Springboks go top of Tri-Nations

first_img27 July 2009The Springboks got their Tri-Nations challenge off to a strong start on Saturday by beating the All Blacks 28-19 in Bloemfontein. The win lifted South Africa above New Zealand into first place in the International Rugby Board World Rankings.The nine-point victory also took the Boks to the top of the Tri-Nations’ standings, and kept the Kiwis from adding to the four points they picked up after beating Australia 22-16 in the opening match of this season’s competition.It could have been a much bigger win for South Africa had Ruan Pienaar not struggled with his kicking. However, that should be a cause for optimism for coach Peter de Villiers; test match kickers seldom go one out of five in kicks at goal as Pienaar did in one half, including two kicks hitting the uprights. At halftime he was replaced by Morne Steyn after picking up an injury.‘Unbelievable’After the game, captain John Smit paid tribute to his pack for setting the New Zealanders on the back foot. He described the intensity at the rucks and mauls as “unbelievable”. One of the prime movers – pun intended – in that aspect of play was Bakkies Botha, who missed the Springboks’ last test against the British and Irish Lions after being handed a controversial suspension for cleaning out at a ruck.Flank Heinrich Brussouw again proved to be superb at turning over and slowing down ball and was named man of the match. With Schalk Burger sidelined by a long-term suspension, Brussouw is putting together a strong case to be the first choice on the side of the scrum, along with Juan Smith.Pierre Spies, too, was strong off the back of the scrum and Bismarck du Plessis played like a bullocking fourth loose forward.LineoutsVictor Matfield led a Springbok domination of the lineouts, making it a miserable day for the All Black hookers Andrew Hore and Keven Mealamu. New Zealand had struggled in the lineouts against Australia in their first Tri-Nations test and up against the best lineout forward in the world they had a tough day again.The All Blacks were first onto the scoreboard in the third minute of the contest when Stephen Donald landed a penalty after Jean de Villiers had been penalised for obstruction. It was to be the only time that the men from the land of the long white cloud would lead in the whole match.In the sixth minute, the Springboks levelled the scores when Francois Steyn knocked over a kick from 55 metres after the All Blacks conceded a penalty at a lineout.Three minutes later, Pienaar hit the upright with a kick at goal after Rodney So’oialo was pinged for a high tackle.Uprights againJust two minutes after that, he hit the upright again with a relatively easy kick after Brendon Leonard was blown up for going offsides.Then it was Stephen Donald’s turn to take a shot at goal. From long distance, he was on target, but short of distance.The Springboks took the lead for the first time in the match in the 16th minute when Pienaar finally found the target. His opportunity came after the All Blacks were penalised and warned by the referee after a number of indiscretions in quick succession at rucks.Midway through the half, the Springboks strung together a number of passes and penetrated deep into New Zealand territory. With the tryline in sight, the Boks lost possession, but an excellent tackle on Mils Muliaina by Bismarck du Plessis forced the fullback back over his tryline where he dotted the ball down. That gave the Boks a five-metre scrum.Spies attacked off the back, which led to a number of drives by the forwards at the New Zealand line. Then, the ball was sent to the left.Springbok tryJean de Villiers headed for a half-gap, but was excellently tackled around the ankles by Conrad Smith. Pienaar, meanwhile, had looped around to the back of De Villiers, who passed the ball back to Pienaar while on his back. The number 10 raced around on the outside to score in the left-hand corner.His kick from the touchline was wide to the right of the posts, but the Springboks had opened up a decent 11-3 advantage.Francois Steyn extended the lead by a further three points just after the half-hour mark when, with Pienaar being treated for an injury, he knocked over a simple kick from almost in front of the posts.Three minutes from the break, Pienaar missed with another penalty attempt.HalftimeAt half-time it was 14-3 to the Springboks with the pack well on top of their All Black counterparts. Neither South African wing, Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen, had been handed any decent attacking opportunities, but with the forwards playing the way they were it wasn’t anything for captain John Smit and coach Peter de Villiers to be concerned about.When the second half began, Morne Steyn was on for Ruan Pienaar. Afterwards, coach De Villiers insisted it was for an injury and not because of Pienaar’s poor goal kicking.Only two minutes after the restart, Steyn got himself onto the scoresheet when he slotted a penalty kick from 45 metres out after Conrad Smith had been penalised for being ahead of the kicker.All Black trySix minutes later, it was Smith who was on the scoresheet. He skipped out of an attempted tackle by Steyn to dot down and when Donald kicked the conversion suddenly the game was a lot closer on the scoreboard than it had been on the field at 17-10 in favour of the home side.When Bakkies Botha was penalised two minutes later for an infringement at a ruck, and Donald kicked the penalty, there were only four points between the teams.It appeared as if New Zealand had the momentum, but the Springboks were next on the scoreboard when Steyn landed another penalty. He had earned it himself by spotting a gap and making a break. The New Zealanders had then been penalised at the subsequent ruck.Up for grabsRichie McCaw’s side reduced the deficit to four points when, after holding onto the ball through numerous phases as they looked for chinks in South Africa’s defensive armour, they earned a penalty and Donald stuck it over. The game remained up for grabs.With eight minutes to go, the game was decided as the Springboks took a nine-point lead, meaning the All Blacks would have to score twice to win.The Kiwis were on the attack and had taken the ball into the Bok 22, but Piri Weepu fired a poor pass and Pierre Spies was able to hack the ball up field. He charged after it, but Conrad Smith managed to recover it for New Zealand. Weepu, though, messed up again when he passed inside to Juan Smith. The flanker quickly fed Jaque Fourie and the big centre raced away to score from 40 metres out.Steyn’s missed conversion attempt from out wide was his first missed kick in a Springbok jersey in three tests.Six-point gapNew Zealand pulled back three points a minute later when substitute Wynand Olivier was blown up for not releasing the man he had tackled. Donald duly reduced the gap between the teams to six points.With four minutes left on the clock, Steyn made the difference nine points once more with a superb penalty kick from 50 metres out after Jason Eaton had been penalised for going offsides.When the final whistle sounded, the scoreboard read South Africa 28, New Zealand 19. It was the first time that the Springboks had beaten the All Blacks in Bloemfontein. Previously, in 1961, the teams had drawn 11-11, and in 1976 the All Blacks had won 15-9.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BRICS summit: opportunity for solutions and investment

