Last-gasp try sees St Helens beat Wigan 8-4 as James Graham retires with a title


Teenager Jack Welsby scored a brilliant try after the full-time hooter to give St Helens an 8-4 victory over Wigan Warriors in a thrilling end to the Super League grand final on Friday as they won their second successive title.

Lachlan Coote had scored with two kicks either side of a Jake Bibby try for Wigan, but with the clock running down, the two sides were still locked at 4-4 after battling their way through an enthralling encounter.

Tommy Makinson launched a last-ditch drop goal to try to break the deadlock for St Helens. His kick hit a post but Welsby reacted first, speeding in to touch the ball down and steal the victory for St Helens as the Wigan players looked on stunned.

“It was unreal. It just shows you don’t give up on any play. A young kid playing his first Grand Final and he’s a real player for the future,” St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf said of the 19-year-old Welsby.



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New York Jets 27-30 New England Patriots: Nick Folk makes last-gasp kick to clinch win


Nick Folk kicked three field goals – the last as time expired to keep the New York Jets winless
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Nick Folk kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired to give the New England Patriots a 30-27 victory over the winless New York Jets on Monday.

The Patriots rallied from 27-17 down at the start of the fourth quarter to claim their first win in five games.

Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 274 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, the second with 1:57 remaining.

His 20-yard pass to Jakobi Meyers with three seconds left set up the winning kick as the Pats improved to 3-5.

The six-time Super Bowl winners had been struggling for form after long-time quarterback Tom Brady left in the off-season and they are set to miss out on the AFC East divisional title for the first time since 2008.

Jets quarterback Joe Flacco threw two touchdowns passes to Breshad Perriman and another to Jamison Crowder.

Flacco’s 50-yard scoring pass to Perriman early in the second quarter saw Super Bowl 47’s Most Valuable Player pass Hall of Famer Joe Montana for 20th place on the all-time yardage list.

The former Baltimore Ravens QB threw for 262 yards to end the game with a career total of 40,726. Montana, a four-time Super Bowl winner with the San Francisco 49ers, has 40,551.

Flacco, 35, was making his third start of the season for the Jets, who are now 0-9, as Sam Darnold aggravated a shoulder injury he initially sustained on 1 October.

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Rebels break Waratahs’ hearts with last-gasp win against Western Force


Matt Toomua, with a conversion after the siren from in front, twisted the knife into the Waratahs’ broken hearts as the boys in blue were forced to settle with fourth spot – one place outside the finals.

“We weren’t able to be masters of our own destiny and when you put yourself in that situation … it’s frustrating,” Waratahs coach Rob Penney told reporters after full-time. “There’s been lots of little twists and turns along the way. We weren’t up to getting into that top three.

“All in all there’s been a lot of roller-coasters, or we’ve been on the same roller-coaster that happens to be going up and down and over a lot of bumps. Couldn’t be prouder.”

Penney did extremely well to mask the disappointment of a bad dream the Waratahs could see coming a mile off in a thrilling final 10 minutes with the Rebels camped down the Rebels’ end.

There was the forward pass that got picked up in the lead-up to a Marika Koroibete try. Then a no-try to Cabous Eloff with the ball seemingly on the line, or potentially millimetres from it.

As the Waratahs punched the air, with the Force clinging onto a three-point lead, Rebels coach Dave Wessels did well to not punch the glass in the coaches’ box at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Having twice fallen short of playing finals in consecutive seasons, Wessels was a tortured soul watching on as his mendug deep and gave referee Angus Gardner and the TMO plenty of headaches.

When officials ruled there was no evidence to prove Efi Ma’afu had scored with just over a minute left – the Rebels were absolutely certain he had – you could cut the tension with a knife.

But wait. That man again, Eloff, had the smarts to pick the ball up, which went backwards near the posts, and dot it down in a flash.

Try. Conversion. Cue wild celebrations as the Rebels celebrated a four-point victory and a maiden finals appearance, albeit in a truncated competition.

“The Rebels had too much experience in the end and just finished over the top with a couple of critical game management decisions they took and did well,” Penney said.

Although Penney has voiced his frustration at the fact a couple of bonus points went begging throughout the season due to some questionable officiating, the Waratahs only have themselves to blame as the proud franchise comes to grips with the fact they have now failed to qualify for finals in four of the past five years. The post-mortems have only just begun.

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A one-from-six record in Super Rugby earlier this year was compounded by four victories from eight starts in Super Rugby AU. NSW did win three of their last four games but it was too little, too late.

“It’s a season where we made progress and I guess the snapshot is 17 guys made their debuts. It’s unheard of really at this level,” Penney said. “Hopefully there’s still a lot of progress left in the group and I think there is.

“We missed a couple of crucial shots at goal and that was probably early on. They were critical. I think we had a couple of performances where we were soundly beaten. The Brumbies down there and the Rebels up here. We weren’t the team we could be and that consistency factor probably let us down a little bit in a tight race.”

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Virgin Australia sale to Bain Capital in chaos as bondholders plan last-gasp bid


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Bondholders have asked the Takeovers Panel to review Deloitte’s conduct during the administration and also took court action access documents relating to the transaction so they could have more time to consider Bain’s offer and prepare their alternative proposal.

While bondholders have previously hinted at making a second offer, Friday’s court hearing was confirmation they would lob an alternative offer for creditors to vote on at the August meeting.

“My clients seek to bring an alternative DOCA at the creditors’ meeting. We have a right to do that,” said counsel for the bondholders Ian Jackman, SC.

Federal Court judge John Middleton dismissed the bondholders’ request after putting the administrator notice to share information with bondholders to avoid a legal battle.

“The administrators may have to make some rather hard decisions about how much they do disclose information for the purposes of the second creditors’ meeting. If they take a particular approach the second creditors’ meeting may become litigious,” Justice Middleton said.

“I’m just… warning is putting too fine a point on it I may say,” he said.

He said it was in “everyone’s interest” for as much communication as possible to flow between administrators and creditors as this would alleviate concerns and allow people to gather information to consider the options available.

Mr Jackman told the court his client had been confused by a public statement by Deloitte that the sale of Virgin was a done deal, given it now claimed Bain will also be putting forward a DOCA at the meeting.

“We are confused as to how the administrator, no doubt with advice, has come to the conclusion that it is a fait accompli and whatever happens at the second creditors’ meeting can’t change the asset sale to Bain.”



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