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Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

because many high profile games are being impacted these decisions

Completely irrelevant in all cases. Status of the game, whether it be two professional teams, two amateur teams, world cup finals, or otherwise - punishments should be meted out according to the law, with exception to things like baa baa games, or other friendly/charity matches where players can clearly be seen to have cleared the air between each other.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

I'm definitely in the "Watson can't complain" camp here. Ashton retreats but does not change direction, he might slow down, but his leg extension could be more as a result of the knock from Watson.

It's difficult because I am normally someone that defends the player chasing his own teams kick, especially when they look to receive the ball, however Watson didn't appear to make any attempt to try and catch the ball, (or catch where the ball was going to be had Goode not jumped). I'd agree that it was probably not malicious, but it was certainly not a well thought out attack and Watson looked like he was more concerned over Ashtons running line and grabbing a penalty for that, rather than continuing his efforts to get the ball from Goode (or compete for the high ball).

I am definitely not impressed with his petulant ranting as he leaves the field. I've seen many players on the end of unfair cards who just walk away. The referee is hardly going to say "oh, I see you're arguing a lot now Watson, ok, I'll re-look at the incident and probably change my mind!" - Mutter something to yourself as you walk off, have a good moan in the ear of your coach, but aside from that, deal with it.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Gilbert release the easier handling and far more visible Match XV Plus size ball

Will cry with laughter if the joke is actually on us and they DO genuinely break this out for the match..

4 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Gilbert release the easier handling and far more visible Match XV Plus size ball

haha.. Got to admit when I first saw the article, I thought it was a ball designed for some disabled side to the sports - visual impairment rugby...

4 Weeks, 10 Hours ago

Gilbert release the easier handling and far more visible Match XV Plus size ball

Ridiculous really* ;)

4 Weeks, 14 Hours ago

Stuart Hogg named Six Nations Player of the Championship for 2016

Interesting to see if your prediction comes true. I wouldn't say it's impossible, however France is so much more unpredictable these days that I couldn't put money on it...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Graphic: The Most Popular Rugby Boots in the 2016 Six Nations

Ah, I see what you mean 10st10.

Having not played on any artificial pitch before I can't comment exactly, but as with the above, I find unfamiliar footwear, or an unfamiliar type (such as the time I wore blades) to be quite distracting. Although saying that, it may be more of a mind thing, as when it comes to pre season and I break out the trainers, I don't often seem to think much about whats on my feet - other than what Stroudos stated, which is when someone else is wearing boots and they step on your toes, you know about it far quicker wearing trainers, than when wearing boots.

Stroudos, regarding blades, I too have heard that "rumour" (?) regarding blades and lacerations - whether this is true or not, I don't know, perhaps there is a type of bladed shoe that can be worn in other sports but NOT rugby?? During the odd stud check before a game, I've not found referees to give much of a hoot about blades. Saying that, I think I recall a game where the referee said "no blades" and made one of our blokes change them... but this was one of those rotund 50 yr old referees who is only agreeing to do the job because of a free pint and pie...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Barnstorming Pierre Spies run sets up Bismarck du Plessis try

Lucky he doesn't have big calves otherwise they'd need an open air gym!

1 Month, 17 Hours ago

Graphic: The Most Popular Rugby Boots in the 2016 Six Nations

"The final point I have to put to this discussion... the majority of players nowadays wear screw in studs or blades, these cannot be used on artificial turf, can any forwards out there comment on whether it gives home teams advantage in the scrums and tight play?"

What do you mean with that? I don't play on artificial turf, however I have found studs in scrums work far better for me than blades. I have only worn blades once when borrowing a pair of boots and although grip was ok when running and changing direction - or stepping... but for heavy work and also pushing off balls of feet, I've always found studs work better for me....

1 Month, 20 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - That time the referee pushed Greig Laidlaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI4_qcaW0Ng

One of my favourite referee intervention videos - Not rugby btw...

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1 Month, 20 Hours ago