Summer Test: Japan 16-21 Scotland

first_img TAGS: Japan It was little wonder they changed their entire front row at half-time – though that only served to highlight Scotland’s lack of depth in that area – while the introduction of Greig Laidlaw after 50 minutes brought a little more direction to the team’s play as they kicked for territory. However, they still struggled to cope with Japan’s slick attack and build any momentum of their own. Yes, it was the last game of an extremely long and onerous season, and yes, the conditions would have been uncomfortable, but this was a lacklustre performance from a team that had showed such signs of improvement earlier in the season.Going to ground: Stuart Hogg is tackled as he tries to launch an attack. Photo: Getty ImagesQueues – A line of people snaked alongside the stadium and back on itself even 90 minutes before kick-off. They were queuing to get inside the stadium itself but having only one gate open meant rather a long wait in hot and humid conditions. Not ideal organisation and something that should be looked at for future games.The hooter – There’s letting the crowd know it’s half-time and then there’s letting the whole locale know. If anyone was catching 40 winks as the first half drew to a close – unlikely as there was plenty on the pitch to entertain – they would have been rudely awakened by the extremely loud hooter. It was a shock to the system and it was the same again at full-time. Cover those ears!JAPAN: R Matsuda (PM Poseti 78); M Sa’u, T Bennetts (K Ono 56), H Tatekawa, Y Sasakura; Y Tamura, K Shigeno (K Uchida 62); K Inagaki (M Mikami 72), S Horie (capt, T Kizu 61), K Hatakeyama (S Kakinaga 56), H Ono (K Yatabe 66), N Kotaki, H Tui (R Holani 61), S Kin, A Mafi.Try: Shigeno. Con: Tamura. Pens: Tamura 3.SCOTLAND: S Hogg; T Seymour, M Scott, P Horne, S Maitland (S Lamont 80); R Jackson (H Jones 58), H Pyrgos (capt, G Laidlaw 50); R Sutherland (G Reid ht), S McInally (F Brown ht), M Low (WP Nel ht), R Gray, J Gray, J Strauss, J Barclay (T Swinson 68), R Wilson (J Hardie 45). A rundown of what’s hot and what’s not from the second Japan-Scotland Test Scotland maintained their winning record against Japan with this seventh victory in seven Tests – but it was an error-strewn performance from the visitors at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium. In fact, Japan impressed in attack far more than their Scottish opponents, scoring a sensational first-half try and pressurising the line regularly in the second 40. The Scots, in contrast, could not create even one try-scoring opportunity and had to rely on the boot of Greig Laidlaw to grind out a narrow win from a succession of penalties.WHAT’S HOTTry-tastic – Japan produced one of the tries of 2016 in the 20th minute. First, they should be congratulated for backing themselves to attack from deep in their own 22. Within seconds full-back Rikiya Matsuda had taken the ball up to halfway and their speed of play was even more impressive as they spread the ball to the right and moved up the pitch. Amanaki Mafi drew in two Scottish defenders, offloaded to Shokei Kin, who then fed a simple try-scoring pass to scrum-half Kaito Shigeno. Fast of feet, hands and mind, simple movements but hugely effective ones – it was a quite brilliant score. And a team try too.The crowd – It wasn’t a sellout but there was a big turn out at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, the stands awash with cherry-and-white shirts. They were engrossed in the game too, ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ ringing out in reaction to different pieces of play, the noise undulating depending on the situation, and plenty of applause throughout. The national team’s performances at RWC 2015 have brought a new audience to the game in this country and let’s hope it keeps growing as we head towards Japan’s World Cup in three years’ time.Special guests: Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to the crowd in Tokyo. Photo: ReutersQuick and slick Japan – Everyone knows how good Japan played at last year’s World Cup and they continued to impress with this performance. They may have been missing key players like Michael Leitch, Ayumu Goromaru and Fumiaki Tanaka, but their organisation was superb. They were far quicker than Scotland at getting the ball away from the breakdown and were far more reliable at keeping the ball in hand than their opponents. Passes would zip left and right, the support player invariably where they were supposed to be. As Henry Pyrgos said afterwards “Japan play at a really high tempo”, while Vern Cotter added that the hosts had “lifted the intensity” from the first Test.Laidlaw’s boot – There was little in this performance to warm Scottish hearts but Greig Laidlaw, a second-half replacement, stepped up to slot two long-range penalties from just inside the Japanese half to put the visitors in front with ten minutes to go. His fourth successful kick in the 77th minute then put the game beyond Japan’s reach.He can kick it: Greig Laidlaw’s 12 points helped Scotland to victory. Photo: ReutersWHAT’S NOTScotland’s first half – Pushed around at the scrum, inaccurate at the lineout and handling errors across the park: the first 40 minutes were not pretty for Scotland. They couldn’t assert any authority up front, either at the set-piece or the breakdown, where they had to commit numbers to retain possession. And when they did get possession with which to attack, more often than not there would be a knock-on or dropped pass, resulting in the attack fizzling out. Jump to it: Japan’s Hitoshi Ono battles for possession against Scotland. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Pens: Pyrgos 3, Laidlaw 4.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Wallabies hold off Welsh fightback to claim win in Brisbane

first_imgMonday Jun 11, 2012 Wallabies hold off Welsh fightback to claim win in Brisbane Wales turned around a 20-6 deficit to trail 20-19 at one stage, but ultimately it was the Wallabies that claimed a fairly comfortable 27-19 victory at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday. The two sides meet again in Melbourne for the second test. Will Genia stamped his authority on the game with one of the better halfback performances you’re likely to see, including a brilliant solo effort. He controlled maters from the base with a high tempo performance, something Wales are aiming to prevent in the next two Tests. “If they put all their focus on Will, it will tighten their line and make it easier for us to run into holes,” said his Reds teammate Anthony Faingaa, who also praised wing Digby Ioane, who carried the ball 13 times and helped Genia dummy the Welsh defence for his try.“If Digby doesn’t make that run, Will doesn’t score that try,” he said.Nathan Sharpe, having played 11 times against Wales, says that they will come back stronger, and should not be taken lightly. “This is the best Welsh team I’ve ever played against,” he said.“We’re expecting big things from them again this weekend and they will have learned a lot from Saturday and we expect them to try to remedy that. The game will have a completely different focus and a completely different energy about it.Wales will have the services of Melbourne Rebels forward Gareth Delve at their disposal as he was called up after number eight Toby Faletau broke his hand. He’ll play in the game against the Brumbies tomorrow, and aim to get a Test call up for Saturday.You can also view the full match post hereADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Remote workforce information security tips

first_imgWorking from home presents a whole new host of unique information security risks. Although being at home can tend to make people more lax about important information security habits, this is actually a time when we will need to be even morevigilant than usual, as cyber criminals look to take advantage of vulnerabilities.What can you do to help protect your company, employees, and clients from exposures? In this blog post, we’ll discuss important information security tips and reminders to aid business leaders in ensuring that their sensitive data stays safe and protected.Think before you clickBe aware that the COVID-19 pandemic presents a prime opportunity for cyber criminals. Criminals continue to take advantage of those seeking information on coronavirus, as they leverage malware campaigns that imitate reputable sources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), or your local public health service. The impersonators will ask your employees to click on links or download materials such as outbreak maps, so it is important to remind your remote workers to think before they act. Consider sending out a companywide communication alerting employees about the importance of going straight to the source for information and updates by visiting only reputable websites. If you or any of your employees think they may be the subject of a phishing attempt to obtain sensitive information, be sure to have them alert your security team at once. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more