LITESPORT 46 Monday, 28 September 2009 London Lite Cook is main event as Brits taste success TINA COOK today began reflecting on the incredibly special feeling of being crowned European eventing champion. The Sussex-based rider (right) capped a memorable weekend for Great Britain in Fontainebleau by landing her first European individual title on Miners Frolic. With Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Nicola Wilson and Oliver Townend securing an eighth successive European team gold, there was plenty to celebrate for Britains sizeable contingent of travelling support. This is incredibly special, said Cook. I didnt really expect it here, but to be European champion is massive. Cook edged fellow British rider Piggy French into second place. READER OFFER TOP PRICE TICKETS FOR 27.50* TO BOOK TICKETS CALL 0844 847 1775AND QUOTE LITE TERMS & CONDITIONS: Valid for Monday - Friday performances at 7.30pm and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm until 23 October 2009. 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Its a delight to have Paul on your side and in front of England selectors hes shown what hes good at, he said. He has good core skills and can play with great clarity in high pressure games. He can be the midfield general. England will have their reasons for picking people in front of him, but if they want someone who can contribute in a leadership aspect then he should be an automatic choice. Electric winger Sailosi Tagicakibau scored two tries for Irish, while Ryan Lamb kicked 15 points as the Exiles surged to second in the Premiership table. The defeat was Wasps first of the season and director of rugby Tony Hanks admitted they deserved to lose. We were beaten by the better team. Theyre the form side in the league and it showed you must be at your best to beat Irish at the Madejski Stadium, admitted the Kiwi. BY NEIL MARTIN scrum-half pull the strings in a 28-16 victory over Wasps. ) produced a superb display in front of England manager Martin Johnson and his assistants Brian Smith and Mike Ford. The 27-year-old has yet to be capped but Booth expects him to be participate in the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New good at, he said. He has good core skills and can play with great clarity in high pressure eldgames. He can be the midfi general. England will have their reasons for picking people in front of him, but if they want someone who can contribute in a leadership aspect then he should be an automatic choice. Irish, while Ryan Lamb kicked 15 points as the Exiles surged to second in the Premiership rst oftable. The defeat was Wasps fi the season and director of rugby Tony Hanks admitted they deserved to lose. We were beaten by the better team. Theyre the form side in the league and it showed you must be at your best to beat Irish at the Madejski Stadium, admitted the Kiwi. Sorry sight: Steve Borthwick needed five stitches after Gloucester hooker Oliver Azam, inset, kicked him in the face ENGLAND captain Steve Borthwick is set to discover the extent of his eye injury today after a kick to the face fromGloucesterhookerOliverAzam left him in hospital. Borthwickneededfivestitchesafter the incident early in Saracens 19-16 victory and club medics took him to Moorfields Eye Hospital for closer examination of his eye-ball and eye-socket. There were no concerns for Borth- wicks sight but his right eye was closed when he left the field. Saracens have their own video foot- age of the incident and head coach Mark McCall suspects Azam may havedeliberatelykickedoutatBorth- wick in a 13th-minute ruck. McCall said: We have had a quick look at it. We are concerned at the way it occurred and it would appear it may have been a deliberate act of foul play. Steve is at hospital to see if there is any damage to his eye-socket. It is more than a cut. His eye is completely closed over and at this stage we dont know how badly dam- aged it is. The video footage we have seen so far would appear to be reasonably clear. It is something nobody wants to see. Steve was on the ground and pretty much defenceless in the posi- tion he was in. Azam denied deliberately kicking Borthwick and said any contact was accidental. The Frenchman explained he had lashed out with his right leg because hisleftanklewasbeingtwistedatthe bottom of a ruck. I didnt know I did it. Someone twisted my ankle but I didnt know I touched him, he said. Saracens defied the loss of Borth- wick to maintain the only unbeaten record in the Guinness Premiership and move top of the table. The decision to bring on Justin Marshall and Schalk Brits for the final half-hour proved inspired. As Sarriesmadeinroads,Marshalldrew the cover and Brits drove over to score the winning try. All eyes on Borthwick as Sarries seize lead GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP P W D L F A PTS SARACENS 4 4 0 0 78 55 16 LONDON IRISH 4 3 0 1 138 51 15 NHAMPTON 4 3 0 1 93 60 14 WASPS 4 3 0 1 82 61 12 LEICESTER 4 2 1 1 62 50 11 WORCESTER 4 2 0 2 71 68 9 BATH 4 1 1 2 65 73 7 SALE 4 1 1 2 61 77 7 NEWCASTLE 4 0 3 1 48 57 6 GLOUCESTER 4 1 0 3 64 91 5 HARLEQUINS 4 0 1 3 50 80 3 LEEDS CARN 4 0 1 3 33 122 2 BY GEOFF TEATHER index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html