Anscombe proud after French success

first_img Press Association Andrew Trimble crossed for Ulster’s only try on 11 minutes before Ruan Pienaar paved the way for victory with 15 points from his boot. Paddy Jackson also added five points. Ulster had waited 15 matches in the Heineken Cup to beat a French side on their own soil when they edged Castres 9-8 to reach the last-eight last season, but this was a far more impressive triumph to show how much they have grown. Not only did this win move Ulster two points clear of Leicester Tigers – who they beat last week – in Pool Five, but it also prevented Montpellier from taking a point at their own Yves du Manoir stadium. “I’m enormously proud of the boys today, of the way we stuck to our game,” Anscombe said. “We had talked about what we wanted to do and they did just that. “The guys who started and the bench stuck to our plan. The defence was outstanding, we accumulated points, our kicking game was great and our chasing completed it to make it that way. “To come here and beat them, and inflict their first home defeat this year, and by nearly 20 points – it’s a pretty great occasion for our boys. “A lot of our kicks were contested and we put them under pressure under those kicks, regained possession. “That’s what you want to do. They have a big team and we wanted to turn them around, prevent them from getting some go forward. We didn’t want to give them early targets so they could put us on the back foot. “We had looked at we thought we needed to do. They have a massive back and good backs, so the key for us was not to give them some front-foot ball. Ulster coach Mark Anscombe was “enormously proud” of his players after they claimed their biggest Heineken Cup win on French soil 25-8 over Montpellier. “We wanted to turn their big guys around, make them work hard, make them have to get back to do the work. It can be hard for the big boys to do that and that’s we achieved.” Montpellier coach Fabien Galthie, whose team had opened with an away win in Italy over Benetton Treviso, was unhappy at the way his team failed to get to grips with the occasion and the opposition. “I knew that a team like Ulster was certainly capable of hurting us,” he said. “We played with a couple of young, inexperienced players who had never played at this level. It was one of those days where, if the smallest thing doesn’t go your way, it can get pretty ugly. “That was the case today, a lot of things didn’t go our way. “We are now in a very tough position for qualification. We have to be realistic, it is going to be complicated for us.” last_img read more

Connacht forwards crush Dragons

first_img All Connacht’s tries came from forwards with p rop Rodney Ah You and replacement lock Mike Swift adding to Muldoon’s tries while fly-half Dan Parks kicked two conversions. Tom Prydie went over for the Dragons only try with 10 minutes to go, adding to an early Jason Tovey penalty. Press Association John Muldoon scored two tries as Connacht beat Newport Gwent Dragons 24-8 at Rodney Parade in the RaboDirect Pro12. Dragons drew first blood when Tovey landed a penalty and then just missed with another from half-way. Yet that was to be the first and last time the home side were in front as Connacht’s pack hammered the Welshmen. Locks Ally Muldowney and Mick Kearney took everything in the front and centre of the lineouts as did number eight Eion McKeon at the tail. And Connacht’s front row of Dennis Buckley, Jason Harris-Wright and Kiwi Ah You had the home trio in so much trouble that Dragons head coach Lyn Jones switched the entire unit after 28 minutes. Connacht’s first try came in the 18th minute as, on a Dragons put-in, the Connacht pack won the battle which brought Muldoon his first try that Parks converted. It did not help that the Dragons were reduced to 14 men when lock Robert Sidoli was penalised at a ruck and spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin. As such, the troubled pack were depleted again which spelt trouble at a Connacht lineout 10 metres out and saw Ah You driven over by his team-mates with Parks again adding the extras. The Welshmen found some composure during half-time and came out with more focus but they struggled to get past the Connacht defence. Muldoon’s second touchdown, from a driving lineout on the right, put Connacht 16 points clear with 13 minutes left but the home side tried to get something out of the match. Prydie roared over in the corner with 10 minutes left as the Dragons gained momentum. But captain Muldoon kept his troops calm and Connacht had the last laugh when Swift went over for the bonus point score with seconds left. last_img read more

