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  • 24 May 2019
    The Chiefs have delivered a lesson in intensity to the Stormers, turning on the razzle-dazzle in a 60-21 Super Rugby quarter-final win in Cape Town.Inspired by 25 points to brilliant fullback Damian McKenzie and a team desire to play at speed, the Chiefs scored eight tries to three to book a semi-final against the top-seeded Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.The other semi-final will pit the Lions against the defending champion Highlanders in Johannesburg next Sunday morning (AEST).The Stormers hadnt played against a New Zealand team all season and had little idea how to shut down opponents playing with their trademark flair.It was the heaviest-ever home defeat for the Stormers while the Chiefs reached 60 points for just the fourth time in their 280-game history.Halves Brad Weber and Aaron Cruden dictated terms behind a relentless forward pack while outside backs James Lowe and McKenzie were heavily involved, most notably during a purple patch in the first half when they scored four tries in 20 minutes.Co-captain Cruden praised his sides willingness to attack.We were lucky we got off to a really good start and we were able to keep that tempo going for 80 minutes, he said.Weve got a young group of guys that are really enjoying each others company and each others passion out on the field.Cruden admitted another long flight ahead of the semi-finals would be a challenge to overcome.Its going to be very tough. Well just have to make sure we recover well, give it our all and see what happens.Stormers prop Vincent Koch scored at the start and finish of the first half yet they trailed 34-14 at the break after conceding tries to Weber, Lowe, wing Sam McNicol and No.8 Tom Sanders.McKenzie, who kicked nine of 10 shots at goal, crossed early in the second half after his pack claimed a scrum tighthead to effectively seal the outcome.Nizaam Carr bagged the Stormers third try before three Chiefs reserves - Hika Elliot, Tevita Koloamatangi and Tawera Kerr-Barlow - crossed in the final five minutes.It was a flat end to the Stormers career of retiring captain Schalk Burger, the long-serving Springboks loose forward.Theres not much you can say about that performance. We basically got blown out of the water after 20 minutes. We never stopped trying but it was sort of a horror movie for us out there, Burger said.Sometimes the harder you try, the worse things get. Jordan Retro 13 Wholesale . 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Jordan 13 Sale Ireland . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. RENO, Nev. -- Greg Chalmers birdied five of his last eight holes Friday to take a two-point lead in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tours only modified Stableford scoring event.The 42-year-old Australian had a 10-point round to reach 24 points at Montreux in the scoring system that awards eight points for double eagle, five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie and deducts a point for a bogey and three points for a double bogey or worse.I played OK, Chalmers said. It wasnt as good as yesterday ball-striking-wise, but then I ran in a lot of really nice putts. ... I stayed out of trouble on the holes I needed to and picked up some really good birdies where I needed to.Chalmers has only conditional tour status. He has made six starts this season on the PGA Tour, tying for 58th in the first in China in November and missing the cut in the last five. The two-time Australian Open and Australian PGA champion also has played in nine Tour events.First-round leader Martin Laird of Scotland bogeyed three of his last six holes -- finishing with a three-putt on the par-4 ninth -- to drop into a tie for second with 2013 winner Gary Woodland. Laird also had five birdies in a seven-point round. Woodland had eight points with five birdies and two bogeys.Yesterday morning the greens were immaculate. If you hit a good putt, it was pretty much going in, Laird said. This afternoon, I hit two or three putts from 6 to 10 feet, felt like I hit good putts, and they wiggle around and miss. Same for everyone that plays in the afternoon. Its just kind of the nature of these greens. Hopefully, I can have some wiggle in the next couple of days.Chalmers, Laird and most of the players are fighting for a spot in the British Open in two weeks at Royal Troon in Scotland. Because of the West Virginia floods that led to The Greenbrier Classic being canceled next week, a spot was transferred to the leading player not already eligible at Montreux.Obviously, it would be great, Laird said. Its always nice for me to go back to Scotland. The Opens my favorite golf tournament in the year. .. But its not really on my mind right now.ddddddddddddIm just trying to play good golf and keep firing away at flags and, hopefully, make some birdies.Woodland was one of five players already in the Open to advance to the weekend.Colt Knost was fourth at 21 after an eight-point round.A lot of good and a lot of bad, honestly, Knost said. Yesterday, I really wasnt happy with my ball-striking. And today, I thought I found something on the range. I hit some better ones, but kind of still a little sloppy. But it definitely plays tougher here in the afternoon and the greens get a little bumpy.He recently moved from Dallas to Scottsdale, Arizona.I was out there all winter just working on my game out at Whisper Rock and decided to make the move permanent, Knost said. It just really allows me to focus on golf and everything. I think its a big reason why Im playing so well this year.Brendan Steele eagled the par-5 18th to reach 20 points. He hit a 210-yard shot to 12 feet.Its always good to have an eagle anywhere in your round, but definitely nice to finish with one, said Steele, already in the British Open. Its nice that they gave us a hole like 18 to finish on. It really makes it exciting for the fans and fun for us.Former Illinois player Charlie Danielson had 11 points in his professional debut. He eagled the 18th for the second straight day.Graham DeLaet struggled to follow his nine-point opening round in his return from a five-week break to sort out anxiety issues with his putting. The bearded Canadian closed with a double bogey, leaving him with eight points heading into the weekend.Camilo Villegas, tied for second with 14 points Thursday, lost seven points with two double bogeys and a bogey to make the cut on the number.Jon Rahm and 2014 winner Geoff Ogilvy also had seven points. Rahm tied for third last week at Congressional in his pro debut to earn a British Open spot. The former Arizona State player is from Spain.J.J. Henry, the 2012 and 2015 winner, missed the cut with three points. ' ' '