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Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

As with Liam below, when you have the extra weight you've also got bonus attributes, however you can still get KO'd regardless.

It is all a bit of a moot point as neither concussion nor KO, happened here and everyone came out a winner, apart from Horrell I suppose.

Just re watched the video, and it looks like Fekitoa is coming across slightly, rather than it being more head on, so I suppose if he'd put his head on the other side the impact may not have been as fantastic as his body wouldn't be behind it..

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez both suspended for tip tackles

Whilst card colours may not be clear Stroudos, these evidently warranted red cards, as suggested by the fact the players were banned...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

Yes yes yes!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

Gonna be a buzzkill again...

As wonderful a tackle this was, his head was on the wrong side... Obviously legally it makes no difference, but health wise it's not a good sign... Was he sort of wrong footed? Is there a new technique I'm unaware of where players are encouraged to get a face full of ball to stop an offload?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Richie McCaw reveals his secrets in this excellent Breakdown Masterclass

Not at all, just being cheeky(?)

(Stay with me on this one) -

McCaw has been the worlds best 7 for many years, I do believe a huge amount of his talent lies on his ability to play BEYOND the laws of the game, but know EXACTLY when to pull back... Does this mean I'm calling McCaw a cheat? In the sense of the word, I suppose I am, but then any player worth their salt is a cheat in as much as they can get away with. So I suppose really the true answer is "Whilst McCaw will 'cheat' like every other player on the pitch, he is clever enough to not get caught"...

Of course that is all the answer to the 'grey' areas of the game, there are plenty examples of the obvious areas where he outmatches others legally.

I hope the explanation does not cause offence, nothing of what I said was supposed to be taken badly, it is actually supposed to be a complement....

Put it this way, everyone wants McCaw on their side, so that has to be a complement no?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

Sorry if this is an obvious one, are metres made from the point when he himself receives the ball? Or are they metres made past the gain line? I'd assume the former, in which case, if you consider he is the play maker and will probably make at least 1 metre every touch of the ball from the back of a breakdown/set piece, I suppose it makes sense he could be quite high up.

Also, while he looks quite small, he is 95kg's which is a fair weight for someone who is just under 5'9", so I'd imagine he is one of those explosive small guys that sneaks under second rows grasps and legs...

I do agree that I'd probably stick Cooper ahead of him. QC is really someone I want to see play for the Aussies, I think he's had a real crap hand dealt to him over the years (possibly self inflicted in some areas), and I'd really like to see him play that weird style he brings.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

I'm not 100% sure a mid season change would be helpful in most circumstances. However I don't believe these changes are all that big...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

I quite like the additional scrum laws... I mean, soon enough they'll manage to get every single part of the scrum written down...

"Ensure that all scrum feeds are credible
FK if clearly not straight"

So is this a change? Were scrum feeds allowed to not be credible until these laws? Scrum feeds have been a joke for a long long time. Remember when hookers were guys like Keith Wood and not just a third prop?

The second set of changes (to aerial ball/contact), I'm too lazy to see what has actually been amended, but I hope these changes are used sensibly. Also I would like the referees to take into consideration mitigating factors... for instance recently Parisse was carded (I think) for an incident that wasn't that bad, but he was held back which was a contributing factor..

Anyway, we can only hope these are all positive steps.



1 Month, 1 Week ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Explain how Ardie managed to legally drive Naholo back so far with Naholos feet off the ground then stay on his feet while Naholo was prone, all without any help or interference from others....

You'll see the same tackle get a yellow in the world cup...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Explain how Ardie managed to legally drive Naholo back so far with Naholos feet off the ground then stay on his feet while Naholo was prone, all without any help or interference from others....

You'll see the same tackle get a yellow in the world cup...

1 Month, 1 Week ago