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Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

@ Stroudos "By the way, what is it with Fijians?"

It's the combination of environmental conditions (beach / sun) and a leadership that promotes rugby, from what I understand. That and obviously now the proud tradition of being the best players of the rugby ball in the world of rugby union.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

Absolutely! That was the best part of the video... boxing is probably the only other sport where I've seen that kind of decency between on a very real level between two greats. Sometimes you see it at the Olympics and it happens every weekend in schools but in professional sport at this level of intensity, it's rare and it was the most amazing part of the whole thing for me; we'll see better from both the Frenchman and the Fijian in the next 12 months.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

Knock on - check syntax
Laws - check sport
"... as soon as he kicked" - check Law 8 :

Law 8
(a) The referee is sole judge of whether or not a team has gained an advantage. The referee has wide discretion when making decisions.
(b) Advantage can be either territorial or tactical.
(c) Territorial advantage means a gain in ground.
(d) Tactical advantage means freedom for the non-offending team to play the ball as they wish

The wide discretion of my decision is that judging by your command of the basic fundamentals of the game you're in no position to be adjudicating but I've already heard your opinion on the field and I respect it. Some people don't actually need to know what's going on in order to be useful; it's a game for all shapes and sizes, as they say.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Benito Masilevu's huge side-steps give Brive late victory over Toulouse

Can't blame Fickou, I think that would have put anyone on their arse. Happened to O'Driscoll once that I remember (although he did it to a fair few defenders to be fair).

Massive knock-on with no advantage to Toulouse after Flood's poor clearance that gave Brive the ball back in space with little ground made. I think the ref missed the knock on as he's giving advantage for playing the man when Masilevu gets his hands on the ball. Shame for Toulouse who will remember this game and that decision at the end of the season, no doubt. As a rugby fan, avant tout, I'm glad the ref missed the knock-on as Masilevu is always a delight to watch. He uses his footwork as much in defense as he does in attack, often tricking bigger players into going into contact on his terms. That side-step and pace coupled with aggression and technique in defense make him one of the most dangerous wingers in France right now which is saying something.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

I had a Welsh coach playing for Cambridge RUFC from U7s till U11s who would referee our games against other clubs and frequently penalise us in matches (and never the opposition) for the offense of "Dull play!"

9 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

After an off-the-ball incident involving a flanker's elbow to the back of my head that the ref missed but acknowledged as having happened, the same flanker obstructed me as I was trying to follow the opposition scrum half around the ensuing scrum. Naturally, as scrum halves do, I gave the flanker a very hard open handed slap to the face and things generally descended into mayhem around the scrum for a while. Once the forwards had pulled themselves off each other the ref took me to one side, away from the mark and waved his finger in my face, frowning yet quietly saying to me "he's had it coming to him all game but I have to look like I'm giving you a bollocking so just bow your head and nod". I did just that while fighting off the urge to grin like a Cheshire cat. He reset the scrum and the game continued uneventfully.

9 Months, 4 Weeks ago

French referee horrifically breaks leg, collarbone, and sprains ankle

He's the rising star of French refereeing. Hope he gets well soon and continues to receive the support he needs to get back in the middle. French rugby need him almost as much as they need a reliable fly half at the moment.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Eben Etzebeth in hot water after making contact with Greig Laidlaw's eyes

This kind of behaviour never harmed Bakkies' chances of selection when available. As long as these players can reel it in and remember not to snap the guy's head off, I think we can leave them to it. When headlocks become a genuinely useful trick in the game we can discuss the skills of players like these... what I've seen of EE so far is not very impressive in rugby terms, he seems to get tired very quickly and comes out of line in defence regularly. Not sure he's completely au fait with the laws of the game outside the pack.

2 Years, 1 Hour ago

Clermont snatch dramatic 50th consecutive Stade Marcel Michelin victory

Watched this begrudgingly as nowhere in France seemed to be showing the England Fiji game. Turned out to be an amazing game. Giteau was excellent but quite quiet. Wilkinson was outstanding.

Armitage is maturing fast in Toulon and I think the guy deserves a chance. Agreed that taking pleasure in another player being injured is in contrast to the values of the game of rugby that start pretty much with "respect everybody involved".

2 Years, 5 Days ago

O2 Inside Line: Episode 1, Season 3

Isabelle Ithurburu is the new face of Canal+ rugby and she's intelligent, interested in rugby and is a distinguished journalist. I encourage the involvement of women at every level of the game from the paddock to the microphone but this production is just basic, basic advertising by O².

Austin and Abby put the players on the backfoot during interviews because they know more about rugby and the history of the sport than the combined knowledge of most of the current squad.

I think it's a shame that the culture of caring about the history of the game has been replaced by tabloid coverage whereby the wider audience's penchant for gossip and laughs takes precedent over more substantial rugby reporting. Young rugby players today have very little exposure to what happens off the rugby field in the lives of professional rugby players. Little is known about training and the exercises employed to improve the game of an international player. Instead we watch them bake cakes.

Poems recited by players in the dark went from classy to cringe-worthy for me around about the time Lawrence Dallaglio dragged the English game from the BBC and Bill MacLaren's truly poetic dance, onto the front pages of the News of the World into the gutter and onto Rupert Murdoch TV.

I love the new game as much as I love rugby in any other era, I'd just prefer to watch rugby than to spend part of my Saturday morning looking at Thomas Waldron's face while still taking in the devastating beauty of Layla the new presenter who healed a heart broken by Abby.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

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