Kangaroos v Kiwis: Five key points

first_imgMatch report: Kangaroos hold off Kiwis in Four NationsKiwis scoring woes continueAt half time, trailing 10-0, New Zealand’s 200 minutes of Test football against Australia in 2016 had netted them just a solitary try – to Kevin Proctor in Perth last month.Their two second-half tries amounted to more four-pointer than in their previous five halves of football against the Kangaroos combined.Despite winning the offloads 15-8 and completing an impressive 81 per cent with 30 of 37 sets completed, the Kiwis couldn’t find the big play in their opponent’s red zone. Some early soft defensive misses ensured they were trying to play catch up from early on and allowed the Kangaroos to dictate terms. In the first half they completed 16 of 18 sets but still trailed the possession stat by 54 per cent to 46 per cent.Five-eighth Thomas Leuluai and fullback Jordan Kahu both aimed up but failed to provide the sort of playmaking support halfback Shaun Johnson requires.Ferguson silences doubtersThe continued selection of Roosters back Blake Ferguson on the Kangaroos right wing has been one of the more debated decisions of Mal Meninga’s tenure as Australia coach. There were whispers this week that specialist right-side flanker Valentine Holmes would return to the 17 to bump him out, with specialist left-edge winger, the in-form Josh Mansour, no chance of being dropped.A knee injury at training that ended Mansour’s tournament ensured Holmes and Ferguson both played and, after a strong outing against Scotland last week, Ferguson backed it up with a powerful man-of-the-match outing against the Kiwis.A surging, tackle-busting long-range run in just the sixth minute set the tone. For the second game running he opened the scoring and had plenty to do when he beat three to score in the right corner in the ninth minute off the back of some good Michael Morgan lead-up work. His exceptional support play helped set up Johnathan Thurston for the team’s second try just five minutes later and he also did the business off the ball, coming up with a big tackle on Gerard Beale to force a line drop-out later in the half. A surging 60th-minute run, when he beat five players to miraculously escape from his own in-goal, was arguably the most important and impressive play he produced on the night in which he finished up with game-highs in run metres (228) and tackle busts (eight). The loss of Mansour is still a shattering one but Ferguson’s form ensures it shouldn’t be too costly in terms of this tournament.Too little too late for hot-and-cold JohnsonIf the Kiwis were to be a chance in this one they were always going to need a big game from mercurial halfback Shaun Johnson, but by the time he reached into his big bag of tricks and pulled out something other than fresh air the match was all but gone.Two early attacking grubber kicks were so heavy they virtually bounced off the advertising hoardings past the dead ball line before any of his teammates had a chance to react and a 63rd-minute clearing kick that sailed out on the full was the last thing his team needed.With the match all but gone he conjured a stunning chip and chase with a regather that led to a Jordan Rapana try and a grandstand finish before his solo run to the in-goal came within inches of potentially nabbing a late draw, but the Kangaroos managed to hold him up.Aussie forward competition heats upWith impressive Test rookie Tyson Frizell rested, first-choice back-row pairing Boyd Cordner and Matt Gillett returned to the starting side. Cordner resumed his familiar left-edge role and was arguably the best forward on the field. He was everywhere in his 80-minute stint, racking up 162 metres from 17 runs with three tackle busts.On the other side, Gillett was quiet in attack but still eked out 100 metres to go with his usual defensive output of 36 tackles. Senior man Sam Thaiday was again quiet off the bench but it would be a massive call for Meninga to drop either of the Maroons stalwarts for the big end-of-tournament games. However it would also seem a mistake not to find a spot for the in-form Frizell. Elsewhere in the pack, bench prop David Klemmer produced arguably his best stint in green and gold with his powerful charges getting in the face of the Kiwis as he ran for 159 metres with four tackle busts, ensuring Meninga has some welcome headaches next time he sits down to choose a 17.Poor penalties cruel KiwisAmong their other shortcomings on the night was a habit by the Kiwis of giving away penalties at the wrong time. It started in the eighth minute when a late-set ruck penalty against Kevin Proctor handed the Kangaroos the first attacking chance of the game for either side. A few plays later Johnson gave the referee no choice but to hand the Aussies another penalty when he clung on way too long in a tackle and Ferguson scored moments later.There was a double whammy 15 minutes into the second half when a silly cheap shot from Martin Taupau on Thaiday piggy-backed the Aussies downfield right after Solomone Kata’s try – on the back of some good possession and field position – had finally got the Kiwis back into the contest.On the fifth tackle of the next set in front of the posts, Tohu Harris laid too long in a tackle to hand the Kangaroos an easy penalty goal to kick out to an eight-point lead.A fifth-tackle penalty in the same spot in the 70th minute for the same offence by Adam Blair gave Johnathan Thurston another easy two points.It’s those moments of ill-discipline, when added up, that can make such a big difference in an otherwise tight contest.last_img read more

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Chiefs storm back to beat Cheetahs

first_imgTries by winger Raymond Rhule, prop Torsten van Jaarsveld and centre Francois Venter had put the home side in control with a 24-point lead after 22 minutes, but the visitors regained their composure and started to pick holes in the Cheetahs’ defence.Winger Toni Pulu scored a brace of tries as the visitors mounted a fantastic comeback to earn a bonus-point victory and avoid a second successive loss on their tour of South Africa.Pulu’s double had them trailing by 10 points at halftime, and halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow, wingers James Lowe and Shaun Stevenson, and prop Hika Elliot sealed victory in the second period.What started with a bang ended with a whimper for the Cheetahs who tried – like the Stormers – to go head to head with the Chiefs, but did not have the defence to keep the New Zealanders out when it mattered.The Chiefs are second in the New Zealand Conference, behind the Crusaders, and head to Perth this week.last_img read more

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Photos: night owls

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Archive, Birds, Birds Of Prey, Environment, Green, Owls, Photos, Wildlife 12345678910111213141516171819 read more

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Heart of Ecuador’s Yasuni, home to uncontacted tribes, opens for oil drilling

first_imgEcuador’s environment ministry has approved the environmental assessment plans to drill for oil in Ishpingo, the last field of the controversial ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) project in Yasuni National Park.Saving Yasuni from oil extraction has long been a priority for conservationists, since former president Rafael Correa launched the ITT initiative in 2007, asking for international donations in return for keeping oil in the ground. The initiative failed in 2013.Ishpingo is the most controversial of the three ITT fields as it overlaps with the Intangible Zone, home to two uncontacted indigenous communities, the Tagaeri and Taromenane; the government claims it will not expand into this area.The Ecuadoran government also signed a new decree that now allows oil platforms to be constructed within the Intangible Zone’s buffer area, which was previously forbidden. QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park sits in a unique position on the equator, between the Andes mountain range and the Amazon rainforest, which has allowed a rich and distinct biodiversity to flourish. The region is surrounded by towering ceibo and mahogany trees, emblematic of the area, as well as hundreds of endemic birds, mammals and amphibians. Traveling down the Yasuni River at the far east of the park, it’s hard to really fathom this diversity that surrounds you, as lush green jungle extends for miles on either side.Yet conservationists are worried. Earlier this year, the Ecuadoran government approved two new controversial plans to drill for oil farther into Yasuni National Park, which will also encroach on the Intangible Zone (known by its Spanish acronym ZITT), a special area within the park created to protect the two uncontacted indigenous nations that live there, the Tagaeri and Taromenane.In April, the Ministry of Environment approved plans to open two platforms of the Ishpingo oil field, the third phase of the controversial Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) project. Ishpingo is the most contentious field in the ITT project as it is the largest and overlaps with the ZITT and its buffer zone, an area 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide that surrounds the ZITT.Then in May, President Lenín Moreno signed a new decree that allows oil platforms to be constructed within the Intangible Zone’s buffer area, which was previously forbidden.Yasuni National Park has long been controversial for being an area rich in biodiversity that also has some of Ecuador’s largest oil reserves, in a country that is highly dependent on oil revenue. Activists say these recent decisions will have major environmental repercussions in a region that was once a beacon of hope for global conservation, and on the two indigenous nations that live in voluntary isolation there.last_img read more

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[Cyclisme] Ça sent bon les Mondiaux pour Jungels !

first_imgQuant à Bob Jungels, il a le profil idéal pour viser le classement général. Les vainqueurs potentiels ne sont pas légion dans ce peloton où seulement cinq formations du World Tour se retrouvent sur la ligne de départ, même si les épreuves de catégorie 2.1 ne sont pas forcément les plus faciles à contrôler.«C’est une très bonne course en vue des championnats du monde et nous y allons dans le but de récolter des succès d’étapes avec Elia (Viviani). Il est motivé, à l’instar de tous les autres coureurs. La plupart d’entre eux se rendront ensuite directement dans le Yorkshire et auront ainsi l’occasion en Slovaquie de tester leurs jambes et de s’affiner»», a déclaré le directeur sportif Geert Van Bondt.Denis Bastien Partager [Tour de Slovaquie) Bob Jungels qui sera leader de la sélection nationale pour les Mondiaux, peaufine sa préparation.Cette fois, les Mondiaux approchent pour de bon. C’est ce que doit se dire Bob Jungels, appelé à endosser le rôle de leader, à la fin du mois dans le Yorkshire, sur un circuit où les qualités du champion national, devraient lui être favorables. Il s’agira donc de la dernière course par étapes disputée cette saison par l’équipe Deceuninck-Quick Step.En Slovaquie, la formation belge aura bien belle allure avec le sprinteur italien Elia Viviani qui sera lancé par le Belge Iljo Keisse, le Danois Michael Morkov et le Français Florian Sénéchal, le puncheur tchèque Petr Vakoc et le rouleur belge Yves Lampaert. Le compteur de Viviani devrait gonfler encore un peu.last_img read more

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Vous voulez aller voir le F91 en coupe d’Europe ?

first_img Partager Pour profiter de ces offres, il convient de se rendre sur le site internet du club, section «Europa League voyage supporters» et de remplir le formulaire en ligne. Le nombre de places est limité puisque les intéressés voyageront en vol charter avec l’équipe.À noter que le club dudelangeois poursuit ses préventes pour les abonnements des matches à domicile (ainsi que quelques rares places restant en tribune couverte pour le match au Barthel contre Qarabag). Elles auront lieu le lundi 30 septembre entre 16 h et 19 h et le mardi 1er octobre entre 9 h et 12 h au bureau du club, place de l’Hôtel- de-ville.Julien Mollereau Pour tous les passionnés de football qui ont fini la semaine dernière frustrés de ne pas avoir vu de leurs yeux l’incroyable rencontre APOEL Nicosie – F91 (3-4) de jeudi dernier à Chypre, le club dudelangeois vient de finaliser ses packages pour aller suivre les deux dernières rencontres de la phase de groupes, en Espagne et Azerbaïdjan.Pour deux nuits (du 23 au 25 octobre, hôtel Novotel Marques de Nervion) à Séville et trois nuits à Bakou (du 10 au 13 décembre, hôtel Emerald Suite), il en coûtera à chaque fois 1 200 euros (en chambre individuelle, 1 000 en chambre double) pour le transport, le logement, le billet d’entrée au match. Avec tarif préférentiel pour les accros qui souhaiteraient faire les deux déplacements puisqu’il est possible d’acheter ces voyages en package.Achat en lignelast_img read more

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[Volley] Rychlicki, champion du monde!

first_imgLe Luxembourgeois a remporté, ce dimanche, le Mondial des Clubs avec Civitanova aux dépens des Brésiliens de Sada Cruzeiro (3-1/25-22, 19-25, 31-29, 25-21).Pour un premier titre sous le maillot de Lube Civitanova, Kamil Rychlicki a frappé fort! En effet, l’international luxembourgeois a remporté le Mondial des Clubs. Cette compétition, qui mettait aux prises les Italiens de Lube Civitanova, les Qataris d’Al-Rayyan, les Russes du Zenit Kazan et les Brésiliens de Sada Cruzeiro, a donc vu la victoire finale du champion d’Europe en titre. Partagerlast_img read more

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Blatter loses appeal at CAS

first_img Still, his legal problems are far from over. Blatter faces a separate FIFA ethics investigation into suspected bribery linked to multi-million-dollar bonuses in top executives’ contracts. Swiss prosecutors also opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for the Platini payment, and a sale of World Cup television rights. He is also a stated target of American federal prosecutors in their sprawling investigation of corruption linked to international football officials, and an expected witness in a separate Swiss probe of German organisers of the 2006 World Cup. Blatter denies any wrongdoing. The three-member CAS panel was judging whether Blatter was guilty of unethically offering a cash gift and conflict of interest with Platini, who was a FIFA vice president in 2011. Blatter and Platini both said the US$2 million was uncontracted salary based on a verbal agreement more than a decade earlier. From 1999 to 2002, the former France great was the newly elected Blatter’s presidential adviser. “The payment amounted to an undue gift, as it had no contractual basis,” CAS said in a statement. Blatter said yesterday’s ruling was “incomprehensible” that his version was not accepted “in spite of my testimony to the contrary and the testimony given by other witnesses”. However, that explanation of a salary deal has now been doubted by three sets of judges at FIFA and CAS. The FIFA ethics committee investigated after the payment emerged in September 2015 during the wider Swiss federal probe of FIFA. GENEVA (AP): Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban by FIFA yesterday, and now has more serious legal cases lined up against him. Blatter said in a statement it was “difficult” to accept the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) verdict, but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”. The former FIFA president, who was banned for approving a US$2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011, said he will accept the decision. He could have pursued a further appeal at Switzerland’s supreme court. “I have experienced much in my 41 years in FIFA. I mostly learned that you can win in sport, but you can also lose,” Blatter said. “Nevertheless I look back with gratitude to all the years, in which I was able to realise my ideals for football and serve FIFA.” The verdict ends Blatter’s hopes of becoming honorary president of the football body he left in disgrace in February. He must also pay FIFA a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (US$49,500). SEPARATE PROBElast_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year

first_imgMOST READ Kaepernick says on Twitter he’s “honored” by the recognition.The magazine ‘s story includes comments from several of Kaepernick’s supporters and confidants. Rapper J. Cole says Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand for something. Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is “the greatest reward” he could ask for.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2016, file photo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams. The free agent quarterback was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism on Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ’s magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism.Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump. Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Frustrated Ibrahimovic coy on Galaxy future

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic is uncertain about his Los Angeles Galaxy future despite a successful start © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Katharine LotzeLOS ANGELES, United States, Sep 23 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic plans to discuss his future with Los Angeles Galaxy chiefs after a frustrating first season in Major League Soccer.Swedish star Ibrahimovic has made a prolific start to his MLS career, scoring 17 goals in 22 games since joining the Galaxy from Manchester United in March. However the 36-year-old striker’s efforts have not been enough to transform the Galaxy’s fortunes, with the club languishing in the bottom half of the Western Conference and struggling to make the playoffs.Ibrahimovic, who has a contract through the 2019 season, was reluctant to confirm his plans for next year, according to comments in the Los Angeles Times.“I don’t know. This I have to discuss,” Ibrahimovic said when asked about 2019.“This is not the moment to talk about that. It’s something I’ll discuss with the club. What they want, what I want. So let’s see.”Ibrahimovic said while he was pleased with his fitness, he was less happy with the Galaxy’s results.“I’m happy, I’m physically strong, I feel good. I’m producing, so I just need to (be) winning games, and then everything is perfect,” he said.“It’s easy to talk, but we need to do it.”Ibrahimovic cited the Galaxy’s failure to staunch their defence this year as being behind the club’s struggles.So far the club has shipped 59 goals in 29 games, the second worst goals conceded tally in the league.“Conceding so many goals, you don’t win,” Ibrahimovic said.“You cannot win the competition like that. It’s difficult, and that comes from everybody, not only the defense.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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