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Mike Tindall sacked and fined by the Rugby Football Union

The RFU unfortunately have been forced to respond by the British media who manufactured a witch-hunt against the England team this World Cup. The Daily Mail were at the heart of the witch-hunt, even going so far as to tell lies to vilify the England camp. For example when England were returning from NZ the DM ran a story about Tindall and Tuilagi seemingly nonplussed by the outrage, showing several pictures of the two laughing and giggling on their return from NZ... Only, the pictures they showed were from the England's teams ARRIVAL to NZ, several weeks earlier.

The Daily Mail are also running a story today in which they have a picture of Haskell bungee jumping, with the caption being that Rugby fans were outraged by Haskell bungee jumping, or words to that effect. The obvious problem being that nobody was outraged, because there's no reason to be outraged about a team going on a bungee jump.

I really haven't come across many Rugby fans who care about any of this. It's for the most part media-manufactured nonsense.

The RFU should be embarrassed with themselves. They have not taken a strong or righteous position in issuing these punishments - Instead, they've cowered to baseless media pressure and shown themselves to be spineless.

Bloody journos.

3 Years, 1 Week ago

Mike Tindall sacked and fined by the Rugby Football Union

"He said that serious allegations against Ashton, Haskell, and Dylan Hartley were found to be false, but by getting themselves in a compromising situation, they too breached the code of conduct."

The RFU are hypocrites. I would put my house on the fact that said incident took place while Haskell and co were filming for O2 with the HaskCam, which featured regularly on RD throughout the competition.

The RFU are just mad that their banter isn't anywhere close to the legend that is Brand Hask'

For shame RFU - Justice for The Hask and his evil minion Chris Ashton

3 Years, 1 Week ago

Delon Armitage suspended for five weeks for two incidents

I'm okay with the high shot. Nobody wants to see it but Delon was wrong footed and in those situations there's not much you can do. Even the cleanest players in Rugby are on offending side of high shots like that. A yellow probably justified for recklessness, but I don't believe that challenge was malicious.

However, I have no time for the knee. It's not something accidental, even when it is accidental! What I mean by that is even when players catch people on D with knees, even if there's no ill intent, it's poor tackling form. I don't believe the high shot is poor tackling form, with the high shot I believe Armitage was wrong footed and made a terrible tackle, despite the tackle attempt being relatively okay.

With the kneeing of people trying to score tries, that's just bad form, because you shouldn't lead with knees or feet in any situation. It's not like he went arms/shoulders first and accidentally clipped the man by being out-maneuvered. He put his knees forward, purposely. Whether it was malicious or reckless in this incident I think is irrelevant, as there is never an excuse to go knees/feet first - Ever.

I'm surprised the ban is as lenient as it is, given the knee incident alone is worthy of a good 6 weeks. You cannot do that.

Delon, with his form, should consider himself lucky. I'm not sure why he's frustrated or whether or not he has off field problems within the last year or so, but if he wants to vent on the field he should do it legally.

If he led with his knees into me - and this is just me, i know - I would have gotten up and thrown a barrage of punches at him, despite the fact he'd probably destroy me in a fist-fight. But the sort of shit he's doing isn't tough, it's cowardly. If you want to hurt people then front up to them chest to chest, or fist to fist.

Delon needs to cut this nonsense out. I know it's not the PC thing to say but his team mates need to punch him into line.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Cudmore yellow carded and cited for strike on Jerome Fillol

Lol Johndoe thinks Rugby is some sort of upperclass queensbury rules event.

O'Connell was more than prepared for what was coming his way. It's not Cudmores fault that POC CHOSE not to respond, originally.

It's obvious you're deluded in your hatred of Cudmore

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Courtney Lawes big tackle on Wasps flyhalf Nicky Robinson

No he didn't. He made absolutely no attempt to grasp, none what so ever. If you attempt to grab or grasp somebody you tighten up the muscles in your arms and wrap your arms round. The fact Lawes arms are so clearly straight, loose and that he doesn't tense them is evidence that there was no attempt to wrap. To my knowledge Lawes has bones and muscles in his arms, they're not made of jelly!

He merely threw his arms up for aesthetic reasons.

By all means this is a fantastic tackle and it should be allowed, but don't say he makes an attempt to wrap Nicky up because that's just bulls**t, frankly.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Courtney Lawes big tackle on Wasps flyhalf Nicky Robinson

I disagree. While the videos I linked to are of course illegal, and certainly different to this tackle -- In that the League clips are out and out shoulder charges, with no attempt to hide that fact -- that doesn't make this tackle legal.

The laws state that you have to make an attempt to wrap, ala Williams v Namibia - A prime example of a player making an attempt to wrap, even if he didn't succeed in wrapping up the Namibian. But Lawes, quite clearly, makes no attempt to wrap.

The only difference between this Lawes tackle and a League shoulder charge is that Lawes throws his arms up to feign a wrap. But in reality, Lawes isn't making any legitimate attempt to wrap. Both are illegal.

What's your position on this tackle. Do you seriously think that Courtney made a legitimate attempt to wrap Robinson?

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Cudmore yellow carded and cited for strike on Jerome Fillol

I'm not saying he has a right to do anything. He was rightfully suspended. What I'm saying is to paint a picture of the bloke as some sort of fake who only picks on little men or people who aren't "aware" is just crap.

You don't have to like the man or his actions, I'm happy for you to say you'd ban him for life. But portraying him as some sort of coward who avoids fair fights with people his own size is complete fantasy.

Watchou is 300 lbs and he was more than ready to go toe-to-toe with him, even if the fight ended quickly and even if he would have got his arse kicked

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Courtney Lawes big tackle on Wasps flyhalf Nicky Robinson

I am playing Devils Advocate in a sense, in that I love this tackle and would be happy if it was legal. But it was - by the letter of the law - illegal.

I don't see how people can celebrate what's quite clearly an illegal tackle. There is no attempt to wrap, just the throwing upwards of the arms.

The same people who praise this turn around and sulk at players like Paul Williams for making huge tackles.

I'm just mirroring the hypocrisy mate ;) I do love this tackle, was a scorcher. But by the letter of the law it's definitely illegal, so I'm surprised the usual "ban him for life" brigade are praising it!

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Cudmore yellow carded and cited for strike on Jerome Fillol

I see it differently. When Cudmore pushes Payne over, you can see Payne make contact with Cudmores face. He makes a poor attempt to strike Cudmore while being pushed to ground.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Cudmore yellow carded and cited for strike on Jerome Fillol

What do you mean he wasn't expecting him to hit him? He looked at the referee because Cudmore had already put 2 on his chin. POC isn't retarded, he knew what was coming.

I have no time to argue the semantics as it's obvious you're Irish. But here's the truth - You tried to suggest that Cudmore is some sort of bully who is scared to fight a fair one, I've shown you he isn't.

He didn't sneak up on POC and relentlessly lay into him. He punched him once, waited, punched him twice, waited, punched him a third time, was responded to. In that incident, whether he was right or wrong in punching POC, he hardly sabotaged the bloke! He was relatively fair in that he twice paused, waiting on O'Connell to respond. He didn't grab POC when he wasn't looking and go *bang, bang, bang, bang, bang*.

You act like he runs around sneak-attacking people from behind.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

 
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