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Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

It's clearly a yellow card. If it was intentional then it would have been a red. It was a fairly reckless hit that went wrong. Arguably worse than the one that McFadden got 3 weeks for as against an opponent who was also already dipping down he at least made the initial hit on the chest whereas Farrell misses his chest completely. If there were consistency in punishments Farrell would also be seeing a ban. I don't think that he will though not least because a ban wasn't really appropriate in McFadden's case IMO.

2 Years, 4 Weeks ago

'England are favourites to beat Ireland and win the Six Nations' says Flatman

Clearly in touch with what's going on with Ireland as both Healy (bench) and Ross (starting) are included this weekend. I think that he's also wrong about where the game will be won and lost. It's more likely to be in the scrum. Poite is an idiosyncratic referee at the best of times but he typically rewards what he perceives to be the dominant scrum. A better scrum would have seen Ireland win both of their opening games. Healy is nothing like the player that he used to be and Ross usually needs a few games to get back to match fitness so while it's great for Ireland to see them involved again it'll be a minor miracle if they are up to speed.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

It was reckless not intentional and merited a red card. You have to be an idiot not to know that there was a chance of kicking someone and hopefully it gives players inclined to be this reckless second thoughts about taking those kind of actions.

3 Years, 6 Months ago

The Top 5 David vs Goliath (big man vs little man) battles

Not often that McCaw is David but he was here: (He concedes about 5 stone to Buckley).

4 Years, 1 Day ago

Ian Madigan chip from behind tryline and winning try vs Glasgow Warriors

The commentators missed it but Owens (ref) clearly called 'still advantage' just before he chipped. He knew that it was a shot to nothing. A contrast to the boringly unambitious gits who attempt a drop goal when there's a penalty advantage in front of the posts.

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Carl Hayman suspended for four weeks for Zee Ngwenya spear tackle

I think that you're right about Van Niekerk. Haymans went in for a big tackle and it probably would have ended safely if Van Niekerk hadn't pulled him down. That's looking at it from Hayman's point of view though. From the point of view of rugby this was a dangerous moment that could easily have resulted in serious injury. As a father of a boy who's getting interested in rugby and a former player myself I don't want to see that kind of incident on a pitch regardless of the intention of the tackler. As a tackler you have to take responsibility for the conclusion of a tackle the moment you lift a player in the air and remove their control from the equation. IMO it doesn't matter that you didn't anticipate somebody else intervening. So while I don't think that there was any malice involved I do think that a red card is an appropriate response to this kind of incident.

5 Years, 11 Months ago