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South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

"I meant foul play as in injuring an opponent/dangerous play, sometimes for cynical play, remember the ref had already just carded Charteris."

For crying out loud, you call someone out above and question whether they've been watching rugby long and you come out with a comment like that... If he'd just carded Charteris then surely Wales should of had the brains (they need that sponsor back!) and thought "hey ho, we've got the attention of Walsh, he's not afraid to dish out cards, be on your best behaviour for a little while"...

A yellow card is not only a punishment to the individual, it's a punishment to the team and a warning to the entire field.

How many times have you seen a referee give a yellow to one team, then soon after give a yellow to the other team for the EXACT same offence? It is a quite a common occurrence and it's usually accompanied with the words "this is exactly what he did down there and you've just done the same thing".. If you can't use your brains then you need to be wary of cards coming your way...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

Considering you feel that a player getting a yellow card and a penalty try being awarded for pulling down a maul is a wrong decision, I'm not entirely convinced you are in any position to question the refereeing ability of Steve Walsh...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

No of course they weren't supposed to let them score, but then bringing down a maul in that manner is illegal and hey, guess what? it is FOUL PLAY and the Welsh chap got rewarded with a yellow.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

I somewhat agree and disagree.

"..but really, people bleat on about 'discipline', the whole time, surely a lot of it comes down to the referee?"

I can semi agree with this, and be generous in saying, that is true for the first yellow card. (In reality I could say it's only about the referee up until the first 'talking too'!) Then the rest falls on teams indiscipline.

No doubt you have played a game or two in your life and come across varying degrees of refereeing, it is up to you to adapt to that style of refereeing. If a professional cannot then; in the utmost respect, they don't deserve the shirt.

Walsh often uses common sense and often lets the game progress without showing cards, perhaps someone upstairs had a word with him.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

New Zealand complete series whitewash as Savea gets hat-trick vs England

Totally agree with you, it's just your initial comment brought up haunting repressed memories, PTSD if you will, of that day and I thought sharing it might help... ;)

But yes your comment makes total sense. I have had a fair bit of travel with rugby, and I've seen it taught in a fair few establishments over the years. What is totally incredible is how rigid it often is when it's being taught. I understand that it must be very difficult for a coach to teach children rugby without enforcing the basics, otherwise when it comes to a game you'd literally have 30 kids all running to the same spot where the ball is - rather than fanning out, defending etc etc... usual crap...

But when kids get a little older mid secondary school, it's still this:

prop - fat guy who lands on people, scrummages, rucks mauls..
hooker - touches the ball a bit in the loose but not much..
second row - catch ball in line outs but thats it, rest of the time just ruck..
back row - hurt smaller backs and take the ball into contact and ruck..
scrum half - the ONLY player that can pass the ball at the base of a ruck..
10 - ONLY player that can kick

etc - you get my drift, it is so rigid that kids are scared if they accidentally catch a ball that was not intended for them... "you're a prop, what are you doing with the ball in hand"... I mean of course it's not that bad, everyone gets a chance to have a run, but there is no encouragement to the forwards to play loosely, get involved in the catching, passing of the ball and there is no discouragement to the backs to think of a plan b when 'passing down the line' fails...

Looking at NZ, they can have a winger flick an offload and a trundling prop is on it faster than Pooh can get his honey! - thats the sort of different mentality they have which is needed from EVERY players, not just 'the quick backs'...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

Yawn:

Scotland beat Argentina...

Scotland in NH - Argentina in SH....

...oh wait, no one counts Argentina do they, or Tonga, or Samoa, or Fiji...unless of course they pull out a win, and then of course it's another victory for the SH...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

I think Frances' inconsistency is only 'cool' to all us non Frenchmen.... I'd imagine if I was French and donned my supportive t-shirt, Le Coq hat, flag cape and french horn, trundled down to the stadium tooting away on my horn and got my face all painted up and sang La Marseillaise at the top of my voice I'd be thoroughly disappointed to watch my team play like a bunch of headless Coq's - or cocks...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

I'm not sure the world is quite ready us lot to wage war against the IRB like another Russia v Ukraine thing... but yes, I do see where you're coming from..

..Enjoyed your comment about a monkey in a zoo, made me laugh!

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

....and here we go...

France should have won the last RWC, if not for diabolical refereeing; as noted by experienced players/pundits from many regions (not just France). So stick that one in the NH pile.

SH come up North and beats the NH, so Argentina is included in that racket? and Samoa/Tonga/Fiji etc? Nope, didn't think so...

Which means you're only talking about the 'big 3' - NZ, Aus, and SA...considering Aus has been extremely shaky the last few years, do you think they get comfort, or climb into bed with the Kiwi's and Boks, and enjoy the fact that both those teams won a few games when Aus lost?

I mean they lost to the Lions for crying out loud... only other team to do as badly against the Lions as Aus is Argentina...

I'm not saying that there isn't a gap, but when these teams get lumped into hemispheres it all goes a bit daft. To be honest, you cannot even do that in the NH - Scotland, Wales, Ireland and probably everyone else are cheering for any team playing against England...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

Second Welsh try looks like an odd move to start the ball rolling, could have easily got called up for blocking...

Thought the outcome was thoroughly deserved in some respect. Wales imo, didn't deserve to win due to their indiscipline. 2 penalty try's? Come on...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

 
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