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Hurricanes down Waratahs in Super Rugby

first_imgBarrett scored a try but was sent off in the 60th minute for receiving two yellow cards for deliberately knocking the ball down.The Waratahs travelled to the New Zealand capital with high hopes of reviving their season but blew any chance of springing a boilover with a diabolical first-half display.The Tahs trailed 33-7 at the break, while quickfire tries to stand-in fullback Bryce Hegarty and halfback Jake Gordon early in the second half pulled the Waratahs to within 10 points at Westpac Stadium.But a second five-pointer of the night from Hurricanes centre Ngani Laumape all but secured the hosts’ victory on Friday night.The defeat left Australian sides none from twelve against Kiwi opposition in 2017, with the Waratahs’ poor first-half display brutally exposing the gulf in class in trans-Tasman rivalries.Conceding five tries, the Waratahs trailed by 26 points at the interval after Laumape, brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen and Mark Abbott all crossed for tries.The Waratahs were once again their own worst enemies; dreadful in defence as they missed 27 tackles and were punished repeatedly for dashing out of the line trying to contain the competition’s most potent attacking team.Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson must have been pulling his hair out watching his side commit eight handling errors despite barely having any possession in the opening 40 minutes.The only try of the half for the Waratahs came from flanker Ned Hanigan when he charged over while the Hurricanes’ All Black superstar five-eighth Beauden Barrett was in the sin bin for a deliberate knock-down.Barrett was red-carded after committing another professional foul late on but the Waratahs were unable to collect a bonus point, with centre Irae Simone was held up over the line after the fulltime siren.last_img read more

Use common sense help NSW tourism TIC

first_imgAustralia’s political leaders have been told to use their ‘common sense’, with local tourism heads urging the government to consider facts when deciding the fate of a second Sydney Airport.Tourism Industry Council NSW (TIC) general manager Andrew Jefferies said recent talks for a second airport have been swayed by “politics and marginal seats” while ignoring “the realities and needs” of New South Wales.Mr Jefferies said the country’s leaders could commence assisting local tourism simply by relaxing Sydney Airport’s movement cap.Currently Sydney is restricted to just 80 arrivals and departures per hour despite NSW Government investigations identifying that the airport’s natural capacity can handle up to 90 movements every hour.“A simple amendment to this legislation in the Federal Parliament could be moved by the Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, giving Sydney Airport the additional capacity to build additional flights and allow Government the time to plan and develop a second Airport in the Sydney basin,” TIC said.In regards to chatter of a possible high speed rail link between Canberra Airport and Sydney to handle growing traffic, TIC said the project had the potential to become a “massive while elephants funded by taxpayer dollars”.“The cost of this project is unfunded, unknown and would need the expense of new rail line construction, land rezoning, costly government purchasing of homes and land resumptions in Sydney and the inconvenience of utilising a facility that is 300 kilometres away from the Sydney Central Business District,” the tourism Group said.  “There is not one example of a successful airport operation anywhere in the world that is located 300 kilometers away from a major city.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more