Good Week/Bad Week: The highs and lows in sport this week

Last Updated: 03/12/12 2:29pm

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There have been highs and lows across the sporting world this week, with shock victories as well as defeats.

There is a global star who has left on a high but also one that said farewell on a more disappointing note.

We take a look back at the moments which have caught our eye this week.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on the form below...

Good Week...

England rugby

England pulled off a sensational victory at Twickenham on Saturday, demolishing world champions New Zealand 38-21.

Stuart Lancaster's men ended the All Blacks 20-game unbeaten run, claiming their first win over New Zealand since 2003.

It was a match which went against all the odds and expectations of a thrashing for England. As it turned out, most of the action came at the opposite end with England not merely beating the mighty All Blacks but destroying them by running in three tries.

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell secured a three-shot victory in the World Challenge in California on Sunday.

Having fallen from 11th to 24th in the world rankings this year, McDowell won the event for the second time, having also triumphed in 2010 - the last time he won a tournament.

The Northern Irishman and former US Open champion was hardly pressured by his pursuers and his consistent performance will give him confidence ahead of next season.

David Beckham

This week saw David Beckham conclude his six-year stint in the US, bowing out as a winner.

He won back-to-back MLS titles after helping Los Angeles Galaxy beat Houston 3-1 in the final and leaves the club on a high, just as he did Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The speculation as to his next move has already begun, yet regardless of where Beckham heads next for one final challenge, he will still be looking to go out on a high.

David Price

David Price retained his British and Commonwealth titles this week after an impressive second-round destruction of Matt Skelton in Liverpool.

The unbeaten Price put in a storming display as he continued his journey towards a possible world heavyweight title shot.

Bad Week...


Arsene Wenger was dealt yet another blow this weekend after his side lost 2-0 at home against Swansea.

The Gunners boss has been at the centre of much criticism so far this season, with the team sitting in tenth place in the Premier League.

After being booed off at Emirates Stadium and protests by the Black Scarf Movement, Arsenal are in an uncomfortable position. Now 15 points behind Manchester United at the top of the table, something must change if they are to see improvements before it is too late.

Ricky Ponting

There was to be no glorified goodbye for Ricky Ponting as his international career ended with Australia suffering a 309-run defeat to South Africa.

The former skipper was dismissed for just eight in his final innings, meaning he had to conclude his long career, spanning 168 Tests, on a low note.

Having been given a guard of honour by the Proteas side when he walked to the crease, Ponting's farewell was not how he had hoped it would be in Perth.


Wales suffered one of their most agonising defeats this week, as they fell to a 14-12 loss to Australia.

Kurtley Beale's try 26 seconds from time saw Warren Gatland's men sentenced to a seventh straight loss.

The reverse in Cardiff also heaped more woe on the Welsh side as they dropped into the third tier of the world rankings ahead of the 2015 World Cup draw on Monday.

Judd Trump

There was a surprise defeat for world number one Judd Trump as he suffered a first-round exit in the UK Championship to Mark Joyce.

Trump's hopes of defending his title were destroyed after Joyce put in a great performance, fighting back to win 6-5.

Trump was leading 5-2, yet the in-form player looked a far cry from his recent self, with a lack of focus and form seeing him depart the competition much earlier than expected.

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