The group stage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup is now over - and again there were no shortage of talking points. Tonga are the team on everyone’s lips after their stunning win over New Zealand, which has opened the competition up. Just eight teams now remain but among those heading home, Ireland have emerged from the tournament with great credit. So - what did we learn from the weekend's games? Here are five talking points from the action... 1. Tonga have blown the competition wide open Tonga’s thrilling 28-22 win over New Zealand in front of a sell-out Hamilton crowd has been called a “game changer” in some quarters Down Under. Whether or not it has that impact on the sport long term remains to be seen - and let’s certainly hope it contributes to the end of the dominance of the traditional “big three”. But as far as this year’s World Cup goes it has opened up all kinds of possibilities. It means we will not have an Australia-New … [Read more...] about Tongan thunder, English hope and the bad luck of the Irish – 5 talking points from week three of the Rugby League World Cup
Black cats , cracks in the floor and ‘the number of the beast’ – will you be fortunate enough to spot all 13 of the unlucky omens in this bad-luck bedroom? The devious puzzle, created by Casumo.com , hides some of the most common unlucky objects we all come across in our daily lives. Did you know that putting new shoes on a table top is considered bad luck? Or that rocking an empty rocking chair is believed to welcome evil spirits into your home? Some consider getting out of a particular side of the bed unlucky, while an upside-down horseshoe supposedly catches the bad luck that a correctly-orientated one would simply bounce off. Greg Tatton-Brown from Casumo.com said: “For those who believe in luck, signs both good and bad wait at every turn, but this bedroom has it worse than most!” Answers below . . . . . . . . . . . . Bad luck objects A black cat An open umbrella The number 666 The number 13 A broken mirror A ladder An upside down horseshoe A … [Read more...] about Can you spot all of the 13 bad luck objects in this devious picture puzzle?
JUAN MATA says Manchester United must convert their 'desire to win into points' and the club cannot blame 'bad luck' for their poor form under Jose Mourinho.The Spanish playmaker penned his thoughts in his blog late on Sunday night, although admitting that he didn't feel 'enough time has passed' to thoroughly digest the lacklustre draw against West Ham.Mata said: "This 1-1 would be easier to take if it came after a winning streak, but this is not the case."So far in the Premiership, though, we haven’t found that consistency, that winning streak that is so much needed and that we’re working so much to achieve."When we seem to be close to a victory, it just slips away…"I’m talking mainly about the Premier League games at Old Trafford, which is even more upsetting because playing in front of our fans is an extra, and that’s how we feel."Manchester United have been woeful in front of goal this term, fluffing close to a hundred chances in their recent clashes … [Read more...] about ‘We can’t blame bad luck’, says Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata after 1-1 draw with West Ham
CRISTIANO RONALDO axed a post-El Clasico party organised by his stunning girlfriend after Real Madrid were defeated.The La Liga leaders saw Barcelona move to joint top of the table after Lionel Messi netted his 500th goal for the club in injury late.Now Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manha are reporting that an after party that Georgina Rodriguez was throwing for her man was cancelled. Keep up to date with ALL the football news, gossip, transfers and goals on our page plus fixtures, results and live match commentary And it even goes as far as claiming that Ronaldo has forbidden her from trying to host any gatherings at his house because it is bad luck.Georgina met Ronaldo while working at the Gucci store in Madrid and the two have been spotted on a number of dates together.The former Manchester United striker - who had little impact on the game - would have also been in a temper after his arch-rival Messi netted the winner.The titanic clash between the two bitter … [Read more...] about Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez axes bash to celebrate Real Madrid’s El Clasico victory and is banned from organising any more as they are ‘bad luck’
SHANE KEEGAN is blaming bad luck for Galway United’s dire start to the season.The Tribe are four points adrift at the bottom of the table after Friday night’s loss to 10-man Bray.And with three teams to go down, it is looking bleak for Keegan’s men. The new boss groaned: “Everything seems to be going against us at the moment.“It has been extremely frustrating in every game bar the Cork one. The Bray goal summarises our season to date.“Lee Grace gets across, looks to make a perfect tackle and clear.“I don’t know if there is a handball, but it breaks perfectly for Gary McCabe to score. “But we can’t wallow in self-pity. We’ve games three of the next five Monday nights, so the games are going to come thick and fast. Regardless if it’s three or two teams going down, where we find ourselves at the moment is a real concern.“To be honest you’re looking at Sligo, Pat’s, Drogheda and Harps — … [Read more...] about Boss Shane Keegan blames bad luck for Galway United’s poor start to the season
