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The Best Tries scored in Round 2 of Super Rugby 2014

That's awesome to know. I really enjoy the 6N, I think it's one of the best sports tournaments on the planet because it's just the right size. You get to know all five opposition teams, there is a nice mix of home and away, there is a huge amount of history and so on. I love it.

You're right though, the 6N can throw up some miserable fixtures. The second weekend of this tournament was a bit bleh.

I also enjoy the raw speed of the game in the SH. I love the sheer honest physicality of the SA teams in particular.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Massive try saving hit by Israel's Yonatan Kaplan vs Gibraltar

I think this tackle was all sorts of legal. Admittedly we've not got much to go on because the available clips aren't great quality, but it looks like he tries to get his right arm around and the way the tackled player spins slightly seems to suggest he was gripping slightly with a left hand.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

He didn't do anything. They were saying that 2 years ago he might have done, but he was cool.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

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, 3 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 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, 4 Weeks ago

 
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