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Enemy shows opposition way home

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first_img Press Association Auld Enemy put up a promising display when making all the running to make a winning debut in the Requinto EBF Maiden at Navan. The trainer said: “He’s a grand colt. He had a good draw and was reasonably professional. He wants further and we’ll get him home and make a plan for him then.” Wachman and Lordan completed a double when Curvy followed up last month’s course and distance success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap. It was a close-run thing, as Dragon Fei collared Jeremy’s Girl close home only to be caught by the 15-8 favourite in the shadow of the post. “She’s a nice filly. She’ll run in stakes races now. She’s got a good pedigree so it’s important to get some black type,” said Wachman. center_img David Wachman’s son of Fastnet Rock (13-2) broke away smartly under Wayne Lordan to grab the far rail and dictate affairs. Well in command, the juvenile went on to score by a length and a half from Black Beach, with the always prominent favourite Stone Mountain third. last_img read more

Kephart, Mulcahy win annual Kaufman 5K

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first_img Bio Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) ELLSWORTH — More than 200 runners and walkers — the largest field ever — turned out Saturday for the eighth annual Jerry Kaufman Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run held by the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA.Andrew Kephart, 30, of Ellsworth captured top honors, pulling away from the rest of the field and finishing in 17 minutes, 14.29 seconds.But 29-year-old Sarah Mulcahy of Baring Plantation turned in a superb performance as the first female to finish, placing second overall in 18:22.07.Chris Holt, 53, of Ellsworth placed third in 18:54.27, and Kassie Strout, 24, of Trenton was the women’s runner-up, finishing 16th overall in 21:28.52.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMale and female age group winners in the 5K:10 and under – Caleb Hicks, 10, of Franklin in 23:26.12 and Sophie Torrance, 10, of Ellsworth in 36:01.96.11-19 – Evan Merchant, 13, of Beals in 20:37.58 and Marilyn Sawyer, 12, of Trenton in 29:55.76.20-29 – Nick Brown, 27, of Ellsworth, fifth overall in 19:24, and Veronica Wentworth, 25, of Franklin in 22:39.22.30-39 – Darren Winchenbach, 33, of Waldoboro, sixth overall in 19:36.41, and Laura Anderson, 38, of Bar Harbor in 22:06.52.40-49 – Adam Murphy, 40, of Hancock, seventh overall in 129:55.33, and Michelle Gagnon, 49, of Ellsworth in 23:14.05.50-59 – Michael Westphal, 57, of Cranberry Isles in 20:46.16 and Kristen Curtis, 55, of Steuben in 22:42.32.60-69 – Bob Ciano, 60, of Castine, fourth overall in 19:07.21, and Jane Ham, 67, of Ellsworth in 26:16.34.70 and over – Lloyd Harmon, 74, of Ellsworth in 25:56.19 and Gina Grogean, 73, of Surry in 52:00.72.Other top 10 finishers were James Perry Jr., 26, of Eastbrook, eighth in 19:55.39; Andy Pereira, 46, of Bass Harbor, ninth in 20:02.38; and Tobin Peacock, 41, of Lamoine, 10th in 20:03.17.Proceeds from the race, part of the Eden Athletics Race Series, go to support Hancock County HomeCare and Hospice. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.comcenter_img Latest Posts Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Cricket News India vs Australia, live cricket score, 3rd Test day 5: Kohli’s side secures historic 137-run win, take 2-1 lead in series

