Ire­land pre­vail to end Wales hope of Grand Slam re­peat

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Ire­land kept their hopes alive of a sec­ond Six Na­tions Grand Slam in three years while end­ing Wales' hopes of a re­peat with a de­served 24-14 win at Lans­downe Road in Dublin, Ire­land, on Satur­day. The Ir­ish outscored the Welsh by four tries to two with South Africa-born No 8 CJ Stander pro­duc­ing a man-of-the-match per­for­mance. Wales will rue missed chances es­pe­cially when Hadleigh Parkes failed to ground the ball over the try­line in the sec­ond-half as their run of eight suc­ces­sive Six Na­tions wins came to an end.

Ever­ton charge into Euro­pean con­tention with Palace tri­umph

Ever­ton moved up to sev­enth and within five points of the English Premier League (EPL) top-four as their resur­gence un­der Carlo Ancelotti con­tin­ued with a 3-1 win over Crys­tal Palace on Satur­day. Bernard, Richarli­son and Do­minic Calvert-Lewin scored the goals for the Tof­fees, who have won five and drawn two of eight league games since the Ital­ian took charge in De­cem­ber. At the other end of the ta­ble, Palace are look­ing over their shoul­ders at the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Roy Hodg­son's men still have a six-point lead over the bot­tom three, but have not won in eight EPL games.

Late blitz books Rangers place in Scot­tish Cup quar­ters

Rangers scored three times in the fi­nal 22 min­utes to beat Hamilton 4-1 in La­nark­shire, Scot­land, and book their place in the Scot­tish Cup quar­ter­fi­nals. Scott Ar­field gave the vis­i­tors the lead on the re­bound af­ter his penalty was saved by Luke South­wood. How­ever, Hamilton lev­elled be­fore the break through Lewis Smith. Rangers clicked into gear in the fi­nal quar­ter, though, as Joe Aribo's strike be­fore Al­fredo More­los's first goal of 2020 and a late Ar­field strike se­cured vic­tory.

Other re­sults: Aberdeen 0 Kil­marnock 0, Ayr United 1 St John­stone 2, Inverness 1 Liv­ingston 0, St Mir­ren 1 Mother­well 1-1.

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