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Chris Ashton shouts 'push it' as Nick Evans attempts conversion kick

Well, the fact that his voice was the only one in the whole stadium says it all.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Chris Ashton shouts 'push it' as Nick Evans attempts conversion kick

Dear God, I'm worried I'm about to go there, but in Association Football (as I believe the devotees of the game call it) you commit a professional foul for shouting 'mine' without shouting your name...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Jean Deysel suspended for three weeks for stamp against Crusaders

There is no way the guy holding on needs a red card, but a yellow card - certainly. It is indeed a professional foul.

I don't believe anywhere in the above comments has anybody justified the act of stamping on someone's head, simply pointing out that the person holding on (and committing an offence) has gone unpunished.

I assume nobody is trying to justify stamping because it is so obviously wrong in this instance.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 14

I am a novice. I keep forgetting to make the points I want to make. Clearly despite the decision, Horwill should keep his mouth shut until he gets into the changing room... even if it is Steve Walsh.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 14

I would say that if O'Donoghue has been found not guilty, especially with Higginbotham's testimony, then it was a bad decision. I gather the reversed penalty decision cost them the game.

I'd be interested in seeing the interaction between the TMO and Walsh. Can you find it RD?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 14

Thank you to theaustralian.co.au:

"The “stupid refereeing decision” to which he referred — the red-carding of Queensland replacement Ed O’Donoghue for allegedly eye-gouging Melbourne captain Scott Higginbotham in a scuffle on the ground and the reversal of a penalty to Queensland to instead give the Rebels a match-winning shot at goal from in front of the posts — was one referee Steve Walsh clearly did not want to make.

But when TV match official Steve Leszczynski ignored Walsh’s pointed hints to drop the whole matter and persisted in claiming O’Donoghue had gouged Higginbotham, the referee had no alternative but to send off the Reds replacement and to reverse the penalty to gift the win to the Rebels.

O’Donoghue’s was last night found not guilty at a SANZAR disciplinary hearing and it is understood Higginbotham submitted evidence to the judicial, officer Jannie Lubbe SC, that he had not been eye-gouged. At no time on the field did he complain his eyes had been attacked and if there is one constant in eye-gouging cases, the victim always appeals to the referee."

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Friday Funnies - Team mate questions with Donncha O'Callaghan

Bet we run into Cummins in the kebab shop. He strikes me as the kinda guy you'd see in a kebab shop, talking hilarious rubbish while waiting for the chicken donner meat and chips.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Friday Funnies - Team mate questions with Donncha O'Callaghan

True... Can we also invite Johnny Wilkinson? Someone has to be responsible and drive us all home at the end. He'd probably hold my hair back while I was sick, and when I get into a blubbering mess about being fat and unloved he'd tell me that I was beautiful inside, and make me believe it.

Sorry, got caught up in a Johnny-daydream there.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

Look, both 'crimes' are forgivable. Ashton's offence came after an extremely intense 77 minutes of rugby played at the highest level. Ma'afu was overcome by adrenalin. Both are wrong, both are understandable, and I think both were dealt with correctly.

I guess the problem with Ashton's actions, and what makes for an interesting debate, is that it has little impact on that particular match but is seen to be counter to the fundamental principles of the game as whole.

I actually think Ashton has done really well this season and would welcome him back into the England camp. He deserves a chance to show what he can do on the World stage again. I am very disappointed with his actions in this instance, particularly given that kids might be watching, and think the RFU were quite right to publically admonish him.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Northampton Saints and Saracens to meet in Aviva Premiership Final

DrG - I agree with you (again). I think Ma'afu was rightly sent off, as was Youngs, but I thought that the way they dealt with it after the game was entirely appropriate. As Ma'afu said, sometimes players will lose their temper in the heat of a game, but it is all about respect.

Ashton's actions were on the edge of legality but clearly broke the fundamental principle of the spirit of the game. I can understand why he did what he did, because after 77 minutes of incredible rugby anyone is going to be struggling to make completely rational decisions, but I wouldn't want to see it again. The RFU were quite right to admonish him for it.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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