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Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

I cannot be bothered, but can you point me to any of the comments saying "we only lost because it was the end of the season and we're tired?" or words to that effect?

Personally I think they're bullshit comments and I wouldn't read too much into them, but to draw out summaries of NH v SH is not only pointless, it's also incorrect or ill informed when you only pick and choose the teams you want.

Have you taken note how Japan (a Northern Hemisphere team) has just leap frogged 2 Southern Hemisphere teams and got itself into the Top 10?

I'm no Japanese fan, nor do I know (m)any Japanese people, but "hell yeah, go Northern hemisphere".... I might start yelling "Murika rules!" at the same time in order to sound like a complete prat...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

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

He did only just make it recently I hadn't got round to liking it yet - It's a brilliant comment and as he said it does to some disservice but of course it is based on truths.

Fitness is something I am currently trying to improve, so unfortunately I can't say I'm at a good level I'd like to be at, but as a second row/back row, I pride myself in my ability to sidestep, spin out of a tackle and 'do the unexpected'..dummies from the base of rucks etc... Whilst playing around on the beach with ball in hand I've been messing around with no look passes, sneaky offloads etc, which I'd love to take into the game.

Don't get me wrong, training ground moves are important. Line out drills, scrum drills, back moves etc have a place and are important, but also playing from the heart is; in my opinion, more important as it opens up far more doors than repetition will.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

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

....except Wales got pumped by Ireland in the 6N and lost to England and only got an 8 point win over the Italians....

They then come to SA and lose the games against them. They lost to Australia last November, they lost to Japan this time last year...

I mean all in all, I don't deny that they might improve in time for the World cup, but I'll take a risk and say I don't hold out much hope that they'll do as well as they did in the last one...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

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

Is that actually a question on something you don't understand? Or are you making reference to something you think should change with the laws?

The reason it's 7 points for free is because the try was inevitable, so what's the point in punishing the defending team by 'rewarding' the attacking team with 5 points, when 5 points was a complete guarantee...

A penalty try is basically saying "ignore that offending player and what would have happened?" well, you could argue that any team would have done their best to get under the posts, so that's where it's awarded...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

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

@Vladimir

Don't be silly. Walsh should have looked at the game and thought, "oh dear, poor Wales, they were doing really well and then I've sent off a couple of their players for 10 minutes and now South Africa look like they might be getting back in to the game. I think to ensure the Welsh get the victory they deserved for winning the game for most of the time, so I'll let them get away with everything until the final whistle, I mean I could blow the whistle now and end the game but that is a bit too obvious, I'll just basically not punish Wales for ANYTHING and hopefully the South Africans won't get angry when their hard work is illegally stopped"...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

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 Week 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 Week 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 Week 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 Week 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 Week ago

 
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