A thoroughly entertaining seven days of spectacular sport has come and gone and here is the your weekly roundup.
Easter Monday saw a wonderful day of rugby league action but misery continued for the Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants as they lost to Wakefield Wildcats and Salford Red Devils respectively.
After an enthralling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over world champions Germany, England crashed back down to earth on Tuesday with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat against the Netherlands. Jamie Vardy opened up the scoring before Vincent Janssen converted a penalty conceded by Danny Rose. Luciano Narsingh turned home the winner just 13 minutes from time to stall Roy Hodgson’s progress after a promising result in Germany.
Thursday saw tungsten tension and darting drama as Judgment Night took place in the Premier League of Darts in Cardiff. Robert Thornton capped off his recent great escape act by surviving without even throwing a dart as Michael Smith crashed out as he lost 7-5 against Phil Taylor. Dave Chisnall was soon to follow as he endured a frustrating night of bounce outs from the treble 20 on five separate occasions and eventually went down 7-5 to Peter ‘Snake Bite’ Wright.
James Wade and reigning champions Gary Anderson played out a 6-6 thriller with Wade going 4-1 up before The Flying Scotsman staged a fantastic fight back and even had a match dart to steal both points before Wade grabbed a deserved draw. Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld also contested a Dutch derby to remember as they shared the points. Van Gerwen had to stage a comeback of his own from 4-1 down to nick a point.
Friday saw the rugby league action continue and Hull FC snatched a win over St. Helens in dramatic fashion as Marc Sneyd kicked a late drop goal to down the Saints 17-16. Elsewhere Warrington Wolves pulled two points clear of Wigan Warriors as they won the top of the table clash 28-16 at the DW Stadium. For Leeds Rhinos the misery continued as they were humbled 30-10 by Hull KR at Headingly.
Saturday saw goals galore as Arsenal kept their slim title hopes flickering as they thrashed Watford 4-0 to extract revenge for their F.A. Cup defeat at the hands of Quique Sanchez Flores’ side just a couple of weeks earlier. Norwich beat Newcastle 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at Carrow Road to throw Rafa Benitez’s side into even more hot water at the foot of the table.
The evening kick off saw Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur play out a thrilling 1-1 draw – Harry Kane cancelled out Philippe Countinho’s opener to earn Spurs a share of the spoils but saw them open the door to Leicester City in the title race.
Elsewhere in Saturday’s action there were wins for Chelsea and Manchester City while Stoke City and Swansea City gained a point each in a 2-2 draw as did West Ham United and Crystal Palace while Sunderland and West Brom played out a goalless draw.
Sunday rounded off the weeks sporting action in fine style as Leicester captain Wes Morgan scored the only goal of the game as they beat Southampton 1-0 to move one step closer to the title.
Manchester United honored Sir Bobby Charlton in their home game against Everton which saw Anthony Martial score his 13th goal of the season to down Roberto Martinez’s men 1-0 and make history as the young Frenchman scored United’s 1,000th home Premier League goal.
The night rounded off with WrestleMania 32. Roman Reigns defeated Triple H in the main event to reclaim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Undertaker and Shane McMahon entertained 100,000 strong at the AT&T Stadium in a Hell in a Cell match which saw Shane O’Mac leap off the top of the cell through the announce table – a drop of more than 20 feet.
In a night of shocks and surprises the Dallas crowd were also treated to a return of Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve Austin as they interrupted New Day after they lost to League of Nations before Stone Cold put the exclamation point on proceedings with a Stunner. The night of surprises continued as The Rock and John Cena dispatched of the Wyatt Family which saw the return of Cena. Other matches saw Brock Lesnar defeat Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred match while Chris Jericho beat AJ Styles. NXT star Baron Corbin won the Andre the Giant battle royal which saw a surprise entrant in former NBA all-star Shaquille O’Neal. Zack Ryder won the opening match of the night – a six man ladder match for the Intercontinental title. While the new Women’s Championship was christened with a thrilling triple threat contest which saw Charlotte come out on top.