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2019 Rugby World Cup: Tonga 31-19 USA

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide “We came out with the mindset that we played Tier One nations. We came with the mindset just to leave it all out there, leave no stones unturned. We did that today.”On his future: “I’ve hung up my boots as a player but I see myself coming back, hopefully as a coach. I want to keep giving back. There’s a calling for me to keep being a part of this team.”On kicking the final conversion: “I’ve never taken one before and I didn’t want to take it but they insisted. I certainly didn’t want to miss it because I’d have become an online meme.”Tonga coach Toutai Kefu: “All the effort that we put in over the last two months, I’m really proud of the boys, they deserved to finish off the tournament with a win.”On the team electing to take a scrum rather than kick at goal in the last minute: “I was thinking, ‘What idiot made that decision?’ But what do you do? I’ve aged about ten years in the last two months, so that’s nothing, I’m used to something like that.”Laying down the challenge: Tonga perform the Sipi Tau before the game at Hanazono Rugby StadiumOn captain Siale Piutau’s contribution over the years: “He’s been a great servant for his country. If you’re looking at what you want from a leader, he is what it represents. On and off the field he’s been fantastic, humble, respectful and all the guys will follow him.”On his team not receiving a single yellow card at the tournament: “We’ve ended up on the top as the most disciplined side. Who would have thought that coming into the tournament?”The reaction – USAUSA coach Gary Gold: “We spoke before the game about taking opportunities. We had a fantastic passage of play for 18 phases and we lose the ball and they run the length of the field and that was the game gone right there. So I’m bitterly disappointed. I thought the guys tried really, really hard today but it wasn’t to be.”Stars and stripes: USA fans were out in force, Eagles skipper Blaine Scully paying them tribute (Getty)On positives for the team: “The one thing I’m tremendously happy about is the fight the guys have shown. I don’t think anybody watching any of our games can turn around and say these players haven’t shown a huge amount of character. If you use that as a foundation to build a team on, you’ve got an opportunity to go places.“We’ve touched on defence and probably set-piece. We want to improve in every area but those are probably the two areas where we’ve shown we’re not yet able to go toe-to-toe with the best in the world.”On what hosting a Rugby World Cup would do for rugby in the USA: “The minute it was announced that Japan was going to get a World Cup the game has changed tremendously in this country. Just look at these amazing supporters and the people in the streets. This whole event has just been fantastic, the whole event has been amazing here in Japan and I think we would be able to do a very similar job and it would have the same effect on our game as well.”Nailed it: Cam Dolan wins a lineout for the Eagles but the day ended in disappointment (Getty Images)USA captain Blaine Scully: “We’re disappointed not to come away with the result. That’s our mentality, and our mindset is to stay in the game for the entire contest. We always do that.“It just seemed to be the case in this World Cup that we lacked execution deep inside in the 22 and it ended up hurting us down the other end. Just small margins but that’s Test-match rugby, that’s World Cup rugby.”On his Rugby World Cup 2019 experience: “It’s been a phenomenal experience. We’re all really grateful to the Japanese people for being such wonderful hosts. We want to say thank you to all our friends, families and supporters who made the trip out here. We’re really grateful. Thank you so much.”Related: Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Tonga pick up their first win of Japan 2019 while USA are left empty-handed again Oops @Nigelrefowens gets caught off guard by an on-pitch camera #RWC2019 #ITVRugby #USAvTON pic.twitter.com/tpDFSxaH3j— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 13, 2019USA were left forlorn again but they contributed immensely. Having struggled against the attacking waves in the first quarter, they struck back when Mike Te’o, only just on for the injured Blaine Scully, scored on 20 minutes after Cam Dolan’s offload, although he nearly failed to touch down before the dead-ball line.Five minutes later he was at it again, taking Will Hooley’s long pass to score in the same corner. Piutau was clearly flustered, arguing about a perceived knock-on with referee Nigel Owens. But USA’s 12-7 half-time lead was soon to evaporate.Colossus: Siale Piutau will be missed by Tonga (Getty)Star man – Siale PiutauTonga’s captain has played all 12 of his country’s matches across the last three World Cups and never fails to impress.He invariably makes the right calls, which often means trying to get Telusa Veainu on the ball, and he was able to mark his 43rd and final Test appearance with his sixth try.His decision to go for the bonus-point try at the end was one for the romantics and it paid off handsomely. Would he tempted to go back on his retirement decision if and when his brother Charles qualifies for Tonga? Only time will tell.The reaction – TongaTonga captain Siale Piutau: “We spoke all week about us deserving to play well and to finish on a high. This brought out the boys in the face of adversity and we’ve put in a performance and hopefully made our people proud. Rugby World Cup Groups Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. “It’s been a tough journey but all of this has been done in her memory”Tonga’s Siale Piutau dedicates his @Mastercard Player of the Match award to his late sister, who passed earlier this year.#StartSomethingPriceless #RWC2019 #POTM pic.twitter.com/QrWRfPRPZt— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 13, 2019The TeamsUSA: Will Hooley; Blaine Scully (capt, Mike Te’o 19), Bryce Campbell, Paul Lasike, Marcel Brache; AJ MacGinty, Ruben de Haas (Nate Augspurger 65); Eric Fry (Olive Kilifi 18), Joe Taufete’e (James Hilterbrand 72), Titi Lamositele (Paul Mullen 45), Greg Peterson (Ben Landry 45), Nick Civetta, Tony Lamborn, Malon Al-Jiboori (Ben Pinkelman 65), Cam Dolan (Hanco Germishuys 51).Tries: Te’o 20, 25, Lamborn 77. Cons: MacGinty 2.Tonga: Telusa Veainu; ‘Atieli Pakalani, Malietoa Hingano, Siale Piutau (capt), Viliami Lolohea (David Halaifonua 48); James Faiva (Latiume Fosita 75), Sonatane Takulua (Leon Fukofuka 59); Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (Vunipola Fifita 65), Paula Ngauamo (Siua Maile 75), Siua Halanukonuka (Ma’afu Fia 44), Sam Lousi, Halaleva Fifita (Dan Faleafa 75), Sione Kalamafoni, Zane Kapeli (Nasi Manu 59), Maama Vaipulu.Tries: Fisi’ihoi 16, Hingano 57, Piutau 61, Veainu 80. Cons: Takulua 2, Faiva, Piutau. Pen: Takulua.RELATED RUGBY WORLD CUP CONTENT HE’S SCORED ON HIS BIRTHDAY! @BristolBears’ Siale Piutau bows out of international rugby with a try and just look at what it means to him #RWC2019 #ITVRugby #USAvTON pic.twitter.com/icu7XBslVH— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 13, 2019The islanders always looked likely to prevail against an American team having to cope with a four-day turnaround. However, Tonga let themselves down with slopping handling – nine errors in the opposition 22 alone in the first half – and profligacy in attack.Loosehead Siegfried Fisi’ihoi got them up and running by scoring from a pick and go but later knocked the ball on with the line at his mercy, albeit that Eagles scrum-half Ruben de Haas did superbly to target the ball in his last-ditch tackle.Veainu, the game’s most dangerous runner, butchered a try with a wayway pass to Viliami Lolohea just after half-time and soon after Tonga ignored a massive overlap.Thumbs up: fans pose with the Higashiosaka City mascot Try-kun prior to the match (World Rugby)Yet Tonga were able to strike the blows that brought home the bacon. Veainu’s kick downfield after a turnover near his own line led to centre Malietoa Hingano putting them ahead on 57 minutes and then, after a try-saving tackle by Marcel Brache on Sione Kalamafoni, Piutau went over on the left.The conversions took Tonga 24-12 clear and a lull followed, the match seemingly fizzling out disappointingly, with no sign of the energy and intent that had illuminated the first period.Flanker Tony Lamborn’s late try, grounding the ball against the post protector, revived USA hopes before a finale to gladden the heart of any script writer.Piutau had the option of kicking a penalty in the final minute to make the win safe but chose to go for a scrum and a well-weighted grubber behind the onrushing defenders enabled Veainu to score a record fifth World Cup try for Tonga. Piutau landed the simple conversion, the ball held for him by Kalamafoni, who has also now called time on a fabulous Test career. Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide The Americans have been building in the right… TAGS: TongaUSA USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Collapse Unlikely to proceed to the knockout stages, Tonga… Rugby World Cup Groups We salute you: Siale Piutau and Sione Kalamafoni are chaired off after their final Test appearances (Getty) 2019 Rugby World Cup: Tonga 31-19 USAHead-to-headPlayed – 10USA wins – 1Tonga wins – 9Did You Know?Wing Blaine Scully played his 11th World Cup match, equalling the USA record that is shared by Chris Wyles and Mike MacDonald.Sione Kalamafoni and Siale Piutau played their 12th World Cup match, breaking the previous Tonga record of 11 shared by Soane Tonga’uiha and Vunga Lilo.Both men retired from international rugby after the match, Piutau’s final appearance for Tonga coming on his 34th birthday.Telusa Veainu made 25 carries in the game, covering 157m out of a team total of 632.Hooker James Hilterbrand’s late summons off the bench meant every player in USA’s original 31-man squad appeared in the tournament.Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesIn a nutshellTonga ended their World Cup on a high, registering their first victory of Japan 2019 with a bonus-point success against the Eagles in Osaka. USA’s winless run at World Cups extends to ten matches and they join Russia in finishing the tournament without any points.Tonga captain Siale Piutau got the fairy-tale ending he wanted, converting the last-minute try by Telusa Veainu to bring his distinguished international career to a fitting conclusion. The Bristol centre had earlier crossed for Tonga’s third try and, on the day of his 34th birthday, he was awarded the Man of the Match gong. They say good things come in threes. A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Expand Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Keeping your team and yourself engaged through the summer!

