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Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

It's a grey area but I see where you're coming from. Red is madness though right? The onus may be on the tackler but as long as it's legal to tackle at chest height you're entitled to go for it, if the player ducks it should be taken into account. Much like accidental offside and professional fouls.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

Well luckily for us we have you to intervene and set us all straight, just let me apologise on behalf of everyone for having our own opinions of a game some of us have played for more than 20yrs.
Come on lads, lets not be so stupid from now on, we should ask ourselves "what would Yaheim think in this situation", then we're on the right track.
Thanks again Yaheim, you're a fucking hero!

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

oh fair enough, if it's the winning try I guess you can say it was the winning move...sorry.
I doubt it was a dig though, have to agree with Facepalm on that one

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

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1 Year, 10 Months ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

Benny, in my opinion, never were 2 games further from each other and in my experience you don't win a game based on a move but a strategy.
I saw the All Blacks deservedly win their world cup clinging on for dear life to a 1pt lead in a final that saw them overcome numerous vital injuries and a great French performance.
But out of curiosity, what was move???

1 Year, 10 Months ago

End of Year Tours 2012 - Week Two - Highlights wrap

ok so patronising really doesn't come into it but I don't want to get pedantic about semantics! ;) In any case I wasn't being condescending, just practical. I didn't say they don't care about it, but it's obviously not an issue that came about today or yesterday. So when the Fijian management organised their autumn tests they more than likely did so with the intention of improving their squad.
From there to saying that they're treated fairly is a big stretch, you seem more informed overall than I am on the subject so I'll give you your dues, but I just don't think that the top 8 became the top 8 due to special treatment. I remember Argentina put forth similar issues some time back, but they got around it somehow. I think alot goes down to the will of the players, you can see that in the way that they play.
Do Samoa get better treatment or do their players make different choices?

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Shortlist for IRPA Try of the Year 2012 announced

As an individual try I'd vote for Malzieu or Gear, they were both tries that only a handful of players could have finished off. (most of the handful is in this clip, but hey!)

1 Year, 11 Months ago

End of Year Tours 2012 - Week Two - Highlights wrap

We're here arguing about something that for all we know is a non issue amongst Fijian management. I'm sure their concern is getting a fit and prepared squad to the next world cup. They're hardly going to make it into the top 8 in any case, so at least they get some second string players some experience.
My point is if Fiji come to play they're always going to get something out of it, otherwise they wouldn't come in the first place. We agree on that point, we're just saying it differently.

How would your system protect the clubs at this stage? Are their investments in the game to be ignored?
Let's not forget that the Fijian first team is ranked where it is because their better players benefit greatly from their experience in France.
They already have problems with depth, if you only ever play the first team they'll have some serious injury woes to deal with sooner or later. As I pointed out, hardly a first team from Ireland(Heaslip, Cronin, Ross and Murray the only regular starters on the pitch at the start), the difference is the depth overall.

If besides all this there's problems with how FIjian rugby is treated then by all means it should be looked into, but I have to wonder what a big difference we would see if it weren't the case. Do you think they could compete with England, Wales, Ireland and Argentina for a band 2 spot? Not impossible, but I reckon it's a stretch.
They need to look to discipline and structure(on the pitch I mean) before they look at anything else in my opinion.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Ireland VX vs Fiji November 2012 - Full Match

some of the commentating sounded more like a piss-take than anything serious.
After a bit of hand bags, "well the crowd are rising more than anything because it's the least boring thing that's happened for over 20mins"

end of game round up, "...Gilroy 3, McFadden 2, Ireland 53, Fiji 0, what did we learn? Not much!..."

1 Year, 11 Months ago

End of Year Tours 2012 - Week Two - Highlights wrap

Just a couple of quick points;
Argentina did not have a full compliment ot choose from for all of their championship games due to club duties.

Ireland did not field a first 15 or anything near it, so if anything it shows the (understandable) lack of depth of the Fijian outfit. They have some great talents despite the small pool of players they have to pick from but they're always going to suffer when they don't have a full compliment. It's hardly the Irb's fault though.

I would go so far as to say that if there wasn't a silver lining for Fijian rugby, the choice to not play was always there, thomand park is not around the corner for them. If they came to play rest assured they have their reasons.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

 
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