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Ireland hold off Welsh comeback to claim win in Six Nations opener

Saw that too. Looked like a "meaningfull" interference whether deliberate or not, so I think that should have been called back.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Ireland hold off Welsh comeback to claim win in Six Nations opener

Anyone else see the rake on Sexton's face in the ruck? Only saw one slow-mo during the game, didn't see enough to call it intentional or not. Wondering what you all think. I'm crowd sourcing, if you will.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Highlights from Day One of the 2013 Wellington Sevens

I may be biased, but Canada scored an awesome try literally right before the kick-off in the one featured. Featured a Sonny Bill Williams-esque offload. It's worth checking out if you're so inclined

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Flanker gets away with sneaky slap at scrum

I hope that's the case. A cheap shot like that wouldn't be alright in most games, but I would find it funny if I were playing in a game like that

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

We have that same surface on our pitch at the University. It is great because it requires so little maintenance. It's even, it's strong so it doesn't slide away, and it is actually quite soft so getting tackled doesn't hurt so bad. But those rubber bits get EVERYWHERE. @Richy you're right about it not being the "grass" that'll give you burns, but in my experience the rubber bits do still burn quite a bit if you slide over them.

That said I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. The pitch here was installed maybe 3 or 4 years ago so maybe this is newer stuff that has taken this problem into account. Who knows.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Early contenders named for ERC European Player of the Year 2013 - Formguide

I'm gonna have to go Fofana on this one. I've seen him score tries, create tries for others, work around the park, and just generally be an all around great centre. Farrell has a pretty good claim too, especially after his tally against Racing Metro and that sneaky cross-kick to Ashton.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Chris Ashton scores sneaky try from pinpoint Owen Farrell cross kick

Agreed on the tee. Farrell doesn't have the tee. Neither does Borthwick, and neither does the referee. for that matter. For all we know the water boy may have come on for water but brought the tee along just in case Saracens opted to kick. No one had even "made the mark on the ground" by which I take to mean kneeling down to push in the grass and make a good anchor for the tee, for example. The fact someone/anyone is in possession of the tee while on the pitch seems a somewhat arbitrary definition.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Chris Ashton scores sneaky try from pinpoint Owen Farrell cross kick

The ref calls time off before talking to Laidlaw (I think that's Laidlaw) but he doesn't blow his whistle to signal time back on. He does just about everything else though (raises his arm, gives the mark, etc.), so I'd debunk the idea that the ref hadn't indicated time back on.

As for the tee, it may be about when the tee "arrives" but as with most things, it could be up to interpretation. I say the tee wasn't on the grass or in Farrell's hand so I'd also debunk that. I think whether or not the captain has indicated goal is more important. Like most rules in Rugby, it comes down to the ref's interpretation, so the most prudent thing to do in this case was play to the ref.

It's embarrassing to get caught napping like that and Edinburgh might have an argument, but I personally think the try should stand.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Ian Keatley clearance kick hits Wayne Barnes square in the face

Hilarious, great to see he's okay about it. His eyes are watering, he must have taken it straight on the nose. That's the worst.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

Hmm. I don't even think it looks deliberate.

By the way RD, I think you mistakenly put Joe van Niekerk as playing for Rovigo. Surely it's supposed to be Toulon?

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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