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     Summer can too often be an excuse to put things on hold — especially leadership development and training. It’s easy to make excuses:•           People are juggling vacation schedules.•           They’re busy with family activities.•           The nice weather can be a distraction.•           It’s just too damn hot!Any or all of these concerns may be a factor! But there’s a lot you can do during the summer season to keep your team engaged and motivated — and help you grow as a leader.Summer activities provide great opportunities for networking and strengthening the social bonds that make a team more cohesive and productive. Take your team out of the office — take them outdoors! Golf outings, hikes, kayak trips, softball games and barbecues can be strictly social or can be combined with training activities. A change of venue can make meetings more enjoyable.Personal development and professional development are inseparable. For example, taking a rock climbing class or going on a sea kayaking adventure trip can help you develop courage and confidence. When you go back to the office and face a new challenge, your brain now operates with the higher level of courage and confidence you developed on the cliff or on the ocean. These types of activities change your inner wiring — literally change you as a person — and those changes help you become a more courageous and confident leader.The best leaders lead by example. There’s nothing more inspiring than sharing a challenging adventure with your team and allowing them to know you better as a person. Sharing these activities provides opportunities for everyone to develop personally, and deepens the connections and mutual respect that help the team function more effectively on the job.Aspiring and emerging leaders can develop leadership skills and experience by organizing these activities.Recent research points to the benefits of getting outdoors. Even looking at pictures of nature improves productivity and reduces stress and even sick time, but actually getting outdoors produces the best results by far. Combining even light forms of exercise with nature increases benefits exponentially.Encourage people to go on “think walks” and “walking meetings.” Watch productivity, creativity and health soar!I’d be remiss if I didn’t put in a plug for my fellow martial artists. I’m sure you’ve seen those folks doing Tai Chi in the park — what better time than a nice summer evening to give it try? Some organizations offer Tai Chi, yoga and other similar programs outdoors during the summer at lunch hours or designated health breaks.Down time is good too!Sometimes there’s nothing more energizing than enjoying some quality time just sitting near the ocean, lake or pool. Use this time to turn off the noise. Reflect on what’s going on in your life and clarify new plans and goals.The old Masters understood that you can’t clear a jar of muddy water by shaking it. You have to let it sit. The muck settles to the bottom leaving the clear water on top. That’s how your mind works too. You can achieve a much higher plane of thinking when you let the noise and clutter settle and take some time to clear your mind.The iconic motivational speaker Charlie “Tremendous” Jones famously said “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”What better time to meet people and read books than summer?And now we can “listen to books” too!Subscribe to Audible, Amazon Audio Books or any number of other services. Many that are free. Take your learning on your next summer walk or bike ride or when you’re enjoying that chaise lounge poolside.Don’t just listen to technical books — expand your leadership horizons by listening to biographies and stories about leaders overcoming great challenges. Encourage the people on your team to do the same. Organize an informal “book club” meet-up once where everyone can share what they’ve been learning.Some leaders hit the pause button during the summer. That’s a big mistake.Just don’t worry too much about trying to find time for everyone to do everything. More people take vacation or personal days during the nice weather. Provide just enough activity so everyone can participate in some fashion throughout the summer.Summer is a perfect time to cultivate leadership — at all levels; and to cultivate your personal leadership qualities to even higher levels! Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Detailslast_img read more

Maine-Endwell seniors acquire cap and gowns by drive-thru

first_imgFinally at the fourth station was a Maine-Endwell backdrop, here students could exit their cars and take a picture in their cap and gowns. At the third stations students had the opportunity to decorate a tile, these tiles will be used in an outside project to memorialize the class of 2020. The high school had a drive through set up that consisted of four stations. The first stop was a car decorating station, staffers of Maine-Endwell painted “Congrats Grad!” on students’ cars. The class of 2020 consists of 187 graduating seniors at Maine-Endwell High School. ENDWELL (WBNG) — Maine-Endwell class of 2020 seniors had a chance to get their caps and gowns on Tuesday. The next station was where they could pick up their caps and gowns and anything they may have ordered from Jostens, they also got their M-E senior T-shirts. “I just want to say that the students have been great and you dont realize how much we really miss our seniors until we see them face to face in person and its just so exciting, you can see the excitement between our volunteers and staff members as they get to interact with them.” said Burkhardt. Principal Tom Burkhardt says the drive-thru event was “fantastic.”last_img read more

Schmidt says players will learn from WC defeat

first_imgAustralia were awarded – and scored – a late penalty to win 35-34.Referee Craig Joubert added to the controversy by running straight from the pitch at the end of the match, without shaking the hands of both teams. 43-20 the final score in Cardiff the Puma’s will now meet Australia in the semi final after their win over Scotland.Schmidt says Argentina deserved to win, while full back Rob Kearney says they just couldn’t get on top for long enough.Meanwhile, Scotland’s exit from the World Cup will be remembered for a contentious refereeing decision – which ultimately cost them a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more