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Baby Blues provide cheer in ruthless first half performance

first_imgOxford U21 22Cambridge U21 0Oxford’s youngsters went some way towards making up for their senior colleagues’ narrow inability to pick up the MMC Trophy with a comfortable win over the Light Blues in the early-afternoon sunshine. Wellworked first half tries by Peter Cuff and John Ray ensured that the Blues were able to play out a comfortable second period in which their Cambridge counterparts rarely threatened, and closed out the match in stoppage time to give the score a realistic shine. Blues winger Tom Buttle was a constant threat in the first half and a thrilling burst took him half the length of the pitch, only to run the ball narrowly out under pressure. Such a swift gain of territory proved to be crucial, soon resulting in an Oxford scrum after a knock-on around the Cambridge twenty-two. The ball broke to Pitcher, who released Doug Abbott, who in turn spread the ball to Cuff, who burst through for the opening try of the game in the sixteenth minute.Pitcher failed to convert from a wide position. Buttle again threatened almost straight from the restart, but the game entered a scrappy phase with Cambridge unable to gain any foothold on proceedings and the Blues defending solidly when required, Edlington producing some crunching interventions. Six minutes from the break Henderson tried his luck again with a penalty but sent the kick wide.  Henderson’s miss was compounded in the final minute of the half, when a counter on the lefthand side saw Ray overlap to go over for the Blues’ second try. Pitcher duly converted for a deserved 15–0 interval lead. The second half rarely hit the heights of the first, with substitutions and the sin-bin doing little to aid continuity. Dave Hammond was proving instrumental in Oxford’s best moments, seeing much of the ball as the Blues dominated possession, but few chances were made. Cambridge got sharper in the  tackle but were too often let down by poor decision-making, and something of a stalemate ensued. This period of dominance paid off in stoppage time when Hammond, easily the best player on the pitch in the second period, crashed over near the posts after a move involving Edington and Pitcher.Archive: 0th week HT 2004last_img read more

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The Best Evangelion OP Parodies of All Time

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… Stay on target With Neon Genesis Evangelion poised to find a brand new audience this weekend thanks to its Netflix premiere, we’re revisiting the best thing to come out of this sad teenage mech anime: memes about its opening theme song.What anime fan hasn’t heard the mysterious chants and rousing synthesized beats that make up the original Neon Genesis Evangelion opening theme song? Familiar as it is, you may ask, what could possibly make the exceedingly dramatic and catchy tune even better?Memes. A lot of memes.Whether it’s the dramatic editing of emotional scenes, or the hilarious imposition of famous faces on anime bodies, we are glad that the parodies of the Evangelion opening theme song haven’t stopped for the last 20 years.Here are our top five picks in this incredibly ridiculous and niche category:5. SeinfeldHow do you make the most ridiculous, meaningless show on TV from the 90s even more LOL-worthy? Slap it into an Evangelion setting, complete with the signature Seinfeld opening “twang” noise edited in. Bask in the glory of the show’s inside jokes in this hilarious meme mashup.4. Vladimir PutinThe leader of mother Russia looks ridiculously epic in this parody. With enough dramatic pans and closeups of Putin’s spooky mug to shake a stick at, this one is worth it for the randomness at the end.3. Corey in the HouseOf course the 2007 Disney Channel show Corey In The House gets its own stab at being an anime. The Japanese in this opening is particularly hilarious because it’s just cut and pasted from a Japanese text book. “I eat. I eat food.” “1, 2, 3, 4.” The clips from the show with silhouettes of Asuka and Rei floating over them are pretty meme-worthy as well.2. TrumpGood lord, we can’t do anything in life anymore without there being a Trump version of it. Here’s one fan’s rendition of the tuft-haired presidential candidate, surrounded by his own ridiculous quotes and floating heads.1. BrexitThis is it. Much more hilarious than the other parodies, this video wins number one on our list. Top marks go to the redone subtitles portraying Shinji as a whiny Britain who just wants to leave the EU. Hang in there guys. This one is pretty real.These are just a few of the hundreds of amazing anime opening parodies that exist on the internet. Let us know which ones are your favorites!last_img read more

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