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Wales dash Ireland's Grand Slams hopes in epic Cardiff battle

The problem I have with your comment is that it's one of those situations where I think you have to look more at your own camp than you do of others...

Someone puts a scratch on your car and you say "it's ok, I can sort it myself"...Next year you put a scratch on their car and they want your insurance details etc... you can't blame them and use the excuse that you didn't cause problems for them. Well you can but it won't mean anything.

The actions by Pape were dirty, stupid, obvious and dangerous - the Irish would be right to want him cited.

In similar fashion, the actions by Healy in that video you showed were also dirty, stupid, obvious and dangerous and personally I think the French should have asked it to be reviewed/cited.

I cannot sit here and say, well it's tit for tat...

However I do believe that players being cited should be judged on their actions and not really on the outcome. Take for instance Lote Tiquiri spear tackle on Richie McCaw years ago, on another man that could have been a broken neck - I think the actions and the extent of the actions should be punished, but the fact Mr McCaw DIDN'T break his neck, is not something that should mean a reduction of sentence.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Jonathan Davies sends Johnny Sexton to the turf with a powerful hand-off

It is an amazing fend but you must be aware it's old school rugby, in this day and age that has to be dangerous play by Mumm, should be punished with a red and a 20 week suspension.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England part of three-horse race for the title after victory over Scotland

I like to think Hogg and Brown had a friendly chuckle in that embrace...

Brown comes across as a right git (during game time at least) so I hope this was a bit of friendliness rather than those faces coming after a sniping little jab...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Wales dash Ireland's Grand Slams hopes in epic Cardiff battle

I got called out for semantics on another thread, but regardless of the extent of the injury, from what I am lead to believe, punishments are more based on actions and less based on the outcome/injury.

If don't think Pape purposefully kneed Heaslip then I'll have to forgive you for being a blind French fan because I don't think it could have been an awful lot more obvious.

Was it worth 10 weeks? I don't know, possibly not, but it was dirty, dangerous and I am glad he got banned. The only thing I'd change is the colour of the card, he should have got a red card.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England part of three-horse race for the title after victory over Scotland

Thought Mr Lawes played extremely well, I'm glad to see the analysis that you linked, he is certainly a hard worker in the bowels of the game as well as on the surface. I noticed the clip where he catches Russell over the dead ball line that the 9 delayed the pass due to a stray Scot, I can't imagine that helped matters... However it's disappointing that a back was unable to step the big man, or impressive that the big man isn't going to fall for a step?

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England part of three-horse race for the title after victory over Scotland

Don't get me wrong Stroudos, I don't think it should take anything away from England, but it seems to me that the excuses (wrong word?) are flowing, where simply 'a little longer and they'll have it nailed' is really what needs to be said...

Loved your comment about boots.. onto the Browns tackled by Hogg moment, I'm not quite sure that can be simply put down to "if his boot didn't come off he'd have scored"... but that's by the by..

Anyway, I can see minds are made up in all camps, I just personally am in a different mind set I guess. I think calling Englands moments 'butchered' or 'lost' are harsh at this stage - again going to my comment above regarding the Italians which have many Mike Brown try no try moments in tournaments due to forward passes...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

France ease to comfortable victory over Italy at wet Stadio Olimpico

I think Haimona is a very good 10 for Italy, I think his place kicking needs a lot of work, but his kicking out of hand is pretty good. I really like the guy, silky skills like back, but built like an 8...

I think if he was put in the centres he'd become another Bastareaud or Tuilagi, and simply used to 'smash it up' - which is getting to be a big waste of everyone's time...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

France ease to comfortable victory over Italy at wet Stadio Olimpico

To be fair to France they did play some good rugby in many areas, just unfortunately it was very segmented. Frances scrum was very good, Frances lineout was very good and generally speaking, they produced a lot of good running rugby, but their handling was very schoolboy rugbyesque on numerous occasions.

I personally think this is a game France can take a lot away from and build upon, Italy however cannot really use that game to base a foundation, as a lot of it all seemed to go terribly wrong.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England part of three-horse race for the title after victory over Scotland

I'm going to take care not to turn this into an argument, but I don't believe it's a fine line enough to be called semantics... Regardless of the word, I don't believe the opportunities were there enough to label the try as butchered or w/e you wish to call it...

How many times have we seen the likes of Parisse rushing through only to be call back due to a forward pass leaving the poor bloke gesticulating madly... Is that butchered or was it a forward pass? I personally think if we start labelling every line break that gets called back due to a forward pass a 'butchered try scoring opportunity' then every teams going to have at least 1 butchered try a game.

'Forward passes when there was no need'? Well, there sort of was a need, otherwise you're passing to a guy who isn't there.... If you're talking about the catcher being the 'butcher' then you're suggesting he stuffed it up due to his field position, which means he had to be in a different position, which makes it different altogether...

I think lots of promise can be taken from England's performance, I think it's disappointing that Burrell more than once showed a lack of awareness... When the commentators labelled Browns first break where he was tackled by Hogg, I was amazed that they could call that wasted.. Like I said before, he was outpaced, nothing he could have done different - except learn to run faster... Maybe it was wasted and he should have trained harder to run faster :S

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England part of three-horse race for the title after victory over Scotland

I actually agree with Krip on this one...

There was the one opportunity where BoooReLL (or Bur-rell) thought he could go it alone which was a butchered moment....

The break by Brown that was stopped by Hogg was not a butchered opportunity - you wouldn't call something butchered if a prop steamed up the field only to be dragged down by a galloping big winger.. because the prop would be out paced... in that moment, Brown was outpaced, it was brilliant defence on Hoggs part.

Then the forward passes - butchered? again, not my choice of word, of course they were opportunities and however slight, they were forward passes... If I lob a ball forward and it's caught by a guy at the other end of the pitch, you wouldn't call it butchered.. so yes, they were GOOD creative opportunities nearly capitalised by a young team, but butchered/squandered? I don't think so..

Butchered tries often tend to be the sorts of tries where the guy drops it over the line, or where he had a clear break but stepped into touch by accident or something.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago