Blues fail to match Welsh class

first_imgOxford 12 – 52 Ospreys A PACKED house braved the bitterly cold elements on a crisp and clear Monday night to see the Oxford Blues take on welsh giants the Ospreys who currently lie third in the Magners Celtic League. The Ospreys fielded five Welsh Internationals plus one Tongan in their starting line-up while Oxford chose to rest their international star Joe Roff. Despite the greasy conditions, a scintillating, high octane game of rugby ensued providing the fans a welcome distraction from their ever-freezing extremities.From the first set-play of the game the Ospreys demonstrated their class and wealth of talent in the backline. A nicely timed inside ball saw young Welsh international Aled Brew skip through virtually untouched for the first score within two minutes. Things looked ominous for Oxford at this stage, but through the lively antics of scrum-half Henry and boot of fly-half McMahon they made their presence felt. Winger Jonan Boto threatened with a couple of half breaks and only some loose passes from the base prevented the Blues levelling up the scores. As it was, a couple of raking kicks from Connor relieved the pressure for the Ospreys and set up another attacking platform. The Magners League champions succeeded where Oxford had failed in keeping the ball tight and retaining possession, successive phases eventually freeing up winger Phillips to dart over unopposed on the blindside.As the half progressed, the gulf in class between the two back lines became apparent. The confidence of the Ospreys’ runners allowing them to attack at pace right on the gain line, putting Oxford on the back foot. The Blues, however, chose to attack from deep, allowing the Ospreys’ defence to advance and meet Oxford’s runners with real venom. The pressure this created meant Steve Hill’s side rarely completed set piece moves and attacks often broke down.Although shaded in the backs, the Blues pack were admirably holding their own up front against a set of forwards whose front row consisted entirely of internationals. The back row worked tirelessly, time and again arriving first at the breakdown and securing turnover ball. Only some dubious calls from the referee prevented Oxford from stealing possession more regularly.The pack’s efforts were rewarded on 26 minutes when a catch and drive saw fresher Chris Davies bundle over and reduce the deficit to just one score.Any hopes of reigning in the Welshmen were quickly dashed however, as slick interplay in the backs saw the Ospreys reassert their authority over the game. A second try from winger Brew followed by a try from fly-half Connor brought the half-time score to 24-5.The half-time substitution of Sam Humphrey-Baker into the centre injected some much needed physicality and aggression into the Oxford backline. He met the Ospreys’ attacks head on with bone crunching hits that seemed to lift those around him. With the ball in hand he also posed a real threat; unafraid to take on the Ospreys’ ferocious defence and running with steely determination. Unfortunately he could do nothing about a wickedly bouncing cross field kick from Connor that gave the Ospreys the first score of the half. He was however, instrumental in the construction of Oxford’s reply. His driving run through the heart of the Ospreys’ midfield setting up the ruck from which Henry dummied and dived over for the Blues’ second score.With ten minutes to go Oxford were drawing the second half, but some tired legs began to give way and allowed the Ospreys to rack up a slightly flattering scoreline. A push over try from hooker Hibbard was followed by a blistering finish from rapid replacement winger Ryan Bayliss. Substitute Ashley Beck completed the scoring after some silky offloading in the Osprey backline.Director of rugby Steve Hill remained upbeat despite the heavy scoreline. “We competed well up front against quality opposition. If we can do that in Varsity we’ll have an excellent platform from which to play.”He did concede that there are still problems to address, “We must make our first up tackles and try to show some of the ruthlessness in attack that the Ospreys displayed today.”last_img read more

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Lessons in leadership: Kristy Hesse

first_img continue reading » Kristy Hesse is the chief human resources officer of Community First Credit Union($3.6B, Appleton, WI), a position she has held since March 2019. Here, she answers Callahan’s leadership questions about her credit union’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Between the beginning of 2020 and now, how have your operations changed?Kristy Hesse: Wisconsin had a Safer at Home order, not a complete Stay at Home. We moved to remote work, and branch lobbies were open by appointment only. We leveraged DocuSign and other virtual capabilities. We’re all getting to be experts on Zoom, Teams, and WebEx.I oversee human resources and training, and although we briefly paused some training and development, we didn’t stop recruiting at all. We held remote interviews, and when we conducted new employee orientation, we did as much of the onboarding virtually as we could. What we couldn’t do virtually we moved to an empty office where we could control the number of people in the room, adhere to social distancing rules, and take frequent breaks to sanitize hands and surfaces.We decided it was more important to plan for the future by hiring talent than it was to control for operating expenses. It was a leap of faith, but we made the leap. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Honda Hit With Alleged Discrimination Lawsuit

first_imgA former associate of Honda in Greensburg has filed a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.According to the Greensburg Daily News, Clifford W. Holder, an African American male, alleges incidents of discrimination toward black employees of the company.In the lawsuit, filed January 30, Holder alleges that Honda passed over African Americans for promotion, let white employees off with a “slap on the wrist” for racially offensive comments to black associates, and racially offensive graffiti was routinely found in the men’s bathrooms. According to the lawsuit, Honda removed the graffiti but took no action to keep it from happening again.A Honda spokesman disagrees with the allegations, according to the newspaper.Honda said in a statement that the company is committed to diversity in all aspects of business and works to maintain a diverse team of associates.The newspaper also reported that Honda employees took part in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at Greensburg Elementary School to talk about equality and Civil Rights with students.last_img read more

