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New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing

Unfortunately that selection is probably Julian Savea, but never mind.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing

Unfortunately that selection is probably Julian Savea, but never mind.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing

Hmmm... my inner nerd has got distracted by the talk of standards and averages. You make a good point IRB_ref.

If we're going to be ultra picky, I'd question DrG's use of the semi-colon, if only because he and I haven't argued for a while and it's all too amicable.

I would still say that Owens is a bloody good ref, if not even the best, but of course he is going to make mistakes. I can live with that. Anyone good enough to learn to referee has a lot of credit in the bank as far as I am concerned. The game wouldn't function without referees like yourself, IRB_ref, so thank you.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup draw with Samoa

Thanks wookie, that's a really insightful comment. 1 internets point for you.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup draw with Samoa

I know exactly what you mean. I love watching games between two Pacific Islander teams. Normally from behind my sofa.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Five Biggest Hits of the 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership Season

The Volvo went a bit high into some of those collisions. Good chop tackle though.

I'd like to see a version with a Rene Range-Rover.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup draw with Samoa

I've watched this a couple of times and even tried to pause it at the right moment. I've even looked up the laws in order to better understand this.

The tackler starts low (his torso is almost horizontal) and explodes slightly upwards. The tackled player goes lower in order to win the contact. As a result the tackle hits him up near the top of his chest/in line with his shoulders (maybe, hard to see).

Law 10.4 (e) says:
A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent’s neck or head is dangerous play.

He makes contact with him at shoulder height.

However the tackled player does go low into the contact in order to win the collision. I can't find anything about this in the laws - can anyone point me to a specific law or explanation from the IRB in order to clarify this? I'm more interested as a nerd now, rather than in this particular instance.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing

AAAAARGH!

"I think Nigel is a very good ref but sometimes he falls below his own standard."

Did nobody on this page learn anything about averages at school?! OF COURSE HE SOMETIMES FALLS BELOW HIS OWN STANDARD! He can be bloody brilliant at times, and make mistakes at other times. HE'S NOT A SODDING ROBOT! The point isn't that he doesn't make mistakes, but that he tends not to make them as much as I would do in the same position.

Show me a single sport in the world which doesn't have contentious decisions in high profile games, and I'll finish you off with any part of me that you want, whenever you want, wherever you want, as many times as you want.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing

Have a 'like' paimoe. Bravo sir. It's only a shame I can only like it once.

That was a sensational pass. Probably the best moment of the game.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing

Well, you can keep on wishing for 100% accurate referees. Me, I'm going to live in the real world and just enjoy watching Rugby.

We are never going to have that level of accuracy. Sometimes you are going to win, sometimes you are going to lose. It all levels out in the end. Everyone thinks that their team does worse because of what mathematicians call 'survivor bias' - you only remember the events that confirm your opinion (they are the survivors) and ignore the ones which don't.

I am English. I think England had a few calls go against them in that game. I also know that we've benefited from bad calls in the past. What goes around, comes around.

We're talking about three humans on a Rugby pitch, one in a TV box, trying to referee a game as fairly as possible within the limits of human capacity. They will make mistakes. The responsibility of the fans, players and coaches alike is to accept that and move on. You want your team to control everything which they CAN control, and ignore that which they can't. England made a lot of handling errors and gave away a lot of silly penalties, and arguable cost ourselves the game.

Nigel Owens didn't cost us the game, and saying he did so creates a dangerous precedent.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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