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Thank you, RD, for posting this. It's hard to find words, but the relationship of Madiba with the Springboks was a defining image of the man and what he did for our country.
@45678 - I would recommend The State v Nelson Mandela by Joel Joffe to update your knowledge. At the point Mandela was convicted, the ANC had neither targeted nor killed a single civilian. Not one. They had perpetrated acts of sabotage (minor bombings of power stations, deliberately designed to avoid civilian casualties), and Mandela was convicted for that as well as on three other charges connected to belonging to banned organisations. That was the sum total of the State's evidence, it was embarrassingly thin, but it was all that was needed under the laws at the time.
You also say Mandela did some "bad stuff" - let's be clear what bad stuff he did was utterly venial to the system he was fighting against, and the tactics his adversaries used. It's true Mandela denied he should be regarded as saintly, but I say that the term "saint" has little meaning if it can't be applied to him.
1 Day, 9 Hours ago
Fair play to the Wallabies, they needed a good end of year tour and they managed just that.
And when they aren't getting bladdered, they come across as a decent bunch of lads too. Cummins sure has the personality to go with the hairstyle.
1 Week, 7 Hours ago
Well said, Katman.
Look, everyone has different mileage on gamesmanship, but no-one can seriously argue that something like this or George North's wave or the Splashdown or whatever presents a threat to the game.
Somewhat douchey thing to do? Yes. Such an outrage that we now need the IRB to intervene? For heaven's sake, grow up.
Hats off though to Denton, not taking the bait, some things on a rugby field you just shrug off.
2 Weeks, 4 Days ago
Spear tackling, as far as I know, has always been illegal. The tip-tackle is its less serious but still dangerous cousin. No question at all that IRB have feeling their way around the punishment regime for tip-tackles, but they started getting serious about it around 5 years ago, and their intent I think is generally supported. Certainly there have been some very marginal calls in that period. This one wasn't.
2 Weeks, 5 Days ago
Spicksandspecks nails it. It's impossible to figure out what sort of consistency is applied to these situations. I don't there can be any complaint about the red card, the only real debate should be over the length of the ban. Is 5 weeks fair? No idea.
What's pretty strange though is RD's describing this as an "innocuous lifting tackle". Sorry, that's wrong, it was incredibly stupid and potentially dangerous. If Kuridrani was not trying to tip the Irish player, then can anyone explain what he was doing?
The issue about other people being involved in the tackle, seems any lifting by Matt Toomua was not caused by him, but is a result of Kuridrani tipping the bloke over. So not sure what McKenzie was on about there.
2 Weeks, 5 Days ago
The people asking what De Villiers was doing on the Pietersen try - my guess, he was diving onto Pietersen like you sometimes do if you think the guy might have been held up over the line.
Happy to debate the issue, but JDV simply is not a dirty player, a cheap shot would have been completely out of character, so that's what's supporting my theory. Plus, it looks exactly like he his trying to lend his weight to ensuring JPP grounded the ball.
On the Denton facial, honestly, it's a bit of gamesmanship that we should all be able to live with. The tackler's fired up, just put in a great hit on a bigger man, and he wanted to leave an autograph. If Denton reacts - like some people suggest he should have - he's just taking the bait, so fair play from him just shrugging it off. A punch in response would have been a ridiculous over-reaction.
Ps. Maestri not banned? I'm sure the IRB have their reasons, but he's a very lucky boy.
3 Weeks, 2 Hours ago
Ah finally, my Willie le Roux fix for the week. Amazing to think that he wasn't really part of Meyer's plans at the beginning of the year. Magical player.
3 Weeks, 8 Hours ago
Most notable headline from the latest Aussie booze escapade is that Quade Cooper was not among those who were punished.
Ewen McKenzie, miracle worker.
3 Weeks, 1 Day ago
Even if Maestri took the first punch, he can't retaliate like that. Obviously he's going to react, but throw a bunch of punches in response and you don't give the ref much choice. Especially at this level.
He'll miss the SA game now, which is maybe one reason he was so distraught, and I guess Vahaamahina will take his place. Any subplot there, given Vahaamahina and Taumilolo are Perpignan team-mates?
3 Weeks, 1 Day ago
Silly boy, bringing a football celebration to the rugby field. Hope he's learned his lesson, next time he'll do something manly like a big hug or a pat on the butt.
3 Weeks, 4 Days ago