The two men at the heart of Wales’ Grand Slam win

first_img The two men at the heart of Wales’ Grand Slam winAs the final whistle edged closer at the Principality Stadium, Bread of Heaven echoed around the heaving ground, growing louder and louder as a Six Nations Grand Slam looked ever more certain for Wales.“Feed me till I want no more” is the key line in that song and it’s clear that Alun Wyn Jones’s appetite for success on the rugby pitch is not sated yet.In the ninth minute of this match against Ireland, it looked as though the Wales captain’s day was done. He was lying on the ground receiving treatment from the medical team. Replay footage on the big screen showed the second-row in significant pain as his leg got trapped awkwardly in a maul.Worrying time: Alun Wyn Jones receives treatment early in the match (Getty Images)Was he going to leave the pitch with an injury just as George North had done seconds earlier? That scenario looked odds-on but instead Jones rose to his feet, tested out his leg with a light jog over five metres, and then stuck it out until the final whistle.Adrenaline will have no doubt paid a part in numbing the pain somewhat but the display he produced after such a blow was quite phenomenal and Wales went on to thump Ireland in all facets to clinch the Grand Slam – a third such clean sweep for Jones.Related: How Wales won the Six Nations Grand SlamYes, it was the kicking of Gareth Anscombe that was crucial to the scoreboard, but the talismanic nature of Jones’s performance played just as big a part in the triumph.Here are a few stats to back up that assertion: more carries than any other Wales player (seven); more dominant tackles than any of his team-mates (five); 18 successful tackles – a tally beaten only by Josh Navidi, who made an incredible 28!Leading the charge: Alun Wyn Jones makes a big carry against Ireland (Getty Images)And remember Jones is 33 years old, one of the veterans of the modern game and now the joint fifth most-capped player in the world alongside Gethin Jenkins with 134 Test appearances for Wales and the Lions.Eddie Jones may have quipped that Wales look tired ahead of this decisive fixture, but Jones looked wide awake. There’s plenty of life left in those long limbs. And he inspires those around him not just through his pure work-rate or how he has matured and improved over the years, but because of his stature in the game. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Why Alun Wyn Jones and Warren Gatland were crucial to a Welsh triumph in the 2019 championship Pure joy: Alun Wyn Jones celebrates with the trophy after Wales are crowned Six Nations champions (Getty Images) center_img That takes us nicely onto his coach. Jones points to the self-belief Warren Gatland has instilled in the players – after all, the Kiwi predicted Wales would win the championship if they beat France in their opening game and so it has transpired.“If someone is confident at the top of the tree that filters down,” says Jones. “His record speaks for itself. He’s been pretty prolific not just for Wales but the other red jersey (Lions).“It’s easy to say on the back of a win but he’s come under pressure over the years and it takes a certain type of character to come through the mire. He’s done that.“He’s got a bit left on his contract and he won’t take his foot off the gas yet.”Gatland, too, has three Grand Slams to his name now – the first coach to do so – and attentions will now turn to the World Cup, after which Gatland will sign off as Wales boss.In fairness, Gatland has been thinking about Japan 2019 for a while now, bringing in new players over the past 18 months to increase the depth of his squad – and it has paid off.Smiling in the rain: Wales coach Warren Gatland after the win over Ireland (Getty Images)Wales have won 14 straight Tests, have leapfrogged Ireland to be ranked second in the world – a rise from tenth when Gatland took over after RWC 2007 – and so expectations will be high in Japan, where they are grouped with Australia, Fiji, Georgia and Uruguay.“We’ve probably put a big target on our backs for a lot of other teams,” says Jones. “We’ve got to be comfortable with the pressure that comes with it.“If we drop a game it won’t be panic stations; we’ll regroup and go again.” It’s clear both captain and coach are hungry for more success and those two men will be at the heart of all Wales do at the World Cup. Just as they have been in this Six Nations campaign.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Girls lacrosse Lakers roll past Mustangs, 17-6

