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England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

I'll try my best to avoid overstating how important this victory is (as it is after all just one game), but the following has to be said:

-Chris Robshaw's critics have their feet firmly in their mouths
-Owen Farrell performed brilliantly under the POTY nomination pressure that he didn't ask for (i get the feeling even he didn't see that coming. He seems shy about the whole thing). Compare his performance with that of Carter and McCaw and this award is not so obvious as previously thought
-Freddie Burns got quite the first cap, even if he did come on when England were already up by 20pts. Showed what he can do at the highest level. Deserves to be there
-Chris Ashton FINALLY scores
-Tuilagi, Launchbury, the Youngs brothers, Brown, Goode, everyone else seemed to play really well

All in all it seems like everything that could have been asked out of this game came together - fine performances, drama, skill, tension etc. I also liked the way Robshaw and Wood mentioned the Women's game and thanked the crowd, not to mention McCaw's sportsman-like conduct in the interviews afterwards. This game showcased why I watch, play, and love Rugby.

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Dubai Sevens 2012 - Day One Highlights

I always love seeing our boys and girls do us proud in Sevens!

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Punching a player from behind, attempted or otherwise, can an should get a lengthy ban. If it doesn't the furor over Thomson's ban will look like child's play.

for the record, yes, Davies was being a lazy runner. That's for the referee to decide and penalize. Not Hore. And the ref would have done it without striking someone from behind like a sissy.

And by the way, it looks like Hore also drops his knee on Davies' head. I'd like to see him explain that away. Unlikely he both struck Davies' neck and head from behind with his arm and then again with his knee "accidentally" while entering the ruck

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

Agreed. The swinging arm looked deliberate enough for a citation. And it may not be deliberate, but it also looks like Hore drops his knee on Davies as he enters the ruck. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of this on RD shortly...

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

I personally thought this was so funny when watching it. Down that bad to the world champions? Why not throw the kitchen sink at them, see what happens.

Can you imagine if they lost the line-out though? they effectively left the All Black back-line undefended so a turnover would have gone to the wing in a heartbeat and down the length of the field for a demoralizing try. Instead you get a hilarious, fun, crowd-pleasing display. Listen to the crowd when they pull it off.

Just goes to show: go big or go home

5 Years, 5 Months ago

Shortlist for IRPA Try of the Year 2012 announced

Well said, pretty much exactly what I was thinking. I think Gear's was much more a team effort so I'm inclined to go with that one. And as you mentioned, luck could have perhaps been on Habana's side for his try.

5 Years, 6 Months ago

End of Year Tours 2012 - Week Two - Highlights wrap

I was wondering where some of these highlights were! Boy rugbydump, that's quite the delivery you gave us. Saw Wales v Samoa and England v Australia live but really appreciate the highlights for the Ireland v Fiji and some of the others.

On a somewhat related note, it may not be Tier 1 quality, but the match between Canada and Russia deserves watching if any of you get a chance. There were some quality tries scored by Canada's #14.

5 Years, 6 Months ago

George Gregan picks his Wallaby lineup to face the 2013 Lions

Personally, I'd drop Cooper but keep just about everything else in George's line-up. Not just because of the way he is off the pitch, but I have just never really bought into the hype. I don't see what's so amazing about the way he plays.

Either way though, so many of the names on this list are injured or have been injured recently. What happens if half of the teams stars are out?

5 Years, 6 Months ago

Argentina beat Wales in Cardiff for the first time in eleven years

I could not get over how silent the crowd was, except for when they were booing. If you needed any indication of how poorly Wales were playing/how well Argentina were playing (and I'm not sure you can place this victory entirely on either), that was it. I think it takes quite a bit to silence the Millennium Stadium.

Imhoff sure comes out from these highlights looking like a superstar, but what about Camacho? I love his work with Exeter, and liking what I see with Argentina

5 Years, 6 Months ago

Vincent Clerc late hit results in Julien Saubade injured for rest of season

Clerc can be a magician at times, but that was late and off the ball. He should have been able to see Saubade drop the ball (on a play that would not have affected the outcome in neither win/lose nor bonus points). The fact that he was a gentleman about it after the fact is heartening, but it by no means excuses it. I'd say a ban is warranted.

5 Years, 6 Months ago