The Six Nations kicked off with an entertaining game in Cardiff as Wales beat Scotland 34-7 – we analyse whether the northern hemisphere is now replicating the south Wales – Tries: G Davies, Halfpenny 2, S Evans. Cons: Halfpenny 4. Pens: Halfpenny 2.Scotland – Try: Horne. Con: Russell. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales 34-7 ScotlandNorthern hemisphere rugby is oft-maligned for being stodgy, forward-orientated and unambitious, yet for those who witnessed the Wales 34-7 Scotland Six Nations game in Cardiff it was anything but.In fact, the level of ambition was such that it could be likened to the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby or even the Rugby Championship. Those competitions are renowned for attacking flair, end-to-end encounters and high try counts – and the Wales and Scotland teams did their utmost to fulfil that criteria at the Principality Stadium, albeit that the hosts were far more successful than the visitors. Scotland may be known as a team of skills and thrills, but it was Wales who turned on the style and, perhaps more importantly, shut down their opponents while the boys in blue fell significantly short defensively, which is a common criticism of Super Rugby too!Break man: Jonny Gray found an early hole in Wales’ defence. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Scots started at a fast pace, setting out their stall in Wales’ half and looking for chinks in the red wall. Jonny Gray found one within two minutes, taking the ball on the 10m line and striding past Rhys Patchell with purpose only to be penalised at the subsequent breakdown.The Welsh forwards weren’t to be outshone, though. Man of the Match Aaron Shingler made a burst up the middle before Cory Hill and Alun Wyn Jones took the ball on – the Wales skipper proving that you can teach an old(ish) dog new tricks. Rob Evans showed his usual deft touches while Samson Lee palmed a brilliant ball to Ross Moriarty after half an hour and Elliot Dee’s back-handed pop allowed Gareth Davies to break into Scotland’s 22 midway through the second half.These are the sort of ball skills we’re more used to seeing from forwards bedecked in all black, but here they were from two home unions sides wearing red and blue.LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSBoth fly-halves, Patchell and Finn Russell, relish playing flat to the gain-line and they did so here, keeping those without the ball guessing as to what they would do with it. Sometimes it would be a pop pass, at others it would be a long one out wide; there was a loop move here, a probing kick there. Variety is what every team needs or the opposition can predict all too easily what is about to come next.And the two tens were not afraid to launch attacks from their own 22s either – the conservative approach seemingly shelved. The head may not have been changing direction as often as when watching a tennis match but there were several periods when play flowed from one end of the field to the other, the attacking intent from both sides capable of causing a crick in the neck. Boot boy: Rhys Patchell utilised his kicking game well against Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesThis sense of purpose with ball in hand was admirable – yet ambition needs to be matched with execution and the flaw in this Test was neither team could be as accurate as the All Blacks. This is where Scotland especially disappointed as again they failed to deliver on the promise and hype leading into this game. The intent was there but the skills simply weren’t executed accurately.Russell and Ali Price are well known for the tempo they bring but it was actually a delay from the scrum-half that allowed his opposite number, Gareth Davies, to pounce on a pass and sprint clear for an interception try. On other occasions they lost their shape and looked muddled in midfield with the new centre pairing of Huw Jones and Chris Harris. Balls were spilled and carriers penalised for holding on after finding themselves isolated.Centre point: Huw Jones could not exert his usual influence in midfield. Photo: Getty ImagesCredit here must go to Wales defence. The Scarlets pair of Hadleigh Parkes and Scott Williams were rock-solid in midfield, firmly holding up the ‘stop’ sign to anyone who headed down their channel. The selection of Josh Navidi at openside may have been questioned by some but his graft at the contact area resulted in turnovers – a facet Scotland were expected to dominate with both Hamish Watson and John Barclay in the back row.Wales found a verve with ball in hand to better that of Scotland, who simply couldn’t get their attacking game to click in order to penetrate the Welsh defence until the closing minutes. Leigh Halfpenny crossed for two tries – his first in a Wales shirt for five years – while Steff Evans wrapped up the bonus point by finishing off a move that involved Shingler and Navidi. That demonstrates just how clinical this Welsh performance was.Bright spark: Leigh Halfpenny scored his first Wales try for five years. Photo: Getty ImagesSo is the Six Nations the new Super Rugby? Well, the desire to keep ball in hand and run from their own half was certainly reminiscent of southern hemisphere teams, albeit that more breaks would result in tries Down Under. Yet the rigid defence (from Wales at least) and ability to change tack with a kick also showed more diversity in tactics than Super Rugby can be known for.There was style and substance on display in Cardiff – will the other four teams deliver the same as the championship continues? And what awaits when Wales visit Twickenham next Saturday? Over time: Gareth Davies scores the opening try for Wales against Scotland. 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GO-TIME: Department of Corrections Food Procurement Services and Management Software System Contract to Save an Estimated $16.6 Million Over Three Years February 15, 2017 Efficiency, GO-TIME, Press Release, Results Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) Secretary Curt Topper and Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel today announced another GO-TIME success with the award of a Food Procurement Services and Food Management Software System to Aramark Correctional Industries, LLC that will save the commonwealth $16.6 million over the three year-term of the contract.The contract is worth an estimated amount of nearly $154 million for the three-year initial term. There are two one-year renewal options and the first prison is expected to go online by the end of February 2017.