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Wallabies disallowed try viewed as a major turning point in loss

Sorry to comment again, but I just read the article (properly) where you've written Rod Kafers comment.... Firstly that's incredibly one eyed by the bloke, all referees have made mistakes on the pitch, so a wrong call is not a new phenomenon... Secondly, why is this such a controversy? I've seen calls like this being made in test rugby before? I can't recall a particular incident, perhaps they tend to be blocking someone who is chasing for a ball kicked ahead, but again, obstructing a potential tackler who is behind the ball carrier is not a new phenomenon either...

Have the Aussies created this storm out of frustration? Is anyone else even buying it??

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Wallabies disallowed try viewed as a major turning point in loss

Tbf, Cheika hasn't done so bad at the head of the Wallabies... the rugby championship tournament wasn't so bad. Losing to the kiwis shouldn't be seen as a cause for a death sentence, there is not a huge amount of shame in losing to them - sure it's devastating for the Aussies, they want to win every occasion and it probably damages their pride, however it's not an unexpected result.

I'd be less concerned about commentator comments and more concerned about Jonathon "Ballgate" Kaplan piping up on twitter about an incident which is fairly clean cut....

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Wallabies disallowed try viewed as a major turning point in loss

I'm with the majority on this one... yeah it was harsh, yeah it probably wouldn't have stopped the try, but foul play is foul play. Of course I'd have love to see it let go, because it was a good try, however, put yourself in the kiwis shoes, lets say this try did turn the game and the Aussies won by a point or two, you'd be pretty pissed that a blatant foul was let off the hook because it 'probably wouldn't have stopped the try'....

I can understand Cheika being miffed and I can understand the Aussies being somewhat miffed, but it is what it is and much like the Earls tackle earlier, don't do silly shit and you won't have to deal with the consequences.

I'm not really sure about this being a turning point anyway. The AB's have a history of either ruining the opposition day from the get go, or for having a pretty loose first half then destroying on the second.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Keith Earls furious after red card for tip-tackle in Munster win

That was another school of thought I had gonzoman! Due to seeing friends fracture wrists at young ages falling off bikes, skateboards etc, it sort of stopped me from wanted to put my arms out to break my fall, I tend to try and curl and land on my upper arm/shoulder, which by no means is fail safe... I've seen people bust shoulders and the like too.... But it could be exactly as you said, the hooker went "oh **** I'm going down" tucked up aiming to land on back etc....

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Keith Earls furious after red card for tip-tackle in Munster win

I see what Munster were getting at, it did look like the Glasgow 2 dipped his head, but I'm not sure if that was a purposeful movement..

Also, it's one of those secondary sort of things, sure if he hadn't dipped his head, it might not have been red, but it definitely wouldn't have been with a better tackle...

It wasn't the worst tackle I've seen, but the way the game is, letter of the law an all that, it's an inevitable outcome.

Reaction wasn't good, but the emotions were high, glad to see that picture in the article of Hogg and Earls hugging it out...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Glasgow's coast-to-coast counter that was inches from being an epic try

Umm, rucks have their place, as a forward I'll joke that it's the only time I feel useful, but jokes aside, they allow for moves to be set up and worked, out of position players to relocate and they can also create a blind wall for the scrum half to work behind.

There is a sport similar to what you described and it's called right league, no boring rucks at all....

You also have to consider that the weather is not always suitable for this sort of fast paced game.

It was a fantastic piece of play, really beautiful stuff, but let's not view it as something 'instead', more something 'aswell'...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

That seems like a very harsh negative Colombes, I'm sure that was not the only ammunition you have, but that particular incident I felt was handled extremely well. I genuinely believed him when he said he was sorry, and totally felt real when he said "you can count yourselves very lucky we didn't get the number"... in the day of TMO, he'd have called that up and the Aussie would have been hammered...

...also... I'm not saying it didn't look painful, but roll around painful and then get up and look completely fine afterwards?.....hmmmm

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Believe it or not, RUGBY GOLF is now a real thing

...Another sport I'll suck at....

I think everyone should have to stand 10 metres (ish) away from the 'golfer' and as soon as he picks up the ball it's your chance to absolutely level him before he makes the kick or pass... just to mix it up a bit..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

Hahahaha! Aaaaah memories!

You're right though. Martin Johnson never struck me as a man who was fluent with English... Grunts, mumbles and eyebrows used to be his primary language... But he got the job done...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

Really good point Dan, especially the contrast you mention between soccer and rugby. I actually cannot understand any culture thinking the treatment of referees in that sport is ok!

I do hope it doesn't enter this sport we love. I can tolerate a handful of players acting like queens with the referees, because it's clear that the majority have a great disgust towards that attitude, but if we ever get to the running up and crowding referees level then I'll probably be physically sick!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago