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England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

Dave are you ok? Do you need a hug or something?

5 Months, 4 Days ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

not so sure at how random it was, that English back 3 are a tough group to kick to and they cover the pitch expertly, what would normally be a decent clearing kick can quickly become a counter attack.
Ireland had more possession and territory over the game but englands metres gained with the ball in hand was quite impressive.
Would have liked to see Redden in there for the last 20minutes all the same, he's tidier with the ball in hand and can generally get the momentum going.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

well looking at it you'd be forgiven for thinking that he could have pulled out but opted to dig the shoulder in. Let's say a card wouldn't have been surprising and given the stakes involved it wasn't exactly a clever option.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

British and Irish ;)
The Triple Crown is the old version of the Grand Slam from the days when the 6 nations was called the home nations, France have nothing to do with it.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I'm gutted as an Irishman for the loss but it was a great match by both sides. Launchbury was immense in defence but that "save" that Brown made from O'Driscolls kick on the fly along with his excellent line break to set up Care was possibly the difference between the sides. BoD's skill in kicking the ball on the fly would normally have been enough and there was nobody home behind, how Brown got down in time, held the ball and regained his feet is beyond me!
I agree Farrell should have been carded but as a rugby fan I can't say I'm sorry the result didn't come down to a refereeing decision, even if we did lose.
I'd England with clinch the Triple crown but Ireland's points difference should carry them through if they can manage France in Paris!

5 Months, 5 Days ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

there's tackles and then there's spears....

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

much worse? I don't agree at all!

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

the intent has to come into DrG, you don't need to mind read, but it's like the difference between colliding mid-air when both are going for the ball and one player going for the ball while the other tries to take him out. You can get hurt in both but in the first case it's an unfortunate accident where both players put their bodies on the line, in the latter an eventual injury would come from one players reckless intent.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

DRG, you can't compare "what if's" in legal scenarios to the dangers of purposely trying to injure someone. I've broken both my arms (on seperate occasions) in perfectly legal play and so have no complaints.
then you take this fucker...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkmMK76xARo
and you think, he deserves the 32 week ban he received, why? Because it was unnecessary, un sportsmanlike and shouldn't be part of the game....like this sort of tip tackle.
A Prop prepares for the eventualities of the scrum, locks and backrows prepare for lineouts, you can't prepare yourself for having your head and neck driven into the ground and you shouldn't have to either

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5 Months, 1 Week ago

Beauden Barrett wins IRPA Try of the Year 2013 for try against France

Spectacular contributions from Ranger and Smith, well deserved award!

That's some year for the all blacks, 100% win record over the calendar year, coach of the year, team of the year, player of the year, try of the year....what can you say?

5 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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