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Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

I mean, I get that whole pushing on someones head to rile them up, it's not pleasant, it provokes a reaction, but I guess for me, it falls into the 'dark arts' sort of category... but this particular incident as with the recent one that resulted in a red, are too far. I'm not sure if I feel they're red card worthy, perhaps it needs to be on an incident by incident basis, but I certainly think sometimes they get taken too far.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDX-8w91pnU - Quality is crap, but this is Brad Thorn - John Smit incident.. again, personally I think the referee handled it brilliantly, but it was just an example of that silly little head push that I don't have a huge problem with.. (but enjoy Thorns reaction to it!)

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2 Months, 1 Week ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

That was awful, I bet everything including his pride hurt there..

Brilliant try saving tackle.. on a sour note though:

Keep watching Scott Williams at about 1:27 onwards... Didn't we just see a player red carded for 'slamming another players head into the turf'? - Not really a big deal from Williams, but certainly not necessary...

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Canadian Taylor Paris scores try from 105m out in PRO D2 Semi Final

Well well well, how's 'aboot' that magnifique try!!! Blinding pace!

As for the turn over, I think it's fine in the sense that it was over the try line and you're allowed to attack the ball as Browner has said (if I read that correctly), it would be impossible to defend if you weren't allowed to hold up the ball/player.

I'm not sure if it's a grey area, or if it is actually in the law books, but players holding the ball carrier and/or the ball over the try line is quite a common occurrence. I suppose the only alternative to the ball being ripped like this, would be for the referee to blow quickly and say that the ball was held up - scrum 5, but I'd say the turnover was very quick.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Fair enough, I just figured that perhaps hitting at the knee as he did and then wrapping may do even more damage/equal damage.

Very unpleasant either way!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

You're right there browner, there is certainly no escaping 'my team beating your team' mentality and as you've said, it's a sad fact (in my opinion) that rugby is now more a business than a sport. Of course to the players it still has a huge sport aspect, but to 'the suits' and 'the man', if they can make money off it, they will.

There is indeed two sides to every coin, this promotes the game and gives us the 10 million viewing angles we're now accustomed too etc.

I suppose maybe I'm looking at this a bit short term. If Naiyaravoro makes it big in the NH, young fijians might all band together to become the next star (I'm aware there have been many star fijians in the past) and a few generations later we may see them flock back to Fiji (and other PI) to take up coaching roles and in turn promote their own nations.

I suppose the only thing I'd say against your comment above is that I might feel a little embarrassed if I were to turn around and say "my X beat your Y".. only for you to reply with "yes but my team were full of home grown players, your team is full of 'foreigners'" or something like that. If everyone does it, then thats fine.. haha..

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Out of interest, do you think that would have had a better outcome had the guy actually wrapped? I can't see it being any better.. (not defending the guy by the way...)

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Oh don't get me wrong, he came in from the side and an injury occurred as a result...

Dailymail mode (Stroudos :P) A drink driver runs over someone and claims it was an accident... whilst I doubt he actually intended to run over anyone, he shouldn't have been behind the wheel in the first place..

Same thing here...minus the uh, drink...and the car... and the person getting run over by the car...

I just think the conclusions drawn by the judicial lot make no real sense. Hate to say it, but I sort of agree with Phill below. Based purely on the judicial report, I would say the guy shouldn't be suspended.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

Ditto Davies. It's an awkward topic, because as you say, speaking about it sort of makes it come across as "we don't want your kind"... it's simply not the case. I just sort of prefer the idea of teams that are really '*insert nation here* to the core' ... whether that be someone who has clearly gone to another nation to live, work and retire etc then fair enough.. but I don't like the idea of people doing things like 'international seasons'..

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Kenyan Collins Injera celebrates milestone try by signing ball and camera

Just to add about the camera as others have said, normally they have filters over the lens anyway.. If you think the amount of weather these things are subjected too, I'm pretty sure they do all they can to keep the actual lens protected.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Phill does make a good point (as have others) regarding the official wordings. I mean yes Matty, as you said, there are multiple offences, but none have really been picked up in a manner that justifies the punishment...

Highlighted the side entry - but that was just deemed as 'meh'
No arms therefore charging was highlighted, but deemed accidental..

I guess if you had no video evidence and simply the report to read, you might question why someone is being punished for what has been accepted as an accident..

But you are indeed right in that it's a drop in an ocean of crap calls!

2 Months, 1 Week ago