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LIONS WATCH: Kyle Sinckler impresses despite disappointing tour opener

Not really sure what to make of the whole thing here... Sinckler did well at the scrums... but as an international standard prop competing against; as you said RD, players who are competing for contracts, is sort of...expected... but the yards and tackles stat is a good effort, especially when he's competing against his team mates for those figures.

As for the entire match, I don't think suggesting jet lag is much of a cop out, it's probably fair enough... new hemisphere, ground, contest, nerves etc, a lot of massively different factors weighing in on a team like the Lions, by contrast the provincial baabaas had already lost the match as soon as it was even suggested as a potential fixture, they also lost by a massive margin, so they had nothing to panic about, nothing to lose, go out there and enjoy yourselves and see if you can claim a Lions scalp... but if you don't then it's fine because we all expected you to get thrashed anyway....I guess they'll now be kicking themselves at getting so close!

Most important thing for them is that they got the win, which should at the least give them a bit of hope, however it seems like a lot of stepping up is needed and very quickly...

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Hmmm, one of the rare times he's got me OUT of trouble...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Go to bed Hoot, you're drunk, you were right the first time....

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Nah, not being funny, milking it or not, you can't stick your boot on someone's head and expect them to react favourably towards you...

I've been pinned at a ruck and seen an oppo player look me in the eye then place his boot on my face, fortunately he was smashed out the way by my brother before he put weight on me (if he ever was going to put weight on me). It's not cool kids, I'd have been happy to see Wood get beaten black and blue for that kind of shit!

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Flip van der Merwe sees red for clothes line tackle on Teddy Thomas

Well he's not a true Cudmore... Cudmore would have gotten up then tried to beat the shit out of anyone that was within 2 metres of him...

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

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

His reaction is obviously born from frustration... But that still doesn't mean it's a wrong reaction. Frustration from being dominated is wrong, frustration from someone cheating in that manner is fair enough. 7 was off his feet and holding on...

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

USA botch try as Luke Morgan makes big tackle over try line

Brilliant tackle!

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

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

Whilst you're right, why should Jannie have to even go looking for fingers to bend? Either he should be allowed to batter the player or the referee should penalise the player...

However just think if Jannie had bent a finger and broken it, wouldn't that look far more deliberate and damning when it's reviewed later?

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

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

Exactly, if you were to watch this game like a sponge and absorb all it has to offer, one thing you're bound to take away is holding on equals a potential red for the opposition player and NO punishment for yourself (bar perhaps a few lumps)..

It's pathetic!

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

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 Weeks, 19 Hours ago