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Harry Redknapp talks Sheffield United’s Prem return, Chris Wilder and VAR Adam Dickinson Charlie Haffenden Sport Contributors

Harry Redknapp backed Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United to succeed this season and also described VAR as a “nightmare”, when Forge Press caught up with him at a University event. Redknapp spoke at an evening talk at the Octagon Centre organised by ex-England international Dave Thomas to raise money for the charity Guide Dogs. Thomas lost his sight 20 years ago due to Glaucoma, and is the first former top-flight footballer to be registered blind and awarded a guide dog. He’s since raised over £75,000 for the charity, with Redknapp pledging a donation of £10,000 on the night. On United’s chances of staying up, Redknapp said: “I think they’ve got every chance. They’ve got a fantastic manager who knows what he’s doing, and who’s got a group of players who look like they give everything every week. “I don’t see how they’ll go down, I’d be very surprised if they went down this year. I think they’re building a team who can establish themselves under Chris in the next few years.” Redknapp further praised Wilder’s brand of football, saying: “What a job he’s done. He’s got centre-

Harry Redknapp while managing Tottenham Hotspur in 2011 Image: James Boyes, Wikimedia Commons

halves overlapping, breaking out from the three at the back. “If that was Pep Guardiola doing that it’d be ‘This man’s a genius, no-one’s ever seen it before’. When Wilder does it, it’s ‘this is alright’.” “I think he’s brilliant Chris Wilder and they’ve got good players and they’re going away from home to

tough places and deservedly getting good results. “ Redknapp was less enthusiastic about VAR: “It’s a nightmare. The goal goes in and people celebrate, then you’re wondering what’s going to happen, it’s the anti-climax. “As a sport we’ve managed all these years without it and I

think it takes a lot away from the atmosphere and the fans.” The Blades have had mixed experiences with VAR this season. Wilder was unhappy with the decision not to award his side a penalty in their 1-0 loss to Southampton, but the Blades were perhaps lucky not to concede a

spot kick in the 1-0 victory against Arsenal. Redknapp added: “It shows you how many mistakes referees make. “That’s how difficult it is to referee today; every decision is scrutinised on TV anyway but it looks like it’s probably here to stay.”

Women in Sports: Tennis 2s cruise to England fall to South Africa in World Cup Final away victory against York Michael Ekman Sport Coordinator

Women Tennis 2s cruised to victory away against York, thrashing the North Yorkshire side 10-2 in what was a confidence-boosting fixture. The Uni of team managed to win five out of six matches against their opposition, gaining two points from each match. Despite three players playing their first matches of the season, including one fresher making her debut, the team overcame any nerves to return home with the victory. Player Kirstin Leong believed that even though they played well, their win was helped by the fact that York were facing some internal issues of their own. Kirstin said: “I think that they

were one of the weaker opponents in the league. “After speaking to some of the players from their team after the match, we realised that they were struggling to get new players in this year and the standard of their second team wasn’t as high as it was. “Nonetheless, the girls on our team, even though team ranking wise were not the highest ranked in the 2nd team, played really well and definitely were better overall.” The team dominated their fixtures, winning their first doubles match 0-6 and 1-6 as well as winning their second doubles match 0-6 and 3-6. The most notable score in their singles came as fellow player Nina Kasimova won her first and second set 2-6 and 1-6 respectively. This encounter was one of many

BUCS games they will be playing throughout the season, as they’re aiming for promotion by the end of the season, something they narrowly missed out on last year, as that went to York 1s instead. Kirstin, who is also a second year architecture student, added: “We’re feeling confident as a team this year especially with strong new players in both the first and second teams. Fingers crossed, the season ahead will go as well as this first match. “The women’s team this year have also been training a lot harder with a new coach and new fitness session so hopefully everything will pay off.”

Alex Brotherton Sport Editor

32-12 defeat to become world champions for the third time. In a game driven by penalty scores, England never really got going, the favourites suffering from loose passes and being dominated in the scrum from the off. England only trailed 12-6 at halftime, but the deficit would’ve been greater were it not for two successful Owen Farrell penalties. The second half saw Farrell score two more kicks and Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard take his tally to six, leaving England chasing the game. This left gaps in the England rear-guard that were exploited 14 minutes from the end, when South Africa winger Makazole Mapimpi

exchanged passes brilliantly with Lukhanyo Am before scoring the game’s first try. Moments later Cheslin Kolbe accelerated down the wing to score, putting the game to bed. Jubilant scenes followed as Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s first black captain, lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy. The result echoed the painful 2007 final in Paris, which saw England succumb to the same opposition 156. England Head Coach Eddie Jones was typically gracious in defeat: “They were too good for us at the breakdown today. That’s the great thing about rugby, one day you’re the best team in the world and the next a team knocks you off.”

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All the latest news, views and reviews as lecturers back another round of strikes and we draw into the cold winter months.

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All the latest news, views and reviews as lecturers back another round of strikes and we draw into the cold winter months.