hard yards


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hard yards

pl n
a great deal of effort or hard work, esp in playing a sport: Dallaglio's ability to make the hard yards and cross the gain line.
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Injury to Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes has created a vacancy for a destructive ball-carrier to eat up the hard yards in Rome.
Saturday's win was built on a powerful first half performance playing into the gale as Cov kept things tight through their forwards, kept the ball in hand and made the hard yards to limit the opposition's possession.
This atmosphere will give everyone a lift, and that last percentage to make the hard yards and the dirty yards to make it as uncomfortable (for Newcastle) as we can.
McCormack still has a little way to go before he is as physically fit as Bruce would like, but he has been putting in the hard yards in the last two weeks.
GINI WIJNALDUM admits he "hates" pre-season - but the Liverpool midfielder knows he must put in the hard yards at Melwood to ensure he builds on an impressive first year at Anfield.
Manchester City and Arsenal don't put in many hard yards defensively, but show dash up front.
KILMARNOCK'S former Boro winger Jordan Jones is hoping the hard yards reap more rewards.
You can't just expect to turn up and play and do well - you've got to put those hard yards in.
A team of directors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) put in the hard yards to raise more than 1500 for a good cause.
I've been putting the hard yards back in and it's paying off for me.
And the 23-year-old vowed to put in the hard yards if selected for Pakistan.
There's also a physical side to him and he's not scared to carry the ball into contact and make hard yards or tackle, despite having suffered concussions in the past.