Scotland: Five things we learnt v Italy

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Rory BaldwinA wins a win, for all thatAfter a very exciting first half of rugby from both teams, the entertainment levels dropped off as both sides focused on the nervy business of winning and the match tightened up.  If Scotland had somehow managed to maintain the level of the opening twenty minutes for the whole match and chalk up an improbable cricket score, they probably would not have learned as much as they did having to constantly keep Italy at bay, losing players to the sin-bin and with the threat of another potentially devastating loss never far away.Fair old tussle: Scotland were never allowed to fully relax, which is a good thing for their developmentIt was very positive to see a Scotland side keep their cool and go out to win the game at the end, rather than grimly clinging on to a precarious lead and perhaps losing it to an Italian side who caused Scotland a fair amount of trouble inside their own 22. Their reward was Stuart Hogg‘s tribute to the Toony flip, a clear win on the scoreboard and their biggest points haul in a Six Nations match.Fix all the set pieces – not just oneThe work to fix a leaking lineout paid off in Rome. There were far fewer errant throws from Ross Ford, and Richie Gray is finally getting up to attack opposition ball. As the scrum is now a powerful source of penalties and possession, the lineout needs to be just as reliable to maintain it. With the Jonny Gray back to his ball-carrying best, Scotland look a lot more useful when they are attacking with the ball rather than defending their own line, so retaining possession is a must. On Saturday Italy starved them of ball in the second half and constant defending means giving away penalties. Other teams will look to repeat this tactic.Hard-work paying off: Scotland has turned the scrum into an effective source of penaltiesThere is one set piece though that continues to cause trouble, namely the restart. Cotter and his management team must howl in frustration every time a kick-off is fumbled and the opposition are handed a quick chance to come right back at them. If they can get all three tightened up, Scotland would become much more of a force and momentum would be less likely to shift away from them. Which means I can keep more of my hair.The midfield needs work but the choices are positiveFew Scottish pundits would deny that Mark Bennett has an important place in the future of Scotland’s back line but three games in and he’s still looking a little rusty – don’t forget his first game back from injury was the Calcutta Cup – and he’s not been the force he was at the World Cup. During the game there was a tweet yesterday along the lines of “imagine what you could do with two or three Stuart Hogg‘s in your team.” The same age as Hogg (23), with good hands and quick feet, Bennett undoubtedly has the potential to be at least one of them but it wouldn’t be a major surprise if for now the midfield was reshuffled again. Sweet taste of victory: Scotland’s win in Rome was particularly satisfying after nine defeats No way through: Mark Bennett is taking time to get back to full sharpnessCotter is just about back to the luxury position of having to pick 2 from Bennett, Matt Scott, Alex Dunbar, Pete Horne and Duncan Taylor so he should go purely with form. With Taylor the player with the greatest form and fitness and Pete Horne continuing to look sharp, Horne’s distribution skills might be used to keep the French on their toes out wide. He most often plays at 12 for Glasgow and Taylor is adept at 13 but leaving Taylor inside to defend might present a less tempting channel 10-12 for the French runners to attack. Alternatively Bennett could be offered back to Glasgow for the weekend’s PRO12 game at home to Cardiff to sharpen up.Did the back row balance just sort itself out?“The Johns” Hardie and Barclay were again brilliant for Scotland (that may or may not catch on as a nickname to rival the Killer Bs), but there have been question marks at No 8 all tournament. Ryan Wilson stepped in at the last minute when David Denton pulled out late with a groin injury and put in a determined performance in the first half. Often criticised for poor discipline and bad timing – off the field too – Wilson showed what he can offer with some strong carries and a good pair of hands to put John Hardie in for his try.Back row balance: John Barclay shone again, with John Hardie and Ryan Wilson also showing up wellWith Denton’s offloading and passing one area of the game he’s been working on at Bath, it was a nice counterpoint from Wilson. Although his intensity level dropped off slightly (with the rest of the team) in the second half, from the bench Josh Strauss played his second game in as many days having turned out for Glasgow on Thursday night. He still provided physical ball carrying against the tiring Italians, and Denton might struggle to displace either of them in two weeks time.More of the same, pleaseThe win was vital just to allow all those young players to taste victory in the Six Nations, but really it all counts for nothing unless the team can back it up in two weeks against stuttering France. Scotland have fallen at home to worse French teams; learning to beat Italy is something worse Scotland teams than this one have achieved. Do the hokey-cokey: Scotland have passed the Italian audition, but tougher tests are to comeIf this team wants the talk of “improvement”, “fronting up” and “having the confidence to win” to be taken seriously, then they need to do it against the teams they don’t usually beat: teams like France and Ireland. Which is convenient, as they have a chance to do just that with France visiting Murrayfield a week on Sunday, and Ireland in Dublin to finish just six days later. Neither team are having the strongest tournament and what we are truly seeking is a Scotland team confident enough to seize on opportunity when it counts the most.And if the swashbuckling France that everyone misses so much do somehow turn up, well at least it could be a hell of a game.last_img read more

