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Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

I don't think the skill Hartley offers can ever outweigh his poor discipline... If Johnny Wilkinson or Dan Carter etc behaved like this, you may be inclined (as a coach) to play a numbers game and work it out, but with the likes of Youngs and other strong contenders nipping at that 2 shirt, I think Hartley is a hindrance and not an asset....

Sad, but he is the author of his own downfall.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Hahaha!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Pathetic really.. why would you bother?!?!?

This is another incident to be added to the recent list of 'dominating play turned negative'

We've had big tackles and head slams,
Try saving tackles and head slams,
Huge tackles and abuse,

Then this, a hugely dominating try, Hooker (hartley) throws a great lineout ball, try is scored and then he somehow has to add something to it.

Like others have said, liability and he doesn't deserve a spot. Apparently grown up Hartley is not so grown up...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

I'm not getting involved in this one......

















... ok I am...

French D2 has a prominent HISTORY of some seriously fistycuff based games...

Although these days I believe it's cleaned up very very well.








...but then French rugby isn't doing so well... coincidence?!?!?

:P

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Depending on how pedantic you want to be, you'll find that 'technically' Etzebeth DID actually headbutt Sharpe... Of course technicalities will fall into what you'd actually class as a headbutt and what was merely a stupid touching of heads...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

I do agree with the nature of what you've written but according to a poster above, Whitelock is out for a week with concussion...

May not be related to this incident etc, but who knows. I agree totally that it certainly looks odd..

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Munster and Glasgow book places in Guinness PRO12 final

I think you're right and when you put it like that, it certainly makes it seem a brilliant decision making process.

I think it'll be a shame when he retires as there are very few big name referees that even come close.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

I hate that phrase. I don't really understand why anyone can ever feel it's an appropriate thing to say.

That or "it ruined the game as a spectacle"...

The only 'credible' alternative would be to take the team spirit out of it and send off individuals but allow them to be replaced. I however think that the added fuel that now your team is struggling with 14 men is a much better incentive to keep your head screwed on.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

Judging by the suspension, it's safe to say that this incident should have been a red card for both players...

..I don't personally feel like it should have been a red for the incident - it wasn't 'that' bad...

The little punch afterwards, as nothing as it was, should have added up to a red card.

But anyway, laws are laws and I didn't write them.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

I had similar thoughts Dan. I mean Whitelock is not exactly a small unit himself, I can imagine he can handle himself pretty well and; as you said, he didn't look like he landed all that badly... although his motionless body almost said that either we didn't see 'the pain', or as you mentioned, he may have been milking it.

1 Month, 1 Week ago