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Monday’s Rugby News

Monday’s Rugby News looks at all the results from the Super Rugby, Super W and Global Rapid Rugby.

Oh and the suspension of pretty much all those competitions


Super Rugby recap

Alex Mafi celebrates a try

Alex Mafi celebrates a try

Round seven of the Super Rugby season might be the last for a while but it threw up some cracking encounters across the weekend.

The opening match was a thrilling contest between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs, with both teams looking to cement their place in the top eight. In the end, it would be Jordie Barrett that would break the deadlock and steal victory for the Hurricanes, slotting an 84th-minute penalty goal to secure the 27-24 win.

To commence Saturday, the Lions travelled to Auckland low on confidence and form to face the surprise packets of the competition, the Blues. Unfortunately for the Johannesburg side, their woes continued, blown out 43-10 off the back of a double to Rieko Ioane.

It was then time for the second doubleheader in Super Rugby history as the Sunwolves played what could be their last match against the Crusaders. Whilst they would put up a valiant fight, the defending champions would prove too strong, running out 49-14 victors.

This was followed by the Reds hosting the Bulls, with Brad Thorn’s men eager for their second win of the competition. Despite a slow start in which they were down 17-0, they would put their South African rivals to the sword, running in 41 unanswered points in the 41-17 win.

For the lone South Africa game of the round, the Sharks hosted their coastal rivals, the Stormers, with the winner afforded much need breathing space at the top of the ladder. The Sharks would take advantage of an ill-disciplined Stormers outfit, with a late Makazole Mapimpi try sealing the 24-14 win.

Finally, it was the Will Miller revenge game as the Brumbies hosted the Waratahs in the final match before the suspension comes in place. The Brumbies were dominant in front of their home crowd, with doubles to Solomone Kata and Tom Wright ensuring that they ran out 47-12 victors, keeping the Dan Vickerman Cup in the nations capital.

The Jaguares v Highlanders match was abandoned in order for the New Zealand side to make it back home before border controls came into effect.

Super Rugby suspended

Coronavirus takes it's toll on Super Rugby

Coronavirus takes it’s toll on Super Rugby

The Super Rugby season has been suspended for the foreseeable future as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision was made on Saturday by SANZAAR, influenced by the strict border controls put in place by Australia and New Zealand.

These controls ensured that visitors would require a 14-day quarantine period, making the competition impossible to continue.

“Following a SANZAAR Executive Committee (EXCO) teleconference in response to the announcement by the New Zealand Government that all returning travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days, including Super Rugby players, SANZAAR believes it has no option but to suspend the 2020 Super Rugby tournament at the conclusion of this weekend’s matches for the foreseeable future,” the statement read.

“Five New Zealand teams play in the 15-team Super Rugby tournament and SANZAAR completely understands the directive issued by the New Zealand Government given concerns globally over the COVID-19 virus and the primary aim to reduce exposure and spread of the virus.”

“The safety and welfare of the public, our players and other stakeholders is paramount and as previously stated we were always going to abide by government and health authority instructions on the issue of COVID-19 containment,” SANZAR CEO Andy Marinos stated.

“Our priority is, therefore, to ensure our players are within their homes territories from the end of this weekend. SANZAAR will also remain engaged with its stakeholders and will continue to explore avenues to see if we can keep the rugby product alive within our core markets, with the possibility to be in a position to resume the tournament if at all possible in future weeks. We have currently played seven rounds out of the 18 in the normal regular season.

“We are extremely disappointed for the players, our fans, broadcasters and partners but given the complexity of our competition structure, and the multiple geographies that we cover, we have no other option but to align with such directives.

“We also believe it is time for all those players currently overseas to return home and to be with their families.”

Global Rapid Rugby has followed a similar path, whilst the Super W remains open for business (at the time of the writing).

Force off to flying start

Jack McGregor scores for Western Force

Jack McGregor scores for Western Force

The Western Force have started their Global Rapid Rugby season off with a bang, dominating Malaysia Valke 51-14.

The Valke looked like a much-improved side from the team that got thumped 74-10 during the Bledisloe Cup prelude, keeping in touch with the home side throughout the opening half.

However, the boys from the West lapped up the wet conditions, with Johan Bardoul and Brad Lacey scoring two late tries to take a 37-7 lead into the break.

They would pick up from where they left off in the second half when fullback Jack McGregor went over in the corner after a series of scrum penalties in front of the Valke posts.

The Force remained relentless, mounting repeated attacks inside the Valke half, with underrated flanker Chris Alcock running in their sixth try of the game to extend the margin out to 51-7.

Malaysia refused to give up, continuing to pile pressure on the Force before they were eventually rewarded when centre Valentino Wellman sprinted 45 metres for the consolation try.

In the other games of the round, the Fijian Latui started their season with a shock 29-22 loss to newcomers the China Lions.

The Latui were expected to be the biggest challengers to the Force in the series, however, they were ambushed in Suva by a Lions side who took advantage of their ill-discipline to produce a dominant forwards performance.

The positive news for the Chinese teams continued with the South China Tigers putting an underdone Samoa side to the sword, thumping them 52-27.

Whilst the contest was close for the first 60 minutes, the Tigers would blow them off the park, producing four unanswered tries in the final 20 minutes to secure a well-deserved victory.

Super W(aratahs)

Mahalia Murphy celebrates the win

Mahalia Murphy celebrates the win

The Waratahs have continued their dominance in the Super W, wrapping up the minor premiership with a 44-0 shutout win over Rugby WA.

They were clinical in wet and windy conditions, running in eight tries to nothing to ensure their automatic spot in the grand final.

Having all but secured a home decider following last week’s nail-biting win over the Reds, Waratahs coach Campbell Aitken ran the gauntlet and opted to rotate the majority of his starting side.

He was rewarded ten-fold, with flyhalf Arabella McKenzie architecting a perfect performance for the Waratahs.

However, the shining star was Maya Stewart, running in four tries, including a first-half hat-trick in the victory.

The match served as a double-header to the Australian Club Championship, with Sydney Uni proving Shute Shield superiority with a 28-8 over University of Queensland.

The Waratahs will enjoy a week off, before hosting the winner of the preliminary final between the Reds and Brumbies, which will be held in Queensland after the Reds beat the ACT 24-12.

Both teams were already set to face-off in the finals, with hosting rights up for grabs as the Brumbies ran in an early try.

However, the class of Lori Cramer and the Reds would shine through, with the Wallaroo slotting a penalty before Ivy Kaleta handed them a narrow first-half lead.

They would continue to dominate in the second half, with back-rower Shannon Mato crossing for a second-half double to put them out to a commanding lead.

Ema Masi would eventually cross for her second, but it was too little, too late as the Reds grabbed home-field advantage for the preliminary final.

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Thanks Nathan,
    It’s going to be a long slow season while we wait for the COVID-19 to go away. TBF having seen and heard what Italy is going through this is absolutely the correct decision. It just sux that’s it has to happen.
    Some great games last weekend. That Canes vs Chiefs was really good right to the end. It seems Gatland has caught the NH disease and came out complaining about the referee. He needs to pull his head and realise that an attitude like that is not welcome in a head coach down here. Another reason for him to not get the AB job.
    Reds looked really good and it looks as though this year they were going to reap the benefits of the culture being bred up there. Still some shortfalls and players who think they’re harder than what they are – Tupou I’m talking to you. But overall they played some good rugby.
    Tahs were pretty crap. They must be the only team here thankful for COVID-19 as their season was only going downhill. maybe they should bring in the coach of the W team, in fact maybe some of the players too. I feel for Harrison, he is playing some good rugby but being late down badly by his team mates.
    Good to see the women doing well, I wish I could watch that rugby here but it’s not shown anywhere I can find. Here’s hoping things are settled before the RC so we can see them in some double headers.

    • Steve

      I’m just going to say it, I think COVID-19 is really an inconvenience overall.

    • Crescent

      I have to say, I thought that this season has probably been the best since the conference system was inflicted on us. Some great games, plenty of teams except the one I support in fine form – some great rugby on display and we then the COVID-19 issue strikes. Such a shame, but probably necessary.

