Scotland v Argentina: talking points

first_img Peace and love: Scotland’s players are clearly delighted after beating Argentina at Murrayfield Scotland turned in a scintillating five-try performance against the Pumas. With the All Blacks on their way, Rory Baldwin looks at what we learnt from last week. If the stick he offers is being dropped, the carrot is the chance to be in a winning team. It’s hard not to buy into it, but the real test of Cotter’s reign as coach may come next week against his homeland of New Zealand, and how the new-look Scotland copes with the near-inevitable reversal from victory to defeat. If Cotter coaxes an incredibly unlikely result out against the All Blacks, then he really will be the real deal.To read RW’s exclusive interview with a tough-talking Ross Ford, check out the December issue of Rugby World – in shops now! Visit po.st/RWSub for all the latest Rugby World subscription deals, or find out how to download the digital edition of the magazine at po.st/RWDig. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The 24-cap veteran Stuart Hogg is only 22 and even Richie Gray is only 25, so large parts of this team should be together in the dark blue for years to come. With Scotland having for so long stuck with the tried and tested when it was clearly not working, it is refreshing to find our coaches trusting in young talent and being rewarded.Fear is the keyWhen sometime captain Kelly Brown was dropped from the squad in favour of in-form London Irish openside Blair Cowan, it was a clear announcement from Cotter that the old guard were no longer safe in a listless Scotland side racking up caps without signs of progress.Cotter hasn’t completely left the previous generation behind, but those who remain, like Greig Laidlaw and Ross Ford, know there is a real danger of being dumped for a younger model. Ford’s continuing inability to hook aside, they both rewarded Cotter with their finest displays in Scotland shirts for years. Richie Gray stepped up to the mark too with a big game, and if Cotter wants to pick his first-choice captain Grant Gilchrist he should have a real fight on his hands from the Gray family.Brothers in arms: The Gray brothers put in a superb performance in the second row togetherCotter could be just what we needPrevious Scotland coaches have perhaps invited more focus on themselves than the players’ abilities. Cotter gives little away in the press conferences, making for less entertainment, but the players clearly respect the new man and his approach to building the team. That approach is grounded not around teaching the players how to play rugby, but enabling them to play a typical Scottish brand of rugby.It may fit under the umbrella of “organised chaos” but it is based around consistency at the set-piece, quick ball, offloading and occasional bouts of lunacy/genius that are the hallmark of the great Scottish teams we watched growing up. We don’t need a hard Kiwi edge, we need a hard Scottish edge. Vern’s done his homework. Confidence is everythingWhatever Vern Cotter has instilled in his team since the summer seems to be working. The players had been given license to try things; to play heads-up rugby. Although there was the odd silly moment, they are close enough as a group of players not to try anything too rash and let their team-mates down. The result: five tries that were (aside from Tommy Seymour’s interception) the product of rugby so simple, someone less jaded by false dawns might call it breathtaking.By playing efficiently, Scotland made remarkably few mistakes even in slippery conditions, in contrast to Argentina who took a step back from their first Rugby Championship win.Indiscipline still costs usThe downside this time was a reduced gloss on the scoreboard, which as punishments received by Scotland teams in the past was bearable. Nonetheless, a period of indiscipline in the second half saw Scotland play nearly the final quarter down to 14 men, as first Rob Harley then Jim Hamilton were sent to the bin by Wayne Barnes.A penalty try in the scrum and two further soft scores reduced the margin of victory to ten points, and if they’d kicked all the penalties they were offered, Argentina would have been much closer. From the form they displayed in the first half Scotland were well worth a 20-point victory, but similar lapses against New Zealand could result in more than just wounded pride.Boss Hogg: Stuart Hogg charges in to add to Scotland’s try tally at the weekendIf they’re ready, they’re readyThere was great composure shown by Scotland’s youngsters, several of whom have caps numbering in single figures. Finn Russell (now with three caps), Adam Ashe (two) Mark Bennett (one) and Jonny Gray (six) all had mature games, with Russell’s kicking from hand composed and Jonny Gray a constant presence in the loose and in defence.last_img read more

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Richfield Finishes Third in 3-A Boys State Golf; North Sanpete Places Sixth

first_imgOctober 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Richfield Finishes Third in 3-A Boys State Golf; North Sanpete Places Sixth Tags: 3-A Boys Golf Tournament/Avery Ward/Brock Cragun/Carson Black/Colby Orton/Conner Belnap/Graham Hodell/Ison Wyatt/Jake Henrie/Jaron Anderson/Karmen Anderson/Layton Allred/Meadow Brook Golf Course/Morgan/Nathan Preslar/Niel Briggs/North Sanpete/Payton Thompson/Richfield/River Dillman/Tyler Hadley FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Tuesday, as the 3-A boys’ state golf tournament drew to a conclusion, Morgan took the title with Richfield placing third and North Sanpete finishing sixth overall at the Meadow Brook Golf Course.The Wildcats shot a collective 635 for the tournament, with the Hawks shooting a 645 overall.Morgan’s Nathan Preslar was the state champion, shooting a 143 for the Trojans.North Sanpete’s River Dillman tied for third with Graham Hodell of Judge, as each of them shot a 147 for the tournament.Dillman’s teammate, Tyler Hadley, placed 10th overall by shooting a 154.Other Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network athletes to compete included Delta’s Jake Henrie, who tied for 11th (155) and Payton Thompson of Richfield who tied for 12th (156).Additionally, Conner Belnap of Richfield tied for 15th (158) and his teammate, Jaron Anderson, was just behind him in 16th place (159).Layton Allred of Richfield placed 21st (162) and Karmen Anderson of Richfield and North Sanpete’s Avery Ward tied for 24th (165).Brock Cragun of Juab was 25th (166), Carson Black of Richfield was 27th (170). Niel Briggs of North Sanpete tied for 32nd (179) and Colby Orton, also of North Sanpete, tied for 37th (192) and their teammate, Ison Wyatt finished 41st (211). Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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