Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew Steve Agnew’s stint as Middlesbrough head coach has left him hungry for more as he attempts to pull off a remarkable great escape.The 51-year-old was asked to step into Aitor Karanka’s shoes at the Riverside Stadium when the Spaniard parted company with the club in March, with chairman Steve Gibson handing him the chance to make the job his own.Agnew said at the time that he was ready to step into the limelight having served his apprenticeship as a coach and – with former Manchester United great Ryan Giggs the latest man to be linked with the job on a long-term basis – he is keen to carry on his progression.Asked if his recent experience had made him hungry for more as he prepared his side for Monday night’s daunting and potentially pivotal trip to leaders Premier League Chelsea, he said: “Yes, I think it has, yes.“Every day that you’re in it, you obviously become more and more experienced with it and as we all know, a day in football is a long, long time.“It’s something that I’ve enjoyed the challenge of and I am determined to see it through to hopefully get the three points on Monday night.”Under Agnew, Boro have enjoyed a modest improvement in fortunes, winning in the league for the first time in 2017 against Sunderland on April 26 and collecting six points from the eight games they have played, two more than they had managed from Karanka’s final 10 outings at the helm.However, they remain in desperate relegation trouble and know that if Hull beat the Black Cats at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, anything less than victory at Stamford Bridge would send them down.Agnew said: “We’ll have one eye on the Hull result, but there’s nothing we can do to affect that. Of course if it goes our way, then we’ll look forward to Monday.“I would say that we’ve not had much luck this season. If that comes our way over the next few days, then it’s something we’ll take.“We know what we have to do at Chelsea anyway, so it’s something we’re prepared to take on.”Skipper Grant Leadbitter and fellow midfielder Adlene Guedioura have returned to training after hamstring and groin injuries respectively, but goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Daniel Ayala are still struggling, while midfielder Gaston Ramirez – who was left out of the 18 last weekend on his return from suspension – has a pelvic problem. 1
The Sydney Mets have beaten Sun Coast in a thrilling game in the Men’s 20’s final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The game was intense up until the final siren, with both teams desperately trying to take hold of the game, with the Mets eventually winning 8-7.Tim Good opened the scoring in the 5th minute, putting the Mets in front 1-0.The Mets nearly made it 2-0 two minutes later, but their touchdown attempt was disallowed. This came back to haunt them as Sean Baldwin from Sunshine Coast scored to level the game.Sun Coast was in again just two minutes later, when Kelvin Jones scored from a great ball from Jason Schmidt, to put them into the lead for the first time in the game.Tim Good scored his second try in the 11th minute, but soon after got sent from the field as a forced interchange, and Baldwin scored his double in the corresponding set of six, giving Sun Coast the lead again. Macquire Tatola and captain Matthew Yiangou both scored for the Mets in the last five minutes of the first half, sending the Sydney team to the half time break with a 4-3 lead, despite several disallowed touchdowns against the Mets in the first half.Dave Shaw extended the Mets lead soon after the break, giving them a two touchdown advantage.Back to back tries to Sun Coast put the teams on level terms, with tries to Luke Mendham and Zach Stasser, but it wasn’t long before Shaw scored his second touchdown of the game, capitalising on some slow defence on the line. The Mets’ Luke Eisenhuth broke through the line of defence in the 7th minute, fooling Sun Coast defenders on his way, giving the Mets some breathing space.This didn’t last long, however, with Nathan Sullivan the recipient of a great cut out pass to close the gap for Sun Coast six minutes out from full time. The Mets had many opportunities to run away with the game in the second half, but numerous penalties for forward passes and over the mark calls gave Sun Coast plenty of good field position.Another penalty in good field position gave Sun Coast a great opportunity to level the scores, and that’s what they did when captain Tyson Brough led by example, scoring in the 18th minute to level the scores.The scores weren’t level for long, as Ben Antonio dived through the Sun Coast defensive line in the next set of six, to put the Mets back in front with one minute to go.Sun Coast were disallowed a try due to a forward pass in the dying seconds, handing the Mets an 8-7 win.