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PHUKET: In a nail-bitingly close encounter, the Wallabies triumphed in the second Melbourne Test. 16-15. A solitary point between the two teams. A series now level at 1-1. Over two games, a total score of 38- 37. Some match-up!

Before the game, Lions captain Sam Warburton had referred to “the biggest game of my life.” After the final whistle, Wallabies captain, James Horwill was in tears. The tension throughout a ferociously contested match reached a climax as the Lions, defending a six point lead for much of the second half, finally conceded an Ashley-Cooper try from close in, courtesy of a flat pass from James O’Connor. Leali’ilanu’s nerveless conversion from wide out gave the home team a one point lead with four minutes to go.

But the Lions, refusing to accept yet another last minute defeat (Wales and England have memories of these against the Wallabies), stormed up-field and won a penalty on half-way. In an uncanny repetition of the first Test scenario, Leigh Halfpenny, who had already kicked all fifteen of the Lions’ points, stepped up to win the series. It was not to be. Under enormous pressure, he uncharacteristically left his effort short. Shades of Kurtley Beale in the first Test. As Sam Warburton opined : “We’re going through what Australia went through last week.”

Poetic justice maybe, though Lions supporters will hardly endorse that view. Coach Warren Gatland was more candid saying: “We didn’t look after the ball enough … they dominated the turnover in the second half … that put us under pressure.”

Pre-match hype had focused, rather irrelevantly, on James Horwill’s initial reprieve from a stamping citing, and on George North ‘s apology for gesturing at Will Genia as he scored. But the more important business had concerned team selection. The Lions made five changes – some enforced – selecting brothers Ben and Tom Youngs (the first sibling double act since the Hastings brothers in 1989), Dan Lydiate at flanker, Mako Vunipola at prop, Geoff Parling at lock and Tommy Bowe on the wing. For their part, Australia installed Beale at full-back and brought in winger Joe Tomane.

In a match that turned on hair-breadths, these selections may well have been decisive. Dan Lydiate had a fine match, constantly involved in the maelstrom of rucks and mauls, but Vinopola, who performed creditably in the loose, was a liability in the scrum where his technique was exposed.

As for the backs, they had few opportunities in a match where the ball was rarely spread wide, as both sides sought to eliminate the handling errors of the first Test. The result was an attritional battle, largely played out between two packs who both asked and gave no quarter.

Attention now shifts to the third and decisive game at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium this Saturday. A sell-out is in prospect. There may well be further changes to the teams. Warburton is unlikely to recover from a hamstring injury which saw him off the field for the decisive final minutes, and Corbisiero will probably return to shore up the front row. Both locks and centers will come under scrutiny. For the Wallabies, captain Horwill may yet be censured.

The momentum is with Australia, as is the hand of history. But whatever happens, the final Test will assuredly be a close encounter of the third kind, a battle of epic proportions. There is still everything to play for. As Warburton declared after the match: “We’re definitely capable of taking the Test series, we’ve shown that for two games. It’s going to be won by a whisker next week and I hope it’s us.”

Australia
: Beale, Folau, Ashley-Cooper, Leali’ifano, Tomane, O’Connor, Genia, Robinson, Moore, Alexander, Horwill, Douglas, Mowen, Hooper, Palu.

Replacements
: Slipper (for Robinson 60), Kepu (for Alexander 58) Simmonds (for Douglas 53), Gill (for Palu 60), Horne (for Ashley-Cooper 79),

Lions
: Halfpenny, Bowe, O’Driscoll, Davies, North, Sexton, B. Youngs, Vunipola, T.Youngs, A.Jones, A.W.Jones, Parling, Lydiate, Warburton, Heaslip.

Replacements:
Hibbard (for T. Youngs 68), Cole (for A. Jones 58), Croft (forWarburton 66), O’Brien (for Heaslip 62), Murray (for B. Youngs 53)

Phuket’s rugby fans are eargerly anticipating today’s encounter if Facebook comments are anything to judge, with the final Test between Australia and the Lions kicking off at 5:05pm local time.

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— Patrick Campbell

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82 year old Frenchman killed in motorbike crash with ATV in Phuket

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PHOTO: A police officer examines the red ATV involved in a crash that killed an elderly Frenchman in Phuket

An elderly French man has died after an American woman lost control of her all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and crashed into his motorcycle in Chalong, southern Phuket. The woman was seriously injured. Police say the incident occurred on Soi Klum Yang in Chalong around 4pm on Thursday.

The crash involved a red ATV, and a black motorcycle ridden by the 82 year old Frenchman Robert Geoffray.

The woman, identified as 39 year old American Onome Alero Adeosun, suffered a broken right arm, leg and collarbone. Emergency workers found the elderly Frenchman lying unconscious on the road with serious head injuries. Medics performed CPR before sending both to Chalong Hospital, where the man was later pronounced dead.

His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for autopsy. The woman was transferred to Siriroj Hospital and is currently helping police with their investigation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Salty tap water and dirty air – Bangkok’s environmental woes continue today

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PHOTO: Government House officials are turning to salt-tolerant plants - khaosod.co.th

Brackish tap water, with increased salinity caused by seawater back-flowing into the Chao Phraya River, is threatening the gardens in and around the Government House compound. Government House officials are seeking assistance from the Agriculture Department.

Several small tree species – Lamduan, Chor Sumalee, Rachavadi, Nom Maew and Hom Muenlee – are more vulnerable to brackish tap water. The gardens are watered from a supply pumped in from the Chao Phraya.

It’s been noted tha the saline level was around 400 milligrams per litre, still within the 1,000 mg/litre standard, but some of the species were already intolerant to the rising salinity.

Officials are seeking advice from the Agriculture Department about long-term measures to replant with species which would be more tolerant to the rising salinity of the water – situation they acknowledge will need to be managed in the short to medium term.

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SCREENGRAB: Air Visual

Meanwhile, air around the capital today continues to be universally poor to very poor with readings as high as 187 near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Light airs, dust problems from northern-easter provinces and hot continental air flowing across the capital, continue to haunt Bangkok. Even with many factories closed today, and traffic lighter than weekdays, Bangkok’s air has been recorded as the ninth worst city in the world for air pollution.

Right across the city the air quality readings are into the ‘unhealthy’ zone.

Chiang Mai, Lampang and Central Thailand are fairing no better – all with readings at least 3 times the Thai upper safe limit of 50 microns of 2.5micron particulate per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation sets its limit even lower at 25.

Pattaya has air quality readings today of 162, whilst even Phuket, in the south, is registering readings between 100 and 145 with reduced visibility today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Three massive condo developments along Phuket’s up-market Layan Beach

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PHOTO: Northern end of Layan Beach - True-beachfront

by Bill Barnett – c9hotelworks.com

Two new condo developments are going ahead in the Layan Beach area of Phuket’s up-market west-coast beach strip. And there’s another one underway next to the Dream Beach Club at the northern end of the Layan beach strip. All in all, another 1,200+ keys added to the available rooms along the Bang Tao/Layan Beach area.

On the northern side of Bangtao Beach, next to Maan Tawan and nearby Banyan Tree Phuket is the upcoming Sunshine Beach development. With a plan for 771 hotel and residences units on 12.6 rai, the high-density project is targeting Mainland Chinese buyers with pricing points reportedly starting from 4 million baht. Construction is expected to start in June of this year and complete in 2022.

From our discussion with sales staff the developer has claimed they have reached an agreement with the government for beach fronting facilities in the National Park strip in front of the project.

While in Layan next to Lotus Gardens is the upcoming 400 unit Layan Green Park. Pricing points run from 2.5 million baht. Unit configurations will range from studio, to one, two and three bedrooms. Guaranteed returns of 10% for a period of 10 years are being promoted.

Phuket’s Layan area is seeing a surge in new real estate led projects and rising land values. At the same time as these two projects are underway, next to the Dream Beach is an oceanfront luxury project promoting sales of Grand Beach Villa and Ocean View Suites tagged as ‘N5’. The developer of the project is VIP Thailand who have another project in Rawai.

Based on our research the primary source market tragets of these three projects are mainland Chinese and Russian buyers. Local concerns in the Cherngtalay area over mounting traffic, water shortages and strain on municipal infrastructure are becoming issues.

Traffic in and around the central Cherngtalay shopping district is becoming increasingly clogged with little hope for respite other than improved traffic management.

SOURCE: C9Hotelworks.com

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