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

I must say I was horrified rather than impressed.
It may be "legal" (which depends on the definition of "late"), but its ugly imo.
Of course you don't have to get all pysicality out of the game. But high late tackle in the back... no, never gonna find it beautiful, sorry.
The intention to hurt would ne part of the game? If this is so and clear for everyone, really, I m out. Being better, stronger, even causing pain, face to face, absolutely agree that its part of the game. Hurting someone hoping he's not gonna get up? Or at least he s gonna be shaken? No way.
On the field I would never target someone. A space, a number, not a guy specificaly. Except for...guys like Lawes.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

How the final round of the 2015 Six Nations will be decided

Anyone knows what happens if two (or even 3, that would be fun) teams have the same point difference?
Number of tries?

1 Year, 2 Months ago

How the final round of the 2015 Six Nations will be decided

Indeed! Best attack VS best defence (draw with Ireland)! Yet as you said, its only stats. We can only hope for an open game but with the pressure of a crunch as last game and title decider... I m afraid its gonna be ugly!

1 Year, 2 Months ago

How the final round of the 2015 Six Nations will be decided


It's cruel for french supporters. One have to hope for 2 upsets by Italy and Scotland... but then chances that the English get the title would be higher! :-)

1 Year, 2 Months ago

How the final round of the 2015 Six Nations will be decided


Psychological factors (overconfidence VS revenge) apart, Wales could trash a collapsing Italy.
I wanted to believe that Scotland would be the big surprise of this tournament but the only surprise is how bad they manage to get when it comes to winning games. Just the opposite of Ireland.
With this french defence... I don't see the English increasing their points difference.
With a 29-0 of their own, the welsh would be at +41, Ireland would need a +8 diff and England +4...
Mmm well that is really close indeed.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

France ease to comfortable victory over Italy at wet Stadio Olimpico

I couldn't watch the game but I ve read it was a poor one. They say, to sum up, that France was bad, just not as bad as Italy... Which 'd be sad for "continental rugby".
I hope you re right then!
Heavy score, particularly this 0. But a bit flattering it seems...

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Mathieu Bastareaud's physical impact on the 2015 Six Nations so far

I don't like him much, but I think he's clearly one of the best french on the field this year. The problem with Bastareaud, it's not Bastardeau, it's the way others play around him. Looks like he s the only one with a bit of self confidence. After Ireland s game, PSA said that the plan was to send the battering ram a couple of times in the beginning of the match, then use it as a red herring. It wasnt PSA who decided to go on sending Bastareaud straight ahead, but the other players, mainly Lopez.
Appreciate this article because I mainly read criticism about him and I think it's not fair.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wales keep title hopes alive with win over France in Paris

I guess its the only/main explanation indeed. Those 80 players st Andre tried. Players don't seize the few opportunities they get... they have to shine as soon as you put them on and if they don't they are replaced.
Or maybe France has too many quality players but none good enough to form THE team.
An army of 80 top quality mercenaries but no 15 men team...
Boudjellal said that St Andre is stuck in the 80s, talking about guys ready to die for the shirt and all that...

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wales keep title hopes alive with win over France in Paris

That's the riddle. Everybody says that those players are talented, but the team doesn't work. So one would logicaly blame St Andre. But then, what can he do when players just drop the ball (like its hot, drop it like its hot...).

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wales keep title hopes alive with win over France in Paris

I didin't watch the game, but still am disappointed!
Thoses french stats... how is it even possible to loose the ball so many times?
Losing the game, committing so many mistakes, and with 3-4 players getting injured.
No way it could have been a worse rugby saturday with Scotland losing to Italy.
Thank God Ireland won on Sunday!

1 Year, 2 Months ago