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South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

Not a fan of Liam Williams, as soon as I knew it was him that made the tackle I knew it was all over.

The tackle that was needed to stop Hendricks is something that you see Halfpenny doing on an almost daily basis although Halfpenny has picked up the nasty habit of making try line tackles with his face for some reason.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

New Zealand complete series whitewash as Savea gets hat-trick vs England

The All Blacks are looking good at the moment but they still look a long way from their best. I'm fully expecting them to be on top form by the world cup.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

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.

1 Year, 3 Months 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.

1 Year, 4 Months 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.

1 Year, 4 Months 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 Months 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, 6 Months 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, 6 Months 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, 7 Months 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, 7 Months ago

 
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