Wet and windy conditions at Arms Park meant several errors were committed by both sides. It was the visitors who started brightly although Parks failed to get Connacht’s first points on the board after seeing his penalty attempt from halfway land just short of the crossbar, while Patchell also booted off the right post. Pat Lam’s men went ahead in the 12th minute, however, when they burst forward and George Naoupu’s pop pass to Healy allowed the wing to slide over, with Parks adding the extras. Patchell got Cardiff off the mark with a penalty from the halfway line after Naoupu had infringed at the scrum and the Welshman added another to cut the deficit to a point before his drop goal gave the Blues a 9-6 lead. Parks gave Connacht a slender advantage with a penalty on the stroke of half-time and the Irish side came out firing after the interval, with Healy only denied a second try by a vital intervention from Filo Paulo. They then fell behind as Cardiff’s forwards won a penalty at the scrum, which left Patchell with a simple three-pointer to give Cardiff a 12-10 lead. Cardiff had several chances to score their first try of the night, but failed to kill off the game, while both Parks and Patchell missed with penalty attempts. Patchell would redeem himself with a well taken three-pointer from the right and added another as the Blues took an 18-10 lead into the final five minutes. Rodney Ah You was sin-binned to leave Connacht to close out the game with 14 men and a high tackle from Paul O’Donohue gave Patchell the chance to take his tally to 21 points for the evening, which he did with aplomb. Press Association Young Cardiff fly-half Rhys Patchell scored all 21 points for the Blues, who claimed their first RaboDirect Pro12 win of the season in a 21-10 triumph over Connacht. Twenty-year-old Patchell, who has already represented Wales twice this year, was nigh-on flawless with the boot, scoring six penalties and a first-half drop goal. Connacht had a 10-9 lead at the interval thanks to wing Matt Healy’s try while former Blues fly-half Dan Parks, who is now player-coach with the Irish province, converted and added a penalty but they faded thereafter and Patchell scored 12 unanswered points to seal victory for Cardiff at Arms Park.
Arsenal remain in the hunt for the runners-up spot in Group F after a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates.Mesut Ozil got the opener before Alexi Sanchez added a brace to take all three points and leaving the Gunners needing to beat Olympiakos by 2 clear goals in Greece in the final round of group matches in order to snatch the runners-up spot behind Bayern Munich.Meanwhile, Chelsea moved top of Group G after a 4-0 win over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Goals from Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma sealed an impressive win for the Blues, but manager Jose Mourinho will be concerned over the fitness of captain John Terry, who had to be stretchered-off with an injury to his right leg.
Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool v Sunderland with suspected appendicitis.The German boss fell ill after Friday’s pre-match press conference and the club have since confirmed that he will not be at Anfield this afternoon.And Reds supporters have immediately turned their attention to Daniel Sturridge’s influence.Have a read of the reaction to the news on Klopp below… 1 Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool v Sunderland with suspected appendicitis.
While Apple Pay is aimed at building public acceptance for a digital wallet that eliminates the need for cash or credit cards, there’s still plenty of competition in the world of credit card readers that turn smartphones or tablets into payment collection devices. Amazon is one of the newest entrants into that crowded field. The Seattle-based behemoth recently unveiled Amazon Local Register as its “mobile point-of-sale solution.”This weekend, it is demonstrating the product to vendors at the Vancouver Farmers Market in Esther Short Park. Vancouver is one of Amazon’s first stops as it goes on the road to roll out its Local Register services. Amazon Local Register’s booth at the Farmers Market, next to the market’s information booth, will be staffed today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.“Vancouver has a vibrant small business community and we’re looking forward to introducing local business owners to the Amazon Local Register,” saidMatthew Swann, vice president of Amazon Local Commerce, in an email to The Columbian.Jordan Boldt, the Vancouver Farmers Market’s executive director, said it’s unusual for the market to offer space for a company to promote a consumer product. But Boldt said the market, with about 175 vendors, sees itself in part as a small business incubator. Market managers agreed to Amazon’s request for the booth because they want to provide vendors information on a product that might lower their operational costs, he said.Half to two-thirds already use point-of-sale services, primarily Square and ShopKeep, he said. San Francisco-based Square previously turned down an offer to present its services at the market, Boldt said.— Gordon OliverNEW YORK — Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check.On Sept. 9, the company announced Apple Pay, a digital payment system that lets people pay for retail store purchases using their phones rather than cash or credit cards. The service, which will work both with iPhones and Apple’s new watch, is backed by a host of big retailers, along with most major banks and credit card issuers, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.