Jonah Lowe bagged a hat-trick as the visitors ran in seven tries to four in ideal conditions, with both teams using a host of different players.None of the All Blacks in both squads were available for the contest.It left Crusaders coach Scott Robertson to blood 18 players who are yet to experience Super Rugby, while Northampton-bound Hurricanes mentor Chris Boyd also surveyed his depth.There were no apparent serious injuries suffered.The next assignment for both teams is next week’s Brisbane 10s tournament.Meanwhile the Highlanders have thumped the NSW Waratahs 55-29 in Queenstown.The home team hit back to lead 33-10 by the end of the second third, scoring four tries in that period.They led 50-10 at one stage in the final term, but NSW rallied and finished with five tries.
The British Johana Konta, second favourite to take the Monterrey Open, defeated German Tatjana Maria in the spherical of 16, ranked 61 in the WTA classification, 6-7 (4) and 3-6.The primary set was difficult for Konta, quantity 16 of the WTA, who on Tuesday left Belgian Kim Clijsters out in the first spherical.Maria acquired eight aces in the beginning quarter, however Konta took benefit and obtained factors in second likelihood with 12.Maria additionally dominated the first set with 10 break factors saved for less than one in every of Konta.Nonetheless, the factors earned when he had the service in the second set (Maria 23 by 15) and the eight factors obtained in the return of the service opened the door to Konta to get his second quarterfinals at the Monterrey Open.Konta will play in the quarterfinals towards 18-year-old Russian lady Anastasia Potapova, No. 89 of the WTA, who beat Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (71) by 6-1, 6-7 (3) and 6-1.Later, the Dutch Arantxa Rus (76) beat American Lauren Davis 7-5 and 6-0 (61).Rus will face the Swedish Rebecca Peterson in quarters (45). The Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the essential favourite of the Monterrey Open and seventh of the WTA classification, beat the Belarusian Olga Govortsova on Thursday 6-3 and 6-4, to transfer to the quarterfinals of the Mexican match.Svitolina traced a primary set in which he grew to become tied 3-3 in the video games, however his good service allowed him to conquer 21 factors, plus 5 break factors saved.Govortsova solely acquired 14 factors from the serve and may solely convert a ‘break level’ earlier than the semifinalist of Wimbledon and Roland Garros in 2019.The Belarusian balanced the recreation in the second set, bettering in the service to win 18 factors for 19 of the Ukrainian. As well as, Govortsova scored his second ace of the evening, but it surely was not sufficient to pass over the finest seed of the championship.Now, Svitolina will face in the quarterfinals the shock of the Monterrey Open, the 17-year-old Canadian, Leylah Fernández, who on Wednesday unnoticed the American Sloane Stephens, third favourite to take the match performed in northern Mexico.
1 Walter Mazzarri Walter Mazzarri is learning English – amid growing talk he could take over at Liverpool or Sunderland.The Italian has been on the hunt for a new club since being sacked by Inter Milan back in November 2014.Recently the 53-year-old has been linked with jobs in the Premier League as speculation grows around the managerial positions at Liverpool and Sunderland.And now Mazzarri’s agent, Andrea D’Amico, has added fuel to the fire by confirming his client is taking English lessons.“He’s carrying out a program of continuous upgrading, and he’s learning the English language well,” D’Amico told FCInterNews.“Will he go to the Premier League? It’s hard to say, Mazzarri is a coach of the highest level, he’s proved that everywhere he’s worked.“I don’t think the geographical location of his new club is important, it’s the project. Walter deserves to work at a high level.“For his new challenge two things will count above all; the project and the contract. He could return to work immediately, or at the end of the season, it depends on the project.”