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by merlin the happy pig
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes v Chiefs
Replies: 140
Views: 2603

Re: Hurricanes v Chiefs

Chiefs totally disorganized on attack. Not only that their passing was among the worst I've ever seen from a professional side. Hardly once did I see pass someone could run onto. McKenzie sadly looks a spent force after his knee injury. He's not quite Milner Skudder slow, but whereas last year you w...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Round 8
Replies: 65
Views: 1746

Re: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Round 8

Caleb looks like he'll end up a centre at some point... far too skilful to stay on the wing... He is like a combination of Ben Smith and Tana Umaga... always beats the first tackler... has a subtle passing game and is smart... get him in the All Blacks asap... he has ten years in black ahead of him...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Some fairly conclusive [although not yet peer reviewed] science on aerosol transmission: "How, exactly, does the virus move through a community, a building or a small group of people? Which modes of transmission should concern us most, and how might we stop them?" https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Blues: MATCH THREAD; Sat 11th July
Replies: 182
Views: 3265

Re: Crusaders vs Blues: MATCH THREAD; Sat 11th July

RMo bought it back in a big way and could rightly claim motm. It’s quite impressive considering he was quite iffy in the first half. Agree with that. That was a game of inches and many times in the first half with some of his stupid kicking of what the f... was that Ritchie. Where as with Codie Tay...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Blues: MATCH THREAD; Sat 11th July
Replies: 182
Views: 3265

Re: Crusaders vs Blues: MATCH THREAD; Sat 11th July

Crusaders found only one weakness in the Blues game, Taking the high ball. Bridge especially exploited that ruthlessly. For 60 minutes of the game they couldn't find any other way to make the gain line. After an average first half, Mo'unga was irrepressible in the second. Two moments of absolute cla...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021
Replies: 1948
Views: 34759

Re: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021

Would be nice to see free movement of players between all countries involved regardless of eligibility for national teams. We (NZ) would have to lose the centralized contracts, but having the franchises under the umbrella of the national unions should still mean we don't see players forced by their ...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat May 16, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby Australia crisis after financial deficit of $9.4 mill
Replies: 774
Views: 26907

Re: Rugby Australia crisis after financial deficit of $9.4 m

Would we keep The Rugby Championship? The ABs need to be playing top level rugby every year to stay at or near the top, with the Six Nations being set in stone it kind of doesn't leave a lot of choice. I haven't heard anyone talk of dismantling the RC. It's highly profitable, pretty much subsidisin...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat May 16, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby Australia crisis after financial deficit of $9.4 mill
Replies: 774
Views: 26907

Re: Rugby Australia crisis after financial deficit of $9.4 m

This thread has certainly heated up a bit over the past few days. I can't really figure what people are arguing about? - aside from bazzamacca who is just trying to start fights with other posters. You are all Australian Rugby fans who are passionate about the game. You all want what's best for the...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33393
Views: 1222069

Re: NZ Politics Thread - NEW ZEALAND LOCKDOWN THREAD

Just watching the news about what will happen tomorrow. I'm banking on them extending it, not because it's required, but because no one will want to make the call and risk getting it wrong. Probably the smartest available move given it will hand businesses extra time to tool up for level 3 restrict...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33393
Views: 1222069

Re: NZ Politics Thread - NEW ZEALAND LOCKDOWN THREAD

There's a real risk something like this would be a massive white elephant. Commuting long distances to work will become less and less viable as remote workplace technology improves, and for industries where most workers don't work from home, why would you want to incentivise centralising those in t...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33393
Views: 1222069

Re: NZ Politics Thread - NEW ZEALAND LOCKDOWN THREAD

Remdesivir looking promising. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/16/health/coronavirus-remdesivir-trial/index.html Plasma therapy also seems helpful, but scalability would be interesting, 1 recovered person can provide plasma for 3 seriously ill. https://www.jwatch.org/na51335/2020/04/16/convalescent-p...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The mixed race international rugby 15
Replies: 105
Views: 2630

Re: The mixed race international rugby 15

I’ll update the 15 (or 23 if we get too many decent options) 1. 2. 3. 4. Courtney Lawes (Black/white) 5. 6. Lewis Ludlam (black/white) 7. Michael Jones (Oceanean/European) 8. 9. 10. Danny Cipriani (White and black) 11. Delon Armitage 12. Jeremy Guscott (Did he play 12 ever?) (white/black) 13. Jonat...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33393
Views: 1222069

Re: NZ Politics Thread - NEW ZEALAND LOCKDOWN THREAD

Haven't looked into the details but you'd have to think NSW is going to be in for a pretty rough time of it. What's a few hundred deaths when compared to the freedom to get your KFC delivered? To be fair, restaurants are all open for delivery and takeaway in QLD as well, and our curve is quite a bi...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33393
Views: 1222069

Re: NZ Politics Thread - NEW ZEALAND LOCKDOWN THREAD

Thinking of all my NZ boets during your lockdown. Some questions for you as an Aussie based poster who may be facing similar conditions in the near future? 1. What's been the worst thing about being in lockdown? 2. Have there been any unexpected positives? 3. Knowing what you know now, how would yo...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33393
Views: 1222069

Re: NZ Politics Thread - 33hrs to Lockdown!

Auckman wrote:Muttonbirds brings up a good point. Tenants are going to be shafted; either owing massive amounts in rent or kicked out after the lockdown period is over.

Would a situation where mass unemployment leads to mass tenant evictions lead to a collapse of the rental market?
And/Or a spate of GBH.
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Appears that Italy is turning the corner.
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavir ... try/italy/

Number of new cases and new deaths has dropped for 2 days in a row.
Wonderful news for them if it is sustained.

Hopefully not because they're running out of old people :(
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33393
Views: 1222069

Re: NZ Politics Thread - 33hrs to Lockdown!

If my tenant falls on hard times during this crisis I will be happy to negotiate a lower weekly rent. Not sure about a rent holiday unless it is forced on us but certainly open to lowering the rent to keep a roof over their heads. That's fine but again not the point. The point is the huge discrepan...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca This seems like a pretty solid analysis of the likely actual number of cases vs the official number. Australia with 149 cases is likely to have approx 10 times that number infected but not showing symptoms yet. High...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: China virus cases triple as infection spreads

Looks like the old bell curve has hit the old going downy end Confirmed cases so far 90,294 Deaths 3,086 People that had it and are now recovered and fine 45,705 So more people that have had it and recovered now outnumbers those that currently have it. This is all not taking into account the bit wh...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: China virus cases triple as infection spreads

Looks like the old bell curve has hit the old going downy end Confirmed cases so far 90,294 Deaths 3,086 People that had it and are now recovered and fine 45,705 So more people that have had it and recovered now outnumbers those that currently have it. This is all not taking into account the bit wh...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Black Caps vs India: T20/ODI/Test Series Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 17024

Re: Black Caps vs India: T20/ODI/Test Series Thread

India to make 150, then bowl the crappers out for 75?
Nothing would surprise me with this test.
We could just as easily roll them for 100 and knock it off with 2 down.
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Black Caps vs India: T20/ODI/Test Series Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 17024

Re: Black Caps vs India: T20/ODI/Test Series Thread

Hard to see how Southee isn't batting at 11.
When he came onto the scene he actually looked like he could become a decent batsman.

Fantastic Indian bowling, even yesterday when they didn't get a wicket they were relentlessly accurate.
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: China virus cases triple as infection spreads

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41421-020-0147-1 Link to paper on different levels of cell receptors among different populations, male/female. The suggestion if I read it correctly is that Han Chinese (prob a proxy for any East Asian) Are more susceptible due to higher number of ACE2 cell receptors...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: China virus cases triple as infection spreads

Calculus wrote:
merlin the happy pig wrote: Initial reports suggested that South East Asians are more susceptible.

China is not in South East Asia.
Sorry meant East Asian.
Brain fart, no excuse.
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 27477
Views: 674443

Re: China virus cases triple as infection spreads

Still finding it difficult to get hyped about the whole tbf. Yes it is said to have a 2-3% fatality rate, but then something like 80% of people just experience moderate illness and then get on with it. So if you take into account people just not bothering to go to the doctor thinking it is just a b...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The out of position XV
Replies: 91
Views: 3317

Re: The out of position XV

Jonah Lomu scored a try off the back of the scrum in a Babarians game.
I think he played at 6 for the game, but my memory is very fuzzy on this.
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Ireland V Italy - Postponed?
Replies: 201
Views: 8617

Re: Ireland V Italy - Postponed?

