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first_img A neatly-taken drop goal from Rory Clegg, adding to his haul of six penalties from seven attempts, had put the under-strength Warriors on the cusp of victory but Keatley had the final say for the Irish province three minutes from time. Anthony Foley’s men went in at the break leading 13-9, with young flanker Dave O’Callaghan crossing for the only try of the first half while his opposite number Tyrone Holmes was in the sin-bin. Press Association Clegg’s reliable right boot kept Glasgow in touch and he added three more penalties to put his side 18-13 ahead after 66 minutes. However, BJ Botha scored his first try in over two years, converted by Keatley, and Munster’s greater experience ultimately told in a real grandstand finish. The hosts held the early initiative but failed to profit from a couple of lineout opportunities and the Warriors duly scored from their first visit to the Munster 22 via Clegg’s 12th-minute penalty. A Munster surge on the back of successive scrum penalties set up the leveller from Keatley but Glasgow continued to make headway with their high tempo play until Jack O’Donoghue won a relieving ruck penalty. Gerhard van den Heever had a free-flowing try ruled out for a slight knock-on from Mark Chisholm, but the penalties were beginning to stack up against the Scots, particularly at the scrum where 20-year-old tighthead D’arcy Rae endured a difficult night. Glasgow then lost blindside Holmes to the sin-bin for collapsing a maul five metres out, and from the ensuing drive CJ Stander and Chisholm burrowed up close before O’Callaghan reached over for a simple try which Keatley converted. The 14-man Warriors knuckled down again with Grayson Hart getting his lively back-line moving, and two crisp place-kicks from Clegg closed the gap to a single point before Keatley replied with a monster effort in first-half injury time. The Munster out-half fluffed his lines by missing an easier kick on the resumption and Glasgow, with teenage lock Scott Cummings and man-of-the-match Adam Ashe carrying strongly, edged back in front courtesy of a quick-fire Clegg brace. Ian Keatley landed a decisive late penalty as Munster kept up their unbeaten start to the Guinness PRO12 season with a 23-21 victory over Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park. Gregor Townsend’s supremely fit side – missing 21 players on Rugby World Cup duty – built further pressure, eking out another three-pointer which Clegg slotted for an 18-13 lead before he missed a difficult 46-metre shot from the right. The second-half penalty count was 7-2 against Munster at that stage but the impact of their bench, and the front row trio of Botha, Mike Sherry and Dave Kilcoyne in particular, was hugely important in the context of such a tight game. Kilcoyne’s ball-carrying grunt was in full effect as Munster went the direct route, chipping away at the Glasgow defence during a 20-phase attack that finished with prop Botha piling over to the right of the posts in the 66th minute. Keatley’s conversion was cancelled out eight minutes later when Mike Blair fed Clegg for a well-struck drop goal and a 21-20 advantage. However, Glasgow were punished for going offside by Keatley’s penalty and James Eddie’s yellow card for taking Andrew Conway out in the air signalled the end for the Scots. last_img read more

first_imgA bumper weekend awaits fans of the prestigious LaLiga, the top tier of Spanish football, as matches involving league leaders and defending champions, Barcelona; title chasers, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as well as other encounters will be broadcast live exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and GOtv MAX subscribers.Barcelona, encouraged by their hard-earned 1-0 victory over Valladolid last weekend, travel to the south of Spain to confront Sevilla who, at a stage this season, topped the table. Sevilla’s title aspirations have since floundered and they currently lie fourth.They slumped to a 3-0 defeat in the hands of relegation threatened Villareal last weekend and will be occupied by the thought how to shut out an in-form Lionel Messi from adding to his 22 goals. The match will be live at 4.15pm on Saturday on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4. Second-placed Atletico Madrid will similarly take encouragement from their 1-0 win away at Rayo Vallecano. Star forward, Antoine Griezmann will hope to continue his goalscoring form while manager Diego Simeone will be hoping for a win as the perfect gift to celebrate his contract extension with the club.But they are up against a Villareal team, who helped their cause for survival in the league with a resounding win against Sevilla. The match shows on Sunday at 4:15 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.Real Madrid’s failure to sustain the momentum brought by their victory over city rivals, Atletico, saw them slump to an implausible home defeat to strugglers Girona last weekend, leaving them in third position. Santiago Solari’s men will, however, hope to bounce back against mid-table team, Levante, who will aim to continue their winning streak