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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.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Wallabies notch up 50 in runaway first Test win against France

Take a look at the English Football Premiership, and you've got a pretty good idea of what the future of French Rugby looks like. I would imagine the national team will suffer from a lack of talented youngsters regularly playing first team Rugby.

Thank God we still have a salary cap in England, and long may it remain!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Wallabies notch up 50 in runaway first Test win against France

Absolutely. Folau is going to tear it up.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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

No, there was a sensational offload from the deck. Unbelieveable skill.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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

Haskell did have a good game. Good to see the competition for places!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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

I don't agree. It is impossible for someone to be right all the time. That doesn't make someone a bad referee. Owens didn't have a good game, but he still did better than the vast majority of referees out there. He got a few things wrong (two 'knock ons' which weren't, plus the yellow or not to yellow, that is the question) which didn't go the way of my team, but I'd still happily see him refereeing for my team in the future.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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

Both were either yellow cards or simply penalties - but not one a penalty and one a yellow. But I don't think it necessarily decided the outcome of the game. Well played ABs. They won despite looking rusty. We've got to sharpen up and develop as a team over the next 12 months, but I've got faith!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Rene Ranger treats Henry Slade like a speed bump in Barbarians match

Argument: won.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 French Flair moments of All Time

Anyone who thinks that RL doesn't require "the ability to think fast, use one's instinct, and abilities to run, pass, and kick the ball" hasn't seen Benji Marshall play.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 French Flair moments of All Time

...and before the game went professional, allowing the players to spend hours more per week in the gym. And before we knew what we do now about conditioning, allowing further bulking up.

The genie is out of the bottle. I don't see a way to get it back. And Rugby is still clearly defined from League, with the emphasis on set pieces, kicking, and work at the breakdown.

Lastly, so what if it has some of the elements of League? League is awesome to watch. I prefer Union but I can happily sit down with a beer and chew on some League, especially something as brilliant as many NRL games are.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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