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first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Well, the good news is immediately here. It has stopped raining. The ground mopping up operations have ended. Play will start soon.  The updated weather forecast, according to accuweather Melbourne, says there is a dry spell from 1 PM to 3 PM local time but there is a chance of a thunderstorm at 4 PM. Which means, India will have a chance from 8 AM to 10 AM IST to take the remaining two wickets. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:59 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The covers are now starting to come off. If all goes well, then play could begin at 7:20 AM. Fingers crossed More covers have been brought on at the G. The run-up area has also been covered. Indian fans better start praying. Three runs in the over from Ishant. Cummins and Lyon played him easily. However, they are struggling against Bumrah, who is getting zip and awkward bounce on the wicket. He is more likely to take a wicket. So far, Lyon and Cummins are doing a great job. The new ball is just nine overs old but they have shown their top order how to bat. Uh-oh! It looks like the rain is back again. This time, it is more heavier than a normal drizzle. The covers are coming back on.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:29 (IST) 07:16 (IST) Want to know the weather condition in Melbourne? Here is an article to keep you updated with all the weather trends.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:33 (IST) 08:11 (IST) Jasprit Bumrah is the Man of the Match for his nine-wicket haul in the game. His 6/33 gave India the boost to push for a win 05:16 (IST) 07:19 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hello and a warm welcome to the final day of what has been a gripping Boxing Day Test. However, for Indian fans, this is not the ideal start. It is currently drizzling in Melbourne and the covers are on. Rain was forecast today and it has come. India need two wickets. Australia need 141 to achieve the unthinkable.  07:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In In the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka game, it took Kane Williamson’s side just 14 balls to take the remaining three wickets to clinch the Christchurch Test by 423 runs and win the series 1-0. How many balls will India take to price out the remaining two wickets? 06:45 (IST) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The forecast in the afternoon session is not so bad. So, one way or the other, play will start although the first session could be completely washed out.  06:47 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In According to the latest BCCI update, lunch will be taken at 12:15 local time, meaning 6:45 AM IST. Things might start to brighten up for the Indian side probably after that The rain is steady now. The chances of resumption, at least in the first session, look bleak now. 07:25 (IST) 05:55 (IST) 05:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The Indian players are assembling near the boundary line. We are just five minutes away from the start. 07:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In This is the current situation at the MCG. Covers firmly in place and so are the umbrellas. But, as mentioned, the forecast for the afternoon is great. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team were frustrated by the rain as the entire first session was washed out. However, on resumption, India achieved the task quickly to create history. Jasprit Bumrah took his ninth wicket in the match as he ended Pat Cummins’ valiant knock of 63 while Ishant Sharma took the final wicket of Nathan Lyon to help India win the Boxing Day Test for the first time and secure a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. This is the first time since 1977/78 that India have won two Tests in a series in Australia and they will be aiming to create history in Sydney by winning the Test and securing their first-ever series win Down Under. For Australia, their miserable year ends on a sad note in Melbourne. (SCORECARD) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! It had to be Bumrah. It was Bumrah. Full ball angled in and it straightens just outside off, Cummins has to play at it and the edge is taken low at first slip. India one wicket away from a win but Cummins’ valiant knock ends.  07:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In It is still raining. According to the weather radar, the rain will clear out in the afternoon and we will have play, but only after the ground has been mopped up and the umpires deem it fit to play. 05:26 (IST) There is some miscommunication about the footholes and sawdust. The groundstaff had come out but were asked to leave. Ishant is apparently having some troubles with the running area and the popping crease. But, play continues.  05:39 (IST) 05:15 (IST) 07:38 (IST) 06:53 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The groundstaff are apparently putting on the bigger covers. They are expecting some more rain apparently. This is not good news.  There are now a minimum of 71 overs remaining in the day should there be a resumption. The extra eight overs have been taken off. So, if play continues full time, that is till 12:30 PM IST, then India will have 71 overs. 05:54 (IST) 05:41 (IST) Ishant Sharma will begin proceedings. Three slips in place and Pat Cummins gets off the mark immediately.  05:28 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:17 (IST) 06:23 (IST) If there is no further rain, play will start at 5:30 AM IST, which is 15 minutes from now. All over! History created. Ishant Sharma takes the final wicket and India have erased 37 years of pain to win the Boxing Day Test and secure a 2-1 series lead in the four-match series. They are on the cusp of breaking their jinx Down Under.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In There is still some cloud cover. But, thankfully, no rain. The sun might not peek out at all today but the groundstaff are doing an excellent job to ensure the square and the pitch are bone dry. 05:13 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Inlast_img read more

