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Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

Ah.... I guess we should be praising the referee for not going over there and stamping on the Frenchman himself!

4 Days, 13 Hours ago

Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

I'm not sure there is an underground meeting place where cloaked and hooded figures (the kind of hoods that cast a large shadow over their face) all meet carrying flaming torches to discuss rugby or how Adidas can sell more shirts... that being said, there does seem to be some sort of underlying, perhaps subconscious, theme going on when it comes to the AB's. They do seem to escape a lot of sanctions which are perhaps more obvious, or heavily sanctioned with other teams. Whether that is due to the fact they commit less fouls, have less individual bad history or what, I do not know. However when you consider that perhaps Pacific island teams are more heavily punished across many different aspects of the game, it's only obvious to assume that there is a certain other nation, or type of person that is likely to be less punished...

Going back to the individual history point I made.. Maybe I'm forgetting someone, but a lot of nations have "THAT guy"... SA had a few of them, eye poker Schalk, everything Bakkies, England had Grewcock, Clermont had Cuddles... I mean you can even say Italy's Parisse is a marked man due to his frustrations being vented in the manner it is. But who does/did NZ have? Only two that come to mind are probably Nonu and SBW and that's because of their shite tackling techniques on occasion...

Just a note: I don't think the majority of folk on here tend to pay a huge amount of rugby attention to general social media. I know better than to look at the comment sections on youtube because of the pathetic bile spewed about. I think a lot of people base their views on either the hard cases they can produce time and time again (I can't), or that sort of feeling that seems to float around NZ..

4 Days, 13 Hours ago

Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

I've said it before that the tightening of laws has brought in a new type of reaction and that was feigning injury. It makes more sense to hit the deck and roll around in "agony" than it does to react. However the flip side is also pent up aggression.

Not defending the kiwi, but perhaps this is far from the second (taking into account your mention of a prior effort) time a french player has been in his way, perhaps the french were doing very well at causing issues which could easily be sorted with a boot... if the referee is slow to react to those incidents, or does not react at all, it's no surprise things like this can blow up.

The age of professionalism is the issue really. Now someone is no doubt paid to review footage over and over to find the extra few inches/feet that can be gained by exploiting something, it's worth any teams while to pay someone because if they win, it's more money anyway... etc.. but the game of old, in it's imperfect state, with slightly more fluid applications of laws, not the (really good) hundreds of camera angles, etc etc.. have just forced things to be tightened down... ends up with no one being overly happy with anything..

4 Days, 20 Hours ago

Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

AB aggressor and French victim....perfect recipe really..

Had it been a Samoan on any other team (other than France, Arg, or Italy) it'd probably be a ban that exceeds all those related bans put together...

4 Days, 20 Hours ago

Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

"this" being the video on this page, rather than the video posted by Pickay.

I suppose scrum halves are always quite tetchy, Stringer was always a player I recall who would do his best to step on a player rather than over a player just to remind them. 10's are normally the quiet OCD ones that like to lay everything out in its exact place and you know to just leave them to it, 9's on the other hand are just those sorts of guys that if you need some tape and they have some, they'll only give you a small piece because "it's my special tape"... Be a dick just because..

As for this Frenchman, he may never develop the "gtfo the way" response, because the powers that be removed rucking, so now players have no incentive...

4 Days, 22 Hours ago

Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

Agreed, but this was more of a stamp than a step, which was more accepted...

5 Days, 9 Hours ago

France U20s thrill home crowd to set up crunch final against England U20s

Le petit crunch...

5 Days, 14 Hours ago

Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

At least the French will be somewhat calmed by the fact they won the match. I'd predict all hell would break loose had this been a close loss - and in some respects, rightly so.

5 Days, 14 Hours ago

Israel Folau try disallowed after TMO spots foul play a few phases back

No, I'm with you! One of my favourite styles of referees are the ones that talk/shout a lot! I find it makes for a much more enjoyable game to play. Especially when you can recognise their consistencies. I've had it in the past where I'm competing for a ball and I'm currently in a position to give away a penalty (if the referee is whistle happy) and he yells leave it, so I do, the same happens with the opposition, both times the ball has been somewhat slowed, but it's an even handicap for both sides...

I'd much rather that than a referee that's blasting his whistle every 2 minutes and setting up scrums etc.

I also find watching the game a lot more enjoyable when you have referees that let the game flow, scrum collapses where the ball is available and referees shouting "use it" are such a relief compared to the loud blast and ..."ANOTHER" reset...

You might agree with the above, but disagree with the below...

I personally used to like Steve Walsh, I found he tended to let the games flow just that little bit more than others...

6 Days, 14 Hours ago

Springboks add veteran Schalk Brits to squad after thriller with England

England's discipline, or lack of always amazes me, aspects of it are one of the easiest things to get right. Thinking about 6N teams, Scotland had a similar run where they really did have a 15 man team of decent ability players, but somehow used to spend half of the game knocking the ball on, or playing with 14 men and a double digit penalty count..and all pointless penalties too. It seems like Jones has hit a brick wall with England..

6 Days, 17 Hours ago