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

Serious buyers only: The 10 priciest new Hamptons listings

first_imgFor a mere $175 million, 700 Meadow Lane can be yours.Never has there been a better time to list a Hamptons estate. The pandemic supercharged interest in vacation homes as well as primary residences, and with virtually anyplace with broadband now qualifying as a workplace, East End mansions can now be both.Add to that exceedingly low inventory and some very swollen bank accounts, thanks to Wall Street’s robust recovery, and the potential exists for seemingly inflated asking prices to be met, if not exceeded. That said, aspirational pricing is still a hazard for home shoppers and real estate agents alike.Here are the 10 highest-priced listings to hit the Hamptons market this year, not including a Bridgehampton estate asking $52 million that only became available this week, after this ranking was compiled.ADVERTISEMENT1. Mylestone at Meadow Lane | $175 millionFormer advertising executive Marcia Riklis’ waterfront home at 700 Meadow Lane was listed in January for more than twice what Ken Griffin paid for a slightly smaller property next door. Riklis’ mansion spans 15,521 square feet and has 11 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and four half-bathrooms. A modern Tudor-style, it sits on eight acres and features an attached caretaker’s cottage, basketball and tennis courts and outdoor entertaining spaces. Bespoke Real Estate has the listing.2. 90 & 100 Briar Patch | $95 millionThis 11-acre East Hampton estate was put on the market in February. Its centerpiece is a 13,800-square-foot mansion with 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and three half-bathrooms. The listing also includes a guest house, pool cabana and two garages. The home was built in 1931 by Arthur C. Jackson, who also prepared plans for the New York Public Library and Lasata, the childhood summer home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Bespoke Real Estate has the listing.3. 63 Duck Pond Lane | $35 millionThe flagship property of homebuilder Hamptons Luxury Estates went on the market in April. The 16,000-square-foot Southampton home sits on two acres and has nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Designed in part by Alexander Gorlin and Bennett Leifer, it has a sunken tennis court, an indoor spa with an infinity jacuzzi and dry sauna. The listing is offered directly by Hamptons Luxury Estates, said its president, Yale Fishman.4. 612 Halsey Lane | $35 millionThis Bridgehampton mansion, listed in March, has 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and five half baths. The home is about 17,000 square feet, sits on 11.5 acres and has a library, home theater and recreational space including a two-lane bowling alley, virtual golf and rock-climbing wall. Douglas Elliman’s Erica Grossman has the listing. The home first hit the market in June 2019 for nearly $40 million, according to Out East. It has been on and off the market since then, but had its first and only price chop when it was relisted in March.5. 359 Meadow Lane | $32 millionThis Southampton estate was listed by Corcoran in January. The 6,188-square-foot home sits on 5.6 acres and has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and one half-bathroom. Features include a guest house, tennis court and heated pool. Tim Davis and Thomas Davis are the brokers. In 2019, Bespoke Real Estate marketed the property paired with a mansion at 660 Halsey Neck Lane for $72.5 million.6. 569 Ox Pasture Road | $32 millionThis Southampton property went on the market in March. Built in 1970, the single-family home spans 9,333 square feet and includes nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half baths. The 4.6-acre property features a tennis court, three-car garage, powder room and greenhouse. There’s also three spaces for entertaining, a sauna deck and a solarium with views of the water. Douglas Elliman’s Erica Grossman has the listing. The property was last sold in 2008 for $11.7 million.7. 25 Quimby Lane | $28.5 millionCondé Nast power couple Christopher Mitchell and Pilar Guzmán listed their home in March. The 12,000-square-foot Bridgehampton home sits on 2.3 acres and features 10 bedrooms and 11 full bathrooms. Amenities include a spa, steam room, wine room, fitness room and home theater. Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Beate Moore and Frank Newbold have the listing. Mitchell and Guzmán purchased the home in 2019 for $7.1 million and made extensive renovations.8. 176 Deforest Road | $28.5 millionLegendary talk show host Dick Cavett’s 19th century Montauk home is back on the market. It was re-listed in April for $4,385 per square foot. The 6,500-square-foot home has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and one half bath. The property is nearly 20 acres surrounded by almost 200 acres of preserve. Several price chops since it was listed in 2018 brought the price down from $62 million to less than $28 million in March, but that price went up with the most recent listing. Chris Coleman of Compass is the listing agent.9. 30 & 52 The Crossways & Georgica Road | $25 millionDesigned by architect John Custis Lawrence, the 14,000-square-foot, three-story home in East Hampton Village was listed in February. The price works out to $1,786 per square foot. It sits on two acres and features 11 bedrooms, eight bathrooms and three half bathrooms. Highlights of the property, known as Onadune, include stained glass windows, a 20-by-50 foot heated pool and a library that philanthropist John Rockefeller often escaped to in the summertime. Compass’ Scott Strough and Ed Petrie are the listing agents.10. 1950 Meadow Lane | $25 millionThis Southampton mansion hit the market in February, according to Miller Samuel. Built in 1983, it spans 8,293 square feet and sits on 3.4 acres. The home has 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and two half bathrooms across three levels. Ocean views abound, and the property features a private boardwalk and terrace. Mark Baron of Saunders & Associates has the listing.Contact Cordilia James Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* bridgehamptonEast HamptonHamptons Listingshamptons-weeklylong islandluxury marketmontaukSouthamptonThe Hamptonscenter_img Message* Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more