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Solly Tyibilika scores on Springbok debut vs Scotland in 2004

Chester Williams scored several tries in the World Cup in 1995

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

I like your faith and I wish you were right. Unfortunately when rampant consumerism is at play human nature can be an unpleasant thing.

Seems difficult to believe that a respected and professional international player would agree to be deliberately cut to allow a kicking blood-replacement to come on but that is what has happened.

3 Years, 6 Days ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Three observations

1) A yellow - a red is too harsh for this

2) It was a bad tackle. We can say all we like about Sam being a nice bloke etc. Fact remains he tipped the player, who landed on his shoulders and that is illegal under current laws. Had this tackle been perpetrated by someone with 'rugby villain' status such as Bakkies, Schalk Burger, Courtney Lawes etc, the focus would have been on the player doing something silly rather than the ref

3) If IRB is to insist on red cards for tackles like this, we will see an ever increasing number of tackled players throwing their legs up and diving their shoulders down to exaggerate the angle of the tip.

3 Years, 6 Days ago

Delon Armitage suspended for dangerous tackle on Chris Paterson

Ghiraldini was indeed cited and has a 15 week ban. http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/news/newsid=2057297.html#leonardo+ghiraldini+banned+weeks

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Delon Armitage suspended for dangerous tackle on Chris Paterson

OK but that was not the 'offence' he was cited for. It was not deemed to be a citing. Looks bad in slow mo but interesting to note that none of the Argentinians put their arms up when it happened (which modern players now invariably do if they want the ref to notice something.)

It looked bad but you can see he commits to the tackle before it is kicked. What would the reaction have been if it had been a dummy and Tiesi had got away?

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Delon Armitage suspended for dangerous tackle on Chris Paterson

I agree about inconsistency.

However regarding Lawes. Ledesma was not out of the tournament. He was not even out of the game as he responded to treatment and played on. Lawes was cited for reckless play. It was not his knee that collided with and dazed Ledesma, it was Wigglesworth's head half a second before.

I feel that Armitage has been lucky but even more lucky are the ones that escape any citing such as Cory Jane taking out the French player in the air and tipping him onto his shoulders/neck area. I also don't think that Ghiraldini has been cited yet for the eye contact with Healy which is even more worryingly inconsistent.

However, you'll find that spears are being cracked down on hugely so any tackle in which the player is tipped is likely to lead to suspension as Banahan discovered against the Austrailan Barbarians (http://www.rugbydump.com/2010/07/1522/matt-banahans-tip-tackle-on-berrick-barnes)

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Delon Armitage suspended for dangerous tackle on Chris Paterson

Stephen Myler

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Delon Armitage suspended for dangerous tackle on Chris Paterson

Can't argue with that clumsy tackle, lucky not to do more damage. One week feels like a let off in compared to some dished out.

Which ever way the IRB takes discipline they really need to get to grips with consistency.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Russia's Valery Tsnobiladze suspended for headbutt on Sean O'Brien

"If Richie McCaw threw himself over the ball on the English side of the ruck like Moody did...." sounded like you were justifying to me. If you weren't then fair enough.

I've seen all the angles and cannot change my opinion that it was a brutal diving headbutt identical to Bakkies' assault on Jimmy Cowan. I also won't change my opinion that Hartley should have been cited for the forearm smash on McCaw in the same game. I want dangerous, violent foul play out of the game regardless of the country of the offender.

3 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Russia's Valery Tsnobiladze suspended for headbutt on Sean O'Brien

Whatever your opinion of the two 'incidents' in the Argentina game, it is unfair to say he has a rep for foul play. He spends almost no time in the bin and hasn't previously been cited.

I know there's a temptation to label players but Lawes is a just a hard player who will get it wrong sometimes. He's not a Bakkies (or a Johnson or a Hartley if you want an English equivalent)

3 Years, 3 Weeks ago

 
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