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Daniel du Plessis awkwardly sent to the sinbin whilst knocked out

I'm still not convinced by the argument that the attacking team has to have the sole duty of care.

IF you look at so many of these incidents, some of them are due to a last split second jump for the ball.... If we want to talk about reckless endangerment then we need to look no further than a player that throws himself into the air in the pathway of another is endangering themselves - as well as having their hips/knees etc at the head level of another player, is endangerment of the opposition.

This incident in particular was an example of a split second last second decision... If we want to play the game of "defending player is untouchable" then we hype back to the same old tongue in cheek/tongue not in cheek comment of "ban jumping", or have that BS free catch thing!

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Daniel du Plessis awkwardly sent to the sinbin whilst knocked out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWvG4KAYJfY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtfWfSgyN2c

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1 Week, 5 Days ago

#ThrowbackThursday: Will Skelton's dangerous aerial challenge on Anthony Watson

Of course he has made a few suspect calls in his career (very few), but this is one of the reasons he's one of the greatest referees in my opinion. He looks at an incident, looks at the surroundings of the incident, looks at how it all plays out, considers the law and then makes a fair decision based on the findings...

I don't ever think I've seen Owens show a card that wasn't in some way shape or form, deserved.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Beast Mtawarira open handed slap earns him ten minutes in the cooler

21 seconds maybe?

I agree now you mention it, seems like there was some sort of contact from someone the beasts head - like you said his head sort of rattles..

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Taqele Naiyaravoro banned for taking out Beauden Barrett in the air

If I'm honest, this looked to me like a brain fart decision...

1. He identified Barrett.
2. Saw Barrett Jump.
3. One part of his brain said to the other "he's in the air don't tackle him".
4. The other part of his brain was half asleep and all it heard was the end of the sentence which was "...tackle him"..
5. Body responded.
6. Instantly first part of brain said to other "You idiot, I said DON'T tackle him".
7. Other part of the brain went "oh ****, lie on the ground and look apologetic"

2 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

Taqele Naiyaravoro banned for taking out Beauden Barrett in the air

Maybe Dan can help us out on this, but isn't that a sort of oxymoron... reckless intent...

Reckless, I believe is doing something without any consideration for the outcome, so a snap action...

Intent is a pre-planned, or purposely doing something....so can you really be purposely reckless?

2 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

There is a big difference between getting Georgia some decent game time, arranging a new and improved tournament... perhaps a rugby "Euro" competition.... and restructuring a tournament such the 6 Nations so that a team which has been in the competition for over a decade now is ousted because "they're not good enough"...

In fact that last sentence is hilarious when you consider some of the anti 6N comments above about it being an arrogant and exclusive competition.... What is more united - continuing to include a struggling Italy so that one day they will grow and be a big consistent competition? Or to kick them aside because they're not living up to the "legend of the 6N" where only the elite are allowed...?

2 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

Errr, rugby in the NH is incredibly wealthy, that is precisely why it's the retirement location for all the SH players in their twilight years - the fan base in France is absolutely massive and the tradition and following in the UK is extremely large....

So regardless of NH poor form it's still incredibly wealthy.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Nick Frisby yellow carded for kicking ball out of tryscorer's hands

Thanks for the confirmation buddy.

I have to admit it's quite a harsh yellow as yellows go, but yeh, law is the law...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Rugby Training Mistakes: That One Thing You're Missing

...sorry, last sentence is not there to discredit or put down Skelton, however I'd assume (rightly or wrongly) his natural height and weight would have made him a far more attractive 'draft' than the little guys...

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago