JUDGEMENT S; Winners and losers of the last seven days

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Matt Dawson

who confirmed his growing challenge to Kyran Bracken for the England scrum-half's job with a startling display for the Midlands against Western Samoa

Mike Watkinson

enjoying another week on his paid holiday in South Africa without any danger of playing any meaningful cricket.

Alan Ball

who is answering the (many) critics of his stewardship of Manchester City with a run of four wins in five matches

Torquay United

bottom of the Third Division at the start and end of the week - but likely to be a lot richer - if they can avoid relegation - thanks to their share of the pounds 125m Endsleigh League/Sky television deal.

Devon Malcolm

who proved that he could still land a cricket ball - at pace - on a designated area smaller than a barn door in a Test


Mark Ramprakash

who found yet again that runs galore in the County Championship count for absolutely nothing in international sport.

The Rugby Football Union

whose refusal to allow John Gallagher to play their game should - but does not - defy belief.

Ray Illingworth

whose reputation as the best reader of cricket pitches in the world took a nosedive in Johannesburg

Andy Cole

whose ability to to justify his pounds 7m price tag came further into question when he missed an open net.

Barry Fry

whose return to an old stamping ground - Southend - he had left in controversial fashion ended with a 3-1 defeat.