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Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

To be honest, that NZ try with the ball rolling forward looked suspect to me. I don't like that type of try (if it's allowed), we saw one a little while ago where it was short but the player rolled it forward and then this one I'm not sure about... either way I'm not sure on the rulings of it, but I don't like that type...

As for the kick. I don't really see the issue with a yellow here.. it was something to nothing, but Scott Murray for Scotland was red carded many years ago for kicking out at a Welsh player for a late tackle, he caught the guy on the head and it was a red card... I therefore don't see the issue with a missed target kick, being awarded a yellow. I'll admit it was something to nothing.. nothing in it etc, but had it been a penalty or a yellow I'd not have argued either too much.

In the highlight video where the NZ commentators shout offside, I'm not so sure. The ball was well out the back of the ruck, the player that tackled look like he came from England side :/ Not 100% on that, but that seemed a bit harsh.

Unfortunately I didn't see that 'Try awarded, lets have another look' thing, but I did hear that it was confusion with the advertising line or something and I hear commentators actually defending Nigel Owens and saying whoever thought that advertisement was a good idea isn't too bright. "where the best Ref in the world found himself questioning his own judgment in awarding a (perfectly legitimate)" so I'm not entirely sure it was a bad move. One of those damned if you do damned if you don't moments...

I do however think referee's need to make sure they don't just play to the crowd, with the injection of 'Soccer' which is creeping into the game, we're finding more and more booing for blatant GOOD decisions. (Sorry French/Italians, you've been guilty of this for a little while now). So regardless of what the crowd think, referee's need to focus on the game - if that means questioning a try, then so be it.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

...are you trying to say that NZ fans did not kick up a fuss about these incidents?

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Had the all blacks got a dose of the shits it could have easily been a blow out in a very different fashion...

If's and But's are never given out other than in the beholders favour.... If NZ played better then they could have won by more, but that is only IF England didn't play better...etc... IF's and BUT's are 2 ways streets... don't IF and BUT your own team without doing the same to the opposition...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Australia edge Wales in another agonising defeat for home fans

...Halfpenny played and was alright wasn't he? Didn't see him go off?

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Scotland score five times against Argentina in Murrayfield tryfest

I'm reluctant to fully agree with you, only because I feel I've seen this before:

Scotland putting out a good performance then going dormant for the next 5 games. However, I do agree this is one of their best performances in a long time. Even their most recent wins have not been the most inspiring rugby, this however was something new I believe.

I think if Scotland can iron out the silly errors and keep themselves switched on then they'll progress well.

Brilliant game!

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Scotland: Brilliant result, glad for them, but I believe it was Chris Paterson that said something like they can't read into that result unless they back it up. I agree totally, I think Scotland need to put out a good show (regardless of the final result) in their next games, otherwise it'll again be that "we're nearly there" sort of tale. The big thing Scotland needs to do (Mr Obvious here) is hurry up. Players reach their peak and then decline somewhat, so Scotland cannot 'nearly be there' for 6-7 years, otherwise they'll be starting an entirely new team up again....anyway..

Ireland - Unfortunately I haven't seen this game yet. You might be right about tired bodies, but I suppose credit to Ireland, they were facing a fairly well stocked SA team!

England - Young team, lots of potential (heard this before). I don't know what can be said about them really. A good show, it may boost their confidence and produce results, but the big test next weekend will show whether they're capable of repeating their actions.

Would have liked to see the Italy Samoa game.. not too bothered by the French game, purely because the French are infuriatingly impossible to pin down..

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Australia edge Wales in another agonising defeat for home fans

Quite interesting actually. I've found that the last few welsh games Warbs has been invisible and Lydiate has been brilliant, definitely agree with you this time regarding them both. Lydiate I think made 1 decent tackle that got notification. Warburton on the other hand seemed to be all around.

Definitely agree with you about Gatland.. I mean the Welsh did well to keep it close and nearly get the win, but I find there is too much hanging on the whole Lions tour thing. Selections (dodgy imo) aside, the Lions tour is now a fair way away, the teams are different, players are different, maturity, style, leadership etc.. not to mention how Australia has also evolved. One cannot keep hanging onto that Lions win as if it'll mean 'we should win the next Aus game'.. I think Gatland is probably good for Wales, but I think he's going to have to get them to pull some results out the bag soon.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

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...and the rest of the spelling errors if there are any...

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

*doing well at supporting that stereotype...

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Kind of like Hamilton haha.. but yes, I know what you mean.. Days of 'enforcers' on the rugby pitch are dwindling; what with TMO 'interference' (don't mean that negatively), touch judges, cameras everywhere... it's pointless to have a player that is on the pitch purely to hurt people.

However, Hamilton is also not really an enforcer.. I mean it's not like he really does an awful lot other than give away needless daft penalties.. I mean Bakkies Botha is/was a bit of an 'enforcer', but at least he was somewhat clever about the way he went about it...

Saying all that, I'm not sure I saw a replay of what JH did, so I can't say if it was a bit harsh or not...

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

 
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