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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

Munster and Glasgow book places in Guinness PRO12 final

But it would be seen as a bit premature though no?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

James O'Connor comes up with Blooper of the Season as he gifts the Sharks a try

That's what did it for me, the fact the Sharks player must have pulled up and thought "well I'll hobble forward just to sort of make the field look full so he doesn't run it!"

Very funny, but also very sad for JOC

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

I mean, I get that whole pushing on someones head to rile them up, it's not pleasant, it provokes a reaction, but I guess for me, it falls into the 'dark arts' sort of category... but this particular incident as with the recent one that resulted in a red, are too far. I'm not sure if I feel they're red card worthy, perhaps it needs to be on an incident by incident basis, but I certainly think sometimes they get taken too far.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDX-8w91pnU - Quality is crap, but this is Brad Thorn - John Smit incident.. again, personally I think the referee handled it brilliantly, but it was just an example of that silly little head push that I don't have a huge problem with.. (but enjoy Thorns reaction to it!)

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1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

That was awful, I bet everything including his pride hurt there..

Brilliant try saving tackle.. on a sour note though:

Keep watching Scott Williams at about 1:27 onwards... Didn't we just see a player red carded for 'slamming another players head into the turf'? - Not really a big deal from Williams, but certainly not necessary...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Canadian Taylor Paris scores try from 105m out in PRO D2 Semi Final

Well well well, how's 'aboot' that magnifique try!!! Blinding pace!

As for the turn over, I think it's fine in the sense that it was over the try line and you're allowed to attack the ball as Browner has said (if I read that correctly), it would be impossible to defend if you weren't allowed to hold up the ball/player.

I'm not sure if it's a grey area, or if it is actually in the law books, but players holding the ball carrier and/or the ball over the try line is quite a common occurrence. I suppose the only alternative to the ball being ripped like this, would be for the referee to blow quickly and say that the ball was held up - scrum 5, but I'd say the turnover was very quick.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Fair enough, I just figured that perhaps hitting at the knee as he did and then wrapping may do even more damage/equal damage.

Very unpleasant either way!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

You're right there browner, there is certainly no escaping 'my team beating your team' mentality and as you've said, it's a sad fact (in my opinion) that rugby is now more a business than a sport. Of course to the players it still has a huge sport aspect, but to 'the suits' and 'the man', if they can make money off it, they will.

There is indeed two sides to every coin, this promotes the game and gives us the 10 million viewing angles we're now accustomed too etc.

I suppose maybe I'm looking at this a bit short term. If Naiyaravoro makes it big in the NH, young fijians might all band together to become the next star (I'm aware there have been many star fijians in the past) and a few generations later we may see them flock back to Fiji (and other PI) to take up coaching roles and in turn promote their own nations.

I suppose the only thing I'd say against your comment above is that I might feel a little embarrassed if I were to turn around and say "my X beat your Y".. only for you to reply with "yes but my team were full of home grown players, your team is full of 'foreigners'" or something like that. If everyone does it, then thats fine.. haha..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago