Blackbaud to offer free technology consultancy to smaller charities at FSI events

first_img Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  57 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 January 2015 | News Software and services firm Blackbaud will this year be helping smaller charities with free technology consultancy at all events run by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) during 2015.The FSI runs free training events for small charities throughout the year, 11 in London and eight in other cities across the UK. It also runs the Small Charity Week programme of events and activities.It aims to help build a more knowledgeable and impactful small charity sector and help smaller charities achieve their vision.Blackbaud’s free technology consultancy at FSI events will focus in particular on how small charities can use technology to support fundraising and engaging with donors and supporters. The company knows from its 2014 Data Driven Fundraising research that more than one third of UK not-for-profit organisations feel that a lack of technology resources impacts their organisation’s ability to achieve their overall missions.Pauline Broomhead, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), explained the partnership. She said:“It’s a truly challenging environment for smaller charities, which account for more than 97% of registered charities in the UK. So being able to tap into the experience and expertise of an acknowledged technology leader in the sector, such as Blackbaud, will be a real asset to anyone attending our training or conferences this year.”FSI eventsThe first FSI national training event of 2015 takes place in London in February. Subsequent regional events take place in Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle, Brighton and Bristol.The FSI also hosts “the largest free fundraising conference for small charities” in the UK, ’Sharing the Best’.center_img Tagged with: Blackbaud FREE small charities Technology Blackbaud to offer free technology consultancy to smaller charities at FSI events About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Nonprofit Offering House to Long Island Veterans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Military veterans who’ve received the Purple Heart are being offered a chance to win a house on Long Island, officials said.The Fairway Foundation, a Minnesota-based nonprofit, announced Tuesday that it purchased a home at 102 Coventry Ave. in Mastic that will be renovated and given to a wounded veteran from LI who was honorably discharged and served after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. A panel of veterans will decide the winner later this year based on those that demonstrate the greatest need.The initiative is part of the volunteer foundation’s Purple Heart campaign to help increase awareness of the obstacles our veterans face when returning to civilian life. With more than 100,000 veterans, LI has the highest population of veterans in New York State and one of the highest veteran populations in the nation.The foundation raised enough funds locally to purchase the three-bedroom ranch and plans to start renovations within the next few weeks. The Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. donated $5,000 to the Fairway Foundation under the group’s “We’re More Than Realtors®” campaign to support the foundations work with Veterans and their families. The renovation project will be led by the Interior Design Society’s Long Island Chapter.At the completion of this home being awarded, the Fairway Foundation intends to continue annual fundraising efforts in order to create a general fund that will allow for the continued assistance to other local veterans in need.For more information about the Fairway Foundation and to find out more about the Veteran Home Giveaway, email the [email protected] or call 631-881-5110.last_img read more

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Purging corruption, corrupt officials key to effective omnibus bill: Experts

first_img“If corruption and corrupt public officials are not [eliminated], the [licensure] process is likely to remain difficult,” he added.According to data from Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW), 213 civil servants, 149 professionals and 45 village leaders were among the government workers who were declared corruption suspects last year.However, Indonesia’s score on the corruption perception index (CPI) improved to 40 in 2019 from 38 out of 100 the previous year to indicate a slightly cleaner public sector, according to Transparency International (TI).On the other hand, Indonesia’s ranking on the World Bank ease of doing business (EODB) index has stagnated at 73rd out of 190 countries for the past two years, despite a slight improvement in its score. Indonesia needs to address corruption to improve public services so that the job creation omnibus bill can bring about the significant changes necessary to attracting investment, experts say.Sonny Keraf, a politician of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and a sustainable development expert, said in a virtual discussion on Tuesday that the government should first get rid of corrupt public officials, including several regional leaders, to streamline the business licensing process.“As long as corruption remains unaddressed, whatever the bill’s content, there will still be problems in economic, environmental and social development,” said Sonny, who was environment minister from 1999 to 2001. The job creation omnibus bill is intended to be a landmark bill of the Joko Widodo administration in improving Indonesia’s business climate, and is expected to be passed into law by the House of Representatives in October. The bill aims to overhaul the country’s regulatory ecosystem in revising 79 laws and more than 1,200 articles, but has prompted widespread concern, primarily over its potential impact on environmental protection and labor rights.Read also: Economic recovery depends on stimulus, omnibus bills: Sri MulyaniEarlier on Aug. 4, senior economist Fadhil Hasan of the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef), identified corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency and access to financing as the three major factors hindering investment.“[Corruption] is the most concerning issue that we face in attracting investment, especially foreign direct investment [FDI],” Fadhil said at the time.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) data show that FDI realization fell 6.9 percent year-on-year to Rp 97.6 trillion (US$6.5 billion) in the second quarter as the pandemic hit the global economy.Lestari Indah, an expert staffer on productivity development at the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, said that the use of digital platforms would minimize opportunities for corruption among public officials.The BKPM currently provides a business licensure service through its online single submission (OSS) platform as part of its drive to simplify bureaucratic processes.“We are in the [digital] age. Our licensing process will become electronic, all of it. Thus, there will be no need for interaction between potential investors and regional officials,” Lestari stressed. “We hope to solve the corruption issue with this electronic system.” She added that regional administrations must follow suit by implementing further reforms to reinforce oversight on businesses’ compliance with government regulations, including environmental regulations.The government planned to issue a guiding regulation on norms, standards, procedures and criteria (NPSK) for regional administrations to implement the job creation omnibus bill once it was passed, according to Lestari.Executive director Robert Na Endi Jaweng of the Regional Autonomy Watch Committee (KPPOD), said that the omnibus bill would reduce the involvement of regional administrations in business licensure because the licensing authority would be “recentralized”.Regional investment and one-stop service agencies (DPMPTSP) are currently responsible for issuing location, environment and construction permits for businesses, but the omnibus bill will centralize all business licensure through the OSS.“This is not in line with the mandate of the Constitution,” said Robert. “There are regions with inefficient practices and even corruption. But the way forward is not by backtracking on regional matters.”Meanwhile, KPPOD researcher Armand Suparman warned that the omnibus bill, including the risk-based permit regime, might have negative impacts on the four pillars of regional competitiveness, namely the environment, the economy, social inclusion and good governance.Topics :last_img read more

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Rwandan diplomat expelled from Burundi

first_imgBurundi President Pierre Nkurunziza(L) and Rwanda President Paul Kagame Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza(L) and his Rwandan counterpart President Paul KagameBurundi has expelled a Rwandan diplomat, Desire Nyaruhirira, whom it accuses of destabilising the country.He had been a top adviser at the Rwandan embassy in Burundi for many years.The expulsion comes amid worsening relations between the East African neighbours.Last week, Burundi accused Rwanda of training rebels seeking to destabilise the country, allegations it denies.Government spokesperson Phillipe Nzobonariba said the expulsion was most likely due to the diplomat’s alleged contacts “with putschists hosted in Rwanda”.“It is not a problem with a country but a problem with an individual since he is reported to be in permanent contact with coup plotters,” he said.Rwanda has not commented on the expulsion.last_img read more

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Rodgers regrets Ndidi’s absence

first_imgLeicester City Manager, Bredan Rodgers, has confessed that he really missed the absence of Nigeria wonder-kid, Wilfred Ndidi, after their defeat against Southampton on Sunday. Ndidi makes 100 Premier league appearances Leicester slumped to their fifth defeat of the season against Southampton, putting in an underwhelming performance against a side that they had hammered 9-0 back in October. The Foxes’ performance was worrying and starkly exposed Brendan Rodgers’ reliance on the brilliant Wilfred Ndidi. Although Jamie Vardy has stolen most of the headlines, the real epicenter of Leicester’s success this season has been the ever-reliable Ndidi. Operating as a defensive midfielder in Brendan Rodgers’ devastating 4-1-4-1 formation, the 23-year-old has frequently acted as Leicester’s ‘get of jail free card’ for their expansive tactical style. His rangy, almost octopus-like legs, his telepathic reading of the game and his marathon runner levels of stamina, equipping with the attributes to sweep the entire width of the pitch in front of the Foxes defence. The Nigerian’s influence really cannot be overstated. His role is indispensable to the team, helping each one of his teammates perform more effectively. Ndidi’s stoic and energetic defensive performances have allowed full-backs Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira to bomb forward, while also offering James Maddison and Youri Tielemans significant creative freedom in midfield. Thus, when the news broke that Leicester’s talisman would be out until February there was more than a few City fans who were worried. The Foxes’ performance against Aston Villa in midweek did little to arrest these fears. In response to Ndidi’s absence, Rodgers re-jigged the side – fielding a 3-5-2 formation which included a central midfield three of Dennis Praet, Youri Tielemans and Maddison. Both Belgians in this trio had underwhelming games with Tielemans in particular looking completely off the pace – suggesting that the huge amount of games he has been involved in this season are beginning to take their toll on his performances. He was eventually dragged off for Marc Albrighton but it would be Praet’s replacement that changed the game: the often forgotten Hamza Choudhury. Industrious, technical-sound and aggressive, the England Under 21 international helped Leicester take control of the midfield, sparking some muted calls for the player to receive a senior Three Lions call up. Choudhury was a passenger for the majority of the game, dropping far too deep and inviting pressure from the visitors. There were period were he retreated as far as Leicester’s defensive line with Jonny Evans having the urge to the youngster to push up on more than one occasion. Leicester also surrendered possession constantly in one of their least dominant displays of the campaign. Choudhury was partly to blame. The 22-year-old was not proactive enough in creating passing options for his teammates as Ndidi does so effectively and was guilty of overplaying – particularly in the second half. Choudhury’s usual combativeness was also curiously absent from his performance with both Praet and Pereira leading him in possession gained by some distance. The Saints’ performance revealed an issue that Leicester fans have been fearing for a long time. How does this thin squad keep up their Champions League challenge alive in the face of injuries to their star names? Ndidi’s surgery successful, says Rodgers Yes, Choudhury is only 22 and yes, he will improve as he gets more game time over the next several weeks, but he is clearly nowhere near disciplined or talented enough to play Ndidi’s highly specialised role in the 4-1-4-1 system. Rodgers may need to go back to the drawing board tactically because a few more performances like this and Leicester’s comfortable lead over fifth place is going to disappear at an alarming rate. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Despite playing just 45 minutes, Hamza Choudhury won more tackles vs. Aston Villa (3/3) than any other Leicester City midfielder. Rodgers would admit after the game that he had made a mistake in not trusted the Foxes youth academy graduate to fulfill Ndidi’s role in the 4-1-4-1, an error that he responded to by starting him in Leicester’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton this afternoon. Loading… Promoted ContentMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best Car Manufacturers In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Existlast_img read more

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Khan beats Lo Greco in 39 seconds on British return

first_img“Enjoy my victory. Khan’s back. I was a little nervous, but I am back with a big bang. I want to become a world champion this year or next year.”Khan, however, added: “I want to fight the best guys. If it means going up a division I will.” As for a bout with Brook, Khan, most famous recently for his ‘jungle’ appearance in the British television show ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, said: “That fight is something I am not rushing and not running away from. I will fight Kell Brook and beat Kell Brook. Kell Brook has been living off my name for a long time. I am a stronger fighter, a better fighter.“I’m not a fighter to run away.”But an unimpressed Brook said: “He doesn’t want the fight, he just ran off.“Amir, all the fans want the fight, I want the fight, he can go in the jungle and chase stars but when he gets in there with me, I’ll make him see stars.”Share on: WhatsApp Khan then pinned Lo Greco to the ropes before the super-welterweight contest ended moments after it had started.Victory left Khan on course for his long-awaited showdown with British rival Kell Brook, who was among those watching at ringside on Saturday.“I have been out the ring for two years but I was still in the gym working hard, I have never taken a day off. I wanted to prove a point coming back — I was trained to fight for 12 rounds, I had to make some changes and Phil lo Greco is a dangerous opponent,” Khan told the BBC.center_img Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Amir Khan’s first bout in a British ring for five years saw him knock out Canada’s Phil Lo Greco in a mere 39 seconds on Saturday.The 31-year-old British boxer had not fought anywhere for two years since being beaten by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016.And the 2004 Olympic silver medallist wasted little time in sending Lo Greco tumbling with a quick one-two punch combination inside the opening 30 seconds.last_img read more

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GOLD RUSH DANCER, TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATED DEMONSLAYER AND TOUGH IT OUT HEAD A FIELD OF NINE IN SATURDAY’S ECHO EDDIE STAKES

first_imgTHE ECHO EDDIE STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 10 (of 12)  Approximate post time, 4:35 p.m. PDTDemonslayer – Rafael Bejarano – 120Tough It Out – Joe Talamo – 120Record Highs – Tyler Baze – 120Glory Bound – Victor Espinoza – 120Brandothebartender – Kent Desormeaux – 120Tough But Nice – Fernando Perez – 122Gold Rush Dancer – Gary Stevens – 124Bully Pulpit – Tiago Pereira – 120Xingontothebone – Martin Pedroza – 122 First post time for a 12-race program on Sunday is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2016)–Gold Rush Dancer heads a field of nine in Saturday’s fifth running of the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes going six and a half furlongs on the main track for California-bred or sired 3-year-olds.GOLD RUSH DANCER – Bred in California by John Parker, who also owns the 3-year-old colt by Private Gold, Gold Rush Dancer will attempt to win his second stakes and his first in southern California Saturday. Winner of the Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs Sept. 27, he traveled south to run third in the Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Nov. 7 and fifth in the Gold Rush, also at Golden Gate Dec. 5. After transferring to the barn of Vann Belvoir and training at Santa Anita, he most recently ran fourth to Santa Anita Derby contender Iron Rob in the San Pedro Stakes March 20.Gary Stevens was up for the San Pedro effort and will stay aboard for the Echo Eddie. Gold Rush Dancer is 8-2-2-2 overall with earnings of $89,423.DEMONSLAYER – Owned by Cicero Farms and trained by Richard Baltas, this lightly raced Tale of the Cat ridgling was bred in California by Barbara Ranck Perry and is the only Triple Crown nominated runner in the Echo Eddie field. A winner of a 6 ½ furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita Dec. 27, he most recently ran sixth to Santa Anita Derby runner Smokey Image in the Cal Cup Derby Jan. 30 and will hope to make amends Saturday. Demonslayer will break from the rail with returning rider Rafael Bejarano. He has $41,720 in earnings.TOUGH IT OUT – After breaking his maiden going a mile on turf at Del Mar Nov. 12, this Nick Alexander homebred went on to run a credible third in the one-mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 12 and was second to Smokey Image in the Cal Cup Derby going 1 1/16 miles. After two subsequent disappointing efforts in route races since, trainer Phil D’Amato will cut back in distance Saturday with Joe Talamo in the irons. Tough It Out is a 3-year-old gelding by Grazen and is 7-1-1-2 overall with $102,790 in earnings.TOUGH BUT NICE – An impressive winner of his first out, breaking his maiden by 6 ¼ lengths, the 3-year-old colt by Good Journey has only run out of the money once and will be cutting back in distance. Trained by Hector Palma, who is also part-owner, Tough But Nice will be stepping up in class and will seek his first stakes win. Owned and bred by BG Stables, Tough But Nice is 5-2-1-1 overall with $64,000 in earnings.center_img ECHO EDDIE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIESlast_img read more

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GRADE III SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2016

first_imgJOSE ORTIZ, FAIR POINT, WINNER: “She was perfect. She broke really well and went down the hill really well for her first time and I did too in the first time for me, also. We got a good position and as soon as we crossed the dirt, I tipped out a little and she gave me a really good run.” TRAINER QUOTES  SHUG McGAUGHEY, FAIR POINT, WINNER: “She turned the corner today. We won at Saratoga and then we came a head short at Keeneland. Those two races were at 5 ½, so I was looking for something 6 ½ and this race came up. She was training great in New York and she liked the trip here and she trained very well here. She did everything right.  I felt if we got the trip, we’d be fine and Jose did a great job. The turf is very fast and very fair. She finished really well on it. I think I want to just give her a break, but she is awfully good right now. She is a very nice filly and we are looking forward to next year.” JOCKEY QUOTES center_img             NOTES: Winning owner Stuart Janney resides in Baltimore County, Md. STUART S. JANNEY III, FAIR POINT, OWNER: “Just a wonderful day. First time for the horse and first time for the jock down the hill. She’s just done so well the past few months. She’s just developed into a really nice filly.”last_img read more

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Adult Stem Cells Continue to Show Promise

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The Salk Institute is saying that no process for generating stem cells equals the potency of naive stem cells in the early stages of embryonic development. Science Daily says Salk has formulated criteria for evaluating how close they come. As we reported in June, however, Russian scientists determined that for all practical purposes, iPS cells are just as good (6/12/16). It seems that researchers are running out of excuses for tinkering with human embryos, which everyone in the field admits is ethically fraught. The proof of adult stem cells is in the pudding of actual treatments that help people.When you have two ways of achieving the same goal, choose the ethical one. Killing one human being, even a potential one with all the genetic program to become an adult, is not right, even if the goals are honorable. You can harvest the organs of an accident victim after death; that’s OK (unless medical professionals cause the death, as in assisted suicide). An altruistic person might wish to donate a kidney so that two people can live. But taking away the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of one individual for another is never moral. Find the ethical way to do it. Ethical stem cells from adult tissues make more news than embryonic stem cells.Last month, Science Magazine retold the story of “How iPS cells changed the world.”The cells promised to be a boon for regenerative medicine: researchers might take a person’s skin, blood or other cells, reprogram them into iPS cells, and then use those to grow liver cells, neurons or whatever was needed to treat a disease. This personalized therapy would get around the risk of immune rejection, and sidestep the ethical concerns of using cells derived from embryos.Even with growing pains and some setbacks, stem cell therapy using adult stem cells and iPS cells continues to show great promise for a variety of conditions.Stem cell therapy as a potential treatment for severe burns patients (Medical Xpress): stem cells from skeletal muscle show promise for regenerating injuries of burn patients, researchers are finding at the University of Texas.Stem Cells Could Replace Hip Replacements (Live Science): Wouldn’t it be great to avoid expensive hip replacements by applying stem cells from fat? “Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow new cartilage on a scaffold shaped like the ball of a hip joint,” this article says. “This is a major step toward being able one day to use a patient’s own cells to repair a damaged joint, thus avoiding the need for extensive joint-replacement surgery.” The method could also avoid arthritis, and prove useful with other joint repairs. Human trials may begin in 3-5 years.Hard-to-treat chest pain may be improved with a patient’s own stem cells (Medical Xpress): The American Heart Association is investigating a non-surgical technique for heart patients. They inject a catalyst that causes the patient’s own stem cells from bone marrow to enter the bloodstream, where they can be collected for re-injection.Non-healing tissue from diabetic foot ulcers reprogrammed as pluripotent stem cells (Science Daily): Here’s a good way to bring life out of disease: take ulcerous cells and reprogram them into iPS cells that can treat chronic wounds.New way out: Researchers show how stem cells exit bloodstream (PhysOrg): The body’s natural stem cells have their own way of squeezing out of blood vessels to get to injury sites where they’re needed, North Carolina State University researchers found. White blood cells of the immune system squeeze through actively in a well-known process called diapedesis, but stem cells get a shove: “the stem cells were passive, and the endothelial cells not only changed their shape in order to surround the stem cell, they actually pushed the stem cells out of the blood vessel,” they said, giving this process the name angiopellosis.Clinical trial tests cord-blood cells to treat macular degeneration (Medical Xpress): Phase II clinical trials at UIC are showing promise for treating a leading cause of adult blindness with stem cells from cord blood. Doctors inject the stem cells behind the retina “in the hope that they will prevent further loss of rod and cone cells—and perhaps even restore vision.”Gene controls regeneration of injured muscle by adult stem cells (Medical Xpress): NYU researchers have identified a “key gene enables the repair of injured muscle throughout life.” Understanding how it works may lead to treatments for sarcopenia, or age-related muscle loss.Cerebrospinal fluid signals control the behavior of stem cells in the brain (Medical Xpress): A researcher at the University of Basel has found that “the choroid plexus, a largely ignored structure in the brain that produces the cerebrospinal fluid, is an important regulator of adult neural stem cells.” That structure shouldn’t be ignored any longer.last_img read more

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Springboks, England draw final test

first_img25 June 2012After a 14-14 draw with England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening, the Springboks remain undefeated under coach Heynecke Meyer, but they were the less satisfied of the two teams following a sub-standard performance.Neither coach was happy with the outcome. After the game, Meyer termed his team’s performance “unacceptable”, while England’s Stuart Lancaster called the result “frustrating”.Meyer’s unhappiness was further underlined when he added: “Today was a step backwards.”Springbok captain Jean de Villiers commented: “We won the series 2-0 and we are satisfied with that, but I think they got better as the series progressed and I guess we got a little worse towards the end.”South Africa could have won had Morne Steyn’s kicking slump not continued, but that would have been unfair to the English, who delivered a committed and physical performance. By the same token, it was not worthy of a victory either.Wet conditionsThe wet conditions were not conducive to an open contest, and with ball in hand the match was played mostly around the fringes of the set pieces and rucks, while both sides made liberal use of the boot too.England excelled on close-in defence and the Springboks aided the tourists by seldom testing them out wide with backline runners instead of forwards driving the ball up.Having said that, the most controversial choice for the South African team, centre Wynand Olivier (playing in place of Frans Steyn who was getting married), proved to be the best of the South African backs. He found gaps on attack and made good ground, while on defence he neutralised English battering ram Manu Tuilagi.Up front, the set pieces were very even. The Springboks shaded the possession stakes and did put the English under some pressure with their driving play, a fact that was underlined by the sin-binning of captain Dylan Hartley for deliberately slowing the ball down.It could just as easily have been prop Dan Cole who received a yellow card after he was blown up at least three times for clumsy infringements at rucks by referee Steve Walsh.ControlBehind the pack, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and flyhalf Morne Steyn failed to provide the control the Boks were seeking. Hougaard’s service tended to be a little slow, as he tends to take too many steps before passing, while Steyn’s kicking game was off all-round. He also tended to take the ball too deep behind the forwards when on the attack.That was one of the reasons why fullback Alex Goode was one of England’s most impressive players, but give credit where credit is due, he had to make the plays after fielding the kicks.Scrumhalf Danny Care provided good service and was a constant threat on attack. He was rewarded with England’s only try of the game after taking a quick tap and powering through some poor South African defence.The three men who came into the South African team did a satisfactory job. At the back, Gio Aplon delivered a wholehearted performance and showed a willingness to mix it up with the big boys. Olivier, as already mentioned, was good, while Jacques Potgieter on the flank was solid. However, he could not provide the physical dominance of the injured Willem Alberts, whose power was missed.Marcell Coetzee, on the opposite flank, was the pick of the South African forwards, with his work rate unrivalled.VociferousA vociferous Port Elizabeth crowd provided superb support for the home team as the contest kicked off, but it was England who went ahead early on.Flank Marcell Coetzee was penalised for not rolling away at a ruck and England flyhalf Toby Flood knocked over an easy kick to give his team a 3-0 advantage.A couple of minutes later Bismarck du Plessis gave away a penalty when he fielded a ball in an offside position after Gio Aplon had spilt a high-up-and-under in one of his few missteps of the evening. Flood, who had been hurt in a tackle, again took a kick at goal, but was wide with his effort.Good following up on kick by Bryan Habana put the English under pressure and led to them going offside as they scrambled to defend. Steyn took a shot at goal and landed it to level the contest at 3-3.After a charge-down by England lock Tom Palmer, South Africa were forced onto the defensive in their own 22.England tryThe play moved to the left where referee Walsh blew for an earlier offside on the right of the field. Scrumhalf Care reached the mark quickly and took a quick tap. Spotting a small gap, he accelerated, put his head down low and ploughed over for a try.Flood missed the conversion, leaving England 8-3 ahead.It didn’t take long for South Africa to reply with a penalty. With the Boks on attack, England were blown up for not rolling away at a ruck and Steyn slotted the kick to make it 8-6 in England’s favour.A minute later, England flyhalf Flood left the field with an injury and was replaced by Owen Farrell.In the 22nd minute, the home team had an opportunity to take the lead when the English were once more pinged for not rolling away at ruck time. Steyn was off target this time and the tourists remained in front.Aplon, the smallest man on the field, then turned over possession among the big forwards after making a strong tackle on scrumhalf Care. South Africa had good ball to attack with, but England once again slowed down the release of the ball and referee Walsh gave captain Dylan Hartley a warning.South African leadSteyn made them pay with his third penalty of the match, moving South Africa into a 9-8 lead.The final 10 minutes of the half saw the home team on the offensive, but England’s committed and powerful tackling stifled De Villiers and company’s attacking intent.South Africa managed to get within five metres of the English try line, but a good tackle on lock Eben Etzebeth dislodged the ball and stopped a dangerous attack.Three minutes into the second half, the Springboks created a little space on the right flank, but winger Ben Foden made an important stop on eighthman Pierre Spies, who would have been away had it not been for the good tackle.England then moved into the lead with a Farrell penalty from inside the South African 22.England aheadHe started the penalty-winning movement with a pin-perfect high-up-and-under, which landed just outside the 22. Aplon bravely fielded the kick, but was drilled by Chris Ashton sprinting full tilt down the field. The big hit made it hard for the fullback to release the ball without conceding possession and he was blown up for holding onto it.Steyn had a chance to restore the lead to South Africa shortly after that, but his kick at the posts was off line.Referee Walsh’s patience with England’s slowing down of the ball at ruck time was finally tested too much by Hartley and he was sinbinned in the 51st minute. The Springboks, though, struggled to make the opposition pay.Springbok tryIn the 62nd minute, South Africa finally broke through the English defences to score what would be their only try of the match. The forwards set it up with some strong surges at the try line and Ruan Pienaar, on for Hougaard at scrumhalf, set JP Pietersen loose with a nice pass that outflanked the defensive line and allowed the winger through for an easy score.Steyn’s conversion passed just left of the uprights, but South Africa led 14-11.Eight minutes from time, England drew level when Farrell landed a penalty after the Boks had strayed offsides during a period sustained English attack.Steyn attempted a drop kick, but his kicking game had gone well and truly south, and so, too, did his kick, off to the right of the posts.The game came to its conclusion with England stringing together almost 20 phases of play. The Springboks defended manfully, refusing to give away a penalty nor much ground.Eventually flyhalf Farrell attempted a drop goal from just inside the South African 10-metre line, but his effort resembled a grubber more than a drop and the final whistle sounded with the teams playing to their first draw since their first clash way back in 1906.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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