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The Best Tries scored in Round 2 of Super Rugby 2014

I'm with you Matt, but I think that it's just cultural. If I was living in the SH I would get too excited by the 6N. The skills on show in the Super 15 are simply sublime. I only wish we would match it up here.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

Harsh on 36. He's been pretty decent so far this championship. Not sure I'd rate Burrell more highly.

I do however agree with your comments on the wingers. May could probably have tried to skin a few more players on the outside, but he obviously didn't feel there was enough space for that. I think teams will start to close him down a bit more in the future and he probably needs to look to go around the outside a little more. I don't remember many runs down the line compared to when he stepped inside, but I suppose that is a more sensible tactic and keeps the ball alive, whereas I just want to a searing run followed by a wonder try.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I thought the wingers were more exciting than any England have graced a field with for some time, but looked inexperienced. The good news is that they ARE inexperienced and are getting a lot of experience, fast. I have been really impressed with the way that Nowell responded to a shocking first five minutes on debut, and has hit the ground running. May's decision making is questionable at the moment, but that's just learning to deal with the lack of time available on the ball at international level. Both will learn.

Kudos to Lancaster for sticking with them so far. Give them plenty of time to get bedded in. Both could be class in the future.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I was more annoyed with Farrell because it could easily have earned him a yellow card. He hasn't quite found the balance between aggression and common sense.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

Ok, sounds like we're probably agreed on the main points, but squabbling over around the fringes :)

That Tuqiri tackle is definitely bad, do you know what/if he got banned?

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

The game utterly came alive in the last 20 minutes. I mean, it was a good game throughout, but I haven't felt so tense at the end of a game for so long. Either team could have won that. I have a lot of time for the Irish players, they're absolutely immense.

Both full backs were outstanding and put on a proper display of international quality.

The work rate in the English defence was unbelieveable. There will be some sore bodies after this!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

What a game. The drinking game was almost as much fun.

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Brian Moore was definitely aware of it. He quoted Shakespeare a few times during the game. Good lad. He normally pisses me off, but he's a good sport at the same time.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

I think you're looking at this the wrong way round.

Your example of the tap tackle leading to death is useful. A tap tackle is perfectly legal and is not, in itself, an inherently dangerous tackle. Of course you can get hurt as a result of one, but the tackle itself is fine. Therefore the 'what if' is ignored.

We DON'T say:

"Aha! But 'what if' you died from a tap tackle? Let's red card players who do it!"

Instead we accept it as a tragic accident when, or if, it happens.

In this instance the man was not injured, but an inherently more dangerous tackle (one where a player is lifted from the ground and driven downwards onto the upper body) took place. Because these tackles are more dangerous and are not necessary in order for the game to function satisfactorily for 99% of spectators and players, such tackles are banned. Therefore the player who completed the tackle was banned.

He was not punished more severely as a result of injury. He was not punished because he wanted to hurt the other player. He was punished because he completed an action which has been banned, which he knew was banned, and which he did anyway.

Your point about this tackle being judged on what it 'could have been' is irrelevant. This tackle WAS illegal, based on the laws of the game. It didn't have the potential to be illegal, it was illegal.

Regarding BOD's actions, then I've got to be consistent and argue that strictly speaking that should also be a ban. Trying to punch someone else in the face is against the laws of the game. If anyone other than you or I is reading this (which I doubt) then I imagine I'll now have to face the standard charge of 'rugby going soft'.

And again, I don't know if you know what a 'straw man' is, but stop making them. You didn't need to add the 'what if it led to a concussion or even death'. It undermined an otherwise interesting point.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Wales bounce back with strong win over France in Cardiff

He didn't deserve the yellow, but I wish he'd got a red card for the dissent. That sort of childish nonsense doesn't belong on a pitch.

(And yes, I know a red would be harsh, but I would still like to see it)

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sharks start Super Rugby with bonus point victory over the Bulls

I am ever grateful for RD. It is literally the only website where I ever bother to read the comments and add my own. Virtually everyone who posts takes the time to write properly, read the other comments, and add something to the debate. The contrast with the rubbish which gets spouted on the Facebook links is pretty stark.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

 
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