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The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

...yeh falls in line with the rest of his comment...

5 Days, 5 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

No I'm with you. I mean Jamie Roberts 'try' was a very good try, but he didn't particularly participate in a huge amount of getting the ball up the field - Same with Hougaards.

So to lump either of them with an award seems a bit off when clearly May and Harvey put in a far greater effort (with Harvey running the entire length of the field!).

Out of the above it would have to be Harvey 1st followed by May. The team tries were brilliant to see, but I couldn't personally give one person an award for a team try, over an individual award for an individual try...

6 Days, 10 Hours ago

Alesana Tuilagi makes trademark crunching tackle against Bath

Totally agree Bonzo, I'd like someone to put me in contact with his manager, I think I could teach Mr Tuilagi a thing or two about tackling!

...and perhaps hard running, great ball carrying and Samoan sidesteps whilst I'm at it...

6 Days, 15 Hours ago

South Africa aim to up the intensity after another win over England

I don't think it's right to bring in countries/nationalities into this whiteafrican:

"(and outside of England most commentators seem to agree that it was the right decision)"

Anyone that has a rugby brain; whether they're English or their eldest foes - any of the celts! would know Hartley isn't exactly boiling over with brains...

1 Week, 7 Hours ago

The International Rugby Board rebrands, changes name to World Rugby

Actually it's an interesting point you've made regarding the shoeing or 'torpedoing'...

...I'm not 100% sure what you mean by that, can I correctly assume that you're referring to players more or less launching themselves into other players who are prone to sort of shunt them out the way??

As I said, if the above is a correct assumption then I'll admit you've made a very good point. What does shoeing really do? Provided we're not involving heads/ears/faces etc, then we're talking about giving someone a relatively short period 'ouch', perhaps some superficial scratches/cuts/bruises.... but all in all probably a 'looks worse than it is' sort of 'injury'.

Throwing Bakkies Botha sized players into other players; as you mentioned, must surely have the potential to produce far worse 'deep' injuries which may not be apparent initially, but may manifest over time as each one is added to another - repetitive concussions etc.

I'm happy for sort of old school rules, but not old school lineouts... like these bloody things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v35tIBCw7RI

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1 Week, 8 Hours ago

Alesana Tuilagi makes trademark crunching tackle against Bath

No point bracing for that one, better off trying to hot foot your way away from that target area..

Regardless of opinions on the laws, it's nice to see Tuilagi putting in a great hit and not getting pinged for it (deservedly or not).

1 Week, 8 Hours ago

Scotland give New Zealand Murrayfield scare but come up short

What I meant was: It would make sense that Hansen had a bit of a big plan going on, considering the 'danger men' he had on the bench. So if his big plan wasn't going too well 60 mins in, I suspect he'd have brought on SBW et al, earlier. - (Hence the comment saying he had no intention of losing).

It was interesting to see the impact SBW made, there was no sudden change, however his running was so powerful, that being brought on so late on; fresh, against tired opposition, it did look that if he'd been given another 15 mins or so, he could have created a very real problem.

Not quite sure how he'll emulate the hostile refereeing...

1 Week, 16 Hours ago

The International Rugby Board rebrands, changes name to World Rugby

Same shit different packaging?

What is the need? Have they ballsed up the game so much that they feel embarrassed of the IRB label, they've tarnished it so much that they're switching to a new one?

To be honest, I actually find "International rugby board" has/had some clout and power with that name, it sounds powerful and not to be messed with. "World Rugby" sounds like some 13 year old school project where they have to design a company - Perhaps a young lad who is a fan of the 'Rugby World' magazine figured they could make a magazine and call it 'World Rugby'...

1 Week, 16 Hours ago

Scotland give New Zealand Murrayfield scare but come up short

I'd be inclined to agree in some respect with that view. I'm not 100% on it, but it appeared to me Hansen had no intention of losing that game, hence the key figures he had dotted about and sitting on the bench. However no doubt he wanted to see what his 'other lads' could do.

Personally I found the whole thing entirely enjoyable, especially the amount of self belief by the boys in blu-er-red... I feel NZ have now begun a campaign of fear before the game. The big names, the repetitive relentless wins etc, there is some 'higher level' type of aura to them. However I truly felt that every one of the Scottish players ignored it completely and went out their feeling like they had every right to face the AB's. I feel like I've seen teams take to the field almost with a "we're not allowed to win/or do well against the AB's" and they just look like they know the game is over before it starts. The Scots looked like they knew it was a fair contest and they were after everything they could get.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable game.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

South Africa aim to up the intensity after another win over England

I think a lot of the England support is coming from predictions based on what has happened to date.

Take Scotland for instance. They played a blindingly good game against Arg, slacked off a bit in the 2nd half but they played with a totally different tempo that their many past outings. With that in mind people started to become curious about what they could do against the AB's. Don't get me wrong, I think a lot of people had a sly smile with a hope of something interesting, but their heads AND hearts were telling them it was going to be a big loss. But somehow Scotland appeared be able to hold their own against the AB team on the day; again playing with that improved tempo and rugby brain.

So I think the majority of people are looking at what England are producing well at the moment and thinking that the only way is up. Of course, this is all presuming they do go up and again presuming all the other teams remain at their current level. But I do think England has had a history of coming in on shaky ground, yet coming out on very firm ground.

Either way, like the above with the Scots vs NZ, people have a quiet little 'feeling' even though everything else is telling them their mad for thinking about it. We'll all see if/when the time comes.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

 
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