first_imgIt only figured that the Skaneateles and Marcellus girls lacrosse teams would get together for a crucial battle on the last Friday night of the regular season.With the Lakers at no. 3 and the Mustangs at no. 5 in the latest state Class D rankings, their latest chapter in this long rivalry at Hyatt Stadium would serve as a measurement of where they stood with the Section III playoffs looming.And at least on this night, Skaneateles towered over Marcellus, showing no weaknesses anywhere while building a 17-2 advantage at one point on the way to defeating the Mustangs 17-6. On her senior night, Duke University-bound Olivia Navaroli set the tone, dominating the draws and giving the Lakers all kinds of extra possession time. Gradually, that wore the Marcellus defense down.Skaneateles had seven unanswered goals during the first half, and even when the Mustangs did convert, the Lakers quickly answered, Navaroli and Gabby Welch both hitting on goals in the last minute of the half to extend the advantage to 11-2.Things kept working for the Lakers in the second half, too. Navaroli worked her total to two goals and five assists, while Maggie Newton scored five times. Grace Dower and Riley Brogan both had four goals and two assists. Only in the final minutes did Marcellus break out of the long Skaneateles spell, Sarah Hutchings notching four of the Mustangs’ six goals as Maisie Moses had the other two. Anna Vetsch and Casey Conklin got assists.Before all this, Westhill, who was no. 4 in the state Class D rankings after beating Marcellus 10-8 on May 2, suffered a setback at home last Monday night as it fell 11-7 to Christian Brothers Academy.For the entire game, the Warriors found itself chasing the Brothers, in large part because it had difficulty getting first-half draws, allowing CBA to control the ball and patiently build a 6-1 advantage.Trying to fight back late, Westhill got two goals apiece from Gianna Zerrillo and Caroline Miller, with Rebecca Gilhooley earning a goal and three assists. Kendra MacCaull and Reilly Geer also found the net.CBA held on, though, as three different players – Bella Roberson, Gracie Britton and Riley Taylor – earned three goals apiece, passes often coming from Tatumn Kohlbrenner, who earned five assists.On Wednesday, Skaneateles faced Homer, and for a half it was close, but the Lakers outscored the Trojans 13-3 in the second half to roll to a 23-11 victory.Dower, Navaroli and Brogan each scored five goals, Dower adding five assists as Navaroli and Brogan both got two assists. Elizabeth Wamp scored twice.Rebounding from the CBA loss, Westhill flattened LaFayette 17-3 on Thursday, with Gilhooley amassing seven goals and three assists. Miller had three goals and five assists as Zerrillo scored four times. Grace Dwywr, Julia Lasher and Ellie Masterpole had one goal apiece.Then Westhill claimed a tough 13-11 decision over General Brown on Saturday afternoon, improving its overall record to 13-2, the only blemishes coming to CBA and to Skaneateles in a 6-5 decision on April 2.Jordan-Elbridge took a 13-5 defeat to Chittenango last Monday as Chelsea Curtis, who ended up with four goals, helped the Eagles only trail 5-3 at halftime before the Bears got away. Gabby Smart had the other goal as Rhonee Shea Pal (five goals, two assists) and Julia Graham (four goals, one assist) led Chittenango.Then J-E played CBA on Thursday and lost 21-8 to the Brothers, the Eagles getting six goals from Curtis as Hannah Godfrey and Margo Miller also found the net. For the Brothers, Britton had five goals and two assists, with Taylor getting four goals and one assist.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: girls lacrosseJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWesthilllast_img read more


first_imgGibson & Associates Solicitors are a leading Donegal and Dublin based legal practice. The firm deals with a broad range of legal areas including Commercial Law, Property, Insolvency, Personal Injury and Litigation.The firm has a strong reputation for delivering high quality advice and excellent results for clients.Due to continued expansion the firm wishes to recruit an experienced Legal Secretary to assist in its Letterkenny Conveyancing Department. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated Legal Secretary to progress in a forward thinking firm.Those interested in being considered should forward CV by post or by email for the attention of Lisa Boyle, Gibson & Associates Solicitors, LK House, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Email [email protected] closing date for applications is Friday the 25th of October 2013.JOBS: LEGAL SECRETARY POSITION AT BUSY CO DONEGAL PRACTICE was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal jobsGibson and AssociatesLegal Secretary Positionlast_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week #2 – Thompson Farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For Week #2 of AgriGold’s Feeding Farmers, the Ohio Ag Net crew headed to Wilmington and Thompson Farms. It is a busy time there, as planting wraps up, spraying and side dressing begin and a new 280,000 bushel grain bin is being constructed. Dale Minyo visited with Bill Thompson about all of the activity on the farm. Get your farm signed up to win here!last_img

London Olympics: Ukraine beat Germany to win gold in women’s quadruple sculls rowing

first_imgUkraine charged to an Olympic rowing gold in the women’s quadruple sculls on Wednesday, beating the world champion Germans by clear water. Ukraine’s Kateryna Tarasenko, Nataliya Dovgodko, Anastasia Kozhenkova and Yana Dementieva quickly shot into the lead and never gave the rest of the field a chance, crossing the line in six minutes, 35.93 seconds.Germany pipped the United States to the silver three seconds behind, while Beijing Games gold medallists China finished fifth. Australia were placed fourth.last_img read more

Micromax Selfie 2 with 13-megapixel rear camera announced in India at Rs 9,999

first_imgMicromax adds another selfie centric phone to its family silently. The Selfie 2 this time. The phone, as the name suggests, is dedicated for the selfie lovers. The new Micromax Selfie 2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the front, and a 13-megapixel sensor at the rear panel. The phone is priced at Rs 9,999 and will be available on retail stores starting tomorrow – August 1.Micromax says that the “Phone designed to capture your memories and yourself in the best way possible.” The Selfie 2’s 13-megapixel rear camera comes with Sony sensors, while the 8-megapixel camera comes coupled with soft selfie flash. Selfie 2 comes with several camera modes and also a real time Bokeh option which captures the depth and distance information of the subject in detail.The camera of the phone further comes with Auto Scene Detection mode, Super Pixel feature, it is the latest technology that lets you capture pictures that are super clear with minimum noise and blur. It also comes with Gallery 4.0 which uses image and facial recognition technologies.Micromax’s Selfie 2 runs on the latest Android Nougat operating system and is powered by MediaTek MT6737 Quad-core processor. “With MediaTek MT6737 Quad-core processor is designed to optimise power consumption. It saves up to 30 per cent power consumption and ensures seamless gaming and multitasking experience,” says the company.Also Read: Micromax Canvas 1 launched at Rs 6,999, available on all offline storesSelfie 2 sports an all metal body and has an NCVM coating on the edges and there’s also a fingerprint sensor.  The phone comes with 5.2 inch HD 2.5D display along with High brightness screen. The smartphone comes with an ultra-fast front fingerprint sensor at the back.advertisementThe smartphone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is expandable to 64GB via a microSD card. Selfie 2 is backed by 3000 mAh battery which claims to deliver a standby time of 250hours, 11 hours of talk-time and music playback of up to 22 hours. The smartphone also offers 4G VoLTE with separate slots for dual SIM and microSD cards.Micromax recently unveiled the Canvas 1 in India. Micromax Canvas 1 comes in two colour variants — Matte Black and Chrome Black and both the variants are available across all offline channels at Rs 6,999. In terms of specifications, the new Micromax Canvas 1 comes with 4G VoLTE support, 5-inch HD display, 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while on the front comes with a 5-megapixel front facing camera.Canvas 1 runs on Android Nougat out-of-the-box and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor which is further coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The storage memory is further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The phone is further backed by a 2500mAh battery, which the company claim lasts for 7 hours.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton draw

first_imgArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits they must improve after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international started in midfield, before moving into a back three for a goalless second half.Xhaka said, “Of course we wanted to take three points. We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.”At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent. But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter. We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!

first_imgInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!by Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte defended Romelu Lukaku after defeat to Juventus.Lukaku struggled to make an impact on the night.But Conte insisted: “He is definitely a player who has to train, he has an impressive physical size, he needs to train and play to be in great condition.”In the beginning he had this problem in his back. “I think he gave everything, it is inevitable that with Barcelona we lacked Lukaku.”Romelu is committed, he has tried to do his best. I hope he overcomes these small problems.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BoB merges Dena Vijaya into self… now Indias 2nd largest PSB

first_imgNew Delhi/ Mumbai/ Bengaluru: Bank of Baroda (BoB) on Monday became the second largest state-owned lender after merging Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank into itself as part of the first three-way amalgamation. The consolidated entity has started its operations with a business mix of over Rs 15 lakh crore of balance sheet, with deposits and advances of Rs 8.75 lakh crore and Rs 6.25 lakh crore respectively.Bank of Baroda now has over 9,500 branches, 13,400 ATMs and 85,000 employees to serve 12 crore customers. Meanwhile, Bank of Baroda completed share allotment to shareholders of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank as per the scheme of amalgamation. Shareholders of Vijaya Bank got 402 equity shares of BoB for every 1,000 shares held. In the case of Dena Bank, its shareholders received 110 shares of BoB for every 1,000 shares. The bank on Monday issued and allotted equity shares at approved share exchange ratio pursuant to ‘Amalgamation of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda Scheme, 2019’, BoB said in a regulatory filing. Post-amalgamation, the bank will have a 22 per cent market share in Gujarat and 8-10 per cent market share in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the bank has said. All customers of Dena Bank, which is under prompt corrective action (PCA) framework of the RBI, will have renewed access to credit facilities immediately. The government in September last year announced the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with a combined business of Rs 14.82 lakh crore, making it the third-largest bank after State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank. The announcement of the three-way merger was among several reforms initiatives undertaken by Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar to make public sector banks (PSBs) healthy, robust and globally competitive. As part of the reform process, the government had also announced transfer of majority 51 per cent stake to Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in IDBI Bank in August last year to transform the Mumbai-based lender. Besides, the Department of Financial Services made a record capital infusion of Rs 1.06 lakh crore in the PSBs in the fiscal 2018-19. As a result five public sector banks including Bank of India, Corporation Bank and Allahabad Bank were out of the prompt corrective action framework of the RBI earlier this year. Non-performing assets (NPAs) showed a negative trend in 2018-19 and reduced by Rs 23,860 crore between April-September 2018. Following the merger, the number of PSBs has come down to 18. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reshuffled lead bank responsibilities in some districts of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Union Territory Dadra & Nagar Haveli following the merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda. Amalgamation of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda has been notified on January 2, 2019. The notification has come into force on April 1, 2019, the RBI said in a notification. Following the merger, the RBI has decided to assign the lead bank responsibility of districts hitherto held by Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, the central bank said. The lead bank responsibility in seven districts in Chhattisgarh has been assigned to Bank of Baroda from Dena Bank. In Gujarat, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar will get SBI as the lead banker from Dena Bank earlier. While eight other districts in the state will be deputed to Bank of Baroda from Dena Bank. Three districts in Karnataka goes to Bank of Baroda from Vijaya Bank. “There is no change in the lead bank responsibilities of the other districts across the country,” the RBI said. As Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank merged to form the second largest public sector bank in the country, the unified management Monday said it would benefit customers, as well as employees in a big way. Vijaya Bank was founded in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district in 1931 by A B Shetty. Dena Bank, named after its founder Devkaran Nanjee, came into being in 1938 in Mumbai. The consolidated bank would have more than 13,400 Automated Teller Machines and above 85,000 employees to serve over 120 million customers, said the officials at a press conference here to share details about the merger. “The 120+ million customers will experience superior banking services and benefit from wider product range including cash management solution, supply chain financing, financial planning, wealth management,” said Birendra Kumar, general manager of Bank of Baroda zonal office here. Kumar added that the employees will benefit from the diverse opportunities.last_img read more