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The peculiar Vannes vs Narbonne 'no maul' stand off

From what I heard (but could not see the game), Narbonne had been penalized just before for going around the formed maul and tackling the ball carrier. (ref mistake?). They tried because they had been severly destroyed by Vannes' mauls in the game.
Then traumatized by the former lineout, it gave the following sequence.
Ahhh rugby and rules.

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

And 1995 please.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Of there is a crawling paranoia going on! We're French of course! But lets face it, we're a Tier2 nation at best, so being arbitrated as a Tier2 nation is not schocking. Against NH or SH teams. Whatever.

Regarding my comment about the late decision, I've read it somewhere after we whined on the France Australia refeering (23 - 25) and the penalties not awarded after several scrums dominated by France in the end of the game. I think it came from someone of World Rugby. But now, I can't find it anymore.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

I agree that with you.

Barnes was not biased against the French. I felt he lost control of the situation and had some outrageous calls (Vakatawa, penalty try,...) but one point made by Maestri is right.
France is now a small team and is arbitrated such as.

Being a Tier1 team is what make you clinching the game on the your side. This is what happened to France in 2011, what happened to the Scotts in 2015, what happened to us latetly in November against Australia and Saturday what did not award us a penalty try.

Although I undersand that referees have instruction not to let a late penalty to decide the outcome but I cannot see why the refeering should differ from minute one to minute 80 (or 100).
I felt the same during Ireland/France game where Nigel Owens had clearly different refeering whether it was a French or an Irish ruck "Blue NO HANDS!!!". I dont felt it was biaised. I just felt we are a Tier2/Tier3 Nation now which is true. But no need to cry about it. We have talents, we have young wolves. I feel the turnaround is here and we need to start clinching big wins!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Huge amateur hit from club rugby in Buenos Aires, Argentina

What I don't understand is if the tackler is the left winger, then what he did doesn't make any sens tactically speaking.
They were in their 22m, so the winger should either go back in its field to anticipate a kick, or get in line with their teammates to defend the counterattack, if he thought there would have one.

To me, it looks like there was something pending between both players, and he just see the opportunity coming.
Whatever, it is just a lovely tackle, but knowing and playing with some Argentinos (boludo!) I wouldn't be surprise if it was a punishing tackle.

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - France to wear white as Craig Joubert gets final

Ok TCCalvin,

It doesnt seem referee mistake was a big deal when it occured for Wales. At least for Gatland and all the Welsh, who can't behave with dignity after their loss. (and this was a was a bad call, very different from the strict application of the law made by ROLLAND).

http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/03/1869/mike-phillips-controversial-try-sets-up-wales-win-over-ireland

Meanwhile a satisfied Warren Gatland believed the decision wasnt a problem:

"I can understand Ireland being frustrated with the try that was allowed but it's a decision that's gone our way, we've had some against us in the past, so I'm not complaining about it."

Not to mention, our big friend Derek Beaven, who received a beautiful gold watch after the game he refeereed in 95 between France & SA.

So stop whining, keep thinking like all NZ newspaper that the ABs will trash us by 50 points (poor kiwis, they havent learnt nothing from 2007) and see you on sunday night.

5 Years, 6 Months ago