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Anscombe try disallowed by TMO as England edge Wales at Twickenham

Of course they don't, but as much as I'd love to see Cole make that effort, we DID actually see Anscombe make contact with the ball. Doesn't mean Wales would have won, but in many people's opinions, it's surprising it wasn't given as a try.

I (and I'm sure many others) have seen fingertips scoring tries before, not entirely sure how this was different..

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Anscombe try disallowed by TMO as England edge Wales at Twickenham

I thought it was quite an interesting match in the "what if's" camp...

I know England was missing some key players, but IF Wales had 1/2p he'd have 99% got that penalty kick, followed by the IF that try was (imo non Welsh opinion) awarded, then we'd be looking at an entirely different scoreline... Of course no one knows the reactionary effect that could have on the England lads, no telling whether they'd have found an opportunity somewhere else.. but I certainly think this was a bloody close match and had the ability to be closer..

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Anscombe try disallowed by TMO as England edge Wales at Twickenham

I see it as a try... I get this is down to an interpretation, those in white will think it's right, those in red will think it's a bad called.. and neutrals will I guess be half half..

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Referee has Georgian handbags under control, or so he thinks

French influence ;)

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Mitchell Hunt extra-time heroics awarded NZ Sporting Moment of 2017

His parents came close, but looks like they chickened out at the last moment...

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Referee has Georgian handbags under control, or so he thinks

Only risk of the above is that the referee loses his 'go to' man for each team... Now top man has gone, who takes charge to calm everyone down?

Maybe a team yellow where the skipper has to nominate a player of his choosing to sit out for 10 mins! Haha... Or crowd votes?

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Questionable France HIA tactics investigation moves to next stage of review process

I suppose the risk of that 'tactic' is the game turns more into NFL, where you have specific teams for specific jobs...

So you have a player who can't do anything but kick, he can place kick 80m and drop kick 60m, so you sub him on then off at a moment's notice... I know rugby is probably far too complicated to do something like that, but there is a chance! Remember the 'blood gate' scandal...?

Overall this entire thing to me seems out of the French hands, someone else (Owens, doc) made a shit call and the French said "ok, if you insist" and took full advantage.. I don't see an issue purely because no one else would do different, it's wrong overall, but it is what it is..

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Questionable France HIA tactics investigation moves to next stage of review process

*but again, no other nation would offer not to go down that route, so can't blame the French for that either...

2 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Questionable France HIA tactics investigation moves to next stage of review process

Can anyone clarify, did the French use all their subs already? Was this a case of bringing on a player more suited to the position or bringing on a player full stop?

If they had used all their subs and they took advantage of the call (which I don't believe they influenced) then I think there is a flaw in the law if they would have been forced to play with 14 men had there not been an HIA... I also don't blame them for 'honourably' declaring it wasn't an HIA, no other nation would have done.

IF they brought on a player more suited to the position due to the HIA call then again, I say maybe a flaw in the laws, perhaps either bring on an actual substitute

2 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Suspension avoided despite this bad case of Faf de Klerk petulance

60 min cards means his missed 20 mins....idk, whole thing seems kind of 2 yellow cards to me, so seems fitting..

2 Weeks, 10 Hours ago