European Champions Cup player analysis: Sam Burgess, Bath

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

first_img Centre of attention: Burgess played a full part in Bath’s bonus-point victory over Montpellier TAGS: Bath RugbyHighlight He is unlucky here. David Wilson and Alafoti Faosiliva do not execute the clear-out and it could be argued that the tackler does not release Burgess before getting over the ball. In any case, the tutorial is clear: pump your legs in contact until you are sure support can arrive.21:42 Toppling TulouFrancois Louw has been assigned the task of being Burgess’ specialist breakdown coach. By chopping down Montpellier lynchpin Alex Tulou brilliantly, Burgess served his mentor a turnover to yield another three points for Bath:We all know how much he relishes contact, so the fact he can fell such an effective carrier is not surprising. It is the manner in which he fights to roll away from the tackle – obviously unnecessary in league – that is most striking.Take another glance:28:16 Audacious grubberBath’s main priority was to win with a four-try bonus point. With that in mind, there was license to try things. And why not? This very nearly came off:40:20 Offloading and organising Having been comfortably bettered in the 10-minute spell up until half-time, Bath needed an assertive start to the second period.Burgess was at the forefront of that, latching onto Dominic Day‘s charge-down and finding Cook with an offload:With Cook trapped in the ruck, Burgess then shows awareness to assume the scrum-half role. He finds Stuart Hooper and then hits the ruck for good measure:50:20 and 56:00 Uncomplicated, accurate clear-outsChris Ashton is one league convert whose support lines are consistently world class, aiding his crossover to union. Burgess displayed similar instincts on Friday.Where Ashton usually sniffs scoring chances, Burgess tailed runners and launched himself into the breakdown to ensure possession was won. This electric break from Joseph was a prime example:One major advantage of Burgess’ lack of union experience is that he has a blank canvas in some areas. The way in which Rene Ranger is banished from the breakdown confirms how well Toby Booth and Neil Hatley are doing:Less conspicuous but just as important is this piece of protection after Ford takes a high ball slightly later:57:32 Choking upBurgess was animated throughout the game. He swore loudly on conceding the holding on penalty and winked at Ford following a second-half carry. However, after wrapping up Tulou to form a maul and force a turnover, he was evidently ecstatic.It’s easy to see why:There is even a little glance at the referee here. It’s almost as if he has been affecting choke tackles for five years…64:24 Spill in contactRanger is a fine player who would have appeared in many more All Blacks Tests should he have opted to remain in New Zealand.His know-how tells here, as Burgess is hit from the side, forcing the ball loose:72:09 An honest mistakeIf you had believed some social media whispers last week, Burgess was only going to last a couple of minutes before seeing either yellow or red for a swinging arm. As it was, he only gave away a pair of penalties, both on technicalities.This second one might easily have been applauded if it was Richie McCaw or Michael Hooper swooping on what looks like a straightforward knock-on rather than a ruck situation. Decide for yourselves:74:32 Late lapseBath only had 42 per cent of possession, and the majority of that time was spent trying to work Burgess into space. Sadly, the only time he found open grass in front of him, he snatched at the chance:Latching onto Houston’s muscular carry and deft offload, Burgess should have simply drawn Ranger and released Louw. A still of the moment he drops the ball onto his foot does not make for comfortable viewing:Composure will come. In the event, this kick was weighted nicely. Ranger carried over his own try-line and Bath pressurised long enough to force their fourth try.Even so, Burgess wore a frustrated expression at the final whistle, probably because of this trio of late set-backs. He is so ambitious that he will dwell longer on the negatives than the numerous positives. For him, Bath and ultimately England, that is the best approach. A first Bath start for Sam Burgess on Friday brought a blend of immense raw ability and moments of understandable inexperience. Overall, it was extremely encouraging. We analyse a fascinating evening for the league convert. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Burgess will be on the bench this Sunday at Kingsholm and then Ford senior will decide whether to involve him in clashes with Exeter, Leicester and Wasps. Then comes a potential Saxons assignment.Whether or not World Cup honours arrive, his journey will be intriguing. As Friday showed, Burgess already has a solid base from which to build. What a treat. After months of opinions ranging from social media suggestions to ostentatious open letters, there was actually some meaningful action on which to judge how Sam Burgess is progressing in rugby union.While a couple of 20-minute cameos had provided glimpses of his transition over the past fortnight, a maiden start for Bath against Montpellier allowed a more accurate gauge. Following a full part in a 32-12 win, anyone wishing him well can feel quietly encouraged.Burgess’ visceral edge, grounded attitude and singular focus make him perfectly equipped to make rapid improvements. This new boy just wants to chuck himself in at the deep end and figure things out.Relentless work-rate and willpower will definitely help him there. On Friday evening he racked up 17 tackles from centre – one more than the heroic Brad Barritt managed against Australia. Even behind a pack that was hammered at the set-piece, he got through seven carries. Most encouragingly, Burgess shirked nothing at the breakdown.All of this industry represented opportunities to make mistakes and, crucially, to learn. Here is a run-down of a promising display.02:15 Lucky bounceBurgess’ first contribution came down to an iffy decision from television match official Carlo Damsco, who ruled there to be no knock-on and for Matt Banahan not to have been offside after collecting the ball from a ricochet off his teammate’s thigh:There are reasons to be cheerful despite the slice of luck. First, Burgess’ presence helps create the initial opening:Standing inside George Ford, he attracts the attention of the Montpellier defence. They jam in and Ford can float out a pass to Leroy Houston, cutting out hooker Ross Batty.Burgess’ support line is good and he would have scored himself with a higher offload from Houston. The reverse angle offers better insight:05:13 Contact area carnageMinutes later, Burgess did get his hands on the ball:Even in heavy traffic – Springbok opposite number Wynand Olivier is pretty close to tackling him without the ball – Burgess barges over the gain-line and wins a penalty from referee Marius Mitrea as one of the three tacklers, hooker Charles Geli, does not release before trying to win the ball on the floor. Bath gain three points.Interestingly, Burgess gets to his feet to ensure the ruck is won, showing appreciation for the nuances of his new sport. More of that shortly. For now, a closer look at scrum-half Chris Cook‘s options from this lineout demonstrates how defences will react to such a direct carrier:As Burgess steams off Cook’s shoulder, Semesa Rokoduguni and Ford are ignored as three Montpellier men flood the same channel. Later, similar ‘honey-potting’ proves costly.07:10 Tackle-turnoverFrom the ensuing restart, Ford went high and Banahan forced fly-half Enzo Selponi to infringe:Banahan was brilliant all night and this is another superb effort, making the hit and then marching into the space beyond the ball. Watch once more what happens after poor Selponi ships a penalty, though. He is smashed by Burgess, who recovers his feet before bulldozing over his man:This is a satisfying retort for anyone who thought he might struggle to lower the upright collisions that characterised his league success. The tackle is copy-book and, as he bounces back up, his driving position is flawless:Especially for those who see his future as a back-rower, this was very heartening. After a momentary stutter, the physicality did not ease.09:44 Miss and hitSelponi then seized a modicum of revenge by dancing past Burgess, confirming that body-position alteration and arm-wrapping remains a work in progress:It is coming, though. In a microcosm of his short time at Bath thus far, Burgess halted all 122 kilograms of Robins Tchale-Watchou on the gain-line from the very next phase:12:38 Olivier outmuscledA reminder: Olivier has 38 South Africa caps. Burgess will come up against bigger international reputations soon enough. He would do well to treat them all like this:Working with midfield partner Jonathan Joseph, Burgess drifts softly before striking as Montpellier attempt a simple switch.A tackle around the sternum suits the situation, preventing an offload and propelling Olivier into touch:13:20 More decoy dangerFrom the resulting lineout, Burgess tears forward again, this time off the shoulder of Ford. Olivier steps in on a payback mission and Rokoduguni skates away:Isolating the moment Ford releases the pass, we see how Olivier’s desire to stop Burgess (blue circle) disconnects him from fellow Montpellier centre Robert Ebersohn and manufactures a large gap:Though Rokoduguni holds on for too long, Anthony Watson saves him with a fine offload and Banahan is in again.18:10 Isolated and penalisedAs mentioned, this was an 80-minute lesson punctuated by steep learning curves. This was one of them. Burgess carries strongly but concedes a holding on penalty:last_img read more


Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_img The City-County Observer is excited to announce that Brad Ellsworth the former Vanderburgh County Sheriff’,  past member of the U.S. House of Representatives and President of Vectren- South. has been selected as the Master Of  Ceremony for the City-County Observer  “Community Services Award”  2018 luncheon.This year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on March 19, 2018.  This event is completely sold out.The “Community Services Award” winners for 2018 are Vanderburgh are TED C. ZIEMER, JR. and CLARE D. ZIEMER, HONORABLE JUDGE JIM REDWINE, EPD POLICE CHIEF BILLY BOLIN AND LIEUTENANT PAUL KIRBY, LOCAL ATTORNEY AND IU BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER, THE HONORABLE SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE LES SHIVELY.ATTACHED IS THE PROFILE OF THE HONORABLE BRAD ELLSWORTHEducationThe University of Southern Indiana, Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice (81), Indiana State University, Master’s Degree in Criminology (93), Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (95).Brad Ellsworth Professional ExperiencesServed with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office from April of 1982 until December of 2006. During this time he served in every merit rank and in every capacity. In 1998 he was elected as Sheriff of the County and served two terms (term-limited).Patrolman-1982-87 detention division, motor patrolCorporal -1987-89 supervised detention division, narcotics investigator, K-9 handlerSergeant-1989-93 supervised narcotics division, implemented DARE program county wideLieutenant-1993-95 shift commander in the patrol divisionCaptain-1995-96 Field Operations and Support Services CommanderChief Deputy -1996-98 Executive Commander of the Administration and Detention DivisionsSheriff-1999-2006 elected to 2 terms as Sheriff (Indiana is limited to 2 terms)U.S. House of RepresentativesElected to represent the 8th district of Indiana. Served two terms on the Armed Services, Agriculture and Small Business Committees.In 2010 made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, when then-Senator Bayh chose not to run.Brad is the President of Vectren- South.working for Vectren Energy Delivery, a combined gas, and electric utility, serving 1 million customers, based in Evansville, IN.Brad Ellsworth Current Boards and  Community ServiceUnited Way of Southwest Indiana- Board Member, Statewide 211 Board Member, RADIUS Indiana Board Member, Battery Innovation Center (BIC) Board Member, BRIDGELINK Board Member, Evansville Brownfields Board Member, WNIN Board Member, Chamber of Commerce Board Member, G.A.G.E. Board Member, Association for the Blind, Youth First Advisory Board. Copyright 2018 City-County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without our permission.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

NCAA Board of Directors approves eligibility protection for fall athletes

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm Contact Roshan: [email protected] | @Roshan_f16center_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors has approved additional protections and eligibility blanket waivers for fall athletes, the NCAA announced Friday. The NCAA Division I Council recommended the change last week.Athletes who opt out, have their season cut short due to COVID-19 or appear in all games during the 2020 season will be awarded either an extension to their five-year eligibility period or an additional season of eligibility. Graduating seniors who return next fall won’t count against scholarship limits.“In this time of uncertainty, the Council members are working to create additional flexibility for college athletes whose seasons have been negatively impacted by the pandemic,” NCAA Council Chair M. Grace Calhoun said in an Aug. 12 release. Fall sport athletes now have similar options to athletes from the spring, who were given an extra year of eligibility after conferences canceled seasons and championships March 12. At Syracuse, 21 spring athletes announced their intention to use that added year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs of Friday, Cooper Dawson, a redshirt freshman and defensive lineman, was the only SU player to opt out of the fall season.“Every day things are changing in college sport, and we want to be as responsive as possible, with the best information, to help student-athletes and their families make important decisions for their future,” Calhoun said.last_img read more

Westinghouse girls basketball Coach Phyllis Jones is reinstated

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgWestinghouse High School girls’ basketball coach Phyllis Jones has been reinstated after receiving a one-year suspension in February for allegedly recruiting a Langley High School player.“I feel great. This should’ve been taken care of a long time ago and I’m ready to put this behind me and move forward,” Jones said. Jones was suspended by the City League at a hearing Feb. 27 when Langley officials accused her of attempting to recruit one of their junior varsity players. The suspension passed by a 5-3 vote from the athletic committee.Since the initial suspension, Jones continued coaching while the case was under review by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The PIAA granted Jones a stay of her suspension because they said she had not been fully prepared for the first hearing.“Because of the way it was done I didn’t know a lot of stuff that was going on,” Jones said. “I wasn’t properly prepared for the case in the beginning.”The appeal hearing was set to occur at the end of March, but was postponed until May and then postponed for a second time until July. Prior to the hearing, the PIAA decided to send the case back to City League District 8 committee for a hearing to be held in September.“A key word is patience,” Jones said. “This whole experience definitely taught me patience.”The reversal of the one-year suspension came after Langley officials retracted their allegations against Jones. The District 8 committee then voted unanimously to accept the letter of retraction and drop the case.“Langley dropped their charges and the district board accepted their dismissal,” said City League athletic director Mike Gavlik. “That’s the district’s decision and we obviously respect their decision.”A similar incident erupted in March of 2006 when Jones was first accused of recruiting and set to receive a one-year suspension. Though the penalty was reversed by the PIAA, Jones was suspended for the first five games of the 2006-07 season and placed on probation for two years.Jones has coached at Westinghouse for 19 seasons and has won two National Coaching awards and several City League championships, which includes the past three in a row. She has also been selected as the Courier’s Coach of the Year the past two years. HONOREE— Phyllis Jones was named Coach of the Year at the Courier’s All City Awards Banquet. last_img read more

Anti-corruption hotline makes its mark

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img4 September 2013The South African government has recovered R330-million following tip-offs received via the National Anti-Corruption Hotline since its establishment in September 2004, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.Over the same period, 17 110 cases of alleged corruption have been generated and a total of 2 638 officials found guilty of misconduct relating to corruption, Zuma said during a meeting with editors, bureau chiefs and political editors in Pretoria.A total of 491 officials had been suspended and 1 600 dismissed from the Public Service, he said, while about 256 officials had been fined three months’ salary, 31 officials had been demoted, 541 officials had been given final written warnings, and 210 officials had been prosecuted.The hotline, which is run by the Public Service Commission, enables South Africans to report anonymously on corrupt activities by public officials by calling 0800 701 701 toll-free. “We sincerely thank the public for this contribution to promoting clean governance,” Zuma said.Zuma noted that public servants now had to go through a vetting process before being appointed.He said the government has also established a multi-agency working group to investigate supply chain management practices, as well as an anti-corruption task team within the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster in order to fast-track high-priority and high-profile corruption cases.This team comprises the heads of the National Treasury, the Directorate Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks), the Special Investigation Unit, the National Director of Public Prosecutions, and representatives of the Financial Intelligence Centre, the NPA’s Special Commercial Crimes Unit, the Asset Forfeiture Unit and the SA Revenue Service.While the government and the media differed on a number of issues, Zuma said both had a responsibility to strengthen and deepen democracy and to make South Africa a prosperous society with improved living standards for all.“Freedom of expression is one of the key achievements of our young democracy, the freedom to disagree and to be free to express that disagreement,” Zuma said.“At the same time, we believe the media has a responsibility as well in a young democracy and a developing country like ours, to promote hope, nation building, development and unity.“We appreciate the role that the media is playing in our country already in this regard,” Zuma said, singling out Lead SA, founded by Primedia Broadcasting and supported by the Independent Group of Newspapers, as an example of such initiatives.Source: read more

Parrikar back in Mumbai, may go abroad for treatment

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Ibobi welcomes probe into embezzlement case

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgCongress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and three-time former Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh, who arrived in Imphal on Saturday, said he welcomed the probe into alleged embezzlement of at least ₹332 crore from the Manipur Development Society (MDS).The CBI conducted a raid at Mr. Ibobi’s house and official residence. The CLP leader said that the guilty ones should be punished and should not be allowed to get away scot-free. He has maintained that he was merely the chairman of the MDS, “I did not sign a single cheque”. This is the first time in Manipur that sleuths searched the residences of a former CM and other ranking officials in connection with misappropriation of government money. Meanwhile, Mr. Ibobi said that most of the regional parties in India have assured the CLP of extending all possible help to the Congress regarding the Naga pact and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The CLP team had gone to Delhi on November 13. Congress president Sonia Gandhi reportedly assured them full cooperation.Mr. Ibobi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah did not even give a minute to the team with the result that Manipur’s viewpoints could not be presented to the central leaders.last_img read more

Del Potro beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Open

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Laimbeer excited for chance to build Las Vegas franchise CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was the Argentine’s first title since he beat Jack Sock in last year’s Stockholm final. The two Stockholm wins are del Potro’s only tour titles since he returned in 2016 following chronic wrist problems.For Dimitrov, it was his fourth final of the year and first defeat. The Bulgarian is now 7-6 in career finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the men’s singles final at the ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP)STOCKHOLM — Juan Martin del Potro won his 20th career title Sunday, beating Grigor Dimitrov in a successful title defense at the Stockholm Open.Del Potro held serve throughout as he won 6-4, 6-2 against Dimitrov while also landing 70 percent of first serves and firing in nine aces.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

20 days agoSavage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utd

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgSavage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United junior Robbie Savage can see Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers finding his way to Old Trafford.Savage wrote for the Mirror: “Brendan Rodgers is leading Leicester City back into the Champions League – and he is a future Manchester United manager.”Don’t get me wrong: When I say Rodgers is destined for high office at United, I am NOT saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked.”I am not in favour of football’s hiring-and-firing culture, and Solskjaer deserves time.”But I’ve been so impressed by the job Rodgers has done since he took over at the King Power eight months ago that I’m convinced Leicester can finish in the top four.”The team he has built is so well-drilled, and so easy on the eye, that I would fancy them to beat Claudio Ranieri’s 5,000-1 title-winning miracles of 2016.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Explains Why He Thinks Ohio State Should Get In The Playoff Over Alabama

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd doesn’t think that Alabama belongs in the College Football Playoff field, and he’s making sure that everyone knows it. Instead, Cowherd believes that Ohio State, despite not having a chance to play for the Big Ten title this Saturday, deserves the spot. His main argument? Alabama’s strength of schedule is weak, and the Buckeyes have a better loss.Cowherd also seems to be upset with fans saying it’s “outrageous” that he has OSU in over Alabama. “Why is it outrageous to think Ohio State is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5?’ – @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015“I’m giving you facts, you’re giving me fiction” – @ColinCowherd tells a caller why the SEC is living off reputation— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2015Ohio State needs help to actually get in the playoff, regardless of Cowherd’s opinion. It’s very likely that in 2015, we have a new national champion.last_img read more