South Africa target home win in Cape Town

first_imgThe Blitzboks, England and USA all progress to the Cup quarter-finals unbeaten after taking three wins from three in the pool stages. South Africa face Fiji in the final eight, reigning Cape Town champions England play New Zealand, Canada face France and USA play Argentina. South Africa are targeting their second tournament win in as many weeks after taking glory in the opening round of the 2018 world series in Dubai last weekend. A highlight of the day for the 47,000 strong home crowd was Seabelo Senatla becoming the fastest player to reach 200 world series tries, achieving the milestone in just 35 tournaments. “It’s been a surreal day for me,” said Senatla. “The reception I got was amazing today and to play in my home town was incredible. The crowd was sensational.”Reigning champions England, who beat South Africa in the 2016 Cape Town final 19-17, conceded just 14 points in their pool matches but head coach Simon Amor says there’s scope for improvement.”I didn’t think we played particularly well but there’s a lot of heart shown which is key in this game,” he said. “The effort and the attitude was excellent, but our sevens wasn’t as good as it should be.In the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, Kenya face Samoa, Scotland play Spain, Wales face Russia and Uganda go up against Australia.POOL AFresh from their win in Dubai, South Africa began the pool stages with a 40-5 win against Russia, with Senatla bagging a hat-trick. Their 31-5 victory over France featured Senatla’s 200th world series try and the speedster also got on the scoresheet against Kenya as the Blitzboks took their third pool win, 26-7. France started strongly with a 21-14 win against Kenya, and despite their loss to South Africa were able to finish second overall in the pool thanks to a 21-5 victory over Russia. Kenya will play Samoa in the Challenge Trophy final, while Russia will face Wales.  POOL BAfter a tough opening round in Dubai, USA were back on form and opened their Cape Town campaign with a 22-0 win over New Zealand. A hat-trick from Isles helped them to a 31-14 victory over Australia and four different try scorers got on the scoresheet as they finished pool play with a 26-5 over Spain. The All Blacks Sevens, who lost 24-12 to South Africa in the Dubai final, beat Spain 50-0 and scored a crucial 35-12 win over Australia to take second place in the pool. Australia’s sole win came against Spain in their opening pool match, 36-12. They now play Uganda in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final while Spain face Australia. POOL CEngland conceded just 14 points in the pool stages, beating Uganda 36-0, Argentina 24-7 and Scotland 12-7. Simon Amor may not have been pleased with his side’s performance on day one but it was enough to leave them top of the pool. Santiago Gomez Cora’s Argentina side, who contested the final at the tournament in 2015, opened their account with a solid win over Scotland. A great individual try from Santiago Mare was the highlight of the match. Their loss against England was nullified by a seven-try haul vs Uganda, who they beat 43-7. Scotland’s strong 45-0 win against Uganda was their only one of the day and they now face Spain in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final, while Uganda face Australia.  POOL DThe major upset in Pool D came from Damian McGrath’s Canada side, who overturned Fiji 22-14, with a double from Justin Douglas absolutely crucial to his side’s victory. Canada started off their day with a narrow 19-17 loss against Gordon Tietjens’ Samoa outfit, who looked trim and dangerous in attack, but closed out the day top of the pool with a 31-14 win over Wales.Pacific islanders Fiji, who finished fourth in Dubai, sent the crowd wild with some champagne rugby against Wales in their opening pool match, finishing up 28-14 at full time. Despite their loss against Canada, they still finished second in the pool, a 38-7 victory over Samoa giving them seven points in total. Wales’ only win came against Samoa, with a Luke Morgan hat-trick helping them to a 17-12 win. Wales will play Russia in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final and Samoa face Kenya.last_img read more

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Dubai to welcome Accessible Tourism International Summit

first_imgOlderWaldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi opens to first guests in Indian Ocean Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre will welcome the event Dubai will be hosting the first Accessible Tourism International Summit from November 5th-6th at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.The event will be held under the patronage of sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.Supported by the Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing, as destination partner, the first edition of the summit will be held under the theme of “making all cities friendly for tourists with disabilities” and aims at highlighting the challenges faced by about one billion people with disabilities during their travel as visitors or tourists to cities around the world. The summit will also discuss the necessity to strengthen the legislations, laws, infrastructure and services catering to the needs of tourists with disabilities and their aspirations to explore the world with ease.The summit represents an additional initiative with which the UAE is moving forward on its course to become among the best in the world in providing people with disabilities with the services and facilities that empower them with the opportunity to be self-dependent, serve their communities and explore their diverse capacities.ADVERTISEMENT“The UAE has done a great deal on its course to achieve its vision of becoming a friendly country for people with disabilities. “This summit falls within this framework and aims to share insights, experiences and best practices and translate these into a concrete practice bound to enable over one billion people to reach their destination with ease,” said sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Patron of the summit.He added: “The summit aims to highlight the needs of this segment during their travel and commuting from one place to another; hence, it aims to respond to these needs by making the places and facilities used or visited by tourists, including hotels, resorts, airports, transport and communication means, shopping malls, beaches, parks and museums accessible and friendly to the requirements of People with Disabilities. “We believe this is a great task.”Dubai is working hard to achieve its vision of becoming a friendly city for people with disabilities by 2020, with all concerned entities in the Emirate working to achieve this goal by implementing the relevant laws and regulations in place and adapting smart solutions to provide the best services for this segment, especially with Dubai targeting 25 million tourists in 2025.The initiative comes as the World Health Organisation estimates that the number of people needing assistive devices ranging from wheelchairs to communication technologies will double to two billion by 2050.The World Health Organisation estimates that the number of people who will need of assistance ranging from manual wheelchairs to advanced technologies and smart devices will double from one about billion today to about two billion by 2050.A whopping 50 million people with special needs in the Middle East are looking to visit cities and tourist destinations that provide appropriate services to them as per their needs. NewerTourism Exchange Great Britain from VisitEngland goes livelast_img read more

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