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New Zealand crush the Springboks in shocking 57-0 demolition

Of course rugby is a small issue by comparison, but the rugby issue was a scaled version of the real problem...and of course the powers at work decided to go for what they seemed a quick fix, which instead hurts everyone all round.

SA needed to get stuck in at grass roots, get more black kids into the game, away from soccer and other horrible things, these young guys would have progressed and fought their way into the team like any other player (of any colour)... But instead they start forcing hands, classifying players based in their colour and forcing teams which shouldn't happen.. How much respect and gelling would you be able to have with a player that has been picked over a better player simply based on skin colour? Take the Habana for example, the guy wasn't even classed as acceptable for their shitty little experiments..would it look good if he was replaced with a lesser because he isn't quite what they want! It's sad to see the books struggling... hopefully they'll come back with a strong Green team!

3 Days, 21 Hours ago

James Haskell loses his cool with Joe Marler after water and choke incidents

You post a link title "reprimanded not suspended" how much of a wet blanket are you if you genuinely think he should have been suspended??? I don't even think yellow cards for either, but if I enter into this pathetic politically correct rugby attitude then the most I could settle for is yellow for both... But what, someone should be suspended?

You're allowed your opinion, but frankly you have one of the most sour grape opinions going. If Marker sneezed in a scrum I'd have my suspicions you'd be on here claiming he was trying to infect the opposition and should be banned.. purely because of his past indescretions... Yeh, sure if he headbutted or punched someone or something actually violent then I can understand it....

4 Days, 21 Hours ago

James Haskell loses his cool with Joe Marler after water and choke incidents

So two rugby players go at each other which in the past would have probably been included in the slow motion intro to try savers rib breakers and the PC brigade on here go ape shit...

I'm with fine disregard on this, just get on with the bloody game. Warning for both at the most and carry on with the game. So many times we see scuffles break out and players then sort of split themselves up because the game continues...

No one threw a punch and everyone was fine...

4 Days, 21 Hours ago

James Haskell loses his cool with Joe Marler after water and choke incidents

Oh give it a rest... "racist insults"... a world class mountain was made out of that mole hill and they typical snowflakes melted as fast as physically possible when they heard what he'd said...

5 Days, 12 Hours ago

James Haskell loses his cool with Joe Marler after water and choke incidents

Le Haskell..

5 Days, 19 Hours ago

Schalk Brits angered at cynical play by Kahn Fotuali'i

"it was more likely that your 9/10 just weren't on your wavelength ;)"

Precisely, I could see the try line... albeit about 50m away... but it was my try to be had!

I do agree with what you're getting at, but I almost think there has to be some sort of law to say Brits wasn't offside or something... sounds odd I know, but basically Brits makes a tackle, ball is recycled and yards are made... Now Brits is technically offside... if he cannot retreat, then there is something wrong with the game.. he didn't walk offside, he was already offside, so surely there has to be some sort of consideration.

I think the issue here is that things are getting tighter and tighter, and the spirit of the game is being lost. Brits strikes me as an old school player, I could be wrong, but sort of player that would go to the defence of an opposition player if he was about to be reprimanded for something he didn't do - I'm sure we've seen videos in the past of players saying "he didn't actually hit me" or something like that... These days are being lost and I find that extremely sad.

Seems to me the only way to truly avoid this sort of thing would be for players to make a beeline for touch, then run up the side then rejoin the line - or have a stoppage after each 'down' a la NFL... or just accept that it's a shit thing that will be exploited on the odd occasion...

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Schalk Brits angered at cynical play by Kahn Fotuali'i

I don't care, it's a cheap penalty and in this day and age we're heading into the world of soccer faster than we realise.

Rugby is full of situations that get fucked up... I myself have run into the 9-10 channel of my own team and cocked up an apparent fantastic move (yeh bollocks)... so the scrum half had to adjust... but if it's an opposition player then it's just simple to milk it. Brits was retreating on the short side of the field - rather than the obvious large open side, and was not trying to interfere at all. Had Brits been running back along the open side, then sure it's the more obvious side in this situation - but he runs back on the blind side.

Next season, the move is, 9 reaches base of the ruck, looks around to see retreating players, runs at them and passes the ball at them because they were in the way... you know it's wrong on all levels.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Schalk Brits angered at cynical play by Kahn Fotuali'i

See what I mean about the business of rugby...

When I make a comment about split second decisions when players jump and get up ended, it's all "defend the jumper for player safety"... I make a comment about sportsmanship in this example but it's all about defending the split second decision... Spirit of the game is being lost right before your eyes...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Schalk Brits angered at cynical play by Kahn Fotuali'i

Hard to argue against anyone here really....

Wayne Barnes "might be a bad law but it's the law"..... very true... can't blame him for upholding it...

Fotualii ...hard to argue against him using something like that as a chance to get 3 points in the business of rugby...

Brits... hard to argue him going ape as a result of horrendous sportsmanship.

Going forward, I think if the law is to remain then it will become a job for the TMO to review whether the path of the pass was realistically going to a team mate, or whether he just threw away possession...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Anthony Tuitavake sent off after reckless spear tackle for Racing 92


...going low sort of didn't work out for him..

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1 Week, 6 Days ago