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Tom Varndell tip tackle on Horacio Agulla

This is getting silly.

Please please please, before saying this is dangerous, can you give an example, any example when a player has been injured by a tackle like the one in this link.

I'd love to know when the last time referees and citing commissioners actually played a game once. I fear they all sit in their offices and have conferences about so called incidents whilst forgetting what it is like to play the game. An industry has now been created where a citing commissioner is employed, unsurprisingly a result of this is that s/he wants to build up a CV with some stats and slowly but steadily more and more and more becomes illegal. I'm getting thoroughly sick of the professional game, it's getting ruined as a spectacle for rugby players in the vane attempt to draw in a new audience.

How long will it be until a player or coach has a considerable outburst at how daft the situation has become? I think such a person may find themself being regarded as a bit of a martyr!

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Hooker Dylan Hartley cited for striking Ulster's Rory Best

If this sort of thing warrants a citing it's extremely fortunate lower level rugby isn't routinely videoed. There would be about two players left free to play.
Remember the Lewsey/Rogers incident a few years back, we all loved it, now they would both be banned for 5 weeks for cuffing each other round the ear and Lewsey would probably receive and additional 8 weeks for his tackle.

The whole citing system is turning into an absolute joke.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Christopher Tolofua cited following red card for tip-tackle against Treviso

The laws are clear Rugbydump:

Law 15 Tackle: Ball Carrier Brought to Ground.
A tackle occurs when the ball carrier is held by one or more opponents and is brought to ground.

Tolofua was not tackling the ball carrier - therefore not a tackle.

The law you reference is Law 10.4 J which explicitly refers to dangerous play and nowhere refers to a tackle.

Perhaps the title for the video should be "Christopher Tolofua cited following red card for dangerous play against Treviso?"

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Christopher Tolofua cited following red card for tip-tackle against Treviso

The man is clearly a moron. Even before the ridiculous penalisation of dump-tackles in recent years this would have probably been a red card offence. Not to mention the fact he has already been yellow carded - basically it seems he just wanted to get himself a couple of weeks holiday from the citing committee.

Footnote - @Rugbydump : please stop referring to things like this as tip-tackles, this was a maul and basically an assault. It's the misinterpretation of this as a tip-tackle which I believe is leading to the persecution of the good old dump tackle.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Fan loses pints after clearance kick floors him

If he was on the pitch he would have stayed down looking to get Evans binned...

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Stirring Toulouse comeback ends with incredible late penalty-try victory

Well I guess that's a textbook way not to referee a scrum in the closing minutes of a game. Clearly didn't have a clue and almost bottled it.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Aviva Premiership Highlights - Round 5

Good new layout rugbydump! Just a shame about the woeful standard of editing and commentary by the producers.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Dean Greyling suspended for two weeks for strike on Richie McCaw

I really don't understand these Citings for yellow cards. This was clearly in front of the touchjudge, who saw it and decided it was worth a yellow. If it is due more than the 10 minutes then surely it should be a red. How is it justifiable to ban a player for an extended period but to allow him back on minutes after the original offence - please could someone explain the logic, I've been trying to work it out for years.

2 Years, 11 Months ago

The gloves come off during North Island vs South Island match in New Zealand

when did a lifting tackle become illegal?

3 Years, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams puts the shoulder in against the Highlanders

Whatever decision the referee makes (in this case the right one, penalty and nothing more) I find SBW's attitude pretty vile, he may be a great player but that doesn't give him the right to speak to a referee like that. The sooner he is in league the better if he doesn't change his tune!

3 Years, 2 Months ago