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Colin Slade finishes brilliant Highlanders team try against the Sharks

Agreed, noticed that as well. It looked like Thorn may have been tackled by JP Petersen before he completed the pass to Slade. However, it didn't really look like Petersen was going in for the tackle so it may have been inconsequential. Maybe that's why play was allowed to carry on.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Colin Slade finishes brilliant Highlanders team try against the Sharks

I love it when refs scold players like they're delinquent schoolchildren. Really puts them in their place :)

1 Year, 2 Months ago

British & Irish Lions squad announcement - Sam Warburton named as captain

Every player has bad days, Farrell was just unlucky to go through his right before the squad was announced. The part he did play in the Six Nations was pretty impressive, he was also pretty good during the November internationals, especially against the All Blacks. Even in club form he performs well under pressure. He's supposedly very strict in the way he conducts himself while training. Furthermore, maybe there's something in his style of play that the coaches think will work well against Aussie sides. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Remember when he got nominated for Player of the Year, and everyone tore him to bits? Remember what he did next? He tore Dan Carter to bits. I say he bounces back now too

1 Year, 2 Months ago

British & Irish Lions squad announcement - Sam Warburton named as captain

I made reference to this above, but I think Wade was probably kept out at Lancaster's insistence. Lancaster probably wants him on the plane to Argentina. However, Lancaster was probably expecting more of his players to get selected for the Lions to give Wade that space. By selecting so many Welsh players, I think Gatland really threw a wrench in England's works. The Argentina tour was all about development as their stars were in Australia but with so few of their players in the Lions squad England doesn't really have that wiggle room

1 Year, 2 Months ago

British & Irish Lions squad announcement - Sam Warburton named as captain

My understanding was that it's at 10 there was most room for a utility back. I would have dropped Mike Phillips at 9 but brought along Greg Laidlaw, who can play both 9 and 10. Not only would both positions be covered, but you would have goal kicking potential as well. At least this way if there is an injury to Sexton or Farrell, the replacement is someone who has already gelled with the squad, and not a late fly-in. No disrespect to Wilko, but as a late inclusion maybe he won't work so well with someone who had been there all tour.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

British & Irish Lions squad announcement - Sam Warburton named as captain

So after going on for months about how French based players can't come, Gatland goes ahead and selects his Welsh players (Phillips, Jenkins) anyway? In this, and other selections, it appears Gatland had his mind made up way too early.

There appears to a lot of players omitted (Robshaw, Brown, Wade, Madigan) who national selectors probably pushed to keep out of the squad so as to be better prepared for their summer tours. Scotland, for example, will be playing in the quadrangular tournament against SA, Samoa, and Italy, so it's easy to see how they would want someone like Brown on that trip, but that still seems selfish to me. Whatever, Ireland are coming to Canada this summer, and it could bode well for us if half of their stars are in Sydney rather than Toronto!

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Brian O'Driscoll dumped off the ball by Mauro Bergamasco

I'd buy Bergamasco's excuse that he was committed to the tackle after the dummy switch by BOD. I also don't think BOD ever got taken past 90, let alone fell beyond 90. It's close because one second later or one degree further and that could have been bad, but I don't think it's worth a ban. Maybe worth a citing, but I'm hoping the commissioner sees sense at let's this one go

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Ben John scores a bizarre Ospreys try

I can excuse the inability to recognize that the quick throw in should not have been allowed due to the throw-in being taken behind the Treviso goal line - heck, I didn't even know that. But it's hard to excuse the TMO for not seeing the foot in touch. That was so blatant I noticed it even without reading it any of the comments or the text above the video. I don't think anyone can accuse me of looking for it. How that made it past the TMO is beyond me. That review period was far too short. Such a complicated event should have been given more that the cursory glance it got

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

This reminds me of Aurelien Rougerie's kneeing of the ball that lead to a Vincent Clerc try in the 2012 6N. I'm inclined to believe that stood likely for the same reasons this did. I imagine apart from the offside/onside issue around the charge down the kick/playing the ball issue is also applicable then.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

Very good work to bring up the rule book. Granted that it says (for reasons which I fail to see) that kicking with the heel is allowed, wouldn't it only matter it he were to kick it forward? It appears he kicks it backwards, which. as with a pass that doesn't go to hand, would be play on?

1 Year, 3 Months ago

 
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