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Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I was with you until you brought up the rainbow warrior. Some things are best left unsaid

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

Jean de Villiers to tackled Rene Ranger and got a one game ban, the same as Thorn. Piutau was tackled in the air last year and no one was carded at all, and btw there are clear guidelines about when in the air is penalty, yc or rc.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

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1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I recall two eye gouges on McCaw that went unpunished, both worse than the Franks one - Rougerie and McLaughlin. In terms of extra men on the field, SA fielded an extra man vs NZ two years ago after scrums went uncontested and they illegally replaced their prop. Hore was banned. He sat out a game v England and three pre season games, which is a scam but we've seen exactly the same thing when the Aussies have sat our club games in the middle of SR or the RC, clubs they've not pitched up for for years. Any other examples of protection?

For the record, I think it's ridic that Franks wasn't cited. Hands might accidentally go near faces but this wasn't one of those times. Thumb accidentally ended at the eye because his hand was in the wrong place intentionally.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

TJ Perenara escapes ban after kicking Sam Cane in the face

Now imagine if it had been Richie McCaw instead of Sam Cane, the citing officer would have been in a real predicament.

Actually come to think of it, Ali Williams was banned a good few weeks for doing just that.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Craig Joubert breaks silence on THAT decision against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup

I guess everyone has a ref that burned them at the world cup. The saffers have BL, we NZers have WB and the Samoans have Peyper who didn't review the knock-on two seconds before the match-winning try that the Scots scored to get to the QF that Joubert reffed

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Giant Bok teammates Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager come to blows

Etzebeth has always struck me as a little insecure. The fake laugh that does a terrible job of covering his nervousness when he gets into a scuffle makes me cringe. Now, pushing around a team mate that is starting to look better than him. It was so clearly a man trying to exert his dominance in all the wrong ways. The guy is like a little kid that doesn't know how to control his emotions and just throws a hissy fit over nothing

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ben Botica inexplicably kicks the ball away as Harlequins attempt late comeback in final

Pressure does some strange things to people. The body reacts faster than the mind. Even on the weekend we saw Sunwolves kick for the corner rather than take 3 to win the game with a few minutes to go. Hurricanes I believe it was also kicked possession away with a few seconds left, which almost cost them the bonus point.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Luke McAlister creates two Gael Fickou tries with superb little chips

It took McAlister ten years to finally work out that it works better nearer the opposition's goal line rather than your own. I used to curse him every time he did it in NZ

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - Referee stops counter attack when instinct kicks in

There's one like that on here somewhere from last year, also NZ sevens, but the ref left him hanging

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago