Monday, July 27, 2020

Rugby Round the World WRap: 7.27.20

Rugby Round the Globe: OtW, BtN – 7.27.20

Rugby is ongoing in four, three, geographic regions around the planet just now. And each nation, within which the sport has resumed, has decidedly different levels of success combatting COVID:

New cases of COVID-19 coronavirus reported by rugby-playing nation on July 26th, reflecting a 6-day interval:

New Zealand: 3 since July 20th – Kiwis are hammering it!

Australia: from 267 on July 20th, increasing to 453 (+186) as of 7.26.20; that’s a 70% spike;

Argentina: are off again as they manage their virus response;

Russia: from 5,940 on 7.20.20, to 5,765 (-175) as of 7.26.20; down nearly 3%

USA: from 68,377 on 7.20.20, to 58,631 (-9,746) as of 7.26.20; down a bit more than 14% …the absolute correct way to go … MASK UP!

New Zealand - Super Rugby Aotearoa – Round 6 BtN: none unlost anymore as…

                19           for Hurricanes 15, Jordie Barrett, on 2-and-5 as visitors battled Crusaders the full 80 minutes to earn victory; brace for ‘Canes SA-born flyer, Wes Goosen; 17 counted on a 3-2-1 triple for home 10, Richie Mo’unga; 2 instances of drawn scores and 3 lead changes in the first forty;

                14           behind early in the first forty, Chiefs returned to take a 17-14 lead early in the second stanza, but dropped their 6th match in succession after a 55th-minute grounding by Blues 9, Finlay Christie, and its conversion by 10, Beauden Barrett for a 21-17 home side happy at Eden Park.

Australia – Super Rugby Australia, Round 4 BtN and wouldn’t Folau Fainga’a and Pone Fa’amuasili make  2/3 of an awesome front row?

                4              lead exchanges in the 1st - ’40 meant a seesaw battle between ever-visiting Rebels and Waratahs until the band of XV, banned from their hometown due the Virus outbreak, brought down the ‘Tahs on the Central Coast, 29 – 10; 19 for 10, Matt To’omua, on 2-and-5 for the win;

                4              too, the number of Brumbies trys against 0, Western Force groundings and Mob blanked the home side at Leichhardt Oval in western Sydney, 24 – 0; taps were turned on for a slippery second stanza that the Horses were able to manage while Force, who’d many chances inside the oppo 22, failed to close any opportunities.


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Russia - Premier League is steaming right along with a huge fixture on the upcomer as unbeatens Lokomotiv and STM get after the pill at Penza for the ordering seat at table, because…

                Metallurg 9-9 Krasny Yar  – a grinding sister-kisster and on a nice day, too!

                VVA Podmoskovye 83-5 Bogatiri  – Sarries Russian reps rolled ‘em up;

                Bulava 16-3 CSKA  – Taganrog have exited the basement for the moment;

                Slava 22-25 Yenisei STM  - Homeys were up at the half, 16-15, before giving it up; the reigning champs can finish;

                Lokomotiv 27-20 Strela – ‘Motiv remained lossless, though only just.

mask it up!


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