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Six Nations: Team of the Weekend: Round Five

first_imgRan a brilliant support line to Ali Price to score a try that completely changed the atmosphere in Twickenham. What Trophies Do You Get For Winning A Grand Slam? Expand Relive Wales’ Grand Slam win Why Alun Wyn Jones and Warren Gatland were… Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The two men at the heart of Wales’ Grand Slam win Relive Wales’ Grand Slam win Six Nations: Team of the Weekend: Round FiveWell Wales are Six Nations Grand Slam champions, and sadly we have come to Sam Tremlett’s final Team of the Weekend. What do you make of his selections? Do you agree or disagree with them? Let us know on our social media channels.1. Rob Evans (Wales) Going up against probably the best tight-head in the world in Tadhg Furlong, Evans was excellent both in the scrum and in the loose.Stepped Up: Facing Furlong, Evans didn’t back down one inch (Getty Images)2. Stuart McInally (Scotland)It was his intercept try and subsequent 60-metre run that gave Scotland the glimmer of hope they needed just before half-time. I still don’t know how he was able to outrun Jonny May and Owen Farrell.3. Tomas Francis (Wales) Like Evans above, Francis also didn’t give an inch to his Irish opponent Cian Healy. In fact Francis frustrated him so much that it was Healy who was regularly feeling the wrath of the referee.Access Denied: Francis about to stop Sexton in his tracks (Getty Images)4. Adam Beard (Wales)In what was his first Six Nations campaign, Beard stepped up to the plate whenever he was asked. Generally strong in defence and a nuisance at the line-out, Beard is sure to give Cory Hill some competition for a starting spot at the World Cup.Unbeaten: Adam Beard still hasn’t lost in a Wales shirt (Getty Images)5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) Probably the player of the tournament, Jones embodies this Welsh team to a tee. Passionate, powerful and defiant, Jones was once again excellent. An inspirational leader who deserves all the plaudits.Soldiered On: Jones kept going after picking up a knock (Getty Images)6. Josh Navidi (Wales) 21 tackles in all and none missed only tells half the story with Navidi. He seemed to be a constant presence all over the pitch and his general energy and thirst for work over the entire 80 minutes is testament to how effective he is.Breakdown Nuisance: Navidi’s work-rate is top notch (Getty Images)7. Justin Tipuric (Wales)Tom Curry was once again brilliant for England but I have gone with Justin Tipuric because he rarely receives praise because a lot of his work is unseen. For example the Osprey’s man stopped an Irish rolling maul near the Welsh try-line in the first half which totally stalled any Irish momentum.Unseen Excellence: Tipuric does all the dirty work for Wales (Getty Images)8. Magnus Bradbury (Scotland) Wales won a Grand Slam last year, but… THE WRU cameras were there to capture all… Expand What Trophies Do You Get For Winning A Grand Slam? Sadly we have come to Round Five of the Six Nations, and Sam Tremlett’s last Team of the Weekend. Agree with his selections? The two men at the heart of Wales’ Grand Slam win Worthy Winners: How many welshman make it into Sam Tremlett’s Team of the Weekend? (Getty Images) 9. Tito Tebaldi (Italy)Italy’s best player throughout the tournament, he was again excellent against the French scoring once and nearly dotted down again. He was also arguably the best scrum-half in the tournament given the struggles of players like Conor Murray, Ben Youngs and Gareth Davies.10. Finn Russell (Scotland)He struggled to deal with England’s line speed in the first half but as they tired he excelled. As far as excitement and unpredictability goes at the fly-half position, he is unmatched in the Six Nations. His intercept try shows his vision and reading of the game to be exemplary.11. Jess Breach (England Women)Another two tries against Scotland, she had nine in the tournament to help England to a Grand Slam.Unstoppable Force: Breach scored another two tries against Scotland (Getty images)12. Hadleigh Parkes (Wales) Parkes was the man at the centre of two pivotal moments in the match in Cardiff. First he gathered Anscombe’s kick to score after just 69 seconds and then five minutes later he produced a try-saving tackle on Jacob Stockdale – a moment which could have changed the game entirely.13. Henry Slade (England)He is brilliant to watch and has all but cemented a centre spot for the future. His offload to Jonny May was brilliantly audacious.Electric Entertainer: Slade excites whenever he is on the ball (Getty Images)14. Damian Penaud (France)Played a key role in the two biggest moments of the match against Italy. First he pulled off a brilliant tackle on Marco Zanon to force a knock-on and deny almost a certain try. He then went up the other end and put the game to bed after some dramatic skill by Romain Ntamack. Only 22-years-old, the Clermont man looks to be a real find.15. Gareth Anscombe (Wales)  He may have had the number ten on his back but given the early injury to George North and a change of personnel, Anscombe played his finest game in a Welsh jersey in the full-back position. He racked up the points – 20 in all – and also produced a lovely dinked kick to allow Parkes to score at the start of the match against Ireland.Fine Fettle: Anscombe was outstanding regardless of position in Cardiff (Getty Images)Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Facelift for Opera Centre eyesore underway

first_img Previous article‘Cops’ on trail of copper thieves in city and countyNext articleArts notes in brief admin Linkedin Email ON our edition dated July 16 last, it was exclusively reported by Andrew Carey, on page one, that approaches had been made to wealthy Limerick business people to assist with funding for a proposed clean- up of the ill-fated Opera Centre. It was revealed that talks had been held between interested parties, and to which JP McManus was invited. Dr Hugh Maguire of the Hunt Museum stated at the time that it would be of great benefit to the city if a clean up operation was put in place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Well, it emerged this week that McManus, through his charitable foundation, is making such funds available.The decision had been taken following talks with the developers of the site.According to a spokesperson for the foundation, their involvement will not make for a permanent solution, just that they want to make the city look good.There is to be an emphasis on carrying out improvement to the lower sections of buildings on Patrick Street, Rutland Street and Ellen Street.The amount being donated has not been disclosed.The Opera Centre site, currently on the books of NAMA, developed into an eyesore within one year of plans to develop a multi-million euro shopping centre.Property owners in the three streets had benefited handsomely, with huge sums paid out to finalise deals, some of which had been ongoing for years. Twitter NewsLocal NewsFacelift for Opera Centre eyesore underwayBy admin – September 1, 2011 606 center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Print Facebooklast_img read more

We Need to Talk about Emmanuel Ogbah

first_imgEmmanuel Ogbah is currently having one of the best seasons by a defensive end in Oklahoma State history. That’s not hyperbole either.Bill Haisten laid out the numbers here, but Ogbah (6.5 sacks so far his season) is probably going to challenge the single-season sacks record currently held by Leslie O’Neal at 16. He’s certainly going to threaten the top five for a single year.1. O’Neal (16)2. Gary Lewis (14)3. Greg Richmond (12.5)3. Jason Gildon (12.5)5. O’Neal (12)“I’m aware of (O’Neal),” Ogbah told the Tulsa World. “I like breaking records, so I actually have that in my mind.”Ogbah is currently in the top five both in the Big 12 and nationally when it comes to sacks and tackles for loss per game on the team in the country that’a better at it than anyone.All this while being double and triple-teamed and remaining the focus of opposing offense. It’s incredibly impressive.NationalScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.57 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.37 AMBig 12Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.47.57 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 8.48.19 AM“He’s in a difficult situation, to be the age he is and be a potential 1st round pick,” said Mike Gundy earlier this week. “You know, the value of his future, and to be able to be able to set that aside and practice and perform and give some leadership skills like he has is very rare.”What abut on a technical level?“When he gets going, coming around the corner, he’s pretty good. His best years are ahead of him. He really didn’t start training until he got here with (strength coach Rob Glass).”Like this?“His best years are ahead of him. When he’s 24-25-26 years old, he’s really going to take off,” noted Gundy. “He looks like one of those guys that makes people think, ‘Why would you want to play quarterback in the NFL?’”That’s high praise from Gundy, but Ogbah is worthy. If you look back at the way other teams handle OSU’s defense, you can tell everything hinges around No. 38. He’s lived up to the hype so far. OSU’s slim Big 12 title hopes might rest upon how much more he can bring. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more