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Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

In terms of provocation, that's what the TMO actually looked for at the time, but couldn't see anything conclusive.

I think the general principle, esp with red cards, is that the judicial guys look at it as part of your punishment when considering the ban. So if you did something red-card worthy, but got away with it at the time, you'll get an extra couple of weeks ban.

I agree though, it is a little weird.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

Oh shit. I should really quit while I'm ahead.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

So I forgot France beat Ireland in Week 1. Scuse my stupidity.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

Rugby's been a bit disappointing overall, but England have been quite impressive, especially given their injury list.

Fully the expect the Eng-Ire winner on Saturday to win the championship, but also have a feeling France will beat one of them in the final two weeks. Definitely will happen if St Andre somehow stumbles ass-backwards into selecting France's strongest starting XV.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

I'm not even sure Mrs Franks would claim that.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

It's incidents like these where I try to play devil's advocate, and argue the other side. So here goes.

The first connection happens in the act of getting a guy out from the wrong side of the maul. There's a swinging arm that maybe hits him the chops, but for the most part, Franks seems to be involved in a legitimate clear out.

The second connection... well they were out the maul, and I guess it wasn't a punch per se, just a random swinging arm right in the direction of the top of the neck, where in a really weird coincidence, it connects with a head. QED obviously accidental and not malicious.

Convincing, don't you think?

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Three Kiwis banned for punching or striking in Round 2 of Super Rugby

Baby steps, Dan. At least they got cited this time. And banned. This counts as progress in the Sanzar context.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

To be fair here, of the new rules that converts have to learn, in terms of importance this one is pretty low down the list.

But it is another reason why you don't go throwing League guys straight into international union. All this stuff does need to be learned, and experienced in matches, and it can't happen overnight.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

The in-goal area is obviously part of the field of play, but you aren't allowed to palm the ball over the dead-ball line or touchline - ref's decision as to whether its a yellow card offence, but it is a penalty in both cases.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

I had to google that to make sure you weren't joking.

I can understand the guilty verdict, but 10 weeks? No idea where that number comes from.

1 Month, 1 Week ago