And that usually takes probably 5-10 Test matches – not only two or three. But the big challenge for Mark now is to go back to the Waratahs after this tour.

“Take what he’s learned from this tour and actually step up again because that second year syndrome is very difficult. When you’re in a gold jersey players start to look at video, start to analyse. But it’s a good opportunity for you to grow.”

Meanwhile, Lonergan was an unlikely match-winner as he scored his first Test try to give the Wallabies the lead in the 78th minute – and then won the decisive breakdown turnover as the home side came knocking.

“Pretty stoked. I was just chilling on the wing and I was lucky enough to walk around and get that drop,” the deadpan Lonergan said on Stan Sport.

“Our captain (James Slipper) went down with that head knock so as a team we said we need to do it for him, do it for our coaches, do it for Australia and we’re lucky enough to get that result.”

Lonergan then dropped another gem when asked by Drew Mitchell what the plan was post-match.

“You know exactly what’s gonna happen.”

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Exclusive: B.League: Ray Parks helps Nagoya rout Kiefer Ravena, Shiga –




B.League: Ray Parks helps Nagoya rout Kiefer Ravena, Shiga

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Ray Parks. Photo from Nagoya Diamond Dolphins

MANILA, Philippines—Bobby Ray Parks got the better of Kiefer Ravena as the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins ripped the Shiga Lakes, 98-55, in the Japan B.League on Saturday at YMIT Arena.

Parks finished with an all-around game of seven points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes of action.

Ravena hardly played, logging only five minutes to finish with two points.

Meanwhile, Matthew Wright had a wasted effort in Kyoto Hannaryz’s 83-75 setback at the hands of Utsonomiya Brex at Brex Arena Utsonomiya.

The Fil-Canadian sniper finished with 21 points, sinking three of six tries from long range. He also had five rebounds and six assists.

Over at Toyohashi City Gymnasium, San-En Neophoenix fell to the Fighting Eagles Nagoya, 83-73.

Thirdy Ravena registered 16 points, four rebounds and five assists off the bench in a losing effort for San-En.

Justine Baltazar saw limited play in the Hiroshima Dragonflies’ win against the SeaHorses Mikawa, 85-72, at FPCO Arena Fukuyama while Jay Washington was not deployed in Ryukyu Golden Kings’ 96-86 win against Shimane Susanoo Magic at Okinawa Arena.


Dwight Ramos is still recovering from an ankle injury as Levanga Hokkaido squeaked past SunRockers Shibuya, 99-92, at Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall. 

In B2 division action, Nagasaki Velca came out victorious against Fukushima Firebonds at Shimabara Reconstruction Arena, 82-68, with some timely help from the second unit.

Jordan Heading, who came off the bench, finished with 11 points, two assists and one rebound in 26 minutes for Velca. Matt Bonds, LJ Peak and Kenji Matsumoto also helped Nagasaki’s cause with 17 markers each.

Altiri Chiba suffered an 89-84 defeat against Bambitious Nara at ROHTO Arena Nara.

Kobe Paras scored only six points after making just one out of his nine attempts. The former University of the Philippines standout, however, had two steals, a rebound and an assist.

Also coming off the bench, Roosevelt Adams showed up in Kagawa Five Arrows’ loss to the Nishinomiya Storks, 79-72, at Takamatsu City Gymnasium.

Adams finished with seven points, two rebounds and two steals.


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