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New Zealand avenge previous loss with bruising win over Ireland

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).

3 Months, 6 Days ago

New Zealand avenge previous loss with bruising win over Ireland

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.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Perfectly executed back heel kick 100m try goes viral

That was just too funny. Laughing out loud at the office.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Perfectly executed back heel kick 100m try goes viral

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.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Perfectly executed back heel kick 100m try goes viral

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.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

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.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

New Zealand one step closer to record after beating Argentina

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.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Double BITING allegations get Chris Ashton banned for 13 weeks

I'm not so sure about this one. I wonder if there is any additional footage that gives a better view of what really happens here, Since the commission took 6 hours to reach a verdict, I tend to think this case is not as clear cut as most people like to think.

And I have to agree with DanK above: if you put your bodyparts in somebody's mouth and start pulling, what do you expect will happen?

All in all 13 weeks is quite harsh IMHO.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Owen Franks somehow escapes punishment after fingers in Wallaby face

I read somewhere that World Rugby can't do anything about the SANZAR ruling. Not sure is that goes for every decision to either cite or not cite a player.

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Phil Kearns has some interesting theories about All Blacks success

That's an interesting stat. By the time Read got sent of (74th minute or so), they showed last 10 penalties. Since the 24th minute, NZ were penalized 8 times and Australia only twice. It gave me the impression NZ were penalized considerably more. My bad.

6 Months, 4 Days ago