“GO-TIME, or the Governor’ Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency, has changed the way the commonwealth looks at our operations, purchases, and ways of doing business,” Secretary Topper said. “The awarding of this contract is the latest in a long line of successful examples that show how when action is taken to leverage resources, streamline processes, and create efficiencies, we all benefit from increased quality and decreased costs.”The contract implements a unique and innovative model in which the DOC has complete control over creating the food menus, inspecting the food to maintain quality and nutritional standards, preparing the food, and then serving it. Through the use of a software system, Aramark will manage the purchase, logistics. and food inventory for the DOC’s 26 facilities across the commonwealth.“Ensuring the quality and nutritional value of the food we serve at our facilities is a priority for the Department of Corrections,” Secretary Wetzel noted. “This contract model enables us to leverage our buying power to realize significant savings without having to sacrifice quality in any other areas. We are still able to maintain our staff-delivered food operations within our institutions, including educating inmates on food preparation, determining portions, and adhering to food regulations.”The commonwealth bid the contract out using the Request for Proposal, or RFP, method which factored in the technical capabilities of the supplier, cost, use of a domestic workforce, and subcontracting with small diverse and small businesses.“In addition to supporting a Pennsylvania-based business and keeping those dollars in the commonwealth’s economy, we are seeing nearly 12 percent of the total contract value being committed to subcontracting with a small diverse business and a small business,” Secretary Topper said. “We’ve taken several steps to improve on the RFP process to reward prime contractors for committing to spending contract dollars with small diverse and small businesses and we are seeing progress.”The implementation of the contract will occur through a transition period at each facility. The DOC and Aramark will work together to coordinate the transition period for each facility to ensure a seamless transfer of services.GO-TIME leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services. The Executive Order signed by Governor Tom Wolf tasks state agencies with finding cost savings from efficiency and innovative initiatives to better leverage state government resources and taxpayer dollars.Efforts through this initiative have saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal set by the Governor. The Governor is now challenging GO-TIME to build upon this success by achieving $500 million in savings by 2020.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
LONDON, England (CMC) – Sussex skipper Chris Nash has hailed seamer Jofra Archer as among the best in the country at present, following the Barbadian’s outstanding maiden 10-wicket haul against Leicestershire in the English County Championship on Sunday.Archer snatched six for 70 as the hosts were dismissed for 175 in their second innings at Grace Road, leaving Sussex with a target of 232 for victory.Luke Wells then struck an unbeaten 90 yesterday as the visitors got home by five wickets to register their second straight win in Division Two.However, the foundation was laid by the 22-year-old Archer who ended the contest with match figures of 11 for 137 following his five-wicket haul in Leicestershire’s first innings.“From looking at what we’ve seen over the last two months, he’s one of the best you’re seeing,” Nash beamed.“I think the way he does it is one of the really interesting bits. He bowled 50 overs in the game and didn’t even sweat.”He continued: “He’s a top man. The way he’s playing at the moment is as good as anyone in the country. The pace he bowls and how he keeps coming back and back and back is great.“It’s really refreshing to see someone come in and play with that enthusiasm and just enjoy going out there bowling and he just wants to keep bowling.”Archer was a revelation last season after he broke into Sussex’ first team towards the end of the season, claiming 23 wickets in six outings.Rewarded with a full contract for the new season, the right-armer has not disappointed and has so far picked up 35 wickets from six games at an average of 23.Nash said despite Archer’s success, they were focusing on managing the young talent who had already shouldered much of the Sussex attack this season.“I’m always worried about (over-bowling him) because we don’t want to bowl him into the ground so we have to be careful,” Nash explained.“The last two games have probably highlighted (that concern). We bowled twice in a row in the last game against Worcestershire and we came here (Grace Road) and bowled first. You add to that when (Steve) Magoffin went down in the last game and Vernon (Philander) and David Wiese in this game with injuries so he did have to bowl his overs.“We are very aware of that and we will manage him very effectively over the next two weeks to make sure he does get a bit of recovery time because he’s put in a heavy stint for us.”As an aggressive right-hander, Archer has shown his quality with 251 runs at an average of 35 this season, including two half-centuries.Archer was again superb on Sunday, bowling with hostility and guile, to wreck Leicestershire’s innings.Without Philander who limped off with an ankle injury, Archer assumed the role as leader of the attack and excelled.He got the breakthrough when he had Paul Horton caught at the wicket off a nasty lifter for 16 before trapping Ned Eckersley (1) lbw with a quick full-length delivery, to leave Leicestershire on 72 for four.After lunch, Archer bowled Marl Pettini with a yorker for four and then got the key wicket of top-scorer Harry Dearden for 36, caught at the wicket off another rapid bouncer, as he ran through the lower order.