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Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Man bended, man sorry.

8 Months, 2 Days ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

This makes me really angry, because World Rugby have made everything about 'outcomes' nowadays. The sanctions are worse if you injury someone. World Rugby, as we've been saying for a few years now, must take action to stamp out simulation.

Does anyone actually know how you go about bring new directives into the game? Who makes the decision? Who would need to be lobbied in order to make these changes?

8 Months, 2 Days ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

#PrayforJames

8 Months, 2 Days ago

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Not if it was an accident, but hitting them in the chest with your shoulder (which itself would of course be fine) would be an illegal action if your tackling action caused contact with the head. In short, your tackling technique failed to keep the tackled player safe, and is therefore punishable.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Any head clash is NOT a red card. Let's not go crazy about the new directives.

I agree, Steyn is a prat.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Barrington cleared while Barritt gets banned after no card

I'm check my phone first thing every morning to see if Nigel has sent me a reply about going for a beer, but still nothing.

8 Months, 5 Days ago

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Red card for thinking 'bended' is a word.

8 Months, 5 Days ago

Courtney Lawes trademark hit demolishes scrumhalf Will Cliff

Stroudos is right, DrG. Sounds like you're about to break down sobbing and asking "why did she leave?"

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes trademark hit demolishes scrumhalf Will Cliff

Shit, they're moving the goal posts now? Fuck. First they change the tackle laws, and now they're making the kicks harder?

This game is no longer the one I love.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Barrington cleared while Barritt gets banned after no card

I think it's a bloody good thing that they all meet up and discuss how they're going to interpret the rules. At least that way they go some way to trying to avoid too much inconsistency. How many of us really think that we'd do a better job if we were the ones in the middle?

Ok, we can't become professional refs, but I got an email from my local club (where I coach minis) offering a level 1 ref course, and nobody had taken up any of the places. Doesn't that tell us something?

I don't think it matters if the referees don't interpret the directives exactly as you or I would, as long as they all try to interpret them the same way. That's the crucial element.

In this case, it turns out that the referee made the 'wrong' call. But at least he stepped up and made a call. Robshaw made a bad call at the end of our world cup campaign, but at least he made the call. Barrington's hit looked worse on the day, but with hindsight (and plenty of time to watch the replay on the interweb) we can agree Barritt deserved the card and that Barrington didn't actually hit Parling with much force. He hardly exploded into him the way he would have done if he was tackling him. The ref didn't have nearly as much time as we have, he had a lot of people looking at him, he knew he had to make a decision... and he did. I say, applaud the bloke for having the nerve to be a professional referee. I also thought the way he spoke to Barrington was very good.

8 Months, 1 Week ago