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I don't see why you'd class it as trolling... Frankly it the amount of autopsies performed on the final are testament enough to how badly it was referee'd.

I don't think I've ever seen as many criticisms about refereeing compared to that final. This has to mean something.. I mean personally I couldn't really give a hoot who won or lost but it was bad refereeing.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Your post to me was still a little cryptic Phill, you've sort of burst on the scene and used references that the rest of us have never heard before...

Anyway, I'm still a little lost "The Du Plesis incident sin Bin at most. Do you think Elliot was worth a send off?". Firstly I'd love to know what you view as red card worthy? Secondly, I have no idea who Elliot is? If you can post a video I'll pass judgement.

I don't know if you feel as if we're stuck between the tram lines and are unable to waver our opinions - in reality my opinion varies greatly on incident to incident. This years 6 nations has had multiple yellow cards for players clashing in the air whilst competing for the ball... that to me is unacceptable, two players compete for the ball, one wins, then the other should not get 10 minutes for having the guts/balls to try and jump.

I also find it interesting that in your reply to Dan you've written: "you who has entrenched views especially on foul, dangerous or reckless play" - you're referring to these incidents as foul, dangerous or reckless.... is that for our benefit? I can attempt to give scenarios to these words if you wish, of course they are one dimensional, if I were to address every aspect I'd be here all day; who am I kidding... I normally am!

Foul - A player is wrong footed and instead sticks his leg out to trip the ball carrier. - I'd issue a yellow here. Yes it's a 'big boys tough sport' but it's a cynical foul, there was no need for it.

Dangerous - picking up a player and driving them neck first into the ground - I'd issue a red here. It's a tough sport and accidents may happen, but putting players in positions like that - whether intentionally or otherwise, is not a good idea.

Reckless - I'd say Scott Murray many moons ago was late tackled by a Welsh player, he kicked behind him and caught the Welsh players head, he received a red, you could see he was heartbroken, he had no intention to injure or hit the guys head.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

....soooo, you're sort of against slapping a player, but are backing up Bakkies and Etsebeth?

As above, whilst slapping someone is certainly not a big deal, it's far more infuriating that being punched. Bakkies has been blowing kisses for years...

Also, take note that myself and Dan as well as the majority of comments on here are not against what is happening in this clip... I am also in favour of bringing back rucking which may shock you as I indeed enjoy a bowl of cous cous from time to time...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

They took errr jerrrbs!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

I wasn't saying it betrays a limited vocabulary... I was just saying it's always useful to learn a few extra words, whether they be swear words or otherwise....

..unfortunately I may have already reached the limit on swear words seeing as I can swear in a few other languages as well... - all the same meanings though :(

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Phill, since before rugby went completely professional, player welfare was still considered.

http://therugbyhistorysociety.co.uk/rc1.html

Check that out...

There are things which we have come to accept as dangerous and unnacceptable... you ask Dan 'how far do we go'? As far as the current laws take us...

Is punching someone in the face a rugby 'crime'? If no, then I suppose we're not going to get very far conversing...

If the answer to that is yes it is, then is disguising an obvious punch also a crime? Thats where it boils down to referees using their judgement. If you don't want to have referees interpret the game and the laws, then you need to take things even further into the future where the game is judged by a robot and we have as many breaks as NFL does. Every play has to be scrutinised and judged.

I've asked you a few times now about the Du Plessis incident.. what is your answer? No punishment? Penalty? Yellow? Red?

Does your attitude also apply to incidents that happen TO NZ players?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Report my comments, couldn't really care less... in fact I'm surprised such a gladiator such as yourself would even consider it an option?

Anyway, as I said, if you had sort of lingered about for a little while you'd notice that whilst on the face of things, Stroudos, Dan, myself and a few others appear to agree with everything (in the last 3-4 incidents), our opinions actually vary greatly on different topics. You mentioned you're standing up for players - I'm not sure about the rest of the guys, but I viewed Lawes tackle recently on the French 10 as brilliant...

What do you view Du Plessis' incident as, penalty? red? yellow?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

I'm sctually with Stroudos... it's importenter to widener yor vokabularilaly.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Phill, how long have you pleasured us with your company on RD?

I only ask because I don't think I've been aware of you since this year... 2015

I believe Dan and myself and a few others have been on here for a fair few years before it became compulsory to even have a user name yet we're somehow the new sensitive lot?

You've not been around here long enough to know what half of our views on rugby in general are, you're picking out the few incidents we've commented on and are making a (poor) judgement on who you think we are...

As for wires crossed, no I do not have anything crossed, I am talking about Williams entering a maul badly, trying to shake up a player getting more weeks ban than Du Plessis kicking a player in the face.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

I'm with Dan.. The thing is though, it's a slap, it's not that big a deal, Bakkies played some dirty stuff, however it was his cheeky niggly stuff which was more common and that used to drive people insane - blowing kisses, slaps, etc, I don't view it as the worst stuff, in fact, like a true child I started to copy him, I've found it means I get in less trouble with the referee and I get the desired effect with the opposition player I disagreed with...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago