Soweto showdowns highlight 2010 rugby

first_img21 December 2010After the highs of 2009, which included a test series win over the British and Irish Lions and victory in the Tri-Nations, 2010 was a disappointing year for the Springboks – but there were highlights in other competitions to offset the disappointment.First among these was the Super 14 competition which produced two South African finalists for only the second time in the history of Super rugby.With preparations underway for the Fifa World Cup, it also led to important rugby matches being played, very successfully, in Soweto for the first time.In the playoffs, the Bulls defeated the Crusaders 39-24 at the Orlando Stadium to set up a final at the same venue against the Stormers, who had impressed in a 25-6 semi-final victory over the Waratahs at Newlands. Soweto was in for a rugby-style party unlike it had ever seen before.In a quality match, the Bulls, the top scorers in the competition, defeated the Stormers, the best defensive team in the competition, by 25 points to 17. It was the Bulls third title in four seasons.Currie CupOn the back of the excellent seasons of the Bulls and Stormers, the expectations for the Sprringboks, the defending Tri-Nations champions, were high, but it wasn’t to be.Later in the year, in the Currie Cup, the strength of the domestic competition was underlined when neither the Blue Bulls nor Western Province, pretty much the Bulls and Stormers in provincial guise, could lift the title.The victory went to the Natal Sharks, who beat the Blue Bulls 16-12 in the semi-finals and then crushed Western Province 30-10 in the final to win the Currie Cup for the sixth time. Both Western Province and the Blue Bulls were loaded with Springboks and the Sharks’ victory showed that there was good depth in the country.The Sharks’ triumph was built upon a hard-working tight five, an athletic loose trio, and a backline willing to let the ball do the work. They played a fast-paced game which some likened to the kind of game that made the All Blacks the most successful international team of 2010.The Sharks’ success with that type of approach also led to questions about the Springboks, whose style of play featured a lot more kicking.SpringboksThe Springboks’ successes of 2009 would have been hard to duplicate, yet in the early part of the 2010 international season it seemed that they were rolling along, carrying on the momentum of their impressive form of the previous year.Only a week after the Super 14 final, the Boks began their season at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on 5 June when they took on Wales with very little time to prepare. After trailing 14-16 at the break, they came back to win 34-31.A week later, in Cape Town, Six Nations champions France were crushed 42-17 and when that big victory was followed by 29-13 and 55-11 wins over Italy it looked as if South Africa was on course for another strong Tri-Nations campaign. Those sentiments were soon proved wrong.Tri-NationsWhen South Africa was beaten in successive weeks by New Zealand – 20-32 in Auckland and 17-31 in Wellington – it was clear that the Springboks were not as sharp as had been thought.When those losses were followed by a big 13-30 loss to Australia in Brisbane, the Boks’ hopes of retaining their Tri-Nations title were about done.Back on home soil, the losses continued, and after a 22-29 defeat against New Zealand at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, in front of a massive crowd of 94 000, the Springboks’ Tri-Nations title hopes were well and truly over.On a positive note, in the same game, John Smit became only the second South African to play 100 tests, after Percy Montgomery.South Africa managed a 44-31 win over Australia in their next game at Loftus Versfeld, in which Victor Matfield became the third Springbok to play in 100 tests and the first to celebrate the milestone with a victory. By the end of 2010, he had played in a South Africa record 105 tests.After the win in Pretoria, the Springboks suffered a narrow 39-41 loss in their final Tri-Nations outing which left South Africa bottom of the Tri-Nations standings.Grand Slam tourThe Springboks had an opportunity to regain some pride at the end of the year as they undertook a Grand Slam tour and it began with an impressive 23-21 victory over Ireland in a match that marked the reopening of the famous Lansdowne Road.A week later, in Cardiff, the Boks staged a stunning second half comeback to defeat Wales. They trailed 9-17 at the break, but played some great rugby after halftime to take the lead and eventually went on to a 29-25 win.Scotland was regarded as the weakest of the four home unions, so it was thought by many that South Africa’s game at Murrayfield would result in a routine victory. Some changes were made to the starting fifteen that reflected this kind of thinking. But the Boks were in for a rude shock.Early on they took the lead, but then the Scots started getting into the game midway through the first half and the Springboks’ play deteriorated, filled with mistakes and poor decision-making.Whereas South Africa had been able to lift their game at crucial stages in the wins over Ireland and Wales, there was no get-of-out-of-jail card to play this time around and they suffered a shock 17-21 loss to Scots. The Grand Slam dream was over and it had been ended by the so-called weakest team on the slate. It was a huge disappointment, especially because of the shockingly poor display by the Boks.England, conquerors of Australia and a team that had given the All Blacks a stiff test, was next on the schedule and there were big concerns that another loss could be on the cards. However, it was a totally different looking Springbok team that faced England and they produced a mighty 80-minute performance to win at Twickenham.They dominated the highly regarded English pack in the lineouts and loose, and even enjoyed a slight advantage in the set scrums. Using this forward-focused approach, the Boks secured a hard-fought but thoroughly deserved 21-11 victory.Extenuating circumstancesAs far as extenuating circumstances go for a disappointing season, the Springboks, although some might be loath to use it as an excuse, did suffer some serious injuries that robbed them of some world class and key players.They included the man most regard as the best scrumhalf in the world Fourie du Preez, along with Heinrich Brussouw, a man capable of challenging All Black captain Richie McCaw at the breakdown.Captain John Smit also missed time, although with Bismarck du Plessis in sensational form, Smit might have a hard time keeping his Sharks’ team-mate out of the number two jersey. Centre star Jaque Fourie was also sidelined, as was fellow 2007 World Cup winner JP Pietersen.In 2011 the Springboks will defend the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. They go into the season with a lot of questions to answer and many solutions yet to be found.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

April Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_imgFrog Dog and Corker Milosheart Share with your Friends:More Geocachers often come two by two: as couples or best friends out on the trail. April’s featured “Geocacher of the Month” nominees are great examples of couples who love nature and their communities. Though many other qualified candidates were nominated, Groundspeak Lackeys selected these international and inspirational nominees. Now it’s your turn to help select one of the couple below as April’s Featured Geocacher of the Month.Alexschweigert – March 2012 Geocacher of the MonthWrite a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocaching teams you feel should be crowned.Last month, Alexschweigert was chosen as the March Featured Geocacher of the Month. Alexschweigert was recognized for sharing his love for geocaching and the sea with others by inviting them to experience a geocaching adventure like no other.Here are your nominees for the April Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length. Nominated by vbpad, Gwen and Terry, a.k.a. Milosheart, “have been very instrumental in the success of geocaching in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. They have been hosting a monthly breakfast in various locations in Fredericton and have organized a winter geocaching contest for the past three years, with the third annual wrap-up event just finishing this month. Not only have they put so much of their time into organizing events and contests, but they still take the time to greet and welcome new cachers in the area.” Nominated by geo-traveler, “Team Isle, Isle and Karl, a.k.a. Charly, together count for 163 years of life. Both have always been nature lovers and are in constant panic mode of falling rusty if they don’t exercise every day. For eight years now, Charly starts his laptop every evening and prepares the geocaching tour for the next day. Without fear, Isle and Charly search even for T5-caches in their hometown of Munich and in the near mountains of the Alps. They do not back off from crawling into dark and ugly tunnels, and they don’t fear high mountains or deep canyons if there might be the chance of a geocache. Night caching? No problem at all! I remember Christmas Eve 2008 with minus 20 degrees Celsius, when we hunted through the Holy Night for a cache whilst other families were sitting in front of their Christmas trees.”Frog Dog and Corker  Islecenter_img With several nominations under their belt, Frog Dog and Corker, a.k.a. Jerry and Gina, are best described by Mermaid&Hornytoad as “very active in geocaching. They host an event at least once a year, sometimes twice. They have hidden some of the most unique and creative caches and have close to 5000 finds under their belt. They encourage newbies in their finding and placing caches. They are major supporter of geocaching in southeast New Mexico and just recently sponsored an event to honor the 100th Anniversary of New Mexico Statehood.” Isle Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured April Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of We will be accepting comments for April’s award through Monday, May 28th.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month.If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a Featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to of the Month GeocoinEvery nomination must meet the following requirements:Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the May Geocacher of the Month must be received by June 8th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other. Milosheart SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the April Featured Geocacher of the MonthMay 25, 2012In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsApril 10, 2012In “Community”May Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJune 12, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

