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Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

Mate, to be fair, Potgeiter is not the first bloke to call someone gay or a fag or something along those lines on a rugby pitch or anywhere else in the world... Nowadays it's labelled as homophobic, in the past it was flitted about as an insult without any sort of thought...

If you called someone a dickhead, do you really mean they have a Penis instead of their head? Or are you just trying to verbally inform someone you dislike them...

I'm not trying to defend upsetting gay people, but I've got a gay friend who will call someone 'gay' and get called gay all as just a dig... The actual meaning tends to get lost...

Anyway, point is, he may actually not hate gay people, which your comment suggests...

4 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

Except there have been studies concluding the opposite of what you state...

It also comes down to context, if I as a referee let a knock on go that is on the halfway line, should I then also let a knock on go for the other tean if it's on the tryline? Or should I try and wait for another half way knock on? Or should I not have let it go in the first place?

4 Weeks, 4 Hours ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

I disagree with you barry, obviously we won't see eye to eye regarding this incident, but then if you don't agree that the Highlander was going to reach the line then it falls down to a judgement call, I think he would have reached the line, you don't... That's another topic..

But, when you say "rule (law) of giving a yellow card with a penalty try is basically unfair", again I have to disagree (again). I have been lucky enough to be kicked in the balls on two occasions when I was clean through, the first time I limped over the line, the second time I hit the deck and that was it.. I would have made it to the try line had the player that kicked me, well not...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

I don't understand the controversy over this decision....although no doubt I will create some common controversy with my comment...

- It's clear to see that it was a forearm to the head of the highlanders player. It may have been entirely accidental, however it happened... therefore...

- That can, and in this instance, was punished with a yellow card...therefore...

- If you are punishing a player who committed foul play you must also look at what cause his foul play had on that instance in the game... therefore...

- A penalty try was awarded because HAD Potgieter not been there at all (which is the direction of the penalty try), then the highlanders player would not have been shoved slightly sideways and would (in mine and others opinions), have scored that try...therefore..

- correct decision..

So I believe a line can be drawn under that particular incident.

The other subject is Jouberts overall refereeing, I did not see the game, therefore I cannot comment on whether he had a shocker or not. I will say, that on a whole, I have found Jouberts refereeing to be questionable, maybe 'my team' has been on the wrong end of his refereeing (I can't honestly say yes or no definitively), but I do believe that *sorry I'm going there*, his refereeing in the 2011 RWC final was appalling...

Kearns shouldn't have said the words (because of his stature and position in the public eye) however "That same ref gifted you the World Cup final in 2011 - just ask the rest of the world." is kind of honest...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Top interview with 'arrogant' Chris Ashton upon his return to the England squad

I hope that Ashton doesn't do a Hartley - "I'm all mature now......*headbutt* not really"

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Top interview with 'arrogant' Chris Ashton upon his return to the England squad

yeh, he's a bully...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Top interview with 'arrogant' Chris Ashton upon his return to the England squad

I was firmly aboard the Ashton bandwagon, but I honestly feel that since his fall from grace (or fall from the England scene) he has become wiser.

He sounds calm, relaxed and focussed. Whether or not he is the right guy for the England team is another matter, I'd rather Nowell over Ashton starting, however if Ashton can explode onto the scene later in a game to help clinch close results then all the power to him.

I think if he remains focussed on the game, ignores the niggly dickery that he has found himself in, then he'll find his feet.

I think Owen Farrell is another in a similar position, the guy had talent but his misbehaviour isn't acceptable. He needs to calm his head and become humble and from there his trophy cabinet will do the speaking.

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Hurricanes set up final clash with Highlanders after big win over the Brumbies

I pride myself on my ability to produce steps big enough to fool backs whilst I'm wearing a shirt with a number anywhere between 4-8... :D

I wish I could step that big though... more practice!

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Stuart Lancaster explains David Strettle withdrawal as RWC squad train together

*yet..

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Stuart Lancaster explains David Strettle withdrawal as RWC squad train together

I've got to admit, I'm looking forward to your book on Lancaster decision making processes through RWC 2015... Very sly to give us little snippets regarding Strettle, Tuilagi and Hartley..

Got a release date yes?

1 Month, 6 Days ago