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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Matt Mullan seems to be doing well
« on: April 07, 2020, 03:58:49 PM »
Had to check the date of the post to make sure it was not a wind up. Bloody hell, that is a fit lad.
Great for him. Most players go the other way after their career. 
 

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2015/16 was the St Valentine's Day massacre....2016

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Why not limit the number of pick and gos to say 5?
Damn, now I need to find that applaud button on my mobile...

I enjoyed watching that Munster clip, btw, which is why I shared it-  it was noticable they actually  threw the ball further than they would today, even though their intent was to go nowhere. Today the ball would have far less air!

Not sure we want more scrums- I think refs do all they can to avoid it.

I personally would consider a fiddle with the rolling maul too- only allow it to five m, perhaps, or even only allow certain penalties to be kicked to touch and the possession retained. Chiefs benefit far too much from it, no team should have a primary game plan like theirs. That said there was criticism that they maul illegally last year iirc. Forget which coach picked up on it.

I think pick and go to five could probably yield  five, followed by the scrum half passing it, and then another five. They might have to do a "no return in 3 hours' in parking parlance.

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That certainly works when the tackle is made during a normal offensive play where the aim is to move the ball well away from the tackled player in order to make meters and get to the opposition try line, but once it became "move the ball one inch closer to Berlin" in an attempt to wind the clock down but not make meters-  i.e. the ball picked up normally by a forward supported by two others with more behind, with the next group setting up to rinse and repeat the defending team could not get their 3/4players there first in order to drive over. 

This is not quite what I mean, but here are Munster's rather famous 33 phases down this neck of the woods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kud2hEgn0Tc

I think this is what they were trying to avoid with their current lenient interpretation.

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I think at the time when Munster were doing their thing phase on phase the SH saw no such tactics. I am wondering if it is just an attitude thing, like we had most teams who would try to hold the ball in the scrum to get a pen, and by and large down there they used scrums to restart the game. Similarly, their breakdown has always been to me at least cleaner than ours. Now whether that is better reffing or a different mindset of the players I don't know, I suspect the latter, and  I also suspect that whatever we try to eliminate the current debacle there will be teams up here who use it to try and put twenty phases together to go ten meters in five minutes.
I think the maul is another area where we seem to either have indefensible or, if it can be dragged down, useless and we have not found that goldilocks area of decent weapon but can be defended.

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Did the current interpretation arise from the fact that teams like Munster would go phase on phase and literally ride out the last ten minutes of a game with the defending team having zero chance of  getting the ball? IIRC we started to get the "on feet/good competition" interpretation as teams literally put 25 very slow phases together and rode out five to even in extremis ten mins of the game.  The ruck would form, but without "proper rucking"referred to below  the ball kept coming back on one side, killing the game as a spectacle. They definitely tried to dis-incentivise that behaviour by allowing more chance of a turnover- hence today's grey area.
I would certainly like to see an end to the ridiculous and dangerous clear out, but don't want to see no competition for the ball. In the old days there were the old "shoeings" but without them, does the ball always come back to one team? How do you ensure a competition for the ball?

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Morning all
« on: March 30, 2020, 09:47:57 PM »
I was going to suggest private prescription. Glad it worked out. I ordered my meds recently and the pharmacist kindly bumped me up the waiting list. Worst week in 32 years, or so he said. I can believe him.

I re read my comments in the thread and noticed that had  originally written 'there'  when I meant 'their' . When a teacher mixes them up there is no hope for society. Given the number of perspicacious contributors  I can only assume people were being polite in not spotting such an egregious error. It is corrected now. I am blaming it on predictive text, of course....

Our worry is what happens if this goes into next academic year. We rely on school fees, and whilst we might get them next term, especially from year 11 and 13 who need us to predict grades, into next might really hit us.
Stay safe all.

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It is mind blowing the depths these companies will sink to.

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Morning all
« on: March 29, 2020, 11:45:33 AM »
Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you VV. Stay strong and safe.

