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

ENTERPRISE IRELAND CEO HUGELY IMPRESSED BY INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES IN THE NORTH-WEST

first_imgFrom Left to right – Paul Hannigan – President, LYIT. Helen Donoghue – New Frontiers – Enterprise Support Officer. Carole Brenan – Enterprise Ireland – Senior Regional Executive. Michelle Connolly – New Frontiers Manager.Julie Sinnamon – Enterprise Ireland, CEO.Emer McGarry – Palizza – New Frontiers, Phase 2 Participant.Maggie Green – The School Door – New Frontiers, Phase 2 Participant.Tony McGarry – Message Cue – New Frontiers, Phase 2 Participant.Meabh Conaghan – Enterprise Ireland – Senior Executive.Patsy Donaghey – LYIT, CoLab Centre Manager.BUSINESS: Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, visited the North West on Friday last and was impressed by what she saw.Ms. Sinnamon, who has been CEO of the Irish Government Agency since November 2013 [and who has overall responsibility for starting and growing Irish-owned businesses with capability and ambition to grow sales in global markets,] had a full itinerary for her visit, which included a visit to CoLab at LYIT, the New Frontiers Programme participants, and the WiSAR Research Centre in Letterkenny. Also on the itinerary were visits to a number of Enterprise Ireland client companies and the small matter of delivering a keynote Speech at the inaugural Gaeltech Conference in Gweedore where she shared a platform with Colm Lyon of Realex Payments.Recognising the important contribution to entrepreneurship development that The New Frontiers Programs make the itinerary included meetings at the New Frontiers Program in the North West which is/are is delivered at local level by Institutes of Technology / LYIT and funded by Enterprise Ireland.There were meetings with businesses in the newly extended CoLab Incubation Centre who impressed the visiting CEO with their strong value propositions and their clear demonstration of the potential for their businesses in international markets, resulting in employment creation in Ireland.As the first female CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Ms Sinnamon is an obvious proponent and supporter of ambitious businesswomen, not, she stresses, because she is a woman herself, but because she believes that Ireland needs to harness all our capabilities, to drive continued economic success, and women are under-represented and an under-utilised resource.  The women who met the CEO were certainly encouraged by her message. The hope is that they will be spurred to continue their innovation journey, driving their businesses forward in emerging knowledge sectors, in the North West Region.Ms Sinnamon’s visit to the North West is indicative of Enterprise Ireland’s regional development priorities and also the Government’s Regional Action Plan for Jobs, launched in February 2015, both aimed at encouraging communities and agencies in each region to work together to support regional job creation.ENTERPRISE IRELAND CEO HUGELY IMPRESSED BY INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES IN THE NORTH-WEST was last modified: September 15th, 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:Businessnewslast_img read more