09-05-2023 Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS Podcast, S05E37 #TeivovoSports #TeivovoDigital #TeivovoRugby



Talofa, Ma’lele’i, Bula and welcome to Season 05 Episode 37 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news on another bright and sunny Tuesday morning 09 May 2023.

Talofa, Ma’lele’i, Bula and welcome to Season 05 Episode 37 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news on another bright and sunny Tuesday morning 09 May 2023.

Coming to you from paradise, on the 180th meridian in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

In rugby union

Super W Champions, Fijiana Drua arrived home yesterday to great news that their major sponsor, Rooster Chicken will pay the team a bonus $80,000. Hopefully, other corporates will also chip in.

Head Coach Inoke Male and players are enjoying a short break before he assembles his Fiji Women’s Team to play the Wallaroos in Sydney in two weeks.

In rugby league

Magic Round produced some brilliant narratives as the city of Brisbane embraced a 48-hour rugby league bonanza.

None bigger than Wayne Bennett steering the Dolphins to their sixth win of the season in his 900th game as an NRL Head Coach – a fitting tribute for the game’s greatest coach.

Doing it at Suncorp Stadium made it even sweeter.

Young gun, Reece Walsh has been electric in his first nine appearances for the Broncos, and he has caught the eye of Maroons coach Billy Slater.

The 20-year-old has scored four tries, a staggering 13 try assists, to go with 8 linebreaks and 15 linebreak assists.

The gun fullback is locked in a battle with incumbent Kalyn Ponga for the No.1 Maroons Origin jersey, so Slater has a huge headache on his hands.

Former NRL star and Fiji Bati, Jarryd Hayne appeared in the NSW District Court on Monday dressed in his prison greens and sporting a thick beard for the hearing of the victim’s impact statement.

After five years, three trials, an appeal and nine months in prison, Hayne was found guilty in April of sexually assaulting the woman at her Newcastle home in 2018.

It was the third time Hayne faced a trial over the same incident and the second time he was found guilty.

The Judge will sentence Hayne on Friday.

In football

Ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash, Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti says they will not focus too much on deadly Man City Striker, Erling Haaland.

Real Madrid aim to be European champions for a record 15th time, having beaten Pep G’s side in last season’s semi-finals.

Er . . Carlo, I humbly suggest that you focus on Haaland.

In the NBA

The Golden State Warriors had no answer for the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final on Saturday.

Golden State fought during the first half, but let things slip away and the Lakers coasted to a 127-97 victory at Crypto.com Arena to take a 2-1 series lead.

Warriors forward Draymond Green took to his podcast to discuss the tough loss. He explained that Stephen Curry was left confused after LeBron James didn’t attempt a field goal in the first quarter.

“Steph said to me ‘I’m trying to figure Bron out, like I don’t know.’ After not taking a shot through most of the first half, he ended up getting it going with 21 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds.”

Green added, I think at one point we were up 41-30 and everything seemed to be rolling our way. But then they went to the free throw line every play and that stops us from flowing, that stops the flow of the game.”

All hail King James!

And in SportsBiz…

Lionel Messi appears to be on his way to Saudi Arabia, where the Argentine legend has reportedly agreed a deal with Saudi Pro League Club Al-Hilal, according to a Spanish football media outlet, for US$386.5Million per season.

This will easily make Messi the highest-paid athlete in the world — ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Saudi side Al-Nassr for US$220M per year.

Just last week, Forbes listed Messi in second place in their list of 2023 highest-paid athletes, at US$130M with Ronaldo first with US$136M.

In boxing

On Wednesday 24 May in Melbourne, former WBO Heavyweight World Champion, Kiwi-Samoan Joseph Parker fights former Australian Champion ‘Django’ Opelu for the Commonwealth Heavyweight Title on the same show that features emerging star Nikita Tszyu against undefeated Victorian Benjamin Bommber.

It’s Parker’s first fight in Australia as a pro and his first shot at the Commonwealth belt, and the first time a Tszyu has fought in Melbourne since Kostya the legend stopped Jesse James Leija in 2003.

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