first_imgThe value proposition of 33 South African companies would be promoted to businesspeople and investors from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) bloc ahead of the annual summit of leaders from the respective countries, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).The companies come from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape and have been chosen based on their applications to participate in this programme through the Export, Marketing, and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) of the department.South Africa is one of 26 industrialised nations, gateway to African continent: Yunus Hoosen, Invest SA #BRICS2016 pic.twitter.com/4yn1F81byX— BRICS Bus. Council (@bricscouncil_in) October 12, 2016“The BRICS formation aims to offer an alternative to the commonly accepted global political and economic architecture,” said the dti’s deputy director-general of trade and investment, Pumla Ncapayi, at a briefing with South African business on 11 October 2016.“Strengthening inter-BRICS trade and economic relations will be an important enabler of this alternative narrative. Furthermore, the BRICS Business Council Working Groups will also convene ahead of the summit. This working group is seized with how to enable the ease of doing business including matters related to projects that will advance our developmental objectives in agriculture manufacturing, financial services, infrastructure and skills development.”South African companies had an opportunity to network and showcase their industrial capabilities within the block, which brought with it a market of approximately 42% of the world’s population, she said.The BRICS Trade Fair takes place from 12 to 14 October in New Delhi, India while the leaders’ summit is scheduled for 15 and 16 October in Goa. The summit will be held under the theme “Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions”.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Congress announces 59 candidates

first_img  According to media reports, Mr. Singh had earlier said that he wanted to contest the election from a seat which the Congress has not won in previous polls. Arki in Solan district was won by the BJP in the previous two Assembly polls. State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has been fielded from the Nadaun seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election to the 68-member Assembly.The Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya Singh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mr. Virbhadra Singh had two days ago had said that Mr. Vikramaditya Singh will contest from his Shimla (Rural) seat. Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh’s son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency. Karan Singh passed away in May.The Congress has fielded all its senior State leaders in the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from the Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.Other senior leaders including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G.S. Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively. Party veteran Vidya Stokes was supposed to contest from Theog, one of the seats left out in the first list. But Ms. Stokes announced quitting politics on October 18. Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail is currently representing the Palampur seat. Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil is currently representing Mandi. But he has quit the party and joined the BJP, which has already fielded him from the same seat. The Congress on October 18 announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.The list was finalised after a marathon meeting of the Congress central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi. Nominees for the remaining nine seats, including Shimla (Rural), would be announced later.Also Read Ex-CM Dhumal, State chief in BJP list of candidateslast_img read more