A HORROR film enthusiast who had the date ‘Friday The 13th’ inked in giant letters across the top of his back says the tattoo has brought him nothing but bad luck.Since getting the ghoulish design 14 years ago, Nathan says he has been in a serious motorway car accident and has lost his job.“It’s just been bringing me bad luck,” he told E4's Tattoo Fixers.“I had a really bad car accident where I was in a coma for a couple of months and I’ve lost a couple of jobs.“Before the tattoo I didn’t really have any bad luck; I just cracked on as normal.”Nathan removes his black jumper to showcase the inking - which is written in jagged text and goes across both shoulder blades - to experts Alice, Jay and Sketch.The scary emblem is met by loud gasps.“It’s so big! No wonder it cursed you!” Alice says.Nathan decided to get the bold design because he used to be "into the films".He said: “I just had this idea that it … [Read more...] about Horror film fan tells Tattoo Fixers his ‘Friday The 13th’ inking has been bringing him bad luck for 14 YEARS
CHERYL kept her pregnancy a secret "as she was scared of jinxing her happiness".As the former Girls Aloud star, 33, celebrates the one year anniversary of Liam Payne confirming their relationship by updating his Instagram avatar to a picture of the couple, pals have revealed why she's been so quiet about expecting.Speaking to Closer, one said: "She was scared that after years of bad luck, she may jinx the best thing that ever happened to her, which prompted her to stay silent - despite the fact she's been wanting to shout about her pregnancy from the rooftops."Following two public divorces and wanting a baby for so long, Cheryl has been nervous about this pregnancy."This is her first child and understandably she's apprehensive so she's made a decision not to make a big announcement at the start."Secretive Cheryl only officially revealed her baby bump for the first time last week when she appeared in a stunning new campaign.The singer, 33, posed for the shoot when she was eight … [Read more...] about Cheryl kept her pregnancy a secret as she was ‘so nervous about jinxing the best thing that ever happened to her’ after years of bad luck
DAVID McGOLDRICK is just a week away from the second anniversary of his Ireland debut.It came against the USA and left fans believing Martin O’Neill had unearthed a diamond.But the sparkle has since faded, with the Ipswich star making just three more appearances as a variety of injuries have kept him out.McGoldrick, 28, said: “My knee, a few thighs and hamstrings, a bit of everything. I’ve done everything different coming back each time, trying to change it.“But it’s just been a bit of bad luck each time. The last injury, I went up for a header, landed on my ankle and ruptured it.”His woes mean that many may have forgotten his debut.The Nottingham-born striker was a bag of tricks, creating goals for Anthony Pilkington — with a perfect pass — and Robbie Brady with a back-heel in a 4-1 win at the Aviva.It has been tough for McGoldrick, who has gone through long periods of rehab, but he remains philosophical about his bad luck.He added: … [Read more...] about David McGoldrick has taken his bad luck on the chin and is ready for Ireland v Austria
MANY consider Friday the 13th to be one of the most unlucky dates in the year, so be careful – because it falls TODAY.Whether you are superstitious or not, here is everything you need to know about the widespread apprehension surrounding the day.Considering Friday the 13th as unlucky dates back for hundreds of years, with the tradition said to have begun in the Middle Ages or even Biblical times.Some say the superstition arose from Jesus’ last supper, where is it thought there were 13 people present on the night before his death – which occurred on a Friday.Thanks to a string of events that have occurred on this day, many feel it is jinxed and pay particular care to avoid catastrophe when it comes around.The fear is so widespread – an estimate suggests an extraordinary 17-21 million Americans are afraid of the day – that psychologists have even come up with a word for those who suffer from it: paraskavedekatriaphobia.One of the most popularised … [Read more...] about Why is Friday the 13th bad luck, where did the superstition come from and when is the next one?
BLACK cats are often associated with Halloween, witches and all things spooky.But is it considered good or bad luck if you see the moggies, and why do they have such an unfortunate reputation?Black cats feature in the superstitions of many countries — but whether they mean good luck or bad varies.In the Middle Ages they were thought to be the assistants of witches, and in the US they are still thought to bring misfortune.But Britain and Ireland it is lucky to see a black cat, as it is in Germany — as long as it crosses your path from left to right.And if a cat walks towards someone it is said to bring good fortune, but bad luck if the cat walks away, as it “takes the luck” with them.In fact, the Scots have a superstition that if a strange black cat arrives at a home, this signifies prosperity.However, in many other areas of Europe, black moggies are considered a symbol of bad luck, especially in the event of one walking across the path in front of you, … [Read more...] about Is a black cat crossing your path bad luck or good luck? The superstition explained