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# defensive - Monday 12 March, 2018

Analysis: A moment that shows Johnny Sexton's crucial defensive brilliance

The Ireland out-half did superbly to contribute towards Scotland butchering a clear try-scoring chance.

# defensive - Sunday 4 March, 2018

Conte defends negative tactics as Chelsea fail to register one single shot on target in Man City defeat

The Italian coach also insists his selection decisions were correct after their limp display today.

# defensive - Wednesday 23 August, 2017

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Protesters clash in Phoenix as Trump defends his response to Charlottesville violence

Trump made his comments during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona.

# defensive - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

We are not completely stupid! Wenger defends decision not to start Walcott

The Arsenal boss was adamant his attacker’s fitness situation did not allow him to start against Watford.

# defensive - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Despite heaviest league defeat of his career, Guardiola refuses to blame City players

‘In football you sometimes don’t need to do many things to score. They arrive once and score a goal.’

# defensive - Saturday 13 February, 2016

Defensive master Trimble to lead the line for Ireland against les Bleus

The 31-year-old explains the intricacies of defending the wide channels with Ireland.

# defensive - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

'Do you want to let Alain Rolland know that?' - Penney's pride in Munster scrum

The province’s Kiwi head coach is confident his forwards can deal with the ‘behemoth’ Toulouse pack this weekend.

# defensive - Monday 29 October, 2012

Kompany fends off City criticism

The Manchester City captain has dismissed suggestions his team is struggling for form.

# defensive - Wednesday 30 May, 2012

'Football is a cruel sport sometimes' says grateful McShane after call-up

The Hull City defender was conscious that his fortune meant disappointment for his friend, Kevin Foley.

Foley feels 'betrayed' after axing from Euro 2012 squad

The Wolves defender insists he was fit to play against Bosnia but was told to rest until he reached the training camp in Italy.

# defensive - Thursday 17 May, 2012

Getting the Hump: Bell insists fly-half jersey is still up for grabs

Ulster must choose between youthful strength and experienced flair in the Heineken Cup final.