One of the worst performances by the Hurricanes

first_imgIt 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.last_img read more

Anand Sharma to contest RS election from Himachal

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) Deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma has resigned from the upper house with effect from today. Sharma resigned as he would the contest the Rajya Sabha election from his home state Himanchal Pradesh.Earlier Sharma was a member of Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. Now he has been nominated by Congress high command to contest from Himanchal Pradesh.Sharma said he would be filling his nomination on March 9. PTI SPG TDS RGlast_img

Himachal HC directs HRTC employees not to go on strike

first_imgShimla, June 13 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh High Court today directed HRTC employees not to go on strike on June 14-15 and asked the Principal Secretary (Transport) to redress the legitimate grievances of the employees by June 20.The orders were passed by a Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice on a petition filed by Community Initiate trust (a social welfare trust) citing newspaper reports regarding the threat issued by HRTC employees unions to go on a two-day strike.”We have gone through the dailies in the morning wherein it has beenreported that employees of corporation have called for a strike with effect from midnight of June 14 to June 15 which may adversely affect the inhabitants of the entire state,” the bench said.”It is beaten law of the land that the employees cannot goon strikeinordertopresstheir demands and this Court hasalreadydeclaredthe strikeofdoctorsasillegal,” it said.The petitioner said HRTC is the only public sector organization involved in transport services, despite the privatization of the services and it is the sole mode of transport available to the poor people of the state who will suffer badly in case of a strike.The petitioner had prayedto the Court to issue directions to the joint coordination committee of HRTC employees to not indulge in any act of strike, desist from the same in the future and to declare such calls as illegal to maintain smooth transport services throughout the state. PTI PCL AAR RG AARlast_img read more