Chinese diver pops the question in ‘olympically’ romantic proposal

first_imgChinese diver He Zi will never forget Rio 2016. Not only did she walk away with a silver medal in the women’s 3-meter springboard, she also went home with a diamond ring after her boyfriend and teammate Qin Kai proposed poolside.Video going viral shows how Qin approached He shortly after her medal ceremony ended on Sunday.On bended knee and with the crowd cheering, he popped the question. With tears in her eyes, He nodded her head to say yes.“We’ve been dating for six years, but I didn’t expect him to propose today,” she later said in a press conference. “He said a lot of things, made a lot of promises, but I think the thing that touched me the most is I think this is the guy I can trust for the rest of my life.” He lost to fellow Chinese diver Shi Tingmao in her event while her now fiancé scooped up a bronze medal in the men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard.It’s the second engagement of Rio 2016, after Brazilian rugby 7s player Isadora Cerullo became betrothed to her longtime girlfriend Marjorie Enya following a game.last_img read more

‘Raheem Sterling’s contribution to England is huge’ – Seaman hits back at critics

first_imgDavid Seaman has hit back at the criticism of Raheem Sterling and insists the forward makes a ‘massive contribution’ to the England team which goes further than scoring goals.Sterling has come under-fire for his wastefulness in front of goal at the World Cup, where England are through the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.He was again a target for frustrated fans after going another game without scoring in Saturday’s quarter-final win over Sweden – despite a number of big chances.But many former players and pundits have defended the Manchester City flyer, and now former England No.1 goalkeeper Seaman has also jumped to Sterling’s aid.He agrees the 23-year-old has not been ruthless enough but says his darting forward runs terrify defences and that he plays a key role in Gareth Southgate’s squad.Asked if criticism of the young forward is too harsh, Seaman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “For me is it, yeah.“He’s not scored a goal yet and he’s getting a lot of chances, so people are just focusing on that.“But the dangers he poses are fantastic for the team. 3 But Seaman insists Sterling is one of England’s key players at the World Cup and has backed him to score 3 3center_img Sterling missed a one-on-one chance against Sweden “His overall contribution to England is massive – it’s far greater than goals.“He stretches the opponents’ defence, he defends down that channel as well and the threat of his pace is frightening – defenders hate that.“He’s always a threat. Defenders hate someone with pace, no matter if they can’t finish. They can always square it across the box for somebody to tap it in.”And while some have suggested Sterling should be dropped for England’s upcoming semi-final against Croatia, Seaman says there is no way he should lose this place.“The pressure is building on him but for me he stays in all day long”, added the former Arsenal and Man City goalkeeper.“I’m just praying for him to score a goal – that would be a cherry on top apart from getting to the final.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals: Wednesday July 11 – KICK OFF 7PM BST He was later thwarted by the keeper again after a brilliant ball over the top from Jordan Henderson last_img read more

Senate Inquiry airs pilots safety concerns

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Claims that airlines are “under reporting” safety incidents came to light as a Senate inquiry into aviation safety and pilot training commenced in Sydney this week. The inquiry comes off the back of the recent sacking of JetStar pilot, Joe Eakins, who raised concerns about the airlines safety records.You’re fired: Jetstar pilot sacked over safety concerns Mr Eakins is currently seeking workplace reinstatement and his lawyers have advised him against giving evidence at the inquiry due to fears it would adversely affect his ability to get his job back. Jetstar has labelled Mr Eakins’s claims as “malicious” and said he had been fired for breaching the airline’s code of conduct and employment arrangements – not for reporting legitimate concerns, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The investigation is being carried out because of airline’s reluctance to report all safety events. The Pilots Association have requested a central database be established, under the management of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, to monitor and record safety information. Pilots Association Vice-President, Richard Woodward, expressed concerns pilots were afraid to come forward and provide the Senate with vital information.“There is a pool of pilots that are quite concerned about reprisals. The ones we are hearing from are, in essence, the tip of the iceberg,” he said.Other concerns raised during the Senate investigation included training and the offshoring of pilots’ jobs to Asia. last_img read more