The Hurricanes secured a place in the Super Rugby play offs for the first time since 2009 by beating the Blues 5-29 with a bonus point at Eden Park in Auckland.
The loss is the Blues first loss at Eden Park this year and their eighth in a row against New Zealand Super Rugby sides and their 11th loss in 14 matches.
The Hurricanes victory is their fifth over New Zealand sides for 2015 and their 12th victory from 13 matches.
The result means that only the Hurricanes, Chiefs and Highlanders can finish on top of the Super Rugby standings at the end of the regular season and the Hurricanes still have to play the Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders before the play offs.
Next week the Hurricanes travel to Christchurch to face the Crusaders while the Blues have a bye and then return to Auckland for a match against the Crusaders.
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The Stormers must avoid a ‘bye-week hangover’ if they are to beat the Rebels at DHL Newlands on Saturday and take control of the South African Super Rugby Conference.
The Rebels have never won in the Republic but Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has been at pains to stress that his team will not be underestimating their visitors, who have claimed some big scalps this year.
Indeed, wins on the road against the Crusaders and Brumbies this term underline the Rebels’ potential for causing an upset. In fact, a win for the Australian side could take them above the Stormers in the overall standings.
As a result Coetzee has avoided the temptation of using this weekend as an opportunity to give some of his Springboks an extended break to meet the quota for rest set by SARU. Schalk Burger must still sit out two games and skipper Duane Vermeulen is due one more week off but as a sign of respect for the Rebels, Coetzee has named his strongest side.
Neck-and-neck with the Bulls – who are on tour – at the top of the SA conference, a big win for the Stormers could give them some breathing room as the season reaches its climax.
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MEXICO CITY—Mexican security forces killed at least 42 suspected gang gunmen in a three-hour battle Friday in the state of Michoacán, the government’s federal security commissioner said.
The incident is the deadliest in a string of clashes this spring between security forces and gunmen linked to a local narcotics cartel in Western Mexico.
One federal policeman was killed and at least one other injured in the confrontation, which took place in at least three distinct locations on a large ranch near the town of Tanhuato, near the eastern shore of Lake Chapala, an area popular with retirees from the U.S. and elsewhere.
Other federal officials earlier had reported that three policemen were killed in the confrontation.
“Thanks to the training and equipment of the federal forces that participated in the actions, there were no more dead or wounded during the clash,” Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said in a statement Friday night.
Three suspected gunmen were detained, Mr. Rubido added. He suggested the casualty toll among the alleged criminals could rise.
Mr. Rubido didn’t identify the criminal organization involved.
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The onset of the cooler weather usually sends most people indoors, waiting for the warm weather to return before venturing out for a well-deserved break. But the City’s coastal resorts offer a cosy get-away at affordable prices which make them ideal for a mid-year winter break.
The City of Cape Town manages 12 resorts in prime locations along Cape Town’s coastline with a range of chalets, caravan and camping sites available. Some resorts also boast conference facilities, swimming pools and tidal pools. They are the perfect base for exploring the wonders of Cape Town’s coastal environment.
All resorts are conveniently located in close proximity to shops, shopping centres and other tourist attractions and many offer magnificent views over the coastline and the surrounding mountains.
Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, would like to advise road users about roadworks that will take place along the M5 over a period of at least two weeks.
The roadworks entail the resurfacing of the northbound lanes of the M5 (Prince George Drive) between Dick Burton Street and Ottery Road in Plumstead.
Work is scheduled from Monday 25 May 2015 until Friday 5 June 2015, between 09:00 and 15:30 on week days, weather permitting.
At least one northbound lane will be open to traffic at all times.
TCT apologises for the inconvenience caused by the roadworks and recommends the use of alternate routes wherever possible.
For more information about the roadworks, residents should please contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 or follow @Transport4CT on Twitter.
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Johannesburg – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will push for an 84% rise in basic pay for entry-level gold mining workers, a near 10 percentage point increase on previous demands, according to documents obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
They show that the NUM, which represents 57% of the workforce in the gold mining industry, want employers to pay entry-level workers a basic R10 500 a month.
Entry-level gold diggers currently earn around R5 700 per month, not including various allowances structured into their pay packages.
Last month NUM sources had said it would ask for R10 000 for entry-level workers.
The latest demands have been seen by Reuters in official union documents dated April 30 and sent to mining companies body the Chamber of Mines.
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Monday, 29 June at 8:30pm on eKasi+ Channel 105 on OpenView HD
TX: Saturday, 4 July on e.tv at 6:30pm
Step into the hilarious world of B&B, the new sitcom which launches on eKasi+ channel 105 on OpenView HD on Monday 29 June at 8:30pm and Saturday 4 July at 6:30pm on e.tv.
The sitcom stars popular South African actors such as Siphiwe Hlabangane (Duma “Boss” Beseni), Asanda Maku (Nobuhle “Buhle” Beseni), Thembaletu Ntuli (Cuba) and Marah Louw (Ma Mgcina).
The B&B is a one-star facility owned by the Beseni family, Boss and Buhle, who name it using the first letters of their nick names.