How to Work Your Sales Funnel

first_imgThere is a reason to do work in a certain order, to plan your week, to be a disciplined “me manager.”You don’t always get to decide when you do some of the work that you need to do each week. Some clients need you to be available when it fits their schedule. Some prospective clients are only available at certain times, and sometimes the time they have available conflicts with the plans you’ve made.You don’t live in a perfect world. But if you did, this is what it should look like.Above the FunnelYou should first do the “above the funnel” work you have to do each day.If you don’t do this work first, it is likely that it will never get done. You will have clients that need your time and attention. You will have urgent issue that creep up and steal your time. You may be distracted and fall into a reactive mode, waiting for that next email to pop up or the phone to ring.You will not prospect if there is something you can do that feels like work, even if it doesn’t produce the result you need (unless you are a hustler, of course, then you’ll make your calls no matter what, because that’s what hustlers do).In the FunnelYou want to do this work first. No one understands the desire to start at the bottom of the funnel and work the deals closest to closing first, ensuring that you get them across the line now. By closing deals, your client realizes the value of your solution now, and you book the revenue now, and everybody is happy.By putting “in the funnel” deals first, you will neglect your “above the funnel.” You will sit on your deals like a mother hen, patiently waiting for them to hatch. If you are being honest, you know that you make the call, schedule the appointment, or run the meeting you need to run to move these deals through in an hour.Work on “in the funnel” deals second. Do your “above the funnel” prospecting and nurturing work first, then move everything in the funnel forward.Opportunity CreationYou are not a farmer, and you are not an order-taker. But you also can’t neglect your existing clients.Your existing clients are a source of future opportunities. After you have done the “above the funnel” work, and after you’ve done the “in the funnel” work, you have to work on what has already come through the funnel.What new challenges do your clients have? What new ideas do you have that will create a new and greater level of value for them?Make the calls, schedule the meetings, and identify new opportunities. Those new opportunities go right back into the funnel and ensure you are maximizing the value of your client relationships and building a rock solid pipeline.Work your funnel from above, to within, to below to create, win, and maximize your opportunities. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

HC orders probe in R.S. Pura rape

first_imgThe J&K High Court on Thursday ordered an investigation against two officials in a case of illegal confinement and rape of a 15-year-old girl at R.S. Pura in Jammu in August.A prosecuting officer and an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) will face the investigation.“The prosecuting officer and the ASI in-charge of the R.S. Pura police station have suppressed a material fact in the report submitted to the court. They have not stated anywhere in the report that the victim, in her statement, had recorded that the accused compelled her to submit herself to the sexual lust and desire of three persons, who forcibly raped her for a long time,” held Justices M.K. Hanjura and Dhiraj Singh Thakur.Justice Hanjura directed the Director-General of Police, J&K, to conduct an inquiry into the role of the officers and submit a report within four weeks.The victim left school at 1.30 p.m. for home on August 22. A vehicle with eight or nine passengers stopped her. “One of them was wielding a gun. They dashed her schoolbag onto the ground and forcibly pushed her into the vehicle. She was put up in a shed in a forest area,” according to the investigation reports. The probe suggests the victim was forced to marry one of the accused. Forced statementIt is alleged that on September 11, 2017, she was forced to make a statement before the court that she was in love with one of the accused and wanted to marry him. “However, in the court, she narrated the entire episode to the presiding officer. She said she did not want to marry the accused and was brought to the court to make a false statement,” said the report.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH squash team settles for another silver

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH squash team after their 2017 SEA Games gold medal match. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine men’s squash team, which upset Malaysia in the semifinals on Monday, surrendered to Singapore, 2-1, in the final Tuesday night at National Squash Center here in Kuala Lumpur Sports Center.The Filipinos settled for another silver, the other in women’s doubles, in the penultimate day of competition.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw Reymark Bergornia dropped the opening match, 11-1, 11-3, 11-16, to Pang Ka Hoe. But Robert Andrew Garcia equalised after beating Benedict Chan, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, in the second match.That left David William Pelino to carry the fight for the gold but he succumbed to the faster and craftier Samuel Kang, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, in the deciding match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 93 Jarrell Owens

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let’s keep this 100 days of summer rolling on with No. 93, junior defensive end Jarrell Owens.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Palestine High School (Palestine, Texas), Owens was originally committed to to play closer to home at TCU. Six months after his commitment to the Horned Frogs, second-year DL coach Joe Bob Clements, convinced Owens to make a trip to Stillwater. Two days later, he had decommitted from TCU and was ready to sign with the Cowboys.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Owens began contributing immediately as a redshirt freshman, earning meaningful reps in a rotation headlined by Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. He was both productive and disruptive. That year he finished with 11 tackles (8 solo), three tackles for loss, three sacks, three QB hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.In 2016, Owens earned a starting spot opposite Cole Walterscheid and started 12 games. He tallied 25 total tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three QB hurries. He also showed his athleticism during one of Oklahoma State’s Piesman-nominated plays.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016During the off season, Owens hones his tackling skills in a way that may seem unusual to some. He hunts feral hogs — and catches them with his bare hands.Role in 2017Owens looks ready to defend his starting spot and should definitely be featured in the Cowboys’ two-deep end rotation which Mike Gundy expects to operate hockey-like line rotations. Between he, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Vili Leveni the Cowboys boast as talented and deep a group of rotation ends as Mike Gundy has had. Any one of them could have a huge game at any time and each one will need to have multiples for the Cowboys to reach their potential.Noteworthy Stats and highlightsHad a career-high two tackles for loss, including a sack against Southeastern Louisiana last season. In the Alamo Bowl, he was disruptive, recording four tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.last_img read more

Photos: Oklahoma State-Tulsa

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Our photographer Jackson Lavarnway was on hand for Oklahoma State’s monster win over Tulsa on Thursday in Stillwater, and he got some fabulous shots. Hope you guys enjoy them.AdChoices广告last_img read more

CSL transfer window worries Simeone

first_imgTransfers Torres and Carrasco talk leaves Simeone ‘uncomfortable’ during Chinese Super League transfer window Ryan Benson 22:17 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Atlético Madrid Sevilla v Atlético Madrid Sevilla Dalian Yifang Primera División CSL Atletico Madrid could yet lose two players to the CSL before February 28 transfer deadline, making the man in charge at Wanda Metropolitano nervous. Diego Simeone has acknowledged the threat of financially powerful Chinese Super League clubs buying his players has made him feel “uncomfortable”, as Yannick Carrasco nears a move to Dalian Yifang.Carrasco joined Atletico in 2015 and looked promising in his first two seasons, but the Belgium international has been more of a peripheral figure this term.The 24-year-old has started just eight of Atletico’s 24 La Liga games this season and scored three goals, with the club’s impressive array of attacking talent counting against him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Yifang emerged as a potential destination in recent days and Simeone has previously suggested the transfer is entirely down to Carrasco, who could also be joined at the Super League club by Fernando Torres.Although the 33-year-old’s potential exit is not as far along as Carrasco’s, Simeone accepts he is “worried” about the financial lure of Chinese football and suggests there should be a single transfer deadline for all, with the Super League’s transfer window not due to end until February 28.Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Sevilla, Simeone said: “I am worried because with all the money that goes around, aside from the decision of the players, for the coaches it’s uncomfortable because you think about what can happen.”It’s not the player, the representative, the negotiations [that cause you to worry] – it’s the amount of time, because it [the CSL transfer window] ends on February 28.”It is two months in which the heads of the players can be turned. It would be better to put a deadline for everyone, so that clubs, coaches and players are calmer.”I cannot say much about Carrasco because he is negotiating his situation. Fernando’s position I do not have any news of. We all train well and when the market is over, we will evaluate what might happen.”I never get into people’s choices. Whenever I grow, I see it as a good thing. If it is economic growth it is a personal choice. In football I’m never surprised.”last_img read more

Eriksson: England will never win World Cup

first_imgEngland Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.Sven-Goran Eriksson GFX“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”last_img read more

Balotelli will ‘probably’ leave Nice, admits president

first_imgMario Balotelli Balotelli will ‘probably’ leave Nice, admits president Robin Bairner 20:12 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018 Gettyimages Mario Balotelli Transfers Nice v PSG Nice PSG Ligue 1 After two fine years in France, the former Liverpool and Manchester City attacker is set for a new adventure in the summer Mario Balotelli might be out of contract at the end of the season but he will not leave Nice for free, claims club president Jean-Pierre Rivere.Agent Mino Raiola has claimed that the Italy international forward would represent a “bargain” signing for any team, with numerous clubs in his homeland and the Premier League linked with a move for the attacker.With Balotelli, 27, out of contract at the end of the campaign, it was considered that he could leave on a Bosman, yet Rivere claimed to RMC there is a “written deal” with the player’s entourage ensuring the club will get a fee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Certainly, the prospect of the forward staying at the Allianz Riviera seems slim.“It will be difficult to keep him,” Rivere said. “He has had two good seasons with us and has matured between the first and second. He’s a player who certainly wants to move on.“The probability is more towards a departure than him staying, but we’ve not opened talks with Mario or his agent yet.”Meanwhile, head coach Lucien Favre could also be on his way out, with a return to the Bundesliga mooted as a link with Borussia Dortmund persists.“We know he’s very popular in Germany – and not only in Dortmund,” Rivere said. Nice are currently fighting for a European spot in Ligue 1 and will host Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.last_img read more