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The Wests Tigers are confident Jack Littlejohn will inject some much-needed defensive starch into their halves as they continue their unlikely run into the NRL finals. Glover Quin Jersey .The Tigers face the first of many make-or-break games in the run home against premiers North Queensland at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon with Littlejohn to deputise for injured No.7 Luke Brooks.While Brooks absence due to a knee injury will heap pressure on in-form five-eighth Mitchell Moses in attack, Littlejohn is shaping as a key figure in the last five weeks for the 10th placed Tigers.Its no secret that defence has been the deep flaw in the Tigers game this year - conceding the fourth most points (average 24.1 per game) and second most linebreaks (5.7 per game).Defence has particularly been a problem for the Tigers halves with Brooks missing the most tackles of any player in the competition with 85 and Moses making the fourth most defensive errors with 74.Littlejohn, who has just six NRL games to his credit with five appearances for Manly in 2014 and round one for the Tigers, stands at a lanky 187cm and has been tipped by his teammates as being able to hold his own.Hes a real competitor, a very physical half, back-rower Chris Lawrence said.Hes going to test the line and hes got really strong defence.Hes a competitor and hes going to do it to the best of his ability.Fullback James Tedesco said coach Jason Taylor had put a big emphasis on defence over the last two months and the fruits of their labour were beginning to show after conceding just three tries in their last two outings - wins against Parramatta and St George Illawarra.Our defence has probably been our emphasis over the back end of the year, Tedesco said.The last two weeks weve probably only let in two or three tries, which has been a big positive for us.Our attack has always clicked but weve just got to be more consistent. We do it for good parts during the game and then we slack off for 10 or 20 minutes and weve let a few tries in.Its just about staying in the grind and when we complete at over 80 per cent we tend to turn that into points. Teez Tabor Jersey . Defenceman Yannick Weber scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Canucks breathed a sigh of relief with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. Eric Ebron Jersey . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. . -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Some at-the-buzzer instant analysis from press row at the Carioca Arena 1 after Team USA narrowly completed a five-game sweep of its fellow Group A residents with a 100-97 victory over France on Sunday:How it happened: If you were excited for the opportunity to see Tony Parker lead France against his American buddies from the NBA, youll have to wait until the semifinals of this Olympic tournament.Assuming France can get that far.A victory Sunday would have given the French a shot at the top seed in Group A, but France coach Vincent Collet -- despite the encouragement he surely drew from Team USAs struggles against Australia and Serbia -- made the decision to risk nothing and sit Captain Parker.It turns out that Parker sustained a toe injury in Frances victory Friday night over Venezuela, according to a tweet from Frances official team account that wasnt issued until the start of the second half.Despite being fully dressed and taking part in pregame warm-ups, Parker is out until the quarterfinals.So ...Parkers absence definitely dilutes the quality of the win, as does the fact that Team USA had to endure yet another nervy fourth quarter after it appeared it had finally seized control by zooming into a 16-point lead in the third.To hearten coach Mike Krzyzewski somewhat, Team USA guard Klay Thompson rediscovered his shooting touch after four uncharacteristically chilly performances and finished with a team-high 30 points.Thompson was shooting a hard-to-believe 15 percent (4-for-26) from the floor and 18 percent (3-for-18) on 3s through four games before this much-needed bust-out. Krzyzewski restored Thompson to the starting lineup after giving that spot to Paul George, which certainly didnt hurt.But not until a follow slam by DeMarcus Cousins inside the final 90 seconds, good for a 100-90 margin, did the Yanks lead feel truly safe.As for that rematch with Parker in the lineup ... stay tuned.France will have to beat the second-place finisher in Group B in the quarterfinals -- an opponent that wont be determined until after Mondays slate of games -- while the United States (5-0) gets a quarterfinal date with Group Bs eventual fourth-place finisher.Give Collet this much, though: You have to believe that the French just got a major psychological boost for a potential semifinals rematch after they hung in as well as they did with Parker spectating.If they get there.The streak: Make it 73 wins in a row and counting for Krzyzewski; 21 consecutive victories in Olympic play, 19 in FIBA World Cup tournaments, 10 in Olympic qualifiers and another 23 wins in exhibition games. The Americans previously tasted defeat in the semifinals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship against Greece and launched this streak on Sept. 2, 2006, with a 96-81 victory over Argentina in the bronze-medal game in Japan.Play of the game: The Frennch had just cut the deficit to four with crunch time fast approaching. Haloti Ngata Jersey. It could have been even closer had Denvers Joffrey Lauvergne not just missed three successive free throws.So the situation made Kyrie Irvings lob pass to Durant for a crucial alley-oop dunk even more special.At 85-81, Carmelo Anthony snatched a loose ball and flung a long outlet pass to Irving that sent him lunging toward the sideline to keep the ball in play.Irving took the pass in and managed to throw a lob to Durant with plenty of loft just as he was flopping onto his belly for the most memorable of his 12 assists.Numbers game: Kevin Durant had scored in double digits in each of his previous 12 games in the Olympics, so it was a reasonably sure bet that KD was going to manage the nine points he needed against France to move into the top five in all-time U.S. Olympic scoring.Durant got there by the end of the first quarter in this one and finished with 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting, after he only saw enough of the ball against Serbia to get up four field-goal attempts Friday night.The current leaderboard:Irving finished with 12 assists and no turnovers. The most assists Irving has had in an NBA game in which he had no turnovers is 10.With Parker not playing, France had four NBA players on the court Sunday: Charlottes Nicolas Batum, Lauvergne and the Utah duo of Rudy Gobert and Boris Diaw.Sundays win and Fridays 94-91 escape against Serbia marked the closest Olympic games for Team USA since its loss to Argentina in the semifinals in 2004.Seventeen of Krzyzewskis 21 Olympic victories lifetime have been decided by double digits. The only exceptions: Lithuania in 2012 pool play, Spain in the 2012 gold-medal game and this weeks scares against Serbia and France.Whats next: Team USA will enjoy two full days away from Olympic Park before the knockout portion of the tournament begins.Wednesdays quarterfinal will pit the Americans against the fourth-place finisher from Group B, which wont be determined until Mondays slate of three games (Nigeria vs. Brazil, Spain vs. Argentina and Lithuania vs. Croatia) completes the schedule in that pool.Nigerias 90-76 upset of Croatia on Saturday means all six teams go into the final three-pronged round of games with a chance of finishing in the top four and advancing to the quarterfinals.Monday will mark the second successive scheduled practice that Krzyzewski has elected to cancel, opting instead for a film session and walkthrough on the cruise ship that is housing Team USA in Brazil. The two-day break Group A teams get before the quarterfinals begin works to the Americans advantage in this regard, with Tuesdays scheduled practice at the Clube De Regatas Do Flamengo sure to go ahead. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '