It was a hugely disappointing effort and result for Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd.Boyd said he realised after about three minutes of play game that his side had not turned up, which was disappointing because he they had been working towards the game for a long time.”In the period of time that I’ve been coaching here I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a game where we’ve prepared so well and delivered so little.””We’d been preparing to play the Bulls at altitude here since November 25th because we knew what we were faced with, basically we ran out of legs again at altitude very quickly and were unable to put our game together offensively or defensively.”The hosts provided an early-season fillip for new coach John Mitchell and for South African rugby with a bright performance against the rusty-looking Hurricanes, who trailed 16-12 at halftime.A 72nd-minute try to Bulls prop Pierre Schoeman proved the match-winner in a close affair, with both sides crossing three times.Earlier, it had appeared All Blacks playmaker and World Rugby Player of the Year Barrett would swing the momentum when he crossed moments after coming off the bench.Without any pre-season rugby under his belt, Barrett latched onto a TJ Perenara cross-kick to score with his first competitive touch of 2018 and put the visitors ahead 19-16.In the process he became the fourth player in Super Rugby history to score 1000 points.But Bulls five-eighth Handre Pollard charged down a chip from opposite Ihaia West to spark a sweeping move which resulted in Schoeman’s try.Pollard’s two penalties were important in putting his team in front in the first spell.They scored early through winger Johnny Kotze but the Hurricanes replied through hooker Ricky Riccitelli from a line-out drive and winger Wes Goosen from a chip and chase.The Bulls scored the try of the game from inside their own half soon before the break, when Springboks forward Lood de Jager galloped over after a bust and loping run from fellow-lock RG Snyman.That try came when the hosts were reduced to 14 men, with Schoeman shown a yellow card for a high shot.The Hurricanes’ fitness levels appeared to lag in the thin air, with their error count and concession of penalties problematic in the second spell.They were outpointed in areas they would normally expect to shade the youthful Bulls side, such as running metres and offloads, leaving room for improvement ahead of next week’s clash with the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.Prop Toby Smith and wing Wes Goosen are the main injury concerns for the Hurricanes.
“Bapti-costal” Bishop Stands for Christian UnityRobert Abendroth, FFWPU USAIt is the final week before the June 22nd Rally and Sub-Region 4 held its final Prayer Breakfast last Saturday, June 15th in preparation for it. It was held at the New Jerusalem Worship Center and its Pastor, Bishop James M. Rogers gave an incredibly inspiring and empowering keynote address. 120 people were present including minister guests.To begin, the audience was blessed with an energetic performance by the Youth United With Purpose Choir. Dr. Donald Chaney, the Lead Pastor of Renaissance Fellowship, then gave warm welcoming remarks. Following him, Bishop Jose Pagan of Centro Cristiano El Shadda, offered a powerful opening prayer in Spanish, giving God all the glory.Then, Family Federation President Demian Dunkley, gave a short speech on what Peace Starts With Me means. He emphasized how important it is to see from God’s perspective and to understand God’s Heart to bring down the walls between religions and bring about world peace.Rev. Michael Jenkins, Co-Chair of the Universal Peace Federation, then spoke with much enthusiasm on the activities of the Family Federation of World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), including the movement’s involvement in bringing unity between North and South Korea. He also spoke on the connections the movement has to presidents and widely known preachers in Africa and the different projects FFWPU is working on with them.Following Rev. Jenkins, the Arch-Bishop Augustus Stallings spoke on the incredible value we have as God’s children and that we must all see God in each other if we want to create peace.After the remarks of all these leaders, Dr. Chaney, then gave an introduction for Bishop Rodgers.After a high-spirited praise session led by the New Jerusalem Worship Center Choir, Bishop Rodgers then spoke. He described himself a Bapti-costal minister because of his Baptist and Pentecostal background. He opened with an amazing story about a meeting he had with the President of Nigeria along with Arch-Bishop Stallings. Bishop Rodgers’ main message was on Christian unity and our value in God’s eyes. He emphasized our unique value. Bishop said “Jesus himself says ‘Have not I called you gods?’” God didn’t just breathe life into us when He created us, he said. “The soul of man is the mind, the will, the emotion, the intellect and the imagination [of God].” He said “you and I are not normal” and the devil recognizes that and wants to stifle our light by working against us. On the topic of unity, Bishop Rodgers said that just as Paul called for unity, we must be in one accord as the body of Christ. He continued to emphasize that the bible encourages this unity. He said, “God is trying to pull us together as one body in Himself… and it can happen if you let it.”After Bishop Rodgers’ deep message, there was a call for offering. Then the audience was blessed with a few words of gratitude and encouragement from the International Vice President of FFWPU, Dr. Ki Hoon Kim.Afterwards, everyone present ate a delicious brunch and fellowshipped together.