Djokovic, Serena in Aussie Open finals

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic called it the best he has ever played against old foe Roger Federer. Serena Williams was just being her dominant self.The defending champions both made their way back to the Australian Open final, with Djokovic beating Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and Williams defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 yesterday.”I’ve had matches where I’ve played similar tennis,” said Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world. “But I think against Roger, these first two sets have been probably the best two sets I’ve played against him overall throughout my career.”Hours earlier at Rod Laver Arena, Williams advanced to within one win of another Grand Slam milestone. If the six-time Australian Open champion wins tomorrow’s final against seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will equal Steffi Graf’s 22 major singles titles, a record in the Open era and the second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.”I was able to do everything that I needed to do,” Williams said of yesterday’s match. “I was really hitting just all the right shots, making little to no errors, which is kind of hard to play like that.”Djokovic, a five-time champion at the Australian Open, advanced to his sixth final at Melbourne Park.For Federer, the signs were ominous from the beginning. Djokovic held his first service game at love and broke the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the second. After seven minutes, Federer was trailing 3-0.In the first semi-final match, Kerber ended Sydney-born British player Johanna Konta’s surprising run with a 7-5, 6-2 win to reach her first Grand Slam final. Konta was the first British woman since 1983 to reach the semi-finals at a major tournament.last_img read more

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Barclays Premier League Points Standing

first_imgPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 29 17 9 3 52 31 21 602 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 29 15 10 4 51 24 27 553 (3) Arsenal 29 15 7 7 46 30 16 524 (4) Manchester City 28 15 5 8 52 31 21 505 (5) West Ham United 29 13 10 6 45 33 12 496 (6) Manchester United 29 13 8 8 37 27 10 477 (9) Liverpool 28 12 8 8 43 37 6 448 (7) Stoke City 29 12 7 10 31 34 -3 439 (8) Southampton 29 11 8 10 36 29 7 4110 (10) Chelsea 29 10 10 9 43 39 4 4011 (13) West Brom Albion 29 10 9 10 30 36 -6 3912 (11) Everton 28 9 11 8 51 39 12 3813 (12) Watford 29 10 7 12 29 30 -1 3714 (14) Bournemouth 29 9 8 12 35 45 -10 3515 (15) Crystal Palace 29 9 6 14 32 39 -7 3316 (16) Swansea City 29 8 9 12 28 37 -9 3317 (17) Sunderland 29 6 7 16 35 54 -19 2518 (18) Norwich City 29 6 6 17 31 54 -23 2419 (19) Newcastle United 28 6 6 16 28 53 -25 2420 (20) Aston Villa 29 3 7 19 22 55 -33 16last_img read more

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Ceres targets payback vs Home United at Panaad

first_imgThe Busmen shrugged off the two calls at the stroke of halftime when Martin Steuble grabbed a vital away goal after his long-range strike beat Sunny.Still, the Singaporeans grabbed a slender lead heading into the second leg after Harris headed home at the far post with six minutes remaining.“It’s frustrating not to come away with the win, but we’re confident knowing that we will be playing at home next week and will have our fans behind us,” said midfielder Iain Ramsay.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic said his side played below expectations in the opening leg. “It was our worst game in the last six months,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments The Busmen conceded a late goal to Singapore international Harris Harun and yielded to S-League side Home United, 1-2, in the first leg of the zonal finals at Jalan Besar Stadium Wednesday night.Croatian striker Stipe Plazibat scored from the spot in the 11th minute after a controversial foul inside the box called on Ceres defender Carlie de Murga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Busmen were also on the wrong end of a couple of disallowed goals with the first one coming in the 28th minute when Kevin Ingreso beat Hassan Sunny with a superb free kick. But De Murga, who was in an offside position when the ball was delivered into the area, made a play on the ball, prompting the referee to raise his flag.Another disallowed goal came four minutes later, this time with Fernando Rodriguez bundling home a cross from Iain Ramsay. But the flag was up once again with officials insisting Ramsay was marginally offside when the ball from Stephan Schrock was released to him. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines Football League side Ceres-Negros has relied on results at home for majority of its campaign in the AFC Cup.It won’t be any different in the Asean zonal finals, where the Busmen will try to turn their fortunes around at Panaad Stadium, which they hope will transform into a fortress on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT PH chessers place third in Asian Schools meet MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Fulham star wanted by Ajax and Werder Bremen

first_img1 Bryan Ruiz Ajax and Werder Bremen are competing to sign Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz.The Costa Rica international, who scored twice at this summer’s World Cup, has one year remaining on his current deal at Craven Cottage.And now, according to Sport Bild, he is drawing interest from Holland and Germany.Ruiz spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV and it is reported the 28-year-old would be open to a return to the Eredivisie.However, Ruiz has also attracted the attention of Bundesliga side Werder Bremen and Greek champions Olympiakoslast_img

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W. Whittier crime rises

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – It is nearly three times smaller and has less than half as many people as Pico Rivera, but unincorporated West Whittier’s crime rates rose last year while Pico Rivera’s fell, according to Sheriff’s Department statistics. Both Pico Rivera and the unincorporated West Whittier area are patrolled by the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. But the tiny unincorporated area skewed the overall crime statistics last year for the Pico Rivera Station. Pico Rivera, which is about 8.8square miles and has a population of about 65,000 residents, has more than twice the number of deputies as West Whittier, which is about 2.5square miles and has a population of about 25,000 people. Pico Rivera has 28 deputies, 10 detectives, three motor officers, a problem-specific policing team, administrative personnel and other resources. West Whittier has 13 deputies who patrol the area, along with one community-oriented policing deputy and two community service assistants. Cpt. Michael Rothans of the Pico Rivera Station said he would like to have twice the number of deputies now assigned to West Whittier. “There was an increase of crimes across the board in West Whittier,” Rothans said. “Crimes of opportunity, like robbery, increased. We had an awful lot of residential robberies, often because of narcotics users, juveniles or career thieves.” Pico Rivera pays $8.5million a year to contract with the Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services. Each year, administrators from the station and the city meet to determine in what areas they want to spend more, based on the types of crimes seen rising in the city. It is more difficult to determine a dollar amount spent for the department’s services in unincorporated areas, where the allocation of manpower is determined by a number of factors, including population, crime rate and deputy response times, said Lt. Russ Hill of the department’s Contract Law Enforcement Bureau. Another key difference is Pico Rivera’s problem-solving policing team, which can focus on high-crime areas or on certain types of crimes. The team is not available in West Whittier. While the number of thefts in West Whittier stayed about the same from 2004 to the end of 2005, burglaries increased about 9percent, from 133 to 145. The number of robberies also increased, from 30 to 43. In total, property crimes rose 3.4percent in West Whittier. Among crimes in which people were the primary victims, aggravated assaults rose nearly 40percent in West Whittier, to 109 from 78. Rapes increased from two in 2004 to four last year. Three homicides were reported in each of the years, the sheriff’s crime statistics showed. Meanwhile, property crimes fell a total of 10percent in Pico Rivera, including a 25 percent reduction in the number of burglaries. Rothans said the city’s problem-solving policing team helped reduce burglaries in Pico Rivera. “At the end of 2004, we saw a large rise of residential burglaries. We focused the problem-specific policing teams’ efforts on stopping residential burglaries,” he said. Pico Rivera also has deputies assigned to patrol parks and visit local schools – two other resources not available in West Whittier. Last year, grand theft reports dropped more than 16percent in Pico Rivera – from 863 to 722. The number of robberies rose by one, from 110 in 2004 to 111 in 2005. Crimes against persons – homicides, rapes and aggravated assaults and attempted murders – decreased about 5percent overall in Pico Rivera. Aggravated assaults in Pico Rivera decreased to 222 from 242. Rapes decreased to 17 from 19, statistics show. However, the city experienced a sharp increase in homicides, from six in 2004 to 15 last year. Rothans said his station is now looking at new ways to stem homicides in the city by focusing on local gangs, including efforts to get a gang injunction. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext.3026last_img read more

