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Edinburgh Rugby upset Toulouse in Heinenken Cup Quarter Final

Did Edinburgh's try not come off a knock on from one of their players? Seemed like it to me.

2 Years, 6 Days ago

Front rowers Ben Daley and Dan Palmer square off in Brisbane

I agree, you see more leniance in Super Rugby for this kind of thing. there's too many cards in the game, the ref should leave them in the pocket.
A couple punches isn't a big deal, no need to ruin the game by sending off the props for something so inocuous.

2 Years, 6 Days ago

Front rowers Ben Daley and Dan Palmer square off in Brisbane

You tend to see less cards in Super Rugby, more stuff like this gets let go.
And in Australia particularly, the occaisonal fight has alays been seen as part of the game. Traitionally, fans and players prefer to not see players carded for the occaisonal biff.

2 Years, 6 Days ago

The Rebels upset the Blues in Melbourne

I would disagree about the flyhalf comment. Barnes has proven himself far more than Cipriani has.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

The Rebels upset the Blues in Melbourne

His defence is solid. He is decpetivley strong for young bloke without a huge frame. Especially running the ball, he can carry much bigger defenders on his back and make driving ten or fifteen metre gains.
He isn't the greatest defender ever, but he can definatley tackle. I'm not worried about his strenght or tackling technique, but more about his decision making at inside centre, which is one of the hardest, if not the hardest position to defend. Alot of traffic goes thru that channel, and you have to make very good decisions defending there.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

The Rebels upset the Blues in Melbourne

How about O'Conner's stepping. What a machine.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

The Rebels upset the Blues in Melbourne

Cipriani has been a defensive liability for the Rebels (last year he was statistically the worst defender in Super Rugby in terms of missed tackles).
However, he has been working very hard with Muggleton (Who was the Wallabies defense coach for ten years), and this season he has improved alot. He is still not a great defender, but he is making more tackles and missing fewer.

And fullback is a much easier position to defend from than flyhalf. Flyhalf is where the other team runs their forwards, it's one of the most popular channels for running traffic.
In fullback, the main thing is defusing kicks. You make alot fewer tackles at fullback, although you will often be the last line of defence. But weaker tacklers are better suited there.
Thats why Quade Cooper defends at fullback, not flyhalf, and is part of the reason Kurtley Beale was switched to fullback from flyhalf.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Cheetahs come from behind to beat Hurricanes in Super Rugby thriller

There were some bad tackles, but it was simply because of the handling and the pace of the attack.
Very few teams could have stopped many of those tries.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Manu Tuilagi's huge hit on quick hands Dan Bowden

True no 8, except one thing. It's not even an attempt to wrap, it's an "attempt to grasp" the other player.

The arms doesn't have to go round at all. Wrapping is a term hat should never be used when discussing the legality of a tackle, simply because it is not, nor ever has been in the laws of rugby.

The key to all of this being that a player simply has to try not just use the shoulder.
The rule was not about arms or wrapping, it was about stopping league shoulder charges, which don't look anything like this hit, but more like this :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cfi5tz7sPs

or this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4a5T0bDcjE

And in fact, as you can see by these hits, there's not anything particularly dangerous about a shoulder anyway. Certainly it's no more dangerous than any other tackle.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Manu Tuilagi's huge hit on quick hands Dan Bowden

It's at the refs discretion, it's not a hard and fast rule.
It's about intent or recklessness.
Does the player intend to hit late in the refs opinion, or were they reckless in their decision to make the tackle (ie did they have the time to pull out of it and went anyway).
So it's subjective (like alot of calls in rugby unfortunately).

Basically, a guy can get tackled without the ball or after he has passed it, and it's perfectly legal.

For it be legal the player making the tackle has to have made it thinking he was getting the ball.
So in this case there was no way Tuilagi could have pulled out in time, and almost certainly had no idea that the ball had been passed until after the fact.
In rugby, when you go in for a tackle, you put your head to the side and in the impact, your are not really that aware of anything other than the immediate impact, for at least a second or two. You usually have no idea if the guy still has the ball or not when you hit him.

So as long as when you go in for the hit it isn't intentionally late, or just so badly timed that it's ridiculous, reckless and dangerous, you can tackle a guy without the ball, no problem.

And since you aren't 100% familiar with the rules, do yourself a favour and disregard everything the commentators say about 'wrapping the arms'.
It's not in the rules and really only English commentators talk about it.
The rule on a tackle not being a shoulder charge states that a player has to 'attempt to grasp the other player'.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

 
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