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This week in Sport

Welcome to what will become a weekly mainstay for us at The Back Five. Join us as we look at my take at the Top five and Bottom five sporting moments from around the world in this week of sport!! In no particular order, lets get stuck in!

Top Five

Rogic puts himself in Celtic folklore

Socceroo Tom Rogic has become an instant Celtic legend, scoring a classic stoppage time winner to beat Aberdeen in the scottish cup final. Celtic fell behind early to a Jonny Hayes goal but were soon equal when Stuart Armstrong banged one in from range. The two sides were locked in an arm wrestle until Rogic took the ball neatly past a defender and slid it past the keeper for the match winning goal.

End of an era

Francisco Totti played his 786th and final game for Roma in the Serie A. The 40 year old, one club legend retired after spending 24 years in the Italian top flight league and will be sorely missed. A true hero of the game, Totti helped his side qualify for the UCL in his final match, as Roma defeated Genoa 3-2.

Hurricanes assert there championship ambitions.

The Hurricanes continue their strong second half of the Super Rugby season, grinding out a tough win agains the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The win sees them consolidate there 2nd place position, which has them 3 points clear of the Highlanders and Chiefs. The breakout season for their Centre pairing continued with Ngani Laumape running in yet another try, second only on the year to his partner, Vince Aso.

Ferrari back on top

One of the most glamorous sporting events each calendar year, the Monaco Grand Prix didn’t disappoint. Ferrari got the one – two podium finish, with Sebastian Vettel finishing first ahead of Kimi Räikkönen. Vettel stretches his lead at the top of the Driver standings with the win, while Ferrari also manufacture an amount of breathing room ahead of Mercedes in the driver standings.

Here come the minnows

Huddersfield Town A.F.C are coming to the Premier league!! Having managed to get through the playoff legs in the championship without scoring a regular time goal off the boot of their own players, it has truly been a miracle. The Terriers have somehow found a way to win penalty shootouts, besting Reading 4-3 from the spot.

Not Top Five

Toothless Tigers

Richmond may have gotten a tight win on the weekend to bolster there top four dreams, but it was there youngsters Jason Castagna and Dan Butler who stood out for me. The pair faced off in a highstakes game of Table tennis, with the loser having to get the winners initials inked onto themselves. Suffice to say Jason Castagna will be the “butt” off many jokes in the coming days after coming up second in the contest.

Tomic’s fall continues 

Bernard Tomic has had an absolute stinker, bowing out of the French open in straight sets in ROUND ONE. The so called Australian “star” did have a rough draw, pulling Austria’s Dominic Thiem, and was honest about the match result afterwards. “I was playing top two, three player on clay, and he’s been playing well, and really I had  no chance today,” said Tomic.

Epitomising Australian Rugby

The Queensland Reds are all that is wrong with Australian rugby. Having been heavily hyped going into the start of the season, the Reds have done nothing but disappoint. That continued this week, with them losing 26-40 to their fellow embattled Australian side the Western Force. The Reds now sit 4th in the Australian conference, and 14th overall, behind the Blues, Jaguares, Kings, Waratahs and Force for a finals position.

Who said Baseball wasn’t a contact sport?

The Washington Nationals star, Bryce Harper has been suspended 4 games after inciting a brawl after being intentionally hit by a pitch in their game against the San Francisco Giants. Harper charged the mound immediately following the pitch, attempting to throw his helmet at the pitcher, Hunter Strickland, and following up with a number of attempted punches.

South Africa tear England apart

England have been absolutely battered at home at Lords, bowled out for a measly 153 off a disastrous 31.1 overs by a rampant South African bowling attack. The visitors then went on to demolish the total over 28.5 brutal overs, for the loss of just 3. England will be hoping this loss doesn’t begin a trend as the crucial Champions Trophy tournament kicks off tomorrow. The encumbered English side host Bangladesh in the opener at the Oval.

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