World Cup 2015: Wales 54-9 Uruguay

first_imgA review of Wales’s big win in their RWC 2015 opener against Uruguay, at the Millennium Stadium. Wales avoided a first-day upset, running in eight tries to beat Uruguay at a canter. Four first-half tries – three by Cory Allen – set the scene and after the break they added four more, including two for scrum-half Gareth Davies.However, the major downside for Wales was a series of injuries, with hat-trick hero Allen looking like he might be ruled out of the World Cup with a hamstring tear.Immaculate place-kicking from Rhys Priestland added 14 points and while Uruguay started strongly and were 6-0 up after seven minutes, the inexperienced South Americans couldn’t deal with Wales’s power, pace and strength. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales: Liam Williams (M Morgan 35), A Cuthbert, C Allen (Lloyd Williams 54), S Williams, H Amos; R Priestland, G Davies; P James (A Jarvis 31), S Baldwin (K Owens 62), S Lee (T Francis 40), J Ball, L Charteris (D Day 46), S Warburton (capt, D Lydiate 58, J King 74), J Tipuric, J King (R Moriarty 46).Tries (8): Lee, Allen 3, Amos, Davies 2, Tipuric. Cons: Priestland 7Uruguay: G Mieres; S Gibernau, J Prada, A Vilaseca, R Silva; F Berchesi, A Ormaechea (A Duran 79); A Corral (M Sanguinetti 74), C Arboleya (G Kessler 77), M Sagario (O Duran 72), S Vilaseca (capt, A Alonso 74)), J Zerbino (F Lamanna 61), J Gaminara, M Beer (J de Freitas 58), A Nieto.Pens: Berchesi 3Referee: Romain Poite (France) Man of the Match: Cory AllenAttendance: 71,887 STATISTICS464 – the metres Wales made with the ball in hand, but Uruguay managed a respectable 256 as well20 – Wales beat a score of defenders, while Uruguay managed to beat just five11 – the number of tackles Justin Tipuric made, which was matched by Vilaseca and Matias Beer in the Uruguay team0 – the number of Uruguay players in their matchday 23 with any previous World Cup experience TAGS: Uruguay WHAT’S HOT Super centre– Cory Allen had a field day, turning copious possession into a first-half hat-trick, but sadly his day ended on a sour note with his injury. The outside centre benefited from great work from his team-mates and cut through Uruguay with ease.High standard: Rodrigo Silva and his Uruguay team-mates gave their all. (Photo: Getty Images)Pride of place – Uruguay did themselves proud in what for most of these players was the biggest day of their careers so far. They started strongly, took the lead and did not concede as many points as most people would have expected. “We are not caring about the result, winning or losing, we want to show what we are made of,” said their skipper Santiago Vilaseca.Pack power – Wales’s forwards had a fine day, with Jake Ball and Justin Tipuric particularly outstanding. They dominated Uruguay at the set pieces, took the ball up well and defended strongly when they needed to as well.Off the wall – Whoever dreamed up the idea of the sculpture of the giant rugby ball which appears to be embedded in the wall of Cardiff Castle deserves a medal. This brilliant and clever piece of work was the favourite spot for selfies before the game in Cardiff.Clever kick: the rugby ball embedded in the wall of Cardiff Castle. (Photo Huw Evans Images)WHAT’S NOTCasualty – The sight of Liam Williams limping off the pitch after 35 minutes was a sickening one for Wales fans. The full-back is only just back from injury, and he was hurt in a tackle early in the second quarter. He played on, but took another knock soon afterwards and the Wales management wisely decided to take him off.The injury situation worsened in the second half with Cory Allen suffering a suspected hamstring tear, Dan Lydiate needing a head injury assessment and Samson Lee and Paul James both suffering tight calves.Unhappy ending: Liam Williams hurt his thigh (Photo: Getty Images)Wallet drainers – It is disappointing that fans are being asked to pay £10 for a matchday progamme and £10 for a radio to listen to the referee (although those prices are, of course, the same at every World Cup match). And don’t get me started on the number of ticket touts swarming around Cardiff’s streets. Highs and lows: Cory Allen delighted the fans with a hat-trick but suffered an injury. (Photo Getty Images) last_img read more

Syracuse’s five scorers ignite strong second half in 72-62 comeback win over Drexel

first_img Published on December 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham For the fifth time in 10 games this season, Syracuse trailed at halftime. Drexel shot an efficient 47.4 percent from the field and had outscored SU in the paint, 20-10. Senior guard Megan Marecic finished 5-of-6 from 3.Syracuse, meanwhile, didn’t have a double-digit scorer after 20 minutes and had hit only nine shots from the floor. If not for an 11-of-12 mark from the free-throw line, the Orange would’ve headed for the locker room trailing by much more than eight.“First half we were sluggish,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said.Five players did all the scoring for Syracuse, combining for 39 second-half points, and SU (10-0) came back and topped Drexel (6-4), 72-62, Saturday evening in the Carrier Dome. Digna Strautmane led the way with 19, while usual suspects Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia chipped in 17 and 16, respectively. Gabrielle Cooper and Isis Young added 10 each. Midway through the third quarter, Hillsman “shortened” the bench to keep the hot hands on the floor.“We had a really good second half,” Hillsman said. “… Got five players in double-digit scoring, shortened our rotation a little bit.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first quarter, the 1,471 fans in the Dome stood and clapped in rhythm for 2:51 until Drummond hit a 3 for Syracuse’s first field goal of the game. The slow start served as a microcosm for the struggles SU endured offensively for the first 20 minutes of the contest.Just like the Orange, the Dragons employ a 2-3 zone scheme on defense. In the first half, though, DU’s on-ball defense was frenzied.Mangakahia couldn’t find edges to slip past a defender because another arm waited on either side of her to impede progress. Shooters, like Cooper and Young, were closed out with a hand in their face before they locked onto their target. Strautmane and fellow freshman big, Amaya Finklea-Guity, struggled to find enough space to receive an entry pass and when they did, challenges from Drexel bigs forced awkward, low-percentage shots.“We didn’t scramble … we missed some matchups,” Hillsman said.But in the second half, the offense opened up.“Shots were dropping,” Mangakahia said of the second half, “first half we couldn’t hit anything.”In the first 3:24 of the third quarter, SU blitzed DU for 10 points and opened up the second half with a 12-2 run. In that run, Cooper and Strautmane both hit 3s. Cooper hit from the corner, Strautmane from the wing. To counteract, Drexel stretched its defense further out, opening up space for Strautmane to operate down low.By the end of the third quarter, Strautmane had added nine points to her total. Drexel as a team managed just eight in the period. The Orange found something that worked.“We were making a really good run,” Hillsman said, “so we got everything settled and locked into that unit and they did an excellent job of closing the game out.”With Strautmane (nine points) and Drummond (five) starting to warm after stagnant first halves, Hillsman subbed less. Jasmine Nwajei and Raven Fox, who average more than 10 minutes a night each, didn’t play in the second half.The only substitution Hillsman made at all in the second half was Young for Finklea-Guity and vice versa. The other four starters — Mangakahia, Cooper, Drummond and Strautmane — never came off the floor. For the final 5:16, Hillsman didn’t sub at all.Paring the rotation down to six players kept the hot hands on the floor for longer. Cooper scored eight of her 10 points in the second half.Not even a minute into the fourth quarter, SU swung the ball around the outside. Young caught a pass and saw a hand in her face, so she made the extra pass to Cooper, who with just enough breathing room, elevated and canned a 3 right in front of Syracuse’s bench to put SU up 12.Cooper’s teammate, Desiree Elmore, had already risen from her seat and stuck three fingers in the air while the ball arced toward the hoop. When it ripped through the net, Elmore hopped on the court and swung her right fist across her body.It was SU’s largest lead of the night, and one that shrunk to as little as three, but never went away.“We just push through,” Drummond said, “even when we’re down. I guess we just have a totally different mindset in the second half.”After playing one of its worst halves of the season, SU needed to be a different team in the second half. Thanks to some timely shooting and a tighter rotation, it was. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more