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Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

Some referees are just dreadful...

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

I hate to sound like what someone might say an elitist or a xenophobe or whatever (I don't really hate it, but better appease the masses), but I sort of think when you have say Wayne Barnes, Nigel Owens, Poite et al, refereeing the 6 nations, their is an air of distinction about them, (regardless of good or bad decisions), you sort of feel they put their job, pride etc above their nationality, they have been doing that job for so many years, England, France, Wales and all other nations with their respective referees have all had their chances at top spots and will always strive to get their regardless, couple that with the obscene amount of cameras and angles and TMO's and pundits and commentators etc etc etc and it's no wonder that they rarely seen to hold any bias. I suppose they may all have their inbuilt bias, even if it's not towards their own nation, but against a particular nation, perhaps the Pacific islanders are judged on reputation more than actual events etc.. but the referees mentioned are so tried and tested.

When you consider this referee, not that what I know really matters, but I have no idea who he is, I don't know if I've ever seen him referee anything professional professional, who knows whether he's so far down the pecking order that perhaps he's just that little bit less tested...

However, as pointed out above, we're all doing a potential massive disservice to the guy (including those who kept him in position), his impartiality, however good or bad, will be questioned...

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

Thanks is for the low down on the appointments!

Seems totally backwards that there isn't; as you say, a clause.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Jacob Stockdale sets Six Nations record as Ireland take Grand Slam

He's had a hell of a start, hopefully for his and Ireland's sake he's going to become another household name...

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

I'm glad you've put a lot of writing in to support the video because some of those decisions were (as you say) just...and others were 50/50. They showed the spaniard dropping his shoulder into the head of his tackled opponent, that could easily be red card, but it was not sanctioned, and then that seatbelt tackle against the Spaniard was again a bit of nothing, it gets picked up in the pro pro games, but I'm not surprised some of these things get missed in these less televised sort of games (camera angles, big screens and perhaps TMO didn't seem available)...

I can only imagine that IF the referee was not crooked then he made a few crap calls, the Spanish by all accounts were not aging well and probably let their frustrations out too much, the referee then probably got on their case for the chat sent his way.

Sad day if he's crooked. Sad day if he's not and he was unjustly atracked by the Spanish players. Sad day that it came to that overall..

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Six Nations Permutations: The Battle for Second Place

I think I felt it was Englands competition to lose, Ireland's to perhaps come close at winning and everyone else to do their part in fighting for bronze really.

Instead Ireland win it with a week to spare, Scotland pull out a fantastic win considering what their opener against Wales was like, France got one over at Le Crunch which will do their morale wonders (if nothing else), England need to go back to the drawing board and work things out... and Wales... I don't know what they're up to in the grand scheme of things..I guess they've been rocked by injuries a bit, hasn't stopped Birdman Biggar giving away a couple tries at least, but it'll be interesting to see what they do this weekend.

As for Italy... On the positive note, least they've got a 10 who can slot some points..

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Bulls prop avoids red card for late shot after referee is talked down by TMO

I'm happy with the card based on the incident, however I sort of disagree with the slipping side of things, I think the slipping made it better... Had he not slipped I think it would be properly shoulder to head, if not that, then he would have had the hit full force. So I think it worked in everyone's favour in this instance...

1 Month, 5 Days ago

'Toughest player on the field' reacts to being dropped by sneaky punch

There was that guy on youtube who build a mancave bunker in his back garden in the UK - I doubt it was nuclear proof, but looked like a laugh (with a big price tag)...

1 Month, 5 Days ago

French U20s banned for that awful double challenge vs England

Hahaha, well the website was formed on brutal play, so maybe it's heading back to it's roots?

I do genuinely think this was a case of each player trying to roll the opponent simultaneously, rather than a combined effort to plant a young English player and watch him grow on the field...

1 Month, 5 Days ago

'Toughest player on the field' reacts to being dropped by sneaky punch

Drinking, kebabs and fighting?

1 Month, 6 Days ago