      I hope Harrison is taken into a Wallabies training camp just to get some exposure to working with an effective pack again! Not saying he should walk into a Wallabies jersey – but short or training with the Brumbies, it will be his best chance to keep some confidence in himself. Hopefully Penney has been given a good sized cheque book to get out and recruit to flesh out the tight five as a formidable pack. 40 good minutes is not a start. It’s embarrassing. Reading on the match review some taking Rasta to task – feel like I was watching a different game! He was clear in his communication, made the call, reffed both teams and did not review everything just in case – I felt he had a good game and should be viewed as a model for letting rugby do the talking. Not a perfect game, but find me anyone who has one of those!

      Reds still have a lot of work to do – allowed themselves to get bullied by a sub par Bulls team, but clicked in the second half and fought their way back in. The Brumbies are unlikely to let them back into the game the same way and it’s sad we won’t see that match up in the near future.

      Checked out the Force v Valke match in GRR – watch this space. I am still going to need some games to sort out the form lines and see how much weight to put into relative performances. Poor weather made it hard to draw a good view on the crowd size – suspect a lot of empty seats were punters sheltering further back in the stands. COVID-19 will be another kick in the teeth to Twiggy in terms of how deeply he needs to fund the comp and robbing GRR of some momentum.

      • Timbo

        Hopefully Penney has been given a good sized cheque book to get out and recruit to flesh out the tight five as a formidable pack.

        mate we’ll be lucky if RA has $20 between the lot of them post COVID-19. I sense bankruptcy

        • Frosty morning

          Have they paid Folau his blood money yet? It would actually be quite funny if RA went broke and couldn’t pay him.

      • andrewM

        It was a very empty stadium Crescen – 3,000 would have been pushing it. Even paid up members didn’t show up. The first twenty minutes were great to watch though

        • Crescent

          That’s a shame after all the hard work that has gone into the build up.

    • Keith Butler

      Canes v Chiefs the best of the bunch. As a ref KARL can you clarify something. In the 2nd half the Chiefs get a penalty and kick to touch. The ball comfortably crosses the plane of the touch line and Jodie Barrett, I think leaps and knocks the ball back into play. Is it line out Chiefs or play on. The commentators were in two minds over that one.

      • Who?

        If the ball doesn’t touch something in touch, it’s not in touch. If Jordie jumped from inside the field of play, and knocked the ball back into play, despite it crossing the plane of touch, it never went to touch. However, if the ball had landed, or been batted back in by someone who was in touch, then the ball is ruled in touch, and is considered to have entered touch at the point where it crossed the plane of touch.

        • Keith Butler

          Cheers Who? Played the game for 25 yrs but could never get my head round the law. Playing lock must take some of the blame i suppose. Barrett was well outside the field of play when he jumped so it seems to me that it should have been a Chiefs line out.

        • What if they were lifted by a fwd, who may or may not have been in touch?

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          If the player was in touch then the ball can’t cross the line of touch. If they’re in the field of play it doesn’t matter. Be interesting to see though and I’d imagine quite a feat if it ever occurred.

        • what if its a back with one foot in the air, whilst… Being facetious KaRL

          Keith-

          https://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=18

        • AllyOz

          why would it matter if the player was facetious?

        • Not in the spirit of the game i guess?

        • Nutta

          What spirits got to do with it? It wasn’t 5ths so no fortified was involved either.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Mate under Law 18.2.c the ball is not in touch. As long as the player jumps from the field of play he can knock the ball back into the field of play regardless if it crosses the line of touch. It also doesn’t matter where the player lands. If he starts from in touch then he must knock it back before it reaches the line of touch . 100% correct decision.

        • Keith Butler

          Cheers. Just watched it again. Damn good judgement from Jordie. It was close though.

        • Steve

          KARL/Keith correct me if I’m wrong but was this not a case of 18.2b

          A player jumps, from within or outside the playing area, and catches the ball, and then lands in the playing area, regardless of whether the ball reached the plane of touch.

          Barrett leapt from outside the line and landed back inside.

          I believe it was correct by the law, and also that the law is stupid.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Tbh mate I’ll need to look at the play again. I thought he jumped from in play and knocked it back. If he jumped from outside and caught the ball he would have had to have caught it before it crossed the line of touch for it to still be in play.
          You’re right it’s a shit rule and as hard as it is for an AR to manage, when I’m on my own in a tight local game in Sydney it can really be fun

  • Hoss

    COVID-19 should be a breeze for card-carrying Tah-ites like me. ‘Social distancing’ – piece of piss. You try telling someone your a Tah’s fan and 1.5m is almost like a hug, they can’t get far away enough and quickly, from you.

    Ponies were good and did all that was expected, young Reds were terrific and Wilson must be getting close to giving Isi a nudge for Gold 8. The Tah’s. for what its worth, they are playing to their limit. The reality is they are as good as they can be for now. Liberty, The Funky Bunch, Woody and co will evolve and the team will benefit for it, but for this year a suspension of the season might be a blessing for the Tah’s. There’s talent there, love to see Maddocks get real time at 15 and with Gilbert off to France and finals chances long gone i reckon its time to say ‘Thanks for the mammories KB and give Jumping Jack some exposure – the kids got skills and an all round game (kick, tackle, pass,run & catch). KB’ has had moments of sublime, breath-taking skill and vision but amongst a growing serving of piping hot excrement served with a garnish of FFS – in all chaos, opportunity arises. Let’s hope the Tah’s display some courage and commitment for what remains of this year and onto next.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Always a bit sad when someone stays too long as you tend to remember their failures at the end rather than what they brought at the start of their tenure. I’m just hoping Rennie is taking note of this and starting to plan for a fresh start in so many areas.

      • AllyOz

        I don’t think KB is too old. He just needs to adapt his game a bit, he could play for another 4 or 5 years at the top level if he adopted a similar approach to JOC and, rather than just trying to play the x-factor role and create everything around himself he started to work more on helping those around him perform.

        • Brumby Runner

          Leopard and spots?

        • AllyOz

          the good ones do but…I think O’Connor has done it, as his pace has slowed a little he has found other things to add value to his game.

      • Hoss

        You sound like my second wife, who ,at the time, was my favourite thus far.

      • Patrick

        I remember the failures over the whole course of his career actually

      • Brumby Runner

        With all the disruption of the COVID 19 and possible lockdowns everywhere, I wonder if Dave might be considering/trying to get back here earlier than previously planned. If he leaves it too late, he might not get back until much later in the year.

    • Who?

      I’ve missed something Hoss – Bell, Mark N-*insert rest of name after I learn how to spell it here* the winger… Who’s Woody? Is that Harrison..?

      • Hoss

        Yep.

        Liberty – Bell
        Marky-Mark & The Funky Bunch
        Woody Harrison – who i have just found out is Harrelson. Fucking coronavirus.

        • AllyOz

          I was trying to think of someone who looked like the Toy Story cowboy…

          Indie (Jones etc – Harrison Ford??) or the Ghost (Rex Harrison played the captain in the Ghost and Mrs Muir) or when his had a poor game “Dr Doolittle” (another character played by Rex) and he was also the male lead in My Fair Lady – professor someone or other

        • Hoss

          FFS Oz, now you’re a comedy expert. I don’t go around making common sense, reasoned judgements do i, huh, huh, huh ? No –i-bloody-don’t, you stick with your niche and i will stick with fairly obvious, juvenile cheap-shots. If i wanted to read some second rate, unfunny tripe i would read Yowies posts, now if you dont mind……..

        • AllyOz

          back in my box

        • Who?

          I guess if you’re citing Mr Ford, we could look at a few other titles, too. Mr President (Get off my plane). Mr Ryan (Jack). Henry? Dr Kimble? Deckard? Solo…?
          .
          Or we could call him George, per Yowie’s suggestion.
          Ultimately, though, it’s Hoss’ call.

        • Yowie

          “The quiet Waratah”?

        • Yowie

          Didn’t Woody Harrison write “while my guitar gently weeps”?

    • Keith Butler

      Tahs building for the future. Still can’t figure why the Rebs let Maddocks go. One of many bad players management they’ve made over the years.

      • Hoss

        Maddocks just oozes class. Doesn’t overplay his hand and very sound at all the basics. Not a bad template to start from.

        • Keith Butler

          Difficult for him to make FB for the G&G. Banks and DHP ahead of him.

        • Hoss

          I’d be happy with him being consistent at the Tah’s first and then push for a wing spot, maybe

    • Nutta

      Man you qualify for social distancing regardless of any other societal disease such as Tarts-Supporterism. I have close family and friends who warn the general population against any social proximity to me – close, medium or 10,000 miles.

      • Hoss

        I’ve successfully used my personality, hygiene and body odour as a contraceptive for many years.

  • AllyOz

    Well that’s all folks!! or that’s what I suspect. I imagine the first rugby we are likely to see are the end of season tours. No inside knowledge or insightful medical understanding, just my usual glass 3/4’s empty, view of the world in general.

    I organise a cultural event that attracts a crowd of around 2,500 (no not a Waratahs game ….) on Easter Weekend and had to cancel it so have taken the day off to repay all our sponsors and competitors.

    I was actually a little surprised that the GRR didn’t continue as they were talking yesterday in the ABC NRL coverage that one of the options might be to move games to Perth, Darwin and North Qld because the warmer climate makes infection more unlikely, because the GRR season is a little shorter and because the Fiji and Samoan players don’t face the same travel restrictions in some countries (again because of the climate but, given there is a lot of Chinese travellers in and out of those countries (and tourists from all over the place for that matter) I don’t see how that would work.

    Still that is probably my fault for listening to rugby league coverage.

    I am not sure what this will mean for club games and juniors seasons. Some would have crowds of 500 plus others not and then, in other countries, those restrictions around public assembly have been getting tighter and tighter, France is only 100 people, a Czech friend said its just 30 people there and someone else said Austria is just five (if you and the missus have 4 kids there’s that difficult decision to make but I know it’s bullshit when you say you love them all the same amount…just kidding of course).

    Anyway I think this is perfect timing for Rugby Australia. It does a deal with Fox to just show matches between 1996 and 2003 (well not the RWC final – we leave that out and pretend the All Blacks game was the final). People will be so desperate to watch something that they will lap it up and eventually people will just think all those replays are happening now.

    • Who?

      The NRL commentator’s discussion about the virus being less of an issue in warmer climes isn’t backed up by data at this point. The majority of places with higher levels of contagion just happen to be in the NH, where it’s winter, but there’s also other factors impacting that spread. It may turn out that the Leaguie commentator’s speculation may be correct, but it’s not yet supported by statements from the experts.
      .
      It’s really a shame that the GRR’s not going ahead. That would’ve been perfect – especially if they’d decided to relocate all games to the islands. Because it might well have ended up being the only live high level sport on the planet……… Which would’ve been a real coup. People would’ve watched it purely because it was on. Without considering the fact that it’s a good spectacle. You can’t gamble on games that were broadcast 15 years ago.

      • Yowie

        You have just destroyed my faith in Loig commentators being a pillar of factual accuracy in the community.

        • Who?

          But do you still trust Wayne Bennett..? Given he said the same thing? :-P

        • Hoss

          Channel your inner Rab’s

          ‘Wellllllll 25 thousand novacastrians luv it’

        • Nutta

          I know! DEVVO’D

      • AllyOz

        Yes well I think one of the recent positive test reported was from someone returning from Bali and I imagine its as hot their as Perth or Darwin. To be fair to the League commentators I think it might have been either an NRL suggestion or one of the callers. Now league talkback callers …. this might surprise you Yowie but some are not that bright. Anyway, I can’t see the government making the call that we draw an imaginary line somewhere and say it’s OK to gather here but not there. They might allow everyone to go back to Shute Shield/Brisbane Club and then limit crowd numbers somehow (hard at some grounds and harder still when they have internationals playing club rugby again I would imagine) but I can’t see that working.

        I just wish I had shares in Netflix.

        • Yowie

          Now league talkback callers …. this might surprise you Yowie but some are not that bright

          FFS, lucky I was sitting down. Today has been one bombshell after another.

          I need a break from all this shocking news. Oh look, a courier has just dropped-off the results of my DNA test.

    • Patrick

      Fwiw in mainland Europe all rugby has stopped even kids teams, games training the lot. All sport in fact full stop.

      • Yowie

        The French will have to reschedule Le Eye Gouging Technique Clinique to a time after all this blows over or a whole generation of French rugby players will miss out on a vital part of their education.

        • Patrick

          be a while before that takes effect since they learn in primary school…

  • Reds Revival

    In the RedBull challenge, the Reds had wings, and the Bulls were challenged. The Reds have certainly become a lot more entertaining to watch.
    As KARL says, there’s no point complaining about COVID 19 because there are people dying, and more than a few people will have their livelihoods stopped as a result of this pandemic.

    I hope that the local derbies are able to go ahead in the short term, as it will give us all a feeling of “normality” to be able to watch and enjoy our respective team’s fortunes.

  • Hoss

    I aspire to it.

  • JJ

    Super Rugby and GRR have been shut down for the season, because of NZ and Aus imposing 14 day isolation on incoming people and crowds bigger than 500 are banned. And almost certainly there will be no Test rugby this year.
    Maybe we should run an internal one-off Australian competition, with the Force, Brumbies, Tahs, Reds and Rebels, played in shut-out stadiums. but televised, I am sure Foxsports, Kayo, RugbyPass, Optus, Channel 10 will all be scratching for some sport to show on their screens, while half the population is locked down at home and channel surfing looking for some sport to watch.

    We have 5 professional teams, whose players and coaches will still have to be paid this year.
    Their sponsors want some exposure on TV.

    We could even go two rounds of home and away, which is 8 games and then a final.

    • Who?

      Even better would be to go full NRC early… Won’t happen though.

      • JJ

        Why not?
        Surely it would easier to organize at short notice than a piss-up at the brewery?

        • Who?

          Panic. Simple as that. The only way to make it work would be to send the teams to somewhere like Fiji, self isolating, to avoid the panic. But it won’t happen. Because of that isolation, the difficulty in organising it (I agree, it should be easy, but nothing ever is)…

        • JJ

          Leave foreign teams out of it, so nobody has to cross international boundaries.

          Nothing to organise. Five ready teams at peak match fitness and desperate to play rugby.

        • Who?

          Five teams is pointless, hence why I said NRC. No Tahs/Reds/Brums/Rebels, make it Force/Brisbane/Qld Country/Rising/Vikings/NSW Country/Sydney, and Fiji if achievable. That’s 8 teams, 4 games per week.
          .
          But you still have issues with in community viral transmission, when it happens. And it will. So you need to isolate the teams. That’s still achievable with 8 teams compared to 16 (NRL), but producing more and better content than only 5 teams.
          .
          But it won’t happen, because it’s too hard, everyone’s panicking, and, frankly, there’s other priorities.

        • JJ

          But the Reds and Tahs are ready now. Why split their squads in two? Everbody else is still going to beat a full Tahs team anyway

        • Who?

          Why split the squads? Because rather than having a mickey mouse, no stakes tournament, we could have a double length NRC tournament for an existing trophy with existing teams. The four Super teams play Super Rugby. The Force play GRR, but they also play NRC. So rather than giving up on the other tournaments and burning the squads playing games that don’t contribute to their primary competitions, it would be better to build the NRC. Who knows – if it were successful, it might even have strengthened its own value in the ongoing rights negotiations.
          .
          To me, a double length NRC tournament is just far more interesting, for the amount of effort required to stage any games.

        • Damo

          The QRU has just canned club rugby for the next 2 months at least. If that policy is consistent throughout the rest of the country I’m guessing we are unlikely to get any other domestic competition off the ground.

        • Who?

          Exactly. And there’s logic to that – they draw crowds, and it’s intensely close contact. I don’t see how you avoid transmitting the virus when you’re stuck in the bottom of a ruck or caught in a maul.
          .
          I think there’s an argument to be made that a small scale professional comp in an isolated locale is less at risk of infection and transmission (but that geographical isolation of the athletes and support staff would be critical), but it’s too hard.

        • Yowie

          I don’t see how you avoid transmitting the virus when you’re stuck in the bottom of a ruck or caught in a maul.

