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The Top 5 Sneaky Lineout Moves

That school boy one was amusing, especially as at least one of the opposite forwards just put his hands on his hips....

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Duane Vermeulen knocked out attempting try-saving tackle on Maxime Medard

Massive impact, Medals direction changes hugely. Glad everyone is ok in this scenario!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies: Awkward RWC 2015 press conference proves Scotland's South African born prop does not play the bagpipes!

I think it must be a contentious topic for any player in that position. Scotland has had many, England a few, France has had some also and I suppose it will always continue. I guess any player in that position doesn't want to say "well I'm South African" because the follow up question would obviously be "well why aren't you playing for South Africa?"... Open flood gates of personal views, positional strength, financial gain, etc etc... I suppose by gritting teeth you can keep all the private stuff private...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Crunching tackle plants fullback into the ground in Florida, USA

Thank you Gonzoman and all the above replies, I've enjoyed the reads. As said initially, I echo all of your comments and I feel there was nothing wrong with this incident itself, it is just that I personally have a big problem with the way the laws are used to punish some incidents and not others...

For instance, this tackle was perfectly legal and rightly so, it received no punishment - However, the outcome of the tackle was potentially very dangerous, therefore, through legal play, a bad landing occurred. THEN (sorry), we take the Goode Payne incident, where Goode landed awkwardly because Payne collided with him when chasing a high ball. Payne was carded as a result. The argument in this tackle incident, is that the 'tacklee' landing laws do not apply because the first part of the law was not satisfied (the player was not lifted). So to look at the Payne Goode incident and the law that would be applied (I believe):

Law 10.4 - Dangerous Play and Misconduct - Part i
(i) Tackling the jumper in the air.
A player must not tackle nor tap, push or pull the foot or feet of an opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play.
Sanction: Penalty kick

This is where I find it messy, because Payne did neither tackle nor tap, he did not push or pull a foot or feet of an opponent, he clattered into Goodes arse face first... So to me, I'd say that the outcome of the incident - the landing, resulted in the referee bending the laws to accommodate what looked like a nasty incident, which was entirely accidental...and not even the "the guy ducked into my tackle" type of accidental. Payne was punished because he did not guess that an opposition player was in the vicinity. *rabble rabble rabble*

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Crunching tackle plants fullback into the ground in Florida, USA

On the BOD missed punch, I'm inclined to agree that a penalty could have been issued there and I wouldn't have had a gripe about it.

I don't know whether my issues are with referees', judicial committees' individually or whether it's a combination. I don't like it when referees make incorrect decisions, however given the nature of the pace of the game (before TMO was introduced for foul play), I could understand and let it slide, however when their incorrect decision (or what I deem to be incorrect - Tuilagi knee for instance) is further backed up by the judicial committees, it leaves me stunned.

I guess I'm now the one trying to put a black and white blanket on a far more complex system >.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies: Awkward RWC 2015 press conference proves Scotland's South African born prop does not play the bagpipes!

Agreed. I don't have an issue with the transferring of players from one nation to another if it's due to parental connections, or connections through grandparents etc, but it doesn't make them from that Nation...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Crunching tackle plants fullback into the ground in Florida, USA

See that is precisely my argument, I agree with you on the Lawes Plisson front...but I can see why others do not, purely because significant injury could have been caused in both scenarios, which brings me onto other aspects of the game where the law seems to indicate that it is governing the actions one minute rather than the outcomes, then the next minute it is governing the out comes as opposed to the actions.

I don't know what the World Rugby (irb) wants from us. Tuilagi gets punished on field for running into another player, this is then supported by the officials who gave him a ban... The whole system is a complicated mish mash, which I believe leaves players, officials and fans scratching their heads at every decision.

If everything was judged on intent and subsequent out come from that intent (I.e, not much point banning BOD for that missed punch years ago), with a small amount of flexibility for just plain recklessness then I think the game could be better off...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

It really isn't... Rugby is not a black and white game, yet the world tries to pose black and white laws on the game.... Therefore, follow suit, ban jumping and you suddenly have less arguments..

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Crunching tackle plants fullback into the ground in Florida, USA

Ahhh, I totally agree with all of the above guys... But can someone tell me what the differences are between this and an illegal tackle, especially when we see that sometimes it's the final outcome the seems to judge legality, rather than the initial actions...

I want to say legal and I will say legal, but everything screams 'shoulders/upper body hit ground first'...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies: Awkward RWC 2015 press conference proves Scotland's South African born prop does not play the bagpipes!

Haha, not one of the worst interviews I've seen...

Not sure if the reporter was trying to push buttons, hadn't done their research, and/or couldn't distinguish the different accents..

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago