All Blacks survives Puma scare

Updated 26 September 2015

All Blacks survives Puma scare

LONDON: Aaron Smith ignited a late revival as the All Blacks overhauled Argentina to start their World Cup defense with a 26-16 victory before a record crowd at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The Pumas threatened an upset when they led 13-12 at half time and jumped to a 16-12 advantage early in the second spell. The All Blacks superior possession advantage was crushed in a vice-like defense.
But the gallant Pumas were worn down by the black machine in a fractious clash, which saw three players yellow carded including All Blacks’ skipper Richie McCaw for the third time in his 143-Test career.
McCaw admitted that his side had to dig deep to get back into the game. But he said “I thought the second half was a lot more clinical.”
The All Blacks played nearly 20 minutes with a man down and with a two-man deficit for a few minutes when Conrad Smith was sent off before McCaw returned to the battle.
But any hopes Argentina had of emulating Japan’s stunning victory over South Africa evaporated in the 56th minute when scrum-half Aaron Smith darted around the side of a ruck for the All Blacks opening try.
It revived the world champions who followed with a try to Sam Cane. Dan Carter converted both tries and landed four penalties.
Argentina’s first half lead was built on a try by 20-year-old lock Guido Petti converted by Nicolas Sanchez who also kicked two penalties.
In the second spell Argentina were restricted to one further Sanchez penalty.
Before a capacity 89,019 at Wembley, a record World Cup crowd, New Zealand were expected to win and wanted to make an emphatic statement.
But they could not have been happy with their inability to breakdown the Argentina defense despite dominating possession and territory.

Samoa gets US 25-16: In Brighton, with tougher tests ahead, Samoa started their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 25-16 win over the United States in Pool B on Sunday and, after South Africa’s shock defeat to Japan on Saturday, will be delighted to be safely over the first hurdle.
Kicks proved the difference as the teams scored two tries each but the USpaid the price for giving away too many penalties after Samoa had established a 14-8 halftime lead in the midday sunshine in front of 29 178 at the Brighton Community Stadium, the scene of Japan’s stunning victory over the Springboks that blew the pool open a day earlier.
Tries from Tim Nanai-Williams and Ofisa Treviranus and 12 points from the foot of flyhalf Tusi Pisi and another penalty by Michael Stanley saw them home.
The Americans ensured a nervy end to the contest for Samoa when Chris Baumann went over to cut the deficit to nine points for the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Samoa have expectations of a quarter-final place for the first time since 1995, and with group matches to come against South Africa, Japan and Scotland, needed to make a positive start.

Wales crushes Uruguay 54-9: In Cardiff, Wales sparkled in patches and ran in eight tries, including three for center Cory Allen, to overpower Uruguay 54-9 in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A match on Sunday but the gloss was taken off the victory by yet more injury concerns.
After a dispiriting build-up to the tournament marred by injuries to key players, the Welsh moved level with England at the top of the group on five points ahead of the teams’ seismic clash at Twickenham next Saturday.
Wales, fielding several second-string players, made a sluggish start, conceding a succession of turnovers, and Uruguay flyhalf Felipe Berchesi kicked two penalties to put his largely amateur side 6-0 ahead.
The hosts, however, responded swiftly, much to the delight of a raucous and excitable crowd at the Millennium Stadium.
Prop Samson Lee grounded the ball over the line following a ferocious driving maul and Allen ran on to a neat chip through by Rhys Priestland to score the second try.
Man-of-the-match Allen scampered over again and completed his hat trick after a flowing Welsh move down the left to take the hosts 28-9 ahead at halftime.


Dubai designer unveils opulent wedding dress that ‘takes a village’ to transport

Cinco has dressed A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and Ellie Goulding. (Getty)
Updated 20 January 2020

Dubai designer unveils opulent wedding dress that ‘takes a village’ to transport

DUBAI: Dubai-based fashion designer Michael Cinco took to Instagram to share his latest three-meter-long wedding gown, which according to his account, “takes a village just to transport.”

The crystallized wedding gown has a train of intricate petal layers with around 200,000 Swarovski crystals and was created for an Abu Dhabi-based bride. “The bride specifically asked me to create her dream wedding — a 50’s inspired Dior gown...So I made her dream wedding gown with a couture M5 touch on it,” the Filipino designer wrote on his Instagram account.

Cinco has dressed A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding and many more.