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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

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2 Days, 14 Hours 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, 3 Months ago

Benson Stanley demolishes Yoann Huget with biggest hit of the year

"Monumentales!". Damn straight.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

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

It's a beautiful looking forward pass

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

Brian O'Driscoll try in the corner sets up Leinster win over Munster

The fact that BOD has left it so late in his career to even consider a move abroad pays testament to his commitment to club and country as well as the Irish pay model of retaining their best players.

At 33 you could easily argue he's left it too late to make the impact he once could have made on the Super 15. However, Aussie Rugby Union could do with some high profile signings to raise it's profile in the face of diminishing crowds so it would be a good signing for the Waratahs. Also, which player wouldn't want to play in the best league in the world and spend some time in the sun as well? BOD should take the opportunity and then follow it up with a year in Japan before coming back to Ireland to develop his skills as a coach.

As for the Lions tour, unless they're injured I think Gatland will go with Roberts & BOD - they were a brilliant pairing in South Africa and Gatland's plenty of experience of coaching both. Davies and Tuilagi will provide pretty decent cover though, but let's wait and see what happens in the Autumns internationals, and more importantly, the six nations.

2 Years, 9 Months ago