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All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

Boks are getting a real smashing at the moment!

Hows things going in their camp? Do they have an injury crisis?

They have some talented guys, but it seems that they're going through that England post 2003 thing, where they've basically had the same team for so long, now that lot are retiring they don't know what to do with themselves...

1 Week, 2 Days ago

All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

...it's too late already, Gatland is already the coach....

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Eye Gouge denied by Brive's Mathieu Ugalde despite incriminating footage

Just to clarify to those who don't get it, this gouge here was awful. I do like to think the majority of gouges are clumsy accidents (including Frank's one fyi!!) But I find it extremely difficult to see this as anything other than a direct attack at the face/eyes!

Hope his ban is long!

1 Week, 3 Days ago

U9 kid goes into BEAST MODE and nobody can do a thing about it!

....and little kids getting steamrolled...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

U9 kid goes into BEAST MODE and nobody can do a thing about it!

That's what I mean 1010, if you have a blanket weight limit, then you need to have it with a wide span, rather than a 5-6 6-7 7-8 stone grouping or something, otherwise there won't be any bigger players or smaller players... However, this is not achieving anything....

The little lads are just getting run over, smashed, pushed... And the big lad will think he's achieving a lot, when he really isn't. However he has some awareness and carrying skills, and I liked his little step....

I've mentioned in the past being quite a 'big' colt... Not compared to today's 17yr old Haskell's but, relatively big compared to the average surrounding player (other than props) this actually made me lazy, I could grab players, rather than hit them, I was unfortunate that coaches never really highlighted this... It was when I made that jump to seniors and I saw who I was against.... These were MEN giving no quarter... I actually had thoughts during warm up of "I wonder if they'll go easy on me because I'm only young?"... That first tackle (or 3rd or 4th?) I made was successful because I recognised that I needed technique... My size meant nothing, because it was nothing compared to my opposition....

You are right that 9 is no age to hear accolades of future achievements on the lad, but I don't see much being achieved here other than a good video to watch of a big kid having some fun...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Special report on World Rugby's plans to tackle concussion

Six of one, half a dozen of the other really... there have been more protocols brought in aimed at reducing injuries, however they tend to be more superficial cuts - rucking players on the ground has been removed from the game... I guess some could argue scrums are safer... I'd disagree when you consider the battle that occurs now that hooking the ball is not really a "thing"...

Fights are less common, but again, this all tends to be somewhat more of a reduction of superficial injuries, maybe a few KO's and missing teeth reductions... but again, these are more than made up for by bigger hits and head clashes...

Actually, reminds me of that advert that came out in Aus about the human that was evolved to survive car crashes.... The average rugby player has 'evolved' to take bigger hits on the surface, but beneath, they're still squishy... the contents of heads will still rattle if you hit them hard enough, regardless of who's enormous shoulders they may sit upon....

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Billy Vunipola tries to keep ball in play with near disastrous result

Can't really say more than the commentators, Vunipola did very well in his effort, and Turner was so so nearly there, great awareness from him as well!

Also a good potential example of why you should always chase kicks, you never know what you might get gifted....

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Friday Funnies - Vaea Fifita avoids the tackle with perfectly executed jump

Actually to be fair, I don't really have a problem with the kiwis.... I love their game, I have a problem with the drivel that comes out of a lot of their supporters mouths, including the ones stating the Franks non gouge (I agree it wasn't actually a gouge in the original intended fashion, more of an accidental poke in the eye) wasn't worthy of any kind of intervention, then the drivel coming out of the above guests post (was that you?)

1 Week, 5 Days ago

U9 kid goes into BEAST MODE and nobody can do a thing about it!

Actually, it's interesting you point out the "3 pass rule"... we still use forms of that in training now for senior rugby... tends to be maybe 5 passes or even 10, it helps work around offloads and the like...

Also as you mentioned his team mates... I just re watched the video, look how many of his team mates are just standing around watching....

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Taranaki lock produces best around the corner offload you're likely to see

Oh I dunno, I did get a couple bites...

But alright, I'll concede, it was a very skillful offload and thanks for sharing RD...

1 Week, 5 Days ago