U20 World Cup Scouting Report: Round Four

first_imgJohn Davidson reports from the Manchester City Academy Stadium on slain Dragons, entertaining Ireland and phenomenal England on day four of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship. Victory roar: Ireland’s players celebrate their win over Argentina U20. (Photo: Getty Images) It took less than a minute for Jonah Lowe to cross after a simple fend and New Zealand didn’t stop scoring. All manner of tries flowed – from charge-downs, kicks, individual brilliance, pick-and-drives and backline moves – as the Welsh defence shattered. Wales managed two tries of their own but they were outclassed by a pumped up Kiwi side.Full-back Shaun Stevenson shone with a two-try haul while winger Caleb Makene showed he knew the way to the try-line with a hat-trick. The directness of their running and the accuracy of their offloads was just too much for Wales to handle. The Baby Blacks had a point to prove after disappointing in this tournament, and they did just that. They move on to a fifth place showdown with trans-Tasman rivals Australia and Wales will take on local foes Scotland for seventh place, after the Scots lost 35-19 to the young Wallabies. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland 37-7 Argentina Ireland booked their spot in the final of the Under-20 Championship for the first time with a one-sided victory over Argentina. This was a ruthless performance from the Irish, one of smarts and guile that showed the ability to play all different styles. Ireland scored three tries in the first half and then nailed three penalties off the boot of Johnny McPhillips in the second to close out the match. It was excellent game management from an Irish team that continues to surprise and delight in this tournament. They even topped off the win with an intercept try by Shane Daly when the clock was in red time.Final act: Shane Daly scores his late try for Ireland against Argentina. (Photo: Getty Images)This win was built around solid defence and strong ball-running. Full-back Jacob Stockdale claimed two tries and was a handful with his height and ability to break tackles. Fly-half McPhillips controlled the game perfectly but the star for men in green was their outstanding No 8 Max Deegan, a man mountain who has the pace of Simon Zebo to boot. His intercept try, where he outpaced Argentina’s full-back Bautista Delguy over 70 metres, was a thing of beauty. Cheered on by some boisterous support, Ireland are headed to the final against England full of confidence. It was a disappointing afternoon for Argentina, who were unbeaten until this point, but they were simply outplayed at every point. They move on to the third place playoff and a meeting with South Africa.To the Max: England’s Max Green on his way to an early try in the semi-final. (Photo: Getty Images)England 39-17 South AfricaThe hosts earned their place in the decider with a one-sided demolition of South Africa. England started on fire and never looked like losing from the second minute, when hard-running centre Joe Marchant busted through the defence to offload to Max Green to score. Four minutes later England were in again, this time thanks to Huw Taylor, and things got worse for the Junior Boks with a yellow card to Jeremy Ward for tackling Max Malins in the air. England were dominant in the scrum and at the breakdown, and added two more tries in the first half for a 31-3 lead.A shell-shocked South Africa improved in the second half, and were helped by a yellow card to Will Evans for a tip tackle, but they were always up against it chasing the game. The Junior Boks scored twice in three minutes to give themselves some hope, one try completely against the run of play, but England always looked comfortable.The hosts finished off the South Africans with a try in the 72nd minute, Max Wright completing a nice flowing move. England will be a handful for Ireland in the final with the likes of Marchant and full-back Malins in great form. Fly-half Harry Mallinder is a special talent while flanker George Nott has been fantastic at the back of the scrum and won the Man of the Match award in the semi-final because of his excellent breakdown work and marshalling of England’s miserly defence. England have plenty of points in them and they give few away, so the decider is shaping up to be a colossal encounter. Revenge mission: Shaun Stevenson of New Zealand leaves Wales in his wake. (Photo: Getty Images)New Zealand 71-12 WalesAnnihilation. New Zealand missed out on the semi-finals for the first time ever and they took their wrath out here on unfortunate Wales. The Welsh had battered and bruised the Kiwis in their pool encounter, frustrating them with some outstanding defence, but this was a completely different story. The Baby Blacks ran riot, perhaps spurred on by the embarrassment of being eliminated so early, and scored 11 tries. It was an utter demolition of their opponents. TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

Were Homebuyers Affected by New Tax Codes?

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fewer than half of homebuyers said that last year’s tax code overhaul has impacted their home search, according to a report by Redfin.The report states just 47% of homebuyers admitted to being impacted, which is a drop from last year’s total of 56%.  According to the report, 14% of homebuyers lowered their price range and 13% are moving to nearby city with lower taxes.The report was commissioned by Redfin, and more than 2,000 U.S. residents who plan to buy or sell in the next year were surveyed.Redfin states the latest report saw the biggest drop in the amount of buyers indicating they were better off because of the tax reform. Eight percent of respondents said they are searching for a higher-priced home because the new tax law gives them additional income, which is down from 17% last year.The report added that 11% of buyers said in March they decided to buy a home because of the benefits of the new tax law, which is down 19% from last year.“Last year more homebuyers were worried that tax reform would hurt their homebuying budgets, but it turns out tax reform wasn’t all bad or all good for homebuyers,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “Some homebuyers, especially in low-tax states, are now paying less in taxes overall, which has left them with more cash for a more expensive home. For others, not being able to deduct as much of their property taxes or mortgage interest from their taxable income was the other shoe that needed to drop to make them pick up and move to a more affordable area. In the long run, we will see demand for luxury homes in high-tax states suffer the most because those homes have been hit the hardest by this tax reform, and there’s actually early evidence of that already happening.”Tax reform, however, did have an impact on high-income homebuyers, according to the report. Redfin states that of the homebuyers earning $150,000 or more, 61% said the new tax law has impacted their home search.The biggest effect reported was that 16% of homebuyers making more than $150,000 said they are lowering their price range because of the new tax codes. Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Plaza Home Mortgage Launches New Loan Program Next: Freedom Mortgage and RoundPoint Announce Merger Were Homebuyers Affected by New Tax Codes? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Were Homebuyers Affected by New Tax Codes? Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: after-tax high income Homebuyers tax overhaul Tax Reform About Author: Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 24, 2019 1,381 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago after-tax high income Homebuyers tax overhaul Tax Reform 2019-05-24 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

Alvaro Morata’s injury could see Chelsea further struggling

first_imgPremier League champions Chelsea suffered their second home defeat of the season on Saturday to Manchester City, and eight dropped point, just only after seven games of the current campaign.Obviously, things haven’t gone to plan for the west London club who in all honesty don’t look like a team that is favoured to retain their league title, judging by the transfer business conducted by their rivals.They could perhaps take some consolation from the fact that in last season’s title run-in, they tallied the same number of points-13, after seven games in the campaign. The major difference between the past and present is the Blues involvement in the UEFA Champions League, which means more games, more travelling to do across the continent and ultimately less time spent on the training ground.The international break must have been timely for Antonio Conte and his coaching staff who can sit-down and analyse the season to date. One major concern for the maverick Italian manager is the likely absence of Alvaro Morata for the next couple of weeks.According to information provided by the Royal Spanish Football Federation on the injury of the £58million record signing, Morata has been diagnosed with a myofascial injury to his hamstring muscles and will require 4-6 weeks to properly recover. The implication of this statement means the forward could potentially miss up to seven key games for the Blues in three competitions.Chelsea vs Crystal Palace-Premier League, Chelsea vs Roma-UEFA Champions League, Chelsea vs Watford-Premier League, Chelsea vs Everton-English Football League Cup, Chelsea vs Bournemouth-Premier League, Chelsea vs Roma-UEFA Champions League and Chelsea vs Manchester United-Premier League.The above highlighted games could yet prove crucial in this seasons’ title challenge in all competitions for Chelsea, and missing the services of a striker, who has scored six goals in six league games and one goal in his solitary UEFA Champions League appearance, could be to damaging effect.In his absence Michy Batshuayi could prove to be a capable if not equal replacement. The Belgium striker has netted five goals in all competitions this season, but has yet to open his Premier League account.Perhaps, a little bit of trust and confidence from Conte, could prove to be the tonic for a player who netted the title winning goal last season at West Bromwich Albion, in his bid to finally overcome his bit-part-role at the Champions.RelatedCould the Bridge be falling?November 3, 2017In “Features”Hazard’s Condition Worries SarriOctober 24, 2018In “Europa League”Chelsea To Be Without Morata For WeeksOctober 2, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Injury, illness hit top six before Australian Open

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (AP):It’s been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament yesterday, the second week in a row she’s had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.Last week, the world’s four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki today.”I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw … but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” the sixth-ranked Kvitova said in a statement.Former No. 1 and now 16th-ranked Ana Ivanovic is healthy, but her new season is nonetheless off to a poor start. After losing in the first round last week in Auckland, she was granted a Sydney wild card.Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, months after losing the Australian Open final to Sharapova, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a first-round match yesterday.”I was thinking, it’s not really (an) easy draw for first round,” Pliskova said. “I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way.”In other first-round matches, another Serbian former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4; former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Australian Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-0; and Caroline Garcia, who represented France at the Hopman Cup last week, beat countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.Bernard Tomic is the top-seeded man at Sydney, while Halep is the top-seeded woman.Halep, who has a first-round bye, said yesterday she’ll likely carry the injury into the Australian Open, which begins January 18.”It’s difficult to know that you will be injured when you come to Australia. To me it happened this year,” she said. “I was not happy but we have to accept it.”At the Hobart International, another of the Australian Open warm-up tournaments, second-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 yesterday.Sloane Stephens, who won the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday, was a late withdrawal from Hobart due to a virus.Former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is entered at Hobart, says she has “zero expectations” at the Australian Open as she makes her comeback from a concussion she sustained at the US Open when she slipped and fell in the dressing room.last_img read more

Warriors HQ: Can anyone in the West challenge Golden State?

first_imgWith less than a month left in the NBA’s regular season, the Western Conference playoff picture is becoming clearer, but it’s quite crowded.Warriors beat writer Mark Medina and sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach break down the potential matchups Golden State will face on their quest for a fifth consecutive NBA Finals berth.James Harden, Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets have provided the stiffest challenge for Golden State so far in the 2018-19 season, and they proved they could push the …last_img read more

Bumper export for Mercedes Benz

first_img16 September 2009In a reassuring sign for South Africa’s automotive industry, East London-based Mercedes Benz has shipped over 2 600 locally built C-Class cars – its largest consignment since November 2008 – to the United States east coast.In a statement last week, Mercedes Benz South Africa said that the 2 674 cars travelling on the vessel the Grand Orion would arrive in Jacksonville, Florida on 23 September and Baltimore, Maryland on 26 September.Build qualityRainer Ruess, manufacturing site leader at Mercedes Benz South Africa’s local automotive plant, said the shipment reaffirmed that US customers were very satisfied with South African build quality.In July, JD Power and Associates presented a Gold Award for Initial Quality to the East London-based plant following a US survey conducted among over 80 000 new US car owners earlier this year.“The local plant was placed fourth in the world, after three Asia-based plants, outperforming all European, American and African automaker plants,” Mercedes Benz South Africa said.Car terminalTerry Taylor, East London-based corporate affairs manager of Transnet National Ports Authority, was delighted with the smooth and quick loading of the consignment – the first to make full use of the R20-million car terminal expansion project that was completed at the city’s harbour earlier this year.A new benchmark was set, with the cars being loaded onto the vessel at a rate of 170 per hour, 15% faster than the norm.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mexican GP: Daniel Ricciardo beats Lewis Hamilton in practice

first_imgRed Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo reminded Lewis Hamilton on Friday that he has a fight on his hands to win the Mexican Grand Prix however inevitable the Mercedes’s driver’s fourth world championship may be.Hamilton is on the brink of becoming Britain’s first four times world champion but he wants to do it with a victory on Sunday.He is 66 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and needs only to finish fifth on Sunday to secure the title with two races to spare, even if the German wins.The 32-year-old was the meat in a Red Bull sandwich in second practice at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, however, with Ricciardo top of the timesheets with a lap of one minute 17.801 seconds.Hamilton had a big spin and was 0.131 slower with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third, 0.163 off his team mate’s time, despite an engine failure with an older power unit that was of no concern.Vettel was fourth, and also with a hot backside after his car’s fire extinguisher went off beneath his seat half an hour into the session.”On the long runs, I still think we could find a bit more,” said Ricciardo.”On low fuel we are more or less there. Mercedes always have more on Saturday so I think we still need to find a few tenths if we want to stay ahead of them.”I feel we can be a bit better on race pace and I think we can improve a few things. I think these last three races will be pretty close between the top three teams.”MORE FUNadvertisementFinland’s Valtteri Bottas had been fastest in the sunny morning session with a best lap of 1:17.824 also keeping Hamilton off the top. Verstappen and Ricciardo were third and fourth respectively.Hamilton’s 2016 pole position time was 1:18.704.The Briton said it had been a good day, even if it did not start out that way and he had put himself on the back foot by damaging a set of supersoft tyres in the spin.”But the single lap and then the long run on the ultraSoft was probably one of the best I’ve ever done. I don’t think I’ve ever done 26 laps that consistent, apart from in the race maybe,” Hamilton said.”We got lots of information, the track was feeling better in the second session once the temperature came up,” added last year’s race winner.Sergio Perez was seventh fastest for Force India before lunch, with regular team mate Esteban Ocon sitting out the session to make way for Mexican Adolfo Celis Jr. to give the home crowd two drivers on track.Ocon will not have enjoyed being a spectator as Celis put the Frenchman’s car backwards into the barriers at turn 16 and halted the session. Ocon returned to the cockpit after lunch and was 10th fastest.New Zealander Brendon Hartley, preparing for his second race with Toro Rosso, managed only 10 laps in the morning with mechanics working on the car after he stopped on track. He was 13th fastest in the afternoonThere were also more problems for McLaren, with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne sidelined completely as the team changed his car’s power unit to a spare. He already has a 35-place grid penalty.last_img read more

Brierty Inspires Alliance Team

first_imgHow has your day been so far?We lost our first game to the New South Wales Mets, 12-7, I think a few boys, including me, were fairly nervous, and then we just beat the Rebels 8-6. The boys were over the moon with it so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got cool heads going into the next game and come out and hopefully get another one. How did it feel coming to the fields this morning, knowing that you were going to be playing for the Alliance?I actually didn’t get much sleep last night, I was thinking about it a lot. I woke up really early and was thinking about it all this morning. I was really excited and I think that all of the guys were excited and amped to play today. Does it feel like all of the hard work has paid off from over the past couple of months in the lead up to the series?It has been a little bit tough just with the distance between everyone, so me being in Sydney, I’ve been training by myself  because I don’t have anyone to train with but I know that the guys in their individual states, they’ve been putting in the hard work and we’ll surprise a few people over the tournament. How did it feel to be named the captain of the Alliance side?It was a great honour, especially being in the inaugural Elite Eight, and getting the first captaincy, I couldn’t have been prouder. And the boys, I didn’t know them all but I knew the Western Australia guys before, and they were happy, even the Tasmanian blokes that I’ve met for the first time, they’ve been great so it’s been really good. What was your initial reaction to the Elite Eight series and the Alliance when you first heard about it?I made sure I spoke to the right people about it, that it wasn’t going to interfere with anything long term  like the World Cup, and everyone said go for it, it’s promoting the sport and they couldn’t have been more happy that I was doing it so it took me seriously five seconds to make my decision. And how did it feel when Paul Sfeir came on board as the coach of the Alliance?He was great. He actually said the reason he came on board was because he knew that I was playing so I’ve got a great connection with Sfeirsy and we’ve been in a lot of sides together so it was really good to have his experience on board. What did you say to the team before the start of your first game against the New South Wales Mets this morning?I said that I’m nervous, I’m excited, it’s ok to be nervous and excited. It’s just a game of Touch Football in the end of it. These guys, they put them up on such a high pedestal because they are good players the Mets team, but when it comes down to it they are just 14 guys that are trying to do the same thing that we are. How did it feel to play the Mets first up considering you have spent a lot of time with the Sydney Mets permit over the past couple of years?It was good. Sfeirsy and I had a little joke about it because we’ve both been involved in Mets for so long. I think I’ve played six years with the Mets. Western Australia is where I am from and I’ve always said I want to go back and play over there so I couldn’t have been prouder of the boy’s effort this morning, it was a good first game and I think we showed it in the second game. What is the culture like within the Alliance team?It’s actually really good, obviously there are little niches, like Western Australia, there’s about five or six from Tasmania, a few from the Northern Territory etc., but we’ve really tried to keep the squad as a whole, the first division and the Men’s. Everyone is rooming with blokes from different states as well so not just on the field but off the field you get to know the blokes as well and that brings us closer together. It must be good for the team to have a player of your calibre in the line-up as well, what have they said about it?A few of them have commented about it, they say its good because it shows them, not necessarily that you have to leave Western Australia or leave Tasmania to make a representative team but that’s the path I chose, and I said to them this tournament is about them becoming known players, so players come out next tournament and go ‘wow that Craig Boston from WA is good, wow that Jason Haines from Tasmania is a good player’, it’s no longer ‘we’re going out there to play for him’, we are going out there to create names for those other guys and that’s why I’ve always said that I want to pass what I’ve learnt playing at the highest level onto them for them to become better Touch players when they go back home and hopefully lift the standard back there. Did you ever think when you first moved to Sydney that a concept of the Elite Eight would come about or you’d make it as far as you have?Not at all because when I first moved over I was 18 and I had always wanted to play for Australia and then I didn’t make any of the Youth Aussie teams, which I thought I might have a shot at the 20’s, and I missed the boat on those but I played consistent football and got recognised in the state Mixed team and I played a 20’s City versus Country, so I think that’s a big stepping stone for developing a career, like Dyl (Australian player Dylan Hennessey) has come through all of the junior developments, Steve Roberts, they’ve all come up through the ranks.What do you hope the Alliance team gets out of playing in the Elite Eight series?Hopefully they just get the confidence out of it that they are good players. You look at the Rebels and the Mets teams and they are stacked full of Australian and New Zealand representatives and State of Origin players and these guys are underrated players and I think over the weekend they deserve that recognition that some of them can play in the Aussie 20’s team and some of them can make the Aussie Men’s squad, that they are just as good as anyone else, they just don’t get the limelight which the Elite Eight is now showing for all of them. So hopefully we have a good time and hopefully we actually win it.last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredesby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have upped their offer for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.The Blues are going to £36m to convince Zenit to sell.The Daily Star says Maurizio Sarri’s side have turned to Zenit midfielder Paredes after being told by Cagliari that £45m starlet Nicolo Barella is off the market.Paredes was next on Chelsea’s wish list and the Argentina international, 24, has now agreed terms on a four-and-a-half year deal worth £80,000-a-week.Chelsea have previously bid £26.8m and £31.2m for Paredes but a third offer is expected to get the deal over the line. last_img read more