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Wallaby skipper James Horwill cleared and free to play in deciding Lions Test

You can, irrelevant of the position of the head he stamped on it's the responsibility of the person in control of the feet to ensure they don't stand on it.

It's much the same with lifting somebody when you tackle them, irrelevant of whether you meant for their feet to leave the ground it's the responsibility of the tackler to ensure they land safely.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Schalk Brits suspended for three weeks for striking Owen Farrell

Brits was clearly wrong in what he did but him being wrong in what he did doesn't in any way make Farrell's behaviour acceptable.

He's a shadow of his dad in all areas and Andy Farrell will surely be embarrassed by the way his son acts on the pitch.

Farrell junior is a liability to the team as he has the temperament of a child which you can't afford to have in such a physical sport. He also played as poorly as he did against Wales so I just don't understand why he's there.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour after allegedly swearing at Wayne Barnes

Hartley was by far the biggest surprise of the Lions squad for me, he's a decent enough player but he's a constant liability to any team he plays for.

He's far more of a risk for his own tea than he is for the opposition.

I hope his team and the RFU both deal with him appropriately.

10 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Ben John scores a bizarre Ospreys try

More than anything, what I can't understand is why the hell would Iannone WANT to take that quickly from there with all those players standing around?

1 Year, 6 Days ago

Stade Francais' Jerome Fillol spits in Peter Stringer's face

It's a disgusting thing to do and there's never any excuse for such behaviour.

I'm confused by the length of the ban though, how is it that this offence get's a longer ban than many potentially dangerous incidents on the pitch?

I'm not excusing what he did in any way but for the sake of the players who've suffered due to things such as malicious and illegal hits this just makes no sense no sense to me.

1 Year, 1 Week ago

The Best Tries from the Heineken Cup Pool Stages

Really hope I get to see Eli Walker in a Welsh jersey over in Japan if the big fellers are away in Australia.

He's still got a lot to learn tactically but I do love a bit of "make it up as you go along" from a natural winger.

1 Year, 2 Weeks ago

Wales thrash England by record score to retain Six Nations title

Let's be honest, if he thought that was happening in any game let alone where England are playing for a Grand Slam we would have all heard about it.

Even if he thought one scrum went fine he would have still mentioned all the issues with the others.

It's a bit early but I've not seen any criticism of his game from anybody involved in the match, any of the commentators or the "experts" involved in the Scrum V Forum afterwards (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rjllz/Six_Nations_Rugby_2013_Forum_Red_Button_(16_03_13)/) although there are plenty from understandably disappointed fans.

It's certainly not an english thing because if you put ANY other two teams into a match like that it's always an easy target.

No referee is going to get 100% because they're as human as we are which means they make mistakes just like we do. We've all had decisions go our way which probably should and vice versa.

As a player, irrelevant of what decision the referee has made that decision is a fact and won't change and it's not your job to correct them. You have your own job to do and if you don't do it you're putting your team at a disadvantage.

In all honestly I was really worried when I found out Walsh was refereeing but I genuinely felt that he had a decent game.

I think that as a Welsh rugby player but I also think it as a big rugby fan who likes watching exciting, well refereed rugby which ever teams are playing.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Wales thrash England by record score to retain Six Nations title

It's possible that he did what you say, we have watched it twice (I'm sure nobody would blame us) but didn't pick that up on him saying that.

I'm not doubting that he did say it as it's easy enough to miss something that brief but I do struggle to believe that if Moore had thought that Walsh's decision making was a "farce" that he would have only mentioned it once.

If you know when it happened I'd be interested to watch it as it'll be interesting to hear the context it was said in?

He does however say with about 5 minutes to go, and I'm quoting him directly here:
"This whole sequence thing which has bedevilled this Six Nations is a farce. It's ridiculous. The sequence of calling makes no difference at all to what happens in the scrum".

That's no criticism of Walsh but a criticism the current scrum sequence with I think most people would agree with.

The only time I noticed him saying something almost negative about Walsh is the incident where he repeatedly had to tell the English front row to stand on his mark. I think he had to warn them three times?

He does at many other scrums & breakdowns heavily criticise England for a lack of interest and praise Wales for their technical ability, tempo and heart.

In reference to the pitch, as with any stadium with a roof it does retain water when the roof is closed. However both management teams knew that and chose to have a closed roof and damp pitch.

It seems that both coaching teams had prepared as much as they could for it as there was relatively few incidents of slipping shown during the scrum.

The WRU are considering fitting an artificial pitch over the next 12 months so those issues could be replaced by others.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Wales thrash England by record score to retain Six Nations title

To be honest I agree with everything you say.

On the most basic level it was the difference between playing to the rule book and playing to the referee's interpretation of the rule book which is what Wales did.

I know that the referees receive guidance on how to interpret the rules by the IRB but if you have 50 different international referees receiving the same guidance then you're going to end up with different interpretations of that guidance.

There isn't a team on the planet who understands that more than the All Blacks and that is one of the reasons that they are so good.

I'm really not a fan of Walsh but I'd be amazed if he was judging decisions on the experience of the players although I do I think much of it was down to behaviour.

You only had to look at the behaviour of both packs to see the difference, the Welsh pack always looked confident, always looked like they deserved to be winning the decisions and they were vocal about the where they believed England were going wrong.

I haven't referred but that combined with the fact that the England didn't seem to gain ascendency once just means they read and controlled Walsh better.

Again, I'm not a forward but from the people I know who are, including English players, they Wales just played the way that good packs do, they played that they were in and learnt from the opposition and officials as they played.

Some people call it "the dark arts" but I just think of it as common sense.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Wales thrash England by record score to retain Six Nations title

I'm surprised by the amount of comments about Walsh, I'm really not a fan of his refereeing style but genuinely thought he had a good game and that's not because I'm Welsh.

I'm a back so maybe I'm not the most qualified when it comes to refereeing the scrum but he seemed consistent there too.

Brian Moore would have been the first person to complain and he would have complained loud enough and long enough if there was any unfairness there. I could be wrong but from memory I don't remember him picking up on anything during the match.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

 
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