Matchweek 24 is now behind us and, it was certainly two days of shocking results. Coming into the week it looked like it would be a great one for Fantasy with all of the “Big Six” in what looked to be favourable matches, but Tottenham and Arsenal were the only Champions League-chasing teams to pick up wins this week.Bournemouth, in particular, played the role of spoilers spectacularly well, stunning Chelsea 4-0 at the Vitality stadium. Off the back of that huge win, the Cherries have landed four players in our Team of the Week while the “Big Six” enter just two. Keep reading to see who all has made the cut. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? GK: Artur Boruc – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 7 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDEF: Romain Saiss – Wolves – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsSuch a strange week was bound to yield unlikely heroes and Saiss is surely the most surprising name on this list. The defender recorded an incredible 14 points against West Ham this week, literally doubling his season total in the Goal game.That having been said, he has started three of the last five matches and, if he does lock down a regular starting, could provide some Fantasy value. Wolves, though, have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 matches which makes any of their defenders difficult to own.DEF: Charlie Daniels – Bournemouth – 1 Substitute Appearance – 1 Goal = 8 PointsDEF: Harry Maguire – Leicester – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Goal Conceded = 8 PointsMID: David Brooks – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsBrooks put on a show against Chelsea this week, helping to push Bournemouth to that huge 4-0 win. He has certainly been rounding into form of late with a goal and three assists in his last five matches, but Wednesday’s performance was easily the best thus far.Ryan Fraser tends to get all the Fantasy love based on his inexpensive price and nine assists, but it’s Brooks who has actually been a better value, as he sits just 12 points shy of his teammate while saving you an extra £.6m. The Wales international did come off limping midweek but, if he’s fit, Brooks is a fantastic budget own.MID: Joao Moutinho – Wolves – 1 Game, 2 Assists = 8 PointsMID: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsPogba continued his ridiculous Fantasy form with yet another goal on Tuesday. Since the hiring of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Frenchman has scored six goals and assisted two more en route to fully re-establishing himself as a Fantasy superstar.His schedule is going to get a lot tougher with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City all to come in the next six calendar weeks, but when a player is in this kind of form, you should back him, rather than fearing the fixtures. Worst case, he has a bad match and you replace him with someone else that game week.MID: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFOR: Josh King – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsWhile not the Fantasy darling that he’s been in years past, Josh King popped up with a phenomenal performance and two beautiful strikes on Wednesday. He also added an assist to his haul against Chelsea, recording 15 points and winning the title of Goal Fantasy Player of the Week.With two goals and two assists over his last two matches, and news that Callum Wilson will likely be out about a month, it may be time for people to start bringing King back into their Fantasy teams.FOR: Raul Jimenez – Wolves – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 PointsFOR: Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ROB KEARNEY’S 80-METRE dash against New Zealand had that wonderful feeling of being an epoch-making moment in Irish rugby.It was similar to Brian O’Driscoll’s interception and full-pelt try, for Leinster against Munster, at Croke Park in 2009. One set of fans were on their feet and screaming as the other set sensed they were in deep, deep trouble.The Irish fullback played his best game in the green jersey since Wales at home in February 2012. He was out on his feet at the death as Ryan Crotty’s try winded an entire nation. Just over an hour earlier, Kearney galvanised his team and put them 19-0 ahead. His try and made Irish fans truly believe that a first ever win over New Zealand was possible. He dotted down before crashing the ball back to the turf touchdown-style.“I don’t remember a huge amount of it,” Kearney told TheScore.ie: “Dave [Kearney], I think, made a good tackle on Israel Dagg. Our hussle was pretty good and we put him under pressure, it bounced right into my hands and there was no one there, it was an easy sprint to the line.” YouTube credit: therandomgolferIt was clear from the outset that Kearney and his teammates were pumped up. Brother Dave stared ahead with intent and almost missed the passing handshake of President Michael D Higgins. Peter O’Mahony bellowed out Amhrán na bhFiann then gave Ireland’s Call a good belt. After the anthems, Kearney himself stood alone and took several deep breaths before joining his countrymen to face the Haka.Captain Paul O’Connell called for brute force and Ireland delivered. 22-7 up at half-time and Kearney turned to scream encouragement at a shaken Brian O’Driscoll as he received on-field treatment. “It was good at half-time, wasn’t it?” Kearney reflected.He added, “You can’t go into your shell and I think maybe we were a bit guilty of that. We had to come out in the second half and keep fighting, keep looking for scores… we needed more. That’s probably where we lost the game.” Kearney had been called from a sombre Irish dressing room to speak to the media but five minutes back there was enough to sum up the mood of the day, week and the next 10 weeks until Ireland face Scotland in the Six Nations:I hope all 23 guys are devastated. It’s one of the worst ways to lose a game, certainly the worst finish to a game in my career, but that’s why people watch sport, because it’s so unpredictable.”Kearney echoed the comments of Sean O’Brien when admitting that speed in setting up defensive lines in the closing stages had cost Ireland dearly. “We’re hugely disappointed and we know another couple of per cent from guys collectively coming across the field in that last couple of minutes and we would have stopped them,” he said. “One penalty given away on 79:35,” he said, “[it] could have been very, very different.”The Leinster man believes Ireland will take ‘a huge amount of confidence’ from the 24-22 defeat to the world champions. He is well aware of the criticism the team has copped in the past two years and feels Ireland showed they can compete with the best.“You guys [the media] come down to press conferences on the Tuesday before a big game and we say we can beat any team in the world. That’s not a party line we throw out, we genuinely believe that on our day if we fulfill our potential then we can beat any team. That’s just a matter of trying to get as close to our maximum potential as we did this week.”– Additional reporting by Sean FarrellLike rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Analysis: Two minutes of hell for Ireland against the All BlacksAngry O’Brien calls on players to ‘grow up, know what’s expected in an Ireland jersey’