Stat Attack: Billy Slater’s glittering career by the numbers

first_imgAs the veteran fullback prepares for the round two clash against the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park, here’s a look at some of the key stats that show why he’s one of the game’s greatest of all time.When it comes to tackle breaks in the NRL era, Slater is the undisputed king with a grand total of 1231 for his career, which puts him 108 clear of the next best, South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis.Slater is also the all-time leader for line breaks with 259 for which puts him well clear of Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Darren Lockyer (203).In running metres he has 39,187 for this career, behind only Cronulla Sharks lock Paul Gallen, and should become the second player to break the 40,000 barrier later this season.He is third for minutes played with 23,533, another stat which proves Melbourne really did have a “Big Three” for many years as he trails long-time Storm teammates Cameron Smith (27,659) and Cooper Cronk (24,346).He not only makes line breaks but helps create them – Slater is fourth with 159, behind Johnathan Thurston (287), followed by Benji Marshall (214) and Cronk (198).And if that’s not enough statistical information for you, Slater has also made 3974 runs, 289 kicks, 351 offloads, only 83 errors and 1080 decoy or support runs in his 299 Telstra Premiership appearances, according to NRL.com Stats.last_img read more

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Mane needs to improve, says Senegal coach after Japan World Cup draw

first_img0Shares0000Senegal forward Sadio Mane in action against Japan © AFP / JORGE GUERREROYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse told star man Sadio Mane to step up at the World Cup even though the Liverpool forward got on the scoresheet in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Japan on Sunday.Substitute Keisuke Honda equalised with 12 minutes left as Japan twice pegged back Senegal in a captivating stalemate at Yekaterinburg Arena that leaves Group H wide open. All eyes will now be on the other group match between Poland and Colombia — defeat for either side will be the end of their tournament in Russia.As it stands, Japan and Senegal have the advantage, with four points after two games.Mane was the beneficiary of poor defending on 11 minutes when goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made a mess of a shot, punching the ball into the lurking Liverpool star. It bounced back off his leg for his first World Cup goal.But Japan were successful in keeping the 26-year-old more or less quiet after that and Cisse admitted that the Asian side deserved to win, even if they were twice behind.“Of course we have regrets but we did not see a great Senegal team tonight compared to the previous match against Poland (a 2-1 victory),” Cisse said, adding that “frankly, we were not very good”.“Despite that we were leading twice and what is annoying were the two goals (conceded). But group matches are played over three stages so we will hope for the best for the game against Colombia.”Cisse, Senegal skipper in the country’s run to the quarter-finals in 2002, hopes that Mane can be the difference, on what promises to be a nerve-wracking final round of matches on Thursday.Keisuke Honda came off the bench to keep Japan’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage in their own hands © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT“A player like Sadio Mane is a player with a lot of expectations and he is one of the players under the spotlight.“He can do better, but today he was better than against Poland and he needs to do better against Colombia.”Mane, fresh off the back of an exciting club season that took Liverpool to the Champions League final, felt the Africans deserved to win.“Honestly we are all disappointed, there was a way to win and we did not do it,” said Mane, who was only a sporadic danger down Senegal’s left.– Stopping Mane –A win for either side would have more or less put them in the knockout rounds in a clash billed as the pace and power of Senegal against the tactical and technical nous of Japan, who took a gamble and replaced Vahid Halilhodzic with Akira Nishino as coach just weeks before the World Cup.It appeared to pay off when the unfancied Asians stunned 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their opener, and on 34 minutes they were level with Senegal when Takashi Inui bent the ball wonderfully into the bottom corner.On 71 minutes, soon after hitting the Senegal bar, Japan allowed a scuffed cross to go right across their goal and defender Moussa Wague arrived all alone at the far post to grab what looked like being an unlikely winner.But Honda, the former AC Milan midfielder who had only been on the pitch six minutes, hit a deserved late equaliser to become the first Japanese to score at three different World Cups (2010, 2014 and 2018).The 32-year-old is also now the top-scoring Asian player in World Cup history, netting four goals in nine appearances in the competition.Nishino said he sent Honda on because Japan were going for the win and the Japan coach felt they did well to keep Mane at bay.“It is very important to neutralise Mane but we did a pretty good job in dulling his threat, but what we were more worried about was the impact he has on other Senegal players.“In the first half we let him and the others play a bit too freely, but overall for countermeasures I think we did pretty well.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Inter Milan star’s agent rubbishes reports of Arsenal talks

first_img Mateo Kovacic in action for Inter Milan 1 The agent of Inter star Mateo Kovacic has rubbished claims that his client has held talks with Arsenal.The attacking midfielder has been in impressive form this season, scoring five times in Serie A.The 20-year-old’s displays had sparked speculation about a possible summer move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Barcelona reportedly interested.However the Croatia international’s agent – Nikky Vuksan – has now pour cold water on any talk linking Kovacic with a move to the Emirates.“He signed a new contract running for five years and believes in Inter’s future,” Vuksan told FC Inter News.“Arsenal? I have not spoken with anyone – we renewed with Inter. He is an Inter player and he will continue to be so.”last_img

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Body found near LAX

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A body was found in a vehicle near LAX early today, authorities said. The body was discovered at Vista Del Mar and Sandpiper Street around 1 a.m., according to a sergeant from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station. The circumstances surrounding the person’s death was under investigation, he said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgOur Seniors and Reserves suffered bad defeats to Naomh Colmcille last Saturday evening in Newton. Our Under 14s where also defeated against a strong Killybegs team on Monday night.This weeks Lotto numbers were 1,9,19,23,24.Winners are :Hugh Cassidy,Breege Duncan,Clair Anderson,Stephen Walls Next Weeks Jackpot €13,700Next Draw in Dew Drop Inn on 22nd April 2013 GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Naomh Brid GAA club noteslast_img read more

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