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Ulster storm back from 23 points down to beat Oyonnax in Champions Cup

first_img They seemed to have set themselves on the right track with two unanswered first-half tries – first hooker Jeremie Maurouard set the ball rolling with a seventh-minute try from a driving line-out and the former Wales outside-half Nicky Robinson added the conversion and then three successive penalties. Ulster were under the cosh at the scrum and took 35 minutes to even reach the home side’s 22. Then they coughed up the ball 10 metres out and Fijian wing Uwa Tawalo picked up and outsprinted Ian Humphreys in an 80-metre race to the Ulster posts. Robinson added the simple conversion to make it 23-0 at the break and it looked as though Ulster’s European dreams were in tatters. Director of rugby Les Kiss responded to the desperate situation by introducing the experience of Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson at half-back and added the power of Nick Williams to the pack at the break. It led to a completely transformed Ulster side and performance in the second half and from the moment Rory Scholes raced 30 metres to the line after an inside pass from the outstanding Stuart McCloskey the comeback was on. Jackson added the simple conversion and then two tries in the space of four minutes from Craig Gilroy and loosehead prop Stuart McCall, both converted by Jackson, made it all to play for in the final 10 minutes. Ulster had their tails up and when replacement prop Horace Pungea conceded a penalty at a breakdown one metre inside the Ulster half there was a chance for Ulster to take the lead. Jackson stepped up to aim for the posts and his kick sailed over to give the Irishmen the lead with three minutes left on the clock. Ulster had to defend for their lives in the closing few minutes and turned over an Oyonnax scrum on their 22 in the last play of the game to be certain of a victory that sets up a massive trip to Allianz Park to face Saracens in round five. Ulster staged one of the great European rugby comebacks as they overturned a 23-point half-time deficit in Oyonnax to keep alive their chances of progressing to the last eight in the Champions Cup with a sensational 24-23 triumph. It was a second successive victory on French soil for Rory Best’s men following on from their 25-23 win in Toulouse in round four and meant they closed the gap at the top of Pool 1 to six points with two games left to play. Oyonnax used the conditions to their advantage in the first 40 minutes and looked set to break their Champions Cup duck in the pool after three harrowing defeats. They were desperate for a victory having won only once in their last eight games. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

REVEALED: JUSTICE MINISTER AWAITING NEW REPORT ON FERRY ABUSE SCANDAL

first_imgMichael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.FORMER Justice Minister Alan Shatter had asked for a new report into the Micheal Ferry abuse scandal before he left office, Donegal Daily has learned.New Minister Frances Fitzgerald will review the report when she gets it, her spokesman has confirmed. It has led to hopes among Ferry’s victims that they may finally found out more about the scandal.The Minister confirmed to Deputy Pearse Doherty that Mr Shatter had asked for a report on the case just weeks ago following a decision by Minister Fitzgerald – then as Children’s Minister – to release the contents of a damning HSE review of the case to the victims and their families.Michael Ferry is serving 14 years in prison for abusing young boys in the grounds of a school building where he worked as caretaker.Ferry was paid by Colaiste Cholmcille for his work at the former Ardscoil Mhuire building in Gaoth Dobhair right up until 2010 – nine years after Ferry pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy in the grounds of the school.His continued work there horrified the nation when Ferry was convicted again two years ago of abusing more boys, some of them after his 2002 conviction.At the time Minister Shatter described the affair as “outrageous” and ordered a Garda investigation as well as a separate ministerial report.Deputy Doherty told Donegal Daily that Deputy Shatter had assured him before his resignation that he was looking again at the affair.“To be fair to him, he did promise to ask for a report from his officials at the Department of Justice,” said Deputy Doherty.“Minister Fitzgerald has confirmed this to me and she is now awaiting that report. She said a decision on its publication or release to victims would be taken once she has seen it. Obviously I believe that like the HSE report, this new report should be given to victims.”The minister’s spokesman said: “A further report had been sought from the Garda authorities by the Minister’s predecessor on any issues arising from the case, following the decision not to prosecute, and this material will be considered by Minister Fitzgerald upon its receipt. It is not possible to make any further comment pending that.”REVEALED: JUSTICE MINISTER AWAITING NEW REPORT ON FERRY ABUSE SCANDAL was last modified: May 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:abuse scandalArdscoil MhuireGaoth DobhairMichael Ferrylast_img read more

IT Cos Struggle to Hire Skilled US Workforce

first_imgWith the Donald Trump-led US imposing more and more curbs on H1-B visas that allow Indian IT professionals to work in the Land of Opportunities, India IT companies are facing two-fold challenge. These curbs have been preventing Indian companies to take Indian talent to the US, while on the other hand, they are not able to hire local talent due to paucity of skilled workforce.Read it at The Hans India Related Itemslast_img