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France ease past Italy with comfortable win at the Stade de France

I thought the two examples did serve to demonstrate the problems that referees face. The Huget/Brown incident was nothing. Two heads which made contact, but no genuine malice, just a bit of a niggle.

The Slimani/Rizzo incident was a case of two men trying to hurt each other, albeit none-too-successfully.

In the first case the referee is widely applauded for letting it go. In the second incident I though both men deserved red cards, because using the head as a weapon is a red card offence. But the difference between the two was pretty minimal... Who would want to be a referee?!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens tells off Mike Brown and Yoann Huget

Mr Owens showed the perfect way to respond to non-incidents like this. Just tell them to shut up and calm down. Perfect. Didn't need to go to the TMO. He used his judgement, which is almost always perfect, and let the game flow. It was pulsating, it didn't need a time-consuming TMO decision.

I'm guessing Mr Owens saw it, saw it was nothing serious, and let the game flow. He had one of the best games on the day, as usual. The man is world class. I cannot believe someone can keep up with 30 professional athletes who are running around the field as much as that and still have enough oxygen getting to his brain to make decisions that effectively.

I'd love to see the stats for referees during games - how far they run, what their heart rate does etc. It'd be really interesting.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 10 Tries in South African Rugby in 2013

Such quality. Absolutely love it. The Aplon try at the end was the best for me, because I can't resist a bit of individual genius, but there were also some wonderful team tries. I agree with anonymous no7, the one-handed pass try was pretty damn good too.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

It also helps that the people who referee at this level tend to be very eloquent in their explanations. Can't help but respect someone who understands all the laws. I certainly bloody don't.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

I hope they bought him a milk in the clubhouse afterwards. Good lad.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

From the other comments on here, looks like you're the only one who thinks Mr Owens doesn't concentrate on reffing. The general consensus seems to be that he's one of the best we've got.

Nothing wrong with him being comfortable to be the centre of attention from time to time - from time to time he WILL be the centre of attention. Better to be comfortable and not bottle big decisions because everyone is looking at him.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Fair play to that referee. Big, gutsy call. I can't help but think that football could solve half of their problems in a season if they just trialled something similar. Rugby should be doing the same thing. Too many coaches are criticising referees after the game. These coaches should be getting points docked for their teams - it is bad for the game.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

This has been one of my favourite RD videos for a while, purely for all the stories people are sharing about refs. Surely that's the appeal of the ref in rugby? Owens comes across as a pretty decent bloke who you'd like to have a beer with, but everyone posting here also appreciates that most referees give up time to allow games to take place.

Fair play to you finedisregard, referees like you make it all possible.

I think fans can develop more respect for referees because we can hear their comments during the game. It helps you to understand the laws better and you can also see how things are being applied.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

That is absolutely brilliant.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Good work Mr Owens. This is why he's one of the best. He doesn't accept any nonsense from the players. There are so many great clips of referees in rugby telling the players to shut up and back down. We don't want our sport going the way of football, with players verbally abusing referees on the pitch.

The players should respect the authority that the referee embodies. Owens has done enough over the years to be able to demand that respect from players.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

 
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