World Cup 2015: South Africa 23 – 19 Wales

first_imgWHAT’S NOTSoft penalties – A silly obstruction from Luke Charteris allowed South Africa to reclaim the lead with a penalty immediately after Wales had gone 10-9 up and that wasn’t the only time the men in red gifted points to the Springboks. “We gave away four penalties in the first half, all of which came when we weren’t under much pressure,” said skipper Warburton. “They were the most crucial 12 points we gave away.”Poor skills – A wayward pass from Gethin Jenkins went right over the head of Tyler Morgan and into touch when Wales were attacking in only the second minute. If the outside centre had taken the pass he would have been in for the first try, but the prop’s skills weren’t up to it, much to Jenkins’ disgust.Bad manners – The fans have been superb at this World Cup, so it was disppointing to hear the South African contingent in the Twickenham crowd booing Biggar when he lined up a penalty in the 63rd minute. The noise didn’t put the Wales fly-half off, but it was a shame it happened at all. A 74th-minute try from veteran scrum-half and skipper Fourie du Preez took South Africa into the semi-finals of the World Cup and broke Welsh hearts, as, until then, Sam Warburton‘s men had led for all but three minutes of the second half.Wales had turned round 13-12 ahead at half-time, with Handre Pollard‘s four penalties being outweighed by a try from Gareth Davies and a penalty, a conversion and a drop-goal from Dan Biggar.Two more Biggar penalties and a penalty and drop-goal from Pollard left Wales in front 19-18 inside the last ten minutes, but Duane Vermeulen picked up from a South Africa scrum inside the Wales 22, broke blind up the left and sent du Preez over for the winning score.Heartbroken: Sam Warburton and George North applaud the fans at the end. (Photo: Getty Images) Everything you need to know about the first World Cup 2015 quarter-final. TAGS: Highlight Flying Fourie: South Africa’s Fourie du Preez dives over for the winning try. (Photo: Getty Images) Star turn: Duane Vermeulen attacked strongly, but here he’s tackling Jamie Roberts. (Photo: Getty Images)STATISTICS528 – The number of metres South Africa made in attack. They crossed the gainline 73 times in all, compared to 231 metres made by Wales and 34 line breaks.84 – South Africa No 8 Vermeulen topped the metres made charts in this game, with 84 metres with the ball in hand in all100 – the number of Test appearances Alun Wyn Jones has now made, 94 for Wales and six for the Lions.21 – Wales blindside Dan Lydiate was the top tackler in the game with 21. His back row colleagues, Warburton and Taulupe Faletau made 17 tackles each. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Man of the Match: Schalk Burger (South Africa)Attendance: 79,572 WHAT’S HOTSchalk Burger – For once in this tournament, a Man of the Match award looked to be well deserved as the South African openside was prominent in the Boks’ lengthy attacking phases of rugby. He crossed the gainline 11 times – more than any other player in the match – and made 55m on the ball in all.Dan Biggar – The Wales No 10 had another magnificent game. His outstanding kick and collect set up the first try for Davies, as he launched the ball skyward from around 40 metres out, took the catch perfectly and Davies was on hand to take the pass and cruise over the line. Biggar also kicked 14 points and missed just one, very difficult, shot at goal.Dan dares: Biggar had another brilliant game and scored 14 points. (Photo: Getty Images)Executing under pressure – They were behind for almost the entire second half, but as the clock ticked towards the last five minutes South Africa executed an excellent attacking move from a scrum. Vermeulen picked up and went from the back, under pressure, and found du Preez in support with a brilliant pass. Pollard missed the conversion, but the try was enough. Wales: G Anscombe; A Cuthbert, T Morgan (J Hook 67), J Roberts, G North; D Biggar (R Priestland 73), G Davies (L Williams 70): G Jenkins (P James 55), S Baldwin (K Owens 56),  S Lee (T Francis 55), L Charteris (B Davies 63), A-W Jones, D Lydiate (J Tipuric 67), S Warburton (capt), T Faletau.Try: Gareth Davies. Con: Dan Biggar. Pens: Biggar 3. Drop-goal: Biggar.Referee: Wayne Barnes (England) South Africa: W le Roux; JP Pietersen, J Kriel (J Serfontein 67), D De Allende, B Habana; H Pollard (P Lambie 76), F du Preez (capt); T Mtawarira (T Nyakane 56), B du Plessis (A Strauss 12-23 and 55), F Malherbe (J du Plessis 60), E Etzebeth, L de Jager, F Louw (W Alberts 67), S Burger, D Vermeulen.Try: Fourie du Preez. Pens: Handre Pollard 5. Drop-goal: Pollard.last_img read more

Coffee brand TrueStart opens sustainable cafe

first_imgSustainable coffee manufacturer TrueStart has opened its first coffee shop in Bristol serving hot beverages alongside locally sourced treats.TrueStart & Co Coffee Shop opened its doors last Thursday (13 September). The business is owned by Simon and Helena Hills and builds on the success of their cold brew product, which is sold in healthy food stores worldwide.The bakery goods on offer will include a range of vegan, soya-free, refined sugar-free and gluten-free cakes, as well as wraps containing locally sourced, free-range ingredients.Some of the items currently on the menu are:Avocado and courgette cake;Vegan rainbow wrap with pickled red cabbage, white cabbage, sweet potato, homemade basil houmous, beetroot, carrot, Bristol-grown micro greens, spinach and mixed leaves;Coconut chicken wrap with free-range chicken, coconut milk, fresh lime, carrot, red pepper, mixed salad and homemade chimichurri, served inside a beetroot wrap;Organic overnight oats with organic peanut butter, chia seeds, cocoa, fresh berries and almonds;Once the Bristol café has established itself, the couple said they hoped to take the TrueStart & Co brand across the country.last_img read more

People helping people? People please!

first_img“People helping people.” It’s been a registered trademark owned by CUNA since the early 1960s. So many credit unions have it in their mission statement, on their website and in their marketing materials. It’s usually followed by standard definitions of why credit unions were created, how credit unions are different and who can join.For so many credit unions, this is all they have. A canned message.Don’t get me wrong. People helping people is the credit union philosophy and it can be a powerful message when used in the appropriate context. On the surface, however, just about any business could make this argument, and they probably do in some fashion. In the name of truly personal service, what’s the real difference?If you can see the difference, you see the problem. If you want to debate me, when it comes to branding and marketing your credit union, can you make your argument in a single line of text? How about a soundbite? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Best Defense Is Good Offense: DOJ Challenges Local Public Defense Programs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lauren Kirchner, ProPublicaShortly before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation last September, he told an interviewer: “Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job.” One of Holder’s more activist initiatives received attention last week when The New York Times highlighted how Holder’s Justice Department began the novel practice of filing arguments in state and county courts.“[N]either career Justice Department officials nor longtime advocates can recall such a concerted effort to insert the federal government into local civil rights cases,” Matt Apuzzo wrote for the Times.The agency has used so-called “statements of interest” to file arguments in existing court cases—sometimes cases brought by the ACLU, Equal Justice Under Law or other advocacy groups. One issue that’s garnered particular attention from Justice Department lawyers is fair access to legal defense, a right guaranteed by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has filed four such statements in the past two years, a time in which bipartisan support has emerged for a renewed examination of how local and state governments are providing legal representation to the poor. The department maintains that it does not take a position on the facts of the case, but it argues larger points about civil rights issues with national implications.“It’s very much like having an amicus brief, but it’s an amicus brief by the United States Department of Justice,” said Norman Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “That carries a lot of weight. No municipality or state wants to be found to be violating Constitutional rights in the eyes of the Justice Department.”As the Times story shows, local prosecutors and defense attorneys for the cities and states that suddenly come under this national microscope may not appreciate the attention, however. Nor do they necessarily agree with the Justice Department’s premise that it is not taking sides in the cases at hand. Scott G. Thomas, the attorney who defended Burlington, Washington in a suit challenging the city’s indigent defense program, objected to the way the case turned Burlington into a political symbol, telling Apuzzo, “it’s the Department of Justice putting their finger on the scale.”Joshua Marquis, the elected district attorney in Clatsop County, Oregon, who also serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the National District Attorneys Association, considers problematic indigent defense systems more episodic than epidemic. “The idea that this is somehow symptomatic of some sort of major civil rights emergency in America is just plain crazy,” he said. Where smaller jurisdictions lack funding for indigent defense, it follows that the prosecutors in those same jurisdictions lack funding, too. “To me, that’s just as dire a problem,” said Marquis, “and since, frankly, most victims are poor people and people of color, I would be really impressed to see the United States Justice Department pick that up.”The Supreme Court ruled in the 1963 case Gideon v. Wainwright that each state had to establish means of representation for defendants who couldn’t afford it themselves. But the federal government only provides best practices, grants and training; it’s left to the states to decide how to interpret Gideon‘s mandate and how much money to allocate to it. Some states leave the decisions about indigent defense and funding for it entirely to counties. As a result, the quality of one’s counsel heavily depends on the location of the alleged crime.“It’s very difficult to explain the patchwork quilt that is the right to counsel in America,” said David Carroll, executive director of the Sixth Amendment Center, an advocacy group for indigent defense. “People watch TV cop dramas, where everyone asks for a lawyer in police lockup, and they come back from commercial break, and there’s the lawyer … The difference between what they believe and what’s actually happening is very broad.”The gap between what many Americans consider to be adequate defense, and the reality on the ground in local courts, is what advocates say these lawsuits seek to close. The potential remains for many more investigations and filings, as well. “The DOJ could almost take a dart, and throw it at a map, and there would be a problem with indigent defense in that particular place,” said Ernie Lewis, executive director of the National Association for Public Defense. “And I don’t think I’m exaggerating.”Here are the jurisdictions where DOJ lawyers have filed statements of interest in cases addressing indigent defense:Washington (Cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington)In an August 2013 statement of interest in Wilbur v. City of Mount Vernon, the Justice Department asked a federal court in Washington to appoint an “independent monitor” to oversee new reforms to the indigent defense system there. This was the first statement of interest of this kind, and advocates say it had a huge impact — in signaling that the Justice Department was going to enforce this issue in a new way, and in tangible changes to the Washington system, as well. The judge in the case “took it and really ran with it, and there’s big changes now happening all across Washington,” said the Sixth Amendment Center’s Carroll.In the conclusion of his decision, which refers to the 1963 ruling in Gideon, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik wrote: “The notes of freedom and liberty that emerged from Gideon’s trumpet a half a century ago cannot survive if that trumpet is muted and dented by harsh fiscal measures that reduce the promise to a hollow shell of a hallowed right.”New YorkBack in 2007, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a suit on behalf of 20 defendants against the state of New York, arguing that five counties were denying effective counsel to indigent defendants. Ontario, Onondaga, Schuyler, Suffolk and Washington counties did not have a public defense system or standards in place at the time; they had just contracted with private attorneys on an ad-hoc (and apparently inadequate) basis. The Justice Department joined the suit with a statement of interest in September 2014. A settlement followed within weeks, mandating the creation of a new public defense office, standards for defendant eligibility, and more state funding for the attorneys.Alabama (City of Clanton)With its statement of interest in February of this year, the Justice Department joined a lawsuit against the city of Clanton for its practice of setting bail without regard for a defendant’s flight risk or ability to pay. Christy Dawn Varden, a plaintiff in the case, was arrested for shoplifting at Walmart, and a judge assigned her a $2,000 bond—$500 for each of Varden’s four misdemeanor charges. Living on $200 a month in food stamps, Varden could not pay the bond, and so stayed in jail. “By taking action in this case, the Justice Department is sending a clear message: that we will not accept criminal justice procedures that have discriminatory effects,” said Holder in a statement. “We will not hesitate to fight institutionalized injustice wherever it is found.” As a result of the case, city officials agreed to reform the way it assigned bail.GeorgiaIn March, the Justice Department filed a statement of interest addressing the rights of juveniles accused of delinquency in Georgia. The complaint alleged that officials were denying the juvenile defendants’ right to counsel, by encouraging the children to waive a right that they didn’t really understood they had. It argued that these young defendants were subject to “assembly line justice”; acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta said “The systemic deprivation of counsel for children cannot be tolerated.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Pennsylvania releases COVID-19 update

first_imgFor more coronavirus coverage, click here. The heath department said there have been 30,061 individuals who have tested negative. Of the patients who have tested positive, the age breakdown is as follows: The Department of Corrections announced their first inmate who tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. The inmate who tested positive, is in the prison’s infirmary and is isolated from the other inmates. HARRISBURG, Pa. (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania Health Department gave an update with the statewide coronavirus numbers on Sunday. Less than 1% are aged 0-4;Less than 1% are aged 5-12;1% are aged 13-18;10% are aged 19-24;41% are aged 25-49;Nearly 27% are aged 50-64; and19% are aged 65 or older. The health department said in a press release that there are 643 new positive cases of the coronavirus. This brings the statewide total of positive cases to 3,394 that spread across 58 counties. The health department also reported four new deaths, which brings the statewide total to 38. To get updated information on specific counties and the statewide map click here.last_img read more

E.S. Reddy, Who Led U.N.’s Efforts Against Apartheid, Dies at 96

first_imgEnuga Sreenivasulu Reddy was born on July 1, 1925, in Pallapatti, a village in southern India about 90 miles north of Madras. His father, E.V. Narasa Reddy, ran a mining company that exported mica. His mother was a homemaker.His father was jailed for participating in Gandhi’s protest campaigns, and his mother sold her jewelry to raise money for Gandhi’s efforts on behalf of India’s lowest caste, the so-called untouchables. Enuga himself led a strike as a high school student.After graduating from the University of Madras in 1943, he intended to earn an advanced degree in chemical engineering in Illinois, but the shortage of ships immediately after World War II delayed his arrival in the United States until the middle of the semester.When he finally did arrive, in New York, he decided to stay in the city, deciding that he could better keep abreast of events in India from there. Having forgotten by then much of the math he had learned as an undergraduate engineering student, he switched to political science and earned his master’s degree in the subject from New York University in 1948. He continued his studies at Columbia University.He married Nilufer Mizanoglu, a translator of the poet Nazim Hikmet. She survives him, along with their daughters, Mina Reddy and Leyla Tegmo-Reddy; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Utterly broke after a two-month U.N. internship, Mr. Reddy was hired by the then-fledgling United Nations in 1949 to conduct research as a political affairs officer. Mr. Reddy embraced that effort.“He had to face many obstacles and antagonisms, coming from the Western Powers mainly,” Mr. MacBride said, “but he had the skill, courage and determination necessary to overcome the systematic overt and covert opposition to the liberation of the people of Southern Africa.” – Advertisement – He also lobbied relentlessly for the release of Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned anti-apartheid leader who was finally freed in 1990 and then elected South Africa’s first Black head of state four years later.- Advertisement – In the late 1940s, he became active in the Council on African Affairs, a group led by Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Du Bois. It initially drew mainstream progressive support but faded after the government declared it a subversive organization in 1953 because some of its leaders had Communist ties.By then, India had gained its freedom from the British, a moment, Mr. Reddy said, that should have been the beginning of the end of colonialism.“I had a feeling that I did not do enough,” he said in the 2004 interview. “I did not make enough sacrifice for India’s freedom, so I should compensate by doing what I can for the rest of the colonies.” When he joined the U.N., he added, “that feeling was in the back of my mind.”After he retired in 1985, by then holding the title of assistant general secretary, Mr. Reddy wrote histories of the Black liberation and anti-apartheid movements and the links between India and South Africa.He was awarded the Joliot-Curie Medal of the World Peace Council in 1982. In 2013, he received the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo from the South African government, an honor named for the former African National Congress president-in-exile.When Mr. Reddy celebrated his 96th birthday last July, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, a South African organization opposed to racism and corruption, congratulated him for a lifetime of “working tirelessly in support of the liberation movement” and “forging an unshakable bond between South Africa and his homeland, India.” From 1963 to 1984, Mr. Reddy oversaw the U.N.’s efforts against apartheid first as principal secretary of the Special Committee Against Apartheid and then as director of the Center Against Apartheid.He campaigned for boycotts and other economic sanctions against the white South African government, which segregated and oppressed Black people and subordinated the country’s large population of Indian immigrants. The vast pool of Indian contract workers who had immigrated to South Africa starting in the late 19th century had found common ground with Black citizens as another oppressed minority there. India was among the first countries to join what became an international movement to isolate South Africa through commercial and cultural boycotts, and to exert economic leverage by pressuring corporations, universities, foundations and pension funds worldwide to divest themselves of holdings in South African companies. “There is no one at the United Nations who has done more to expose the injustices of apartheid and the illegality of the South African regime than he has,” Sean MacBride, a former U.N. commissioner for Namibia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, said of Mr. Reddy in 1985.In a 2004 interview for the book “No Easy Victories” (2007), Mr. Reddy, influenced by Gandhi’s strategy of nonviolent resistance to India’s British colonial rulers, explained the genesis of his interest in South Africa:“I was already interested in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1940s, when the struggle in South Africa took on new forms and Indians and Africans were cooperating in the struggle. During the Second World War, the United States and Britain talked about four freedoms in the Atlantic Charter, but those freedoms didn’t apply to India or South Africa.”- Advertisement – E.S. Reddy, an Indian-born acolyte of Gandhi who spearheaded efforts at the United Nations to end apartheid in South Africa, died on Sunday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 96.His death was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, who hailed Mr. Reddy’s “commitment to human rights” and his epitomizing “social solidarity.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

NP Krka winner of two prestigious awards

first_imgJU “Krka National Park” is the winner of two prestigious awards of the Charter Fest 2017 and the Golden Interstas 2017.At the 24th Interstas – International Festival of Tourism, Landscape and Film, which took place from 8 to 10 November in Solin, the Public Institution “National Park Krka” was awarded the Golden Interstas Award 2017 and the director of JU “NP Krka” mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić individual award Charter Fest 2017 for exceptional contribution to the harmony of man and flora and fauna, and thus the development of tourism.JU “Krka National Park” was nominated for Golden Interstas 2017 for systematic, professional and creative work and constant care for preserving the natural balance and harmony of man and flora and fauna, as well as for development programs that promote and enrich the offer of the National Park ” Krka “intended for its visitors.”The assessment is that this not only encourages the sustainable development of tourism, which is based on the balance of ecology and economy, in harmony with man and nature, but also significantly contributes to the recognition of a specific tourist product of Croatia in the world. In this way, you certainly contribute to the overall international tourism exchange, and thus to a better understanding between nations and countries.”, Reads the letter of nomination sent by the president of ITCO (International Federation of Tourist Film Festival) Vojko Pleština, the main director of the event.The prestigious international awards Golden Interstas and Charter Fest have been awarded for many years in Solin – to individuals, companies, tourist boards, public institutions and cities – by the European and World Federation of Tourist Journalists and Writers and Interstas. The awards were presented this year as part of three international events: the 24th INTERSTAS (International Tourism, Film and Landscape Festival), the 20th ITF’CRO (International Tourism Film Festival) and the 15th KEACRO (Croatian Cities Competitions) and places for the “Golden Flower of Europe”). The event is held with the support of relevant international institutions ITCO, FIJET, FEST, CiB and under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.last_img read more

Chinese playing field is not level

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Just before China’s economic explosion, China devalued their currency over night by over 33 percent against the dollar. Countries like China are cheaters and use their bag of tricks to increase exports and inhibit imports. We are in an economic war and losing. As a result, U.S. factories close and jobs eliminated.The United States has a very large trade deficit. In January the trade deficit increased to $56.6 billion. This represents a great deal of jobs not in the United States.Our manufacturing base has been under stress and in decline for decades. Doing nothing will end badly as our manufacturing and technology go overseas. Over the decades our leaders have been blind to realize the gravity of this slow destructive change. The increased spending in welfare and social programs is an obvious result of losing this economic war.Trump and the Republicans are “juicing” up the economy by paying back campaign contributors with large tax cuts as well as increasing government spending. Projected budget deficits are now around $1 trillion per year. An economy dependent upon debt will eventually end badly. “Reforming” Social Security and Medicare has become more than a real possibility.JOHN DWORAKRotterdam Categories: OpinionFair trade is a myth. Nations use fees, regulations and product specifications, all designed to keep out imports. Nations like China subsidize Chinese companies to increase exports. As a result, Chinese corporations can sell their products below cost. A common tactic to decrease imports and increase exports has been currency exchange rate manipulation.last_img read more

Kane leads the cheers in Spurs win

first_imgTottenham’s Harry Kane further enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in a convincing-looking 3-0 win over West Brom in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association The 21-year-old, whose form reportedly has Spurs ready to rip up a contract signed just five months ago to offer an improved one, took his season’s tally to 20 after Christian Eriksen opened the scoring at The Hawthorns. Eriksen struck after just six minutes with a trademark free-kick, maintaining his fine recent form for the Capital One Cup finalists. Kane doubled the lead after 15 minutes and grabbed the third from the penalty spot after 66, condemning Tony Pulis to his first defeat at West Brom boss. It looked like being a long and sobering afternoon for Pulis but his side responded positively to the double setback. Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe combined well before Chris Brunt shot straight at Hugo Lloris from long range. That gave Lloris a welcome first taste of the action before he was called upon to tip over a fine effort from James Morrison. Spurs’ goalkeeping captain, back in the side after missing their three successive cup games in the past fortnight, then did even better to deny Yacob from close range following an elaborate free-kick routine. Joleon Lescott headed over, Anichebe shot just wide and Craig Dawson went even closer, heading against the bar, as West Brom stepped up the pressure. Morrison also wanted a free-kick for a foul by Danny Rose just outside the area but nothing was given. West Brom could not carry their momentum into the second half and Eriksen went close to scoring his second with a low left-footed drive across goal. Spurs got the chance to increase their lead just after the hour as Lescott slid in to block a cross from Kyle Walker and the ball struck his arm. It was unfortunate for Lescott but referee Kevin Friend clearly felt he had no option other than to award a penalty. Kane was emphatic from the spot, sending Foster the wrong way with a perfect shot just inside the left post. West Brom’s response will again at least have pleased Pulis as Anichebe headed over and Berahino drove wide. But Spurs retained the upper hand and Foster denied Kane a hat-trick when he touched over his free-kick. Between the second and thirds goals, however, West Brom had been the better side and Pulis will have seen plenty to encourage him, despite a low-key debut from new signing Callum McManaman. A touch of razzmatazz was brought to the occasion by a visit from the cheerleaders of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are in the UK on Super Bowl weekend for NFL publicity reasons. The players came out to a guard of honour from the cheerleaders but any sparkle initially seemed lost on West Brom, who started sluggishly. The hosts put up little resistance as Spurs carved through them at will in the early stages, getting their first chance after Mousa Dembele was brought down outside the area by Claudio Yacob. There was little doubt Eriksen would shoot after his stunning set-piece against Sheffield United in midweek and further fuelling his confidence with a late goal in that League Cup semi-final. But Foster still seemed slow to move and could not keep out the in-form Dane’s well-struck effort. It was the first goal the Baggies had conceded in three Premier League games since Pulis took charge and they were reeling from another soon after. This time Kane applied the finish after picking up a defence-splitting pass from Dembele. Kane turned inside Andre Wisdom and smashed the ball home before Foster had chance to react. last_img read more

Man of the match Wokorach leaves Simbas bedazzled

first_imgWhich one was more more mind stopping is a question of serious debate. The second one though was unbelievable. Cranes were trailing, legs were tired, fatigue had set in.He picked a ball, sidestepped once, dummied, then span – in full flight – to beat an army of Kenyan adversaries. He’s got height advantage, so he didn’t even get to the touchline; he simply stretched his arm as the last man managed to get his legs, and touched down! Incredible stuff!Against Namibia at home, he was a tale. Reports indicate they still talk about him. His first try: he kicked high up, chased and caught the ball, and sprinted to the touchline. Namibians were so awed they just looked on as he charged for a try.The second one he intercepted a pass, ‘danced’ around and bust for the touchline. It’s like Namibia had already given up on him.Wokos is a tag rugby graduate; he’s been to the UK for an invitational rugby development stint. He’s one of the most successful tag rugby trust graduates world over.His fetes are incredible; he’s already had two horrific injuries in his young career. His right femur snapped during a league game with then G4S Pirates. The second injury was in the UK during a rugby development stint with Esher Rugby Club. But not even those setbacks will stop him.Share on: WhatsApp Kenya Simbas and Rugby Cranes during a scrum Saturday evening at RFUEA grounds in Nairobi. Photo via @ntvugandaThat he was named man of the match on such a charged evening of rugby is no simple fete. In all honesty, Rugby Cranes fullback Phillip Wokorach left fans, Ugandans and Kenyans alike, bedazzled!These are things you see in NBA championships; but the lanky 24-year old displays in rugby. He is lithe, like a snake; he doesn’t just sidestep: he weaves, dances, and sprints. One of the commentators described him as “breaking tackles like knife through butter”.You wouldn’t even tell he’s broken a tackle, because it’s like he’s never challenged! It’s a wonder he’s debuted for the Cranes: he should have been here already, but for horrific injuries and long spells of recovery.Kenya beat uganda 45-24, but on the evening he made two tries; the first left the RFUEA fully packed stadium in awe, the second in disbelief!Kudos Uganda cranes for a good game. @WokorachPhillip‘s talent is undeniable. See you next time! #ElgonCup— Kenya Rugby 24/7 (@KenyaRugby247) July 30, 2016last_img read more