          The backs will be safe as long as they select the “risky offload” option every time.

        • AllyOz

          They are well practised at social isolating. Campo had it down to a tee.

        • Yowie

          Gold.

        • Nutta

          You’re assuming 3 things:
          1. We care about Backs.
          2. Decision-makers with brains care about Backs.
          3. Backs have anything to actually contribute.

          See in the old days, Backs were the original scrum-reset delay. They were only imposed because player and spectator excitement levels hyperventilated to such obscene levels from 80min scrum sessions that everyone needed to just calm dafuq down a bit whilst we moved the scrum to save the turf. Thus Backs were introduced.

          Besides that somewhat abbreviated need, they are completely superfluous, superficial and disposable.

        • Yowie

          I heard that, back in the day, a hair product manufacturer was a major sponsor of rugby and they applied pressure to get a few of their male catwalk models (with their hair done all nicely) onto the field at some upcoming games.

        • Nutta

          Man, shot is generally funny because it’s true.

        • Patrick

          It will be, here (France and Switzerland) all sport is out for until May, even trainings. All sporting facilities are closed, even the tennis courts are shut, the only thing still open is the stables and then only for horse-owners who must be unaccompanied.

        • AllyOz

          It might be easier if all the games were held in the one place. Move all the players to Townsville etc and have all games over the one weekend out of the same ground. That might minimise travel costs though. However, it would cost something and I think we are almost buggered on that front. While RC had no possible way to influence this the cards don’t appear to have fallen her way. Right at the time when she could be finalising a great deal the rug has been pulled out from under her. (through no fault of her own). Alan Jones might get what he wants, a bankrupt game forced to start from scratch.

        • Who?

          It’s the best way to consider running anything to broadcast. Move them all to somewhere remote (I’d suggest more remote than Townsville – hence mentioning Fiji), reduce costs, reduce exposure. But it won’t happen.
          And the only way to do it providing more than token matches would be to go to the NRC (matches with a real trophy), rather than friendlies between Super Rugby.
          .
          I totally agree that it’s all rough for RC with negotiating the rights deal. Absolute nightmare…….

        • AllyOz

          Fiji aren’t shut out of NZ…not sure if the same applies here

        • Who?

          Rules around PI’s are the same between Australia and New Zealand.

  • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

    I am hoping that we can get a domestic competition up that includes the Superugby sides and Force – however struggling to see appetite to include teams that are not currently playing Superugby.

    From a risk management perspective I support the aggressive actions that are at last taken to contain the virus – I think we missed the opportunity to eradicate the virus as we did for SARS and MERS. The world should have taken this virus far more seriously about 3 weeks ago before it spread across the globe. Italy, France, Iran, Spain, USA etc hang your heads in shame and stop blaming China that is doing a much better job than you. The cat is now out of the bag, so may not only have to fight SARS-CoV-2 in 2020 but also the version of the virus that may return on a seasonal basis year after year… Whoever argues that this is an over action should think again.

    Just like the other human corona viruses that cause some of the seasonal flu and colds and has been in circulation for decades this virus will impact humans year after year, however this virus is >10x more lethal than HCoV-229E, HCoV-OC43, HCoV-HKU1 and HCoV-NL63. Over time our ability to medically treat patients will improve and the virus should evolve to maximise its own spread (become less lethal as more dangerous strains will kill the hosts or show more severe symptoms that will make them easier to target). The problem with CoVs is that humans don’t develop long term immunity, just short term immunity and as only a small proportion of the population will be infected year after year, the impact of this disease can linger on for many years until effective vaccines are available. The Spanish flu killed approx 100 million, I will not be surprised if COVID-19 disease end up to be worst.

    From a positive side, we are making good progress on diagnostics tests including blood analysis for virus antibodies that will allow us to identify patients even before they show symptoms. The attitudes the virus has changed with people realising that the virus will not only kill the old and vulnerable but that an infection leaves scarring in the respiratory system that will even make healthy individuals high risk factors for a second infection.

  • Nutta

    Yeh i thought that was a bit generous.

    • Timbo

      Good thing I didn’t pay my rego yet

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