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I guess the problem here is that, while the ball is still airborne, Thomstone decides to go for the tackle instead of going for the ball. If it was a fair challenge for the ball with the same outcome (North knocked out cold) probably no sanction would have been given. The moment he decides to become the tackler he is responsible for the safety of the ball carrier.
Don't get me wrong: I don't like this jumping into a tackler. At all. But the laws don't really cover this aspect unless the action is unsportsmanlike or unsafe. And since North jumped for a ball in the air I don't think you can argue it was either unsportsmanlike or unsafe.
3 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
I especially like the 3 bonus points in case of a Grand Slam, thus garanteeing that the team that beats all others will definitely win the championship.
6 Days, 5 Minutes ago
Okay, I should read all comments first before I respond to an older comment. Excellent piece!
2 Weeks, 8 Hours ago
With the penalty count 3 times as high and 2 or 3 yellow cards, I would definitely not say the referee turned a blind eye. I mean...he did penalize them...3 times as much. Besides this you have to remember penalizable offences take place all over the field and only part of the penalties are for foul play.
As for the Barret try: I think the Irish were a bit lucky there. If a try had not been awarded, the ref could have awarded a penalty try for a high tackle and foul play preventing a try should be accompanied with a yellow card or sending of (if I remember the laws correctly).
2 Weeks, 8 Hours ago
I guess the AB's deserved their win but the scoreline is actually a little bit flattering. I thought the Irish were pretty much in it but NZ were just a little more clinical. Nevertheless Ireland deserve just as much praise.
2 Weeks, 1 Day ago
That was just too funny. Laughing out loud at the office.
2 Weeks, 4 Days ago
Simon Zebo did a heel flick against Wales a few years back. But the ball neither touched the ground nor touched another player before he caught it. Then there was the O'Mahony/Coughlin heel flick which seemed to travel backwards. So neither of them really compares to this ons.
The actual IRB definition of a knock on is: A knock-on occurs when a player loses possession (which he doesn't since he seems to do it intentional) of the ball and it goes forward (which it basicly doesn't when it leaves his hands), or when a playe;r hits the ball forward with the hand or arm (which he doesn't because he uses his heel), or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward (which also does not aply here) , and the ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it.
So I gues it isn't a kick and it isn't a knock on either. Basicly, up until now there seems to be nothing wrong with it.
By the way: no need to apologize for not being a regular. Come back more often and you will find that there are quite a few 'regulars' with a....erm...special kind of humour and some......erm...strong opinions down here;-) But everything in good spirit of course.
2 Weeks, 5 Days ago
The mere fact that it is technically/by definition not a kick, does not make it illegal in itself. It might not be a kick, but it is definitely not a knock on or forward pass if you look at the definition of both. I guess in this case the referee judged it to the spirit of the law, not to the letter since the law doesn't really cover this.
The referee did well in this case and Knuckey deserves all the glory that's coming his way after 15 years of trying.
2 Weeks, 5 Days ago
Actually, I am quite convinced of the complete opposite. They might be lacking world class players in some areas (although I would consider Ben Smith and Beauden Barret amongst others world class) and they might have lost a few legends of the game but at the moment they are, as a whole, defenitely greater than the sum of it's parts. And imho that's what makes a great team.
4 Weeks, 22 Hours ago
How about forcing any try scorer to join the opposing team? After a try or 2 it wil be 17 against 13, which will probably balance things out just enough.
2 Months, 2 Days ago