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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Limited-Release SHAG Tiki Room Designer Ears Now Available

first_imgShare This!We’re guessing that unlike the Tiki Room Birds who are here every day, these new limited-edition SHAG Mouse Ears will be a hot seller. They are priced at $58 (which is a relative bargain compared with some other releases we’ve seen). Even better, they’re really cute. You can find these throughout Disney Parks and on the ShopDisney website. What do you think of these? Let us know in the comments.last_img

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After Dark With AfroDJiak: The Philly Agenda – March 23 – 28 Events

first_img The Philly Agenda is a short event listing of the Philly nightlife scene brought to you by Philly 360 Creative Ambassador and Insider, DJ AfroDJiak. The Philly Agenda: March 23 – 28 Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Stacey Flygirrl Presents Anything Goes Featuring DJ Statik & DJ Mike Nyce Friday, March 23 10:00 p.m. Silk City  435 Spring Garden Street $7 cover Break Bread & U.City Present: Soulidified! A Tribute To Mary J. Blige Friday, March 23 9 p.m. World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street $9+ cover Place Your Art Here Presents: Phsh Tank! with music by DJ Phsh Saturday, March 24 10:00 p.m., Fluid Nightclub 613 S. 4th Street  $5 cover The Artists United, Philash Entertainment and Stan Davis Music Present Her Story Part 2 – A Tribute to Women Sunday, March 25 7 p.m. Warmdaddy’s 1400 South Columbus Blvd. $20 advanced cover J*DaVeY Monday, March 26 8:00 p.m. World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street $10 Jam House Tuesday, March 27 8:00 p.m. The Legendary Dobbs 304 South Street $5 cover Kuf Knotz Presents The Boombox Collective Wednesday, March 28 8:00 p.m. World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street Event is free DJ Statik AKA Mr. Sonny James(M. Edlow for GPTMC)last_img read more

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Switching between Tests and ODIs does not faze pacer Umesh Yadav

first_imgUmesh Yadav has had an outstanding few months, starting from the ODI series against England in India to the Tests and the ongoing ODI series against the West Indies.Having picked five wickets in two ODIs so far, and a match haul of seven wickets in the Kolkata Test, Yadav is without doubt one of the most promising pacers in the country and should be raring to have a go when India tours Australia at the end of this month.For the Vidarbha pacer, the transition from ODIs to Tests and back to ODIs has been challenging, but not too tough.”Normally there is a lot of difference. In Tests, you have a lot of time and ODI is a fast-paced format and you have only 10 overs to bowl. Within that, you have to save runs and also take wickets. In Tests, you need to be consistent and need to bowl in particular areas all day,” Yadav said on the eve of the third ODI in Ahmedabad on Monday.”It is the way you handle them. Normally, Test cricket is the best form of cricket. People come to know how good a bowler you are and how consistent you can be.” He has paired up with fellow pacer Varun Aaron well, even guiding the team with the bat to a one- wicket win the first ODI. And it’s one partnership the 24-year-old hopes flourishes.”(In Cuttack) I kept my cool when we came to bat. I just wanted to play and take the singles or twos as we needed 11 runs. Even Varun told me to take the ones and twos. When we bowl together, it is a good experience as we both are pace bowlers. We gel well because when he is taking wickets from one end, I need to keep the other end tight and viceversa. We have a good connection going.”advertisementYadav could be among the group of players that goes to Australia on December 8 to acclimatise to the conditions ahead of the long and tough tour. “If get to go there early, it will help me. I will get enough time to practice and get used to the conditions there. And I will be able to adjust to the bowling conditions as well,”he added.Take responsibilityWest Indies coach Ottis Gibson is running out of ways to explain how his team has consistently created opportunities to win and somehow lost the plot throughout the tour.With the ODI series on the line, Gibson hopes his players learn to grab the crucial moments when they arrive. “The problem is with application and with people taking more responsibility. We practice hard before every game. It comes down to people taking responsibility and assessing the situation better. If you lose a couple of wickets early, then what a team requires is that the next two batsmen put together good partnerships. We haven’t been able to get those partnerships,”Gibson said on Sunday.”It’s difficult to say I am satisfied when we are losing. The way the guys defended to get to a point where they could have won it and then they lost it; it was difficult for us. We are not disgracing ourselves, we need to play on a consistent basis.”last_img read more

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