GFF/KFC U-20 Independence Cup kicks off today

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first_imgGUYANA’S first-ever national U-20 club tournament, GFF/KFC U-20 Independence Cup, kicks off with a special ‘double header’ event at the GFF National Training Centre at Providence today, April 27.The East Bank Football Association (EBFA) leg of the national knockout bonanza starts with a clash between Timehri Panthers U-20 and Agricola Red Triangle U-20 at 14:00hrs, following a tournament launch ceremony at 13;00hrs.“We are delighted to kick off this historic tournament, with this incredible support from KFC, at our new home of football at Providence this weekend,” said GFF president Wayne Forde.“The GFF-KFC U20 Independence Cup is going to capture the imagination of football fans by showcasing up-and-coming talent across the country. We urge all communities to come out and support their young players.”Sponsored by international restaurant brand KFC – part of the Beharry Group of Companies, the U-20 tournament is a crucial component of the GFF’s 2015-2019 strategy to establish national club competitions for all youth development age groups, from U-13 to U-20.Timehri Panthers captain Culwin Court and Agricola Red Triangle captain Shaquille Baptiste will lead their teams at the kick-off match of the GFF-KFC U-20 Independence Cup on April 27 at the GFF National Training.“This youth tournament is another good initiative and a step in the right direction for our football,” said Timehri Panthers U-20 head coach Delon Williams.“It’s great to have KFC on board and to have the support to make this happen.”Agricola Red Triangle U-20 head coach Colin John said: “This is very important as it gives players at U-20 level the means to keep playing football. It could change the direction of someone’s life and give our young talent the opportunity to keep improving their technique and skills.”After the inaugural GFF/KFC U-20 Independence Cup match, a selection from the Guyana U-17 boys’ national squad will take on Elite League side Den Amstel at 16;00hra as part of GFF Technical Department preparations for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in May.The GFF/KFC U-20 Independence Cup is set to roll out across the country next week, with all nine regional member associations taking part.Teams from each member association will play in a straight knockout tournament, with the winners from each region then coming together to compete in playoffs to decide who will be crowned national champions.“The U-20 level of competition caters to those young players who are still developing and also may not be playing senior football yet. It is important that we give these players more meaningful opportunities to play in GFF competitions so that they can continue to grow as players and young men,” said GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood.last_img read more

Serena Beats Bouchard to Advance to Third Round

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first_imgSerena Williams Not everything went the 37-year-old’s way, but she demonstrated why she is considered the tournament favourite.Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska, ranked 57th, awaits her in the third round.Williams, 37, started her pursuit for a record-extending eighth Australian Open title – and equalling Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam tally – with a 49-minute stroll against fellow mother Tatjana Maria on Monday.Bouchard, ranked 79th in the world, provided little more resistance.Williams is playing in her first competitive tournament since her defeat by Naomi Osaka in the controversial US Open final last September, yet looks to be the woman to beat at Melbourne Park as she targets her first major win since giving birth.Although careless with her service game in the first set, she went on to crack 22 winners in a dominant performance.“It wasn’t an easy match – Genie has been to final of Wimbledon and other Grand Slam semi-finals,” Williams said.“I’ve not had many matches since last year but it is OK.”Starting after 9pm local time after a lengthy day session, there was an ominous start for 24-year-old Bouchard when she coughed up her serve inside two minutes after successive double faults.Backed up by a hold to love and another break, most inside Rod Laver Arena feared they would get little for their money as Williams looked set to win with ease.Then the match took a strange twist, with neither player able to hang on to their serve in any of the next five games.Williams eventually broke that pattern to seal the opener, cranking up her serve and holding for only a second time in the set to go ahead.Bouchard burst on to the scene in 2014 when she reached the Australian Open semi-finals as a teenager, backing that up with another last-four appearance at the French Open and going one better at Wimbledon before being outclassed by Petra Kvitova in the final.Understandably she was touted as the sport’s next female superstar – but that has failed to materialise.The Canadian reached number five in the world soon after that run, yet her tumble down the rankings since – exacerbated by injury problems last year – almost resulted in her dropping out of the top 200.In the build-up Williams praised her fighting spirit and Bouchard did show a glimpse of that at the start of the second set.After failing to hold serve in the opener, she finally found some form with her serve in the early stages of the second, holding twice as her first-serve percentage rocketed from 56% to 86%.But Williams reasserted her control from 2-2 onwards, losing just six more points as she claimed five games in a row to win in 70 minutes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AUSTRALIAN OPENSerena Williams swatted aside Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to continue her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.The American 16th seed made a rapid start on her way to a 6-2 6-2 victory over the 2014 Wimbledon finalist.last_img read more

Five Syracuse players earn all-Big East honors

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first_imgThe Big East released its postseason awards on Thursday, and five Syracuse players were among those honored.Wide receiver Alec Lemon, offensive tackle Justin Pugh and strong safety Shamarko Thomas were named to the All-Big East First Team, while quarterback Ryan Nassib and defensive end Brandon Sharpe were named to the All-Big East Second Team.The eight head coaches in the Big East did the voting for the awards, but could not vote for their own players.Lemon, who was named to the second team last season, was unanimously named to the first team this year. He finished first in the Big East with receptions per game at 6.4, and was also first in receiving yards with 96. He caught a school-record 70 passes for 1,063 yards in 2012. Lemon had five 100-yard receiving games.Pugh was named to the first team for the second year in a row. It’s his third straight year earning an all-conference selection. After sitting out for the first four games of the season as he recovered from shoulder surgery, Pugh returned to the line and re-established himself as one of the premier tackles in the conference. He helped the line block for another 1,000-yard rusher, as Jerome Smith was the fifth-straight running back to hit that mark. Syracuse also averaged 171.8 rushing yards per game, and only allowed 14 sacks this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThomas, who started every game this year, led the team with 84 tackles as a force in the Orange’s secondary. He also forced three fumbles and had two interceptions.Nassib leads the Big East in total offense with 313.3 yards per game and passing yards with 301.6 per game. He set a Syracuse single-season record for attempts at 448, completions with 283, yards with 3,619 and touchdowns with 24. He racked up a total of 3,748 yards this season, and had six 300-yard passing games.Sharpe finished the regular season with six sacks, good for sixth in the Big East. He was tied for fourth in the conference with 13.5 tackles for loss. He had seven tackles, including four sacks, in Syracuse’s win over Pittsburgh. Sharpe finished the season with 35 tackles.Other Big East awards included Teddy Bridgewater earning the Big East Offensive Player of the Year distinction, while Cardinals’ head coach Charlie Strong and Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood are sharing coach of the year honors. Scarlet Knights linebacker Khaeem Greene was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Temple running back Matt Brown was the Big East Special Teams Player of the Year, while teammate and linebacker Tyler Matekevich was named the Big East Rookie of the Year. Comments Published on December 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Browns starting C Tretter returns to practice after surgery

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first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Cleveland Browns starting center JC Tretter returned to practice Monday after being sidelined all of training camp following right knee surgery.Coach Kevin Stefanski said Tretter, the NFLPA’s President, returned as the Browns began preparing for Sunday’s season opener at Baltimore. Tretter had surgery on Aug. 13.“It was good to have JC back out there,” Stefanski said following the workout, which was moved indoors because of thunderstorms. “Not going to get into the extent to which he was back out there, we’ll deal with that on Wednesday. But good to have him out there in his pads.”It’s too early to know if Tretter, who has not missed a game in three seasons with Cleveland and played through a severely sprained ankle and other injuries, will play against the Ravens.Rookie Nick Harris has been working with Cleveland’s first-team offense and the fifth-round pick has been impressive. Tretter, though, has experience and has faced Baltimore’s stout defense six times.”Obviously JC’s a veteran, he’s seen a lot of football,” Stefanski said. “There’s value in that. He’s a leader of the football team. So really good to have him out there today.”The Browns could take a cautious approach with Tretter since they’ll play their home opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 17, just four days after visiting Baltimore.The team has not said if the 29-year-old Tretter hurt his knee in the days leading up to camp or needed the operation on a pre-existing issue.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 07:28 IST Browns Starting C Tretter Returns To Practice After Surgery Cleveland Browns starting center JC Tretter returned to practice Monday after being sidelined all of training camp following right knee surgery COMMENT First Published: 8th September, 2020 07:28 IST WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Hearts of Oak fined, set to play 3 matches behind closed doors

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first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak has been fined a total of GH¢12,000 and will play their next three (3) home matches behind closed doors.This was pronounced in the GFA Disciplinary Committee (B)’s decision after the Club was charged on three (3) counts of misconduct  after their Ghana Premier League match against Wa All Stars played at the Accra Stadium on April 3, 2016.Below is the full ruling of the Disciplinary Committee:DECISION OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE ON THE ALLEGED MISCONDUCT OF ACCRA HEARTS OF OAK IN RESPECT OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH PLAYED AT THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM ON 3RD APRIL 2016 BETWEEN ACCRA HEARTS OF OAK AND WA ALL STARS F.C COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT COSMAS ANPENGNUO              –         CHAIRMANALEX KOTEY                              –               MEMBERNURUDEEN ALHASSAN              –          MEMBERCASEACCRA HEARTS OF OAK was charged with three (3) counts under the GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (GFA) GENERAL REGULATIONS. Under count one, it is the case of the GFA that in or about the 20th minute of the match when the first goal was scored against HEARTS OF OAK, supporters of the club threw water bottles and other objects at Assistant referee 2 and onto the field of play which resulted in the hold up of play for about six (6) minutes.ACCRA HEARTS OF OAK has therefore been charged under Articles 58 and 59 of the GFA Disciplinary code and Articles 35(i)(a); 35(3)(b); 35(4); 35(7)(a) and 35(7)(d) of the GFA General Regulations.Under count two (2) it is the case of the GFA that at half time when the match officials were walking to the dressing room, supporters of HEARTS OF OAK threw water bottles and other objects at the match officials and that during the second half, anytime a decision went against HEARTS OF OAK, the supporters of HEARTS OF OAK threw water bottles and other objects at the two assistance referees and onto the field to play.HEARTS OF OAK has therefore been charged under Articles 35(i)(a); 35(3)(b); 35(4); 35(7)(a) and 35(7)(d) of the GFA General Regulations. —last_img read more

AC Roma offers 20 Million EUR for Dzeko, Manchester City wants 28 Millions

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first_imgLeaders of AC Roma are serious with an intention to bring a big reinforcement to their club this summer, and their first choice is striker Edin Dzeko. They are ready to pay a compensation of 20 million EUR to Manchester City and to offer Edin Dzeko a contract worth 4.5 million EUR per season. But, that offer is still not good enough to satisfy the requests of the leaders of Citizens.If AC Roma really wants Dzeko, it should allocate 28 million EUR in order for leaders of Manchester City to even consider about the selling of their striker.Although Dzeko signed a new four-year contract in August last year, he cannot be satisfied with the playing time given by the manager of Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini.Leaders of AC Roma hopes that they will successfully make a transfer until 25th July, when the team plays their first preparatory match against Persia from Jakarta in Indonesia.The goal of the leaders of AC Roma is to make some changes in attack by selling Mattia Destro and Seydou Doumbi.Edin Dzeko is the first wich of the sports director of AC Roma, Walter Sabatini, but, if this doesn’t happen, they will try to bring Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht, for whom is FC Porto interested as well.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

