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Schalk Brits suspended for three weeks for striking Owen Farrell

I do not blame Farrell either, anybody in rugby would take exception to being clocked in the jaw, holding on or not.

I am a bit surprised at Brits, I thought his playing experience would've taught him not to fall in these little bait traps. To his defense though, that wasn't a nothing ruck for him. If you look at it again you'll see he was in great position to try and charge down Phillips' kick, and being held on in those cases is just plain frustrating.
With Steve Walsh there he could've done anything to make him notice the foul, just start banging on Farrell's forearm or call out to the ref!

Perfect call by Walsh, important game or not. As the commentator said, it's not a red card offense.

5 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Twickenham Streaker dots down beneath the posts


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5 Years, 3 Weeks ago

WIN a 'Lions 2013 Down Under' Rugbydump Shirt!

"Rugby: we pass the ball backwards to go forwards." Very motivational, passing the message of trust, teamwork, and sacrifice. Love it.


5 Years, 1 Month ago

Brian O'Driscoll dumped off the ball by Mauro Bergamasco

It was of the ball, so it should have been a penalty for that (Bergamasco might have the mitigating factor that BOD was a dummy run on that play).
Tacklewise I do not see anything wrong with that. It does not go "beyond the horizontal" (BOD lands flat on his back), the tackler does not let go and brings him to ground. BOD takes exception, so he obviously isn't hurt (at least not physically).

I think his lashing out is due to the fact that their personal score is now 2-0 in Mauro's favor.

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Josh Matavesi banned for brutal high tackle on Neil De Kock

Late and high, unfortunately no one spotted it on the day so i guess the ban is duly four weeks.
On anoter note, in the Stringer/Fillol incident there has been a debate on players showing "genuine remorse" in hearings, and this being taken in consideration in ban length decisions.
Matavesi shows what I believe to be remorse and sportsmanship. I'm not saying he should have his ban reduced; but you show remorse on the field, when you realize you've done something stupid, not in front of a judge just to get two weeks off a ban.

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Josh Matavesi banned for brutal high tackle on Neil De Kock

You're right, if foul play does occur and the ref doesn't spot it, he can ask the assistant referees if they have seen anything. However, if the Ass. Ref. has seen anything that may involve foul play (or law infringement in general) he will adequately signal it with his flag. :)

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Bakkies Botha injures Marcos Ayerza with big charge towards tryline

Nothing there, just an unfortunate contact. Good call. No try. Give Ayerza a pat on the back and let's move on.

5 Years, 2 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland


5 Years, 3 Months ago

French referee horrifically breaks leg, collarbone, and sprains ankle

Damn, that's bad.
I do not mean to point fingers or blame anyone, but it is getting more popular among scrumhalves (being one myself) to use the space the ref occupies near the fringes of a ruck to a personal advantage, in other words to "use" the ref, putting him in a pretty dangerous situation, with a high risk of contact and injury. The official has his guard down, is not braced for impact, and has different movements and game pace than the players do. This HAS to stop.
I understand it is a "weak spot" of the game, something you can't really work on (you can't really change rules in regards to this type of situation), but I am not suprised if coaches at a higher level are telling 9's to use this more as tactic to get the opposition on the back foot.
We've always distinguished ourselves from other sports for the way we respect those officiating our own. Let's not start using them as props to gain something out of, or we are no better than those shouting and cussing at them.


5 Years, 3 Months ago

Cian Healy banned for three weeks for leg stamp on Dan Cole Cian Healy is 25 years old and has been playing internationally for quite a while now. He definitely should know better.
Having said that, there are days you are just over-tensed and probably not concentrated the way you'd like to be. This was probably one of those days for Cian Healy (with this I am in no way condoning his behaviour and actions).

Keith made what i think is a great analysis of the situation; the difference between the two ways of using your foot in the ruck and what the staff should do with Healy at halftime.
As for the forearm, that's just stupid. That ruck was going nowhere, it was already lost. But then again he didn't go in to counter-ruck did he? That's probably what worsened his sentence in front of the commission.

In conclusion? I would have made him miss the whole 6 nations, just to make him understand that you can't pull this kind of crap, especially on an international level.

5 Years, 4 Months ago