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All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

3rd man in is supposed to always be a red card, because it's what escalates everything, whether or not the "intent" is to "break it up". Liam Messam has no business being involved at all as the "waterboy". Thankfully the rest of the AB and Wallabies pitch side support crew aren't as moronic as him and didn't rush out onto the field as well in a baseball style dug out clearing.

If I was reffing your club match and you got involved as the waterboy, I would have you removed from the playing area and make a report to the club. Zero business being involved.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

New Zealand hold onto Bledisloe Cup with punishing win over Australia

@whiteafrican. I did ref for quite a while. I was taught to, and did, penalize it whenever I saw it on the basis that it's presumably an attempt to collapse, and just generally dangerous play under 10.4(k). Even during the ELVs, which allowed collapsing a maul legally - by pulling it down - did not allow

1 Week, 5 Days ago

New Zealand hold onto Bledisloe Cup with punishing win over Australia

Yes by lifting a leg - dangerous play and a potential yellow card offence.

2 Weeks, 4 Hours ago

Former All Black Jerry Collins tragically killed in car crash

So sad. Not many All Blacks who endear themselves to me - but you were a dead set legend, on my list of "blokes I'd love to have a beer with". I guess we'll have to do it after the big match in the sky. Doubly devastating is that I found out today that another legend of rugby passed away in an accident yesterday. Carl Maresca was a legend of New York rugby - an uncompromising prop forward and then referee who lived for the game, and was very generous with his time. His passing won't have the broad scale impact that JC's will on the rugby world, but it's important to recognize Carl and his contributions nonetheless. So to both you big fellas, Vale.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Is that what you think? it looks to me like he bit off more than he could chew.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

"without malice".

Lol.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

Well Whitelock is sitting out this week with a concussion.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

I was responding to "In the end he should not of been suspended." This is right and wrong, for the reasons that I stated.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Reggie Goodes suspended as clean out badly injures Michael Allardice knee

Haha. You are right but... you are wrong. You are right in so far as their given rationale doesn't justify the suspension. You are wrong, because as an objective observer the facts clearly justify a much harsher sentence. He breach multiple laws - side entry, no binding, hips below shoulders, dangerous play - even without attributing that he actually he intended to make contact with the lower leg and cause injury. At best he was reckless, which at law is generally sufficient mental state for assualt based crimes. Personally, as a neutral, this was blatant thuggery, far worse and more likely to injury than many more highly punished acts, and the judiciary's blatant kangaroo court attitude and fitting the narrative to the requested slap on the wrists is high farce.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Not sure if you know who she is Stroudos - she is an attention seeking non-journalist writer type who has a shitty column in the Sydney Morning Herald. She shot off her mouth and she got her comeuppance.

4 Months, 3 Days ago