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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, 2 Days 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.

2 Months, 1 Week 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.

3 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, 9 Hours 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, 15 Hours 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, 1 Day 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.

7 Months, 1 Week 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.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

Agreed. The article states that a former french international ref working for world rugby called "L"Equipe" to explain this new rule. And that he agrees they might have "undercommunicated" regarding this directive which was issued in June.
Sounds like an admission of guilt to me.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

Watched part of the game while my toddler kept distracting me...
What I saw was a lot of tension and mistakes. And that final quarter of power based control by the french. So I m glad to read here that it was an enjoyable game. It seemed more frustrating than entertaining. There is a feeling that the french are capable of so much more, that they themselves are their worst ennemy.
Good to see their scrum doing so well. OK it was Scotland but VS England the scrum was also doing good imo. Only problem was they need indeed to adapt to the ref. That should be easier to fix!
Regardin Lamerat's try, check :
World Rugby confirmed the decision not to award it. Even if it's not written there is a directive among refs stating it's not a matter of touching the ball but a matter of controling the ball. Lamerat lost control, that's all folks...

8 Months, 1 Week ago