Blues defeat Reds in historic Samoa match

first_imgKerevi was forced off with a left ankle injury in the 10th minute of the historic clash at Apia Park, while second-rower Tui hurt his left shoulder just minutes into the second half.It is a double blow for Australian coach Michael Cheika, who picked them both in his 34-man squad for June’s trio of Tests.Tui, 20, looked shattered as he trudged off just a few days after his shock call-up.Kerevi, who was born in Fiji and desperate to play them next weekend in Melbourne, also cut a disconsolate figure as he spent most of the night with his ankle on ice.His injury was the last thing the Reds needed after making a disastrous start, with the Blues scoring two easy tries inside the opening seven minutes through Rene Ranger and Rieko Ioane.Instead of capitulating, the Reds fought back manfully in a second-half rollercoaster – but in the story of their season, they couldn’t finish the job.They went into halftime down 20-12 but piled on 10 unanswered points to take the lead – and, although they let it slip, they took it back instantly through Taniela Tupou’s second try of the night.Their resistance was finally broken with Stephen Perofeta’s runaway effort in the 74th minute.It continues Australia’s miserable losing run against New Zealand franchises, which stands at 27 consecutive defeats.However, Reds coach Nick Stiles will take heart from the performance after their embarrassing display at home last week against the Western Force, which ended their finals’ hopes.Stiles looked to youth as he made four changes to his starting side to try to provoke a response and two of the players he promoted, Tupou and Andrew Ready, scored tries.Flanker Adam Korzcyk also came off the bench to cross in the 52nd minute, while Quade Cooper converted three tries and kicked one penalty. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Rene Ranger scored a try for the Blues in Samoa tonight.last_img read more

Gardai hunt gang after series of attempted burglaries

first_imgGardai are hunting a gang who attempted to carry out a number of break-ins along the border in St Johnston and Killea over the weekend.It is understood two men using a car were spotted ‘casing up’ houses in the villages in the early hours.Two males were spotted in a garden in Castletown/Moness are of St.Johnston at around 2.40am on Saturday morning. One of the men was spotted on foot approaching a shed but when the lights were activated in the house the man ran and fled to a waiting car.Just half an hour later at around 3am, another man was spotted in a silver car at the bottom of a cul-de-sac in nearby Killea.Another male was observed trying the door of a car further up the street which was parked outside a house. Both males got into the Silver car and drove off.Gardai have been informed of both incidents and are investigating. Residents are asked to secure their property and report any suspicious activity to Gardai.Gardai hunt gang after series of attempted burglaries was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more