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Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith with huge tackle

I think this is completely legal. My only criticism of his tackling action is grabbing the guys legs and starting to lift slightly. I don't think he has come too close to making it illegal, but my original post was about the wisdom of such a tackling action. Best to keep it as legal as possible, do whatever you can to make it hard for the referee to ping you.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith with huge tackle

My friend and I tried 'recreating this 1,000 times in a laboratory.' The scientists went absolutely mental. Apparently this isn't the sort of testing rabbits are bred for.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith with huge tackle

I know we stand on different sides of this debate usually, but I think this is an example of a legal hit. No problems with the lack of penalty - there is nothing to penalise - but had he lifted him a little higher and tipped him back a little further, and it might have been a different outcome.

It is a question of where the line is, and I know we don't agree on that, but we can both agree this is legal.

4 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith with huge tackle

You don't think it's the presence of his arm on the guy's legs at all then? I mean, if you care to look at the picture before the video starts, it's right there! I don't think this hit was illegal, but he should be careful.

There is no need to lift a guy's legs up, it's adrenalin, but professional athletes should be concerned about getting themselves in trouble. Bit, legal hits without even a whiff of lifting/tipping are the way forward.

4 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Logovi'i Mulipola prop try included in Premiership Try of the Week nominations

I assumed the 'chat' was just a bit of mutual respect. Didn't see any reason to think it was him being a dick. What do you mean by a massive slam-dunk motion? I can't see what you're on about there at all.

4 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith with huge tackle

Nothing wrong with that hit, great one. He was daft to start raising his legs though, you're just asking for trouble if you do that. This is a good example of how a hard legal hit can start to change into a hard illegal one. It wasn't illegal, before I get replies to that extent, but tacklers should do everything they can to avoid getting themselves into trouble by avoiding lifting a guy's legs.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge on Dan Biggar

But fair play to Hogg, he did seem genuinely sorry. If he's really sorry, don't do it again.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge on Dan Biggar

I'm sorry that I can only like your Cipriani comment once.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge on Dan Biggar

We're in agreement. I just don't think they should reduce the ban because the guy who did it was sorry. Of course they should be sorry, it was against the laws. You could ADD time if necessary, but if the ban starts at five weeks, then it should be five weeks.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 Brian O'Driscoll Moments of All Time

I didn't fully hear the original question. What was it? Something about Martin Johnson? Still a good response though, and a nice grin at the end.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

 
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