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Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

What a game! Pretty dramatic!
I understand why scots fans can't swallow that one, I can't either.
It was their night. They were brilliant, brave...and lucky to stay that close.
They desserved to win but let's not kid ourselves. The aussies offered them many points (lots of missed kick, wrong passes that cost tries...)...
Still I feel very sorry for them, and northern rugby. All we can do is almost beat southern nations, when playing at 150% and beeing in luck while they ate something weird last night...
This 4 nations semis are a fair result and its very sad.
Joubert... just look at the guy. His face calls for a good slap. I m sure he isn't biased in any particular way but he's a poor decision maker. Always have been, always will be.
It seems the rule permits the yellow card but it was absurd. It's obvious Mainland tries to get the ball even if with one hand. The outcome could have been very different had he succeded. Still it must be "intentional" so... I would say if you have any doubt regarding that intention, you dont go for a yellow card...

6 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand run riot to thrash France in Cardiff Quarter Final

Of course the AB were playing nicely. But I mainly remember that the french played their worst game. During the first half, the blacks weren't that impressive imo. The french were impressively bad that's it. Losing every high ball, missing so many tackles... Bad even where they were suppose to be good: brute force and defense. Good riddance.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Scotland come close but France hang on in tight Paris Test

I guess there's not much to say about that game...
This silence is eloquent!

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Wales avenge heavy loss by beating Ireland in Dublin RWC warmup


Does everybody consider the irish try as legit?
I thought the ball touched the ground before the line...
I asked a friend and it seems pretty obvious for him too.
Not a big deal but I m surprised nobody seems to care.

7 Months, 4 Weeks ago

England get the better of France with some great tries at Twickenham

Dusautoir instead of Ouedraogo, Bastareaud-Fofana instead of Dumoulin-Lamerat and Huget - Nakaitaci instead of Dulin-Guitoune...
That would be a pretty strong french side...if they manage to play together.

Proud that a belgian guy was one of the best player on the field :-)

Didn't understand the first yellow card...
Could have been a very, very different game should the french have scored 14 points instead of 3 in the first 7 minutes when they had 85% possession and territory.

Dont know if the french front row was so good given that the english wasnt at all. And just the opposite for the backs!

8 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Haven't heard about those US lawsuits. Must be interesting as far as the law is concerned.
I hope Rugby won't follow that line anyway. Imagine a kind of "smoking kills" like adverstisement on rugby shirts :-)
1, 2, 3 everybody pukes.
I am quiet confident. English and continental law may be completely different, but they both can be opposed to the US legal culture which tend to see negligence everywhere and make it easier to sue "deep pockets" even where there is no mistake commited. Sometimes it hurts but its no one's fault. In those cases, I rather have every player/club/country pay for a kind of mutual insurance that helps badly injured players. Better than a lawsuit pretending someone was negligent.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Not sure either :-) Something like there may seem to be a paradoxal evolution which sees on one hand player faking injuries (Huget did, not so long ago if I am not mistaken) and playing the ref, and on the other hand, there is an increasing admiration of the media/public for battering rams and destroyers.
Ok I confess I enjoy watching Try Saver and Rib Breakers... but I feel guilty about it!
As far as rugby is concerned, I m a bit conservative, even romantic one may say.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Took me some times to figure out what 1/2p means :-) Luckily I also read this article on the BBC regarding Halfpenny's technique!
There is of course a difference between suing a player who injured you on one occasion and suing "the game itself" (officials, coaches...) for beeing rough.
In english law there s a saying: "he who comes to equity must come with clean hands". I could use latin but then it would be too obvious I m a lawyer and I wouldn't dare coming here anymore :-) Anyway, 1/2p s technique beeing questionnable he could sue but he would likely loose. Especially now that its public knowledge. He knows he s doing it wrong and can't hide it.
Even without any wrongdoing from the "victim" I don't think the outcome would be very different because as you said, one has to take some responsibility. I guess it would be different in case of serious injury following an infrigement of the concussion protocol for exemple.
As any sport at professionnal level, rugby is unhealthy. Way more than many other sports because of its nature. Now with the money and pressure involved, it really needs rules and a respectful spirit more than ever. For me, pretending to be injured is as bad as deliberately trying to injure.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

One must say, most people stay relatively cool and respectful here. This is part of why RD is so enjoyable. So good luck to old timers.
Even if this topic is particularly tricky (Lawes being an awful vilain - haha) it's not that bad. I might even eventually find an agreement with Jimmy23!

1 Year, 1 Month ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

Yes that Twickenham french attack with their Rome defense... that would be an uber-team. But i m not sure it's just possible to have those two teams together on the field.

1 Year, 1 Month ago