Schmidt will watch Wales closely

first_img Head coach Schmidt has conceded Ireland cannot afford to dismiss launching an all-out attack at Scotland from the off at Murrayfield. Ireland will most likely have to better the points difference of both England and Wales to retain their RBS 6 Nations title. Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland could go for broke against Scotland if Wales thrash Italy in Rome on Saturday. Press Association Wales kick-off the ‘Super Saturday’ finale by taking on Italy in Rome, before Ireland face Scotland, with England hosting France in the closing clash of the triple-header. Schmidt is fairly confident Ireland will not dispense with their no-nonsense gameplan in Edinburgh – but did admit that could all change if Wales hammer the Italians. “There’s always that potential; I don’t think you can rule anything out, if Wales have a big win,” said Schmidt. “Whatever happens we’ll try to determine what the best thing is for us. “And the one thing I would do is probably throw a word of caution around trying to chase anything other than getting our noses in front of Scotland. “They were unlucky against Wales to lose by three points. “They were probably unlucky with a try that was disallowed, and they got very close to France in Paris too. “They were beaten at the death by Italy and they stayed really competitive against England for a long time. “With the job we’ve got in front of us it would be difficult to get any further ahead than just play that game. “Yes we’ll be keeping an eye on the game before us, and obviously the game after us, we’ll be watching that as well.” England top the championship table on points difference and start the day as slight favourites, given they will know exactly what they need to do against France come kick-off to claim the title. Schmidt believes Wales command the box seat however, given Italy’s propensity to taper off at the back-end of tournaments. Ireland’s 46-7 victory over Italy in Dublin last year proved pivotal to their points-difference title triumph, and Schmidt thinks Wales could produce something similar this weekend. “I think Wales will fancy their chances,” said Schmidt. “Inevitably in the last couple of Six Nations Italy have tended to fade in those last two games. “I know for us and England last year that became very much apparent as opposed to Wales beating them by eight points in the first game. “The forecast in Rome is good and that allows Wales to have a good shot. “We’ll get a little look at what the result is in that game (before facing Scotland). “It can’t affect our preparation, it can’t affect what we’re planning to do, because I think then that becomes a distraction. “And last-minute distractions are never good.” last_img read more

Cricket News Senuran Muthusamy – Know The Bowler Who Took Virat Kohli As His Debut Test Wicket

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: South Africa had included a debutant in the Vizag Test to take on India. On a dry pitch, the Proteas included three spinners in Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt and the unknown Senuran Muthusamy. Muthusamy, a left-arm spinner born in Durban and representing the Dolphins franchise and KwaZulu Natal in South Africa’s domestic cricket, has his roots in Chennai. After a mediocre start on day 1, Muthusamy was called to bowl on day 2 with India firmly on top thanks to a brilliant 176 from Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal’s maiden ton.Agarwal and Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli had shared a partnership of over 50 and India were on top. Kohli was looking good on 20 when Muthusamy had a dream moment. Bowling a loopy delivery that gripped and stopped on Kohli, the batsman looked to turn it to the leg side but only managed a leading edge that was taken by the bowler. Muthusamy’s jubilation knew no bounds and Kohli could only watch on stunned by the manner of his dismissal.Also Read | Rohit Sharma ‘Opens’ His New Chapter In Indian Test Cricket In Grand StyleMuthusamy’s family moved to South Africa from Tamil Nadu generations ago, the 25-year-old from Durban is no stranger to India, having toured here with South Africa A last year. He has been born and brought up in South Africa but says they are like “any other South Indian family” back home. “Our roots are from Chennai. I have still got family in Nagapattinam (about 300 kms from Chennai). Many generations have passed through but the Indian connect is very much there and our culture is very much Indian. My parents were ecstatic when they found out about my selection (for South Africa) and my debut tour against India makes it even more special. I do yoga back home in Durban which has the largest Indian population in South Africa. We visit temples regularly and some of my family even speaks Tamil. Unfortunately I don’t but I am slowly starting to learn the language,” Muthusamy told PTI before the match.Also Read | Vernon Philander Urges South Africa’s Seniors To Go After India’s ‘Top Dogs’Muthusamy will now make an even bigger impression at the Test arena thanks to the wicket of Kohli. Not many can count that as a wicket for a debutant. last_img read more