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Bryan Habana issues apology for taking a dive in Heineken Cup Final

The thing I hate about diving is that it is always premeditated to some extent. You have to go into a collision knowing that you are going to throw yourself on the ground immediately afterwards; there simply isn't time to take the contact and then decide that diving would be a good idea.

Habana knew as soon as he kicked it that he would be hitting the deck. The knob.

4 Years, 19 Hours ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Phillips was pretty awful - he tried to play the same game that he did against the Barbarians and it was a total failure. Also a shame to see a pitiful attempt at getting back for first try, same for Croft for Folau's second - he might have got a hand on him if he sprinted.

I thought Corbisiero was excellent, and totally outplayed Vunipola in both carrying and scrummaging, particularly considering that Vunipola faced weaker opponents - though the loss of Jones (who was poor around the park) for Cole (who was average at best in the scrums and poor around the park) undoubtedly made things harder for Vunipola.

Tom Youngs also outshone Hibbard for me - his throwing was solid, as were his carries and scrummaging, whereas Hibbard missed a tackle or two and obviously the scrum was weaker after the round of changes, though I know too little about the front row to know who was at fault for that.

Cuthbert quiet until his try, but he took his chance and was rewarded.

I also thought the much anticipated battle of the 7s was lacking, with neither dominant at the breakdown. Alun Wyn Jones and POC got through a phenomenal amount of work, though the latter gave away a risky penalty or two late in the game.

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Show Your Support for the Aviva Premiership Final finalists

Yep, you've done a really good job of pushing yourself forwards Dylan, ya helmet

5 Years, 1 Day ago

George Moala suspended for knocking out Buxton Popoali'i with big tackle

I'm inclined to agree with you - if it was just a head injury or a general big hit, then putting them in the recovery position is a good idea. But if the damage is likely to be to the neck or spine, as it fairly obviously was in this case, leave them still until the medics can strap them up completely.

Obviously Aaron Smith went well, but he moved the man very quickly into the recovery position, with rather more force than was necessary. If Popoali'i did have a spinal injury, then this would have aggravated his condition.

On the other hand, it's good that pros have a knowledge of basic first aid - the recovery position was correct, and it's something that every player on the pitch should know at amateur level, in case they are the only one next to an unconscious player. But they should also know when not to deploy it, and this was one of the times where his teammate was better left to the professional medics.

5 Years, 1 Month ago