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James Haskell humble after smashing tackle on David Pocock

It does create a sort of loophole though... We both saw different things, the first thing I saw was that Pococks feet weren't on the ground as he had jumped to catch the ball, and rather than taking the cynicism you turned it on it's head and said this could be deemed jumping into the tackle... so the loophole could be literally jumping to catch every ball passed... if you get it wrong you get smashed, but get it right and it's a penalty everytime... if referees weren't a tad more sensible than that...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

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

"late" rather....

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

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

Where are you all getting this @late@ from?? As explained by others, it's a charge down, so Stander can jump whenever he wants, he's not required to jump before Lambie kicks the ball, or even as Lambie kicks the ball.... I've seen low spiralling kicks charged down 2-3 metres in front of the kicker by hands in the air...

...in fact because its not a challenge on Lambie, but a challenge on the ball, late has no meaning here... the contact made with Lambie was not late, because there was never any aim to make contact and contact is not something that is needed for a chargedown, it was a consequential outcome of an attempted charge down....

Laws need to be brought in to stop players leaving their feet... this is the only way forward... it is apparent that player safety is the on;y requirement and will be put first and foremost, so no jumping is the way this has to go to avoid these freak accidents. That includes jumping for the ball - which Stander did here I might add... I can on;y see why that free catch bollocks was trialle recently in that varsity match....it's because it is the next logical step...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

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

2 Weeks, 2 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.

2 Weeks, 2 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...

2 Weeks, 2 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...

2 Weeks, 2 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...

2 Weeks, 2 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..

2 Weeks, 2 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...

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago