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Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood red carded following touchline brawl

Still can't see the punches from Wood! (And by the way, I'm not doubting that he threw some!)

Can't see how Richard Cockerill can defend Tuilagi here, even though he was provoked, he still threw punches! Should have been a further red for Murphy and possibly Lawes. Ashton should have got a yellow also.

Also, spare a thought for the poor lad from ESPN with the microphone! More than likely caught a few wild arms! I reckon he needed to change his pants at half time!

6 Years, 6 Months ago

Steven Shingler red carded for spear tackle against Cardiff Blues

With tackling in the air, I think it varies. If a player has a tendency to try jump over or into tackles, the referee should show leniency, as the tackler is already committed.

With tackling a player in the air as they have jumped for an up and under, I'd see no problem in a red if it was deliberate. But sometimes I feel referees mistake clashes in the air with tackling in the air.

Don't get me wrong, I love the physicality of rugby and wouldn't want to see that lost in any way, but people need to see the very thin line between physical and dangerous.

6 Years, 6 Months ago

Steven Shingler red carded for spear tackle against Cardiff Blues

I think that referees should treat these kind of tackes in the exact same way that football referees treat two footed tackes. Straight red cards every time.

I know people will moan about football references being made here but there are distinct parallels between the two offences.

Just because the carrier hasn't been hurt, it doesn't mean that the tackle is fair. It's a very dangerous way to tackle.

6 Years, 6 Months ago

Felipe Contepomi's rough night against Worcester

The Munster fan in me would say that Paul Warwick's heart is clearly still in Thomond Park, after he provided the pass to set up all but one of the smashes on Contepomi! :P

6 Years, 7 Months ago