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Scotty and Mils on how France managed to get the 2023 RWC

At least in 2023 we won't have to drink Kilkenny early in the morning :-)
In fairness, it would have been the same with SA or Ireland.

DrG, I wonder, what reports are you talking about?

3 Days, 17 Hours ago

France XV narrowly miss out on All Black victory in Lyon

Pretty entertaining game. And pretty "clean" also.
Not enough knock-ons for a french team, that felt almost weird.
My conclusion after those 3 FR-NZ games (Baa-baas VS Maori included) : should rugby be played with 60 players on the field, France would actually win games. Too bad you have to pick the best 15.

3 Days, 17 Hours ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

Indeed, their commitment is impressive! To reach that level of skill when you have another job...
Eager to watch the "crunch" between England and France. I m afraid the US vs NZ result is more predictable.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I m amazed by the women rugby level. While men's rugby tends to be more and more destructive, here is some nice "old fashioned" rugby.
The second french try was quiet impressive too. Beautiful individual skill by Izar who stopped an australian kick with the foot then grab the ball and go for the line.
Happy I just found a pub to watch some WRWC games in Brussels.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

South Africa complete 3-0 series sweep against France

No way you can get any clue as to the boks' level with such a poor french opponent. Have you seen the french stats? I ll give you just one: missed tackles : 24%, 24%, 30%. The only french players who appeared just able to run at full pace were the young unknowned player lacking game time.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

One thing I 'd like to understand about this idea of different standards (tier 1, tier 2)... Is it written somewhere or is it just psychological? Is it a law or a mere bias against inferior teams?
If the latter, I don't see how we should treat it differently from any bias (anglo-saxon VS latin, SH vs NH...).
I dont see why a Tier 2 nation with a dominating scrum should be less likely to obtain a penalty try.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

hmmmm. Interesting point :-)
Still i m not sure the consequences would be that obvious. Attacking sides would have to adapt a bit. Like: do not pass the ball just before the tackle. Either you pass it well before, or you wait and offload. I think it was pretty silly from North to try that pass at that particular moment. Agreed that rugby should not become a slapping contest but I can't help but feel that vakatawa did a great job getting the man and the ball. As far as efficiency 's concerned, he couldn't have done more! Maybe there could be an exception to the deliberate knock on rule while in the process of tackling...

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Sixth: Barnes bites North :-)
Either because he's english and therefore don't like the welsh.
Or because he's english-speaking and wanted to blame de french!
Ahem, definitely no way of knowing what happened here.

Vakatawa's yellow = joke. No bloody way to suspect he got the ball on purpose, he was tackling. You might as well say the welsh player threw the ball at Vakatawa's hand. And i m pretty sure the pass would have landed behind the next welsh player even if Vakatawa had not touched it.
I thought it was a beautiful tackle. Anyway, i think that "deliberate knock-on" rule is stupid. It's a beautiful gesture to manage to intercept a pass even without catching it. Shouldn't be illegal. If its on purpose its a great technical achievement. If not, well, nothing to say.
Indeed the french where brilliant the first 10min. I remember seeing 97% french possession after 5min! Desserved winners.
Barnes is just weird and inconsistent. Keeping is temper is one thing, but you do that for a purpose which is taking a good decision. It seemed to me that in the end he was just focusing on not taking any hasty decision, but had no idea what to do. I was impressed by the french self-control. Not a big fan of Maestri but the way he seemed to think "YOU ARE AN IDIOT" out loud but still be polite was brilliant! I was pretty sure the french would loose and it would have be pretty unfair. Glad of the outcome.
Regarding Atonio, I can't say what was the intent. But what I know is that, 2minutes before Slimani came in, I said to my friend "Atonio would be well inspired to be suddenly sick" and then tadaaaaa... he was injured... :-) I do suspect someone is guilty of cynism here. But I dont blame him. France should have won by that time.

7 Months, 4 Weeks ago

France claim convincing victory over Italy in Rome

Dunno what to think of that result. It looks convincing for the french. Even more considering it could easily be 14 points higher.
But then I ve read the italians had a tackling succes rate of 65%.
Anyway, guess we ll see vS Wales.

8 Months, 6 Days ago

Ireland get past France in Dublin round two battle

Only saw the second half. France was really poor. Way too many mistakes both tacticaly and technicaly. But that first failed try was interesting. Too bad for that tiny knock-on. Wonder what the game would have looked like if that try was allowed. Anyway, its again a "what if" for the french. Funny they beat the Scots who are truly brilliant.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago