Good week/Bad week

We pick out the winners and losers

Last Updated: 04/11/13 4:14pm

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Ryan Hall: England winger scored first-half hat-trick against Ireland at Rugby League World Cup

Ryan Hall: England winger scored first-half hat-trick against Ireland at Rugby League World Cup

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There has been plenty of action to keep us occupied in the world of sport over the last seven days.

Stuart Lancaster's England made a winning start to their season; Sebastian Vettel continued his dominance of Formula One; while England's No.1 found himself warming the bench while his Manchester City team put seven past Norwich.

We've picked out some the heroes and villains of the week. You can send in your own suggestions using the feedback form at the bottom of the page.

Good week

England's rugby union team

England opened their autumn programme with a 20-13 victory over Australia at Twickenham.

Second-half tries from captain Chris Robshaw and fly-half Owen Farrell - who also kicked 10 points - were enough to see off the Wallabies.

"I'm pleased to get the win," said head coach Lancaster. "We conceded a couple of penalties and a soft try, but I was pleased with the composure we showed in the second half.

"We had a lot of young lads making their first starts at Twickenham. I think we deserved it in the end."

Sebastian Vettel

The Red Bull driver has already been crowned F1 champion for the fourth year in a row and was again in top form at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He cruised to his seventh race victory in a row, half-a-minute clear of team-mate Mark Webber.

"The car was absolutely brilliant, absolutely brilliant," Vettel said.

"There's not much more to say. It was flying at some stages, at least it felt like it. Massive gaps - a big surprise."

Ryan Hall

Co-hosts England beat Ireland 42-0 for their first win of the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday and winger Hall was at his prolific best.

The Leeds player scored three tries in the space of 19 minutes, all in the left corner with Leroy Cudjoe providing the final pass on each occasion.

Hall is now England's leading all-time try scorer with 17 in as many matches, his hat-trick taking him past team-mate Sam Tomkins.

"I didn't realise at the time that I'd got the record but that's pretty cool," he said.

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox closed out their third World Series victory in a decade with a 6-1 win over St Louis Cardinals in game six.

Shane Victorino, returning to the Boston line-up after a back injury, broke the game open with a three-run double in the third inning, his first hit of the series.

It was the first time since 1918 the Red Sox had clinched the World Series at Fenway Park.

It also represented a quick turnaround for a team that had finished bottom of the AL East the previous season.

Rohit Sharma

In a run-filled one-day series between India and Australia, Rohit Sharma saved the best for last.

The India opener hit 209 - the second highest score in the history of international 50-overs cricket - to set up a 57-run victory for India in the seventh and deciding match.

Sharma's 158-ball innings contained 16 sixes - a record for ODIs - was the foundation of a total of 383-6 after India had been asked to bat in Bangalore.

Australia were all out for 326 in reply despite the best efforts of James Faulkner (116).

Bad week

Joe Hart

England's first-choice goalkeeper found himself on the bench for both of Manchester City's games this week.

Costel Pantilimon was preferred for the wins over Newcastle and Norwich after manager Manuel Pellegrini deemed Hart's mistake at Chelsea the previous Sunday one error too many.

Pantilimon kept two clean sheets and Hart now looks set for an extended spell out of the starting XI.

"Joe needs a rest. I think it will be useful for him," said Pelligrini. "He played the last two years and had every match here. Every player can have a bad moment ... We will work hard behind Joe so we can return him to his normal performance as soon as possible."

Norwich City

Hart's absence didn't make a lot of difference at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday with Pantilimon able to take it easy as Manchester City put seven goals past Norwich.

A Bradley Johnson own goal in the 16th minute set the tone for a miserable afternoon for the visitors, who were 4-0 down after before half-time.

City added another three after the break to leave Norwich in the relegation zone after their sixth Premier League defeat of the season.

"It can happen against the quality of the opposition here but we're not used to it. At the moment it's hurting and we need to rectify it quickly," said Norwich manager Chris Hughton.

Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver pointed the finger at himself after his slump in form continued with a seventh-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

For the fifth time in six races Hamilton was beaten by team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished third behind Red Bull duo Vettel and Webber.

Hamilton said: "Clearly, with Nico's result the car is better than what I'm able to bring home with it, so I just want the guys back home to know that I'll keep pushing.

"It's the same in every race so it can't be other peoples' fault. Nico is getting great points for the team, so I just need to work harder to do the same."

Jason Kenny

The Olympic champion was knocked out at the qualifying stage of the individual sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

Kenny posted the 24th quickest flying lap, with only the top 16 going through to the knockout rounds.

"The performance isn't a surprise and then, when you consider the conditions and the circumstances, the outcome, unfortunately, isn't too much of a surprise either." British sprint coach Iain Dyer said.

The result leaves Kenny needing a strong performance at the second Track World Cup of the season, in Mexico from December 5-7, to qualify for the individual sprint at the world championships next year.

Houston Texans

Houston Texans' season continued to unravel as they blew an 18-point lead to lose 27-24 at home to division rivals Indianapolis Colts, while head coach Gary Kubiak was taken to hospital at half-time after collapsing on the sideline.

The team said Kubiak was in a stable condition and had not suffered a heart attack. He remained in a local hospital overnight.

The Texans, who won the AFC South with a 12-4 record last season, have now lost six in a row after starting the campaign with two wins.

They trail the Colts by four games and already look out of the play-off race with half the regular season still to come.

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