at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. Levante beat Celta Vigo 4-1 in their last match. Their encounter with the wounded Real Madrid will be live at 8.45pm on Sunday on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.The weekend encounters will kick off with the clash between Espanyol and Huesca on Friday at 9 pm. The match will air live onSuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.Saturday’s games include: Getafe versus Rayo Vallecano (showing at 12 noon on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4); Deportivo Alaves versus Celta de Vigo (showing at 6:30 pm on SuperSport 7, 10 and SuperSport Select 2); and Athletic Bilbao versus Eibar (showing at 8:45 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 2).Games to be broadcast on Sunday are Leganes versus Valencia (showing at 12 noon on SuperSport 7 and 10, and SuperSport Select 2 and 4), and Real Valladolid versus Real Betis (showing 8:45 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4).Week 25 matches will be rounded off on Monday when between Girona take on Real Sociedad (showing 10 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgLiam Kearns charges face Sligo in the final round of the League this weekend. That’s the view of former Tipp player Conor O’Dwyer, who believes that doing so could pay huge dividends.The Premier County were well beaten by Kildare in their last outing in Division 3 of the Allianz National League.Conor O’Dwyer says that match showed why change is necessary.last_img

first_imgOvation of the Seas2016 is off to a fantastic start for RCL Cruises Australia and New Zealand with a record-breaking first month of the year. January 2016 has seen the biggest month for sales since the company opened its local offices, eight years ago.Bookings for its three brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises – reached an all-time high, with an increase of 50 per cent in new bookings compared to the same period last year.January 2016 also outperformed RCL’s previous record breaking month for bookings – June last year, when Australasia’s first ever new-build and the biggest ship to ever be based in Australia, Ovation of the Seas, went on sale – by 30 percent.In particular, the last week in January saw Royal Caribbean International bookings almost double year-on-year.“We said it would be a record-breaking summer and we’re excited to see booking volumes beat our own projections. Australia’s appetite for cruising with us continues on a very positive trajectory, driven by strong early booking offers and the biggest and best ships in the region,” said Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director for Asia/Pacific.“In response to the increasing demand, this season we introduced three new ships – Explorer of the Seas, Legend of the Seas and Azamara Quest – as well as a brand new cruise line in Azamara Club Cruises; so for the first time, we have our trifecta of three brands sailing down under.“All up, that represents 20% of RCL’s worldwide fleet – a very significant number and a testament to the strength of the Australian cruising market.”Bookings on international sailings have shown substantial increases year on year; Alaska cruise bookings grew by more than 25% and Asia sailings increased by 10% when compared to the same month last year.But the most significant increase is reflected in local sailings – in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific – where bookings increased by more than 65% in January 2016 compared to January 2015, demonstrating the success of delivering Australians with the very best product on their doorstep.Royal Caribbean’s newest and biggest megaliner, Explorer of the Seas – fresh from her US$80 million revitalization that saw her equipped with a FlowRider surf simulator – jumped to the top of the bookings table in the final week of January to became RCL’s most popular ship, taking pole position from twin sister Voyager of the Seas.Together the two megaliners recorded a third of all bookings created in January – and individually both achieved the highest share of bookings for all locally based ships.Celebrity Solstice has almost two full months remaining in her current Australian season yet she is sold out, such is the popularity for her modern style of luxury.This summer season has seen an unprecedented seven ships from RCL brands sailing in the region, with a final ship, Celebrity Millennium, due to call in March. The upcoming 2016/17 summer season will see a quarter of a million Australians sailing on eight RCL ships locally, including onboard the showstopping Ovation of the Seas – Australia’s very first brand new ship.Ovation of the Seas will join Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas sailing out of Sydney, while Legend of the Seas will return for her second season sailing from Brisbane.Award winning Celebrity Solstice will also return to Sydney next season offering guests an elegant and more sophisticated choice for local cruising, and Azamara Club Cruises’ second boutique ship, Azamara Journey, will make her Australian debut in February 2017, following an extensive bow-to-stern refurbishment. Book a cruiseSource = RCL Cruises Ltd Australialast_img read more