Good Week/Bad Week: We look at the winners and losers over the last seven days
By James Pearson - @SkySportsPeo. Last Updated: 02/12/13 3:55pm
Gareth Bale: Scored the perfect hat-trick in Saturday's 4-0 success
Another week in the world of sport has given us another group of heroes and villains to analyse.
As always it was another action-packed week of sporting action, including plenty of highs and lows.
Here we look back on all the drama and pick out our selection of the best and the worst.
Price tags can often be the making or the breaking of a footballer. Some cannot live up to the billing and for around £80 million you expect to get your money's worth. That is what Real Madrid paid Tottenham for the Welsh winger and boy are they getting value for money. Incredible as it sounds.
Bale’s perfect hat-trick
Bale's protracted transfer saga might have given him a slow start out of the blocks, but he is flying now. The former Southampton youngster almost single-handedly downed Real Valladolid on Saturday with the perfect hat-trick, and he also assisted Real's fourth goal.
The 24-year-old scored a left and right-footed goal along with a header, all while Cristiano Ronaldo watched on from the sidelines confirming the belief that Bale is indeed currently one of the world's best footballers.
Australia rugby league team
Ten wins for Australia
Australia had revenge in mind on Saturday when they took to the field to tackle New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford. Five years ago the Kiwis upset the odds and stunned the Kangaroos by winning the '08 final in Brisbane.
There would be no repeat for Australia and in particular Billy Slater, whose mistake in 2008 led to Benji Marshall's try. Slater had been a major doubt to play after missing their semi-final win over Fiji due to a knee injury and he atoned for the mistake.
Slater helped himself to two tries along with winger Brett Morris while Cooper Cronk also scored for Tim Sheens' men in one of the most comprehensive displays in a Rugby League World Cup final. The Kiwis had weapons of their own, but they were nullified with Shaun Johnson's solitary penalty the only score for their efforts over the 80 minutes.
McIlroy denies Scott in Australia
Rory McIlroy had reason to cheer on Sunday after winning his first tournament of 2013. The former world No 1 overturned a one-shot deficit on the final hole of the Australian Open to pip Adam Scott to the post.
McIlroy has not enjoyed a season to remember, but a super finish at Royal Sydney will give the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland a confidence boost.
He trailed Scott by four shots going into the final round. However, an eagle on the seventh and birdie on the eighth put paid to the deficit. Although Scott edged ahead, a number of mistakes allowed McIlroy to stay within touching distance before a birdie on the last gave him the spoils.
Tigers topple Liverpool
It might have been another indifferent week for Hull City off the pitch last week, but on it they can have no complaints. The Tigers were coming off the back of a home defeat to Crystal Palace and now had mighty Liverpool standing in their way, a team they had not beaten in 17 attempts.
Jake Livermore's deflected shot gave the Tigers, although their celebrations were dampened before half time courtesy of Steven Gerrard's excellent free-kick. However, Steve Bruce's men were not to be denied. David Meyler restored their advantage before Martin Skrtel's own goal late on ensured Hull would claim all three points.
One might suspect Tony Bellew regrets calling Adonis Stevenson a 'dwarf' ahead of Saturday's WBC light-heavyweight title in Quebec City.
The 31-year-old was the underdog to wrestle the belt from the Canadian and for a short while he gave the home crowd a scare of two.
However, he would not make it past the sixth round. A huge left-hand knocked Bellew off his feet and, although he beat the count, the fight was stopped by referee Michael Griffin when the Liverpudlian was boxed into a corner and taking more punishment moments later.
Meulensteen: A massive challenge
Fulham's trip to West Ham on Saturday was simply a must-win match for the Cottagers. Fulham had lost four straight in the league since a 4-1 victory at Crystal Palace at the end of October.
The pressure was firmly on Jol to deliver a result against fellow strugglers West Ham. However, that result never came for the Dutchman. Mohamed Diame's goal early in the second half opened the scoring before late efforts from Carlton and Joe Cole settled the outcome.
The result left Fulham third-from-bottom in the Premier League table with 10 points from their 13 games. The club acted quickly sacking Jol within 24 hours of the defeat in East London.
Wales rugby union team
Wales: Beaten by the Wallabies once again
Wales might be the Six Nations kings, but when it comes to playing the cream of the southern hemisphere crop it's another story. Australia are the latest team to have played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and it was yet again a win for the visitors.
South Africa had already come to Wales and taken the spoils and now the Wallabies followed suit. Warren Gatland's men made a fine start thanks to George North's try, but that's about as good as it got.
Scores from Christian Leali'ifano and Israel Folau turned things around and they continued to pile on the points through Joe Tomane with Leali'ifano contributing 15 points from the boot. Wales did fight back late on but it was not enough to prevent a 30-26 loss, their ninth straight loss to Australia.
The Green Bay Packers' hopes of making this season's play-off took a massive dent last Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) courtesy of a roasting, excuse the pun, from rivals the Detroit Lions.
The Packers are without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and they are struggling in his absence.
Green Bay failed to score an offensive touchdown on Thursday and the defence also struggled, shipping 40 points. The loss leaves them with a mountain to climb to secure post-season football.