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

Scrapie submissions needed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The good news for American sheep producers is that the industry has scrapie on the run. The bad news is that the current status makes carriers of the fatal disease more difficult to find.“The incidence rate is now very low and finding the few remaining cases becomes more difficult using traditional surveillance methods,” said Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan, DVM. “The best and most appropriate method now is within flock surveillance. It is in the best interest of the industry that we sample as many adult dead sheep and goats that we can find and get them tested.”The only diagnostic tests currently available to determine if a sheep has scrapie require brain or lymphoid tissue. Scrapie is typically diagnosed by finding abnormal prion protein accumulation in the brain and/or lymphoid tissue of infected sheep. A positive test must be confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories. While no new cases of classical scrapie have been reported in the United States since April 2016, there’s still a need to be vigilant.“If producers take this on in a serious manner and get heads to the laboratory, it will help the U.S. Department of Agriculture prove to the international community that the United States is free of scrapie, and we will finally be able to wrap up this national eradication program,” Logan said.The best way for producers to assist in completely eradicating scrapie from American borders is to participate in APHIS’ sample submission program. The program is provided at no cost to the producer, and asks that producers submit samples from adult sheep or goats.“Most producers don’t see scrapie as an issue in their flock,” said Diane Sutton, USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services Sheep and Goat Health Team Leader. “We’re so close to being free of scrapie, but we need to be able to demonstrate that to the world. Slaughter surveillance alone won’t get the job done.”The process for submitting samples is fairly simple. Shipping boxes with packing supplies and shipping are provided at no cost by APHIS. For more information, visit http://Sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_AnimalHealth_Scrapie.last_img read more

Touch Shorts

first_imgIn this edition, read about how to nominate for the 2012 Colley Reserve Five-A-Side Championships, all the latest from the 2011/2012 State League competition and the South Australia Heat National Touch League (NTL) fundraising events. To view the newsletter, please click on the attachment below.  Related Filestfsa_newsletter_jan_2012-pdflast_img

Michigan State Football: Plaxico Burress Rips Nick Saban, Implies He Once Chased Money Too

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Former Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress rang in the new year with a shot at the integrity of his former college coach Nick Saban. Today, the former NFL star again took to Twitter to rip Saban. His mini-rant came after Saban made comments this morning at SEC Media Days suggesting some Alabama players played not to get hurt in their Sugar Bowl loss because they were distracted by their NFL Draft status. I recall Nick Saban telling me to stay in school finish what I started, I wasnt 1st round pick and he left for LSU b4 the season was over— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban goes on tv saying that kids are distracted by NFL projections. Well, the kids are just chasing a dream that you were. $$$— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015N Saban looked his players in the face at the Duf, said he wasnt leavin, I’m committed to the program” and was gone the next day. Tru story— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban players are being distracted by the NFL and chasing a dream, haha tell your story Nick. LSU showed you $$, you was GONE! Ha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Nick Saban actually told me I was a second round pick. I said, “where are you getting your info from? Are you watching these games? Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015 Well, still doesn’t look like Plax and Nick will be sharing dinner or drinks any time soon.last_img read more

Alphaliner Battle Lines on EastWest Routes Being Drawn

first_imgzoom Although the new carrier alliances will only start operating from April 2017, battle lines on the main east-west routes are already being drawn, after the OCEAN Alliance and THE Alliance unveiled the respective service networks, according to Alphaliner.The OCEAN Alliance will start with an initial deployment of 331 ships with an aggregate capacity of 3.3 million TEUs.This figure is based on Alphaliner’s analysis of the 41 weekly services unveiled in early November by the four alliance members, comprising French shipping company CMA CGM (including APL), China’s COSCO Container Lines, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Taiwanese Evergreen Line.Alphaliner said that “the carrier group is set to become the largest alliance in container shipping history,” with an initial plan to offer 20 weekly sailings from Asia to North America and 11 weekly sailings from Asia to Europe. OCEAN will also jointly operate three transatlantic strings and seven Far East – Middle East/Red Sea loops.The second new carrier group, THE Alliance, also released information of its new network plan under which it would offer 31 weekly services.An estimated total of 244 ships with an aggregate capacity of 2.25 million TEUs will be deployed by the six THE Alliance members, made up of Hapag-Lloyd (with UASC), K Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming.They will jointly provide a total of 16 transpacific loops and eight Asia-Europe services, together with six transatlantic loops and one Far East-Middle East string.The services were scaled down from an original plan that included the participation of Hanjin Shipping, which could have pushed overall capacity deployed by THE Alliance up by some 500,000 TEUs.last_img read more

Up in smoke Calgary judge dismisses charges against Vancouver pot activist

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary judge has dismissed all charges against a well-known Vancouver marijuana activist who had been accused of trafficking and drug possession.Dana Larsen was arrested following a public appearance in Calgary in April 2016.He was charged after he handed out marijuana seeds to the audience as part of his Overgrow Canada tour.The tour was aimed at distributing one million pot seeds to be planted in public places.Police also seized marijuana, cannabis oil and resin from his vehicle.Larsen said after his arrest that he had no intention of pleading guilty.Following the April 2016 rally, officers escorted Larsen and another man to a police car while supporters chanted, “Shame! Shame!”Larsen said he visited 14 cities on his campaign and Calgary was the only place where police showed up.Following a court appearance, the activist said he would fight the charges all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.“I feel that if they really do persist, the possible outcome is that we win and that cannabis seeds are declared no longer illegal at all,” he told reporters, while surrounded by about two dozen placard-carrying supporters.Larsen was in Calgary again this past April to promote his campaign. Two police officers attended the meeting, but left after a short time.Larsen served 10 years as editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine and was a founding member of the B.C. Marijuana Party and the Canadian Marijuana Party.He led an unsuccessful bid for a marijuana referendum in British Columbia and has run a medicinal cannabis dispensary for seven years.In 2011, he ran for the leadership of the provincial NDP in B.C. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Ronaldos move to Juventus is to keep him motivated – Kaka

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s shock move to Juventus has left many people baffled, in light of everything he has achieved at Real Madrid, but Kaka believes the success he has enjoyed over the years is what has prompted him to make the brave move away in order to remain motivatedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be unveiled as a Juventus player later today following a glorious nine-year spell at Real, that had seen him win four Champions League titles and score 450 goals in just 438 games.Leaving one’s comfort zone for the unknown is something that many people choose to avoid in their lifetimes.But for someone like Ronaldo, who constantly looks for ways to better himself, it is just another way of pursuing their ultimate goal of becoming the best of all time.And Kaka has backed the Portuguese star and feels that now is the right time for Ronaldo to try something new at this stage of his career.“I think Cristiano is a very experienced player now, 33 years old so he knows and understands the situation very well,” said the Brazilian, according to Goal.“This decision to move from Madrid to Juventus, it’s a very conscious decision. He knows [it’s] time to move.“[He’s probably thinking] I achieved everything I could with Real Madrid and now it’s time to do something different to keep motivated.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“That’s what moved him to accept the offer from Juve to change from Real Madrid to the Italian team.”While spending €112m for a 33-year-old seems rather risky, Kaka feels that it is a good investment for Juventus.When asked if the Serie A giants will be getting one of football’s greatest-ever plays, he replied: “I think so. Ronaldo, with his numbers, says that.“Everybody who had the privilege to watch him play… in my case, I had the privilege of training with him every day for four years.“I saw how professional he is, how strong he is, how motivated he is, how strong in his mind he is, and [can] see that he still wants to get to a different level.“I think Ronaldo will be remembered as one of the best players in the world.”Ronaldo has arrived for his medical at Juventus and will be holding his first press conference, since the announcement last week, later today.last_img read more

Luka Modric launches a scathing attack on Simeone

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has responded to the criticisms of Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone on him and his teammates.In the midfielder’s first interview since winning the Ballon d’Or earlier this month, the 33-year-old spoke of the manager’s disparaging comments about the award and Madrid.“I understand why Simeone has defended his own players,” Modric told Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, as cited by Football Espana.“I understand why he believes Griezmann was the best but in doing so he feels the need to disparage Real Madrid and the players here.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“There are suggestions that there is something else behind why Madrid players win these trophies, and that is not the case.“I have a lot of respect for Atletico and Simeone, their players and their fans – they are a great club and whey they defeat us, I acknowledge it and congratulate them.“But we have been hugely successful too, we have beaten them in two finals and it is not fair to say these achievements are due to favoritism.”last_img read more

Zidane is the best man for Manchester United job – Saha

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to lead Manchester United to glory after Jose Mourinho was sacked.The former French International says Zidane who led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before leaving will bring a new dimension to the team.In an interview with Omnisport via FourFourTwo, Saha backed former France team-mate Zidane to succeed at Old Trafford. .“For me, I am a supporter of Zidane in relation to the man,” Saha said. “He was an exceptional player, the coach, there is no equivalent.“In communication he has made a lot of progress. When I hear him talking, it’s incredible.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…“He breathes football, he is a passionate person, who has all the qualities to be respected. He knows how to balance attack and defence.“At Real Madrid, he had three offensive monsters, and he has to make the link with the defence. It’s huge.“For me it’s the best choice for United. I think he will have the support of the supporters, the staff, the president because he deserves it. And we’re going to give him time.”Zidane is no manager of any club at the moment and could take the job if both parties agree.last_img read more

Bale set for another spell on the sidelines

first_imgReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale is set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering another calf injury.A medical report on Madrid’s official website confirmed tests had shown a ‘grade-I calf injury’ to Bale’s left leg.Consequently, Reports from Football Espana is speculating a recovery time in the region of ‘2-4 weeks.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Meaning he will be out of Los Blancos’ upcoming Liga games against Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Sevilla, as well as their Copa del Rey tie with Leganes.Further reports also alluded to the Welshman’s fitness problems on its front page for Saturday, noting ‘he has now suffered 22 injuries and missed 84 games, amounting to 54.2 percent of minutes on offer.’Real Madrid drew their last game 2-2 with Villareal and they face an uphill task to keep up the pace with runaway leaders Barcelona in the title race.last_img read more