first_imgMonday May 17, 2010 Jamie Heaslip flattens Ronan O’Gara in Magners League semi Leinster defeated Munster in the Magners League semi final in what was yet another great match this past weekend. It was a typical all-Irish derby with plenty of passion and ferocity, and was a tightly fought affair but was separated by some good kicking, and a nice try to Rob Kearney.There were a fair few talking points, but one of the most enjoyable moments for the Leinster fans, and most probably neutrals, was when Ronan OGara got absolutely smashed by powerful number eight Jamie Heaslip.Heaslip had such a strong game that he was actually named Man of the Match, once again adding to his growing reputation as one of the best in his position in the world.OGara on the other hand, his Ireland teammate that he smashed here, was recently named Europes beat player for the past 15 years of European rugby competition.He claimed the award for ERC European Player Award after a panel of former players chose him. Those players included Sir Ian McGeechan, ex-internationals Lawrence Dallaglio, Ieuan Evans, Fabien Galthie, Donal Lenihan, Michael Lynagh and Stuart Barnes.Whether OGara would be your choice or not, theres no debating the fact that he got well and truly smashed by Heaslip. There was another big incident and that was the Tomas O’Leary tackle on Cian Healey just before the tryline. If you’d like, I’ll post that too for discussions sake. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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first_imgAs the FTSE 100 surges over 5%, what do I think are the best UK shares to buy now? See all posts by Matthew Dumigan Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Matthew Dumigan owns shares of boohoo group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, boohoo group, GlaxoSmithKline, Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V., and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Despite the FTSE 100‘s recent surge on the back of the Pfizer vaccine announcement, I think investors should still be concerned about the impact that widespread pandemic restrictions could have on UK shares. After all, we’re only near the start of the latest English lockdown. As such, it’s highly likely that we’ll continue to see companies struggle for the foreseeable future.With that in mind, I’m going to take a look at the types of stocks I think make for wise investments for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…UK companies that don’t fear Lockdown 2.0In my view, there’s no better place to start than with companies that look poised to continue performing strongly despite the lockdown restrictions. While such businesses are few and far between, they offer investors the prospect of superior returns, I feel. That’s even in the midst of an uncertain and shaky macroeconomic climate.For example, consider online food order and delivery service Just Eat Takeaway. After all, people still have to eat during a pandemic. Additionally, having the food delivered straight to your door is a huge bonus. What’s more, the company reported an increase in first-half earnings and revenue as it benefited from the first lockdown. Overall, Just Eat has performed outstandingly over recent months, and I reckon that trend looks set to continue.With many e-commerce stocks thriving throughout 2020, I think it also makes sense to consider their appeal. While more than 11,000 shops closed for good in the UK in the first half of the year, online retailers such as ASOS and Boohoo reported a surge in profits. Both companies have watched their sales boom and look well-positioned to navigate the second round of restrictions with ease. 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first_img Royston Wild | Friday, 12th March, 2021 | More on: TSCO I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Tesco’s (LSE: TSCO) share price has been on a wild ride in recent weeks.The robustness of the British grocery sector in 2020 allowed the FTSE 100 firm to avoid some of the stock price washouts that countless other UK shares endured. It basically finished the year at the same level as it began it. But Tesco’s share price has fallen sharply after deciding to pay a special dividend and embark on a share consolidation last month.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Tesco’s now trading at its cheapest since June 2017, around 220p per share. Is now the time to buy?Bright spotsThere are a number of reasons why I think Tesco’s share price could rocket higher. These include:#1: The growth of online shopping. Covid-19 lockdowns over the past 12 months have seen a legion of new customers do their grocery shopping on the internet. And as a consequence, predicted online growth rates for food retail have been given a boost. This bodes particularly well for Tesco, which is the leading operator for online delivery with a market share of around 35%. The FTSE 100 firm has ramped up capacity to make the most of this opportunity too.#2: Doubling down on Britain. Tesco’s crown at the top of British retail first began to slip when it embarked on hasty foreign expansion at the start of the millennium. Doomed forays into territories like the US and Japan were costly in their own right and sucked up a lot of time and money that could have been best dedicated to the company’s core UK market. The retailer seems to have learned its lessons though, and the sale of its remaining Asian assets in December means that Tesco has moved even further in the right direction.Threats to Tesco’s share priceDespite these bright spots, however, there are reasons why the FTSE 100 company might struggle to rise again.Rampant competition is one. My main concern is that the British grocery sector is becoming more and more competitive. The aggressive expansion of Aldi and Lidl has pulled shoppers out of Tesco’s clutches in huge numbers over the past decade. The threat is intensifying online too, with the German discounters taking tentative steps in the realm of internet shopping. US e-tail giant Amazon is gradually ramping up the attack as well.Huge Covid-19 costs are another issue. Tesco also faces the prospect of more heavy charges related to Covid. The firm announced in January that it was hiking its full-year cost estimates to £810m, up a whopping £85m from its previous estimates. A prolonged battle to curb the coronavirus could see the FTSE 100 firm continuing to rack up eye-popping costs.The verdictIt could be argued that Tesco’s cheap share price reflects these problems. The retailer currently trades on a sub-1 forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.3 times, suggesting it’s undervalued. But I won’t be buying the grocery giant as those rising competitive pressures create too much risk for me. 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first_img For the third consecutive Test match France have fallen just short. Beaten 25-23 by Australia in November, 24-19 by the All Blacks a week later and now edged out 19-16 by England on Saturday. Hence the plaintive cry on the front page of Monday’s Midi Olympique lamented ‘When is the happiness?’ Coach Guy Noves will hope it arrives on Sunday afternoon, when France host Scotland at the Stade de France, but while he ponders his team selection, here are five things we learnt from France’s defeat to England…King Louis: Man of the Match Picamoles gets away an offload. Photo: Getty Images1. Peerless PicamolesSince making his Test debut in 2008, Louis Picamoles has struggled for consistency. His best rugby has tended to come on a summer tour or at a World Cup when he’s in a hothouse environment, advantageous for his physical and mental wellbeing. Moving to Northampton was a bold and brave move on the part of the 31-year-old, a cultural as well as a rugby challenge, and it’s one that has paid off. Fitter than he’s ever been, Picamoles made 131 metres against England with 16 carries, a tireless performance that so nearly inspired France to victory.Selection box: Is coach Guy Noves too reliant on Toulouse players? Photo: Getty Images2. Too much ToulouseGuy Noves coached Toulouse for 20 years but it’s time he cut the umbilical cord with the club he turned for a time into Europe’s finest. In recent seasons they’ve become a ‘comfort-zone club’, idols in the city but idle on the training park. The message may finally be getting through to Noves – Maxime Medard and Sebastien Bezy have been dropped this season – but the one-dimensional Yann David should never have been called up last month, and Jean-Marc Doussain should be nowhere near the French squad. Yoann Maestri and Cyril Baille’s places in the starting XV should also come under scrutiny this week.Break man: Winger Noa Nakaitaci stood out at Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images3. Red zone errors From the red zone to replacements, Gavin Mortimer looks at five key findings from France’s loss to England in round one of the Six Nations The one player who made a positive difference for France from the bench was Rabah Slimani, scoring a try and winning a penalty for his side at the scrum. The 27-year-old tighthead endured a torrid 2015-16, his form affected by personal problems off the field and accusations of illegal scrummaging on it. Clermont forwards coach Didier Bes was the first to go public with the accusations, in the wake of Stade Francais’ destruction of his pack in November 2015. The allegations concerned Slimani’s habit of binding under an opponent’s armpit and then swinging him down. Referees began to penalise Slimani and his loss in confidence coincided with Stade Francais’ collapse in form. Now his self-belief is back, he’s scrummaging well (and wisely), and his inclusion ahead of Uini Atonio would worry the Scots.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img France made 17 line breaks to New Zealand’s six in November’s Test, and against England they made 13 to their hosts’ eight. And yet for all that, les Bleus managed just two tries – both scored by forwards. What’s letting France down is their execution in the red zone. They’re creating opportunities but as Remi Lamerat demonstrated in the first half against England their dodgy decision-making is costing them dear. If the Clermont centre had slipped the ball inside to the unmarked Noa Nakaitaci, France would have scored on the stroke of half-time. But Lamerat went for glory himself and was bundled into touch by the English defence.Two tens: Jean Marc Doussain and Camille Lopez at France training. Photo: Getty Images4. A barren benchThe force was with the French as the match entered the final quarter. Rabah Slimani had scored the first try of the match and the visitors sensed victory was within their grasp. Then the benches came into play. While England introduced Jamie George, James Haskell, Danny Care, Jack Nowell and Ben Te’o, the French had nowhere near that strength to call upon. The decision to replace fly-half Camille Lopez with Doussain was bizarre and, as it turned out, costly. The truth is France are desperately thin in some areas, and one wonders how they would cope if Lopez, Picamoles or hooker Guilhem Guirado hobbled off early against Scotland.Prop star: Rabah Slimani breaks to score France’s only try against England. Photo: Getty Images5. Rabah’s roar Flying the flag: France fans enjoy their day out at Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images last_img

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