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Sport Toulon blow as Taofifenua sidelined

06:20  05 may  2021
06:20  05 may  2021 Source:   afp.com

Beale double sends Racing 92 third after 'important' Top 14 win

  Beale double sends Racing 92 third after 'important' Top 14 win Australia full-back Kurtley Beale said Saturday's 45-19 win over Clermont was "important" in their hunt for the Top 14 play-offs as he scored two tries and set up another to send his side third. Beale's efforts came within two minutes of each other in the first half as the Parisians moved above the visitors thanks to the bonus point, with three games left of the regular season. "It was important to have that win tonight because it puts us in a good position to go further in the competition," Beale said."I'm still kind of starting to find my place. As a team it was a great opportunity to press forward.

Toulon were dealt a blow in their bid to nail down a Top 14 play-off top-six spot with news Tuesday that lock Romain Taofifenua will be sidelined for "several weeks".

a group of football players on a field: Toulon's France lock Romain Taofifenua (C) © PASCAL GUYOT Toulon's France lock Romain Taofifenua (C)

The 30-year-old France international sustained whiplash in an early scrum in the 34-17 victory over Agen on the weekend.

Taofifenua's absence piles more woe on Toulon's second-row resources.

Three locks have already been operated on this season: South African World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth (finger), New Zealander Brian Alainu'uese (ankle) and Frenchman Matthias Halagahu (shoulder). Swan Rebbadj has also picked up a knee injury, although it has not been announced for how long he could be sidelined.

The submarine disappeared in Bali has "poured", confirms the Indonesian navy

 The submarine disappeared in Bali has © Copyright 2021, the obs the submarine disappeared off Bali with 53 men on board "poured", confirmed this Saturday April 24 The Indonesian Navy, while the authorities believe that the crew, if he survived, has exhausted his oxygen reserves. The submarine "Minerva" disappeared for 50 years, found off Toulon several debris from the submarine, which has not responded since Wednesday , have been found some from the inside of the submersible , suggesting irremediable damage.

That leaves Toulon with just two operating locks in Adrien Warion, who played his first game for the club on the weekend after arriving from Pro D2 outfit Provence Rugby and Englishman Levi Douglas, drafted in as a medical replacement.

Toulon are currently fifth in the Top 14 on 57 points, just one ahead of Lyon in sixth. Castres, in seventh, are on 55pts, while Bordeaux-Begles and Stade Francais both have 53.

Toulon host Top 14 leaders Toulouse on Saturday, before a run-in to the end of the regulation season that includes home games against Clermont and Bordeaux-Begles interspersed with tricky trips to Montpellier, Clermont and Castres.

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Lane Kiffin has father Monte fire up Ole Miss before spring game .
Coach Lane Kiffin’s father, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator, was enlisted to hype up the team prior to the annual spring game Saturday. Judging by this video Lane Kiffin shared on Twitter, it worked. Pops always knows how to get the team pumped up @OleMissFB @SECNetwork blue team scores first @CoachWilsonLove might be going in dunk tank! pic.twitter.com/kQ5MyBdAAz — Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) April 24, 2021 Monte Kiffin currently serves as a player-personnel analyst on his son’s staff. He’s followed Lane to his coaching stops since 2017, having served as a defensive assistant at Florida Atlantic as well.

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