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Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

He probably means the time when Hines gave that diving little sh*t Byrne a backhander for holding onto him - and as such received a yellow for his troubles..

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

I agree with you that this is a non event and not red card worthy. Just to let you know the TMO was Davey Ardrey and he is from the US, so unless he's an expat, he'd probably have an American accent..

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

Haha, love it :D

1 Month, 1 Week ago

New Zealand win England series 2-0 with victory in Dunedin

Harsh, asking if Cipriani would be available then not including him at all *chuckle*

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

Defining moments for me are when the Canadian player catches the ball, around 0:42 (all in slow motion, he takes the ball low on the outside of his right knee, so his body is low, his arms are low and he currently has the ball in both hands -

0:43 - so 1 second after catching the ball in slow motion (so would we be talking half a second real time?) he is transferring the ball over to the other hand to keep it away from contact. Still at 0:43 we see a Scot make contact with a very spongy part of the arm - the hard pointy part of the elbow is pointing down so that leaves the area where your forearm muscles meet your upper arm muscles (hence the spongy part comment)...

All in all, it's unfortunate, not great technique by the Scottish player and has now (imo) set a precedent as there has been no further ruling, so I look forward to watching 7's next week (when 7 player on each team is all that is left on the pitch!)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

Except rugby doesn't have rules, it has laws...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

New Zealand win England series 2-0 with victory in Dunedin

After a rather late/heavy friday night I awoke at 6am blurry eyed, downed a small ocean of water and fell asleep again, missing the match - what's new...

So anyway, I can't comment on the game, but I can comment on my premature judgement on how England were going to perform in the second test (at least score wise)...

In the past there have been times where teams have 'nearly won' in the first test against the All Blacks - These challenging teams have walked away perhaps resting on their laurels and under the notion that perhaps next week they can get that 95% rate they were playing at up to 100% and they know they'll win the next test...only to come back and get annihilated by an AB team that went from 75% (and still winning) up to 110%... I suspected this would be the case against England for the second test.

Of course, not seeing the game I cannot quote on what test 3 will be like. Did the AB's still not get up to their 110% in the second test? Or were England just THAT good?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Stephen Ferris talks about his forced retirement from the game

Very sad to see anyone have to stop playing through injury.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup draw with Samoa

It is interesting, I think at some point the 'tackled' player has to take some responsibility for their body position when they enter into contact.

As for my original comment, I meant more that you have two teams that when attacking will be performing the 'Samoan sidestep' on each other, and when defending will be stopping players with the force of a small truck..

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Rene Ranger treats Henry Slade like a speed bump in Barbarians match

The reason I called your opinion 'codswallop' and still do, is because as someone who is 6'6" tall and plays backrow/second row, I can tell you that lineouts are heavily contested. The only way to avoid any contest is to have a good lifting routine/technique and try FORCE the lineouts to be uncontested by lifting in an 'unguarded' area (where they don't have a player being lifted) - which is really hit or miss, it requires the opposition to be standing around like looloos and not really paying attention, which on the flip-side is how you CAN contest lineouts - by paying attention!!!

It is also a part of the game I focus on when watching professional and international games and I can tell you that again, they're heavily contested, perhaps not in the way they were back in the day, but again as someone who played second row in school (where you're not allowed to lift) the lineouts are cleaner and more clinical and not just a daft spectacle where you get 3ft props 9ft second rows, and 5ft backrows jumping and flailing their arms around while the ball sails over their heads...

Anyway, that was the reason behind my 'codswallop' comment - now onto the rest of the case at hand.

The main problem you appear to have with the game is the progression of it. Unlike the days gone by, there are more cameras, more viewers, more scrutinisation of the referee. You must remember the 'dark arts', something that were once a lot easier to get away with. Now they're things that get picked up my the new involved TMO, the camera angles, the citing commissioners etc, but mainly I'm referring to hands in the rucks etc. Referees around the globe are penalising teams for slowing the ball down and using hands in the rucks, so quite simply, players do not often go in for scrappy pile ons now. If they can win the turnover instantly then they'll go for it, if they can't they don't bother and they spread their players around the field.

Which laws don't you like specifically?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

 
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