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

Richie McCaw spends his life offside so would need a crash helmet if diving headbutts were legalised as a punishment!

Quite how you can see the clip of Mealamu smashing his forehead into the back of Moody's skull and justify it is beyond me but heigh ho.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

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

So that is a longer ban than Mealamu served for his blatant and undeniable assault on Lewis Moody? This is how conspiracy theories start.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Dominiko Waqaniburotu suspension upheld for tackle on Pat Lambie

Agreed - It was a bit of a naughty tackle. Marginally late and the hint of a tip. Penalty, no yellow (slapped wrist) and no ban should have been the outcome.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Dominiko Waqaniburotu suspension upheld for tackle on Pat Lambie

I agree. I couldn't believe the AB got away with that one. He couldn't help but collide with the player as they were challenging for the ball but then he deliberately wrapped his arms around the Frenchman in mid-air.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Cian Healy's hit on Quade Cooper in Auckland

I had doubts about him when Aus played England last Autumn. In Ashton's length-of-the-field try you can clearly see Cooper pull up to leave Ashton to Drew Mitchell. Had he carried on chasing he would surely have got a tap in at the very least.

I am used to seeing fly-halves duck out of a bit of biff but they don't usually mind the photo-friendly last ditch tap tackle!

3 Years, 1 Month ago

O2 Inside Line - Haskell Cam in Queenstown

Dammit I was afraid of that

3 Years, 1 Month ago

O2 Inside Line - Haskell Cam in Queenstown

Why does someone say small penises at 8:05 or is it just me that heard that?

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Paul Williams yellow carded for huge hit on Theuns Kotze

Working now. Cheers RD.

IE is a developers nightmare and the sooner it is rucked off the field the better (sorry for the pun).

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Paul Williams yellow carded for huge hit on Theuns Kotze

By back the ref I mean give him the benefit of the doubt. Many people thought Williams' hit was illegal, many didn't but many of those who didn't admitted that at full speed and without replays, their initial impression was that it was an illegal hit.

I would hate for us to get to a position where the thing people most talk about is contentious refereeing decisions. We have to accept they're human and crack on. Rugby is a fast paced game (accept when England play) so they are going to get things wrong every now and again.

I last saw Lewsey's hit on Rogers five minutes before posting the above comment. I saw his shoulder go into the midriff of Rogers but crucially both arms at shoulder level wrapping around Rogers. Perfect hard hit. I cannot see how we can see this tackle so differently. All I can say is that having discussed this tackle with hundreds of rugby fans from around the world, you are the first to claim it is a shoulder charge.

Anyhow. No matter. Let the festival of rugby continue.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Paul Williams yellow carded for huge hit on Theuns Kotze

Repying to BuzzKillington (sorry, IE won't let me use the reply function)

I agree it is subjective but in rugby we generally back the ref and he felt it was a dangerous tackle as did I. I suppose the subjectivity of this is that the hit was on the shoulder with a shoulder. I don't see his right arm wrapping but stiffly hanging.

I love big hits and want to encourage big hits. One of my favourite England memories is Mat Rogers being smashed (legally) by Josh Lewsey and other hits like Chabal on Chris Masoe and Henson on Tait bring me to my feet whoever I am supporting. But the key with them is that they were massive tackles *completely* within the rules. Leading with the shoulder (however it is disguised) onto the head area is a League tackle and, I don't know if this is snobbery or not, in my opinion designed to concuss the opposition player. I don't want that.

I know you can argue that this was not a tackle to the head but to the shoulder but it takes one small slip for that shoulder to ride up into the head which is why we have the below the shoulder rule.

I am not calling for Paul Williams to be banned for life. I am just saying that I think the ref got it right. Yellow card, 10 minutes, no ban. Job done.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

 
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