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

Your original comment, starting 'we don't play what if' is pretty ludicrous. You've created a straw man there. Now that you've dialled the rhetoric back a bit you have made some decent points, but you are aware that you were the first person to use the phrase 'what if'?

Ronan made a perfectly valid point which I support - the ban wouldn't seem remotely harsh if he had been badly injured. The fact that he WASN'T injured just supports the decision to ban. We don't ban a player for a legitimate tackle which causes an injury, and we do for an illegitimate one which doesn't. This was an illegitimate one. That is exactly the point which FatProp seemed to build on and which you reacted so badly to with talk of 'wild accusations'. This sort of 'tackle' gains little for your team other than hurting the other player. Now that's all fine and dandy in legal situations, but not in completely illegal ones. This isn't a 'bad challenge' but a massively over the top and dangerous one. The IRB have rightly taken steps to try to improve the safety risks in games with ever-larger athletes. Actions like this are just too dangerous to be allowed to be part of the game.

The link you have posted is really helpful, because it shows just how bad decision making can be when the adrenalin is pumping. The IRB is therefore right to enforce the laws of the game as and when they are flagrantly broken.

I'm not entirely sure about the point you were making in your earlier posts, and until this last one I thought you were trolling. Hence my 'boooooring' comment.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sharks start Super Rugby with bonus point victory over the Bulls

Joking aside, thanks for the info. You South African?

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sharks start Super Rugby with bonus point victory over the Bulls

The rugby pitch near me is under four feet of water. I'd go for the humidity any time.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

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

If he had the ball in his hand it would still have been a dangerous tackle.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

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

Boooooring. You wrote 'impose himself', which I would understand to mean 'hurt someone' in any language.

There is a right way and a wrong way to hurt someone. You can smash the shit out of someone when they run down your channel, send them back, and do it clean - and 'impose yourself'. They won't come looking for work down there again.

Or you can pick someone up illegally, turn them over, land them on the top of their back/base of their neck and land on their upper body. That is also imposing yourself, but not in a good way.

I also think it's a bit disingenuous to start arguing that FatProp doesn't know what he's thinking. Unless he was distracted by Plato's Analogy of the Cave, which is possible I guess, I would imagine he was thinking along the lines of: "Me hurt hobbit. Me bash good! Man blow whistle. Me see card. Me sad."

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sharks start Super Rugby with bonus point victory over the Bulls

Words cannot describe how much I would prefer to be there than here, in a wet and windy England. Super Rugby starting again, lots of people with tans, probably plenty of BBQs and cold beers.... AAAAARGH!

Enjoying the highlights RD, even if you must torture me.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Seven of the Best tries scored at the 2014 Wellington Sevens

Those refs would be fit enough to grace most mortal 7s teams. There was a really interesting video a few years back about Craig Joubert's fitness regime. Safe to say, they're all in pretty good shape.

2 Months, 3 Days ago

France ease past Italy with comfortable win at the Stade de France

I thought the two examples did serve to demonstrate the problems that referees face. The Huget/Brown incident was nothing. Two heads which made contact, but no genuine malice, just a bit of a niggle.

The Slimani/Rizzo incident was a case of two men trying to hurt each other, albeit none-too-successfully.

In the first case the referee is widely applauded for letting it go. In the second incident I though both men deserved red cards, because using the head as a weapon is a red card offence. But the difference between the two was pretty minimal... Who would want to be a referee?!

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens tells off Mike Brown and Yoann Huget

Mr Owens showed the perfect way to respond to non-incidents like this. Just tell them to shut up and calm down. Perfect. Didn't need to go to the TMO. He used his judgement, which is almost always perfect, and let the game flow. It was pulsating, it didn't need a time-consuming TMO decision.

I'm guessing Mr Owens saw it, saw it was nothing serious, and let the game flow. He had one of the best games on the day, as usual. The man is world class. I cannot believe someone can keep up with 30 professional athletes who are running around the field as much as that and still have enough oxygen getting to his brain to make decisions that effectively.

I'd love to see the stats for referees during games - how far they run, what their heart rate does etc. It'd be really interesting.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

The Top 10 Tries in South African Rugby in 2013

Such quality. Absolutely love it. The Aplon try at the end was the best for me, because I can't resist a bit of individual genius, but there were also some wonderful team tries. I agree with anonymous no7, the one-handed pass try was pretty damn good too.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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