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Elliot Daly shines to force home England claims

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first_img The Premiership club worked a short blindside to good effect for their second, George Smith and Dan Robson involved after breaking from a scrum with Launchbury taking the final pass. An acrobatic inside pass by Kearney allowed Eoin Reddan to sneak in, but the three-times European champions slipped 15-10 behind on the stroke of half-time when Gopperth landed a penalty. Gopperth kicked another three points and by the 47th minute Wasps were out of sight when Daly switched on the afterburners to race home from 40 metres out for a score that will have delighted England coach Jones. Leinster were splintering and after waves of attacks their defence cracked for a fifth time with super hands from Daly sending wing Frank Halai over. When full-back Charles Piutau displayed his pace to touch down with 10 minutes remaining the ordeal looked over for the Irish visitors, but Ashley Johnson stepped off the bench to inflict one final indignity. Elliot Daly pressed his claim to starting England’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland with an electric try as Wasps stormed into the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 51-10 rout of Leinster. Daly outpaced Rob and Dave Kearney in a race for the line after a well-drilled backs move forced an opening in midfield, plundering the score that swept Wasps out of sight in a bonus-point triumph that confirms them as Pool Five winners. England gather at their Surrey training base on Sunday night when man of the match Daly will begin his quest to usurp Jonathan Joseph at outside centre for the trip to Murrayfield on February 7. The 23-year-old also played a key role in the fifth try as Wasps enjoyed another spectacular afternoon in Europe to finish top of a pool that also includes reigning champions Toulon – who finish as runners-up – and Bath. Leinster, three times winners of the northern hemisphere’s richest prize in club rugby, leaked seven tries at the Ricoh Arena as their dismal campaign concluded with them adrift at the bottom of the group. To make matters worse, Ireland were given an injury scare ahead of their Six Nations match against Wales on February 7 when Johnny Sexton’s afternoon was ended after only 10 minutes due to concussion. Sexton was receiving treatment after being dazed and as the game continued around him, he rose to his feet and made another tackle. Once play stopped, Leinster’s medic returned and the fly-half was helped from the pitch. It is a worrying development as the 30-year-old, who had been named captain of his province for the first time in his 100th start, was stood down for three months until last February after sustaining four concussions in a year. Wasps did not escape unscathed either as scrum-half Joe Simpson was carried from the pitch in the seventh minute, but England will have welcomed the return of James Haskell and Joe Launchbury from a shoulder injury and concussion respectively. There was little sign of the carnage to come as Leinster crossed in the right corner after only two minutes, Luke Fitzgerald and Dave Kearney making the initial inroads before rapid hands sent Zane Kirchner over. Sexton was wide with the conversion and once he had departed for a head injury assessment that ended his afternoon, Wasps sprang into life by pounding at the whitewash before Jimmy Gopperth darted through without needing a large overlap. Press Associationlast_img read more

Giant Evangelion Statue Sets a Guinness World Record

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first_imgA number of years ago, a scale model of the Gundam RX-78-2 was built in Japan. It was an impressive statue that many from Japan and around the world flocked to see. Not to be outdone, the Chinese created their own life-sized statue of another famous anime mech: Evangelion’s EVA Unit-01. The statue is so large that it has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.This statue was actually built last summer and revealed at the ChinaJoy gaming expo but was torn down and reassembled elsewhere on Tuesday. The original construction (created by Chinese mobile game developer, Heitao) had the mech’s weapon, the Spear of Longinus, on the ground next to it. The reconstructed version has Unit-01 holding the spear upright.こういうことだそうですhttps://t.co/2s8IEZ5udF pic.twitter.com/kDMUWLv3rw— 中国住み (@livein_china) January 4, 2017The spear is what helps this statue set a world record. With no spear, the statue is roughly 13 meters tall. With the spear in hand, it shoots up to 24.8 meters in height. If you think that is cheating, consider that antenna and other extensions are taken into account for tallest buildings in the world competitions.The Unit-01 statue got the award in the category of world’s tallest Evangelion statue. Considering it is currently the only Evangelion statue on Earth, this seems unfair, but it’s probably a safe bet to assume others may try to outdo the size of this statue in the future. The actual award (which you can see below) lists Studio Khara as the statue’s owner, with cooperation from the China Shanghai Character License Administrative Corporation.This statue is certainly an impressive feat. You can tell that a lot of love went into its creation since it looks like it jumped straight out of the anime. Hopefully, this will set off a sort of arms race between folks who want to build more of these giant mech statues. Personally, I want to see someone recreate Gurren Laggann — though it’ll have to be the mech in its first form… not the one that is 10 million light years tall.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.last_img read more