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Lions 2013: It’s all just a little case of history repeating

first_img8 Jun 2001: Jeremy Paul and Chris Latham and other Wallaby teamates share a laugh during a team photograph at the Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Adam Pretty/ALLSPORT Unlike today’s team, more than a few Wallaby players were allowed to play the Lions in the lead-in, but the team itself played almost no rugby with one game against the New Zealand Maori just a day after the Lions’ first game ended 41-29 in their favour. Also, while it was not until the second Test, the Wallabies also decided to hand out free gold scarves to combat the overwhelming red that hit them in the opening game. This year the Wallabies are getting their retaliation in early, handing out free gold safari hats at all three Test venues.Joker: Chris Latham and teammates fool around in 2001However, it is in personnel changes and Test selection that there could be more than a few omens before the 2013 series starts.In 2001 an in-form centre was awarded a spot alongside Brian O’Driscoll after another player in his position limped out with injury, as Rob Henderson was assured a spot with Will Greenwood suffering a damaged ankle ligament. A full-back you could set your watch by was given a starter’s jersey, with Matt Perry the only real candidate for selection.There was also room on the wing for a man who had benefited from a previously-impressive colleague getting hurt, with Dafydd James picking up after Dan Luger was hobbled, and a winger who was turning Wallaby pockets inside-out, as Jason Robinson broke out much like George North has and hopefully will continue to do.On the opposite side of the ball, Australia picked a maverick full-back few had expected to see, with Chris Latham selected ahead of the ever-reliable Matt Burke. There were a few interesting swaps and a new cap in the front five, but that day there were several experienced performers and tactical choices, with Nathan Grey starting at inside centre ahead of proven helmsman Elton Flatley. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Looking for a little comfort: Warren Gatland cuts a lonely figure as he leaves the pitch after losing to the BrumbiesBy Alan DymockHEADING TOWARDS the first Test, the British and Irish Lions have an encouraging win against the Waratahs and a lacklustre loss against the Brumbies as inspiration for the first shot at the Wallabies.The loss will unsettle Warren Gatland like a dodgy shrimp off the barbie, but it was a limp performance from a quickly-assembled team boasting a handful of players likely to feature in the first Test. It was an afterthought of a game with an underperforming pack, but Gatland will be thankful there were no more injuries.Beneficiary: Rob Henderson in the first Wallaby Test, 2001Did it affect the Lions’ chances on Saturday at the Suncorp? No, even though it was another swift kick in the lower-pelt for some in the pride.History has shown that a loss can help motivate tourists heading into a first Test. It happened in 2001 and, in fact, there are more than a few parallels to be drawn between this tour and the trip 12 years ago, before the big one in Queensland.In 2001 the Lions had a number of injuries before the opening Test of the series, with winger Tyrone Howe, centre Scott Gibbs, hooker Gordon Bulloch and flankers Martin Corry and David Wallace all playing a part coming into the Gabba.The team had a loss before hand, being downed 28-25 by Australia ‘A’. After that game head coach Graham Henry bemoaned the team’s clumsy shuffling at the lineouts, saying: “Our lineout was not acceptable. We lacked basic sharpnessand a lot of negatives came out of the game. We need to put some more time into our lineout work, which needs to be quality time. …Reality has really set in.”The build-up by the Wallabies that year also had some tiny similarities with the 2013 incarnation. That day the Wallabies were overwhelmed.It would perhaps be indecorous to suggest that history will repeat itself or that the knocks the Lions have experience will actually make them stronger. Gatland does not seem the type to pick teams because of omens or place his faith in signs, but he has picked in a similar vain as Graham Henry heading into that first test.last_img read more

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Gymnastics Practice at the Huntsman Center Free to Public Friday

first_imgApril 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local Gymnastics Practice at the Huntsman Center Free to Public Friday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (Utahutes.com) Per a report from utahutes.com, gymnastics practices Friday prior to Saturday’s NCAA regionals, are open to the public with free admission at the Huntsman Center.The legendary Utah Red Rocks (who have won 9 national championships all-time, second only to Georgia with 10), will be hosting a regional Saturday consisting of BYU, Southern Utah, Auburn, California, and Stanford.The Red Rocks will not be practicing Friday but those interested in watching the other schools practice may come at the following times.1:15 p.m.-3:00 pm, Southern Utah, Stanford, Auburn4:00-5:45 pm, BYU, California.At the Salt Lake City regional, the six teams are divided into two subdivisions. The Red Rocks, ranked #4 in the nation, will compete against #9 California and #16 Auburn for the right to advance to the semifinals at St. Louis April 20.In the lower half of the regional at the Huntsman Center, BYU, Stanford and Southern Utah will compete for the right to go to St. LouisFour Red Rocks stars have been named to the All-PAC -12 team including MyKayla Skinner, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Missy Reinstadtler and Kim Tessen.BYU comes into the regionals ranked #21 in the nation and the Cougars are led by star sophomore Shannon Hortman Evans, the conference all-around champion at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics conference championships last Saturday.The Flippin’ Birds of Southern Utah University will be looking to make some waves at the regionals, coming in as the #32 team in the land. SUU has made it to the NCAA regionals for six consecutive seasons with the appearance in Saturday’s meet. Brad James Written by Tags: Auburn/BYU/California/Gymnastics/Stanford/SUU Flippin’ Birds/Utah Red Rockslast_img read more

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International Energy Agency Acknowledges Momentum in Wind and Solar

first_imgInternational Energy Agency Acknowledges Momentum in Wind and Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar are likely to grab a bigger share of the market in the coming decades, generating more electricity than coal by 2040.That’s the conclusion of the International Energy Agency’s annual look into supply and demand, according to a report released on Tuesday in Paris. It estimates renewables will reap about two-thirds of $11.3 trillion in investment likely to flow to power plants over the period.The findings show cleaner forms of energy will increasingly become one of the cheapest ways nations can add electricity generators as the cost of wind and solar farms continues to plunge. The scale of the additional capacity is about the same as adding another China and India to the system today and will leave renewables supplying a quarter of the world’s of global generation by the end of the organization’s forecast horizon.“We have been seeing tremendous reductions for solar, for wind, for batteries,” said Laura Cozzi, deputy head of energy economics at the IEA. “That’s what’s going to keep happening more and more going forward. We are seeing growing electrification happening throughout the energy sector.”Electricity drew more investment than fossil fuel supply last year for the first time, marking a pivot to a future with more industry and buildings running on power instead of fuels. This trend is expected to accelerate to 40 percent of the growth in the final consumption of energy to 2040. That’s similar to the role that oil has played in the energy system over the past 25 years, the IEA said.last_img read more

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