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Midweek Madness - Player falls to floor after worst fight ever

The only thing is, you cannot rely on a crowd reaction to = the right judgement. Look at things like previous England v France internationals (In France where the crowd get very involved) where there has been a TMO decision and the video clearly shows it to be a no try, the crowd still boo.

Although the crowd might be laughing, the referee might be laughing and even the other players, there is no guarantees that Mikaele didn't genuinely attempt to get a penalty from the situation..

4 Hours, 41 Minutes ago

George Pisi huge hit leaves Shane Geraghty ill for next ten minutes

'Stomach churning' hit.

Brilliant, well timed, legal and hard!

4 Hours, 45 Minutes ago

Midweek Madness - Player falls to floor after worst fight ever

Evidently not, especially if they don't feel that they're in on the joke... Someone tells me this is a joke and yeh, I'll join in by pissing my pants. Someone tells me this is serious and I'll shit myself in anger - Either way I won't get it unless I'm informed and I obviously have some digestive/urinary disorder...

17 Hours, 29 Minutes ago

Midweek Madness - Player falls to floor after worst fight ever

The shirt clash was far worse than the incident lol.. Glad to hear it's Samoa humour.

18 Hours, 44 Minutes ago

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland face disciplinaries after double red card

Could be the straw that breaks the camels back. Rugby has always included 'playing to the referee' but in my experience this has been more of an individual or separate team view i.e. YOU play to the line up to the line of the referee and not beyond in order to not be penalised, of course there was always an element of getting under your opponents skin and trying to get him to lash out, but 'faking it' and 'milking it' are primarily soccer traits which seem to be gradually creeping in more and more...

1 Day, 4 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes smashes Owen Farrell with trademark hit

Rugbyfun, whilst I respect the fact that this tackle would have been far greater had he smashed Farrell when Farrell had hold of the ball YOU have to respect the disruption that a tackle like this can cause. I don't think it's possible to tell from this video, but I myself (a second row/back row) have targeted number 10's when I've played and tackled them full on whether they have had the ball or just after they've passed it on. What this does (as someone has explained above) is cause them to doubt their field position and alter it - If you've been flattened 2 times shortly after passing the ball or with the ball, you either pass it quicker, or take the ball deeper, so it alters the opposition teams entire attacking method. That is the aftermath of a big tackle like this, the immediate outcome of a rib tickler (when the player has just passed the ball on) is that the number 10 (specifically) is left trying to get his wind back, so if there is a breakdown and another phase of play, then they have to continue WITHOUT their 10, until he is able to get back into line.

So again, whilst we can all probably agree this tackle would be a world great had Farrell STILL had the ball, we need to all open our eyes and recognise what a tackle like this can actually mean for the rest of the game.

...and like I said before, it's enjoyable to watch Farrell getting smashed and hobbling about...

1 Day, 9 Hours ago

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland face disciplinaries after double red card

Obviously it's not advisable to jump for every pass as you'd lose 'traction', some momentum and you leave yourself open to being hammered if someone times it right, but as you said, it's still an option and a bit of an awkward one - and very open ended...

1 Day, 9 Hours ago

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland face disciplinaries after double red card

I realise ajb that you are only the messenger in this scenario, so no abuse I hurl is aimed at yourself, but that answer that the IRB issued is utter rubbish, they need to look at the clear examples of what is going on. Payne was clearly reaching out for the ball and did not see where Goode was - Of course people can happily argue that he should be more aware, that is; in my opinion, a cop out but never mind. Here however, we see Williams attempting to tackle Cuthbert who was in the air and receiving a yellow.

So on one hand we have a 'actual' tackle on a player in the air receiving a yellow and on the other hand we have an accident which involves a collision with a player in the air which receives a red.

It makes no sense that a deliberate act of foul play which I think we can all agree is dangerous receives a lesser punishment, than a complete accident.

If I swing my fists randomly in the air stretching or something and unintentionally punch a guy in the face is that worse that if I deliberately punch a guy in the stomach?

1 Day, 9 Hours ago

Liam Williams and Robin Copeland face disciplinaries after double red card

I was about to state exactly the same thing, I am actually quite disgusted by this whole incident. I am unsure which camp you're in, but I was in the 'Ulster v Saracens incident was an accident which didn't warrant a card' camp, so to see THIS incident which shows an actual tackle on a player not amount to the same punishment (at least on the field) is outrageous.

1 Day, 19 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes smashes Owen Farrell with trademark hit

Watch this video then. I am no Lawes fan, but as I stated above, this tackle occurred at about 1 second at the most after the pass ON THE SLOW MOTION section of the video, so in full speed we're talking fractions of a second...

2 Days, 20 Hours ago

 
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