One of the major mistakes at the last rwc was trying to fudge Tuilagi into a settled backline. The 6n pairing at the time of hape and tindall whilst not at all flash, were settled, defended and linked well and England were scoring tries. Ashton was never the same player again for England after this partnership was broken up »
The frustrating person here is the 9. You could argue that he is controlling matters and orchestrating his forwards, but the reality is that he doesn't recognise the difference between static, slow and half decent go forward possession and defaults to the same option every breakdown. The service is so slow and there is no attempt to suck in defenders, because he just passes back in the direction he's just come from at the previous breakdown. Easy pickings for the defence
shitty little flame or not, i think it had a big bearing on the game. the biggest frustration I find with all refereeing is consistency. if you are going to penalise something once, then it needs to be applied throughout the game, not just in a manner consistent with junior rugby referees ticking a box to show they have covered a law of the game
isn't the purpose of an online forum that you can discuss points from the game? There are always controversies. I don't buy the holier than thou sportsmanship card that some rugby supporters try and display. it isn't football, but we are entitled to air a view, whether right or wrong. its just human nature to feel wronged, especially when we were so bloody disappointing!