Rassie can trust my front row, says Bulls scrum guru

first_imgFormer Springbok prop and Bulls scrum guru, Daan Human, has back his front row of of Trevor Nyakane, Lizo Gqoboka and Schalk Brits to have their say when the national team takes on Argentina in Salta on Saturday.South Africa can clinch this year’s shortened Rugby Championship title for the first time since 2009 with a bonus point win.ALSO READ: Springboks will make ‘brave calls’ against PumasThe 43-year-old, who played four Tests under Rudolf Straeuli in 2002, is credited with transforming the trio into arguably the best scrumming combination in 2019’s Super Rugby campaign, with Nyakane in particular carrying that form with him to international level.Daan Human. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)“Trevor and Lizo started every game of Super Rugby, so one must feel satisfied with that. On the first day of the season one would not have believed that was possible. So I’m very proud of them,” said Human.“I’m very proud of our front row. They worked very hard.”The former Stormers and Toulouse loosehead though isn’t remotely suggesting that the Boks should underestimate the Pumas’ set-piece, despite their scrum struggling in the first two rounds of this year’s tournament.He singled out talismanic hooker Augustin Creevy, who returns from injury this weekend, as a danger man.“All these years we’ve known about the Argentina scrumming and Creevy is a meneer with all his experience,” said Human.Yet he also notes that should Bok coach Rassie Erasmus select any of the trio later on Wednesday, they’ll hold their own against any scrumming assault simply because they keep it simple.“That’s where our system had a good impact, they keep a straight back and attack, which is what I like, and they found their feet quickly.“They’re not always going to go forward because it’s a team effort, but it’s easy with guys who want to listen, then the scrum is not that complicated,” Human said.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Busy week ahead for golf tourneys

first_imgRight in the middle of football season, two big Utah golf tournaments will be played Monday and Tuesday at golf courses just a few miles apart.The annual Sorenson Champions Challenge begins with a pro-am Monday and a two-man scramble on Tuesday at Thanksgiving Point Golf Club in Lehi, while the annual Utah-Arizona Shootout will be played at Alpine Country Club in Highland.The Shootout rotates between Utah and Arizona each year and is usually played the second week of October. However, the Champions Challenge, which is in its 12th year, is usually played in June but was postponed a few months for economic reasons.Fortunately for both tournaments, the weather forecast is for temperatures in the mid-60s Monday and Tuesday, as good as you could expect for early October.The Champions Challenge is Johnny Miller’s brainchild and brings top players from the Champions and PGA tours to Utah each year.Because of the timing, the field isn’t as strong as in recent years, but it will feature newcomers Rocco Mediate and LPGA player/model Anna Rawson as well as old favorites such as Mike Weir, Hale Irwin and Craig Stadler.Also playing are Utah Jazz players Deron Williams and Kyle Korver, who will compete in Monday’s pro-am as well as Tuesday’s two-man scramble with local pros Boyd Summerhays and Steele DeWald, although not for the prize money.After 18 years of competition the Utah-Arizona Shootout is tied at 9-9.Utah has a veteran team with just two rookies in Stuart and senior Rob Bachman. Others playing are senior Mike Hacker, Annette Gaiotti, Echo Thatcher, Kirk Siddens, Herb Lyons, Darrin Overson, Jeff Jolley, Tyson Lund, Dan Horner and Andrew Barton.The 12-person teams will play a Ryder Cup-style format with Four-Ball and Alternate-shot competitions on Monday and singles matches on Tuesday.The Arizona team will be led by Michael Wog and Cyrus Whitney, who have played in previous Shootouts. The Arizona women will be 21-year-old Ashley Smith and 24-year-old Marissa Muir. Both are former collegians with Smith playing at Arizona State and Muir playing at Kentucky.For the Champions Challenge, tickets can be purchased at Thanksgiving Point, championschallenge golf.com or at the gate on Monday and Tuesday. There is no charge for the Utah-Arizona matches.e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Real Betis 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Koke earns the points

first_img 23/11/2015 Sport EN Atletico Madrid are still struggling in front of goal and yet they sit second in the table after seeing off Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin. CET It was a poor game by the player who has often been Simeone’s saviour this season. Upd. at 02:54 center_img The striker is still looking for his 100th goal in an Atletico shirt, but was a lively presence up front. Atletico are now are now on 26 points, four behind leaders Barcelona but two ahead of rivals Madrid. As was his partner Antoine Griezmann, though the Frenchman missed several golden chances to double the lead. Koke scored the goal that earned Diego Simeone’s side the three points, after a Fernando Torres strike was turned away by Adan.last_img read more

Southridge storms past LVR Bombers 88-58 at AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers got an up close look at one of the favourites at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.Hunter Hughes scored 31 points in 16 minutes to power top-ranked Southridge Storm of Surrey to an 88-58 victory in opening round action at the 16-team provincial tournament.The Storm now meet Mark Isfeld of Courtney while the Bombers drop into the consolation round to play Duchess Park of Prince George Thursday at 10:45 a.m.“We had an okay first quarter, kept it close and were only down five,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.“But in the second quarter we just broke down and they out scored us 29-9 to pull away.”“(Southridge) had a hot guard (Dominic Clayton) . . . none of our guys couldn’t cover,” Phelan added. Leading 19-14 after one quarter, the second-quarter onslaught put the Storm up 48-23.Southridge continued its dominance of the Kootenay reps to open a 76-37 advantage after three periods.The 6’9” Hughes led all scorers with 31 while Dominic Clayton added 14 and Matthew Andreou had 13.Josh Matosevic led the Bombers with 19 points while Grade 11 forward Vinnie Watson had 15 and point guard Robbie Dixon 13.Matosevic, Watson and Dixon each had six rebounds.LVR shot 38 percent from the field to 48 percent for Southridge.LVR now prepares to meet Duchess Park Thursday — a team Phelan says brings a different look than Southridge.“(Duchess Park) won the Fulton tournament in Vernon we were at . . . they have a pretty good squad with a balance of size and quickness,” Phelan explained.“They have a couple of key players, one who plays for the UNBC Junior Wolves team and another a provincial team player so they’ll be a tough matchup for us.”last_img read more

Weekend Galway GAA Club Results

first_imgFOOTBALL RESULTS: print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Bon Secours Hospital Division 1 Football LeagueSt Michael’s 2-10 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-14 Killannin 0-11 Caherlistrane 0-9 Milltown 1-9 Annaghdown 0-11center_img Bon Secours Hospital Division 2 Football LeagueOranmore-Maree 1-17 Barna 1-12Kilconly 3-9 St. James 3-6Moycullen 0-18 Claregalway 2-11Oughterard 1-15 Cortoon Shamrocks 1-8An Cheathrú Rua 2-14 Oilein Árann 1-16Bon Secours Hospital Division 3 Football LeagueMicheál Breathnach 0-17 Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór 1-14Killererin 0-9 Headford 0-9Menlough 2-12 Clonbur 2-7Monivea-Abbey 2-17 Corofin 1-10Bon Secours Hospital Division 4 Football LeagueSt Gabriel’s 2-13 Renvyle 2-9Fr Griffins/Eire Óg 3-7 Clifden 2-10Mountbellew/Moylough 3-8 Caltra 2-6Glenamaddy 2-20 Williamstown 0-11Division 5 Football League (North)Athenry 0-10 Annaghdown 0-9Division 5 Football League (West)Barna 3-7 Killannin 0-8St. James 2-13 An Cheathrú Rua 2-8Claregalway 2-12 Na Piarsaigh 2-12Salthill-Knocknacarra 6-9 Moycullen 2-6Division 6 Football League (North)Tuam Stars 2-11 Glinsk 1-7Padraig Pearses 1-10 Dunmore MacHales 2-4Division 6 Football League (West)Oranmore-Maree 5-17 St Michael’s 1-8Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór 1-17 Oughterard 2-4Division 7 Football League (North)Killererin 2-14 St Brendan’s 1-10Division 7 League (West)Micheál Breathnach 5-13 Barna 2-9Division 8A Football League (North)Corofin 3-10 Annaghdown 0-11Claregalway 2-18 Milltown 2-13HURLING RESULTS:Harbour Hotel Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Moycullen 3-16 Kilbeacanty 2-8Kinvara 2-11 Kilconieron 1-12Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-20 Killimor 0-18Kiltormer 0-20 Castlegar 0-13Toddie Byrne Cup FinalTurloughmore 1-10 Oranmore-Maree 1-5Toddie Byrne Shield FinalLiam Mellows 1-5 Micheál Breathnach 0-6Justin Cheevers Cup Final Cois Fharraige 2-5 Mullagh/Kiltormer 1-122018 Senior Hurling League Final Padraig Pearses 1-14 Cappataggle 0-14 AETGullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League FinalTurloughmore 1-18 Sarsfields 1-13 AETlast_img read more