Wright delivers as Phoenix clips TNT

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Interestingly, Phoenix head coach Louie Alas revealed Wright’s clutch triple and Kramer’s go-ahead bucket were off a similar play.“Originally, it’s the same play as the previous play where Matt made the three points,” said Alas, whose squad overcame a double-digit lead in the second half. “But I told Matt that they will stay home on you so you have to read the defense they’re going to give you. It was a pick-and-pop and Wright made the good play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was his decision. He was the first option but I told Matt look for Doug if he gets doubled because Doug is going to be open.”The sharpshooting Fil-Canadian, who is celebrating his 26th birthday, finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals as the Fuel Masters notched their fourth win in eight outings to tie the KaTropa in fifth place. Kramer wound up with eight points and seven rebounds. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Anthony Semerad led TNT in scoring with 12 points while Roger Pogoy had 10.It was bad offensive night for both teams, who shot only 37% from the field.The KaTropa suffered a double whammy after losing forward Troy Rosario early in the fourth quarter after a bad fall.Rosario had to be stretchered off and was taken to the Makati Medical Center for treatment.Phoenix point guard LA Revilla also hurt himself in the first quarter after injuring his right hand. He did not return. As deadline nears, can Cavaliers find deal to make a difference?center_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESMatthew Wright made big plays down the stretch to lift Phoenix over TNT, 74-72, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Wright hit the game-tying 3-pointer, 72-all, with 44.1 seconds left before setting up Doug Kramer for the game-winning basket with 3.0 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

More JPs to Serve St. Ann

first_imgStory Highlights Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14.In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey.In his address, Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, charged the newly commissioned JPs to maintain an “impeccable character,” as they aid in solving the nation’s issues.“We want persons of unimpeachable integrity, persons who, regardless of the challenges, petition, and pleas for your assistance, if you know it isn’t right, you stand firm and say no. [It is] very important that you should be of unquestionable integrity, and at the same time as a Justice of the Peace, I expect that you should be persons of impeccable character,” he said.Mr. Chuck reminded the JPs that they should not see themselves as serving only the parish of St. Ann, but all of Jamaica as stipulated by the new Justices of the Peace Act 2018.He reiterated that the Ministry of Justice is on a drive to increase the number of JPs islandwide, with the aim of having over 1,000 per parish.The Minister said the increase will help to ease the burden on the justice system by diverting matters from the courts to be dealt with through mediation, spearheaded by JPs.In the meantime, retired Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, commended the newly commissioned JPs for having taken the “bold step to volunteer and make yourselves available to serve.”She told the group that “your appointment will contribute greatly to the improvement of our justice system,” and encouraged them to avail themselves for further training. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14. In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.last_img read more

Stolen teacup poodle Mickey prompts search by Vancouver police BC SPCA

first_imgVANCOUVER – A search is underway in Vancouver for a tiny, teacup poodle snatched from the British Columbia SPCA shelter earlier this week.Mickey weighs just over one kilogram and was being cared for at the society’s kennel while recovering from giardia, a contagious intestinal infection.SPCA spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk says the fluffy brown dog, along with five other teacup poodles, had been surrendered about two weeks ago by the owner after a complaint about their care.Chortyk says Mickey was stolen when someone used bolt cutters to break through the outer gate of the shelter after it closed Tuesday and then cut through the kennel door to grab the dog.There’s concern that Mickey may not be getting adequate care for his condition and Chortyk says if anyone has seen the poodle or knows anything about the theft, they should contact the society or Vancouver police.Adoptions had already been arranged for all the poodles and Chortyk says Mickey’s new owner was scheduled to pick him up on Wednesday.last_img read more