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Six Nations: Five things we learnt – Scotland

first_imgWith discipline the major issue of the tournament so far, Scotland fixed that to great effect, only giving away eight penalties to England’s ten.Positional kicking and concentration were issues early on, so they fixed those and prospered.Then after half time, Scotland inexplicably failed to retain momentum having worked so hard to wrestle it from England’s grasp. The old failings re-appeared: poor kicking, and playing too much rugby in the wrong areas of the pitch. As a result they were all but passengers in the second half, with nowhere near enough possession and poor use of territory preventing them from coming close to a first win at Twickenham since 1983, even if the scoreline was closer than many had feared.Committment: Scotland must continue with an agressive defence to unsettle sides (Pic Action Images)Quick ball, offloading, aggressive defenceScotland must do all of the above, more often. When we do it, we score tries. When we kick aimlessly, or sit off the attack, or ball slows to the opposition’s preferred pace – we do not. And then we lose. It really is that simple. Yes, teams will figure out the Plan A and no doubt find ways to impede it, but forgetting to try Plan A is not the same as Plan A not working.Were there positives? Leading at half-time, there was no shame for Scotland at Twickenham, but yet again they pulled up short in what is turning out to be a frustrating campaign LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS To a point. The set piece is reliable if not spectacular, and the players mentioned above along with Tommy Seymour and Bennett will form the core of the team for the next few years. You only hope they are paying close attention in defeat, and the media don’t have to keep writing about the same lessons over, and over again…At the moment it sure feels like it. Thank goodness for…Jonny Gray, Blair Cowan and most importantly Stuart Hogg. These three players continue to perform well, even as those around them fluctuate wildly from the sublime to ridiculous. There are many that called for the return of in-form John Barclay but against England, but Cowan kept a clean disciplinary sheet and was once again a constant threat at the breakdown and a valuable ball carrier. His place is (ironically for Barclay fans) one of the few that is safe. Hogg’s scrambling tackles in the opening spell – when England were running riot – kept Scotland in the game. The cricket score we had feared never materialised and Scotland can take some pride in the way they rallied to lead at half-time.Dave Denton’s also worth a mention for a muscular ball carrying effort and I suspect he’ll start again next week.Shining light: Stuart Hogg has continued to excel in a losing Scotland side (Pic Inpho)Alex Dunbar was a big lossMatt Scott will have noted the growing presence of Mark Bennett in the centre while he’s been out injured, and it must have seemed like a long road back to dislodge the incumbent Glasgow pairing. Then fate intervened with an unfortunate ACL injury to Dunbar just before the Scotland team were set to travel, and Scott got a the chance to make his mark.Unfortunately, Scott was a little too keen to show he’s worth his place by attempting two show stopping interceptions in the first ten minutes, one of which created a gaping space for Joseph to run into for England’s first try. Scott recovered for some nice play during Scotland’s golden 20 minutes in the first half, then retired at half time with a dead leg.We need a more mature response if he recovers to face Ireland. If you need at least four test level centres in your squad for a big tournament, we’re down to one and a half at the moment and Matt needs his extra fifty per cent back to give us hope.Increasing influence: Mark Bennett has had an assured Six Nations to dateYou fix one thing, and something else breakslast_img read more

CASH unleashes latest report on hidden salt

first_imgBiscuits are filled with hidden salt, according to the latest research by campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).In a report out this week, it noted that more than 110 biscuits analysed were as salty, or saltier than Butterkist Salted Popcorn, which contains 0.9g of salt per 100g.The survey looked at the sodium and salt content per 100g, and per biscuit, of 479 sweet biscuit products from six leading supermarkets (Asda, The Co-operative, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose), including supermarket own-label and branded products.Nearly 90% of biscuits sampled received an amber traffic light warning for salt, with 90% showing a red light for sugar content, said CASH, which is calling on the food industry to reduce salt in biscuits.Biscuits and other products, including buns, cakes, pies, puddings, and pastries contribute towards 4% of the average daily sodium intakes of adults aged 19-64, 6% of children aged 4-10, and 7% of 65+ year-olds’, it claimed.According to data from the UK’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2011, 60% of 19-64 year olds regularly eat biscuits, with children are eating just as many – if not more – biscuits than adults.Sonia Pombo, nutritionist, CASH: “Many people will be very surprised to hear that so much salt is added to sweet biscuits. This is in the form of either added salt (sodium chloride) or sodium bicarbonate. Both of these are largely unnecessary in biscuits. Even if bicarbonate is required, potassium bicarbonate or calcium bicarbonate can be used instead.”last_img read more

Lady Pirates Blanked By Lady Shiners

first_imgLady Pirates Soccer hosted Rising Sun to claim a hard-fought loss. While the home team only allowed 12 shots on goal, four found the back of the net. The pirates managed to take 14 shots but could not advance the scoreboard.A highlight for the Pirates was seven different players managed to take those shots. Those seven where Emily Rosales, taking four, Kylie Hostetler, taking three, both Mykenzi Morlan and Haley Bockover with a pair, while Emily Million, Natalie Kalinowski, and Kayla Haycock all had one. The defense was strong as it has been for the past several games.   This brings the Lady Pirates record to 1-3-3 and they host conference rival East Central Tuesday (9/17) at 5. This will also be Senior Night for the Pirates.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img

Citing “an abundance of caution,” Syracuse to sit out the Deyhontsigwa’ehs The Creator’s Game Lacrosse Weekend

first_imgSyracuse men’s lacrosse team won’t participate in the Deyhontsigwa’ehs The Creator’s Game, Lacrosse Weekend this weekend, citing “an abundance of caution” as at least one player has been diagnosed with mumps, SU Athletics announced on Wednesday night.“We’ve reached the hard decision to withdraw our team’s participation in the lacrosse event this weekend,” Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a press release. “We are disappointed our student-athletes won’t be able to participate in Sunday’s games.”On Thursday, Sept. 21, in a university-wide email, the Office of Health Services confirmed two cases of mumps in the student body.SU has been working with New York state and Onondaga County Health Department officials since the original confirmation of mumps on campus, according the the release. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more