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Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

You've also got to credit Burden. The rest of the Toulon defensive line was back behind the last foot - he was the only man who was in the correct place. That shows intelligence as well as foot speed and brawn. A lovely bit of play.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 15

That was a sensational kick. That was more like me kicking my pants across the room, vaguely in the direction of the laundry basket...

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Craig Burden smashes Schalk Brits not once but twice in Heineken Cup Final

Thank God that joke missed you! It whistled right past your head!

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

"Sit down class. Stop talking at the back, DrG.

"Today's lesson is about how to avoid being punished when you have done something wrong.

"Point #1: Always apologise afterwards in a prompt and timely manner. This is evidence that you are very, very sorry for what you have done. It is good for getting a few weeks off a ban when you've punched someone in the face, stamped on their crotch, or molested their dog.

"Point #2: Never, ever use the 'C-word'. You did not 'cheat'. You made a 'mistake' in a 'moment of madness'. This means that you are not a cheat, you are simply a decent human being who is, at the end of the day, simply another victim of the all-penetrating darkness at the centre of the human condition.

"Point #3: Try not to look too smug when the powers-that-be decide you have learned your lesson and let you off with a warning."

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

You won't see a single post from me anywhere on this website condoning stamping. There is a big difference between understanding why someone stamps and condoning it.

Deysel did something wrong. Habana did something wrong. Deysel was punished. Habana was not. Deysel also did something which was once far more common and is becoming less so, Habana is doing something which was once very rare and is becoming slightly more common, therefore it is natural to get more worked up about it.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

I didn't mean it was worse than a gouge, I phrased it badly. Gouging is clearly 100x worse. I only meant it was more worrying because I feel it is becoming more common.

Ebola = seriously bad news, extremely rare.
Being bitten by a dog = bad news, much more likely.

Tell me which one you worry about more day to day?

Sorry for my lack of clarity in the previous post. I really am not suggesting that this is worse than gouging.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

Ok, let me just clarify.

I'm saying that gouging is 100x worse, and is thankfully rare. I think diving is appalling and is becoming more common, which is worrying. Habana has not just dived once, he 'dived' when being tackled by Digby Ioane recently, and other posters have suggested that they've seen him do it in other games. This is cheating. He is therefore a cheat.

Respect is a fundamental aspect of Rugby. I see no respect in a move designed to get a player sent from the pitch. I think it is as appalling as calling for another player to get a card, waving an imaginary card at the referee, and so on. It should have no place in our sport.

At the same time, kudos to the guy for apologising, although I wonder if he'd have apologised had he not been reprimanded by the referee on the field. I hope that the sheer embarrassment will serve to moderate his behaviour in the future.

I was angry when I posted last night, because until the video was shared on RD I had no way of venting my anger. It is entirely possible that I am over-reacting.

@Not true - SA sport has more than it's fair share of heroes. Jean De Villiers is, for me, the absolute embodiment of Rugby's values and my favourite player. Hard tackling, can take the hits, and doesn't feel the need to simulate this sort of stuff.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

I think you could safely say that a yellow card would only be given when they were certain diving had taken place. You'd have to hope the shame would put a stop to it. But then again, Bryan Habana has shown how little shame he has with a series of dives.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

We've got this incident, plus also this one recently with Digby Ioane... any others on film that you're aware of? Name and shame the cheats people.

http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/05/3707/digby-ioane-manhandles-bryan-habana-in-tense-top-14-clash

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Toulon defend Heineken Cup title with comfortable final win over Saracens

I completely agree about Armitage. I've always felt that we should only select players from English teams, but he is making it incredibly hard to look away much longer. He could possibly be one of the best players to ever be overlooked for a World Cup if this continues...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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