PSG joined Real Madrid in race for Eriksen as he stalls over new contract

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN is on PSG’s radar as the French champs prepare to lock horns with Real Madrid.The Spurs midfielder is yet to sign a new deal at the club, with 18 months still to run.3 Tottenham will not want to lose Christian Eriksen – but he is yet to agree a new dealCredit: GettyAs SunSport exclusively revealed, the Spanish giants have earmarked Eriksen as the long-term successor to Luka Modric.They are believed to be plotting a £40m bid for the playmaker.But now, according to the Daily Express, PSG have entered the race.The French club were linked with a move for the 26-year-old in the summer, and while that didn’t happen, they have kept their interest alive.3 Since returning from injury, Eriksen has been named as a sub for four of the last seven gamesCredit: Reuters3 Tottenham star midfielder is reportedly upset at being asked to play out of position this seasonCredit: GettyThe newspaper reports that Eriksen “has also been unhappy at some of the positions he has been asked to play this season by manager Mauricio Pochettino”.He has been unable to command a regular spot in the starting XI since returning from injury, being named as a substitute for four of the last seven games. Real Madrid eye a daring £90million double raid for Marcus Rashford and ­Christian EriksenHe did, however, play in Spurs two Champions League games against PSV Eindhoven.The Dane, 26, has seen Dele Alli get a pay hike to almost £150,000 a week but talks on his new deal have stalled.He has been playing for the North London club since he completed an £11.5m switch from Ajax in 2013.If Spurs’ hands are tied, they could go back in for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, or even move for Blackburn star Bradley Dack.SunSport reported last month how Spurs scouts were left impressed with Dack after watching him in action.Dack is only into his second season with Rovers after a £750,000 move from Gillingham last year but his performances have thrust him into the limelight.But in an exclusive interview with SunSport, the classy midfielder insisted he is happy at Ewood Park.last_img read more

Liberal promise to set strict rules for unpaid interns pushed to 2019

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won’t make good on their vow to crack down on unpaid internships until next year — almost four years after the issue first landed on the federal government’s agenda.In the 2017 budget, the Liberals promised to eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated workplaces — the only exception being student placements required as part of a school course. Interns would be treated like regular employees, with the same work hours and under the same safety regulations.Officials now say it will be fall of 2019 — right when the next federal election is expected — when they unveil the final set of regulations, at which time those groups pushing for an end to unpaid internships will find out when the rules come into force.Cabinet will have the final say on when the rules come into effect.“Once the legislation was amended, most people assumed you couldn’t do this anymore,” said Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.“I don’t know why they haven’t put forth the regulations on this because they were very clear. Immediately after they got elected, they acted on it.”Since coming to office, the Liberals have touted spending aimed at creating more jobs for young people — notably doubling funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program, and putting money into creating internships and apprenticeships — hoping to meet campaign promises that won over many young voters.NDP jobs critic Niki Ashton accused the Liberals of being “all talk and no action” on an issue of vital importance to young Canadians.“There’s no excuse for not making a change sooner.”The previous Conservative government promised changes to labour laws to protect unpaid interns as part of their 2015 budget, but the rules were never implemented.The Liberals revived the proposal in December 2015, weeks after taking office, and faced opposition to its plan to allow unpaid work for up to four months full-time or up to a year part-time. The Canadian Intern Association dropped out of consultations, students mounted protests and labour groups demanded the whole process be restarted.When Patty Hajdu became labour minister in early 2017, her mandate letter called for updating labour standards “to address emerging issues such as unpaid internships.”The government’s second budget bill last year deleted part of the Canada Labour Code that provided an allowance for unpaid internships in certain cases, but left an existing exception for educational placements intact.In a statement, Hajdu said the government was committed to consulting Canadians on the changes before they are implemented.“Young Canadians need meaningful work experience to start strong in their careers, but unpaid internships can be unfair and exploitative,” she said.“We will eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors where they are not part of a formal educational program during this mandate.”A new round of consultations is set to launch next month and run into the fall to coincide with talks about new unpaid leaves for family reasons, traditional Indigenous practices, and victims of family violence.“While we’re encouraged that the federal government is finally moving forward on addressing unpaid internships within federally regulated employers, we’re also concerned that the timelines are excessive and push any concrete action into 2019 or 2020,” said Andrew Langille, counsel for the Canadian Intern Association.“The commitment to tackle unpaid internships was made during the 2015 election and one would think four years would be enough time to tackle a straightforward regulatory change.”Ashton said some schools are avoiding unpaid internships for students. Even so, she said, some young people believe unpaid work is the only way they can get job experience and a foothold in the labour market.Last week’s latest jobs figures from Statistics Canada showed an 11.7 per cent unemployment rate for workers age 15 to 24 — almost twice the national average of six per cent and up from May’s rate of 11.1 per cent.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more