Great thread, thanks to Chilam. I am a day late, but the days roll into each other now.


Here in Wales I have been setting online work for students. Naturally the system could not cope for the first couple of days. Online teaching systems, known as VLEs, are put forward by people wishing to enhance their career and slide up the greasy pole. They cost a fortune and are then ignored by everyone because they are pretty useless, and have most of their useful functions replicated by other systems. So the system could not cope when everyone was forced to use them, even when capacity was increased 8 fold. It is working now, at least.

All my wife's office are shut. There was an incident a couple of weeks ago where one of her colleagues had a cough/sweats but came in so that he could do overtime at the weekend. He was sent home, personally I would have had difficulty restraining myself from picking him up and booting him out physically. Some people are just arses. For some reason the Swansea DVLA are open, which surprised me. The government have classified them as key workers, but the council have not, meaning they have nobody to look after their kids.

I have volunteered for our roster to look after key worker's children, on the condition it is outside PE. The precautions we are to take- binbags for clothes as we get in etc. are scary.

I have just been reading about Coventry rugby having issues with insurers, including being given the excuse that they did not specify the specific disease in their policy. Some companies are just arses too apparently.

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Wales online - hopeful for us keeping Young.
« on: March 26, 2020, 01:34:19 AM »
Nothing we already did not know, but there is not much rugby on right now.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/outstanding-player-whose-wales-career-17977951

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Player phone calls
« on: March 19, 2020, 09:45:30 PM »
Take no risks! A frosty reception is well worth the safety for my money. I think a lot are disregarding the advice at the moment.  It is supposed to be quiet out there, like a Sunday morning, but rush hour looks the same right now.
We are not seeing our parents, at all. I am really not happy that they are still shopping for bits and bobs to be honest.


Great that the lads are doing this. Rugby's values shining through- again.

 
My school is shutting, but open for a few boarders and children of key workers. As we are independent we have a few pharmacists/doctor parents, and some have taken us up on this. So I have volunteered  to go in- it will be a rota, so it may not be continuous or sticking to exact school times, and demand will vary according to the parent's work schedule, but I won't know when I am on, and need to be available even on my regular "day off".  Because I am asthmatic, and the fact that I have been hospitalised about five years ago with pneumonia, I have asked to do PE rather than indoor teaching where I can keep a safe distance. I won't be doing rugby, though. We do not have the facilities as our pitches are beyond sodden bar a couple of patches I have kept for the girls' soccer, and I don't really have the skills or experience in coaching Union, whereas I have been involved with school soccer for a number of years and have also team taught a few sports with proper (first subject) PE teachers. We have had little need for rugby coaching as every man and his dog does it, and we have had ex players in delivering it at times, so I have never had the need to develop the skills needed.
 
My wife is getting paid leave and can look after my daughter when I am working, so it works out well. If I was not going in to work she would not get the leave. I would rather the risk from a few NHS children in the open than her going into a packed building, and this way I get to help keep some front line staff working.

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Sky
« on: March 19, 2020, 04:35:19 PM »
Update. From tomorrow you can do it online. I have BT too and will keep paying....

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Best Wishes
« on: March 18, 2020, 02:27:02 PM »
Absolutely. My thoughts are with you all. Stay safe.

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Sky
« on: March 18, 2020, 08:00:02 AM »
Apparently you can pause your sports subscription with Sky with no penalty. Sky's website confirms this. However, this facility is not available online, and, as reported by newspapers, you will have to ring, facing up to an hour wait, in order to act on this.
I shall be doing this later, probably next week, as my wife is the  bill payer and is at work.

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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: OT Coronavirus
« on: March 15, 2020, 04:29:51 PM »
That might be very useful info, thanks. Should have some Milton kicking about.
I have been wondering if bio washing powders that contain lipases (and proteases to boot) might also be an alternative if the shops empty. Again harsh on the hands but basically they are act as soaps with the two types of surfactants, one of which works on fats, and have the extra enzymes.

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