They took foot and mouth more seriously. I think they might consider postponing it now that the coronavirus has taken hold in Milan. That said, the idea of being able to contain this virus is laughable. The real goal is surely just to slow it down enough that a vaccine is created, or effective anti...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: AIG: "All Blacks are rubbish and we're dropping them"
Replies: 30
Views: 1592

Re: AIG: "All Blacks are rubbish and we're dropping them"

I think it's a smart move by AIG. The ABs brand is currently pretty good, but it's medium term future doesn't look that bright. This has little to do with choosing Foster as a coach. (FYI I don't rate him either) Quite simply it's because there doesn't appear to have been any progress made on the is...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks 2019 Year in Review
Replies: 112
Views: 3463

Re: All Blacks 2019 Year in Review

lots of talk about the midfield muddle and Mo'unga vs Barrett as though they were determining factors in our loss to England. They were almost completely irrelevant. What lost the semi-final - Poor lineout throwing - Serious lack of intensity at the tackle - The much hyped pod system where our loose...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks Head Coach post-2019 - It's Foster!
Replies: 1097
Views: 43381

Re: All Blacks Head Coach post-2019

guy smiley wrote:
JPNZ wrote:Fosters name is everywhere on the news sites. Guess the canes better get looking for a coach
All that means is a posse of lazy reporters have swooped on the same rumour.
Usually one of them swoops (actually probably a tip off)
The rest of them just parrot each other.
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The definitive collection of Kim Jong-un looking at things.
Replies: 353
Views: 43355

Re: The definitive collection of Kim Jong-un looking at thin

Druid wrote:
guy smiley wrote:Image

🎵 I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain 🎵
Rocket man surely?
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Hate Factory
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: The Hate Factory

Guardian, the hate hoax factory x(
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: New Zealand v England test series
Replies: 644
Views: 16728

Re: New Zealand v England test series

I hadn't seen this until now... I thought the 1st pitch at Tauranga was good, anytime you get a win by an innings plus is. George Dobell, a senior correspondent for ESPN Cricinfo, made the claim as the second test between New Zealand and England in Hamilton appears to be heading towards a draw. On ...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: TRUMP - GOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNEEEEE
Replies: 6
Views: 1474

Re: TRUMP - GOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNEEEEE

Shame he didn't lose to the rocket, headlines would have been much more fun :)
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: This Jordan Peterson bloke
Replies: 2655
Views: 150753

Re: This Jordan Peterson bloke

Big Nipper wrote:Jordan Peterson is a living, farting spoof
Well you are widely recognized on the board as an authority. 😂
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Measles outbreak in the Pacific.
Replies: 152
Views: 6332

Re: Measles outbreak in the Pacific.

Some of it isn't anti-vaxxers, but a lack of easy access to get vaccinated . I think they found that to be the case for many of the un-vaccinated members of the worst affected community in Auckland anyway. I'm all for it being compulsory and administered in schools rather than relying on parents to...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Izzy, what the HELL!!
Replies: 8648
Views: 241801

Re: Izzy, what the HELL!!

Look sermons all over Australia and the world and all religions would be very controversial by nature so I wouldn't say that what Izzy has said about the bushfires is scandalous. It's more scandalous to report it and spread it in the community. I think Izzy's fixation with the Gay issue is more to ...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Where does Stan Hansen rank?
Replies: 214
Views: 5637

Re: Where does Stan Hansen rank?

Arguing over a single game like this within the context of Stan's 8 year coaching reign is a little irrelevant... unless we consider that single game as a metaphor for that career. Don't be coming in here all high and mighty using reason and common sense and the like. Not how things are done round ...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Spot of rain up north today
Replies: 61
Views: 3038

Re: Spot of rain up north today

Trigger warning for Australian farmers. :(
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SBW gooooooooooooone to League for big money!
Replies: 60
Views: 3795

Re: SBW gooooooooooooone to League for big money!

His current playing level certainly doesn't justify anything like that amount.
Presumable a very expensive PR stunt.

If it was my club I would forgo the massive hype and use the money to buy players who can actually win games, that would surely get plenty of attention.