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Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

Well the thing is you're allowed to run whatever line you want as long as you don't shield the person holding the ball.
Defenders can't commit before they see the ball going to hand. You're saying it's fair game but the laws of the game state otherwise, you can't tackle a guy without the ball.
We already have defences playing on the fine lines between on and offside when rushing up, if it becomes acceptable to take out possible recipients of the ball then we can say goodbye to running rugby and sit back and watch the up and under game....I hope they keep pinging it and defenders can spend more time getting their timing right.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

How does that work for possible recipients of a skip pass?

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

Good point badge, hadn't thought of the fact that he may have been referring to the writer

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

You're forgetting it's slow mo, look at it in real time and you'll see it's a fairly natural looking fall....well in my opinion anyway

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

No Joe, I wasn't comparing the impact, I was showing an example of "milking" a reaction

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

bollox mate, no acting to be seen here at all

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

I disagree completely on the milking aspect. There's no point complaining about bias and then losing all objectivity yourself. Kudos to the man, he got straight back up, shook it off and played on without any complaints.
Want to see milking? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJKZqB6jwRo the smile on Cowens face says it all.

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6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jamie Mackintosh off the ball shoulder shot on Richie McCaw

he milked it??? Are you serious? He got straight back up as soon as he could. Have you ever taken one on the chin there fella? Lot's of rugby players have stayed down for less.

I think it was well reffed, good common sense for once.

I think big Mac was going in for a tackle and straightened up when the ball didn't come, didn't exactly "charge" him with his shoulder, just stopped his attempt at tackling. As hard as McCaw may be, if a guy like that went in to shoulder charge with any aggression he(McCaw) wouldn't have played on (in my opinion anyway)

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

...apart from agreeing with you on the tackle and the proximity to 10mtrs, I'm wondering what the yellow was for? Was it because the legs were deemed above the shoulders on impact? because he'd blown the whistle? Normally tackling within 10mtrs just results in having the ball moved on another 10.

Also how calm was Rene after getting his face tickled by Parra?

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

yes, foo's are indeed to be pitied...well said Dave, we're all with you when it comes to them foo's

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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