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Chris Hala'ufia suspended for five weeks after straight red card

From OUR angle, looking towards the referee's face it looks sort of bad in full speed, not sure how it looked from the referee's angle... However, I cannot begin to defend the referee's decision if he is completely backed up by the disciplinary panel (which he is, as the 5 week ban proves)...

Personally I find these sorts of tackles to be very risky. Not because of the risks of injuries (landing flat on ones back doesn't tend to cause ANY injuries) but more because of the interpretation; legs waving in the air look nasty and may prove to be what the referee sees, rather than the upper body flat on the ground...

I suppose for me to say "I think this is a yellow" is incorrect, the referee, the judges etc have all stated this was a red card offence, not in that choice of words, but the red card and the 5 week ban say as much. Someone made a point about TSRB's and how many tackles look the same as this, I think they're right, I think to judge a tackle by the positioning of the legs is not always going to yield fair outcomes...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

But wouldn't this turn things into a franchise? As I mentioned France is constantly accused of stealing players away with the temptations of large paychecks... Now if the French decide they'd like to offer McCaw Jnr, Carter Jnr, Matfield Jnr, Lomu Jnr, (you get my point, 1-15) a large pay check, then provided those players fulfil a 3 year stint in the country etc then France could field an entire team of "non French" players, effectively a World XV and turn the whole thing into a "who can pay more" type of thing.. (Sorry France, I only pick on you because I am aware of a number of players which have played in France due to the climate, the paycheck, the way of life etc)...

I don't have a problem so much with players being bought or brought over for clubs, but I think when they then venture into the international side it's wrong. I think it is important to see home grown players and develop and hand down their skills to other home grown players and so the NATION on a whole gets better.

Stick all the current All Blacks in Namibian jersey's and tell me that Namibia's rugby has improved greatly....

1 Year, 9 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

I really dislike the idea of players moving abroad and then hey presto playing for that team.

I mean, I don't know whether he has a Grandma that was half Irish or w/e, but in some respects England has done it with Tuilagi. I get the reasons, he is a product of English school rugby etc, but he has no ties to England, perhaps one could make an exception as Tuilagi did grow up in England (I'm lead to believe).

However I find it a tad cynical to import a player with the view to him representing your country. I mean I don't understand how this will improve Irish rugby? If for instance a herd of up and coming Dan Carters, and McCaws, and the like decide they'd rather swap the emerald isles for NZ and don the green Irish shirt and they waltz straight into the Irish team, would this actually improve IRISH rugby? All we'd have is Irish Kiwi's. It wouldn't help the home grown guys, it wouldn't improve IRISH rugby, it would improve the rankings of that team playing FOR Ireland...

French clubs have a reputation for being big spenders, so why don't the French just start offering silly money to get any player they want to come and play for the international team...

Seems a shame thats all...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

The stats in most rugby games do interest me quite a bit, I like seeing how they stack up in comparison. One thing I would say with things like missed tackles, (only now that I think about it) is, "are they missed tackles, where bad form and technique ruled the day, or are they broken tackles, where players are bumped off by hard runners?"

For instance the Scotland NZ match, I remember Denton actually bumped Richie McCaw, now that would go down as a missed tackle I assume, it just makes me wonder if England were running hard at certain players, or running hard between players or something. I didn't see the game so of course this is just speculation on my part, NZ could have just been asleep in the tackles.

From what I hear I think England did a lot of analysis before this game, perhaps a lot of NZ game watching, videos of what NZ do at breakdowns, etc, and I think they was probably the focal point of their training that week. From what friends have said, it looked like England didn't just play their game, they played "upset NZ's game" too..

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

Don't get me wrong, he is right about 99% of the stuff he says, however, like I said, it's very "Captain Hindsight".... "yeh, thanks, we know we cocked up, hence why we were 1 metre from the opposition try line and all of a sudden we're 1 metre from our own try line"...

I never found him hugely biased. He loves Wales and so on, but he is quite critical of Wales, and any foul play that occurs normally leads Davies to comment about the use of a card. He knows what the laws are etc, so a punch is a red card, but the guy only gets a yellow and Davies is on about a red card for the rest of the match which is a little tiring.

But yes his voice drives me insane! Luckily I don't have to hear him all too often!

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

Well Full back, yes and no. I think a yellow would suffice for that tackle. Yes chest height is legal, however it's more risky. It is like a spear tackle, you're more than welcome to pick up a player (and I believe) spin him around "base over ace" as long as you place him down correctly... however, you mess up and he lands on his head then you're the one that ends up in the sh*t for a risky move. So with that, if you decide to take the risk by hitting higher up (rather than heading for the ankles) then you're the one that has to take the blame if it goes wrong.

It's sad to see a red card for what we would probably agree was an accident, but with head injuries/neck injuries etc and trying to reduce such injuries, I think it will make players think about what they do, for instance this was just an arm which produced a KO, what if in another scenario it was a full shoulder to the face, more damage etc.

So all in all, I agree that this red was harsh (and the subsequent ban was worse!) but I think there needs to be a cushion to protect players from losing their heads...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

Crouching and ducking makes no difference, I agree it was not a swinging arm, but unless Allen crouches down to knee level then it's not an excuse, you can always go lower. Bananaman went for a higher up crunching hit, and as much as I disagree with the red card, the onus is still on the tackler regardless...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

-Can't judge the first incident.
-Bananaman tackle, did not look like a swinging arm to me, it looked clumsy and late, wouldn't have questioned a yellow card, red seems a bit harsh.
- Deacon's punch... again, wouldn't have questioned a yellow, red seems a bit harsh.

I was in some ways happy to see a touch judge with some balls, even if I didn't see the incident. Also the TMO again, happy to see a man with balls not afraid of recommending red's (even if I don't agree with them).

1 Year, 9 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Well I guess it makes you wonder what meds they have access too. I'm not suggesting anything untoward at all, but I assume they have the perfect combination drugs and corks or something.

Hmmmm drips anyone? Do these guys ever use them?

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

I dislike Jonathan Davies as a commentator, I don't believe what I have heard from his is biased, but I find he has a know it all "Captain Hindsight" type of attitude which gets on my nerves.

*watching a replay of a cocked up attack*

"thareeeee on towoooo, hee haaaaaaas to com bakk insiiiide an paaaaaaaaaass it hyerrr"

Sort of like, "Well go become a fucking coach then!"

1 Year, 9 Months ago

 
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