Dan Carter into French rugby semis

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first_imgPhoto: REUTERS Dan Carter has helped the Crusaders make the French top 14 semifinals. Carter, who won the French title with Racing last year, kicked seven points in the 22-13 victory on Sunday (NZ Time) to propel his Paris club into the semifinals.Former All Blacks wing Joe Rokocoko scored one of Racing’s three tries as the defending champions ended former Springboks World Cup winning coach Jake White’s tenure at Montpellier.Racing fielded four ex-All Blacks – Carter, Rokocoko, Casey Laulala and Chris Masoe – with a fifth Kiwi, Ben Tameifuna in the front row.Racing survived an early injury to wing Juan Imhoff with his replacement, Teddy Thomas, and Leone Nakarawa scoring first half tries for a 14-10 halftime lead.Francois Steyn – one of six South Africans in Montpellier’s starting lineup – was yellow carded early in the second half but the home side cut the deficit to one point through Demetri Catrakilis’ second penalty of the game.Rokocoko struck the decisive blow with a 75th minute, with Carter missing the conversion.But Racing held on for a deserved win with Montpellier reduced to 14 men for the final few minutes after Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis was sent off for punching a Racing rival. Racing will play second-ranked Clermont Auvergne in next Sunday’s semifinals while Ma’a Nonu’s Toulon will face former All Blacks and Hurricanes Team-mates Victor Vito and Jason Eaton’s La Rochelle on Saturday.Toulon beat Castres 26-22 in the playoffs last Saturday after a try, two conversions and four penalties to Wales and British and Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny.Castres, who fielded former Blues wing David Smith, could only manage a penalty try and five penalties to Benjamin Urdapilleta.last_img read more


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first_imgA woman who harassed a young man and then punched a Garda in the face before falling as she tried to run away in high heels has been fined.Sylvia Darby appeared at Letterkenny District Court following the attack in Letterkenny on October 16th, 2016. Gardai told the court how they came across a group women shouting abuse at a young man around 2.15am at Lower Main Street.They circled around the town and found Ms Darby, of Blue Cedars, Ballybofey still abusing the man close to Celtic Apartments on the Pearse Road.The young man pleaded with Gardai to take the woman away from him but she continued to roar abuse at him and ignored Gardai.One Gardai tried to move the woman on but she slipped away and when another Garda intervened, he was punched in the face.The Gardai told the court that the woman tried to flee but she tripped up and fell because she was wearing high heels.She continued to be abusive when she was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told the court that his client was 25 and had an issue with alcohol.“She was very intoxicated and her behaviour was very inappropriate,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms Darby €250.Woman who punched Garda in face tripped in high-heels as she fled was last modified: April 21st, 2018 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) Tags:assaultcourtGardai courtletterkennySylvia Darbylast_img read more