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World Cup watch: Jonny May in fine form for England

June 23, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “But I couldn’t feel sorry for myself because I was desperate to get back in.“Experiences like that can break you or they can make you stronger – and I definitely played some of my best rugby for Gloucester of the back of being dropped.“I have been working my **** off to get another opportunity and I’m pleased to have been able to put it right.“But it’s time to close that chapter now and look forward.”Star turn: Anthony Watson lit up Twickenham on the other wingWith Watson dotting down twice and Goode producing an assured display at full-back, England’s back three were a potent unit. Throw Mike Brown, Jack Nowell and – maybe – Danny Cipriani into the mix and suddenly the cupboard that had looked decidedly bare is now packed with goods. The key now will be to see how May performs against a team who have better wings than France, as Brice Dulin and Sofiane Guitone were dire.But, with a World Cup squad place all but guaranteed and his confidence restored, May now appears ready to illuminate Twickenham on a more regular basis. By Andy Elliott Point made: Jonny May tries to claim a try – later disallowed – but found his way onto the scoresheet AT LONG LAST, that was the performance by Jonny May that England supporters have been waiting for.Gone was the dithering with the ball in hand, the indecisiveness fielding kicks and poor finishing that had resulted in May being dropped from the England team during this year’s Six Nations. In their place was a player full of beans, constantly looking for work and injecting some real pace into the back-line.The 25-year-old scored one excellent try – his fourth in 14 Tests – from Alex Goode’s precision chip in the second half and helped to set up another for his fellow wing Anthony Watson in the first, coming into the line at speed before producing a neat offload in the tackle to put the Bath man in at the corner.It was a display that reminded people of the galloping talent who had scorched past the All Blacks’ world-class outside-centre Conrad Smith and full-back Israel Dagg to score a try that lit up Twickenham in last year’s 24-21 loss to New Zealand.Career highlight: May scored a blistering try against New Zealand in 2014It also fully justified England head coach Stuart Lancaster comment before the World Cup warm-up game against France that the Gloucester wing had been the stand-out player in this summer’s training camps.The doubters who questioned Lancaster’s decision to send home Chris Ashton, Marland Yarde and Semesa Rokoduguni early will now have to pour themselves a big glass of shut-up juice.May admitted after the 19-14 victory over the French that he felt he had “slayed a demon”.“There hasn’t been a day go by when I haven’t thought back to being dropped,” said May. “I was pretty down for the best part of a month after it happened. TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

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Jacobsen a defensive rock for UW

September 17, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: mmfausynf.

first_imgWhile she only has two assists and one shot on goal for the season, junior midfielder Erin Jacobsen hangs her hat on tough defense and held some of the Big Ten’s most prolific scorers in check this year.[/media-credit]As easy as it is at times to take the word of statistics asthe whole story and the undeniable truth, it’s still very difficult for numbers to tell the complete story.That’s what UW women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins wouldtell you in respect to junior midfielder Erin Jacobsen.Through 15 games this season, the only stats to Jacobsen’sname are two assists and eight shots, with one being on target.But that would hardly describe Jacobsen’s value to thesecond-place Badgers. Wilkins has, on multipleoccasions, called Jacobsen the team’s “biggest unsung hero” and a criticalcomponent of a Wisconsin defense that kept opposing team’s scoreless for 930minutes – a program record.More of a defensive midfielder, Jacobsen has yet to miss agame for the Badgers after two and half seasons with the team and hassucceeded in making things difficult for opponents in the middle of the pitchover that stretch.“I think anytime we need to have somebody shutdown theopposing midfield or deal with the pressure in the midfield, Erin is the onethat does,” Wilkins said. “She can cover a lot of ground, she has an amazingwork rate and the biggest thing is that she can shut down some of the bestplayers in the Big Ten – Christine Nairn and Vanessa DiBernardo.”Nairn, of Penn State, and DiBernardo, of Illinois, have acombined 14 goals on the year and are two of the most explosive playersin the Big Ten. The two were largely quiet when Jacobsen commandedthe center of the pitch, as DiBernardo was only able to squeeze off one shot,while Nairn was able to send three on target, but remained scoreless.Jacobsen’s play at the midfield is reminiscent of a safetyin football, although she’s not the last line of defense. She repeatedly interceptspasses and, upon doing so, can quickly determine a way to begin a surgingcounterattack. If an opposing player gets behind her, she catches up and puts astopper on any threat that may have been.That effort has been crucial for the Badger “D,” which hasallowed just eight goals on the year, and four in the run of play.When asked to describe Jacobsen’s style of play – whether itbe offensive or defensive – freshman defender Catie Sessions, as well asWilkins, offered words such as “sneaky” and “hiding,” someone who can wait onthe edge of action and wait for the opportune moment to pounce.“She’s really sneaky – all of a sudden somebody will beturning (with the ball) and [Jacobsen] will win the ball and be running theother way,” Sessions said.“She hides behind the midfield, so anything that pops out, she’s able to get a shot on goal or stop the counterattack,” Wilkins said ofJacobsen.Earlier in the season, when Wisconsin had allowed five goalsin four matches, defending set pieces had been a major concern for the Badgers.Since then, however, the team has bottled up that threat, having not allowed agoal off of a set piece since, and part of that development can be attributedto Jacobsen’s marksmanship.“She always tracks players that are running through the boxand makes sure that if somebody’s running through that we get someone on herright away,” Sessions said.Jacobsen’s commitment to the team, though, is one of herqualities that stand out more than others. Not only has the Wheaton, Ill. nativenever missed a game for the Badgers, but as a freshman, she also elected tograduate high school early in order to join the team a semester early.“Ever since I got here I’ve been very committed to this,”Jacobsen said. “I mean, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do ever since I waslittle, was play college soccer.”“I’m all for it, I’m always committed to it.”A member of Wilkins’ first recruiting class at Wisconsin in2008, which ranked 21st in the nation, Jacobsen’s arrival helped spark a changein the team’s culture which helped Wilkins’ efforts in implementing hercoaching philosophy and turning it into the upstart program it is today. The coach was high in her praise of Jacobsen.“Her athleticism, technical ability and her work rate,that’s all helped change the culture of the program, and so the tenacious stuffand the competitive stuff, when she came in it was definitely something that weneeded in our midfield, and she’s really been an unsung hero and stalwart forus.”last_img read more

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There will be an Angels Opening Day result, thanks to Strat-o-matic

August 26, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oioiyzvto.

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Justin Upton LFAlbert Pujols 1BBrian Goodwin RFAndrelton Simmons SSJason Castro CThe starting pitcher will be LHP Andrew Heaney.I don’t think this is exactly the lineup that Joe Maddon would use, because I think he wants Tommy La Stella to play second against all right-handed pitchers. If Fletcher were to crack Maddon’s Opening Day lineup against a righty, it would probably be in right field.Check out the results on Thursday and see how my lineup performed.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros I gave them their Angels lineup for the opener against the Houston Astros, who will start right-hander Zack Greinke:David Fletcher 2BMike Trout CFAnthony Rendon 3BShohei Ohtani DH Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Strat-o-matic, the company that produces the classic sports simulation games, will be simulating the 2020 season to help fans get through the absence of real games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Each day at 11 a.m. PT, starting on the scheduled Opening Day on Thursday, Strat-o-matic will release on its website and other social outlets the results of that day’s simulations.Strat-o-matic was created in 1948 as a board game, with cards representing each player and dice used to determine the results. It’s all calculated so the players will perform as they did in real life during a given season. Now, the game also has a computer version, which they will use to run the 2020 season simulation.The company has also enlisted the help of fans and some media members to help them with the most realistic lineups to feed into the computer. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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