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HOSE ABOUT THIS – IT’S TIME TO SPRING INTO ACTION!

first_imgAdvertising featureHave you noticed that the nights are getting that tiny bit longer?The people in Letterkenny Tool Hire at Mountain Top certainly have. They are offering deals on all types of cleaning machines including power-washers and carpet cleaners as people ‘spring’ into actionThe company has every type of cleaning machine available for every type of job be it giving your street a complete overhaul or just getting the dirt off that drainpipe that has been annoying you since last September.Call Kevin or any of the lads today on 074 91 22958 and tell them Donegaldaily sent you.You’ll be surprised how cheaply you can bring your property to life again with a bit of elbow grease and the right machinery.  HOSE ABOUT THIS – IT’S TIME TO SPRING INTO ACTION! was last modified: February 16th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Tool Hirepowerhosespringlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY YOUTHREACH WIN DONEGAL MASTERCHEF FINAL

first_imgFEATURES: Congratulations to Letterkenny Youthreach who won the annual Youthreach Masterchef Final 2015 on 22 October.This annual competition takes place in each of the six Youthreach centres across the county in September and October to pick a centre team and culminates in the county final in the Letterkenny Youthreach centre each year. Teams of two from each centre competed to create a main course and dessert on a budget of €20.The final was judged by Donegal ETB Chairperson Bernie Mulhern, Highland Radio Breakfast Show DJ John Breslin and Ian Orr, Head Chef, Browns Restaurants.The three judges, who had a tough job picking a winning teams, praised the very high quality of the dishes made by all the learners.The winning dishes made by Team Letterkenny (Eddie Curran and Sheridan O’Callaghan) were mozzarella stuffed burger with roasted rosemary and garlic potatoes and homemade coleslaw, followed by chocolate brownie with a warm toffee sauce. The runners up were Team Gortahork (Emma Mc Mahon and Roisin Clark) who made warm duck, pomegranate and mint salad with grilled flat bread, followed by Tunisian orange cake and mascarpone ice cream.The other teams competing in the final were Team Ballyshannon (Joe Fee and Aaron Heraty) who made beef and vegetable stir fry, followed by black forest muffin; Team Buncrana (Mandy Doherty and Jodie Farrell) made deep fried goats cheese salad, followed by apricot apple rose.Team Glengad (Emer O Conner and Nadine Porter) who made cracking burger with fries, followed by double chocolate moose and Team Lifford (Adam Doherty and Josh Mc Bride) who made baked chicken and pesto on a bed of bacon mash, followed by lemon meringue pie.You can view more photos on the Youthreach Twitter account (@DonegalETB) and Facebook page (Donegal Youthreach).LETTERKENNY YOUTHREACH WIN DONEGAL MASTERCHEF FINAL was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

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Ramelton’s Lennon Festival gets green light

first_imgWith a ban on Apple laptops playing the backing tracks for ‘The Fields of Athenry’ the Lennon Festival is ready to rock.The Ramelton festival was in major doubt but is set to bounce back with the very best of live bands and a rekindling of the spirit that has made the event one of the country’s evergreen community festivals.Anthony McCahill who is director of operations confirmed the event will run effectively from Sunday July 1st until the 9th. The Tirconail Tribune reports that plans are being hurried along given that time is of the essence but already as the final pieces of the jigsaw are being put in place.Anthony says that so much that was a vital part of festivals in the past will be rekindled, rebranded and the week will be dedicated to family entertainment and top class music.The race is on to find a couple of top names and a leading promoter has been approached to help find bands that will attract the crowds into town.Ciara Johnston who is the press officer told the Tribune that while much of the programme’s framework was in place, they are hoping to have more detailed plans by next week. Mr. McCahill has already been talking to sponsors because the festival hinges on financial support and the new committee is more enthusiastic than ever that the local business community will row in behind the community in seeing the crowds flock into Ramelton for the first week of July.It is the 49th Lennon Festival and already there are big plans ongoing to celebrate the 50th with some spectacular international acts…and if anybody can, Anthony can deliver on that dream.Meanwhile, Catriona McCafferty and Kathleen Duffy who’ve given the festival sterling service over the past 25 years have handed on the baton to a new generation.The two directors are to be congratulated for their service, dedication and hard work in that time and they’ve left a lasting legacy that ensures the finances of the festival have a very strong balance.Catriona and Kathleen came on board 25 years ago when nobody wanted to direct a festival up to its eyes in debt. They are now owed a debt of gratitude for their prolonged dedication to the running of the Lennon Festival and they are wished well in their retirement from the public spotlight of the pressures involved.From the days of those wonderful Victorian garden parties: the crowning of the Queen of the Lennon: Gregory Murray replete in full regalia and the famed carnival parade of a Saturday afternoon made the Lennon Festival something very special indeed.The singing pubs are being brought alive once more and that will add to the huge well of entertainment talent that abounds in the town: the soap box derby is being put back on and hopefully the water sports will also feature strongly…depending on insurance costs… and local sponsorship.It is planned to have the Queen of the Lennon contestants in town all week with the crowning towards the end of the festival. Street entertainment of a high calibre (minus backing tracks) will see top names on the scene onstage and negotiations are ongoing with a musical promoter to see what groups are available given that the festival is only seven weeks away.An executive committee was selected in the community centre on last Wednesday night from an attendance of 92 people… All enthusiastic and rearin’ to go. An eclectic mix of young, experienced and a renowned workforce selected their executive committee led by Anthony McCahill, his brother Paul as assistant director.Damien Friel and Elaine Ferry are the secretaries: Seamus Durkan, John O’Connor and Alaister Grier are the treasurers while Ciara Johnston and Laura Egan are the press officers. And there are a range of sub-committees.Anthony McCahill continues to ask people to attend all meetings: to put forward proposals for consideration and it is on that basis of community participation he sees the future success of the festival.“Nothing is either in our out until everyone’s point of view is heard and that will give the festival a platform that is fully representative of the community,” he added.He said that there are time constraints with many music acts already booked…. And while we may not see ‘Smokie’ hammering out their back catalogue in 2018 on Gamble’s Square… there is always 2019 and the Golden Jubilee Festival to plan.And in keeping with their best traditions, the legendary Thomas Harte remains as President and he has been a vital part of all previous 48 festivals.In effect the new Lennon Festival Committee represents the very best that Ramelton has to offer: be it from the Christmas Lights Committee: business and enterprise, the pantomime, but most of all a huge spectrum of young and old who can turn their hand to almost anything (with legal limits) from singing a song: organising a party, putting on a sing-song, a family day out or climbing a pole to put up bunting.Ramelton is noted for its welcome and the first week of July promises to a very memorable one for all the fun of the fair at the 49th Lennon Festival.Ramelton’s Lennon Festival gets green light was last modified: May 17th, 2018 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:Lennon FestivalRameltonsavedlast_img read more

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Life Keeps Quality Time

first_imgSeveral recent findings describe how living organisms keep accurate time in surprising ways.Your UV clock:  Stem cells in the skin keep time to protect us from damaging ultraviolet radiation.  “Circadian Rhythms in Skin Stem Cells Protect Us Against UV Rays,” Science Daily announced. A researcher explained, “Our study shows that human skin stem cells posses an internal clock that allows them to very accurately know the time of day and helps them know when it is best to perform the correct function.”  The stem cells “turn on” the UV protection genes.  See also Nature News.Your birthday clock:  Our genes also keep time in mysterious ways involved in aging, Medical Xpress reported with the headline, “Biological clock able to measure age of most human tissues.”  The timekeeping is apparently an epigenetic phenomenon.  This biological clock does not tick at a constant rate, but changes up to about age 20, when it stabilizes.  A UCLA researcher wants to understand it so that diseases associated with aging can be treated.RNA regulator:  Current Biology reported a “novel layer of regulation for the clock” in mammals, in the form of micro-RNAs.  Researchers from Florida State described the biological clock thus: “As in other organisms, the timekeeping mechanism in mammals depends on a self-sustaining transcriptional negative feedback loop with a built-in time delay in feedback inhibition.”  The miRNA molecules are responsible for the built-in time delay.The sugar clock in plants:  According to Science Daily, “Plants use sugars to tell the time of day.”  The sugars are produced in photosynthesis.  The “sugar levels within a plant play a vital role in synchronizing circadian rhythms with its surrounding environment.”  The accumulation of sugar is “a bit like the resetting of a stopwatch,” a researcher at the University of York explained.  Expanding on circadian rhythms generally, the article states,Plants, like animals, have a 24 hour ‘body-clock’ known as the circadian rhythm. This biological timer gives plants an innate ability to measure time, even when there is no light — they don’t simply respond to sunrise, for example, they know it is coming and adjust their biology accordingly. This ability to keep time provides an important competitive advantage and is vital in biological processes such as flowering, fragrance emission and leaf movement.Multiple independent clocks:  European researchers were surprised to find additional timekeeping mechanisms in some marine animals that work independently.  The bristle worm, for instance, in addition to the diurnal clock, has a separate clock that tracks the lunar phases (see similar finding about a crustacean in Current Biology).   Nature News described the finding: “Some marine invertebrates have at least two internal clocks, which follow different times and have different mechanisms, according to two new studies,” adding, “Multiple timepieces might prove common among animals.”  National Geographic provided more examples: mice with a 12-hour clock, and marine organisms that watch the tides.  There’s also, of course, the monthly menstrual cycle in women.  The uncanny ability of some crabs, fish, and worms to time their spawning to the moon has fascinated biologists for many years.  Now, researchers are just beginning to understand the mechanisms at the cellular level.Wasn’t there a story long ago about finding a watch, and considering what it implied?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Boks give England a record hammering

first_img24 November 2008After narrow victories over Wales and Scotland, the Springboks were expected to be pushed hard by England in their final test of the year on Saturday. As it happened, South Africa saved their best for last, crushing England 42-6 to hand them their biggest loss ever at Twickenham.The victory was built on a stubborn hard-hitting defence and opportunistic counter-attacking with a sharp edge.Captain John Smit said afterwards that South Africa won the battle of the advantage line: when the Boks had the ball they dented the line, while England were knocked backwards when they had the ball.Committed and ferociousThe image of England retaining possession but losing territory is one that will remain from the test; time after time they were repulsed by committed and ferocious gang tackling which earned the Springboks the upper hand at the collisions.England did well to force a number of turnovers – probably the area of South Africa’s game that was most concerning – but they were unable to do much with the ball they won because of the Boks’ fierce tackling.When England managed to get close to the South African tryline some outstanding defence stopped them crossing the whitewash; Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha came up with two of the best stops of the game, with England looking odds-on to score on both occasions.Attacking defenceA number of tries resulted from defence – attacking defence – as the Springboks ran in five tries to nil.Meanwhile, the experiment of converting Ruan Pienaar from scrumhalf to flyhalf proved to be an outstanding success. He performed well in all three of the Springboks’ tests on their tour and was very impressive at Twickenham.The suggestion by former Brumbies and Wallabies coach that Pienaar reminds him of Australian legend Stephen Larkham looks as if it could be accurate.Kick offEngland started the game with a grubber from the kick off. Schalk Burger managed to gather the ball, but the Springboks were penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown. Danny Cipriani stepped up and slotted the penalty to give the home team a 3-0 lead in the first minute.When Conrad Jantjes kicked off for the Boks, his kick went directly into touch. From the resulting scrum on the halfway line South Africa were penalised. After the unconvincing showings of the previous two weeks, Springbok supporters could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be “one of those days”. However, the SA ship was soon righted.LevelCaptain Smit forced a penalty at a ruck by staying on his feet as he tried to win the ball while England held onto possession. Ruan Pienaar took a kick at goal and struck it sweetly to pull South Africa level at 3-3.The early scrums were a mess and after nine minutes referee Nigel Owens penalised the Boks at a set piece. England flyhalf Cipriani attempted a penalty from 49 metres out, but was short of the uprights.There was a heart-in-mouth moment for South African fans when Jantjes had a kick charged down inside the SA 22. Bryan Habana raced back to gather the ball, but conceded a five-metre scrum to the England.First tryFour minutes later the Springboks had turned defence into attack and forced a scrum near the England tryline. Pienaar made a half-break to force England onto the back foot. Then, when the ball was moved inside, Danie Rossouw ran onto it at pace, fought his way through three would-be tacklers and crashed over near the posts for the first try of the match.Pienaar knocked over the easy conversion to put the Springboks seven points clear at 10-3.The flyhalf was then solely responsible for South Africa’s next try when he charged down a kick by Cipriani, fielded the bouncing ball and ran through to score under the English uprights.His conversion increased the SA advantage to 17-3.Try-saving tackleThree minutes later England broke out after a swiftly taken penalty. Delon Armitage headed for the right hand corner, but Bakkies Botha with a superb effort and excellent cover defence, tackled him and forced the fullback to put a foot on the sideline only metres from the tryline as JP Pietersen arrived to assist him.Pienaar knocked over another penalty to put South Africa 20-3 ahead, but Cipriani answered with one for England to make the score 20-6.Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira was yellow-carded 10 minutes from the break for going off his feet at a ruck, leaving South Africa to play most of the rest of the half with only 14 men. England, though, could not take advantage of their numerical superiority.After the break England worked their way up to the South African tryline, but Victor Matfield made an outstanding tackle to turn back the English charge less than a metre short of the line.Sharp blowShortly afterwards the Boks struck a sharp blow in response to England’s attacking efforts. JP Pietersen made an incision into the England backline with a nice run before offloading to Adrian Jacobs who, with a sharp change of direction, wrong-footed Armitage and then held off the covering Paul Sackey to crash over for South Africa’s third try.Pienaar slotted the conversion to move South Africa into a 27-6 lead.Once again England worked their way up the field, but South Africa’s defence was stubborn and Bryan Habana stopped the home team in their tracks with an outstanding and powerful tackle.30 points upAfter an hour Jaque Fourie, on as a substitute, won SA a penalty and Pienaar made it 30-6.For the second time in the contest South Africa were reduced to 14 men when referee Owens deemed Jantjes guilty of obstruction as England sought a way through the stubborn Springbok defence. It appeared to be a dubious decision with replays indicating that Jantjes had merely stood his ground after the ball had been chipped over his head.With less than 10 minutes to go Francois Steyn almost created a fourth try for SA with a neat break. Habana was up in support and offloaded to Jean de Villiers, but he was brought down just short of the tryline.Fourth trySpringbok determination and doggedness was underlined four minutes from time when they once again blunted an England attack and turned the ball over. Steyn punted far downfield and Fourie chased. He arrived at the ball fractionally after Paul Sackey, but wrestled the ball from the England winger.Delon Armitage raced back to tackle Fourie, but he handed off the fullback, stumbled to his knees, regained his feet and ran through for South Africa’s fourth five-pointer. Steyn, whose kick had started the try-scoring movement, knocked over the conversion to extend the South African lead to 37-6.Habana scoresWith time running out the Springboks were awarded a free-kick, which they quickly moved wide. Good hands gave Habana some space and he dived over for Boks’ fifth try.Steyn was wide with the attempted conversion, but when the final whistle sounded straight after that South Africa had ended their three-match tour of the United Kingdom with a record 42-6 victory over England.Ironically, it was the same margin of victory as the Springboks achieved over the English in pool play at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, when they won 36-0.While most of England’s fans quietly left Twickenham, the Boks did a victory lap of the stadium, cheered on by the many South African fans in attendance.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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