Roll up for the fun of the Fair

first_imgBakers’ Fair North, sponsored by Norbake, will be held at the spectacular Sheffield Don Valley Stadium on 19 October. It’s free to get in and everyone who visits is guaranteed a great Sunday out.Last year’s event, which took place in Bolton, pulled in 400 bakery and food-to-go retailers from across the UK – some travelling from as far afield as Devon.This year we welcome back the Richemont Club, with its membership of top craft bakers and confectioners. It will again host live demonstration and competitions at the show (see opposite).Last year, an array of the UK’s finest bakers and confectioners’ skills were put to the test in 19 categories, from fresh creams to Christmas novelties.Judges were particularly im-pressed by the standard of competition in the newly-introduced competition classes for young bakers, with plaudits given for an exceptionally high standard of entries.At this year’s event, there will also be guest speakers and demonstrations (see page 29) in the live area, supported by RHM, including British Baker’s legal expert, Ray Silverstein. Ray will offer advice on anything from employee law to tax and small business regulation – all for free.While the Fair will offer a range of business tips, there will also be new product and recipe ideas on display; and with the Christmas season fast approaching, the event will provide a one-stop shop for last-minute Christmas planning, offering one-to-one meetings with key suppliers of flour and ingredients, finished goods, food-to-go solutions, equipment and ancillary items.Registration is quick and easy – just go to [http://www.bakersfair.co.uk] – plus we’ll be giving away four LCD flatscreen TVs in a free prize draw at the show – go along to the British Baker stand and fill out your special entry voucher.Parking is free, there’s a restaurant on-site and the stadium is easy to get to. It’s signposted from all the nearby motorways or there’s a handy train station.The stadium itself is at the heart of a vibrant dining, shopping and entertainment area. You won’t have to re-park or find a good place to eat.Who will benefit? Bakers, sandwich shops, café, and coffee shop proprietors – anyone baking and producing from scratch or buying in baked products, soft drinks, hot beverages and equipment.New to the Fair this year will be California Raisins, Laxey Glen Mills and DCA Kerry, while Dawn Foods will be providing the refreshments. Don’t miss out. Register now and have a great free day out.last_img read more

News story: Progression

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Theologian speaks on link between sexuality, religion

first_imgIn a talk on sexuality and Catholicism, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center, theologian Terry Nelson Johnson actively engaged with audience members Wednesday night in the Joyce Center in hopes of going beyond “just another sex talk.” Johnson said his words were not aimed at providing information but rather at encouraging healing and transformation. “Sexuality is a gift, a threat, a force to be reckoned with,” Johnson said. “Sexuality is a mystery and that’s my contention.” Mysteries, such as sexuality, are bigger than people are, he said. Human beings are called to enjoy and enter into these mysteries but should not underestimate them. “The point of mysteries is to acquaint people with them and engage with them, not domesticate them,” he said. Johnson said words such as energy, passion and creativity are closely associated with the idea of sexuality. He said the physical aspect is not the point, and people need to understand sexuality as something beyond sex. Johnson quoted Catholic priest and theologian Fr. Ronald Rolheiser to make this point, saying “‘Sexuality is an all-encompassing energy inside each of us. It is the drive for love, communion, community. … It is not good to be alone.’” To explain this point, Johnson played a clip of the Yankees celebrating their win in the 1996 World Series. Audience members said the video expressed the team’s happiness, excitement and pride. Although the players could have expressed these emotions without physical contact, they still chose to hug each other and huddle together. “It’s just not as good from 10 feet away,” he said. When sexuality is embraced well, Johnson said it makes love and life present. It also functions as a sacrament for God’s sake in mediating God’s presence in the world. “Sexuality is a God-given resource to enhance our lives,” he said. “It is the source of life and love.” In tying sexuality to Catholicism, Johnson went on to explain Jesus’s sexuality. Jesus produced much love and life, he said. His sexuality was integrated, powerful and healing. The hallmarks of sacred sexuality are gratitude, privilege, wonder and awe, he said. Johnson’s goal was to help students understand these aspects as positives in constituting the good of sexuality. Sophomore Frannie Kelsey said the lecture caused her to think about sexuality in a new way. “I thought he had some really good points about sexuality that I hadn’t thought about before,” she said.last_img read more

Going places

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160 deaths in one day: Indonesia sets bleak virus record

first_imgAccording to worldometers.info, Indonesia has the second-highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, just below the Philippines, which has recorded more than 290,000 cases. Indonesia sits at number 23 worldwide.On Monday, Indonesia saw a record one-day increase in confirmed cases with a jump of 4,176. The country had never seen a daily increase above 4,000 prior to mid-September.Read also: Stretched thin, Indonesia deploys medical interns to COVID-19 front linesThe government recently decided to implement stricter health protocols in an attempt to curb the transmission of the virus and has assigned the military and the police to enforce the protocols.   Indonesia recorded an unprecedented daily increase in the COVID-19 death toll on Tuesday with 160 fatalities, bringing the national tally to 9,837. Central Java reported the highest number of deaths with 42, followed by Jakarta – the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak – with 30, East Java with 25, Banten with 16 and West Java with 11.The country saw its confirmed cases rise by 4,071 to 252,923 on the same day. Jakarta logged the most with 1,236, followed by West Java with 575, East Java with 341, Riau with 253 and Central Java with 228. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said last week that the stricter measures would be in place until the country was able to vaccinate residents en masse, which he expected to take place in December. He said the government was seeking to vaccinate 100 million people by January 2021.There is currently no proven vaccine for COVID-19.Indonesia has reportedly secured 300 million doses of candidate vaccines from foreign pharmaceutical companies, including China’s Sinovac Biotech. As cases continue to rise, the national COVID-19 task force has warned that the country’s health system might soon collapse if the public continues to ignore COVID-19 prevention protocols. Doctors associations have reported that more than 100 doctors have died battling the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more