As sporting weekends go, few get bigger than Roffey’s Bank Holiday. By Sunday evening they could be Premier Division champions once again and have their place at finals day in the ECB National Vitality Club T20.The Boars know what they have to do on Saturday to clinch their fourth Premier Division title in five years.It is first versus second at the Saffrons with Roffey going into the penultimate league game of the season against Eastbourne with a 13-point lead in the standings.A victory will all-but see Matt Davies’ side lift the crown, they need an 18-point swing to build an unassailable lead in the now two-horse race.Davies admits there are some nerves ahead of another telling weekend in their history, but says they are the games they relishi.He said: “They are the games you want to play in - the top of the table clashes and deciders. Now it is a two-horse race, so if we win we have pretty much wrapped up the league. If we lose it, it is over to Eastbourne to win … [Read more...] about ‘These are the big games you want to be playing in’
The big games
Derby County have players who relish the big games and occasions, according to manager Gary Rowett. And there is a big game tonight as the Rams look to book a place at Wembley and keep alive hopes of reaching the Premier League. Derby are eyeing promotion, but first they must negotiate a testing clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Rams take a 1-0 lead from Friday's Championship play-off semi-final first leg into tonight's second leg and Rowett feels experience could prove crucial. He points to Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Cameron Jerome, Bradley Johnson and Matej Vydra. "Cameron has played in big games, Bradley Johnson loves the big occasions and the big games, and Matej Vydra always revels in the big occasions in terms of the quality he shows. I think he scored two goals in a semi-final for Watford. Read More Derby County 1-0 Fulham "We have got lots of players like that." When asked about the expierence in the squad, Rowett said: "We spoke about that earlier in the … [Read more...] about Rams have players who relish the big games says boss Rowett
20 Apr From the section Hibernian Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43845701 Read more about sharing. Paul Hanlon hopes Hibernian's record against the Premiership top-six sides this season will give them "the edge" in pursuit of the runners-up spot.Last season's Championship winners are three points behind second-placed Rangers and Aberdeen after 33 games.Celtic visit Hibs on Saturday needing one more win to secure the title."The top six is all about having that mental strength, with you having to play all the best sides in the league," said defender Hanlon, 28."Every game will be very tough. But we've dealt with the big games this season pretty well so far and I'd like to think that would give us the edge."We'll have to do it again now, but they are all coming back-to-back now and we need to be … [Read more...] about Big game form boosts Hibs in race for second place, says Paul Hanlon
Austin Healey 5 April 2018 • 10:30am You just knew that Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal was going to kick off after his side’s Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to Munster. It also did not take a genius to figure out where he was going to be directing his anger after Toulon were denied what seemed like a stonewall penalty try and yellow card in the opening minute. The 50-50 decisions after that all seemed to go Munster’s way. And so, like night follows day, Mourad took to social media to take aim at Nigel Owens, the referee from that game. He questioned why a Pro 14 referee was appointed to a fixture between a Pro 14 and Top 14 side, and you can understand his point there, particularly as Nigel has an in-built rapport with the Munster players. He then tweeted something along the lines of, “Nigel is the biggest and the most important thing for rugby”. This is where it gets tricky because again you can at least understand … [Read more...] about Is Nigel Owens now too much of a celebrity to referee the big games?
New Northern Ireland international Trevor Carson admits he cannot wait for the big games to keep coming. The Motherwell goalkeeper will face Rangers on Saturday, seven days after winning his international debut against South Korea.Motherwell then face Aberdeen and St Johnstone before the Ladbrokes Premiership split and tackle the Dons again in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals.The 30-year-old, who moved from Hartlepool last summer, admitted his Windsor Park bow had given him a taste for more big occasions."We are raring to go again, I can't wait for these games, I wish they were day after day," he said. "I can't wait for the semi-final and the fact it's two weeks away, we are desperate to get at it."But they are all big games, we still have an outside chance of getting into the top six. Rangers is a massive game and we think it's a winnable game for us."Our first league game of the season at home to Rangers, I know there was only nine or 10 thousand here, but you don't get that … [Read more...] about NI keeper can’t wait for big games to keep coming as he gears up for Rangers test