Thursday, July 2, 2020

COVID-19 v Rugby

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Rugby has returned to countries around the planet with New Zealand up and running in magnificent fashion, the Russian Premier League off to a dubious restart, and Australia and Argentina set to resume match play this weekend. Now, the thing to keep in mind is that New Zealand had three weeks of no new cases between May 23 and June 13; nada-nichts-bupkes (though they’ve had an average of 1.5 cases confirmed-per-day since then). Thus, play on the pitch resumed in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Super Rugby Aotearoa matches Live on ESPN+ as indicated Mountain Standard Time (MST)
Saturday, July 4 :

                Highlanders (4) v Crusaders (9) at Forsyth Barr, 1am MST: chilly with a bit of wind for the first half of their South Island derby-duet;
                Chiefs (2) v (0) Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium, 9:30pm MST: Cruden-McKenzie linkage looking more solid every week; both clubs unwon; may be the first sis-kiss of the competition, so they may remain that way; mid-50s, little breeze, low precip probability.
Blues on the bye

No other nation has achieved that level in management of the virus.

In Russia, where there is more of an, "О, да? Давайте бросим!  (Oh yeah? Let’s throw down!) attitudinal response to containment, daily confirmed new cases seem to have plateaued just above 6K-per-day. With the resumption of play Yenisei-STM Krasnoyarsk, 2019 Premier League champs, are off in a large way after a brace of wins, totally: 86 for versus 6 against, both results taken on the trot.

                Slava Moscow (4) v (8) Lokomotiv Penza – travelers have shown as stifling defense in the young season, homeboys notso much;
                Yenisey-STM Krasnoyarsk (10) v (5) Strela – the Volga River club will be trucking nearly 2,000 miles for this match; look for home side to remain unbeaten;
                Bulava Taganrog (0) v (5) VVA Podmospovye – home team seeks a rising from their current status, while VVA lost a heartbreaker last outing to Penza.



Rugby kicks off tonight in the nations ranked 7 (Aussie) and 10 (Argentina) on World Rugby chart amidst outbreaks in Melbourne, meaning the Rebels will be playing away awhile, and Buenos Aires, the province from which all clubs of the Argentine Top 12 hail. It will be telling, to say the least, to see how those two competitions progress in the throes of the pandemic.

Land of Oz

Friday, July 3:
                                Reds (0) v (0) Waratahs in the Suncorp Stadium, 3am MST: Hegarty has moved to 15 in favor of James O’Connor at 10; O’Connor’s duel with his opposition, 20 years young Will Harrison, looks to be visual tummy-yummy, while the ability of the back-three backs to collect and counter a la kiwi Will Jordan’s performance last week will go far in determining this result;

Saturday, July 4:
                                Brumbies (0) v (0) Rebels, at GIO Stadium, 3am MST: Noah Lolesio moves inside to test presumptive Wallabies 10, Matt Toomua, in what could be both battle and record in this one;

South America

Rugby resumes in the Argentine under keen observation by the global audience. It would seem this competition, more than any others, is opening in the middle of potential resurgence of the virus to epidemic proportions ; thus, it will be a lesson to the nations of the world that find themselves in similar statistical shape vis-à-vis C-19, and will dictate the terms and chronology of their respective reopenings.

                                Alumni (0) v (0) San Luis;
                                CUBA (0) v (0) CASI;
                                Hindu (0) v (0) Regatas Bella Vista;
                                Newman (0) v (0) Buenos Aires;
                                Pucara (0) v (0) Los Tilos;
                                SIC(0) v (0) Belgrano.  

In our United States, where a significant portion of the population has yet to, “figger it oute,”  as they say on LetterKenny, we’re suffering the dubious distinction of being the world leader in new COVID-19 cases. US, at 52K+ on the first of this month, has had nearly 10 times the confirmed new cases as the Russian Federation.

New cases of COVID-19 coronavirus reported by nation on July 1:

New Zealand: 2 - steady
Australia: 86 – spiking*
Argentina: 2,667 – spiking*
Russia: 6,566 - decline
US: 52,609 – spiking by nearly 25%!!!

* - better than a 10% increase from the previous day

What can I do to get back on the Pitch?

·      obtain and maintain social distance of 6 feet
·      limit movement to essential tasks
·      washa you hands
·      mask up when you do go out

  • act like a Kiwi, as if someone's life depended on it!










  

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