Scrappy All Blacks hang on to beat Scotland

first_imgThe All Blacks outscored their hosts three tries to two in Edinburgh on Sunday (NZ time) but were scrappy at times and were given a tough test by a side who are still to beat them in 33 meetings.There was last-ditch hope for Scotland when Stuart Hogg broke free with just seconds remaining but first five-eighth Barrett arrived in cover to push the fullback into touch only a few metres from the line.A try would have sealed at least a draw for the home, which they have only acheived once against the All Blacks, a 0-0 stalemate in 1964.Scotland largely dominated the first half but were unable to capitalise and the teams went into the break locked together at 3-all.New Zealand appeared to be moving away as Codie Taylor and Damian McKenzie scored tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second spell, before Jonny Gray responded for Scotland to close the gap back to five points.A brilliant try from Barrett with 15 minutes to play restored his side’s advantage to 12 but the hosts refused to go away and a Huw Jones try in the dying stages kept things interesting.Scotland almost had a chance at a kick for a historic win when Hogg burst through, only for Barrett’s timely intervention to save All Blacks blushes.Handling errors cost Scotland a real chance of victory but they kept the All Blacks pinned back for good parts of the game, starting with a quick tempo and keeping up the pressure right to the end when the visitors had two players in the sin-bin.last_img read more

DONEGAL’S YOUNG BUSINESS OWNERS URGED NOT TO MISS €20,000

first_imgEndsCaptionChristy Lynch (back) of Efficient Plumbing and Heating who won the Best Established Business Category in last year’s IBYE contest in Donegal, pictured with some of the other short-listed entrants. Christy says that winning the competition was a huge boost and their business has reaped the rewards as a result.Business owners in Donegal who are under 30 are being urged not to pass up the chance to win a significant cash-boost of €20,000 for their business by entering the contest for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur before next Friday July 31st.The competition that has a total of €50,000 up for grabs in Donegal, includes a prize of €20,000 in the Best Established Business category for anyone under 30 who has been in business over two years.Last year’s winner in the Best Established Business category, Christy Lynch of Efficient Plumbing and Heating said the cash prize was a fantastic help to their business. “Sometimes an established business might think that it’s too time consuming to enter a contest like this, but if you take the time it can be very rewarding.Winning the cash prize in the best established business category was a fantastic boost for our business cash flow, it allowed us to do mare marketing and attend more trade shows and we are now getting more business as a result of that,” he said.There’s a similar investment prize of €20,000 to be won in the Best Start-Up Category while anyone in the age bracket with a new brilliant new idea could walk away with a €10,000 investment prize.Head of Enterprise in Donegal Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney said that the feedback from applicants last year was that, in addition to the prize money, the Business Bootcamps for all short-listed entrants had been of tremendous assistance. “It is a really nice incentive for applicants to try and capture the investment prizes, but even if they don’t, taking part in the Business Bootcamps will help them fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching.”What’s more he added, anyone who has entered before can re-apply although there may be some conditions attached.“If someone entered the contest last year they can still reapply. It might be the case that they fall into a different category this year or it may be the case that their business has developed since then and they have an add-on to the product they entered with last year. I’d say to anyone who had entered before and who hasn’t done so this time around, is that they really shouldn’t let this fantastic opportunity pass.”Mr Tunney urged anyone with queries or seeking further information Donegal Local Enterprise Office: 07491 60735 or e.mail danny.mceleney@leo.donegalcoco.ie or download the application at www.ibye.ieBut, he stressed that the deadline for the competition is fast approaching and he urged Donegal’s young entrepreneurs to get their applications in before the July 31 deadline. “The applications can be made online at www.ibye.ie but once the deadline is gone, so too will the opportunity, so I’d urge businesses to get their entries in quickly,” he concluded.DONEGAL’S YOUNG BUSINESS OWNERS URGED NOT TO MISS €20,000 was last modified: July 24th, 2015 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)last_img read more