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Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

The thing is Guy, boxers have the ultimate out... someone (opposition) is pissing them off, so they hit them... it's sort of their job...

Rugby has a a couple front rowers barging each other but they can't resort to the natural direction they want to go..fists.. In any other walk of life, if someone is "up in your face" barging you around, you'd be a saint if you didn't give them a clout. That's not to say that it should be allowed to happen at all and of course I understand I've used an example of front rows and I'm not suggesting that front rows should be allowed to scrap, and then have varying degrees of 'allowable' illegal play as the shirt numbers increase..

There are already different rules for different levels regarding scrum driving, lineouts etc, I'm not suggesting that different law books come into effect, but perhaps different tolerances. However kids will mimic what they see on tv....

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Saracens defeat Bath to win the 2014-2015 Aviva Premiership title

...and now Cipriani has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving the choices may get even smaller...

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

I'm torn, I roughly agree with you Phill, but almost in this incident I think Weeks took it too far.

I mean Plessis through a little bitch slap but that was in, from then on in it was all Weeks. I know you can't expect everyone to keep completely level headed in the heat of the game, but sometimes I think players NEED to exercise a degree of level headedness. I can understand Weeks throwing the amount of punches if both him and Du Plessis were having it out, but Du Plessis, almost looked like he was trying to get away from Weeks initial blows.

Just so you can get more of an idea of roughly where I stand:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZYpljlcVHk

I can sympathise with Hazell regarding his reaction, I've had someone try to gouge me and I was not best impressed. However, as fair as the reaction was in terms of retaliation for something horrendous, it is safe to say he had just about reached the point in that game where it was time for him to go sit out and calm down. - So I agree with the red, but also agree with Hazell going batshit crazy on the guy!

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2 Months, 2 Days ago

Saracens defeat Bath to win the 2014-2015 Aviva Premiership title

Could make the correct selection of Ford at 10 a much easier one if Farrell is seen...

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Highlights of the Barbarians' midweek win over Ireland at Thomond Park

Well.... Could England be losing another option in the RWC?

I hear Mr Cipriani was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

hmmmmyyyyerrr....

I kiinda of want to agree with you, but hitting someone on the pitch has a bit of a place on the pitch...

But yeh, the generally direction of your reply is sound, also I agree with the referees decisions.

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

Patting players on the back and helping them to their feet after the whistle maybe? Maybe he's a demon between stoppages?

Maybe like others have said, the stamp was 100% intentional but the stamp to the face was not :/

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Yup as with most above, I reckon the officials got it right, Weeks did 'obstruct' in some ways but it was nothing really, Du Plessis reacted or started by the push/slap/whack so happy for yellow for that. Weeks reaction was a gross over reaction and as katman says, how he manages to look so shock is beyond me...

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Glasgow Warriors beat Munster to win historic first ever Guinness PRO12 title

Interesting selection of troll newcomers have cropped up...

Anyway, congratulations Glasgow, I hope you guys can build on this in all aspects of both club and international rugby.

Commiserations to Munster, I hear talk of POC joining Toulon? or at least rumours of it?!? What a change, he's been at Munster for as long as I can remember!

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

Like I said, I hope this entire incident was accidental.

As for the Brown incident, it was still a 'headbutt' technically speaking, regardless of who started it...

As for the simulation, it's not relevant relevant, however it shows his character, or what he can do.

I hate it when players are held, but Bismarc du Plessis (was it?) played that card recently and it didn't wash with me then and being held doesn't cut it now! Sure step on his fingers, rake your boots on his hand... But stamp on his face?!? No, I don't think so..

As for me, read my original comment, I think the bloke is world class, I just think it's a shame that he is tarnishing his own reputation. If this was truly accidental (which I hope it was, then it's unfortunate for him to have it against his name). If you all want to say that you feel Huget has not damaged his own reputation then that is fine and that is your opinion which you're entitled to have...

2 Months, 4 Days ago