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Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

The problem is, those in charge don't know which way they're going with the game... on one hand they want a sanitised game, but on the other they're not willing to make sensible rulings.

I know in the past we've seen reds dished out for lashing out over holding on, Troncon, Grewcock, Johnson (I think it was a red for lashing out), however it's something that hasn't ever been well addressed. In days gone by you might have had a yellow for a punch provided it was a fair scuffle and it wasn't a bloody great KO haymaker...however these days it seems it's a clear red every time...which if that's the way they want to go, then I guess that's the way it is.. however you can't expect fairness if you are going to punish a reaction but not a cause..

As you said, if players were yellowed for holding on, we'd see more hands thrown into the air at every opportunity, which won't be attractive, but it would save your players from being sent off.. or alternatively they let players sort it out, in which case don't get upset when someone is laid out on live TV...

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Josua Tuisova blasts David Smith into next week

Not a bad technique I suppose, especially if they're planning for and leaning into a big upper body smash...

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Quite a satisfying combination of videos to watch in reverse actually.... Du Plessis getting sent off in a bullshit call, then Poite getting hit in the spuds as a result of that call...

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

*and IF YOU look at the face

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

Not sure how they say EE started this... Obviously words were exchanged, but if you look at 4:03 you can see EE stand up and look at the face in the background as a fixed position, you can see EE doesn't move, Ioane steps into him - that to me is the first physical contact and the start of it...the push from EE should have been the end of it, Ioane pretty much throws a punch/grab at EE's chest... EE returns in kind with a flatty to the face...

NONE of the above should have resulted in a yellow and definitely not to EE.

Only person who should be carded should be dickhead SBW who is the 3rd man in joining with aggression...

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Mass brawl spills into tunnel as match gets abandoned in France

Hahaha, well I don't think we disagree on this whole thing not being a great demonstration of rugby... but like these dashcam videos of car crashes, it's sort of part and parcel of a game that can go wrong when tempers fly.

5 Months, 2 Days ago

Sarries claim back-to-back European titles after beating Clermont in Cup Final

Yeh but as experts in analysis and the rest we can't very well be running around on a pitch in Tv, who else is going to criticize the players?!?!

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Mass brawl spills into tunnel as match gets abandoned in France

Uh huh, accidentally... Mind knows what the mind wants!

TSRB is Try Savers and Rib Breakers... back in the era of TSRB rather than the last few years of Tmo interferers and Soccer Dribblers, this site used to be packed full of trolls and bloodthirsty folk drooling over the prospect of 420p video showing hits like Brian Limas on Hougaard, players like Danny Grewcock knocking ten bells out of some bloke, Jamie Cudmore flipping his shit and a wonderful example of rucking (rather than stamping) in amongst all that was the much awaited punch up... which, no offence, tended to come in the form of a French team of some sort... It was marvellous, kept me bloodthirsty from Saturday to Saturday... Now I feel like the site is of course a bit more watered down to reflect how violent today's game isn't... So when we get a show of this sort of thing it's nostalgic...

But I agree it is very clickbaity..

You're a very passionate person and I can understand you perhaps feel that this video is a negative on the game and perhaps even more so on your country... But I wouldn't worry so much about it...It happens in games and I'd rather see it in all its glory than pretend it doesn't happen when I know full well it does...

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Mass brawl spills into tunnel as match gets abandoned in France

Were you around in the TSRB era? Videos of D2 and upwards scraps appeared near weekly, it's rugby news, it's informative and to be totally honest I've NEVER played in a game where this has happened... But it seems to be a semi common occurrence in French rugby, it probably does well to highlight the breeding ground of some French ill discipline..

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Mass brawl spills into tunnel as match gets abandoned in France

Yes, acts as Le Evidence, against Le foul commiting froggies xxx

5 Months, 1 Week ago