Townsend gets winning start as Scotland head coach

first_imgRyan Wilson started with wing Rory Hughes coming onto the bench as Townsend abandoned his original plan to pack the replacements with forwards.The Scots began brightly, however, with captain John Barclay breaking to set up an attack that ended with Russell kicking a simple penalty, soon levelled by former Scots age-grade fly-half Tommaso Allan.Townsend’s troops were being frustrated but they did get Visser through to the line before Paul Williams, the referee, ruled he had been helped by a block.When they did break through, however, it was spectacular – scrum-half Price launched the attack with a tap penalty and had the pace to round the remaining defence and score. Gregor Townsend began his reign as Scotland head coach with a 34-13 victory over Italy in Singapore.Four tries in a spectacular 10 minutes helped Townsend’s cause while fly-half Finn Russell produced two moments of magic that made sure of the result.Ali Price, Tim Visser, Ross Ford (two) and Damien Hoyland scored tries for Scotland, with Duncan Taylor and Peter Horne adding a conversion apiece and Russell on target twice from the tee.The start had been anything but the one Scotland wanted, with flanker John Hardie hobbling out of the pre-match warm-up with a back problem. Russell missed the conversion but he twice played vital roles in setting up a try straight from the kick-off.The playmaker chipped across the field for wing Hoyland to take Scotland into the 22 and then repeated the little kick for Visser to take it on the full and stretch out to reach the line.Russell got hurt in the process so the kicking duties went to Taylor, standing in at full-back, who duly slotted the conversion to give his side a 12-point lead at the break.Scotland soon increased that when hooker Ford, winning his 108th cap, was driven over from a maul.The fourth try was sensational, with Russell offloading twice and producing an overhead flip that sent Ford rumbling over for his second try – doubling his Test try count – one match before he equals Chris Paterson’s cap record.Italy did claim one back when flanker Maxime Mbanda intercepted on halfway and found Michele Campagnaro to run in the score.However, Scotland were not going to surrender that lead and hit back with clever hands from Taylor, giving Hoyland his first Test try on his third cap.Italy had the final word with Angelo Esposito latching onto a long pass to score as time ran out, but it did not take much gloss off for Townsend.last_img read more

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Marshfield boys tennis wins conference tournament, overall Valley championship

first_imgTigers win three flights, take second in two othersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Marshfield won one singles and a pair of doubles titles on its way to capturing the conference championship on Friday at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Tennis Tournament at Wausau East High School.The Tigers racked up 31 points to win the tournament title, and combined with its regular-season dual meet crown, Marshfield is the overall WVC champ.Braedon Corteen won the title at No. 4 singles for the Tigers, beating Siam Rezwan of Wausau East 2-6, 6-2, 10-7 in the championship match.Marshfield’s No. 1 doubles team of Derek Reckner and Jared Cordova cruised to the conference title, beating Josh Beyer of Shane Glinski of Wisconsin Rapids 6-2, 7-5 in the championship match.Marshfield’s other title came from the No. 2 doubles team of brothers John Fay and Will Fay. They defeated Angus Blakeman and Carter Smigaj of Stevens Point 6-2, 6-2 in the title match.Sam Haessly (No. 2 singles) and Erick Myklejord (No. 3 singles) finished second, the No. 3 doubles team of Ayush Shukla and Luke Kaiser was third, and Evan Fait (No. 1 singles) took fourth for Marshfield.Marshfield will compete in the WIAA Division 1 subsectional at Tomah on Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Tennis TournamentMay 19, at Wausau EastTeam scores: 1. Marshfield 31; 2. Wausau East 26; 3. Stevens Point 18; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 17; 5. Wausau West 13; 6. D.C. Everest 7.No. 1 SinglesChampionship: Luke Bailey (WW) def. Jon Peck (SP) 6-1, 2-6, 10-4.Third place: Sawyer Schlindwein (WE) def. Evan Fait (MAR) 2-6, 6-2, 12-0.Fifth place: Ryan Graczkowski (WR) def. Eli Lee (DC) 6-0, 6-1.No. 2 singlesChampionship: Harrison Sullivan (WR) def. Sam Haessly (MAR) 7-5, 2-0 (injury)Third place: Gray Clohessy (WE) def. Ryan Begley (DC) 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.Fifth place: Tate Raumann (WW) def. Treyton Zinda (SP) 6-1, 6-2.No. 3 singlesChampionship: Grant Seils (WE) def. Eric Myklejord (MAR) 6-3, 6-4.Third place: Tim Cornish (DC) def. Ryan Guay (SP) 6-1, 6-0.Fifth place: Josh Patrick (WW) def. Marcus Bean (WR) injury default.No. 4 singlesChampionship: Braedon Corteen (MAR) def. Siam Rezwan (WE) 2-6, 6-2, 10-7.Third place: Aidan McManus (SP) def. Stevie Hanzlik (WR) 7-5, 6-1.Fifth place: Will Brown (WW) def. Brayton Herwig (DC) 6-1, 6-0.No. 1 doublesChampionship: Derek Reckner-Jared Cordova (MAR) def. Josh Beyer-Shane Glinski (WR) 6-2, 7-5.Third place: Patrick Hefferan-Garrek Wierzba (SP) def. Lucas Ratanawang-Steven Martell (WE) 6-3, 6-4.Fifth place: James Radloff-Preston Pagel (DC) def. Feuchi Yang-Luke Halvorsen (WW) 7-5, 6-1.No. 2 doublesChampionship: John Fay-Will Fay (MAR) def. Angus Blakeman-Carter Smigaj (SP) 6-2, 6-2.Third place: Eddy Xiong-Ben Brown (WW) def. Elkin Thao-Neil Biswas (WE) 2-6, 6-1, 10-7.Fifth place: Jack Veer-Jack Povilaitis (DC) def. Reed Zirnheld-Brady Knuteson (WR) 3-6, 6-0, 10-5.No. 3 doublesChampionship: Mario Duwe-Noah Briquelet-Miller (WE) def. John Nigon-Jackson Butler (WR) 6-4, 6-0.Third place: Ayush Shukla-Luke Kaiser (MAR) def. Eli Haas-Ryan Martin (SP) 6-4, 6-2.Fifth place: Nathan Evers-Wesley Spitzer (WW) def. Aaron Leszezynski-Danny Cornish (DC) 1-6, 6-3, 10-6.Overall final team standings: 1. Marshfield 85; 2. Wausau East 76; 3. Wisconsin Rapids 57; 4. Stevens Point 46; 5. Wausau West 33; 6. D.C. Everest 25.last_img read more

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Indians draw second warm-up against Australia XI

first_imgIndia’s stand-in Test captain Virat Kohli scored 66 and Murali Vijay added 60 as the tourists played out a draw in the two-day match against a Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI that concluded on Friday.The match was organised on short notice to give the Indian players some much-needed match practice ahead of the first Test against Australia which begins Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval.The four-Test series had initially been due to begin in Brisbane this week but had been rescheduled following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.Playing at the Glenelg Oval in suburban Adelaide, the Australian team batted first and scored 243 while India replied with 375 in their first innings. The Chairman’s XI was 83 for 5 in their second innings at stumps on Friday.Vijay and Kohli, who both retired to give other batsmen time in the crease, shared a 123-run stand, steadying India’s innings after the visitors were 36 for 2 late on the opening day.Vijay took one bouncer on the body that flicked up and hit the helmet, but composed himself quickly. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after being hit in the head from a short-pitched delivery during a domestic first-class match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.last_img read more

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