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Wales avenge heavy loss by beating Ireland in Dublin RWC warmup

This article from Rugbyworld cup is also worth checking out, which highlights even more Tipuric's work than the video does. Without wanting to criticise Sam Warburton too much, as a Blues fan I'm always surprised how little influence he can have in club games, whereas Tipuric does this for the Ospreys every game.

There is some truth in Sam having a big game mentality and stepping up, but we've lost more of those big games than we've won. Would be more beneficial to Wales for Gatland to park his massive ego and pick the best team based on form.

http://www.rugbyworld.com/countries/wales-countries/analysis-justin-tipuric-confounds-breakdown-doubters-47797

13 Hours, 59 Minutes ago

Wales avenge heavy loss by beating Ireland in Dublin RWC warmup

Tipuric highlights from the game. The way he steals the ball from Seán O'Brien on the Welsh try line is something special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtmWP_SCp_s

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14 Hours, 20 Minutes ago

Ireland cruise to comfortable RWC warmup win over Wales in Cardiff

The team selection and performances of the 2 teams just reaffirmed that Ireland have more strength in depth. Still, you wouldn't expect such an inconsistent defensive performance from Wales that included drift, gaping holes, & Hibbard doing a one man blitz.

Tipuric seems to be growing in-confidence for Wales. Interesting to see the Aussie's starting Pocock and Hopper against NZ - picking 2 opensides worked pretty well for Wales last time they did it, but for that to happen again, Warburton would have to start at 6, and you could never see Gatland doing that.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

All Blacks score late to deny Springboks in another Ellis Park classic

Interesting insight of how the actions of the 2 captains influenced a key moment of the game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkIiH4bCshc

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1 Month, 6 Days ago

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

With the penalty try, it's hard to tell if the ball was travelling backwards when Brook James knocks it out. Looks like it might have been then it would have been a try scoring opportunity. Would be interesting to know what Nigel Owen's other options have been. Fofana not attempting to get anywhere near Farrell for his try reflects how one team just wanted this game more than the other.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

"Monumentales!". Damn straight.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Brock James sensational reverse flick pass sets up try for Napolioni Nalaga

It's a beautiful looking forward pass

1 Year, 10 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Nervy first test from the Lions - didn't gel fantastically as a team, but just did enough to deserve the win. Lots of positives - functioning, although not that ambitious, line out; only one free kick missed; well worked set piece try.

Gatland's decision to substitute the entire front row early on caused a lot of problems, and some of the tackling was very sluggish taking nothing away from 2 brilliant tries by Folau.

With the win behind them I think the Lions will play with far more confidence in the next test. If some of the key play makers can elevate today's good performances into great performances I think they'll rap the series up. Tipuric should be on the bench, but I doubt he will be.

Aussie's very unlucky on the injury front, very. Hopefully, most will recover for next Saturday otherwise it will taint the series - Genia was world class, as always.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Vincent Clerc late hit results in Julien Saubade injured for rest of season

Having watched the video from D-Matt I think there's a plausible case that Clerc's line of vision was blocked and he didn't know that the ball had been spilt.

2 Years, 9 Months ago

Vincent Clerc late hit results in Julien Saubade injured for rest of season

You have to wonder what was going through Vincent Clerc's head. His team had secured the victory, Saubade had clearly lost possession, and Clerc could have avoided the challenge. Injury is an unfortunate part of rugby, but Clerc's senseless action should never be considered part of the game. A rare lapse of judgement by a good player, but it's a stupid challenge made shocking by it's consequences.

2 Years, 9 Months ago