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The Call of the Wallaby - Episode 1

Excellent documentary. Really interesting to get a look at the mind of the Aus rugby fan... i was in OZ last year and was amazed at how union could only get the back pages while league got sick coverage, I mean it was EVERYWHERE. Let's hope it gets back on track, and with guys like Hooper and Folau on the pitch, Cheika and Mckenzie in the coaching roles, Pulver at the ARU (an institucutio than had to be heavily cleaned) and a guy like Maloney on the mic it looks in a good position.
How awesome would it be if the Wallabies won back bledisloe eh
Chhers

17 Hours, 12 Minutes ago

England impress with big midweek win against the Crusaders

Some skill from England! Great to see Pennell getting a try, fully deserved... roll on the 3rd test!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

This is crazy. TMO's must be ruled out from judging every thing that goes on the pitch and only be allowed to help the ref with the grounding of the ball on scoring situations. This is insane. Geez I simply cannot believe it. What are the IRB doing to my beloved game!!!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Star studded Barbarians too good for England XV at Twickenham

Long live the Barbarians!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Adriaan Strauss suspended for three weeks after tip tackle

As far as I'm concerned, a dump tackle occurs when you set up to tackle a player and get your arms and shoulders below his waistline, grabbing the back of his thighs and pushing your shoulder into his waist with your knees bended. Then you stand up and drive him forwards (or backwards for him), making he lose ground and then putting him down on the turf in line with your body, without twistig, shifting or lifting his legs above his waist, so that he lands on his back.

It's a tackle technique that demands total control of the situation of the ball carrier's body during the tackle, and that's really effective, as it stops runners dead on their tracks and makes him lose ground. It's also a very dficult tackle to perform correctly, as it's way more easy to just lift a player spectacularly and then just drop him, which is really dangerous, than to be aware of the position of the player during the whole tackle.

Here's what I think is a perfectly execured dump tackle - Dan Bowden on James O'Connor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdURHWLWMUo

Cheers

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2 Months, 16 Hours ago

Mathieu Bastareaud big dump tackle on Jaques Cronje in Top 14 semi final

The TMO's to blame, I think. It was once a great idea - have technology and slow-mo replays to help the ref when his own experience of the events was incomplete or inconclusive to make a decision. But what we are seeing now is ridiculous, with refs looking for a forward pass or obstruction or whatever a good couple of phases before a try was scored.

The same thing happens with tackles. Big hit, player landed safely, no one complains, no injury whatsoever, play continues. But refs are coming under the scrutiny of punters and TV commentators, columnists and ex players, journalists and every rugby fan, who have the luxury of watching slow mo replays and judge upon them. So I guess you can't really blame the refs for always trying to make sure they make the right decisions, using every bit of footage available, even if that means losing several minutes of play (and entertainment) every game.

I think a great example of the use of TMO was on show whn JP Doyle sent off Salesi Ma'afu for punching Tom Youngs in the premiership semi, and gave Youngs a yellow. But it should really be restricted just for dangerous play or the act of scoring itself.
Refs aren't perfect and neither is rugby, it is insane to think that a ref can see everything that goes on in the pitch (that's what touch judges are for!). So let's go back to the time when the ref made the calls, trusted his touch judges with his life and we could all enjoy a game without this sort of nonsense!

2 Months, 3 Days ago

135kg Schoolboy Prop Taniela Tupou scores Hat-trick

Wow. Just wow.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Marcelo Bosch takes over from Owen Farrell to land huge penalty kick

Amazing. Probably one of the best outside centres in world rugby nowadays. And always looks so chilled haha.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Crowd favourite Nick Cummins bags a hat-trick as Force upset Waratahs

Amazing stuff. Brutal tackles as well. The Force must be everybody's second team now!

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Japanese celebratory swallow dive try goes horribly wrong

Hahahahahaha i thought Leguizamon's blooper would never have competition... thought wrong!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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