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France are top seeds as New Zealand go out of Women's Rugby World Cup

Just to confirm, my example was more something I'd seen in mens rugby rather than the womens, it was just serving as an example of when PT's are awarded for repeat offences.

:)

+1 on your comment!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Griquas centre Jonathan Francke cited after awkward tackle and sending off

I'm all for a red here, I know it's harsh because of the intent; or lack of, but as 10stone10 said 'we saw what we saw' ... there is no alternative image here, 13 was the primary tackler and Marais landed on his head(ish)..

I think it's an incredibly difficult situation for any player or referee to be in. The player does not want a card, especially with 73 minutes left to go and I doubt any referee wants to pull out a RED card that early on - especially when it is probably fairly clear that it was less than intentional.

I'm not a fan of Joubert, but points to him for having the balls to make that call, the cards are there for a reason, the time on the clock or the stakes of the game are not supposed to be taken into consideration.

Some people would have it that red's are never shown:
"it's a friendly game like the baa baas with nothing at stake, there should never be a card shown there"
"It's an important deciding game, there should never be a card"
"It's too early in the game to show a red card"
"It's too late in the game, might as well let them all get on with it"
"The referee has already red carded one player from that team, why does he need to card another?"
...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Griquas centre Jonathan Francke cited after awkward tackle and sending off

Bit of an appalling statement that don't you think?

'Doesn't mean the ref has to ruin the game'...

At the end of the day as 10stone10 said, 'we saw what we saw'..as did the referee, to blame the referee for a decision that was probably harsh but ultimately correct is a bit weak.

I dare say that because Francke was cited, the citing commissioner also felt a red card was the correct decision.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

France are top seeds as New Zealand go out of Women's Rugby World Cup

Penalty tries for repeated infringements are quite common because the referee can take a view that the offending team cannot legally defend against what will inevitably be a try and therefore have to resort to illegal tactics.

It's a bit like collapsing scrums on the 5m line two or three times even if the opposition doesn't get a nudge on. e.g
1.The ball goes in and the defending team collapse the scrum
2.Referee resets, the ball goes in and the defending team collapse the scrum
3.Referee warns team to stay on their feet, resets, ball goes in and the defending team collapse the scrum.
4.Referee awards penalty against defending team. Attacking team chooses scrum.
5. Ball goes in, defending team collapses AGAIN.
6. Penalty try...and/or yellow card to one of the props..



2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Worst Celebrations in Rugby history

...Welsh had Brains sponsor them for a while..go figure on that one..

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Worst Celebrations in Rugby history

I'm a Farrell hater, so naturally anything like this is going to tickle me - but that 'celebration' was some damn funny stuff!

I do feel a small amount of guilt for laughing, it's never nice to see any player get an injury and I wouldn't wish an injury on anyone, but seeing as it's already happened, I just have to chuckle!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Soteria Pulumu suspended from Women's World Cup for Spear Tackle

Don't think he was replying to your comment. He specifically mentioned the words low IQ and the original comment by krip included this sentence:

"Let`s face it - as long as there are ignorant players with low IQ such stuff will happen."

...so yeh..not at you :D

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Soteria Pulumu suspended from Women's World Cup for Spear Tackle

Oh come on, it's not as simple as that... the offending man has to be French as well...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Waratahs win Super Rugby title after nail-biting thriller with the Crusaders

I know it's not the done thing to play the 'our team was understrength' but were any of the teams you mentioned understrength?

I know France has been playing some pretty awful rugby recently, Italy and Scotland are difficult teams to take into serious account (sometimes they play relatively VERY well) but then again, Scotland has often tend to have a strong pack.

Did England have Corbisiero?

I have to explain that I'm not trying to clutch at excuses here, I literally don't know/can't remember. If those teams weren't understrength then I agree, Australia's problem is that perception of a weak scrum.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Waratahs win Super Rugby title after nail-biting thriller with the Crusaders

I think that is probably a fairer assessment than my attempt above. I think you're right, the Aussie forwards often get a bit overwhelmed by the set pieces, but as you said, if they can work that to their advantage and keep the ball alive then their backs can cut other countries to ribbons!

I think in some of their tournaments to the NH; this year and late last year, it was shown quite well, their forwards at set pieces seemed to be the underdogs (although I wouldn't say they were totally mismatched) but as a team with the ball free flowing they were immense.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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