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The Latest: Clemson won’t have its Gathering At The Paw

first_imgMerkel met with her 16 state governors on Thursday to discuss how to proceed as coronavirus infections rise again in Germany. Sport was not the main focus of the talks, but it is covered by the decision to extend the ban on events where hygiene and tracing can’t be ensured. That ban was set to expire Oct. 31 but was extended two months.___Spanish winger Carles Pérez is the second Roma player to test positive for the coronavirus as the team opens its training camp for Serie A.He joins goalkeeper Antonio Mirante. The Team USA indoor volleyball teams are looking for a new training center after the facility in Anaheim, California they had been using closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The American Sports Center was an independently owned facility where the American men’s and women’s national indoor teams had been training since before the Beijing Olympics. The ASC billed itself as the largest indoor wood court facility in the United States.CEO Jamie Davis said in a statement “USA Volleyball is working on a plan to ensure we can continue to train seamlessly and prepare for the Games, best positioning Team USA to bring home medals for our country.”The beach and Paralympic volleyball teams have different training facilities and were not affected by the closure.___ Associated Press The Fighting Irish will play as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, a move made in response to the coronavirus pandemic altering schedules of the Power Five conferences.The USF game will be part of a three-game series between Notre Dame and South Florida, with future dates to be determined and one home game for the Bulls in Tampa, Florida.___The Sept. 12 game between East Carolina and Marshall has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.ECU announced the postponement Thursday, saying the schools hope to reschedule the game this season. The game was scheduled for this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash that killed 70 passengers and five crew members returning from the Thundering Herd’s game at ECU in November 1970. Pérez writes on Instagram that he feels fine and is “totally asymptomatic.”About 10 players have tested positive during the Italian league’s preseason.Serie A is scheduled to start Sept. 19.___France coach Didier Deschamps says midfielder Paul Pogba has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been left out of the national team squad. The Latest: Clemson won’t have its Gathering At The Paw East Carolina paused football activities indefinitely last week after a coronavirus cluster was reported within the team. The school’s announcement said there had been 10 positives associated with the football team.The school later announced that it would go to online-only undergraduate classes as of Wednesday due to multiple clusters on campus.East Carolina is now scheduled to open the season Sept. 26 against No. 21 UCF at home. Marshall was scheduled to open with Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 5.___Soccer games and other sports events in Germany will likely remain without fans until next year after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that a ban on large events will be extended to Dec. 31. The Troy season opener with the University of Louisiana-Monroe has been postponed until Dec. 5 because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Warhawks team.The Sun Belt Conference announced the postponement of the game initially scheduled for Sept. 5.ULM athletic director Scott McDonald said last Friday that practices had been paused because of nine new positive COVID-19 tests. The campus was closed Thursday because of Hurricane Laura.___Notre Dame announced it will play South Florida on Sept. 19 as its lone nonconference game of the football season. Deschamps says “he had a test yesterday which was positive this morning.”Pogba has been replaced in the squad by 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga ahead of upcoming Nations League qualifiers against Sweden and Croatia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Denver Broncos have joined other NFL teams in canceling practice in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin.Players arrived at team headquarters on Thursday following a day off and decided not to take the field.The decision comes at a crucial time for the Broncos. Coach Vic Fangio has just a handful of days left to make several key roster decisions at center, running back, cornerback and linebacker.–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Englewood, Colorado.___ August 27, 2020 The school said it’s “Gathering At The Paw” tradition where fans come out on the field shortly after end of the game will not be allowed this season. The school received state approval to have about 19,000 fans at Death Valley this season and released the plan for 81,500-seat Memorial Stadium on Thursday. The school also had plans for spectators at its soccer field and volleyball gym signed off on by the state. Face coverings will be required unless eating or drinking, according to the school. The plan calls for social distancing with pods of two and four affiliated guests together in the stands. Clemson has asked fans to refrain from tailgating this season and has banned the use of tents and trailers.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___One of Clemson’s most visible postgame traditions at Death Valley will not take place this season under guidelines approved by the state for the school to have fans at its football games during the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

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