World Cup 2015: Tonga 35-21 Namibia

first_imgSTATISTICS193 – The number of metres made by Tonga wing Veainu, who was promoted from the bench to the starting lineup just before the game. He carried the ball 12 times and was a big threat.61 – Tonga’s percentage share of possession. That increased to 69% in the last ten minutes of the game.15  – The number of penalties Namibia gave away, five of which came at scrum time.35 – Tonga’s power and strength forced Namibia to miss 35 tackles. TAGS: HighlightNamibiaTonga Mid flight: Telusa Veainu scored two tries but put a hand in touch this time. (Photo: Getty Images) Attendance: 10,103For all the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. A combination of power from the pack and scintillating skills from the backs took Tonga to a bonus-point win over Namibia, but the Africans wowed the crowd with some gung-ho counter-attacking and gave the pre-match favourites a scare.Wing Telusa Veainu, who came into the sidefor this World Cup match as a replacement for Fetu’u Vainikolo, was the star of the attacking show for Tonga, scoring two tries and coming oh-so-close to a third, only to put his hand into touch as he dived for the corner. Man of the Match Jack Ram also crossed twice for Tonga, while Latiume Fosita was their other try-scorer.Namibia skipper Jacques Burger scored two tries, both from mauls driven over from lineouts, after Johan Tromp had opened their account in the first half. Theus Kotze kicked three terrific conversions.Tonga’s superiority at the scrum proved crucial as they forced penalties and put Namibia on the back foot. Namibia have now played 17 World Cup matches without a win, but boy were they entertaining.Tromp card: Johan Tromp celebrates his try for Namibia. (Photo: Getty Images) All the details from a thrilling encounter, the first World Cup match to take place at Exeter’s Sandy Park.center_img Tonga: V Lilo (V Helu 58); D Halaifonua, S Piutau (capt, K Morath 57), S Piukala, T Veainu; L Fosita, S Takulua (S Fisilau 57); S Tonga’uiha (T Mailau 58), A Lutui (P Ngauamo 46), S Puafisi (H Aulika 58), H T-Pole (L Lokotui 42), J Tuineau, S Kalamafoni (O Fonua 32), J Ram, V Ma’afu.Tries (5): Telusa Veainu 2, Jack Ram, 2, Latiume Fosita,  Pens: Vunga Lilo 1, Kurt Morath 1. Cons: Vunga Lilo 2.Namibia: C Botha; J Tromp (D Philander 64), D Van Wyk, J Deysel (D De La Harpe 70), R Van Wyk; T Kotze, E Buitendag (D Stevens 71); C Viviers (L van der Westhuizen 40), T Van Jaarsveld, J Coetzee, J Venter (PJ Van Lill 40), T Uanivi,  J Burger (capt), R Kitshoff, R Bothma (T Du Plessis 68).Tries (3): Johan Tromp, Jacques Burger 2. Cons: Theuns Kotze 3.Referee: Glen Jackson (South Africa)Man of the Match: Jack Ram WHAT’S HOTRunning rugby – Tonga won the day and scored five tries, but Namibia were just as willing to run the ball, counter-attacking from everywhere. Chrysander Botha was particularly keen to get his team moving forward out of defence on his club home ground and he found willing allies all around him in the blue of Namibia.Huge hit – The earth probably shook on the far side of Dartmoor when Tongan wing David Halaifonua stopped Namibia No 8 Renaldo Bothma in his tracks. The back-row picked up the ball from the back of a scrum and was at full pace, steaming up the right wing, when Halaifonua sent him back where he came from.Sunny Sandy Park – The terraces and stands of this brilliant club rugby ground were packed with thousands of enthusiastic West Country rugby folk and hundreds of travelling fans. The sun shone, the beer flowed and the crowd cheered and chanted their way through the game, making it another fabulous World Cup occasion.World-class welcome: The locals banded together with travelling fans to roar Tonga and Namibia on. (Photo: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WHAT’S NOTLilo’s place kicking – It’s a good job this game wasn’t just a little bit tighter as Tongan full-back Vunga Lilo couldn’t hit a Devon barn door from the kicking tee. He is not their first choice kicker but still needs to improve, after missing three conversions and a penalty, some of which were quite straightforward kicksNamibia’s scrum – Their lineout brought them two tries, but Namibia’s scrum mis-fired against the Tongan eight and coach Phil Davies was disappointed with this phase of the game, and the penalties his team gave away.last_img read more

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Rate hikes call for more state oversight

first_imgTo say I’m disappointed in the decision made by New York’s Public Service Commission to approve National Grid’s rate hike proposal is an understatement. Families and businesses here in upstate will end up paying $102 more for the delivery of electricity and $91 more for natural gas each year. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have strongly opposed National Grid’s rate hike proposal from the start. The company has reported millions of dollars in profits and is now set to receive about $76 million in savings under the new federal tax law. Increasing rates is simply unacceptable.While the Public Service Commission is charged with making decisions on proposals like this, it is not accountable to the residents who ultimately pay for these essential services.This decision shows the need for new legislation I have introduced in the state Assembly that would establish more oversight of the Public Service Commission and provide more protection for the ratepayers here in upstate New York.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer is an assemblyman representing Albany, Montgomery and Schenectady counties.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

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Institutional-only AIF assets up 13% in 2015 – EFAMA

first_imgInstitutional AIFs registered total net sales of €181bn for the whole of 2015, according to EFAMA. Institutional bond AIFs recorded the strongest growth in assets, up 17.1%.Real estate AIF assets were up 14.7%, and ‘other’ institutional funds 16%.There was double-digit growth in multi-asset fund net assets as well, of 11.3%.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)Net assets of institutional equity funds increased by 6.9%.The results form part of what was overall a record year for the European investment fund industry, according to EFAMA.Bernard Delbecque, director of economics and research at EFAMA, said: “The growth of fund assets has been substantially positive across Europe, with a very few exceptions, confirming investor confidence in UCITS and AIF.”Net sales of European investment funds rose to an all-time high of €725bn in 2015, and assets under management broke €12trn on the back of a growth rate of 11%.Demand for UCITS funds reached its highest level ever, with net sales of €573bn.Among long-term UCITs funds, multi-asset funds attracted the largest net inflows, of €236bn, while equity funds had their best year since 2000, drawing net sales of €134bn. Institutional alternative investment fund (AIF) assets grew by 13% in 2015, contributing to a record year for European investment funds overall, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).Net assets of AIFs reserved for institutional investors reached €2.42trn at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, the figures show.Including retail funds, the total stood at €4.41trn, an increase of 8.3%.There was stronger growth in institutional net AIF assets, however, as these were up 13.3% compared with the end of December 2014 (13% excluding Ireland).last_img read more

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Mangala heads for City

first_img The 23-year old central defender was a target for Manuel Pellegrini in the January transfer window but they could not get the deal done. However, having returned to negotiations at the end of the season, City have now secured their sixth signing of the summer and Mangala will link up with Brazilian midfielder Fernando, whom the club signed from Porto in June. “He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe’s very best defenders. “Eliaquim is a player I believe will make an immediate impact in the Premier League, thanks to his physicality, his reading of the game and quality on the ball. “I think he will prove to be a great signing for us.” “City is a top club in Europe. For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress,” Mangala told mcfc.co.uk. “I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here. “I’m very happy to come to England because for me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. “It is a very intense and very aggressive competition. There are plenty of goals, so it is also really nice to watch and I can’t wait to get started. “The fact that Fernando is here is better because I played with him at Porto but there are also other players that I know like (Bacary) Sagna, (Gael) Clichy and (Samir) Nasri.” In addition to Mangala Pellegrini has already brought in full-back Sagna, goalkeeper Willy Caballero, midfielders Fernando, Frank Lampard (on loan) and Bruno Zuculini. Having been beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in Sunday’s Community Shield the Chilean stressed the need to have greater competition for places and Mangala’s arrival certainly gives him that in defence. “I’m delighted to have added a player of Eliaquim’s quality in the squad ahead of the new season,” said Pellegrini. Manchester City have completed the protracted signing of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala. Press Associationlast_img read more

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