South Africa win series in Paris

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first_imgThe Blizboks beat Scotland 15-5 in a tense final at the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday evening, but had earlier wrapped up the series after they beat New Zealand in the Cup semi-finals and England’s earlier loss to Scotland at the same stage meant that they could not overtake the South Africans. Fiji, second in the standings before the tournament, exited at the quarter-final stage.A remarkable season saw South Africa appear in eight of the nine finals to date, as they clinched the title for the first time since 2009.Coach Neil Powell was relieved to finally secure the series: “It’s been an incredible season so far. We wanted to finish strongly in this tournament and in London next week. This is for all the people in the system, not just the players, but the management back at home as well, for really working hard to make it happen.”Everytime we put our jerseys on our backs we play for South Africa, for our family and our people back home that support us. It’s special for us. We want to say thanks to them for supporting us all year.”Elsewhere, New Zealand claimed bronze in Paris after beating England 12-5 while Argentina won the Challenge Trophy after they beat Australia, 33-12. With just one tournament left, Wales captain Sam Cross leads the DHL Impact Player tracker ahead of England’s Dan Norton and USA’s Perry Baker who scored eight tries in Paris this weekend.  FinalScotland and South Africa met 42 times on the series before Sunday’s final, with South Africa winning 36 of the encounters, however their previous match-up was on day one of this year’s HSBC Paris Sevens with the Scots winning, 19-12. Scotland fans would also have been hoping that their side could summon a similar performance to that which saw them win their first-ever Cup title in the final in London last year, where they beat the Blizboks 27-26.Despite the 10-0 scoreline at the break, Scotland were close to the series champions for most of the first 7 minutes, but they were on the back foot after tries from Werner Kok and Dylan Sage. Scotland dug deep in the second period but their fate was sealed after George Horne was binned for a late tackle just after captain Philip Snyman touched down to seal the the win.”Hats off to the guys,” said Snyman after the final.They were at the top of their game from the beginning in Dubai – we slipped up in Singapore but you can’t be at your best all the time – but coming into this tournament we knew we had work to do before we clinched the series. We lost to Scotland on day one and we had to show a lot of character and guts to bounce back and that’s exactly what they did.”Semi-FinalWith the home crowd still buzzing from Julian Candelon’s last match in a French sevens jersey, Scotland and England took the pitch for the first semi final. Dan Norton came very close in the opening minute before Scotland went down the park to edge ahead with a well taken score by Jamie Farndale. However, England regrouped and Dan Norton made sure with his second effort to level it at 5-5. Scotland persisted and a Scott Wight try on the stroke of half-time left it 12-5 at the break.But it was dream-teamer Mark Robertson who added to his tries for the weekend with a superb kick-through to seal the win and despite another Dan Norton try that rubberstamped his hat-trick, Scotland were headed for the final. England’s loss meant they couldn’t catch South Africa as series leaders and the Blitzboks became champions.The sun, which was an intermittent visitor in the skies over the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday, returned around the time South Africa won the title and, despite an opening try for New Zealand by Regan Ware, captain Philip Snyman and Branco du Preez ensured the Blitzboks were 12-5 ahead at the break. A Rosko Specman try after the break pushed the gap even further and with just minutes left he scored another to ensure a final appearance and put the gloss on a series win.Quarter-finalsScotland qualified for the first quarter-final of the day by virtue of the fact that they beat series leaders South Africa and Canada on day one in Paris and it was the Scots who opened the scoring against the Olympic champions with a well taken try in the corner by Jamie Farndale. Errors from Fiji then allowed Scotland work the ball back up the pitch and release Mark Robertson to touch down and put the Scots 12-0 in front at the break.Another try from Robertson in the second half put Scotland firmly in charge as they dominated possession before a second from Farndale in the corner put the game beyond doubt.  Fiji were out-played and out-thought by the men in dark blue who marched on to the semi-finals, winning 24-0.Speaking afterwards, Mark Robertson was delighted with the result: “You know what sevens is like, we have some great individuals in the team, real pace, ball players and some big players. We are a tight group, we have only missed out on small margins, but hopefully we can carry it on.”England took on USA in the second quarter-final decider and it was the tournament’s top try scorer Perry Baker that opened the scoring, finishing off a well worked try in the corner. England bounced back with an inside-outside try from reliable skipper Tom Mitchell and the captain was instrumental in their second score, as his deft flick help set up Charlie Hayter to leave it 14-5 to England at the break.USA scored through Baker just after the resumption of play but their good work was undone moments later when Ollie Lyndsey-Hague intercepted an American pass and galloped over to extend the lead. A Dan Norton try put the game beyond reach for USA and England secured a semi-final berth, as it finished 26-12.Unbeaten on day one, Samoa faced series leaders South Africa and it was a close first half with Cecil Afrika’s opening the scoring and Werner Kok bustling his way over after some industrious work from the Blitzboks against a tight Samoan defence. The second half continued in the same vein as the first – tight, physical with turnovers aplenty. However Gordon Tietjens side couldn’t break down a resolute defence and it finished 12-0 with South Africa taking another step towards a series title.Les tricolouers flew with pride around the Stade Jean Bouin as the atmosphere ramped up even further on Sunday morning when France ran out to take on New Zealand in the last quarter-final. Kiwi captain DJ Forbes opened the exchanges when he crossed midway through the first period, before Sione Molia touched down before the break. A bad tempered second half saw French star Virimi Vakatawa yellow carded for striking as the All Black Sevens ground out a 14-0 victory.Elsewhere, Japan have a battle on their hands to remain on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series next season as they remain bottom of the core teams on the standings. Russia lie in front of them on 27 points with just one tournament left to play next weekend when all 16 teams travel to Twickenham.last_img read more