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Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

Pete, create a proper account and stick around. This is a quality post.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Well explained, I apologise for my 'bullshitty shit shit comment'. It was beneath my usually intellectable standards.

This thread is getting boring. Let's pretend we're Kiwis!

Ur gay bru!

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

*scratches his eyes out*

This is getting tedious from both of you. Time to stop now.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

The law has been designed to prevent dangerous LIFTING play. Tackling is inherently dangerous. Every example you have cited refers to a player lifting another into the air, which adds an element of danger which isn't necessary in order to complete a tackle.

Now there are a couple of things to point to the fact that you are wrong.

1. The laws you yourself have cited.
2. Nigel Owens said at the time that the tackle was fair.
3. The TMO and Nigel Owens reviewed the tackle and decided it was fair.

Now I know that you feel that you are in the right, but surely you can't argue with these points?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

This is a fantastic community. I grow tired of the 'you are ruining rugby' argument which gets trotted out from time to time, plus the misspelt contributions from the occasionally Kiwi whose parents leave him with the computer, but generally there are some great points made here.

I love the growing number of French posters who usually make excellent points and bring an insight into a completely different culture. Their comments tend to be well-written in extremely impressive English.

There are the odd 'keyboard warriors' who get stuck in from time to time, but generally the comments on here are enlightening. There are the same predictable responses every time a video is shared, but I enjoy it.

I wish more people posted under their real names and pictures. I think it would encourage a little more honesty and respect.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Bullshitty shit shit.

There is nothing in the laws about how far the ball is and you know it! If Plisson had kicked the ball at the moment he passed it the ball would have been 30ft away. Oliver's example here is perfectly valid.

Perhaps I'm leaping to Oliver's defence because he's received a lot of stick, some of it a wee bit personal, because he has stuck to his guns. Now he has shown an example of a near-identical hit, and you say it would have been a penalty.

If this was late enough for a penalty then so was Lawes' tackle.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

DrG, are you trolling?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

That's a good video Oliver, thanks. Absolutely right, that shouldn't have been a yellow.

You are forgetting of course the exacerbating factor of Betsen's Frenchness. I'm surprised he's not still banned.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

Nigel Owens is right at the top of his game at the moment. He has such effortless control of most games he referees. I think he's done really well not to overwhelm a lot of games with his personality. It would be easy to crack jokes all the time with his sense of humour, but instead he just seems like an old-fashioned teacher. Friendly, but not friends. I really like that.

This exchange also highlights one of the best principles in rugby, which is that you do what you are told by the referee. Long may it continue.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

"Actually that's completely irrelevant."

You then go on to repeatedly support my point by referring to, and I quote:

"the player is lifted"
"the lifted player"
"dangerous lifting tackles"

I am sure that my colleague DrG (who is a proper doctor'n'everything) means momentum when he wrote moments. Technically to have lifted Plisson Lawes would have to have raised Plisson's centre of gravity. He did not. Instead as he hit Plisson the force of the impact caused Plisson to rotate. Plisson's head and shoulders then hit the ground first. The law you have extensively quoted is designed to prevent players from lifting players upwards and away from the ground, before driving them downwards. Lawes simply did not do this.

3 Months, 1 Week ago