Alapati Leiua’s 23rd-minute try was added to by a cracking Christian Wade score as wind-backed Wasps built a 20-11 half-time lead, with Andy Goode kicking 10 points with the boot. Two penalties from Ian Madigan, coupled with a try from European debutant Darragh Fanning, kept Leinster in touch and they went up through the gears with third-quarter scores from Fanning and Dominic Ryan. However, Wasps’ scrambled defence earned them a deserved losing bonus point as they kept the Irish province at bay in the closing stages. In their first European outing since Brian O’Driscoll’s retirement, injury-hit Leinster were without 10 players who lined out in last April’s quarter-final against Toulon. The hosts settled quickly, though, winning a scrum penalty and carrying forcefully in the 22 with Rhys Ruddock leading the charge. A close-in penalty was tapped over by Madigan. But Wasps, who were without captain James Haskell due to illness, were not long in replying. Ashley Johnson used an overthrown Leinster lineout to cause concern in the home defence and Goode’s 12th-minute penalty levelled matters. Rampaging runs from Ruddock and Nathan Hughes lifted the tempo at the end of a tight first quarter, although a ruck offence by the former allowed Goode to make it 6-3. It got even better for the visitors when Noel Reid’s attempted pass to Fanning was juggled and gathered by Leiua – just outside the Wasps 22 – and the Samoan centre had the gas to run over unopposed. Leinster replied just four minutes later as captain Jamie Heaslip bulldozed past Joe Launchbury in midfield and Jimmy Gopperth’s inviting grubber kick was grounded by Fanning in the left corner. Madigan’s missed conversion left a five-point gap and despite failing to capitalise on breaks by replacement Rob Miller and Elliot Daly, Wasps added to their lead before the break. Leinster came through a tough first examination in the Champions Cup as they edged out Wasps 25-20 at the RDS Arena. Press Association It was a Christian Wade ‘special’ as the fleet-footed winger whizzed by Madigan on the outside, evaded Fanning’s attempted tap tackle and dived over in the right corner past the despairing Zane Kirchner. However, Goode’s terrific touchline conversion was cancelled out by Madigan with the last kick of an entertaining first half. Turning with the elements behind them, including a fresh rain shower, Leinster had to weather some early pressure before a Devin Toner block launched the blue shirts downfield. Sean Cronin carried twice to good effect and Heaslip again made crucial yardage before Eoin Reddan released Fanning to go over on the right. Madigan’s conversion made it a two-point game. Goode pushed a right-sided penalty across the posts and Leinster were looking increasingly potent, with hooker Cronin careering through tackles and the hard-earned momentum led to flanker Ryan powering over from a few metres out. TMO Derek Bevan confirmed the grounding and Madigan added the extras for 25-20, giving the hosts the impetus to push on in the final quarter. Number 8 Hughes led Wasps’ resistance at a scrum close to their own line and while Gordon D’Arcy and Kirchner had a couple of bites at the cherry, the bonus point try eluded Matt O’Connor’s men whose opening win sees them join Harlequins at the top of Pool 2.
Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit The newly-rebranded Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has pledged to continue directing at least 75% of the funding it receives from the betting industry towards animal welfare, as detailed in its first year update.Earlier in the year, a number of the industry’s bookmakers agreed to voluntarily set aside funds to go towards greyhound racing. Betfred, Paddypower Betfair, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill joined Ladbrokes-Coral and Jennings Bet, who had agreed to make such contributions in 2018. Meanwhile, Bet365 agreed to continue their contributions.The update detailed: “We have put in place a whole series of initiatives that assist everyone in our industry to deliver a sport that is safe, welfare-driven and run with outstanding integrity. Alongside our commitment to welfare, we have also begun to deliver on our commitment to people within the sport. “Initiatives such as our national training conferences, the Greyhound Ambassadors and the Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship are galvanising those within our sport, harnessing existing expertise, sharing and developing best practice and promoting the enthusiasm and unity of the industry.“As part of this update on the Commitment, we are publishing the 2018 injury and retirement figures which provide an honest and accurate assessment of where our sport is doing well and where it needs to do more. Overall, the data is positive, demonstrating that British greyhound racing’s welfare standards are world leading.”The GBGB has committed to develop strategies which will allow them to ‘secure future funding to allow a fuller and more substantial roll-out of the Injury Recovery Scheme, which has the potential to put an end to dogs being put to sleep for financial reasons.’ The funding would also go towards supporting the Greyhound Retirement Scheme up last year which is due to attach a financial bond to each greyhound at the point of registration. As part of the pledges made by the board, there will be a continuation of work alongside the bookmaking industry which will prioritise the need for additional funding towards animal welfare.The update continued: “We have set ourselves some challenging targets to achieve within the next three years but we are confident that, with the support of everyone working within the industry, as well as our partners and wider stakeholders, we can achieve these targets and continue to ensure our welfare standards are amongst the very best.”
…during attack on elderly woman, 5-year-old girlA Corentyne man, who late last month reportedly stole a gun along with ammunition, and allegedly discharged the rounds at an elderly woman and her grandchild, was on Tuesday brought before the Whim Magistrate’s Court.Suraj Singh, 26, of Number 72 Village, Corentyne, appeared before MagistrateAccused: Suraj SinghCharlyn Artiga and denied the allegations brought against him.He pleaded not guilty to the first charge which alleged that between November 22-23, 2017, he stole a gun and ammunition; property of Booraj Surajbally.Singh also denied discharging rounds with intention to cause injuries to five-year-old Renuka Singh and Savitree Hassan, her grandmother.According to the Police prosecution, on the day of the incident, a loud explosion was heard and when inspections were made, the child who was at the time screaming and her grandmother were both attacked while sleeping and were found to have received injuries.The two were rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where they were treated for gunshot injuries. Singh, according to the Police, was seen escaping from the scene of the crime.Despite his not guilty plea, the accused when questioned told the court that he carried out the act because of a previous incident involving the husband of the elderly woman whom he is accusing of raping his relative.He was remanded to prison and will return to court on January 4, 2018, at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.This publication was informed that Police are investigating the allegation made by Singh against the husband of the elderly woman.