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England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Interesting....

I'm not being an England basher, nor a Wales basher.. I just personally found that the exciting factors of the game were limited.

The highlights above are wonderful. If they were a true representation of the game, then I'd say it was an exciting game. The tries were brilliant, but they were great snippets of what I considered to be a rather dull game.

I suppose rather than feeling like it was anyones game at all points, I felt that in the first part of the first half it was Wales game... Then in the second half it was Englands game... I guess I watched the second half thinking... yeh Englands won this.. I'd put £1000 on it.. (and I'm not a gambler!)...

I'd actually liken it somewhat to the Italian Ireland game... except the first half was quite exciting because I actually believed for a moment that Italy had a good chance to win it.

So going around to the last game, France - Scotland, the person above myself 'EvilScumbag' was severely unimpressed by that game (from what I gather by the brief sentence), this was massively contrary to what I saw.. I saw Scotland play the most exciting rugby I've seen them play in a long time, it was 'edge of seat' stuff and up until the last moment it was anyones game...

Going back to England again (sorry for jumping around), I said before, I'm not bashing England, they showed some class with their 'new' players.. Joseph, Burrell looked good in the centres, Brown was great again at 15, Ford was great at 10, I feel he needs more game time, but I'd have him ahead of Farrell. May didn't inspire me, nor did Vunipola at 8... So to finish, England look promising, they have some good players and I'm sure they'll improve; but the game on Friday night was; in my opinion, not as exciting as everyone seems to be making out... (I'll "bored the hell out of me" was a gross exaggeration)..

3 Weeks, 22 Hours ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

I must have watched different matches to everyone else this weekend...

Especially Mr 'OKTHX' up there....

This match bored the hell out of me... Wales played ok in the first half and England played less ok. Wales still cocked up a huge amount... Then England played ok I'm the second half and Wales played less than ok, with England still cocking up... I think England played 'better' but it was not 'edge of seat' rugby... It was dull...

Ire - Italy match was exciting to see how long the Italians held on, and to see their new play maker in action... But the result was somewhat inevitable.

Sco - FRA, was extremely enjoyable, good running rugby, mistakes of course but there didn't seem to be the same level of balls ups as the Eng Wales match...

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Sneaky quick restart from Bayonne's Santiago Fernandez vs Toulon

Soccer doesn't deserve to have anything other than a swift kick in the arse..

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

I agree with what you've written, I'm just not sure how we can relate what you've written to what happened here (or what didn't happen??)..

People are mentioning gouges, that sort of stuff, I don't really see it, I see Eaton throwing a punch (or two), Bonnaire as a result sticking his hand in Eatons face (who we can all recognise has already lost it) and then Eaton throwing a large fist at Bonnaire...

IF there was indeed some goolie grabbing, then I'll defend Eaton, if it was simply because Bonnaire had Eatons leg, then I'm lost as to the reasons.. Before the initial punch, I don't see how Bonnaire could have fingers near Eatons face...

You mentioned Hazell..I believe when I did some digging at the time that Hazell is; in the discipline file, a fairly average back row... not whiter than white, but certainly no Schalk Burger... So from his actions that fateful day, I can only conclude that there is no professional player in the world that would react like that if unprovoked... So to flip it, I'm saying Hazell had a damn good reason for doing what he did. ---- Going back to amateur players, I'm sure we've all come across the loser has beens that can't help but try and knock someone out for absolutely no reason (other than perhaps the player legitimately tackled them??) and we are all aware that in this day and age +/- 10 years or so, that player would never make it to the professionals based purely on behaviour alone.

Of course what Hazell did, deserved a red, even he took the red without hesitation, however I doubt for one second his reaction was an unprovoked one..

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13

....you know... free work out aside, the other bit about "Choose Your Position-Specific High Intensity Rugby Training Programme Here" is going to cost me about £37.50 (if they're all the same price)...

Lumped into second row as a child - So I guess I need to make sure I cover everything there...
Speed and relative agility gets me thrown into the back row - So I guess I need to cover that aspect too...
Wish to use my speed, agility and size to become a glory boy and wear colourful boots will mean I'll need to purchase the inside/outside centre book too... (and work on my fitness...)

Can I get a bulk purchase deal?

Also...that 30 day 'give me an honest 30 days' is going to go down wonderfully with the fiancée on valentines day...

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

In reply to all of you guys...

...If I could give a couple people at work a clout I think things would generally become a lot calmer and get done a lot quicker... the fact the laws now require us to pussyfoot about and not upset anyone makes the world a far more slow paced place... *scrum collapse, reset, scrum collapse, reset, ground gets dug up so scrum collapses, reset..zzzzzzz* (not that we have scrums at work...

I think it's difficult as a forward to read a backs input of what is and is not acceptable.. I don't go to your hairstyling classes and tell you what do's to get.. But jokes aside, you must get a few interesting scenarios as a 10 (when playing as a 7 I've sure created some problems for oppo 10's) and I'd imagine because you're; on average, less tied up and 'in the thick of it' that you have more time to blow off steam...rather than the average forward who's blowing a gasket or something..so scuffles are more likely to happen amongst forwards than amongst backs..

Whether it's right or wrong is anyones guess.. in my young senior days I ran into a ruck leading with my head into someones face (on purpose) the referee didn't see it and I somewhat got away with it - did I deserve a hit? most definitely..
The leading player of an opposition maul had his ribs exposed and as the whistle was going I still followed through with a shoulder to his stomach/ribs - a fight did ensue...did I deserve to be the target of the fight? Again, absolutely..

Did the person who grabbed my testicles in a maul many years ago deserve to have me target him with my fists - I'd argue totally!

About the above few scenarios: ESPECIALLY if the referee's are not likely to see what has happened...

I personally think the days of random fights ensuing just because "Muhammad "I'm hard" Bruce Lee" missed his medication and decides to level someone are long over... most scraps happen for a reason.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

To be honest RD, I think this highlights reel was put together with a view of highlighting some wonderful play... Tsrb's; for me, has traditionally been about smashing the ****'s out of each other, with a few constructive tackles here and there (the ts in tsrb!!)

Looking forward to it (:

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

Really? I hope you didn't see many of those French D2 games a handful of years ago...

I'm actually with Bonnaire, I'm not saying that in this incident a punch was deserved, but the ethos of rugby is meet on the pitch, become friends in the bar.. 'Whats happens on the pitch stays on the pitch etc' and honestly I think a lot of the problems we're seeing in today's professional rugby could easily be sorted out/resolved with a few dust ups and leave it at that.

So much these days is dealt with by citing commissioners, disciplinary panels, bans, fines etc... Well I personally couldn't give a hoot if player x got banned and fined if his team won and we lost and his behaviour was bad enough... If someone misbehaves and doesn't get caught by the referee and he ends up in a tussle, you know damn well the referee will have his number in the back of his mind.. Ie he'll behave better or risk being asked to leave the pitch...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

Kind of with you... I don't see it, I don't see hands to Eatons face before the initial punch.

I'm surprised that Bonnaire got a yellow at all, and I'm surprised that Eaton didn't get a red...

...what is going on? Rugby's gone hard!

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

I'm with Stroudos in the sense that this punch probably wouldn't have traditionally floored Bonnaire, however I don't think he 'dived' I think the punch rattled him and cut him and he went down covering his head in order to protect himself... he was showing he's not fighting back..

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago