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South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Only thing is, if that is the case it's worrying that anyone playing in an International jersey could 'not be bothered.' Whether or not they're tired, have anything to play for etc etc, surely pulling on your Scottish jersey (or any other team jersey) would make you want to play to the best of your ability... I mean if they're out there just f*****g about, then why not just call up 15 random Scotsman who play for Scottish clubs and just give them a random runabout... Can't do much worse than they did anyway...

2 Months, 2 Days ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Firstly, it's wise to keep politics out of these sorts of places seeing as we all have one thing in common (rugby) which you, I and everyone else all have differing opinions about i.e. we already have enough to argue about without the added extra of politics, religion, sexual orientation or whether or not the earth goes round the sun or vice versa...

Secondly, being hypocritical and taking the bait regarding your comment, how would their independence in anyway hinder their rugby? Vern Cotter is a New Zealander, so that makes no difference there.... Beyond ability and form, players are selected due to whether they qualify to play for Scotland.. not the United Kingdom, not Great Britain and certainly not England, Wales and Ireland... So unless you're referring to a long chain reaction whereby you might view things like funding for rugby becoming less available, that comment; which as I said has no place on a rugby site, was baseless and about as useful as a kick in the arse...

All from someone that has no interest one way or the other regarding their independence...

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Well it's not like they weren't tussling or anything, looks to me like Van Der Merwe had Lee in a sort of headlock/round the neck...Both were in a position to defend themselves, it's just harder to defend against a headbutt...

2 Months, 3 Days ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Couldn't agree more, Scotland look like they have one heck of a struggle - Although that sounds like a scratched record, I think that's more or less the same thing that's been said for how many years now?

Martin Johnson tried picking players based on their 'talent' and sadly when they had off periods they were still picked ahead of players who were perhaps 'not as talented' but were; at the time, on form and playing better.

Definitely agree with you regarding the likes of Stuart Hogg. I think in some respects he looks like a thoroughly frustrated man at times. He has the sort of talent that means if he was thrown into an amateur team it'd often be the case of 'throw it to Hoggy and he'll do the rest'** But in the International scene, one man can only do so much.

The other frustrating thing about Scotland, is it's not like they don't have talent in the squad. I don't know whether it's unfortunately a case of having say 8/9 talented players, and the rest are making up numbers, or whether you have a good team that aren't gelling well. Italy have had (or still have) this problem, where they are brilliant from 1-8 and then acceptable at 11, 14, and good at 15, and the rest are just plain seat fillers.

I wonder whether (Southern Hemisphere fans please don't shoot me down), this fixture was just too much for Scotland? Lots of travelling, lots of close calls, tired bodies and an opponent; that whilst understrength, was just far too good for them?

**(we've definitely had a similar conversation before!!)

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

...Not too bothered about the outcome of the game, but well done to France. The actual quote is "We can't condone a punch on the International field, can we John?" in which 'John' agreed too.. so it wasn't quite "has no place in our sport" as you've stated. I think that is also more of a case of "we can't be SEEN to condone," which is rightly so, however being seen to condone something and quietly condoning are too different things.

Anyway, as for the last bit - how is what Arwel did (flooring someone) handbags, compared to what Samson Lee did? I suppose it is easier for the officials to view all instances as the same, but this was a nothing event.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 'Big Boppers' (130kg +) in World Rugby

Excuse the pun, but there surely has to be room for Peter Stringer in that lot...

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Personally thought Youngs was giving...well, not quite as good as he got, but not exactly being friendly...

Anyway, found this clip showing an old incident, I've never seen it before but I enjoyed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJbUkOOvhoE

View Video

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Didn't actually realise Van Der Merwe was hurt in this..

'In his first statement SA4 described the incident thus:
“In the second half I was headbutted by number 3 from Wales. I left the field with blood but was able to go back and continue the match”.'

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Hahaha, those are some interesting videos... not too sure about the shorts they're all wearing.

Felt sorry for all the camera crew/photographers when the beer cans were flying..

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

One of the most sensible posts you've made since joining up!

2 Months, 5 Days ago

 
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