Friday 9 December 2016

In brief: Elwood's fury at yellow fever

Rugby

Published 15/09/2010 | 05:00

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has warned his men not to pick up any more yellow cards, after four players were sin-binned in their opening two games.

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Elwood revealed that he had words with stand-in skipper Frank Murphy and replacement prop Ronan Loughney after they were yellow-carded during Saturday's gut-wrenching 35-33 defeat in Llanelli.

Connacht also went 20 minutes a man down in their opening-day 40-17 win over the Dragons when new No 8 Ezra Taylor and full-back Gavin Duffy were binned.

"I spoke to Frank and Ronan, and obviously they got a talking to. You can't do that to your team-mates. We conceded 14 points on those two yellows," said Elwood.

Connacht are bottom of the Fair Play League. They head to Glasgow on Friday hoping to finally win their first away match in two-and-a-half years, having been denied in stoppage-time away to the Scarlets.

Tennis

DOUBLES partners and close friends James Cluskey and Colin O'Brien face each other today in a singles contest in the ITF Futures event in Danderyd, Sweden.

Cluskey and O'Brien will team up in a doubles match shortly after they finish their singles encounter.

The two north Dubliners have not clashed in singles competition since last year's Futures Irish Open, when Cluskey won 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3).

Meanwhile, Cluskey and O'Brien's Davis Cup team-mate James McGee also advanced to the second round of the corresponding tournament in Casablanca, Morocco. The Castleknock man overcame fellow unseeded player Maximilian Neuchrist of Austria, 6-4 6-4, to set up a clash against Spain's No 8 seed David Estruch.

Handball

Exactly 25 years after his senior breakthrough, Kilkenny legend Michael 'Ducksy' Walsh returns to handball's centre stage to contest the All-Ireland 60x30 senior doubles final this weekend.

On Saturday at Semple Stadium, Walsh will partner Michael Clifford as the duo go in search of senior doubles glory against Meath's Brian Carroll and Tom Sheridan.

Walsh has already amassed an incredible 10 senior doubles titles, and will also be honoured as the jubilee winner of the senior singles title from 1985.

He will then don the colours of Kilkenny once again, where he will bid for his 39th All-Ireland senior medal.

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