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Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

You mentioned 'trying to grasp a player'...

So a tackle is not made unless a player is held, however an attempt at tackling CAN be made if the player attempts to grasp an opponent...

Ever been 'tackled' then got up and continued running whilst the referee shouts 'not held'? Well, by your statement, the referee should be shouting 'advantage' or blowing his whistle, because the moment you hit the deck and weren't held the opposition player would have 'probably done something illegal'....

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Rynard Landman red carded for elbow to face against Connacht

...Why should he get a ban reduction for anything?

I don't know, I was one to sort of defend Hazell by stating 'something' must have happened to provoke that reaction.. (so perhaps I was asking for a sentence reduction..)

But this incident... it was on a player who isn't in the forwards - so not likely to have done something niggly. It wasn't a scrum/ruck/maul etc - again no 'dark arts'. I have no real idea why he did it, a late tackle, a shove or anything, but to elbow a bloke in the face on a rugby pitch right after he kicks the ball (or anytime for that matter), is not likely to have any good outcome.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

Not 100% sure Stroudos... Heaslip assaulted two players in that clip...

He kicked a team mate in the spuds at the same time..

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

I disagree completely.

As a forward I'm well aware of good and bad body positions when entering rucks/mauls, if Pape is coming in at pace, one would assume he would try and use the momentum gained by his mass and speed... however the way he entered that maul meant that he:
A) didn't hit the maul at speed.
B) didn't put a strong hit on Heaslip (other than with the knee) - and there is clearly no way he could have put in a strong hit at that angle.

Pape checked his run, and didn't even do it well enough to disguise that knee!

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

"But buying your opposite number a pint after the game doesn't give you permission to punch him in the face during it."

oh...really?.. That explains the reception I got in the club house then..

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

I'm glad players are not holding grudges... (If their twitter posts are to be believed), however as many have said, I don't quite see how a couple lines on twitter are deemed a good way of patching things...

Not that I've ever done it, not been on the receiving end, but to me, this is sort of akin to breaking up with someone via a text... It's easy and quick and you don't have to deal with the fallout afterwards...

Then ofcourse the incident itself... I'm not sure how anyone can say it didn't look deliberate.. He totally retimed his leg movement as he reached the ruck... It wasn't natural at all..

I'm not impressed by the comments some have left that are in someway trying to say its ok to do this to a player because he also did something dirty in the past... Yes Heaslip knee'd McCaw, and seemed to get a lesser ban but is that in anyway a reason Pape should get less?

As for guiltiness, apologies, acceptance etc and their relation to ban lengths... It's all pretty pathetic... I wouldn't be initially forgiving if someone Roshambo'd me then apologised..

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Wales edge Scotland in tense Test at Murrayfield

Something is wrong with your tv then, the pundits replayed the whole thing and saw the clock was at 79:54 (or 56?) when the ball went over...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Wales edge Scotland in tense Test at Murrayfield

I find this very difficult...

1. For me Wales deserved the win because Scotland DIDN'T take the opportunities available...

However,

2. For me Scotland deserved the win because they played more enjoyable rugby and NEARLY had the win etc..

However (again) I'm still more pulled towards Scotland, because I felt Scotland were very hard done by with some refereeing decisions... Jonathan Davies (the ex player) said numerous times that he can't understand why a Welsh player had not been carded for the repeat infringements in their own 22... Then there was the 'high tackle' that he himself suggested should have resulted in a penalty try... Etc...

So for those reasons I feel Scotland should have a right to feel aggrieved..

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Personally think the game needs to step back and re-assess itself. How many times have we seen players step out of the defensive line (or the attacking line) to roll an unconscious opposition player into the recovery position? Players want the wins, but whether you're a Dan Carter, J. Wilkinson, Bakkies, or just us, we all stem from grass roots rugby, we've all finished a game and had a beer (I think even teetotaller JW must have had a pint or two in his early days), we all chat with the opposition have a laugh and have a mutual respect. So the management should do the same.

I'm trying to think of a clever 'I'd rather' situation, but I can't... honestly though, the game needs to say "it's a game" at some point..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

...'wonce'?.... How're the head injuries coming along?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago