first_imgEarlier in the day, Leonard was deemed questionable while getting treatment on his hip. Toronto coach Nick Nurse spoke to reporters 90 minutes before tip-off and said he was uncertain about Leonard’s status.The Raptors improved their NBA-best record to 23-7. They beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 without Leonard on Tuesday night and then completed a season sweep of the two-time defending champion Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissToronto beat Golden State 131-128 in overtime on Nov. 29. The Warriors played that game without All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, both of whom were back in the lineup for the rematch Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Phoenix pounces on chance to get more experience, trades away no. 4 PBA draft pick Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard huddles with teammates before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Leonard sat out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Dec. 12, because of a bruised right hip. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)OAKLAND, California — Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip.The star forward was inactive for the second straight game Wednesday night, but the Raptors cruised to a 113-93 win at Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgWith the festive season in the air, a Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) farmer has begun supplying the community’s market with a rare vegetable commodity – broccoli.Oswald Johnson, who has been a farmer for many years, is making a significant contribution to the Linden market and food economy with the vegetable which is slowly making its way into Guyana’s expanding food market.Broccoli is considered a challenging crop to grow in these tropical soils, since it adapts to cooler temperatures; though it is said to be related to the cabbage family which is successfully grown here.However, Johnson of the small riverine community of Dalawala, has taken up the challenge. The farmer, who grows a variety of other vegetables, sells his produce in wholesale quantities which he supplies to the Linden market.He takes pride particularly in broccoli, which he notes, has been growingJohnson displays his locally grown broccoliintermittently for some time now. He related that while this venture is challenging, his largest customer is a popular supermarket in Linden.Many are not too particularly keen on purchasing the vegetable, Johnson said, which is retailed at approximately $1000 to $1200 per pound. At this price, it is considered quite expensive for the average local shopper.Owing to this, he said his wholesale market is not a vast one. “The local market here is slow. People don’t buy it in a large quantity,” he told Guyana Times.Being a product which is mainly imported from overseas, the farmer added that many are also not too familiar with it. This makes his vision of expanding this product market a bit more challenging, so much so that he thinks about giving up.“People ain’t really conscious about it and Linden in the whole ain’t really got money. Plenty people can’t really afford it at the price. Most people does hussle to buy lil boulanger, bora and ochro and those things that they can afford,” Johnson said.According to the farmer, he was once a broccoli supplier to the capital city Georgetown, but he had faced similar challenges back then. The farmer admits that the fatigue of transporting the produce to Georgetown also took a toll on him which caused him to stop.He said now with the renaissance of knowledge on consuming healthy foods, local people are now becoming more aware of broccoli. “But the bottom line is that not everybody has the money to buy it,” Johnson reiterated.The farmer said this is somewhat discouraging but he has learned not to depend on farming just one produce.Guyana Times spoke with a few vendors who purchase broccoli from Johnson. They noted that while they are happy that it is being produced on a local level, owing to the price the demand is somewhat low.According to Johnson, some vendors are also reluctant to buy as much due to the lack of cold storage. Finding markets for his produce, he noted, is presently a slow process. Due to this, he said a lot of the broccoli he produces perishes.Pointing to several other issues he faces as a farmer, Johnson said acquiring additional farmland to expand is a major issue.Though he has a reasonably sized farm, Johnson said it is difficult to expand as he explained that an application he made for 10 acres of land is yet to receive a response. “I’m still waiting on Government…”, he said.He added that farmers in the community have requested that space and a date be set aside by the relevant authorities to facilitate a farmers market but this is yet to come to fruition.Johnson further noted that as a result, this leads to high market prices for vegetables and even exploitation by some vendors. The farmer said acquiring seeds and other necessities is also a challenge for him.“I don’t get all the full supply of seeds and like certain insecticides and weedicides and so on,” he noted. Regardless, he said he will continue his trade as a farmer with the hopes that one day things will improve.last_img read more

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first_imgThe fortunes of the Premier League club have been transformed since Solskjaer took the helm as interim boss.United are now in the top four after being 11 points adrift of the Champions League places when Mourinho left.“The appointment of Ole and Mike (Phelan) as caretaker manager and assistant manager… has had a positive impact throughout the club,” said Woodward.“We are delighted with the improvement in the team’s performances since December and we look forward to a strong finish to the 18/19 season.”In the report, the club announced record revenues of £208.6 million for the quarter, which translate into earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £104.3 million and an operating profit of £44million.Real Madrid last month knocked Manchester United off the top of Deloitte’s Football Money League after two years at the top for the Premier League club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sacking Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United nearly £20 million © AFP/File / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 14 – Manchester United revealed on Thursday that sacking Jose Mourinho cost the club nearly Sh2.2 billion (£20 million), with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward hailing the impact of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The sum of £19.6 million ($25 million) which is listed under “exceptional items” in the club’s second-quarter results, includes pay-outs for the members of Mourinho’s staff who left with him after he was sacked in December.last_img read more

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first_imgAn Clochan Liath Club NotesBad aid 5, 15, 16 agus 22 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €5,600 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Mary Gallagher, Diamond, Neillie Harley, Loughanure, Nora O’Brien, Annagry, Ella-Marie Ferry, Meenlaragh agus Daniel Bonner, Main St. Dungloe.Bhain Margaret Murray as Burtonport €150 agus bhain Bridie Gallagher as Leitir, Connie O’Donnell as St. Peter’s Tce, Sheila Sweeney as Kincasslagh, Mary Gallagher as Ardara agus Breege McGill as Fintown €100 ag an bhingo.Both Senior & Reserve teams were in action on Sunday last in Rosses Park where the reserves were well beaten by Cloughaneely. 1-7 to 2-13 was the final score.The senior team came back from 10 points to 1 to record a 4 point victory on a score line of An Clochan Liath 2-12 Cloughaneely 0-14. The goals making a huge difference where Cloughaneely will feel they should have at least taken a point, in what was an entertaining affair.Well done to our under 8 footballers who traveled to Glenties on Saturday last for a very enjoyable blitz. Lots of great skills and plenty of determination against Naomh Conaill. Thanks to all the parents for traveling up to support our future stars and to the coaches for preparing the teams. Special thanks to Naomh Conaill for the refreshments afterwards.U6 Hurling training now finished for the summer – U8 & U10 will continue training on a Tuesday at 6pm as normal until 22nd July, which will be the last training evening with their blitz on 27th July and will then finish until the Autumn which will be indoor, date to be confirmed. Thank you all for your help and support with all age groups throughout the year. Enjoy the summer. GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE U8’S PERFORM WELL AT BLITZ IN GLENTIES was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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first_imgTHE INTERMEDIATE Cup always gets the pulses racing in Fanad and it’s that time of year again for Arthur Lynch’s men.Fanad, winners of the Cup in 1988 and 1995, are rebuilding again under player-manager Lynch, who played in two semi-finals and several quarter-finals with the club.On Sunday, Fanad host Bonagee United at Triagh-A-Locha in this season’s Intermediate Cup.“The Intermediate Cup is massive,” Lynch said.“If you have any ambition in intermediate football, this is the Cup you want to play in.“Eamon McConigley came out at the start of the season and said that it was his ambition to win the Intermediate. There would be something wrong if an intermediate team manager didn’t have that ambition.“I go into every competition looking to win it, or do as well as you can and be competitive.“Our boys will all be pumped up to play in the Intermediate Cup, especially after Letterkenny Rovers really raised the profile of it last season by getting to the final.”The game will be played on the side pitch at Triagh-A-Locha with the main pitch at the venue still a few weeks away from being ready.“Hopefully we’ll have the lights hopefully fully functioning too and we’ll be ready to go again on the main pitch,” Lynch said.“Patrick and the committee are doing trojan work on the developments at the club. It’s not ideal to have to play on the side pitch but we’re lucky to have it – some clubs wouldn’t have a first pitch as good as that one.”The likes of Lynch, Marty McAteer and Kieran Gorman have played in the Cup with Fanad at the national stage, while those such as Davitt Walsh and Matthew Crossan come armed with senior experience.Walsh is struggling with an injury picked up at the weekend’s Intermediate Interprovincials, but Lynch is hopeful that his men can get the job done.He said: “The likes of Marty is an example to any young lad. Himself and ‘Gorby’ (Gorman) are great men to have on a team.“We’re looking forward to Sunday, for sure. It’s a massive round in the competition because, if you win, you’ll be through to the open round and can get anyone.“This is the round that can really raise the profile.”Fanad have played only three games so far this season, losing 1-0 to Bonagee in the League Cup, suffering a narrow 1-0 loss to champions Cockhill in the League and a late John McGarvey goal rescued a recent 1-1 draw with Swilly.Lynch said: “This season I have 18-20 reasonably strong players with me. John, for instance, came on against Swilly and took the game by the scruff of the neck. We have a lot of other good men in too.“We want to move on and start to close the odd game out now. It’s hard to know how to assess our season so far because we haven’t got a clear run of games yet.“Managing…it’s like keeping mice at a crossroads sometimes.“That said, I knew what I was going into and knew where the club was at and what the state of play was.“The expectations weren’t big – it was about getting the club up and running again, getting the interest and the respect back.“We’re gradually doing that now. We have a lot of the better, local players back again and we’ve added a wee bit of quality, too.”FixturesFAI Umbro Intermediate Cup, second round Sunday, October 23, 1.30pm, extra time and penalties if requiredCockhill Celtic v Swilly Rovers Referee – Marty Quinn; assistants – Marty McGarrigle, Michael ConnollyFanad United v Bonagee United Referee – Packie Coll; linesmen – Paul Duddy, Vincent McLoughlinUSL Top goalscorers (League goals only)Max Karner (Derry City Reserves) 3Cathal Farren (Derry City Reserves) 2Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United) 2Steve Okakpu-Emeka (Letterkenny Rovers) 2Christy Connaghan (Letterkenny Rovers) 2INTERPROSTHE USL selection just missed out on glory at last weekend’s FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament in Cork.After a 3-1 win over Leinster on Friday night, with Mark Moran, Paul McVeigh and Ryan Varma scoring, the USL team – managed by Bonagee United’s Peter Moran – defeated Connacht 2-0 on Saturday, thanks to a brace by Davitt Walsh.However, the holders and hosts, Munster, defeated the USL 2-0 on Sunday to keep the silverware. NOTESULSTER Senior League clubs are asked to forward weekly notes to new League PRO Chris McNulty at chrismcnulty86@gmail.com for circulation to the media and for inclusion on the Ulster Senior League website.Intermediate Cup: “We’re pumped up for Cup” – Fanad’s Arthur Lynch was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Donegal Sports Star Awards has had a long and very successful association with both primary and secondary schools since the late 1970s. And as the deadline approaches for schools nominations (Friday 18th November) it’s now time to recognize the big sports achievers from the academic year of September 2015 to June 2016. There will now be nine awards in this section sponsored by Donegal County Council.Primary schools is being divided into two categories for the first time so there will be both a small (below 100 pupils) and large primary school award. And those two along with the winning secondary school will be presented with specially commissioned Donegal Sports Star Award flags that will fly outside the respective schools next year. The 2015 winners were Best Primary Sports Girl – Keeva Thompson (Dooish N.S.); Best Primary Sports Boy – Oisin Kelly (Kilmacrennan N.S.); Best Secondary Sports Boy – Fergal Cox (Scoil Mhuire Buncrana); Best Secondary Sports Girl – Janine Boyle (St. Columba’s Stranorlar); Best Primary Sports Teacher – Irene McFadden (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Letterkenny); Best Secondary Sports Teacher – Keith Cowan (Coaliste Ailigh, Letterkenny) while the overall best primary and secondary school awards went to (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Letterkenny) and Loreto Community School, Letterkenny) respectively.It’s a huge honour to be nominated in the schools categories and for those who win it’s a massive achievement to be the best in your own county.Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to info@donegalsportsstarawards.ie or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 25th. For further details visit us on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards or go to www.donegalsportsstarawards.ie.Donegal Sports Star Awards continue to support primary and secondary schools was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSNOMINATIONSPrimarysecondary schoolSportlast_img read more

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first_imgTottenham Hotpsur return to action just two days after taking on Premier League leaders Manchester City at Wembley.Spurs make the short trip across London to visit West Ham’s London Stadium in the Carabao Cup, with the fierce rivals facing off as they attempt to reach the fifth round of the competition. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Will either of these teams get their hands on the Carabao Cup? scrap tense latest BEST OF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ What the managers are sayingManuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “On Wednesday, we welcome Mauricio Pochettino and his players and staff for the second time in the space of eleven days. We were unlucky to lose against them in the Premier League but they have a very good squad and I expect it to be another close and difficult game.As I have said previously, the Carabao Cup is a major competition that we take very seriously, and we have been on the training pitch since Sunday preparing our work and focusing on what we need to do to come out on top.”Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “We are going to use players that normally are not involved in the last few games and, of course, we are going to have the opportunity to see them and give the opportunity to play. Will be very competitive, it is a derby. Of course there are no excuses, no complaints and on Wednesday [we will be] ready again to compete and try to win.”Where can you listen?You can listen to full live match commentary of West Ham vs Tottenham on talkSPORT. Click here for the live streamTeam newsPedro Obiang returns for the hosts, who are still without a host of players through either injury or suspension; Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll and Mark Noble are all out of Wednesday’s clash.Mauricio Pochettino has  rotated his squad as expected for the cup tie, with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Fernandon Lllorente all coming into the starting line-up. LATEST Most Read On talkSPORT.com revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker SORRY 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City RANKED 2 The London Stadium has already hosted a clash between the pair this season, with Spurs securing a narrow 1-0 defeat of West Ham in the Premier League earlier this month.Since then, the Lilywhites have drawn with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League and lost to Man City on Monday night, while West Ham managed to secure a draw at Leicester, conceding in the final minutes having been playing with 10 men since the 38th minute.The Hammers will be hoping to get revenge over Spurs when they meet on Wednesday evening, and you can listen to full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Alli should return to the starting XI the day after he signed a new contract Confirmed line-upsWest Ham: Adrian (C); Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Obiang, Rice, Anderson, Antonio, Diangana; ChicharitoTottenham: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Winks, Eriksen (C), Son, Dele, Llorente.last_img read more

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first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Portugese police have tonight confirmed the have officially re-opened their investigation into the abduction of Madeleine McCann.It’s understood they have found “compelling new leads” in their hunt for those behind the taking of the three-year-old from her holiday apartment in May 2007.The breakthrough gives renewed hope to parents Gerry and Kate, and all of their cousins here in Co Donegal. Portugal’s attorney general said “new elements of evidence” justified the “continuation of the investigation”, which was shelved by police in 2008.Madeleine’s parents said they hoped for “the answers we so desperately need”.Scotland Yard began a review of the case in May 2011 – codenamed Operation Grange – and opened a formal investigation in July this year.The launched a new call for help on CrimeWatch on BBC TV 11 days ago. Portuguese police said a review team had been working since March 2011 to look back through information from the original investigation – and this process had uncovered potential new lines of inquiry.Judges say there are now grounds to re-open the investigation.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley and Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood met senior Portuguese police in Lisbon last Thursday for a briefing on the new lines of enquiry, which are “separate” to those being followed by the Met.Gerry and Kate said they were “very pleased” the Portuguese inquiry, which will run alongside the Met operation, was being reopened.“We hope that this will finally lead to her being found and to the discovery of whoever is responsible for this crime,” they said. UK Home Secretary Theresa May welcomed the development, saying: “I hope what we are going to see is a resolution of this case for the sake of Maddie’s parents and family.”MADELEINE: PORTUGESE POLICE RE-OPEN INQUIRY AND FIND ‘COMPELLING NEW LEADS’ was last modified: October 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Maddiemadeleine mccannnew inquirylast_img read more

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first_imgA drunk Letterkenny man who was out celebrating his 21st birthday called Gardai ‘piggy b******s’ after he was approached at a Donegal festival.Letterkenny Court.Barry Gildea initially gave Gardai a false name when approached at the Lennon festival in Ramelton on July 13th last. However, Gildea’s false story was soon uncovered by Gardai when his friends referred to him by his real name.Gildea, of Correnagh, Letterkenny, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with giving a false name and under the Public Order Act.Gardai said that when he was approached, Gildea called them a “f***** piggy b********.’The court heard Gildea has nine previous convictions – four for public order.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been to a number of hostelries while celebrating his birthday but had “let himself down” by the amount of alcohol he had consumed.“He panicked and thought he could bluff his way out of it. He was foolish and friends in company were already addressing him by his real name. He didn’t help matters by reaction,” said Mr Dillon.The court heard that Gildea went to Milford Garda station the following day to apologise.He also works voluntarily for his local football club, cutting grass and lining pitches.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that Gildea was building up a record and fined him a total of €350.MAN CALLED GARDA A ‘PIGGY B******’ WHILE CELEBRATING HIS 21st BIRTHDAY was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry GildeadonegalGardaiLennon FestivalRameltonlast_img read more

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first_imgGoal kickingWhat hurt the South African team was something that had been a little overlooked earlier in the tournament as they won their three pool matches: goal kicking. Handre Pollard, who was so good in 2012 when South Africa won the title, was off target with three out of four penalties when just one more successful kick would have made all the difference. Knowing that must rub a little salt into the Baby Boks’ wounds, but will also give them confidence that they have what it takes to beat the Kiwis. “I think there was at least two tries that we could have scored. I think maybe the guys were a little bit anxious in the moment. And, I must lift my hat to the Welsh. They really stuck to their kicking game. They had a very, very well prepared kicking game. They kept us in the corners. We couldn’t get out of our half. In the end, the bounce of the ball made the difference.” While the Baby Boks didn’t produce their best form on the day, the Welsh should be given credit for some of that. They were, however, a trifle lucky to progress after their first try, scored by captain Ellis Jenkins, was controversially allowed when it was clear that he had knocked on in the act of scoring. Only South Africa and New Zealand have previously won the Junior World Championship, so this year’s winners will be first-timers and the first team from the northern hemisphere to lift the silverware. Late tryEven then, Theron’s comment was likely about the way the ball sat up for right wing Ashley Evans in the 79th minute as he ran onto a chip into the South African 22, gathered and crashed over to score. The South African under-20 rugby team suffered a heart-breaking last-gasp loss to Wales by a single point, 18-17, in the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championship on Tuesday at Stade de la Rabine, in Vannes, France. Jenkins also praised the Welsh tight five and admitted it had been a very physical outing. “Everything hurts, but we played a very good game of rugby. We had our chances and we knew if we stuck to our game plan we would score tries and we did, just in the nick of time.” 11th Place Play-Off: Fiji vs USA 9th Place Play-Off: Samoa vs Scotland 7th Place Play-Off: Australia vs Ireland 5th Place Play-Off: Argentina vs France 3rd Place Play-Off: South Africa vs New Zealand Final: Wales vs England PLAYOFFS “Unbelievable, it is a bit surreal at the moment,” Welsh skipper Ellis Jenkins said after the game. “That was tense. 19 June 2013 ‘We gave it our best’Captain Ruan Steenkamp echoed Theron’s sentiments when he said: “We gave it our best effort, but on the day it was not enough. They did their homework on us and never allowed us to create a platform for our backline. There was no mention of the try at the end of the match, though, with the closest to anyone commenting on it coming from South Africa’s coach Dawie Theron, who said: “The luck, with the bounce of the ball, went with the Welsh today and the next time it’ll go to us. We’re definitely not happy about losing, but we can keep our head high. And we’re going to work for the next game.” That next match will be against New Zealand, who were beaten 33-21 by England in the second semi-final. South Africa had defeated England, the Six Nations champions, 31-24 in pool play. More than that, though, the Baby Boks were also at fault for not converting some of their chances. “We had our opportunities in the game,” coach Theron told the IRB. He added: “The boys are extremely disappointed because we are all very proud to represent our country. We have one more match left to play and we will lift ourselves and play with pride. The defeat will hurt for a while, but we have our next match on Sunday and we will play as best as we can.” “We knew it would take something special to break the defence and Sam [Davies] has dropped that kick on the money for Ash to go over in the corner and then stepped up, nerves of steel, and slotted it from the touchline. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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