I’ll get off Scot free, says Matt

RUGBY WORLD CUP Weak­ling Ward’s gonna fold in Ve­gas, raps Froch

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MATT STEVENS is de­ter­mined to stay on the right side of the law af­ter re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury in time to face Scot­land in Satur­day’s Group B de­cider in Auck­land.

The Eng­land prop, who has switched to loose­head prop af­ter An­drew Sheridan went home in­jured, was pe­nalised heav­ily by ref Jonathan Ka­plan in the win over Ge­or­gia.

Stevens then missed the romp over Ro­ma­nia with a mi­nor sprain but is hop­ing to re­place Alex Cor­bis­ero and re­sume the loose­head du­ties this week­end.

He said: “I stick my hand up.

“At loose­head it is im­por­tant to get a quick early bind and hold that grip.

“Some­times with the force com­ing through the packs you miss the jersey or it’s a tight jersey and you can’t get that bind.

“But that is up to me to sort out and I’ve been work­ing on that a lot.

“As long as I can keep my bind up, we will be fine.” CARL FROCH has ac­cused An­dre Ward of show­ing a “weak­ness” by de­lay­ing their Su­per Six fi­nal.

Amer­ica’s WBA su­per­mid­dleweight cham­pion last week post­poned the Oc­to­ber 29 show­down in At­lantic City be­cause of a cut eye.

Not­ting­ham-based WBC king Froch said: “He’s shown me a weak­ness, although I’m used to op­po­nents pulling out of fights. Five weeks should have been long enough for Ward to re­cover.

“If I had been nicked with that much time to mend I would have gone ahead with the fight.”

Ward is sched­uled to have his seven stitches re­moved to­mor­row and, pro­vided the in­jury is heal­ing well, the uni­fi­ca­tion fight could take place in Las Ve­gas on De­cem­ber 10.


Dar­ren Barker with Ed­die Hearn af­ter his win over Domenico Spadea

NO RE­PEAT: Matt Stevens

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