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England start series on a high with first ever win over Wallabies in Brisbane

Ah cool, can you do me a favour and sort of time stamp each of the interesting events so I can kind of skim watch it?

I never like watching movies when I know what happens at the end... :D

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Courageous Ireland beat Springboks in South Africa for first time ever

Regarding the quota stuff, I'm glad to hear it. It's a funny (not haha) subject for anyone not in SA or not really aware of SA, which is a world unto it's own. So it's hard to pass a lot of comment on it.. but I know it's used both positively and negatively and commented on +ve and -vely...

So I'm glad to hear someone supporting it this time.

I think SA is going through the pains of the post 2003 England, they've had the big big names retire, then of course Matfield came back as did a few others, to bolster the team, but the young guys are very young and the old guys still playing are experienced, but were perhaps never the first choice players in those positions in the first place... they'll grow and develop, probably far faster than England has, being that the SA following for rugby is huge.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Something rattling around in my head seems to be clawing at memories of your last paragraph, I don't believe there is actually any specific law to jumping into a tackle. I think it falls under 10.4 (k) as you mentioned (I'm taking your word for that coding..) and also dangerous play.

I guess there might also be some sort of stud manufacturing error that also allowed that particular stud you noticed to be every so slightly longer than the rest...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

CJ Stander banned for 1 week after red card for knocking out Pat Lambie

Very late... what bloody units of time do you use!?!? If this is very late then trying to get my wife out of the house on time must be some phenomenal unit in your eyes...

Lambie kicks it and a split of a split, split second later CJ is in the air, from that point onwards there is nothing he can do, he twists hit body seemingly following the ball...

As for never getting to the ball, would you have known that at that second? I can think of a few scenarios where 10's have kicked low and long and had their kicks charged down by giant oppositions, in this instance Lambie kicks high and not that long..

...and as for Schumacher on Battiston, firstly I had no idea what you were on about, I thought this was going to be some amusing reference to some F1 thing, had to google it, only to find some grainy footage of some Wendyball incident... I can say firstly, it's irrelevant on so many levels, A) it's a different sport. B) it's a different type of kick. C) footballers are made of glass (perhaps not so relevant to that era..., but Battiston is French...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

I agree with you regarding Pocock being out, he's a monster of a player and it's a shame to see any team playing without someone like that...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Exactly!!

This is what we WANT to see in the game, as it was Haskell probably got a buzz from it, the crowd certainly did, his team must have too. Pocock probably got a rattling, but regardless seemed to get up none the worse for wear... BUT, as you said, over the past few years, had this tackle been another degrees more and a referee threw a red card at Haskell for it, we wouldn't like it, but we couldn't argue it as surprising or unexpected given the trends of the game..

1 Week, 5 Days ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

Not really buddy, don't get me wrong, I'm pretty sure you and myself are more or less on the same page with regards to how rough the game should be, perhaps me being up with the big boys has me wanting the game a tad nastier than you, but we're about the same. But honestly that semi tip tackle spiel I left up there isn't exactly far off reality in this day and age.

As for the rest of it, Pocock did not have a foot on the ground, so he was taken out in the air, of course as you stated above in another comment (I hadn't considered this previously) Pocock himself could have been done for jumping into the tackle.....

Perhaps as it stands maybe the referee looked at it and went "penalise Haskell for taking guy out in the air, or penalise Pocock for jumping into tackle,.... or just leave it and play on?"

You and I have commented on far too many things we thought we'd never see being ruled as red card worthy, or yellow card worthy, citing worthy, or even law worthy - As Dan recently said, he's actually disappointed that new laws regarding feigning have been brought in as it shows how low the game has sunk...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

CJ Stander banned for 1 week after red card for knocking out Pat Lambie

Think you should probably add the Jared Payne Alex Goode video in the related posts so that we can all see how clear cut this is!

I'd definitely like to say congratulations to CJ Stander for not losing his head and berating the referee for such an abysmal decision* - He took the decision and left the field without any gesticulation, shaking of the head, swearing etc...

Coming to my *, whatever the outcome is, it is wrong, if the referee made the correct decision, then I disagree with it, if the referee was wrong with his call, then I disagree with his call. We've all seen tackles where the victim literally bounces off before the player can grasp him - then there are the tackles where the player feigns some sort of pathetic attempted grasp, neither of those are penalised, so what we have here is Stander jumping to charge down the ball, he either meant to charge down the ball, or he feigned and did a good job of feigning it... Either way, his success in reaching a great height should not be penalised.

Furthermore, if he had made contact with the ball, what would be the ruling? It could have still ended with an arse to the face....

Another awful hypothetical, what if Stander had tipped and landed on his head? Should Lambie have been punished as well, for taking out Stander in the air?

I suspect the consensus is that Stander recklessly threw himself into the air....

So, did Alex Goode not recklessly jump into the air to catch the ball and thus take out a totally unsuspecting Jared Payne? http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/04/3672/jared-payne-banned-for-two-weeks-after-red-card-challenge-on-alex-goode

Or are we basing things on the successes of challenges? You can do something totally bloody ridiculous, and as long as you either catch the ball, or touch the ball, you'll be ok....

They're taking their time with the rulings, why? Because if they let Stander off, then it says their referee made a pitifully bad call... if they punish Stander then they set a new precedent.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Courageous Ireland beat Springboks in South Africa for first time ever

I believe I've heard it uttered that it was a largely quota driven team - whether there is truth to this, I do not know...

They might be lacking experience, however they do have some strong names and strong players in their ranks:
W le Roux
JP Pietersen
P Lambie
T Mtawarira
A Strauss
E Etzebeth
L de Jager
F Louw
D Vermeulen
All names I've heard and I believe are quality players ^^

L Mapoe
D de Allende
F de Klerk
F Malherbe
S Kolisi
Not heard of these guys before, maybe Allende and Klerk, but not sure..

L Mvovo
I believe I have heard of him, and I believe he isn't great - (may be wrong)...

But they're definitely missing the strong smart heads, and of course losing Lambie early on wasn't great.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

I'm going to play the devils advocate here...

Haskell hit Pocock when Pocock was still in the air, looked to me like it could be argued that in his hit, he also lifted Pococks legs, definitely didn't turn him, but he did make him land on his back...

I think the tackle was great - minus Haskell perhaps getting a knee to the walnuts, but depending on how nitpicking referees can be, I'd say this could have gone either way..

1 Week, 6 Days ago