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Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

I dunno lads, put yourself in BD's shoes...no one likes a Hore that punches!

(intended for comic relief)

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

It makes a big difference: physiologically, humans are better adapted to taking impact from the front. The impact on this hit came from a direction to BD's right and back and connected with the side of his jaw and neck. The neck is least stable from side-to-side, and the jaw isn't designed to be forced sideways and away from the head. The skeletal structures of the head and neck and the soft tissue that surrounds them are much better suited to dealing with front-on impact.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

It's not quite the same as an attack from the front though...a punch from behind is a fair bit more dangerous.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

To take a page from another sport: in 2004, in ice hockey, a player sucker punched an opponent in a similar manner. There was massive public outcry, some people tried to defend him saying that he was just getting back for a nasty hit put on his team-mate. (Some of you North American types might know what I'm talking about...Todd Bertuzzi on Steve Moore. For the rest of you, here it is: http://youtu.be/kFVvLQU_cMo).

Bertuzzi (the "bad guy") was banned indefinitely, ultimately missing out on the remained of that season, as well as the entirety of the next season.

Sucker punches are dangerous, and the suits in the hockey world took a strong stand against it. IRB needs to do the same.

Make Hore take a year off.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Midweek Madness - How to get the opposition prop sent off

Queensberry rules, my good fellow? Right, have at you!

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Eben Etzebeth in hot water after making contact with Greig Laidlaw's eyes

I think there's a whole lot of sound and fury about nothing on this board...the incident was suspicious at first glance, and was sent to the CC to see if there was anything in it. The CC rightly determined that it wasn't hand-to-eye, and even the hand-to-cheek was accidental, and dismissed the case. Everyone has done their jobs, and we've got the right outcome. End of story.

On another note...I thought you weren't allowed to put players into headlocks, even if they are in a maul!

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Clermont snatch dramatic 50th consecutive Stade Marcel Michelin victory

True! Just because he was right doesn't give him the right to be a dick!

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Clermont snatch dramatic 50th consecutive Stade Marcel Michelin victory

I agree...looks like a cracker of a game! I think Giteau was a bit unfortunate, but fair call to the ref to make a big call like that based on what he saw!

I thought it was hilarious to see the grin on the winger's face after looking like he was going to quick tap...I reckon he was having a lark!

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Scotland's David Denton puts Richie McCaw on his backside

I'll bet King Richie thinks Denton is an "impact" player!

1 Year, 5 Months ago

All Black Adam Thomson's boot on Alasdair Strokosch's head

It struck me as I was reading through the posts that people are comparing this to the Etzbeth headbutt...Not a valid comparison, I say.

Headbutting is NEVER legal, no matter where it makes contact or where the ball is.

Using your feet in a ruck to work the ball to a playable position is still very much legal, as long as it's judged to be a legitimate attempt to play the ball, and it's not on the head.

The only thing that made Thompson's action illegal was where he made contact. I agree, boots to the head is dangerous, but it's a far cry from smashing your head into someone's face when you're both standing up not playing rugby!

Yellow for Thompson is deserved, but to compare it to Etzbeth's headbutt is harsh.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

 
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