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Midweek Madness - How to get the opposition prop sent off

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

1 Year, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 Months ago

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

Except for Kurtley Beale. That man should never be allowed to wear a 'tache.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

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

Fair enough...I agree with the yellow, and with part of your point. It was a "please desist from lying on the ball" request, which the referee then followed up with a "please take 10 minutes to think about why you should desist from applying boots to people's heads" request.

All good, no harm done. I think any sanction decision (in this, and in many other decisions) is a political one: a bunch of suits in a room looking at game film and saying "we don't want children thinking our sport is full of rough play, otherwise they won't register and we'll be out of jobs!"

Thompson has learned his lesson, I'm sure. Let it end there...no bans.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

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

And TA-DAH! Browner has hit on the crux of the whole issue. If the ref had been a little swifter with the whistle, and penalized Strokosch for what was a fairly flagrant violation of the rules, then the boots to brains would never have happened.

While I'm not defending Thompson's actions, he didn't exactly fly off the handle and kick Strokosch...he was reacting to illegal play after trying to get the ball out through legitimate means.

Ref should have penalized "The Big Stroker" sooner, and it wouldn't have gotten to this point.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

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

Ando, yes...we are generally given guidelines from the unions, and some from the IRB. Where I ply my trade (and until recently, played) we are encouraged to be strict (ie: red card) with boots on heads. It's not set in stone, but very strongly encouraged. Ultimately, it's still up to the referee.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

 
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