SkillsLomu: The legend was an instinctive player. He had the odd spark of skill, as evidenced with chip-and-chase tries for the Hurricanes or an offload after he’d finished smashing through defenders, but he wasn’t the most deft of athletes. Why? Because he didn’t have to be. The less said about Jonah’s kicking game, the better. Lomu: The big man knew where the try-line was with 37 tries in 63 internationals, and he is still the top scorer in World Cup history with 15 tries in two tournaments. What was impressive about Lomu was the bigger the occasion, the more likely he was to find his way to the try-line.Savea: He has the greatest strike-rate in All Black history with 27 tries in 27 appearances. You could say that one advantage is that he’s in an all-conquering side which has only lost once in two years. Being able to play outside creator-in-chief, Conrad Smith also helps, though Lomu played alongside the likes of Frank Bunce and Tana Umaga who weren’t too shabby!DefenceLomu: For head-on tackles Jonah could destroy opposition attackers, but on the turn Lomu was not the most nimble on his feet, with some joking that he’d need to three-point turn when a kick was put over the top of the defence. Jonah’s workrate around the pitch was also not always the most industriousSavea: He has a very good defensive game – he can mark further infield and chase better, he can turn briskly and he is comfortable under a high ball. His front on tackles, notably against Rob Kearney and Robbie Fruean brought audible gasps from the watching crowds. He can hit. And hit very, very hard. He can also execute a text-book cover tackle, as seen with Marland Yarde’s wrap up this summer. The master at work: Jonah Lomu scoring at his happy hunting ground of TwickenhamAll Blacks coach Steve Hansen opened the proverbial can of worms last night when he said that, for him, Julian Savea probably offered more as a player than New Zealand great, Jonah Lomu.Like the Ali v Tyson, Pele v Maradona and Bradman v Tendulkar arguments that run and run, this is another discussion that will fire up rugby fans. So, who is the better all-round player? We look at the tale of the tape for these two colossal Kiwis.PowerLomu: Jonah Lomu is arguably the most explosive player ever to grace the field of play. In his pomp, he was virtually unstoppable. In the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in 1999, such was his menace, that France fullback Xavier Garbosjosa, just politely invited him through the defensive line allowing the 6ft 5in, 18st 10lbs behemoth crash over the line. Then there’s the infamous demolition of the England backline in 1995, when just 19, of which Tony Underwood and Mike Catt need no reminding. How about the hat-trick against Scotland in Dunedin, in 2000? We could go on…Savea: Some would suggest Savea is Lomu-lite, tipping the weighing scales tip at 16st 4lbs and 6ft 3in, but the Hurricane is also extremely powerful. When he dips his shoulder he has the strength to bounce opposition defenders on their backsides, as he did with Israel Dagg to brutal effect against the Crusaders in 2013, the Springboks Zane Kirchner, or more recently against three Pumas in New Zealand’s recent 23-10 victory over Argentina. Try to defend the Savea ‘bump’ at your perilSpeedLomu: Will Carling famously labelled Lomu a ‘freak’ after his four-try show in 1995, and for a man of such bulkk, it’s remarkable he was clocked at 10.7 sec 100m time. Lomu could ‘gas’ opponents as much as steamroller them and his first of two tries against France in the 1999 World Cup semi, and many of his Counties Manukau scores showed he had more than enough top-end pace for a wide-man.Savea: Savea is no slouch in the speed stakes. When he makes a break in the open-field he takes some catching, but he is not just a straight-line runner, either and possesses quick-feet that can spin him out of a tackle and into space. And just look at how he covers huge ground to make defensive tackles when caught on the drift.Break out: Julian Savea’s try-scoring record is sensationalFinishing Savea: Did you see that offload to TJ Perenara against Argentina in the 2014 Rugby Championship? Savea is an intelligent footballer who is still improving and his predatory nature is complimented by the fact he can flick, punt and run off the ball if he needs to.Who’s better: Jonah Lomu or Julian Savea?Jonah LomuJulian SaveaVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWho's better: Jonah Lomu or Julian Savea? Julian Savea is already being talked about as one of the world’s best wings, at just 24, but can he really be compared to the great Jonah Lomu? TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
By Jenna O’Donnell |OCEANPORT – A growing effort to combat opioid addiction in the local community began when the epidemic hit close to home.Betsy Schuff, one of the Oceanport moms who founded the Drug Education Initiative (DEI) action committee, recalled the shock of losing a dear friend’s son to a drug overdose three years ago.“I knew there was an epidemic,” Schuff said. “But I never really believed that it was right here in our town or that it could happen to someone I loved. I soon learned that other parents were much like me and didn’t understand how severe the issue really is and how present it is in our community.”Schuff and other like-minded parents, hoping to bring more education and awareness to the community and to their schools, created DEI and, on Aug. 10, hosted their first forum to discuss the opioid epidemic and learn how addiction can take hold. Representatives from Monmouth Medical Center and the Tigger House Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing death from heroin and opiate addiction, attended the event to share stories, statistics and tips for the community.Christian Peter, a board member at the Tigger House Foundation and an NFL veteran of the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, described his own battle with drug and alcohol addiction, his road to recovery, and his efforts to help others follow a similar path through his work with Tigger House.“What we do is very simple,” Peter said. “We help kids – and people – who are struggling with addiction.”That addiction can start right at home with a bottle of leftover Vicodin or Percocet in the parent’s medicine cabinet, said Victor Almeida, D.O., chairman of Emergency Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center. Once the prescription bottles run out, he noted, kids might look to get cheaper drugs – like heroin – on the streets.“If you are opiate naïve, in a period of a few days you can become addicted,” Almeida said, noting that the potency of local heroin makes it especially dangerous. “The heroin that we have in New Jersey is some of the purest in the world.”A partnership between Monmouth Medical Center and Tigger House seeks to treat patients with addiction problems in the emergency room and move them into recovery programs with recovery specialists who have experienced addiction for themselves and are able to “walk the walk” and better relate to the struggle of addiction.“It helps if you can say ‘I know where you are. I’ve been there, too,’” Peter said.Eric Carney (left), COO of Monmouth Medical Center; Victor Almeida, D.O., chairman of emer- gency medicine at Monmouth Medical Center; Janet W. Tucci, mayor of West Long Branch; Serena DiMaso, Monmouth County Freeholder; and Christian Peter, board member of The Tigger House Foundation attended the Drug Education Initiative forum in Oceanport, which focused on opioid addiction and abuse.As drug and opioid-related deaths continue to rise across the country, in New Jersey, and in Monmouth County, parents were urged to talk frankly to their kids about drug addiction and take notice of any sudden changes in their social circles, sleep, grades or cleanliness.“This disease does not discriminate,” Peter said. “It’s out there in our communities affecting our children and we’ve got to do something about it.”This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.